22nd March 2018
On Wednesday last our u16 boys took part in the All-Ireland badminton division 1 schools competition. The competition was ran off using a league basis with the winners being the team on the most sets at the end of the league. Each team had four players each of who played a singles game and afterwards took part in two doubles games. Therefore there was 6 sets to play against each team.
Our first game was against the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. Both teams were evenly matched and the score after five sets was 3-2. The final doubles set was hard fought and very tight with the Belfast school eventually winning on a score line of 29-30. This proved to be the crucial and meant RCC lost the match 2-4 in legs.
The second game was against St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny. RCC played very well and won all their sets bar one. This left the score for the match 5-1 on sets. The final game was against the winners of the Munster competition from Cork. RCC played well in each of the sets and won 6-0 overall. RCC knew if they won all the sets they had a slight chance of catching the Belfast school on legs. However, this didn’t happen as the Belfast school wouldn’t drop any sets during the tournament after our game.
Well done to each of the lads on finishing second in the All-Ireland schools final.
22nd March 2018
Engineers week kicked off on the 24 February and concluded on the 5th of March, but due to the weather the main event had to be postponed until March 8th. The aim of engineers week is to inspire students to look at Engineering as a career in the future.
The first year groups were showed a video titled “Did you know – Engineering”. This was a very informative documentary that took a look at the past to see where and our first engineers were inspired, and, to see what challenges us engineers face in the future. This sparked off very interesting discussions which left the 1st year groups reeling with thoughts leaving the room.
Our 2nd year Metalwork students were given the “Egg Drop Challenge”. Students were tasked to design an apparatus that would protect an egg from being broken after been dropped from a height of 5 metres. There were given a list of materials and size constraints in which they had to keep to.Two teams designs could not be separate after reaching the maximum height. The winning teams were Team 1- Norbert Papuga, Joshua Victory, Jack Regan and Ismael Ramos. Team 2-Seth Caslin, Sol Trundle, Brian Hoare and Gerard O'Hara.
Our 5th year engineering students were shown an official screening of “ Dream Big”. This was a film licenced to Engineers Ireland who had the rights to distribute the DVD nationwide which had to be applied for prior to the screening. It showed very interesting and inspirational aspect to the approach of Engineering. Following the film the class were invited to Roscommon Co. Library where two civil engineers representing the N R A (National Roads Authority). They spoke of aspects of their job and how they qualified along with their work experience. It was very interesting for the students to see the amount of stages in the process of planning a bypass. They showed us the current stage at which the bypass of the bends at Oran Graveyard. The class had the opportunity to ask questions on the experiences of the civil engineers.
Finally the last element of engineers week took place a week late but it was well worth the wait. Alan Hanniffy of the Advanced Engineering department of Valeo Vision Systems gave us a fascinating presentation and a demonstration. The company specialize in the development of car reversing camera systems, self-parking systems and automatic object obstruction detection emergency stop systems in all types of vehicles.
The project Alan was working on that he displayed on the day was aimed to be available to General Motors to install in their cars by 2020. Every TY student who attended the presentation were then treated to a spin in the CHEVROLET SILVERADO 6.5 Ltr. petrol (left hand drive) 4x4 with a trailer attached, to show the development stage they were at.
Alan also spoke of the qualifications required, employment opportunities they have open in their company and the amount of job opportunities in this industry. Overall if one was considering a career choice, after attending this presentation, would have their mind made up very quickly. The Engineering department of the school would like to thank all involved in presentations, competitions and to all cooperating teachers involved to make Engineers week a success for 2018.
22nd March 2018
Congratulations to our Girl’s Junior Volleyball team that topped their group last week in the first round of the competition. Both our Yellow and Blue team headed to Strokestown where they faced two Strokestown teams in the hopes of progressing to the next round that is being held after the Easter break.
Our yellow team was first up where they battle against Strokestown’s Pink team. Our girls started off excellently, having taken on board mistakes from last week’s games against Drumbshanbo, they were the comprehensive winners of the game on a score line of 25-10, 25-15.
Next up they faced Strokestown’s Blue team which was both the toughest and closest battle of the day. Both games could have gone either way as both teams displayed their great serving skills and spectacular teamwork. In the end it was the RCC ladies that prevailed and nipped the win: 25-23, 25-23.
Finally both our Yellow and Blue team battled it out in the final game for the Yellows. Despite the rivalry, it was a great opportunity to see how both teams had come so far since starting to train last month. Both teams were eager to gain the bragging rights and both ensured they did all they could in order to secure victory. Unfortunately for the Blue team, the Yellow’s took the win in two very tight games: 25-20, 25-17.
This result meant that RCC Yellow has topped the group and would now progress to the next stage of the competition. It was then up to RCC Blue to beat the two Strokestown teams in order to make it to the next round. They first encountered Strokestown Blue where it took our girls a while to get settled. After losing the first game 25-6, our girls pulled together and displayed their ample volleyball and communication skills. In spite of their efforts, Strokestown took the win in a very narrow 25-23 score line.
Our girls now knew they had a battle on their hands. Our Blue team played their final must-win game against Strokestown Pink in order to be in with a chance of being placed second. Just as the Yellow team had an epic match earlier on that was won on the tightest of margins, our girls Blue team showed their grit and determination during their finally battle. The game went down to the wire as both Strokestown Pink and RCC Blue knew what was at stake. In the end, however, it was Strokestown who proved triumphant in two very close, nailing biting games. 25-22, 25-23.
We want to say congratulations to both teams who did RCC proud and the very best of luck to the Yellow team in the next stage of the competition.
Finally, the best of luck to the Junior Boys team that will play their first round on the 10th of April where they will face Raphael’s of Loughrea and our close neighbours Elphin.
22nd March 2018
The First and Second year girls participated in a Gaelic football blitz involving ten different teams in Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday March 14th. While the weather conditions were not ideal the smoothly run tournament ran by Carrick-on Shannon’s Peter Nyland made for an enjoyable yet competitive day of football. The girls were grouped with St. Nathy’s College of Ballaghaderreen and Carrick-on-Shannon Community School. First up they played Nathy’s, RCC got off to a cracker of a start when Katie Cronin found the net Nathy’s responded with a fine point but the RCC girls were only beginning their goal spree. RCC extended their lead, Nathy’s could only exchange points for RCC’s powerful goals. Carragh Kennedy ending with four goals, Siobhan Treacy with two and Sinead Hickey with one. This match finished on a score line of RCC eight goals to Nathy’s one goal and four points! Next up the RCC girls took on hosts Carrick-on-Shannon. This was a lower scoring affair but again the Roscommon girls displayed a strong performance pulled off another vital victory, a special mention to the backs who provided a solid line of defence.
With two great wins under their belt RCC were straight through to the semi-final. Their opponent was St. Nathys again, however this was a much closer match than their previous encounter. Nathy’s played much better than the first time RCC played them and points and goals were exchanged evenly throughout the game. The RCC girls though were triumphant in this cracker of a game with a single point win and this was achieved through excellent team work and sheer determination. There were some great scores from both Ashling Treacy and Aoife Campbell both with a tally of 1-1 each. This game ended 2-2 to 2-1 in favour of Roscommon Community College. In the final the RCC girls faced an unbeaten Carrigallen Vocational School. This proved a tough game from the start with a true battle in midfield providing spectators with a truly entertaining match. A goal scored by Kirsten Cronin and a point by Aoife Campbell unfortunately was not enough to secure the shield with a late Carrigallen goal in the dying minutes giving them the win! The RCC girls proved worthy runners up in the tournament and showed great potential for future years. Well done girls!
RCC Team: Katelyn Lynch, Caoimhe Clarke, Hannah Burke, Amy Gallagher, Siafra Finneran, Julia Garvey, Katie Cronin, Kirstin Cronin, Siobhan Treacy, Ashling Treacy, Sinead Hickey, Ellen Hynes, Carragh Kennedy, Caitlin Connolly, Rachael Ward, Rose Michaela Cunniffe, Aoife Campbell.
22nd March 2018
Students at RCC were busy celebrating international Pi Day. Through a variety of tasks, students investigated and explored the meaning of Pi, whose simple ratio has proved enormously useful for math and engineering throughout the course of history.
Although modern computers can list Pi to 1 million decimal places, our first years tried to learn off as many decimal places as possible.
Pictured are the winners of our Pi Day Maths Competition: 1st place- Jaime Sheridan, 2nd Place- Hannah Kerr and 3rd Place- Eoin Conroy