We were delighted to host a French theatre group in RCC recently. Both our junior and senior students of French thoroughly enjoyed this hilarious play. The two French actors from the Onatti Production Company entertained our students with their fascinating storyline, stage presence and crazy costume changes. The plot centred around a girl in a café who had a disastrous day. Some of our students volunteered to be customers in the café, where they showed off their skills in improvisation! Well done to everyone involved! We look forward to the new Onatti play next year. Merci a Ms. Shanley who organised this event along with Ms. Farrell and Ms. Barrett.

On Tuesday last, our 5th year classes enjoyed a workshop on the Design of Sustainable Products with two workers from the Rediscovery Centre.

            The workshop lasted an hour and a half, and included a presentation on the Rediscovery Centre’s work, and the life cycle of products that we use everyday, like our own smart phones. We were shocked to discover the amount of toxic materials used to create each phone, and how little protection employees get when they manage these materials at the very start of production.

            We also learned that our smart phones are ‘designed for the dump’ and crash after only eighteen months. After they are thrown out, they are stripped for valuable materials such as gold and silver, and the remainder is then burned, polluting our air. This made us think about how we could try to change this process. We then split into teams and were asked to design a product with a limited amount of materials. The product had to be able to protect an egg from cracking when dropped from three metres.

            In the end, only one was completely unharmed. This was a very entertaining activity and altogether a very informative and fun workshop for all of us.

Article by Tia Fox and Emily McCormack (5th year students).

Shannon Cooke, Leaving Cert Agricultural Science student, learning about the daily feeding regime of the herd of Limousin cattle on a recent visit to Mountbellew Agricultural College.

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Tuesday the 11th of October saw twelve enthusiastic Roscommon Community College students travel to Athlone Community College to take part in the Literary and Debating Workshop ran by NUI Galway’s Eoghan Finn. The students were given a great insight into the layout and formats of the different types of debates, more notably the Concern debate and Irish Times debate. This will serve as a great advantage as RCC are hosting the County Debating Finals in the school on the 19th of November, with the debate following the Irish Times debating format. The students were shown some of the valuable tips and tricks of a successful speaker and were also were told what they should be including whether they are first, second, third or fourth speaker.

After the basics were covered, the students then split into teams to either propose or oppose the motion that ‘Donal Trump would be a good president’. The students were keen to get their opinions and thoughts across on this very topical issue. In a debating style format, using ‘points of information’ to make valid rebuttals, all students got involved, voicing their views and making appropriate arguments either for or against the motion.  The workshop enlightened our students and showed them that debating can be enjoyable, interesting and extremely beneficial both in and after school. We would like to thank Eoghan for the very fun and engaging workshop and look forward to getting back to the drawing board to kick start our first debate ‘selfies are the ultimate form of vanity.’

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Back row: Eoghan Finn, Tara Hegarty, Sean Egan, Daniel Carroll, Ana Marques, Tia Fox, Macie Collins and Daniel Hannon.

Front row: Maria Lohan, Dean Cribbon, Michael Lough, Erin Cleary and Dyan Donnelly.

Congratulations to Michael Lough who won the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup 2016 at the Siarsceal Literary Festival last Saturday.

 

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 (Left-Right) Gwen McNamara Bond, Founder of the  Siarsceal Festival, Eamonn Gordon (2015 winner), Michael Lough (2016  winner), Councillor Tony

Congratulations to Michael Lough, 3rd Year who was awarded the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup at a recent prize-giving ceremony in Roscommon County Library as part of the SiarScéal Literary Festival 2016.  Michael’s piece entitled “The Burning of Knockcroghery” has already brought him considerable success, as last October he was named Overall Student of the Year 2015 winning the Hannah Greally Literary Award with the same piece. Michael was honoured to receive the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup from Councillor Tony Ward, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, at a magnificent function to launch the SiarScéal Anthology Centenary in Reflection. In this anthology a century is celebrated through poetry, story and prose with submissions from local, national and international SiarScéal writers. The launch was also attended by Eamonn Gordon, last year’s recipient of the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup and Acting County Librarian Mary Butler. Poetry readings were given by Mary Branley, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, Mary Guckian, Kieran Furey and Ann Joyce. Many writers and poets of national and international repute were represented in this competition so well done to Michael on a wonderful achievement. Sincere thanks to Gwen McNamara Bond, founder of the SiarScéal Literary Festival for such a splendid programme of activities throughout the festival.

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