4th May 2017
Congratulations to all those that represented RCC at the SciFest last week. The students work and effort were greatly acknowledged and a total of 7 awards were received. Roscommon Community College submitted 12 projects to this year’s SciFest hosted by Athlone Institute of Technology. Three projects were entered into the Junior Categories and nine submissions in the Senior Category, with a total of 30 RCC Science students participating. The selected projects posed serious questions within the world of science, ranging from the physics of skateboarding to the level of fatigue amongst primary school students to the amount of electricity generated from potatoes. A great day was had by all students who attended as they relished the opportunity to demonstrate their considerable knowledge where they engaged the judges with their findings and utilised their considerable communicating skills to enthral them with their research process and their findings.
Congratulations to 5th year students Michael Egan, Simon Leonard and Conor Lavin as they received 1st place in their category, Senior Life Sciences with their project titled “Insight from a New Generation- Fertility Issues”. Cian O’Brien, Jack Hayden and Eoin McDonnell were also awarded second place in the Technology category with their project on the Cycling Sensor. Congratulations to Michael Lohan, Michael Staunton and Ben Finnerty in 2nd year on their success and came home with 1st place in the category (Junior Life Sciences) together with the Health Award and the ISTA Education Award. Finally, our budding scientists from 1st year, Finn Ryan, Jake Mullally and Ben Sherriff were highly commended for their project on Potato Power with their teacher Dr. Joanne Shea. Well done to everyone involved on such fantastic results. Thanks to Dr. Joanne Broggy Shea and Dr. Jude Lohan for all of their hard work with the students over the last number of months.
TY student Angel Rafferty was awarded 2nd place in the Intermediate Physical Sciences on her project on the Physics of Skateboarding with her teacher Dr. Joanne Shea.
Pictured is Finn Ryan, Jake Mullally and Ben Sherriff who were highly commended for their project on Potato Power with their teacher Dr. Joanne Shea.
Student Experience SciFest: Here we get to see the boys’ perspective on the experience.
“From being involved in the Scifest Exhibition, our group thought that Scifest was an interesting experience to say the least. Apart from presenting our own projects, we thought that the majority of the Scifest projects were very engaging and fascinating.
We were very apprehensive before presenting our design to the judges but after the first judge finished, our confidence and ability to speak to the judges improved a lot.
When we obtained our award we felt great pride in ourselves winning a €15 One4All Voucher in the Intermediate Technology category which was sponsored by Ericsson.
Overall, it was an interesting and enjoyable experience and we would only love to enter this competition next year with a bigger and a better idea.”
By Cian O’Brien, Jack Hayden, Eoin McDonnell
Pictured is Cian O’Brien, Jack Hayden, Eoin McDonnell of Cycling Safety Sensor
4th May 2017
Our 1st year boys acquitted themselves very well in the inaugural Roscommon 1st Year Boys championship. We had a bye in the first round which meant we took on Castlerea in the quarter final. This was an excellent team performance against a dogged Castlerea side. There was excellent scores taken throughout particularly from Feidlim O’Sullivan, Ryan Conlon and Ethan Hoban with Cormac Mee very dependable on the frees. Despite Castlerea coming back into the game in the second half we ran out winners on a 5-10 to 2-10 score line.
We then played CBS Roscommon in the semi-final. For the first 10 minutes we dominated possession and had several chances but failed to take them and in the end that would prove costly against a strong CBS side. The CBS tacked on goal after goal to go in at half time more than well ahead. In fairness to our team, they came out very determined in the second half and similarly to the first half we dominated the early period. The difference this time was we actually scored goals and points particularly from our midfield duo of Feidlim O’Sullivan and Ryan Conlon. Both Roscommon Gaels men can be very proud of their performance. As should Noah Fallon in goals who had a tremendous game pulling off save after save. Alas, we were hit by a counter attack resulting in a goal in the 45th minute which took the wind out of our sails. The last 10 minutes saw the CBS increase their lead to run out deserving winners on an incredible score line of 7-18 to 3-15.
4th May 2017
Our school would like to take the opportunity to thank our juvenile footballers for the commitment that they showed throughout the year. We had some very good days out and just ended up missing out on a quarter-final place on goal difference. Much thanks to the parents as always for encouraging the lads to represent the school and ensuring they attended training. Finally, thanks to Mr Devaney and Mr Kavanagh for looking after this team. We wish the lads every success with their clubs over the summer months.
4th May 2017
On the 2nd of May, our TY students took part in their final session of the Foundation Level GAA Coaching Course delivered by Roscommon GAA Games Promotion Officer Peter Carney.
The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop hurling or football.
The day consisted of both theory and practical exercises that informed our students how to be a good coach and how to teach new skills to young players. The students were taught the key techniques to basic Gaelic skills such as the hand pass, hook kick, punt kick and high catch. They were put into groups and given a specific skill to teach. The student then had to explain the key steps to executing the skills to the rest of the year and they also had to create a drill that would help develop this skill.
It was a very enjoyable day where our students learned the importance of breaking down a skill that they perhaps have already mastered and learned that you do not have to play the sport in order to coach it successfully. We would like to sincerely thank Peter Carney for his delivery of the course and for all his hard work.