Roscommon Community College is looking forward to welcoming Elma Wash, mother of the late Dónal Walsh, to the school on Thursday the 15th of October. After tragically losing her son to cancer, Elma now visits schools around the country to wear awareness around teenage suicide and Mental Health.

A charity, Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, was set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. On Monday the 12th of October, the school is having an ‘Eat Pizza Slice’ fundraising event in which all funds will go towards the charity. Donations are used to assist in continuing the conversation Dónal started to prevent teenage suicide.  Money raised by our school will be used to offer teenage appropriate rooms in various care facilities such as Hospices, Hospitals, Console and other care areas.

We travelled to Castleblakney for the first round of the 1st and 2nd year championship. After heavy rain on Sunday night the pitch was very heavy in patches but thankfully it didn’t take from what was a highly entertaining and competitive game until the final 10 minutes when Cuans found another gear. A Trevor Fallon 65 and a Keelen Morris goal is all we had to show for at the end of the first half despite playing well. Four Roads’ Fallon and Sean Trundle were excellent from start to finish and Oran’s Michael Staunton worked very hard in midfield. As the 2nd half wore on and Cuans grew stronger, Liam Egan pulled off a string of great saves. Athleague’s Adam Arnold was holding his own at full back and Kyle Kelly tried hard at centre forward. Despite the loss, our hurlers showed fantastic commitment, courage, desire and no less skill to stay so long in the game. Congratulations to any of our first years who made their hurling debuts for the school. Our final goal was scored by Michael Lohan and his roar of delight at finding the net could be heard up and down the field. Such enthusiasm will be needed during the winter months.1 and 2 Hurling

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and is designed to focus attention on literacy issues. ILA estimates that 780 million adults, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that 94—115 million children worldwide do not have access to education. International Literacy Day is just one way the Association strives to increase literacy around the world.

Students in Roscommon Community College recently started to celebrate literacy as we rekindled our association with our Writer in Residence Pete Mullineaux. Pete kick-started his residency on Wednesday with an engaging and interactive workshop, featuring discussion, music and composition. All 2nd year students got the opportunity to deliberate on the issues of Food Security, Child Labour, Gender Equality and Militarisation and by the end of the workshop each student was encouraged to share their writing with the group. Students look forward to having more sessions with Pete in the coming weeks. Thanks are extended to Poetry Ireland for their facilitation of this project within our school.Lit WS

The Community College was delighted to welcome Senior Inspector from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Dr. Kevin McCarty and Director for Secondary Education for New South Wales, Australia Dr. David Cullen who were on a fact finding mission to investigate models of best practice in curriculum implementation and assessment. Principal Frank Chambers discussed the Community Colleges approach to curricula pedagogies and the depth of understanding needed to progress students in terms of their interpretation of subject material and in support of this, Dr. Lohan explained how the College’s student focused pastoral care programme is fundamental in supporting these learning practices. Dr. Cullen was impressed with the innovative approaches the College employed and felt there was much the NSW model of education could learn from the Irish system. NCCA

This week Roscommon Community College was delighted to welcome representatives from Bank of Ireland, Eilish Kelly and Ala Kremencugskaja (Customer Advisor).  Bank of Ireland has teamed up with Junior Achievement Ireland to develop an interactive financial education programme for secondary schools called ‘Learn to Earn’.  Learn to Earn consists of 6 modules and is delivered by a volunteer from the Bank of Ireland branch. The programme includes an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the practicalities of everyday finances, and highlights the importance of saving and investing their money responsibly. Students are also invited to visit the Roscommon branch where the Manager, Mr Micháel Curley and his staff dedicate time to introducing students to the internal workings of a Bank.  Upon completion of the course each student receives a Certificate of Achievement to recognise the time and effort students put into the programme.