6th April 2017

On Tuesday the 4th of April, thirty-four students of French and German set off for a night in Donegal Adventure Centre. As we left Roscommon, the excitement was palpable and the luggage was plentiful! After a delicious lunch in Bundoran, students took part a climbing challenge that was not for the faint-hearted. It was wonderful to see the students encourage each other to push themselves through their fear of heights. Students raced each other up the centre’s climbing wall before abseiling down. The bravest of the bunch threw themselves off a tower, flying through the air until their bungee ropes activated. After dinner, we all donned wetsuits and braved the white-topped waves for an evening surf. The water was most definitely warmer than the air and after the initial screams of coldness, the screams of wild excitement took over. Some students were natural surf dudes and dudettes, while others provided entertainment for all, in their accidental wiping out of surfers to their left and to their right. There is no doubt that we were all bitten by the surfing bug and look forward to our next trip out on the waves. After a film evening and midnight chats, students were up bright and early for breakfast. The rest of the day was spent in French or German classes. The material covered served as a revision for students’ forth-coming summer exams and the classes, delivered by native speakers, focused on pronunciation which will stand to our students in their oral examinations. Well done to all involved for making the very most of all DAC had to offer.

 

6th April 2017

 

An exciting time for the German Department at Roscommon Community College recently saw the first leg of this year’s German exchange (Austauschprogramm) take place. At the start of April, Maria Leis from Gymnasium Sankt Stefan in Augsburg, Bavaria arrived into Dublin Airport, to be met by her Irish exchange partner, Chloe Fallon.  Enjoying the hospitality of her host family (Gastfamilie) and exploring the cultural highlights (die Sehenswϋrdigkeiten) of what the Roscommon area has to offer, Maria will attend school (die Schule) with her Irish counterparts daily, as she stays in Roscommon for a period of almost three weeks. Just last May, a group of Transition and Fifth Year students made the exciting trip to Augsburg where they experienced German hospitality at its best, as they participated in an exhilarating three weeks of language learning and fun.

 

Our German exchange programme with Gymnasium Sankt Stefan is of immense benefit to our students as it lends itself to improved oral proficiency, fluency and colloquial vocabulary acquisition. Research has shown that learning a language in such a fun and informal environment is a beneficial experience for students. All involved report that the exchange has worked wonders building the confidence of the students with their Deutsch, while also developing greater independence and maturity as they broaden their horizons through travel. We wish Maria a pleasant stay and a safe trip as she gets ready to return to Deutschland. Gute Reise Maria!

 

6th April 2017

Pictured is Leaving Certificate Student Aaron Del Prado with his poem Pompeii which has been shortlisted for the Strokestown Poetry Competition.

 

6th April 2017

Best of Luck to Sean Egan, Orla Bishop and Luke Gregory performing in Peter Hall's adaption of Animal Farm.

 

 

 

6th April 2017

 

Last Tuesday, our TY, 5th and 6th year students of French attended an Irish Film Institute screening of ‘Ma Revolution’ in the Roscommon Arts Centre.

The Arab Spring of 2011 was sparked by the Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia. In Paris, people take to the streets in support, but 14-year-old Marwenn, though of Tunisian background, has no interest in politics. Then he stumbles upon a rally, gets his picture in the paper and suddenly he’s the coolest kid in school. Encouraged by his grandfather, Marwenn travels to Tunisia on a journey of self-discovery in this charming and humorous film.

The film ends in suspense, as we don’t find out what exactly lies in store for Marwenn. Despite this fact, our students thoroughly enjoyed the film.

 

Thanks to Ms.Shanley for organising this event and to the staff of the Arts Centre.

 

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