13th September 2018
During the summer holidays four of our teachers, Mr Mannion, Mr Donlon, Mr Kelly and Mr Callanan were busy building up their continuous professional development as they successfully completed an Erasmus KA1+ course entitled ‘How we avoid dropouts in schools-the way of Finland’. This course was held over the first week in July in Joensuu in Eastern Finland, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU. This course is the fourth successful Erasmus KA1+ experience that teachers at our school have participated in over the last year.
Over the course of the week, the teachers engaged in a series of educational workshops, on-site educational visits and cultural experiences. About 99.7 % of pupils in Finland go through the basic compulsory education starting school at the age of 7. Hence, course participants were eager to learn and experience how Finland achieves this rate.
The course involved learning about and witnessing several of the services that are available to students in Finland, as schools work together with social and health care services to handle difficult situations for pupils (e.g. violence, drugs, antisocial behaviour, crimes etc). On the first morning a plenary session explained how, in the Finnish education system, no student is left behind and students with additional educational needs are supported extensively to achieve to the best of their ability in their schooling. The first site visit of the week was to a Kindergarten where course participants saw the experimental learning that is afforded to pre-school learners in Finland. The Finnish education system recognises the parent as the child’s primary educator, through which the logic of keeping children at home for longer than Ireland is well justified. Participants also visited a hospital school, where students who are hospitalised have the opportunity to continue their education whilst being treated for their illness. This visit was proof of the extent to which ‘no child is left behind’ in the Finish education system.
In the classroom, course participants took part in a seminar designed at explaining how the Finnish system integrates immigrant students into their education system. The Finnish language can be a major barrier to the successful integration of immigrant students and so this has resulted in them offering a one-year course in the language to new immigrant students. The system offers different paths of education to immigrants and realises that they do not necessarily need to integrate into the mainstream system to be successful in their education. Participants also visited the OHJAAMO 2.0 project, a very worthwhile service that assists young people in finding employment upon finishing their education.
In Finland, school care teams aim to make the whole school a better learning environment for all and so the psychological support services provided to students was outlined. The Finnish Law of Student Welfare recognises student welfare as a part of learning and offers both communal and individual student supports. One example of this is making the school yard an enjoyable and comfortable areas where students will want to be. The engaging course drew to a close with an excursion to the Loli National Park where the natural beauty of Finland’s forests and lakes must be seen to be believed as a written description simply cannot do it justice.
Overall, a very educational course and a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all. Finland is renowned for its high educational standards and it was a wonderful opportunity for our teachers to experience this first hand. The teachers on this course look forward to sharing the knowledge and skills they acquired with management and teaching staff in Roscommon Community College over the coming months.
13th September 2018
Roscommon Community College would like to extend our congratulations to our students on their performance in their Junior Certificate Examinations. We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to working with them on their continued path to Leaving Certificate.
13th September 2018
Congratulations to RCC students Siafra Finneran (2nd year) and Mairéad Lohan (1st year) who were members of the Roscommon U14 camogie team who were successful in winning an All-Ireland on Saturday September 8th. The team participated in a national camogie blitz in Dublin where they topped their group and then went on to beat Louth in the final. The girls also led out the intermediate All-Ireland Camogie finalists in Croke Park on Sunday last. Well done to the girls on a great achievement.
6th September 2018
As the new school year starts, three of our fifth year students are looking forward to the upcoming National Ploughing Championships at the end of September. Keelan Gallagher, Seán Trundle and John Cunniffe were picked as one of the six final teams who will receive five Certified Irish Angus calves at the Ploughing. The students will spend three days at the Ploughing Championships promoting Certified Irish Angus Beef at the Angus stand. On the final day they will be presented with their calves and they are eagerly looking forward to rearing them on the school farm. The boys have been busy with their project attending various agricultural shows during the summer holidays and will visit Strokestown Agricultural Show this coming weekend. Follow the boys journey at RCC Irish Angus Song on YouTube, and on Facebook and Instagram @ Certified Irish Angus S.O.S, (Save Our Sucklers).
6th September 2018
Roscommon Community College was delighted to welcome Kieran Mulvihill from ‘Amazing Brains’ Study Skills Programme on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of September. Amazing Brains specialise in helping students to optimise their study time and ensure productive studying takes place. The workshop was interactive with innovative resources used to help students learn how their brain works, how they can develop a success mindset and how to revise successfully, ultimately leading to success in examinations. Kieran facilitated three workshops. The ‘Blast Off’ Programme, offered to 1st year students, is designed to enable students to develop the mindset and study habits to succeed at school. The ‘Drive for Success’ Programme, taken by 3rd year students is designed to give a foundation to students to achieve in their first state examination. The merits of active learning, the importance of perseverance and the role of a ‘can do’ attitude were discussed alongside study techniques and strategies. The ‘5 Steps to Exam Success’ takes on a holistic approach to exam preparation from creating the right mindset to optimising energy levels to study techniques. The programme was thoroughly enjoyable and students who engaged in the programme will reap the rewards.