7th February 2019

First year history students took a journey through time this week as they travelled to Clonmacnoise to gain first-hand experience of the Early Christian Monastic Site. This excursion formed a part of their study of Early Christian Ireland.

Upon arrival, the group of budding historians were treated to an audio visual presentation about the story of Clonmacnoise, which was founded by Saint Ciarán. Students were delighted to learn that St. Ciarán himself studied in Roscommon. Afterwards, students were enthralled by the old stone High Cross of the Scriptures. The class then ventured into the old monastic site as they took in sights of the old cathedral and round towers.

The day was a wonderful experience for all, as history left the pages of the text book and became a reality. The history class looks forward to many more excursions of the like in the future.

 

Pictured are first year students infront of the Round Tower at Clonmacnoise.

 

 

 

31st January 2019

On Thursday 31st of January Roscommon Community College welcomed a group of Argentinian students from a variety of different schools and language institutes in the areas of Buenos Aires, Santa Cruz and Jujuy. This group of students, aged between 14 and 20, are currently staying with host families in Limerick whilst studying English at the University of Limerick.

Their arrival to Roscommon Community College on a snowy, crisp January morning was met with a warm atmosphere. After a kind welcome and introduction to the school by Mr Mannion Roscommon Community College’s talented musicians and singers, tutored by Ms Lavin and Ms Smyth, entertained our guests with some traditional Irish music and song. Also, students performed some dancing with ‘Shoe the Donkey’ being a very popular piece with some of our guests getting so absorbed in  that atmosphere that they even joined in!

After a very enjoyable morning our Argentinian guests were escorted to St. Coman’s Handball Alley by Mr Timmons and Ms Tully so as to introduce our guests to one of our native sports that is increasingly rising in popularity. Students were given details of how to play the game and were able to try it out for themselves.  Upon their return they presented to RCC students on Argentinian culture; their food, drink, way of life and sporting activities. They particularly focused on basketball, a sport that they have achieved great success in in the Olympic Games.

Our guests were served up a hearty Irish Angus Beef Stew in the school kitchen for lunch followed by some Argentine treats. Yum!

After lunch, Mr Mooney took all on a farm visit where Seán Trundle, Keelan Gallagher and John Cunniffe delivered a talk on their involvement in The Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition. They also proudly introduced them to the prize animals that they won for the school. To end the day they visited The Sacred Heart Church in Roscommon Town before returning to Limerick.

A very memorable day for both our students and visitors.  Thanks to all involved for their participation.

RCC students making world connections

RCC students promoting Irish Angus Beef to our Argentinian guests

31st January 2019

We would like to extend a huge well done to our Junior Debating team comprised of second year students Jaime Sheridan, Liam Pearse and Eoin Conroy who competed in the next round of Gael Linn’s Díospóireacht an Phiarsaigh in St. Gerald’s College in Castlebar last week. Unfortunately, despite a tremendous performance on the night, the boys lost out to Coláiste Pobail Acla and St. Brendan’s Belmullet. We are so proud of the boy’s performance and their continuous hard work and dedication - they are a credit to the school! Maith sibh buachaillí!

 

 

 

 

 

31st January 2019

On Saturday last, Roscommon Community College welcomed 5th and 6th class students along with their parents and guardians into our school for our Open Day. Visitors had the opportunity to view our facilities and engage with some of our current staff and students. Our Principal, Ms Keena, Head Boy, Ryan Cox and Head Girl, Sinead Dillon, 1st Year student, Elliot Greeley and past pupil, Jack Donnelly addressed the young boys and girls and parents and guardians. We would like to thank all of our staff and students for all of the hard work that went into the organisation of this successful day. We would also like to extend our thanks to all of those who attended. A very enjoyable day was had by all. 

 

31st January 2019

On Wednesday last, the ‘Big Brother Big Sister’ programme was under full swing as our 1st and Transition Year students had their second get together where they enjoyed many fun activities and got to know one another a bit better. The ‘Big Brother Big Sister’ is a programme set up within our school that helps all incoming 1st year students with their transition from primary school into secondary school. Each 1st year student is paired up with a Transition Year student based on similar personalities, interests and hobbies. The programme recognises that everyone in 1st year is different and that they have different needs, strengths and abilities. The programme ensures that the big brothers and big sisters meet on a regular basis, as they did on Wednesday last, so they can sit down and talk while enjoying a hot chocolate and sweets in a friendly, relaxed and positive environment. This programme also allows participants to take part in fun games such as playing cards, Jenga and chess. ‘Big Brother Big Sister’ is known for enabling students to develop social skills and build friendships. It allows incoming students to feel protected, cared for, safe and supported in their new school environment. The benefits of this programme are invaluable as new students will be given continued support and guidance.

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