23rd November 2017
RCC students took part in a fantastic workshop last Wednesday to celebrate Science Week at RCC. The students spent an hour each in the Amazing Animals workshop where they viewed a wide variety of lizards, snakes and Giant African snails
The workshop was split into two activities. The first featured friendly tropical invertebrates and reptiles allowing the students to learn about their characteristics and the habitat they live in. The second looked at seized animal artefacts from HM Revenue & Customs, which have been brought back by holidaymakers and confiscated at Scottish airports. Through these artefacts, the students learned about endangered species which linked in nicely with a wide variety of curriculum topics.
23rd November 2017
On the 22nd of November, our Senior Volleyball team played in their second round of their championship. On the day, our girls faced Strokestown, Drumshanbo and Colaiste An Eachreidh in the hopes of progressing to the All-Ireland Semi Finals.
Up first, our girls played Colaiste An Eachreidh, a team who has a lot of experience in the sport and are very skilled. It took our girls some time to get into the game and believe that they were just as talented as their opponents. Once they appeared to overcome their stage fright, the girls played to their true potential and kept fighting. While they were narrowly defeated, on a score line of 19-25, 26-18, there is no question that our girls learned from this game and it boosted their confidence.
Next, the ladies played Drumshanbo and having gained confidence and belief from their first game, they showed the Drunshanbo girls what they can really do and sent a strong message to Strokestown, who they would face after, that they were not going to give up easily. In the end, our girls won well, 25-16, 25-17.
Finally, the girls faced their toughest challenge to date – Strokestown. As we are closely located near one another, these teams have come face to face on numerous occasions over the past few years and both teams have been granted bragging rights at some point or another. Our girls had to win this game in order to have a chance of progressing to the All- Ireland Semi Finals. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for our ladies. Despite their best efforts, Strokestown were the better team and were crowned the winners on the day.
While this ends the Girls’ Senior Volleyball 2017 campaign, I have no doubt that they will be back again next year as we are in a very privileged position where we are losing no players from our panel and only gaining more. The improvement these girls have made over the past few years has been remarkable as they have learned to control the ball, set one another up and communicate better on the court. The girls have come a long way from the days they only took part in volleyball during PE lessons. They should be very proud of all they have achieved and be honoured to wear the blue and yellow of RCC. Well done girls.
The Senior Volleyball Team
The Cadette Volleyball Team
23rd November 2017
RCC: 0-6 – St. Cuans: 1-8
Our junior footballers were beaten by St. Cuans of Galway in our second league game played in tough conditions on Wednesday. This home encounter was a very entertaining game and was in the balance for long periods. Our inability to score when in possession, ultimately cost us in the end. St. Cuans were deserving winners on the day in what was a hugely sporting and competitive contest. RCC had some great performances throughout the field with Seán Trundle and Gerard O’Hara really stepping up and showing their class. This leaves our junior side with one win and one loss so far in this campaign. Up next is Ballygar at home in the coming weeks. A win here would leave the team in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
23rd November 2017
On Wednesday 15th November, Transition Year students were very pleased to welcome Ms. Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Education Officer, Roscommon County Council to speak with them regarding an exciting upcoming film competition. SkyRocket Media, in conjunction with Roscommon County Council, have launched Roscommon Anti-Litter Cinema Competition for secondary school students in the county.
The transition year students in Roscommon Community College were captivated by the prospect of what they could achieve with the assistance of the very talented Glenn Mahony from SkyRocket Media. As well as being an anti-litter initiative, students are given the opportunity to learn media skills through participating in the making and production of a cinema advertisement.
Being involved in projects like this can bring home to us the problem of litter, make us think about where it comes from, who causes it, and also educate us about the environmental problems it causes.
An Awards Ceremony will be organised by Roscommon County Council next spring at which all the entries will be premiered and the winners announced. The winning entry will be shown in Roscommon Cinema for three months before scheduled film showings.
Storyboards are currently being prepared and cameras are at the ready!
16th November 2017
On Thursday last, our Junior Boys Rugby team won their Connacht semi-final against St. Josephs of Foxford on Thursday last in Creggs Rugby Club. Prior to this match, both RCC and Foxford had won all of their group games by significant amounts and came into the semi-final with great confidence and in good health.
RCC started the game well and after ten intense minutes, they had a try with Ben Finnerty crossing the line after some great build up play from the pack. RCC narrowly missed the conversion from right on the side-line. An extremely difficult kick with the swirling breeze on the day and the heavy underfoot conditions.
Foxford piled on the pressure from the restart and forced a knock on inside the RCC twenty-two. RCC worked like Trojans to keep their opponents from scoring but could not get the turnover that was needed and Foxford eventually levelled matters at 5-5 after 18 minutes. A well struck effort from the Foxford out-half sent the Mayo men into a 7-5 lead.
From here on, it was RCC which led the attack to their opponents,dominating the final ten minutes of the half. RCC had Foxford pinned in their own half and worked through the phases with huge carries from our centres and a tireless pack. Ciaran Corcoran eventually scored a super try as he buried his way to the try line from 5 metres with an effort reminiscent Brian O’Driscoll at his peak. The breeze once again proved to be a problem as the conversion drifted narrowly wide,leaving the scores at 10-7 to RCC at half time.
The second half was a tense affair with both teams looking extremely nervous with unforced errors creeping in on both sides. RCC were under a lot of pressure for large periods of the second half but they defended heroically and were duly rewarded for their efforts. In the end, it was the Roscommon side which came out on top, grinding out a hard earned 10 points to 7 win.
Roscommon Community College will now take on Athlone Community College in the final of this competition. The sides have met already in the group stages with the Roscommon side winning in a tense affair. The students have put in an excellent effort to date in all of their matches and the school wish to commend them hugely for their efforts.