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.
6th April 2017
Congratulations to the following students who were nominated for the GRETB Annual Awards:
- Calvin Connolly: Arts, Culture and Music Category
- Jack Hayden, Eoin McDonnell and Cian O’Brien: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Category
- Michael Egan, Conor Lavin and Simon Leonard: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Category
- James Delaney: Overcoming Adversity Category
- Michael Egan: Green Project Category.
All nominees look forward to receiving their awards at the GRETB Award Ceremony which takes place next month. Well done to all.
6th April 2017
There was a real treat in store for students of German this week as Mr. Desmond Kenny, a Roscommon native who has been living and working in Germany for many years, paid a visit to the German classroom. Desmond spoke to the students about the day to day reality of living and working in modern day Wiesbaden, while highlighting to students the importance of language acquisition in a world which is constantly changing. The key message of his address to students was no matter how the world changes through the use of technology, good communication skills will always be central. Students were reminded that the mastery of foreign languages provides a competitive edge in career choices as one is able to participate more effectively in a multi-cultural world, while also improving our marketable skills in the global economy.
Mr. Kenny regaled students with anecdotes surrounding the German way of life, all the while outlining ways in which German society is both similar and different to Ireland. The boys in particular were fascinated to learn more about the infamous Autobahn in Germany upon which cars can travel without a speed restriction! Students gained more of an appreciation of cultural diversity as they realised that dealing with another culture often enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture. Everybody present enjoyed the opportunity to bring the language to life, as they were reminded of why they study language in the first place. At the German Department at Roscommon Community College, students are consistently reminded that we learn language in order to experience differences in culture and traditions, while also preparing for the opportunity to live and work in a country using the target language. Students had a good laugh as their attention was drawn to the bewildering nature of some German idiomatic language, while some of the more memorable phrases will surely be popping up on German summer tests in the not too distant future, zum Beispiel, “Lass die Kirche im Dorf!”
Students certainly left the talk with the sense that one is at a distinct advantage in the global market if one is as bilingual as possible. We were reminded that the study of a foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education, with the verb “to educate” meaning to lead out of confinement, narrowness and darkness. All agreed that this was certainly a very enlightening talk, during which the time flew by! Frau Cullen and the students at Roscommon Community College are very grateful to Mr. Kenny for taking the time out of his busy schedule to spend some time with us. Schöne Ferien in Roscommon Herr Kenny!
6th April 2017
Our Girls’ Junior Volleyball team made it through to the top 12 teams in Ireland in the Junior Volleyball Cup All-Ireland Quarter Finals. On the 31st of March, our girls travelled to Loughrea where they had to battle it out against St. Brigid’s College and Colaiste Mhuire Ennis, with only the top team on the day making it through to the All-Ireland Semi Final.
It was a tough ask for our ladies, coming up against two schools who have been in the game for a very long time. Both schools are renowned for their volleyball success but this didn’t seem to phrase our girls. First they faced Colaiste Mhuire which it was an excellent game to watch. While our girls appeared nervous at the beginning, failing to call names and support one another, they soon got into the swing of things. Unfortunately for them, Ennis appeared to be too far ahead to make a comeback and RCC was beaten in their first game 25-18. The girl’s pulled themselves together in the second and despite their best effort, they were defeated on the narrowest score line; 25-23.
This meant it was do or die for the RCC ladies in their final match against St. Brigid’s, the girls knew they must win to be in a chance to make it through and this pressure seemed to get to them as the first game was over in a matter of minutes on a score line of 25-5. As strange as this may sound, this loss seemed to settle our girls as they knew that they had nothing to lose, they were told to go out and enjoy the game; play the shots they knew they can play; support one another and work together. It is here that our girls played the best volleyball that they have ever played before; their digs, sets up and return shots were impeccable. The more the girls played, the better they got and the girls made it clear in the first few rallys that St. Brigids were not going to be taking this game as easy as the first. It was battle that the girls were determined to win and with both sides producing wonderful shots and displaying excellent skill, it was tough to call. Thankfully, all the girls’ hard work paid off as the game finished on a nail-biting 25-23 score line. This led to a tie-breaker game, first to 15. Both teams had shown great work ethic and team work and this continued into the final game. Both team showed how much this game meant to them, but in the end, it was St. Brigid’s ladies who came out on top, beating our girls 15-10. Following on from such a dramatic game, St. Brigid’s went on to beat Ennis comfortably meaning they now progress to the All-Ireland Semi-final.
In spite of the heart-breaking result, it is clear that the RCC volleyball team has great potential. Our girls have now seen the true standard of the Junior Volleyball Cup Division and they now know what they need to do to go further in these competitions. This team has reached the All-Ireland stages three times in two years (spikeball and volleyball) and there is no doubt that if the girls continue to work hard, develop their skills and work as a team that they will one day become champions. Very well done to every single team member. Remember to keep working, keep trying and never give up because one day, you will reap the rewards.
Back row (l-r): Riesse Donlon, Ina Van Opstal, Orla Bishop, Tara Naughton, Caoimhe Leonard and Zara Grehan.
Front row (l-r): Lauren Flaherty (Assistant Coach), Julia Kesek, Shauna Clogher, Kirstin Cronin and Eve Smyth.