6th April 2017
Congratulations to the following students who were nominated for the GRETB Annual Awards:
- Calvin Connolly: Arts, Culture and Music Category
- Jack Hayden, Eoin McDonnell and Cian O’Brien: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Category
- Michael Egan, Conor Lavin and Simon Leonard: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Category
- James Delaney: Overcoming Adversity Category
- Michael Egan: Green Project Category.
All nominees look forward to receiving their awards at the GRETB Award Ceremony which takes place next month. Well done to all.
6th April 2017
There was a real treat in store for students of German this week as Mr. Desmond Kenny, a Roscommon native who has been living and working in Germany for many years, paid a visit to the German classroom. Desmond spoke to the students about the day to day reality of living and working in modern day Wiesbaden, while highlighting to students the importance of language acquisition in a world which is constantly changing. The key message of his address to students was no matter how the world changes through the use of technology, good communication skills will always be central. Students were reminded that the mastery of foreign languages provides a competitive edge in career choices as one is able to participate more effectively in a multi-cultural world, while also improving our marketable skills in the global economy.
Mr. Kenny regaled students with anecdotes surrounding the German way of life, all the while outlining ways in which German society is both similar and different to Ireland. The boys in particular were fascinated to learn more about the infamous Autobahn in Germany upon which cars can travel without a speed restriction! Students gained more of an appreciation of cultural diversity as they realised that dealing with another culture often enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture. Everybody present enjoyed the opportunity to bring the language to life, as they were reminded of why they study language in the first place. At the German Department at Roscommon Community College, students are consistently reminded that we learn language in order to experience differences in culture and traditions, while also preparing for the opportunity to live and work in a country using the target language. Students had a good laugh as their attention was drawn to the bewildering nature of some German idiomatic language, while some of the more memorable phrases will surely be popping up on German summer tests in the not too distant future, zum Beispiel, “Lass die Kirche im Dorf!”
Students certainly left the talk with the sense that one is at a distinct advantage in the global market if one is as bilingual as possible. We were reminded that the study of a foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education, with the verb “to educate” meaning to lead out of confinement, narrowness and darkness. All agreed that this was certainly a very enlightening talk, during which the time flew by! Frau Cullen and the students at Roscommon Community College are very grateful to Mr. Kenny for taking the time out of his busy schedule to spend some time with us. Schöne Ferien in Roscommon Herr Kenny!
6th April 2017
Our Girls’ Junior Volleyball team made it through to the top 12 teams in Ireland in the Junior Volleyball Cup All-Ireland Quarter Finals. On the 31st of March, our girls travelled to Loughrea where they had to battle it out against St. Brigid’s College and Colaiste Mhuire Ennis, with only the top team on the day making it through to the All-Ireland Semi Final.
It was a tough ask for our ladies, coming up against two schools who have been in the game for a very long time. Both schools are renowned for their volleyball success but this didn’t seem to phrase our girls. First they faced Colaiste Mhuire which it was an excellent game to watch. While our girls appeared nervous at the beginning, failing to call names and support one another, they soon got into the swing of things. Unfortunately for them, Ennis appeared to be too far ahead to make a comeback and RCC was beaten in their first game 25-18. The girl’s pulled themselves together in the second and despite their best effort, they were defeated on the narrowest score line; 25-23.
This meant it was do or die for the RCC ladies in their final match against St. Brigid’s, the girls knew they must win to be in a chance to make it through and this pressure seemed to get to them as the first game was over in a matter of minutes on a score line of 25-5. As strange as this may sound, this loss seemed to settle our girls as they knew that they had nothing to lose, they were told to go out and enjoy the game; play the shots they knew they can play; support one another and work together. It is here that our girls played the best volleyball that they have ever played before; their digs, sets up and return shots were impeccable. The more the girls played, the better they got and the girls made it clear in the first few rallys that St. Brigids were not going to be taking this game as easy as the first. It was battle that the girls were determined to win and with both sides producing wonderful shots and displaying excellent skill, it was tough to call. Thankfully, all the girls’ hard work paid off as the game finished on a nail-biting 25-23 score line. This led to a tie-breaker game, first to 15. Both teams had shown great work ethic and team work and this continued into the final game. Both team showed how much this game meant to them, but in the end, it was St. Brigid’s ladies who came out on top, beating our girls 15-10. Following on from such a dramatic game, St. Brigid’s went on to beat Ennis comfortably meaning they now progress to the All-Ireland Semi-final.
In spite of the heart-breaking result, it is clear that the RCC volleyball team has great potential. Our girls have now seen the true standard of the Junior Volleyball Cup Division and they now know what they need to do to go further in these competitions. This team has reached the All-Ireland stages three times in two years (spikeball and volleyball) and there is no doubt that if the girls continue to work hard, develop their skills and work as a team that they will one day become champions. Very well done to every single team member. Remember to keep working, keep trying and never give up because one day, you will reap the rewards.
Back row (l-r): Riesse Donlon, Ina Van Opstal, Orla Bishop, Tara Naughton, Caoimhe Leonard and Zara Grehan.
Front row (l-r): Lauren Flaherty (Assistant Coach), Julia Kesek, Shauna Clogher, Kirstin Cronin and Eve Smyth.
6th April 2017
On Tuesday the 4th of April, thirty-four students of French and German set off for a night in Donegal Adventure Centre. As we left Roscommon, the excitement was palpable and the luggage was plentiful! After a delicious lunch in Bundoran, students took part a climbing challenge that was not for the faint-hearted. It was wonderful to see the students encourage each other to push themselves through their fear of heights. Students raced each other up the centre’s climbing wall before abseiling down. The bravest of the bunch threw themselves off a tower, flying through the air until their bungee ropes activated. After dinner, we all donned wetsuits and braved the white-topped waves for an evening surf. The water was most definitely warmer than the air and after the initial screams of coldness, the screams of wild excitement took over. Some students were natural surf dudes and dudettes, while others provided entertainment for all, in their accidental wiping out of surfers to their left and to their right. There is no doubt that we were all bitten by the surfing bug and look forward to our next trip out on the waves. After a film evening and midnight chats, students were up bright and early for breakfast. The rest of the day was spent in French or German classes. The material covered served as a revision for students’ forth-coming summer exams and the classes, delivered by native speakers, focused on pronunciation which will stand to our students in their oral examinations. Well done to all involved for making the very most of all DAC had to offer.
6th April 2017
An exciting time for the German Department at Roscommon Community College recently saw the first leg of this year’s German exchange (Austauschprogramm) take place. At the start of April, Maria Leis from Gymnasium Sankt Stefan in Augsburg, Bavaria arrived into Dublin Airport, to be met by her Irish exchange partner, Chloe Fallon. Enjoying the hospitality of her host family (Gastfamilie) and exploring the cultural highlights (die Sehenswϋrdigkeiten) of what the Roscommon area has to offer, Maria will attend school (die Schule) with her Irish counterparts daily, as she stays in Roscommon for a period of almost three weeks. Just last May, a group of Transition and Fifth Year students made the exciting trip to Augsburg where they experienced German hospitality at its best, as they participated in an exhilarating three weeks of language learning and fun.
Our German exchange programme with Gymnasium Sankt Stefan is of immense benefit to our students as it lends itself to improved oral proficiency, fluency and colloquial vocabulary acquisition. Research has shown that learning a language in such a fun and informal environment is a beneficial experience for students. All involved report that the exchange has worked wonders building the confidence of the students with their Deutsch, while also developing greater independence and maturity as they broaden their horizons through travel. We wish Maria a pleasant stay and a safe trip as she gets ready to return to Deutschland. Gute Reise Maria!