3rd May 2018
The Transition Year group participated in a driving school held in Roscommon Community College last Wednesday and Thursday. The students completed driver theory and spent some time discussing the rules of the road. They were also given a demonstration on how to change a tyre and how to locate the different parts of the engine. The main part of the driving school provided the students with an introduction into the different parts of the steering column and how to work the pedals. The students were then given time behind the wheel where they had the chance to drive a car under the supervision of the instructor.
The school would like to commend the students for their excellent efforts on the day and also for the excellent levels of respect and maturity shown throughout the day towards the instructors.
3rd May 2018
German Students from 2nd, TY and 5th Year were treated to a live of ‘Hausarrest’ in the school library by touring theatre company Onatti Productions. Everyone had viel Spaβ as students enjoyed the opportunity to experience German outside of the classroom.
26th April 2018
On the 10th of April, Ms Tully’s Geography classes (1C and 1D) travelled to the Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm for their First Year Geography Fieldtrip. As mountain formation and aspects of sustainable energy are explored in first year Geography, the trip would serve a great benefit to students and be a great opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise.
The Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm is a project that was originated and developed by Coillte as part of its commitment to renewable energy and utilising its estate to deliver on Ireland’s renewable energy objectives. The main function of this wind farm is to produce clean electricity for homes, farms, hospitals, schools and businesses in Ireland, using 20 wind turbines and a substation.
The students and three teachers, Ms Tully, Ms McNamara and Mr Timmons, tackled the ‘yellow loop’ walk, on a bright Monday morning, which brought them around the mountain where they encountered numerous wind turbines. Upon their first encounter, the students were flabbergasted at the size of these machines. While some commented on the noise of these machines being slightly irritating, others mentioned its calming effect!
There were numerous pit stops taken on the trail, where the students were informed about the turbines’ function and benefit to both the community and environment. They also learned about the processes that were involved in constructing the turbines and saw all the phases that took place over the past few years that created this useful resource.
It was a wonderful day that was highly educational, one that the students thoroughly enjoyed. It gave them an opportunity to see the captivating scenes of Lanesboro from a great height and showed them the beauty that surrounds the town of Roscommon. The only hard part of the day was trying to get a selfie with a full turbine in the background!
A special thanks to Ms Namara and Mr Timmons for helping Ms Tully on the day.
26th April 2018
Sean Egan shortlisted for The Strokestown Poetry Competition with his poem 'Its Fragile Like Glass'. Congratulations and Best of Luck Sean!
26th April 2018
On Tuesday the 9th of April Our 3rd year Junior Cycle English students attended a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ performed by The Cyclone Rep Company in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. Students are currently engaging in the study of this text as a part of the Junior Cycle Curriculum.
This Shakespearean comedy has a very riveting plot-line allowing students to observe a cold-hearted villain, true friendship, and a test of love. In the end, the wise actions of Portia, a sought-after bachelorette, save the day.
The Cyclone Rep Company’s enactment of the play was outstanding where students were, in an instant, captivated by the energetic and unique performances by the actors. It was mutually agreed by all that every aspect of the production was praiseworthy, from the adaptations in the script right down to the basics of costume design and make-up.
The 95 minute performance was a reduced version of the play containing an entertaining scholarly review that clarified the main themes and topics. Students were invited to discuss these in an open forum during the performance. Students voiced their opinions and questioned the actors to gain their perspective on the character roles that they had played and the themes explored.
The show was interactive both on and off stage, with opportunities for audience participation. Well done to all who asked questions and contributed to discussions. In particular, well done to Krzysztof Cieslinski, Szymon Sikorski and Luke Gregory for braving the stage in order to partake in what can only described as a highly engaging production.
The outing will really help students with their understanding of the play.