20th September 2018
Our fifth year students Seán Trundle, Keelan Gallagher and John Cunniffe have enjoyed a very insightful and eventful week at The National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullumore, Co. Offaly where they were presented with the five Angus Calves that they won as a part of the Certified Irish Angus Beef 2018 Schools Competition. Congratulations to all involved, a wonderful achievement.
Miriam O'Callaghan pictured presenting Seán Trundle, Keelan Gallagher and John Cunniffe with the passports for their Certified Irish Angus Calves.
A reporter for the 'Farmer's Journal' interviewing Seán Trundle, John Cunniffe and Keelan Gallagher about their success in the Certified Irish Angus.
Proudly pictured at their stand are Seán Trundle, John Cunniffe and Keelan Gallagher at the National Ploughing Championships 2018.
20th September 2018
Four teachers from our school, Mr Fergal Timmons, Ms Siobhan Tully, Ms Sheila Gunn and Ms Marie Carroll travelled to Bologna, Italy to partake in an Erasmus+ Programme entitled ‘Intercultural Learning and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom’. This course was held the last week in June and funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU. This course follows a series of four other successful Erasmus KA1+ experiences that teachers at our school have participated in over the last year.
The Erasmus+ Programme is an EU initiative to support education and training in Europe. The aim of this course was to help teachers develop their cultural awareness, while giving them the tools and new approaches to cater to a multinational and culturally diverse group of students. Our teachers studied with educators from several different European countries such as Belgium, Spain, Finland, France and Germany.
In this magnificent learning environment our teachers shared ideas, knowledge and their experiences. They also engaged in a series of educational workshops, classroom theory and off-site educational and cultural excursions. Our teachers felt that the course allowed them to exchange good practices and discuss challenges with international teachers and course trainers.
On their return from Bologna our teachers were full of praise for the course and looked forward to sharing the many new skills and ideas that they learned with management and teaching staff in Roscommon Community College. They are particularly happy they have learned new approaches to education that can be applied to culturally diverse classrooms. They know more about a teacher’s role in the integration process. Our school would like to thank Ms Marie Carroll and Mr Conor Devaney for their hard work in successfully applying to partake in this prestigious educational initiative.
Pictured are the participants of the Erasmus+Programme that took place in Bologna.
20th September 2018
St Raphael’s College, Loughrea just about deserved their victory over Roscommon Community College in glorious conditions on Tuesday September 18 at Loughrea RFC. Playing with the elements in the opening half, the heavier Raphael’s forwards took the game to RCC but were met with solid defence from Adam Bracken, Tiernan O’Sullivan and Adam Donnelly for the visitors. Halfway through the first half a surge by Raphael’s brought play to the RCC line and despite excellent tackling they found a way over for a try on the right wing which was excellently converted for a 7-0 lead.
RCC rallied and found good field position through some excellent line kicking by Aaron Hannon. They couldn’t find their way to the try line and were turned over on a few occasions. On the stroke of half time, Raphael’s worked their way again to the RCC line. Tiernan O’Sullivan stole the ball from a ruck one metre out but had the ball stolen from him in the tackle which allowed Raphael’s to score again. The try was converted for a 14-0 halftime lead.
RCC dominated the game in the second half aided by the breeze but failed to break through the Raphael’s defence. Strong running by Adam Bracken, Adam Donnelly and Erin Coyne was encouraging and Diarmuid Treacy was always a threat. In the pack, Luca Stratford stood out for his carrying and tackling and both second rows never stopped trying. RCC were rewarded 5 from time with a well worked try by wing Kyle Kelly. Unfortunately the conversion, which would have given RCC a bonus point was just short by Hannon. The whistle blew minutes after and Raphael’s had prevailed on a 14-5 score line. RCC’s next outing in this league is away to Athlone CC in early October.
RCC: Diarmuid Treacy, Matthew Ryan, Erin Coyne, Aaron Hannon, Dean Conlon, Ben Finnerty, Eoghan Farrell, Adam Donnelly, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Adam Bracken, Eoin McDonnell, Dylan Geraghty, Nathan Sweeny, Sean Quinn, Luca Stratford.
Subs: Kyle Kelly for Matthew Ryan, Ian Trautt for Dean Conlon.
Not used: Liam Egan, Nathan Clarke, Enda Clogher, Dara Finneran, Brandon Kilcommons
20th September 2018
On Thursday 13th September 6th year students attended ‘Higher Options’ in the RDS. They had the opportunity to seek advice and information from various colleges at third-level in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Students attended talks and lectures on topics of interest to them ranging from CAO, UCAS, Engineering & Construction, Nursing, Agriculture, Art & Design, STEM and Science. A very beneficial experience for all students involved.
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.