9th February 2017
The arrival of Literacy Week on January 30th was greeted with great excitement as students were treated to an action-packed series of activities to promote literacy in the school. A stimulating and innovative programme of events took place as students and staff celebrated the written and spoken word, participating in a wide range of diverse activities. During the week every class group got the chance to mark literacy in an alternative way within the school setting.
The week got off to a spectacular start on Monday, January 30th as Eiléan Ní Cuilleanáin, whose poetry features on the Leaving Certificate English course, spoke to Senior Cycle students. Eiléan, who lectures in Trinity College Dublin, read from her work and answered the questions from the students. Eiléan’s talk was particularly engaging and they found it a thoroughly insightful experience.
Ni Chuilleanáin has long been established as one of the leading Irish poets of her generation, and her appointment to the Ireland Chair of Poetry has been widely recognised as a fitting tribute to her achievement. Her sometimes elusive poems have an unmistakable beauty, elegance and grace that carries readers into their own special world of image and feeling. She moves at ease between Irish and European landscapes, between the material and the spiritual realms, unifying them by the force of her compelling imagination.
On Tuesday, our Writer in Residence, Peter Mullineaux, kick-started his annual residency with an engaging and interactive workshop, featuring discussion, music and composition. 1st Year students from 1B and 1C deliberated on the issues of Food Security, Child Labour, Gender Equality and Militarisation and came up with some powerful and thought provoking poetry by the end of the workshop. Students look forward to having more sessions with Pete, courtesy of Poetry Ireland in the coming weeks.
An exhilarating Drama Workshop brought to us by Martin Maguire of the Gaiety School of Drama took place on Wednesday. First Year students in 1B and 1C were enchanted by the novel approach to their curriculum, as they learned to explore the issues of Racism and Discrimination using the media of Drama, Mime and Improvisation. The students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive approach to the theme and gratitude is extended to the WorldWise Global Schools programme for assistance with financing this element of Literacy Week.
On Tuesday afternoon we were delighted to introduce John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, as he delivered an inspirational talk to 3rd Year, Transition Year and 5th Year students focusing on inclusiveness, social justice, tolerance and living in the community. Later that evening, John shared his philosophy on parenting as he presented a talk to a large group of parents entitled "Parenting - the Challenges and the Rewards". The focus of this talk was on constructive communication, as Lonergan explored how to build a more positive and affirming relationship with our teenagers. In what was a reflective and awareness raising look at parenting, John never failed to engage his audience with plenty of humor and self-deprecation, as he shared our foibles and our fears on the “demanding, challenging, responsible, complicated and never-ending” job of parenting.
On Thursday of Literacy Week, Junior Cycle students participated in a Drop Everything and Read session which was a welcome intervention from their everyday schoolwork. Friday morning saw our 2nd Year students enjoying a trip to our local C & L Plex cinema complex where they took in a viewing of the movie “Lion”. The students were fascinated by the story of an Indian child who gets lost and then adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later he embarks on a journey to find his biological parents, that ultimately turn out to be a journey of self-discovery. Thanks to everyone who helped to make Literacy Week such a success and we look forward to celebrating all the exciting events, and more, again next year.
1A students pictured with Martin Maguire of the Gaiety School of Drama, after an invigorating workshop
First Year students Fernanda, Sofea, Kaitlyn and Julia pictured with the results of our recent Literacy Survey, showing the most popular
John Lonergan engaging with our parents during his talk Parenting – the Challenges and the Rewards.
Congratulations to Roscommon Community College students, six of whom have been successful in gaining entry to the ‘Bebras National Final’, which will take place on Saturday 22nd April 2017 in Maynooth University as part of Tech Week.
Bebras is an International Computing Challenge that is run to motivate students to problem-solve based on informatic concepts. The Challenge is made of a set of short questions called Bebras tasks and are delivered and completed online. Tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology, but are clearly related to computational thinking concepts.
In the Cadet Category (12 - 14 years) Jack Mannion, Dylan Donnelly, and Cian Campbell having achieved very high scores in their challenge, have been invited to attend. In the Senior Category (16 – 18 years) Daniel Hannon and Ana Marques have also received a coveted invitation. We wish them all the best of luck in their endeavours.
Roscommon Community College Students: Remy Ryan, Daniel Hannon, Cian Campbell and Dylan Donnelly get set to participate on the National stage.
Many thanks to Claire Prunty who spoke to the Leaving Certificate students about the PLC Courses on offer in Longford College of Further Education.
Roscommon Community College got back on the winning trail in the Senior Emerging School’s Cup on Thursday last, February 2 in Ballina when they defeated St Patrick’s, Lacken Cross by 14 points to nil. RCC played into a gale force breeze in the first half and threatened to cut loose on a very sticky pitch but the final pass went astray on numerous occasions. Lacken had their moments too and a strong run midway through the first half should have resulted in a try but a brilliant tackle by RCC full back Darragh Mullen stopped it virtually on the line. RCC were comfortable, despite not scoring and managed to keep Lacken at bay when No.8 Adam Finnerty expertly stole the ball in a maul to turn it over five metres from the RCC line and RCC were able to clear the ball through Michael O’Brien at out half. The score remained at 0-0 when the referee blew for half time and RCC would have the aid of the elements in the second half.
RCC began well and had a number of attacks deep into the Lacken 22 but the final pass eluded them through poor decision making and handling errors. The pressure began to tell though and Lacken began to concede penalties, three of which were kicked by scrum half Michael Egan for a 9-0 lead. Lacken rallied and missed a penalty of their own. An injury to No.8 Finnerty held up play for a number of minutes as he was helped to the sideline. The restart allowed RCC to clear the ball upfield and a good attacking move was finished in the right hand corner by scrum half Egan which was not converted. This score killed all of Lacken’s enthusiasm and chances of getting something from the game. The final score was Lacken 0 RCC 14. RCC play their final pool game against St Tiernan’s Crossmolina in Ballina in the coming weeks.
RCC: Darragh Mullen, Diarmuid Treacy, Cormac Conway, Oisin Keenan, Mark Clogher, Michael O’Brien, Michael Egan, Adam Finnerty, Simon Leonard, Conor Lavin, Tom Fallon, Dylan Geraghty, Cormac Kennedy, Danny Arnold (c), Jack Donnelly.
Subs used: Eoin McDonnell for Jack Donnelly, Daire Keenan for Cormac Conway and Kieran Ward for Adam Finnerty.
Congratulations to Ryan Conlon and Aoife Campbell, first year students, who qualified for the provincial cross county finals. The event takes place in Sligo on Tuesday next, 7th February. Best of luck to our two athletes.