9th March 2017
Transition Year students made an inspiring journey to Ireland’s very own Ecovillage in the small rural town of Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary recently. The students were welcomed by a team of volunteers from the village who run the education program based on Climate Change and our role as Global Citizens. The students learned about how the Ecovillage brings together a diverse group of people from many parts of Ireland and even abroad to creating an innovative new community. The residents do this in a way that is democratic, healthy and socially enriching while minimising ecological impacts.
The students got to explore some of the 67-acre site by foot which includes fertile land where they grow their own food, plants and trees which promotes biodiversity. They were lucky to be shown around by the residence themselves and got to see the day to day running of the village. They experienced the rich community spirit where there are more than 50 low energy homes and work units. They witnessed the solar- and wood-powered community heating systems, the 50 acres of land for allotments, farming and woodland, green enterprise centre and hi-spec broadband, the eco-hostel for visitors, community farm and the memorable compost toilet in the centre of the village. One our students won’t forget!
This trip opened the eyes of our students to make them more aware of their responsibility as Global Citizens. They learned practical methods which they can use to change their lifestyles in the future. It was a most unforgettable and enjoyable outing. They discovered first-hand how small changes by them can make such big difference to everyone else in combatting Climate Change.
9th March 2017
Our Leaving Certificate students headed to Derrygonnelly near Enniskillen to complete their field studies investigation as part of their Geography studies. It rained incessantly but our students were excellent and just got on with experimenting and measuring. The focus of the investigation was the River Sillees which is located in the stunning Lough Navar Forest. The afternoon session came as a welcome relief as we went into the classroom. Using all the data gathered our students wrote up their report.
Our students listen attentively to their tutor on the bank of the River Sillees
Our Leaving Certificate students write up their reports.
9th March 2017
Commiserations to Shauna Clogher who was defeated last weekend by a very skilful Abbie Tarrant in the 40x20 Juvenile ‘A’ All-Ireland Semi Final. Despite Shauna’s best efforts, the Kildare girl proved too strong but congratulations to Shauna on progressing so far in the competition.
2nd March 2017
Congratulations to the Senior Public Speaking team at Roscommon Community College as they progress from the Connacht Finals of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition to the All-Ireland Finals which will take place in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth on Saturday, March 11th. Calvin Connolly, Daniel Hannon and Sara Marques have been fine ambassadors for our school in this prestigious competition, where students participate in discourse on a range of topics covering issues such as Young Christians, Life and Family Issues, Living the Christian Life, Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation. With guidance from their coach, Ms. Siobhan Cullen, the students conduct research on the topics at hand, and upon gathering supporting evidence from scripture, papal encyclicals, and church teaching, they make their presentations before a panel of nationally selected judges. Well done to all on their success thus far and the very best of luck in the All-Ireland Final.
Pictured is the Senior Public Speaking team at RCC receiving a presentation from Supreme Knight Barry McMahon as they progress to the All-Ireland
Sara, Daniel and Calvin hard at work during the Question and Answer session of the recent Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition