Our Senior Football team was defeated by Elphin Community College on Wednesday last in Strokestown GAA club. Elphin proved to be very strong opposition and despite a gallant display by RCC and some periods of good play, they were sadly defeated. Elphin got off to a very strong start with some powerful running through the centre and RCC were, unfortunately, unable to claw back these vital scores. The team and management would like to thank Strokestown GAA for allowing us to use their facilities which were in pristine condition as ever. Best wishes to Elphin community College in the Connaught semi-final of the competition.

Roscommon Community College had the pleasure of welcoming students from Our Lady’s Secondary School Bower and from Meánscoil Muire gan Smál for an All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) workshop on Wednesday the 20th of January. These students worked with a group of our own students from First Year and Fourth Year, to complete AILO challenges, set by Dr. Emma Clarke of Trinity College Dublin. The workshop proved to be both educational and challenging.

 

Another fantastic exhibition of primary and second level students’ innovative projects in science, technology and mathematics took place at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS last week. The national event attracted students from 550 secondary schools around the country and attracted over 60,000 visitors. Nearly 1,200 students from across Ireland presented their projects ranging from farm safety to the factors affecting the birth of foals to Outdoor retro-reflective Christmas decoration. The event was officially opened by President Higgins where he stressed the importance of the students’ ground breaking research as they address issues relevant to today’s lives including climate change and mental health. He continued to acknowledge the students’ range of topics which represent their lateral thinking and creativity which again is an excellent skill generated and developed within the event.

Roscommon Community College were delighted to be represented by three students who are extremely interested in science and its applications to our lives. Michael Lough from Roscommon Community College was ‘highly commended’ for his project. Michael’s project was entitled ‘The Application of Digital Technologies to Enhance the Visitor Experience of Young People at Local Heritage Sites’. Michael used an app called Guidio which is an audio and visual guide, and created material using a variety of resources including books, DVD’s and information gathered from local Conservation Groups. The Guidio App is specifically targeted to younger users who can access the App through their mobile phones. This facility allows young outdoor enthusiasts to conduct self-guided tours and also incorporates a basic orienteering activity.

A second project was presented by two Transition Year students, Simon Leonard and Casey Kelly who entered in the intermediate section within the Social and Behavioural category. Their project received a lot of attention due to their interesting nature of their project which was titled “Is your personality written in the stars?” and investigated whether there was a relationship between a person’s date of birth and their personality. The study involved the use of an established personality test developed by Myres and Briggs where the students administered the test to second level students to determine if there were comparisons between the traits within individual star signs and personality tests.

The students had a wonderful week in the RDS meeting lots of interesting people, including VIP’s, media and BT judges. It was an experience of a lifetime and the students are already planning next year’s entry. Well done to all involved.

 

 

Transition Year Students Casey Kelly and Simon Leonard with their teacher Dr. Joanne Shea participating at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Michael Lough was visited by Minister for State at Department of Foreign Affairs.

Second Year Student Michael Lough with his presentation poster at the national event.

RCC are once again participating in the First Lego League International competition. Over the last few months students have been designing, building and programming the Lego EV3 Mindstorms robot to preform missions on an obstacle table. Also, the team have been putting together a project, which this year’s theme is Trash Trek. The theme encourages the students have to come up with an idea to save the environment by dealing with how to reduce waste or recycle waste.

The big competition date is Saturday 30th January in the Radisson Hotel Galway City.

Best of luck to all students involved.

 

 

First Lego league team with their coordinator Debbie Merrigan (left) and teacher Rebecca Dobson (right)

Adult education night classes will commence in Roscommon Community College on Tuesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd of February at 8 p.m.  Check out the list below.

Adult Evening Classes

Spring 2016

Enrolment and first class held where numbers are adequate

Roscommon Community College Guitar

Tuesday, 2nd February

(8-9:30 pm)

7 weeks €60
Roscommon Community College “Cookies to Curry’s” – Hands – on Cookery Workshop 2nd February Tuesday, (7.30 -10 pm) 7 weeks €70
Roscommon Community College Introduction to Computer Applications including Social Media 2nd February Tuesday, (8:00 -10 pm) 7 weeks €70
Roscommon Community College Introduction to Make-up Tuesday, 2nd February (8-10 pm) 7 weeks €60
Roscommon Community College Art Wednesday 3rd February (8-10 pm) 7 weeks €60
Roscommon Community College Flower Arranging Wednesday 3rd February (8-10 pm) 7 weeks €60
Roscommon Community College Tin Whistle Playing with John Wynne for beginners and improvers Wednesday 3rd February (8-10 pm) 7 weeks €60
Roscommon Community College Conversational Irish Wednesday 3rd February (8-10 pm) 7 weeks €60
Roscommon Community College Introduction to Choral Singing Wednesday 3rd February (8-10 pm) 7 weeks €60

Further information from school office (090) 6626670. No bookings taken in advance.

Fees must be paid on enrolment. All classes are offered subject to demand. Where sufficient numbers fail to enrol, the class will be terminated on the first night. Our Auditors have advised that where possible, all fees should be made by cheque/money order or draft made payable to Galway Roscommon Education Training Board (GRETB). We would be grateful for your cooperation in this matter.

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