26th October 2017

On Tuesday, the 24th of October, sixteen First Year students took part in the Post-Primary One Wall Handball Blitz, hosted by Roscommon Community College.  This competition is set up for beginners and its purpose is to encourage students to start a new sport. Roscommon Community College had three boys’ teams and one girls’ team representing the school – each team consisting of four players, two doubles partners.

All sixteen players played very well on the day where they faced C.B.S Roscommon, Elphin Community College, Convent of Mercy Roscommon and Dunmore Community School. All teams were guaranteed two games each which was excellent for our players as they grew in confidence after each game with their skills and teamwork greatly improved.

It was a very enjoyable day and well done to all the First Year students who took part – Caoimhe Clarke, Aisling Cooney, Siafra Finneran, Katelyn Lynch, Eoghain Gilleran, Paddy Naughton, Aaron Flaherty, Leo Gately, Evan Donnelly, Mikey O’Brien, Dylan Garvey, Adam Gately, Aaron Garvey, Miguel S. Saravia, Gerard Van Opstal and Brian Killian. Special congratulations to the boy’s team that consisted of Eoghain Gilleran, Aaron Flaherty, Paddy Naughton and Leo Gately, who were runners-up in the Boy’s Shield competition.

Also, a mention must be given to C.B.S’s Magomed Yakhyaev and RCC’s Liam Egan, Shauna Clogher, Ashling Treacy Siobhan Treacy, Carragh Kennedy and Dean Cribbon who helped out with the refereeing and organising of the day. These students were professional and organised, and ensured the day went as planned. A massive thank you to these students for helping out as without them, this event would not be possible.

 

We hope that now these students have had a taster of this magnificent sport that they will continue to play, develop their skills even further and even invite their friends to start up the game. Well done again to all involved.  

 

26th October 2017

Congratulations to Aaron Flaherty, Eoghain Gilleran, Leo Gately and Paddy Naughton who were runners-up in the Boy's Shield Competition. 

26th October 2017

A group of 6th year Leaving Certificate English students attended a production of ‘King Lear’ in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, performed by the Gaiety School of Acting. Students are currently engaging in the study of this text as a part of the Leaving Certificate Curriculum.

This Shakespearean tragedy depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. The world portrayed is one of betrayal, a world where there is no one to trust, no one who is what they declare themselves to be.

The day commenced with a riveting performance of the play where students were, in an instant, captivated by the energetic and convincing performances by the actors. It was mutually agreed by all that every aspect of the production was commendable, from the special effects to the lighting right down to the basics of costume and make-up. What made the performance particularly enjoyable was cast creating the sound effects onstage by use of a variety of musical instruments. This element of the production added to the tension and suspense that already dominates the lines of the script.

Later students engaged in a post-performance workshop where they had the opportunity to discuss Shakespeare’s characterisation and some of the prominent themes that emerge from the text. During this discussion students voiced their opinions and questioned the actors to gain their perspective on the character roles that they had played. Students were also furnished with a student workbook containing notes, links and the exploration of key characters, themes and quotations.

 

It was fabulous show and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  The outing will really help students in their appreciation of and further analysis of the play.  

26th October 2017

The BT Young Scientist and Technology competition’s successful applicants have been announced and Roscommon Community College are delighted to congratulate four students from the school whose projects were successful in getting through to the upcoming exhibition in January 2018.

The first project, which was entered by three Transition Year students, is titled “The Effects of Japanese Knotweed on Agriculture.” This entry was successful in the Intermediate Biological and Ecological sector. Luca Stratford, Ben Moran and John Mannion are carrying out a large scale qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact of the invasive species on agriculture in our community.

The second project which is underway in RCC and led by another Transition Year student, Michael Lough, is titled “Attitudes to Public Green Space in Rural Irish Towns: An Investigation into Perceptions and Use of Roscommon and Longford Town Parks”. This social and behavioural project aims to investigate the factors that motivate people’s use of green parks in our surrounding areas.

 

We wish all students the very best of luck with their preparations for the event and in the exhibition. 

26th October 2017

Last Thursday, Roscommon Community College took part in the Feachtas ‘Tráth na gCeist’ in Coláiste an Eachréidh, Athenry.  Twelve students travelled on the day, including six Transition year students and six second year students.  This was one of numerous Irish language events that students will take part in as we promote the use of the Irish language through the ‘Gaelbhratach’ scheme this year.  Students finished in third place, only narrowly missing out on progressing to the next round.  A great time was had by all and we will definitely be back next year.

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