26th April 2018
On Wednesday April 21st our First and Second Year girls volleyball team had not far to travel to play in their All-Ireland quarter final pool. The other two schools were neighbours Convent of Mercy Roscommon and Colaiste Muire Ennis. With only one team advancing to the next round RCC had to top their group and win both games.
First up to play RCC was Colaiste Muire. The RCC girls got off to a super start and with some strong execution in their serving they clinched the first set with a substantial lead of 25-15. The second set illustrated great teamwork together with an improvement in communication and their digging technique. This set finished 25-16 in favour of RCC which meant game, set and match.
Next up were local rivals the Convent of Mercy. The Convent had already beaten Colaiste Muire so this final game would decide which team RCC or The Convent would advance to the All-Ireland Semi. A very strong Convent of Mercy team got off to the better start. It took RCC time to settle and nerves played a major role in their first set. This set finished 25-5 to the Convent. The second set saw the RCC girls come out fighting they showed great determination and strength of character. The girls played with much more confidence and demonstrated excellent volleyball skills. It was not their day however and the convent girls just pipped them at the post winning the set 25-20.
The RCC girls did extremely well to reach the quarter final stage in this competition. They showed great dedication in trainings after school since Christmas. No doubt they will be back stronger and more determined than ever next year. Well done girls!
26th April 2018
As part of World Book Day, students in RCC were asked to match six teachers with their favourite book. It was a difficult task but the competition had a staggering amount of entries. It was an excellent competition that initiated great conversation between teachers and students as the students tried to use their best detective skills to uncover the correct answers. In total, only five students managed to match all six correctly. Their names were then picked out of hat, where the top three chosen, won prizes. Eoin Conroy (first year) won third prize, with Sean Carley (first year) picking up second. The overall winner of the competition was transition year student, Shannon Carter. Each of the students received a voucher from Cormican’s School and Art Supplies. Well done to all those who entered and to the three winners.
26th April 2018
On Monday last our Junior Boys volleyball team took part in the All-Ireland semi-final in St. Brigid’s College Loughrea. The winner of a group of three teams would go through to the All-Ireland Final. The first game RCC played against St. Brigid’s College. St. Brigid’s won the first set on a score line of 25-20. The second set RCC hit back and won on the same score line 25-20. This left the scores tied and brought the game to a final and deciding set. RCC started well and played brilliantly in the set leading throughout. In the closing period RCC were winning 24-20 and on match point with St. Brigid’s serving. RCC could not manage to break St. Brigid’s serve and managed to win on a score line of 26-24.
The second game was played against Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed School in Thurles. RCC played well and ran out comfortable winners 25-9 and 25-13. St. Brigid’s defeated Colaiste Mhuire in there game which meant St. Brigid’s went through to the All-Ireland Final. Commiserations to the team who came so agonisingly close to reaching the All-Ireland Final.
26th April 2018
A big thank you to our students who volunteered to participate in a fundraiser for the Make a Wish organisation on Friday 9th March. The students raised €1,096 for the organisation and would like to extend a big thank you to all staff and students who contributed to the fundraiser on the day.
19th April 2018
During the Easter break four teachers successfully completed a course entitled ‘Facing Diversity: Intercultural Classroom Management’ in Florence, Italy. This is part of an ongoing programme called Erasmus+. Roscommon Community College received funding from the European Union for 24 teachers to partake in six different courses in Iceland, Finland, Italy and Malta. These courses are ongoing into the next academic year.
Ms Farrell, Ms Joyce, Ms McNamara and Ms Barrett participated in this particular course. They engaged with teachers from both primary and secondary level education systems from other European countries such as Greece, Finland and Spain.
The course began by the teachers involved talking about themselves, telling their story by means of a seven word biography. This is a methodology that would most certainly be useful in creating a classroom that is culturally inclusive. As a group, they talked about what ‘culture’ meant to each of them personally and about the biggest challenges relating to diversity that they face as teachers. Teachers reported that it was interesting to examine the cultural rules that we live by and how these rules vary between countries. They also compared cultures and differentiated between individualistic and collectivistic cultures coming to the conclusion that Irish culture is somewhere in between the two. At the end of the session, the four teachers discussed tactics that they could use to foster a cultural awareness in our classrooms in Roscommon Community College.
The course continued with all participants presenting on their schools and how they face diversity in intercultural classrooms across the various European countries present. Teachers found it particularly interesting to hear about challenges faced by schools where over 80% of the student population are non-nationals. They examined the skills required for integration and what we, as teachers, can do to help students with this. Some of the methodologies investigated, through case studies, included ways of expressing interest in varying ethnic backgrounds, redirecting the role of teacher from instructor to facilitator and creating an inclusive curriculum that remains respectful of differences.
Teachers also looked at overcoming language barriers by building relationships with students through the use of methodologies based on play, movement and art. Conveying meaning through methods other than language is very important in intercultural classroom management. They examined the use of a “flipped classroom” as a means of integration and supporting students who do not have English as a mother tongue. All four teachers felt that this is something that they will try in their own classrooms.
The final session of the week developed discussions on how to communicate effectively. Teachers looked at how to be empathetic towards our students. They reflected on situations where they felt upset by something a person said or did to them and examined their feelings at that moment and their needs. Teachers also examined the feelings and needs of the person who made them feel that way. The discussion also allowed us to look into a restorative approach to communicating with our students. The teachers observed different methodologies adapted by educators to engage in non - violent communication. This is something that teachers feel should be adopted in our teaching practices. The course concluded by teachers reflecting on different case studies relating to refugees moving to another country. Teachers had to consider what feelings and needs those individuals had. They then discussed these feelings and needs within groups in order to develop our understanding of the situations of others.
The teachers on this course will demonstrate methods explored to the rest of the teaching staff in RCC and we will adopt a whole school approach to incorporating some of these methods where teachers feel they could be useful in their classroom.
Participants also had two days extra to explore the amazing city of Florence taking in the stunning views, architecture and art and experiencing Italian food at its best!