Celebrating Proclamation Day 2016 by raising the Irish flag at Roscommon Community College were Dr. Frank Chambers (Principal), Niamh Dillon (Head Girl 2016), Sgt Declan Donlon (Ecoy, 6BN, Reserve Defence Force and Teacher) and John Neilan (Head Boy 2016). Proclamation Day was celebrated by all 4,000 schools and third level colleges in the country and was a truly historic, once in a lifetime occasion for students and staff alike.
Liam McHale Visit
Roscommon GAA have kindly asked the legendary Liam McHale to visit our school over the next few weeks to help out with coaching. We had an excellent turnout to greet Liam on his first visit. It was acknowledged by all that the session was of huge benefit to our players. Much thanks to Willie Hegarty and Sean Kilbride who are working hard to support the schools.
1st Year ‘C’ Connacht Championship
With the league now over and the championship beginning on Wednesday 9th of March against Manorhamilton, Castlerea kindly agreed to a challenge game. A really competitive match was played out in Rourke Park and will stand us in good stead before the championship. Best of luck to Castlerea in their respective division. Any support from parents would be appreciated. Throw in on our own pitch is at 11.30am.
Connacht Badminton Championships
Michael Staunton, a student of our school, last Sunday won several Connacht badminton titles. The championships took place in Boyle Community Centre. Michael won the u/15 boys singles championship. He won the doubles championship after that. And before the day was out he added the mixed doubles title to his collection. Well done Michael.
Connacht Open Irish Dancing Championships
James Mannion, a student of our school, won 1st place at the recent Irish Dancing Championships held in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. James, a first year student, won the u/13 grade. James now goes forward to the World Irish Dancing Championships on the 19th of March in the Gleneagles in Killarney. Everyone in our school sends our congratulations to James and best wishes in the Worlds.
Our championship will begin next week and our boys are training hard despite the harsh weather. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday evening.
Roscommon Community College were represented by Dr Nuala Commins and Mr Paul McLoughlin as the first inaugural ‘pluggED in’ conference which was held in Thomond Park Stadium last week. The event was hosted by Microsoft in association with their education partners Wriggle and Prodigy Learning.
The event explored the role of modern technology in today’s education curriculum. Technology demonstrations were given to teachers and principals who attended the conference from all across Ireland.
The Keynote address was given by Alexa Joyce – Director of Teaching & Learning, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. Teachers attended Curriculum based Workshops, led by Teachers in Maths, Science, Engineering & Woodwork and, Modern Foreign Languages. Teachers attended interactive sessions exploring the role that both Minecraft and Scratch can be used to promote coding in the classroom. Attendees had the opportunity to speak with schools who have implemented a digital strategy in the classroom.
Roscommon Community Colleges F1 in Schools Team 6 CYL Racing from, participated in the F1 in schools regional finals in GMIT Castlebar on Friday the 5th of March.
The team had to design and manufacture a miniature F1 car, build a pit display stand and complete a portfolio of their work for the competition.
On the day the team had to race their car against competing teams from other schools from the west of Ireland. They were also interviewed by a panel of judges, had their car design inspected by an engineer. The team had a great day at the competition but unfortunately they just missed out on progressing through to the national finals.
6 CYL racing would also like to thank their kind sponsors: Bank of Ireland, Dermot Hughes Cars, Keen Print, Wards Topline, St-one and Central Bearing Supplies Ltd.
6 CYL Racing with their Car and Pit Display
On Monday the 29th February, Ms. Sarah Walsh from ECO-UNESCO visited our school to speak to Transition Year students about the Learning2Change Our World programme. This programme which works with students and teachers in schools, is supported by Irish Aid’s WorldWise Global Schools. The ECO-UNESCO programme is aimed at promoting a whole school approach to Education for Sustainable Development in post primary schools. Through active engagement using debates and various activities, Transition Year students explored issues regarding sustainability and development and how these areas affect their local and global communities. Through this, it is hoped that students were empowered to become agents of change within their school and local communities.
Yasmin Keegan Curley, Ciara Connolly, Kitija Leitarte and Noilin Hennigan engaging in a groupwork activity for the Learning2Change Our World workshop