Congratulations to our newly appointed Head Boy, John Neilan and Head Girl, Niamh Dillion. Wishing them both all the very best in their leadership role at Roscommon Community College for the forthcoming academic year 2015/16.
Adult Education classes have commenced with some vacancies still available in for the Autumn classes. Classes are 7 weeks in duration and take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 8 p.m each evening. Tuesday classes include Art, Guitar and Seasonal Cookery. Wednesday classes range from Flower Arranging, Emailing and Internet and Hair and Beauty. These classes give people the opportunity to develop new skills while working in small groups. If interested please contact the school office on (090) 6626670.
You couldn’t stop the beat in Roscommon Arts Centre last week as Roscommon Community College students presented a dazzling rendition of the Broadway smash hit musical “Hairspray”. Charting the progress of one girl's inspiring dream to dance, “Hairspray” is a big, bouncy beehive of a musical, piled high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.
It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show”. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and promote racial integration at a TV network, all without denting her hairdo! Welcome to the sixties!
The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Costume and Set Design (2003), “Hairspray” attracted record crowds to a sold-out Roscommon Arts Centre. Cast and crew delighted in a triumphant run, opening with Wednesday’s matinee performance and climaxing with a magnificent finale on Saturday night. A glittering cast charmed the audience with each performance as a spectacular show was enjoyed by all. As an array of toe- tapping 60’s-style numbers was delivered with zinging gusto, Tricia McDermott’s choreography (The McDermott School of Classical Ballet and Dance) remained the pulsing heartbeat of the show, ensuring maximum momentum and impressively complemented by the expertise of the sound/lighting technicians and set designers.
The youthful cast of this smash hit musical has been enthusiastically rehearsing since early August and their energetic performance of this effervescent pop musical has certainly captured the social upheaval of the swinging sixties in general, and the civil rights movement in particular. In the lead role of Tracy Turnblad was Roscommon native Jade Grehan and Sean Egan stole the show as Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad. Clodagh Beatty enjoyed a star turn as Velma Von Tussle, while Conor O’Dea excelled in the role of heartthrob Link Larkin. As confirmed by the rapturous applause of the audience, this is just a snapshot of the exceptional performances delivered by a stellar cast on a nightly basis. “We were thrilled to bring this award-winning musical to Roscommon Arts Centre and from the start we were convinced that the cast would deliver an exuberant and exhilarating performance”, said Ms. Amanda Smyth, who co-directed “Hairspray” with Roscommon Community College colleague Ms. Irene Nestor.
“This show represents all that is good about our school- hard work and perseverance, high levels of skill, effort and comradeship, all wrapped up in an incredible vision of what we, as a group, can achieve”, added Dr. Frank Chambers, Principal of Roscommon Community College. “Ms. Smyth and Ms. Nestor have worked tirelessly with the cast to perfect a script that offers stunning songs and absolutely breathtaking dance routines. All members of our school community have in some way been included in the school musical and this creates a focused and tight knit community- something we pride ourselves on in Roscommon Community College”, he emphasised. Dr. Chambers went on to express his sincere gratitude to the Parents’ Association who are always such a great support across all aspects of school life. “Without them the show could not have been staged”, highlighted Dr. Chambers. However, as the curtain fell for the final time last weekend in Roscommon Arts Centre, somehow we all got the feeling that with this all-singing and all-dancing ensemble, we could soon look forward to yet another electrifying extravaganza of song and dance. If recent performances of “Hairspray” are anything to go by, we certainly won’t be disappointed!
As part of their project work, fifth and sixth year Agricultural Science students paid a visit to Gerry Browne’s organic garden last Friday afternoon. The garden is located in Roscommon town and boasts a great variety of fruits and vegetables. The students were given a tour of the grounds which include a large planted area, a flower garden and several poly tunnels. Gerry explained the principles of organic gardening, seed saving, planting, weed and pest control, organic fertilisers, harvesting and crop storage. The flower display was truly spectacular and these flowers attract insects to aid pollination in the garden. The tour concluded with a tray full of freshly cooked potato wedges made from a variety of potatoes grown in the garden including a deep purple variety from South America renowned for its cancer preventive properties. Many thanks to Gerry for his hospitality and for sharing his wealth of knowledge to this group of young horticulturalists.
Over 60 students, boys and girls from 1st and 2nd year, thoroughly enjoyed the robotics workshop held in the school. The workshops are designed to challenge the student’s creativity, imagination, innovation and teamwork skills, which are very important skills to develop in this modern age of technology.
The students had half day workshops in which they learned how to design and make a robot using the Lego NXT mind storms kit. After they assembled their designs, each group then programmed their robot to contest against each other, in a sumo wresting type battle.