Class Act – Roscommon Community College

February 8, 2019

GRETB Gaeltacht Scholarships

We were very fortunate to have been awarded with seven Gaeltacht Scholarships by the GRETB for use in Coláiste Chamuis this summer. Students were invited to apply to be in with a chance of winning one of these lucrative scholarships whereby the GRETB pays €600 off the total price of the course. Guímid comhghairdeas mór míllteach to Tommy Morris (1D), Aisling Cooney (2A), Feidhlim O’Sullivan (3C), Michael Lohan (4C), James Mannion (4C), Ava Coyle (4C) and Evan Croghan (5A) on their success agus tá súil againn go mbainfidh siad idir taitneamh agus tairbhe as a gcúrsa Gaeltachta i gColáiste Chamuis.

With the Irish Oral now worth 40% at Leaving Cert Cycle and one of the new Junior Cycle CBA’s designated to be a communicative task we have no doubt that these students will benefit tremendously from their immersion in the Conamara Gaeltacht this summer. Maith sibh uilig!


WorldWise Global Schools Trip to Galway Atlantaquaria


Our school adapts a cross curricular approach to teaching about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), which are 17 goals that are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDG’s address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

On Wednesday, 30th January our Second Year Home Economics students visited Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium. Here we focused on expanding our knowledge on Sustainable Goal number 14 ‘Life Below Water’. Not only have students learnt about fish in Home Economics but this fieldtrip also linked in with the work being completed in our school from a Green School perspective, as we aim to achieve our eighth green flag on Global Citizenship-Marine Environment.

The hands on visit to the aquarium was most enjoyable as we got a guided tour of the two floors and over 70 exhibits, which display the wealth of life along the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. We learnt about animal conservation, life and marine heritage, and also got to hold some crab and starfish, feed some fish and learn about the dangers of plastics in the ocean. A thoroughly enjoyable interactive visit that definitely helped us broaden our knowledge of the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland and made us more aware and conscious of how our actions can impact on marine life.

Heat Merchants Partners with Roscommon Community College to Prepare Students for the Working World

Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) Skills @ Work Programme partners businesses with secondary schools to give students work life skills and insights

Roscommon Community College are delighted to announce the ‘Skills @ Work Programme’ partnership with the Heat Merchants Group. In early January 2019, Heat Merchants Group has made a commitment to assist and encourage Senior Cycle Business students at Roscommon Community College to complete their schooling, by providing them with valuable first-hand insight and experience of the working world.

As part of the newly established partnership, students will take part in the ‘Skills @ Work Programme’, where volunteer employees work with students on C.V. writing and interview skills and give them an insight into the array of jobs available to students through ‘A Day in the Life” session. The partnership has been facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). The Heat Merchants Group have been established in Athlone since 2012 and employ over 300 people across their network of 44 branches. Alan Hogan, Managing Director, commenting on the partnership with Roscommon Community College, said:

“It is extremely important that students are fully aware of potential job opportunities within their communities, as cities are not always the answer. This programme is beneficial for the local economy and can assure the future staffing needs of our company along with providing skilled workers for other local businesses and prospective businesses.”

The ‘Skills @ Work Programme’ at Roscommon Community College will run over a number of weeks leading into the summer break. During the year, employees of Heat Merchants will talk to the students about the real-life skills required in the workplace, such as C.V. writing and interview preparation. The Human Resource Manager, Suzanne Devlin, based in Northern Ireland, will work with the LCVP and Senior Cycle Business Students, giving advice on C.V. writing, interview preparation and finally with the help of her colleagues in the HR department, will be inviting students to a mock interview in the company’s head office. Heat Merchants Group management will organise ‘A Day in the Life’ session, to assist the students in recognising the value of completing the Leaving Certificate and help them explore possible career paths. The students will also be brought on a site visit to the Heat Merchants Group HQ and witness the many career opportunities that exist in the heating, plumbing and renewable energy sector.

Georgina Keena, Principal of Roscommon Community College, speaking about the social partnership programme added:

“This programme broadens horizons, helps students view their future in terms of a career as opposed to just a job and to think outside the box as well as looking at traditional areas. It improves student/management/pupil relations, improves their confidence when addressing authority figures, makes students proud of their school and themselves and it encourages them to dwell on their strengths.”

Funded by the Department of Education and the participating businesses, The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) has matched 204 post primary schools in Ireland with a local business.


First Year Trip

First year history students took a journey through time this week as they travelled to Clonmacnoise to gain first-hand experience of the Early Christian Monastic Site. This excursion formed a part of their study of Early Christian Ireland.

Upon arrival, the group of budding historians were treated to an audio visual presentation about the story of Clonmacnoise, which was founded by Saint Ciarán. Students were delighted to learn that St. Ciarán himself studied in Roscommon. Afterwards, students were enthralled by the old stone High Cross of the Scriptures. The class then ventured into the old monastic site as they took in sights of the old cathedral and round towers.

The day was a wonderful experience for all, as history left the pages of the text book and became a reality. The history class looks forward to many more excursions of the like in the future.







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