25th January 2018

Our U14 ladies football team exited their competition Tuesday last with a loss to a strong Claregalway side. Claregalway opened the game with a point which was soon followed by a point from RCC’s centre forward, Kirstin Cronin. Both sides remained level for the next ten minutes until Claregalway hit the net. From this point onwards, Claregalway held the upper hand. The RCC girls couldn’t be faulted for their effort on the day. The girls never gave up and worked as a team right up until the final whistle. The referees’ player of the match for RCC went to centre back Katie Cronin. 

There was a small bit of history to be made also in that it was the first time that our u14 ladies team have progressed passed the group stages! Congratulations to all of the girls on a hugely successful campaign.

 

 

18th January 2018

RCC are currently celebrating the great achievements of our TY students this week following their success at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition held in the RDS, Dublin last week. At the 54th national competition, Roscommon Community College were represented by six students presenting three projects ranging in the Biological and Ecological Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences categories.

The school would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the students involved on their fantastic effort in preparing for this prestigious event. Over the course of four days, the students discussed their projects with the general public in the RDS and were each interviewed by judges on more than nine occasions.

The school would like to extend its heartiest congratulations to Michael Lough who placed third in his category with an interesting and insightful project on ‘The Attitudes to Public Green Space in Rural Irish Towns‘.

Michael's project investigated the people's uses for and perceptions of town parks in rural Irish towns. He studied Loughnaneane Park in Roscommon Town and The Mall in Longford. He used three methods to study the parks. He first did a quality audit of the two parks, surveying their physical and environmental features, using the Neighbourhood Green Space Tool (NGST). He surveyed people's use of the park using the SOPARC method, spending three days in each park and observing them five times a day. He also did a questionnaire surveying people based in the communities use and perceptions of the town parks. He received a total of 574 responses to the questionnaire.

It was found that main reason people used the two parks was for exercise purposes. The main barriers to people using the two parks were bad/poor weather and being too busy which were independent of the two parks. Many people in Roscommon said having a walking trail with distances signposted would make them use the park more often, while Longford Town Park already has a walking trail with distances. It was noted that people in both parks said that they wanted more walking trails and cycling trails in the parks.

Michael is an excellent student that has prided himself on excelling in academics and this prize recognises the excellent effort he has made in school and in the field of science to date.

The school would also like to congratulate Tara Hegarty and Maedbh Hickey on the fantastic way in which they carried themselves throughout their interviews with TV3 and Shannonside FM radio discussing their topical project on the HPV vaccine. The girls project focused on the misconceptions amongst the public on the HPV vaccine and whether or not it was safe for girls/boys to receive the vaccine in schools. This project grabbed a lot of attention and the girls did an excellent job in answering hundreds of questions over the four days.

John Mannion, Luca Stratford and Ben Moran worked tirelessly on a project to investigate the effects of Japanese Knotweed on Agriculture in Roscommon. They showed huge diligence and application to their project and found that Japanese Knotweed was having huge effects on local agriculture in the area with the project also outlining ways in which to eradicate the knotweed.

Again,the school would like to congratulate all of the students for their tremendous effort and enthusiasm throughout the four day event. A huge thank you must also go to science teachers,Ms Shea and Mr Flynn who both provided fantastic support and advice throughout the projects.

 

 

 

Michael Lough (Transition Year) pictured with his parents Marie and Seamus Lough, Dr. Chambers and Dr. Shea.

 

 

John Mannion, Ben Moran and Luca Stratford presenting their project on  'The Impact of Japanese Knotweed on  Agriculture'. 

Tara Hegarty and Maedbh Hickey  presenting their project of 'Should Girls Receive the HPV Vaccine'.

 

 

18th January 2018

Comhghairdeas lenár bhfoireann sóisearach, a ghlac páirt i mbabhta a dó den chomórtas díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh i gCaisleán an Bharraigh an tseachtain seo caite. Congratulations to our Junior Gaeilge debating team who competed in the second round of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh in Castlebar last week.

 

 

 

18th January 2018

Following an introduction session with Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Education Officer, Roscommon County Council, in November 2017, the Transition Year students of Roscommon Community College set to work on their Anti-Litter Cinema Competition video production in conjunction with Roscommon County Council.

The students worked tirelessly on developing a catchy idea, producing high-quality storyboards and casting students for various roles.  Over twenty students used their creative skills to get them to today Wednesday 17th January, filming day.

Many thanks to Glenn and Kevin from Sky Rocket Media who travelled in terrible weather conditions to help the students piece together their ideas and to show off their acting skills in front of the camera.  All students enjoyed being part of this great experience and are eagerly awaiting viewing the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

18th January 2018

The Business Department at Roscommon Community College were delighted to welcome representatives from a team of digital ambassadors from Bank of Ireland – “Digital arrows”.  Our four first year groups were addressed by Paula Connellan, BOI Nationwide Digital Arrow team representative.  The main aim of the talk was to highlight the importance of staying safe online. A discussion took place about Internet Safety, Social Media Footprint and how students online activity may have a positive or negative impact on their lives in the future.  Students were given advice on how best they can protect themselves online, the importance of changing security settings and reporting unwanted messages or emails. Students were involved in a follow up Q&A session back in Business Studies class and it was clear that inviting in outside business partners really assists students to make the valuable connection between Business theory and everyday activities in both the private and business world. A big thank you to Paula and Annemarie from all the RCC first years, their business teachers and school management. 

 

 

 

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