On Wednesday the 16th of December a group of students from Roscommon Community College were given the opportunity of visiting Google HQ in Dublin’s Docklands.

The trip was organised for a group of students studying Business for Junior and Leaving Certificate to facilitate their understanding of enterprise and the world of work. The group of students and their teachers Ms. Staunton and Ms Farrell were given a tour of the Google buildings situated in the area of Dublin now known as “Silicone Docks”.

Students took part in a very informative question and answer session with Ms. Ruth Brennan, Product Marketing Manager on SMB marketing for Google Ireland. They were given an insight into some of Google’s newest developments including “Project Loon” which hopes to deliver internet service to remote areas in under-developed countries from hot air-balloons in the atmosphere. Students also learned of the “Google Self-Driving Car Project”. The goal of this project is for fully autonomous driving which will improve road safety and help lots of people who are unable to drive. The students took part in a quiz to test their own knowledge and understanding of the Google enterprise and were given a variety of Google merchandise in recognition of their efforts. The visit was rounded off with the RCC group being treated to lunch in the very trendy Google canteen.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms. Brennan for taking the time out of her busy schedule to facilitate this most enjoyable and highly educational visit. From all at RCC, “Thank You”.

 

Some of the members of the Call to Code group that are developing their coding skills every Wednesday after school at Roscommon Community College. So far this year this students have been using different programming languages such as HTML and JavaScript. The students are aiming to build on these skills in the New Year, so they can use their new skills to build websites and create their own computer programs.

 

 

 

Students at Roscommon Community College were delighted on Wednesday last, December 16th to welcome the All Star Mayo Footballer Keith Higgins. Keith works with Bank of Ireland and addressed the students on the importance of student life balance. His motivational address reminded all present of the importance of being focused in achieving set goals both academic and on the sporting field. After speaking to the assembled members of pupils and staff, Keith warmly responded to many interesting questions. He finished his visit by posing for pictures with many students and staff that have grass routes in County Mayo. Despite all of his sporting success and disappointments, Keith remains positive about the future for Mayo Senior team to lift the Sam Maguire. Us poor blooded Rossies remained tight lipped on the day as to the present plans in operation for our own success in the 2016 Connacht Final. UP the Rossies!

 

 

 

Keith Higgins, Corner Back with the Senior Mayo team pictured here with some 2nd year students at Roscommon Community College. L-R: Chloe Fallon, Trevor Fallon, Eoghan Farrell, Bandon Kilcommins.

 

 

A HUGE congrats to the 1st Year Girls Spikeball team who won the Regional Finals on Tuesday. The girls played against five teams: Portlaoise, Grennan, Athy, Convent of Mercy Roscommon and Schoil Mhuire Strokestown, two 7 minute timed games each.

The girls had a close first game against Strokestown, beating them 18-11, 12-11. Next they faced Grennan and Athy with the girls winning comprehensively in both (Grennan: 16-11, 20-8, Athy: 23-9, 24-7).

The girls then played their neighbouring rivals, Convent of Mercy Roscommon. They drew the first game, 12 a piece, but had a convincing win in the second, 15-5. The girls then played Portlaoise winning 21-8, 17-7.

Roscommon CC topped their group so they played Convent of Mercy Roscommon again in the semi-finals as they were positioned 4th in the group. The semi finals were the best of 3 sets, first to 21 points. The girls played exceptional in the semi, displaying their excellent teamwork skills and outstanding serving ability. They now preapre for the National Finals which are being held in UCD on December 10th. The very best of luck girls!!

 

 

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Siarsceal Success: Roscommon County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Paddy Kilduff pictured with Michael Lough (Student of the Year Award), Sean Egan (Highly Commended), Adam Kelly & Darragh Faughnan (Exceptional Acheivement) & Ms. Siobhan Cullen (English Dept.) of Roscommon Community College.

 

 

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Roscommon County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, County Librarian Richie Farrell and Ms. Siobhan Cullen (English Department, Roscommon Community College) pictured with Second Year pupils who received Certificates of Achievement at the recent Siarsceal Festival at Roscommon County Library. 

 

 

SiarScèal is a historical, literary and bilingual festival inspired by the culture and heritage of Roscommon, its rivers and lakes. SiarScèal celebrates the lives and history of the people of Roscommon, both nationally and globally, through the medium of poetry, prose, short stories, music and dance. The Hanna Greally Literary Awards, including the Ger Hannily Memorial Cup have formed an integral part of the festival proceedings and Roscommon Community College pupils were recently thrilled to take part in the celebrations.

The theme for this year’s competition was Centenary in Reflection and Michael Lough of Mote Park (Second Year) was honoured to be unveiled as the winner of the Student of the Year Award for his prose piece entitled “The Burning of Knockroghery”. Sean Egan of Roscommon Town, (Second Year) took the trophy for Highly Commended in his category for his poem entitled “Christmas 1914”. In addition, First Year pupils Adam Kelly (Bohergarve) and Darragh Faughnan (Roscommon Town) received individual prizes for exceptional achievement in their category, and each participating student was presented with a Certificate of Achievement for their participation in the competition.

A delightful programme of literature and music was enjoyed by the assembled crowd on the day, and pupils were enthralled as local historian John Kerrigan shared fascinating insights into World War One, a significant period in history for many residents of Roscommon Town. Pupils were appreciative of the opportunity to attend an afternoon workshop delivered by Oscar Duggan on the theme of “Writing for Publishing”. Here pupils learned more about the tools and skills necessary to write and reach a public audience in today’s ever changing publishing environment. A creative writing course for the modern publishing age, the all-important connection between writing and publishing was emphasised; how one informs the other and how the two operate in today’s era of digital media and mass communication. Prospective authors from our school were encouraged to seek out, identify and take advantage of writing and publishing opportunities that present themselves. Pupils found the talk to be both stimulating and informative.

Staff and pupils of Roscommon Community College would like to extend our gratitude to Gwen Bond of the SiarScèal Festival Committee for her encouragement and assistance as we worked on this project. We would also like to thank County Librarian, Richie Farrell, and the staff of Roscommon Community Library for the warm welcome and wonderful reception which was provided for staff and students on the day. A thoroughly enjoyable day at our local library was had by all!

 

 

 

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