14th March 2019
Well done for the two teams who got to the Western Regional final of the Junk Kouture 2019, you have made Roscommon Community College very proud of all of your achievements and your participation in a widely regarded and prestigious National competition is some accomplishment.
Our teams were named ‘Cablemania’ and ‘Brave in Hides’ and as their names suggest the mixture of cables, computer parts and technology was the focus for the first dress. The second used leather parts and scraps of material to create a warrior based theme which wooed the initial judges with a ‘Silver ticket’ (a rare pass straight into the Regional finals)
On a fine Thursday, we set off to the TF in Castlebar to compete, the long day consisted of briefings, practice runs, make up sessions and plenty of adjustments to their finely poised ensembles. The evening consisted of 85 dresses competing for 15 Grand Final places, the competition had started and we were definitely in the mix!
As the crowd cheered and showed their enthusiasm, the scorching lights were ready and the announcers took their places- the dresses became centre stage and one by one the unique designs and amazing work put in by students from across the region were showcased to a waiting audience. Our dresses were displayed with real enthusiasm and the models used all of their efforts and courage to really showcase all of the hard work which had been completed the months before.
The fifteen dresses that were eventually called for the Grand Final were ensembles of the highest order, the intricate work and style were typical of a competition which is evolving every year with its own standard.
We didn't get through to the National Final but the two teams competed at a very high level and just came short against a really strong selection of dresses and ensembles. Out of 4000 dresses entered on a national level, only 400 were chosen for the Regionals- so to get to that point in the competition was a real achievement.
In particular many thanks go to Ms Gillian Gannon and Mr Stewart Li who helped the TY students all the way and for the pupils themselves who represented RCC so well on the day- the team work, endeavour and positivity they displayed was truly an inspiration for any budding artist.
On to next year, where RCC will get to the Grand Final!!
Cian Campbell, Riesse Donlon and Zara Grehan with thier creation 'Brave in Hides'
Krzysztof Lipka, Amanda Balode and Rute Marques with their creation 'Cablemania'
14th March 2019
Congratulations to Carragh Kennedy, second year, who won the All-Ireland Semi Final last weekend against Tyrone’s Brona Farley. Carragh showed her excellent skills and had a very comprehensive win against her Northern opponent winning 15-2, 15-1.
Also on the day, Shauna Clogher and Liam Egan took to the court in their respective All-Ireland Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, it did not go their way on the day as Shauna was beaten by Caliosa Ni Dhuil of Armagh and Liam was defeated by Monaghan’s athletic Deveidas Kaklauskas.
Well done to all St. Coman’s handball players and the very best of luck to Carragh in the All-Ireland Final that takes place over the coming weeks.
7th March 2019
5th Year students were delighted to visit Heat Merchants in Athlone on the 26th February. This site visit was part of our partnership with Heat Merchants and The Business in the Community Skills at Work Programme.
The Business in the Community Skills at Work Programme matches local businesses with schools to give students a unique insight into the world of work. There are a number of sessions including site visits, CV and interview workshops and mock interviews, which provide the students with an opportunity to consider careers and further study options available to them.
Heat Merchants are Ireland’s leading supplier of heating, plumbing, tiles and sanitary ware. They are a fully Irish owned company with the main business support office and distribution hub located in Athlone. There are 32 Heat Merchant branches and 11 Tubs and Tiles branched nationwide and a Technical Services team based in Balbriggan.
On arrival we were welcomed by Heat Merchant’s Managing Director, Alan Hogan and Human Resource Director, Suzanne Devlin.
Alan gave an overview of the company and then students were split into four groups. Each group spent time with employees and learned about a day in the life of that employee. They also had a site tour and got to see and experience the working world.
This was an invaluable experience for our students and we would like to extend our thanks to Alan Hogan and his team in Heat Merchants. We look forward to our next session.
7th March 2019
TY and 5th Year History students visited NUI, Galway on Wednesday last to engage with the Breaking the SEAL (Student Engagement with Archives through Learning) Programme. This project focuses on connecting second level students to the archival material, primary sources, and collections of the Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.
Students were treated to seminars that explored how to test the validity and reliability of primary sources as well as identifying what can be learned from them.
The next stage of the project is to use these skills to form a short essay on a topic of their choosing which will help them immeasurably with their Leaving Certificate projects. This will be published and stored in the library after a ceremony in May.
The day was also a wonderful chance for students to experience campus life in NUI, Galway as they sat for a cup of coffee in the University canteen and got a peek into the library they may be sitting in very soon!
7th March 2019
As part of TY Geography our TYs are studying renewable energy. Taking the classroom outside, we visited Sliabh Bán and the wind farm located on the mountain. Our students got close to the turbines and we were able to observe them in action. They were amazed by the size of these structures and how scenic Roscommon looks from Sliabh Bán. All in all, a very worthwhile learning experience was had.