Congratulations! It is a pleasure to announce the award recipient for the Roscommon Community College Student Achievement Awards 2020. These awards are a source of pride and inspiration to us all.
These awards are presented from the management and staff of Roscommon Community College for demonstrating outstanding contribution to an area of school life. To receive an award of this nature, requires discipline and respect, commitment and dedication to your school community, a strong work ethos and an ability to accept and take guidance, work on your own initiative or as part of a team. It is our hope that recipients will continue with their commitment to Roscommon Community College and support and encourage their fellow peers in this regard.
Roscommon Community College will recognise all of the achievements awarded on students return to school in the academic year 2020/21, where they will be presented with their in scripted glass award.
I would like to acknowledge the commitment of our staff for their dedication to this process. A special word of thanks to Ms Martin, without her ability to gather and collate all the necessary information in a transparent manner, print and post certificates, source and order the trophies, our forthcoming awards ceremony would not be possible. So, a big thank you to Ms Martin for all your hard work, it is very much appreciated.
I would like to thank you and your family for your ongoing contribution and support for the betterment of Roscommon Community College.
Again, congratulations on this recognition of hard work. I look forward to seeing all our students on their return. In the meantime, stay safe and well.
Yours in education
Ms Georgina Keena
Click here to see the Student Awards Winners List 2020
Parents and students may still have questions about their learning at this time. I hope that this will answer some of your questions.
Teachers are working remotely at this time and providing work for students. This means that students work will be delivered to student online.
All students have been given email addresses and passwords. This is the main point of contact with their teachers. They will receive work from their teachers via email. All students should download MS Outlook on to their phones.
Some teachers have let students know that they may deliver their work using class notebook. Students will be familiar with this tool but further information can be found at the link below.
Class Notebook information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkhgr86zx7k
Some teachers have let students know that they may deliver their work using MS Teams. Students further information can be found at the link below.
MS Teams information: https://youtu.be/CH2seLS5Wb0?t=158
Many students and parents have questions about the state examinations. Further information can be found on the link below. I will update through text or on the website once further information becomes available.
Department of Education and Skills Press Releases:
Health information about COVID – 19 can be found at the links below:
HSE COVID-19 Updates
Department of Health COVID – 19 Updates
During this delay phase, please follow all health advice given and keep yourself and your loved ones and friends safe and well.
With kind regards,
Health Service Executive (HSE)
· - Overview
· - Treatment
Minding your Mental Health during the coronavirus outbreak
Covid-19 Samaritans - Free phone 116 123
Department of Social Protection
Codiv-19 Information for Employers and Employees
West Doc 1850 365 000
University College Hospital Galway 091 524 222 / ED 091 544556
Roscommon University Hospital 090 662 6200
Emergency Services 999 or 112
Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111
Mill Street Garda Station 091 538000
Child Line 1800 666 666 (24 hours) / Text 50101 (10am-4pm daily)
COPE Domestic violence support Galway: 565985
AMEN (male domestic abuse victims) 04623718 Website
Move Ireland (men overcoming violence) 018724357
Women’s Aid Helpline 1800 341 900
Waterside House Refuge 091 565985
CARI (support for anyone affected by sexual abuse) 1890924567
Galway Rape crisis centre 1800355355
Rape Crisis Centre (support for victims of rape) 1800212122
On-line Support Services
Support Services: West of Ireland
Pregnancy / Parenting
CURA 091 562558 1890 622 626
Gingerbread (Lone parents support) 01 8146618
IFPA's national pregnancy helpline - 1850 49 50 51
+Options free text “LIS” to 50444 Web www.posaitiveoptions.ie
Parent Line 1890 927 277
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Covid-19 Samaritans 116 123
Aids West 091 562213
AWARE 1890 303 302
Barnardos 01 4530355
Drugs Help Line 1800 459 459
Galway Youth Information Centre 091 562434
Refugee Information Service www.ris.ie 091 532850
Counselling & Support
1Life National Suicide Prevention Helpline 1800 247 100
Childline (ISPCC) 1800 666 666
Counselling Service for Travellers (Adults) 091 880916
CURA 091 562558
Galway Diocesan Family Centre 091 565074 Rape Crisis Centre 1800 355 355
GROW (Group support for mental health problems) 086 8032731
It’s Good 2 Talk 087 2870734 083 4079182
Jigsaw (Support service for young people aged 15-25) 091 549252 Text 087 7725232
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Helpline) 1890 929 539
Parent line 1890 927277
Pieta house 016010000/016302222
Samaritans 091 561222 / 1850 609 090
SHOUT! (LGBT 14-23 years) 087 3204575
Teen line 1800833634
Suicide Bereavement Support Network 024 95561
Console [For anyone affected by suicide] 1800 201 890. 091 537333
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GROW Tel: 021 427 7520
Hearing Voices 00448451228642
Schizophrenia 01 8601620 Helpline: 1890 621 631
Accommodation / Homelessness
Emergency Accommodation Support 1800 788 887
Fairgreen House 091 568818 (Short stay residence for homeless men)
Galway Simon Community (Long & short term support for homeless people) 091 589415
Alcoholics Anonymous 091 767777
Al-Anon / Al-Teen 01 8732699 (Supporting those affected by someone’s addiction)
Alcoholism Counselling & Advisory Service 091 753595
ACOA (Adult Children Of Alcoholics). Po Box 4683, Dublin 1
ANEW for women who have difficulty with alcohol 0861024743
HSE Drugs Helpline 1800 459 459
Treatment Centre for Addictions (HSE) 090 9644103 / 090 9648497
Narcotics Anonymous 086 8149004
Over Eaters Anonymous 01 2788106
BodyWhys 1890 200 444
Gamblers Anonymous 091 565207
13th March 2020
For the second year in a row Roscommon Community College are through to the National Enterprise Awards. Congratulations to our students on their successes. Sol Trundle and Leah Hoey (TY) placed first in the senior category with their company‘Mil Ón mBaile’ and Eimear O’Connor and Chloe McNamara (2nd year) placed first in the intermediate category with their product ‘Pamper Hamper’. Well done to the students involved and their teachers Ms Carolan and Ms Staunton.
Pictured are intermediate category winners Eimear O'Connor and Chloe McNamara at the Roscommon Enterprise Awards
Pictured are senior category winners Leah Hoey and Sol Trundle along with their teacher Ms Carolan at the Roscommon Enterprise Awards
13th March 2020
The Skills at Work programme is promising to be one of the most valuable real life learning experiences for our transition year students. The students were delighted to welcome Alan Cashman and Emma Mc Nulty, HR Generalists to the school on Tuesday 25th February where students benefited from a CV and Interview workshop. This workshop was followed by students receiving a choice of job descriptions and person specifications to which students chose their preferred job. The Business in the Community link helps to introduce students to real life career decisions. Students were at this point in the programme communicating directly with the company’s HR Department by selecting their desired position and finalising preparation for their interview which took place on Tuesday 10th March at Heat Merchants Group, Head Office in Athlone.
Students interviewed for their chosen position as HR Assistant, Pricing/Product File Assistant, Sales Assistant, Warehouse Operative, and IT Support Analyst. The nerves were the same as for anyone going for a job interview. Some feedback from the students included,
“I’m delighted I did that interview, I was so nervous and nearly backed out but I’m so glad I went through with it. The feedback from the interviewers at the end was really helpful”.
“The feedback on how I explained a negative when on work experience was really helpful. I need to remember to state previous work experiences in a positive way at my next interview”.
A huge thank you is extended from all the transition year students and their teachers at Roscommon Community College to the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) organisation and the management and staff of the Heat Merchants Group for being part of this educational journey.
13th March 2020
During Literacy Week 2020 students were treated to an action-packed series of activities to promote literacy in the school. A stimulating and innovative programme of events took place as students and staff celebrated the written and spoken word, participating in a wide range of activities. During the week every class group got the chance to mark literacy in an alternative way within the school setting.
1st year students along with those in Transition Year had the opportunity to compete in a Spelling Bee, organised by their English teachers. Competition was strong and there most definitely was a competitive streak amongst all involved. Congratulations to all of our worthy winners: First Year: 1st Jennifer Coyle , 2nd Aoife Dolan, 3rd Bailey Kelly. Transition Year: 1st Eamon Lynch, 2nd Dominik Wojciak, 3rd Feidhlim O’Sullivan & Kaitlyn Thompson.
Mr. Patton delivered an engaging and interactive creative writing workshop to Transition Year students. Students were spurred on by Mr Patton’s novel approach to their English curriculum, as they learned to explore their creativity. Students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop which encouraged them to delve into the depths of their imagination.
During lunchtime throughout the week our students enjoyed cinema time where they viewed movies such as the wonderful and hilarious ‘Shrek’, the infamous anti- fairytale and ‘Jumanji’, an action packed fun-filled film for all to enjoy.
World Book Day was also celebrated in style where some of our 1st year students dressed up as characters from their favourite books. Vitoria Oliveiro Morais won first place and Alison Porter came in a close second. Other year groups engaged in sharing a story, World Book Day quizzes and reviewing some of their top reads to mark the event.
The ‘Get Caught Reading’ initiative encouraged students to read outside of class-time. Those caught reading by staff members were entered into a prize draw. Well done to winners Josh Lannon and Conor Pearce.
Ms Walsh and Mr Egan accompanied our English as a Second Language students to Roscommon County Library on Wednesday, where they got a tour of the amenities and joined up as library members. The students look forward to using this facility to help them develop their English language skills.
A ‘Drop Everything and Read’ session was undertaken by all classes which was a welcome intervention from their everyday schoolwork. Staff members impressed upon students the importance of being a Reading Role Model, while a student led ‘Key Word of the Day’ initiative was delivered with great style drawing from vocabulary used from some of the poems currently being studied at Senior Cycle English.
Gratitude is expressed to everyone who helped to make Literacy Week such a success and we look forward to celebrating the written and spoken word on an ongoing basis at Roscommon Community College.