Class Act – Roscommon Community College

February 18, 2019

Fertility Shock, RCC Participating in RTÉ Documentary

At the 53rd BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (2017) Conor Lavin, Michael Egan and Simon Leonard, now past pupils of Roscommon Community College, presented a study entitled ‘Insight from a New Generation – Fertility Issues’. The aim of their study was to examine students and adults awareness of factors that affect fertility and infertility.

The boys’ idea for their project stemmed from a documentary aired on TV 3 exploring Ireland’s IVF couples and from this their research question evolved. This motivated their research project and they became extremely interested in the topic that they had not really given much consideration to before.

The boys, under the supervision of their teacher Dr. Joanne Shea designed a questionnaire with 32 questions, spanning two sections: awareness of infertility and problems associated with it; and knowledge of reproductive science. This questionnaire was handed out to TY, fifth and sixth year students, teachers and GPs, to distribute to their patients. In total they had 106 responses to the survey.

The research findings triggered much discussion among the school environment and the boys concluded that in the near future, they would like to see this topic being introduced into secondary schools, possibly as a topic in SPHE, or even Junior Certificate science. Since the completion of the project the students and their teacher have actively engaged in increasing the awareness of young peoples’ knowledge and understanding issues affecting fertility through the development of TY workshops and information sheets.

As a result of this promotion RTÉ contacted Dr. Shea last summer inviting the students and the school to participate in an upcoming documentary titled “Fertility Shock”. In September of this year RTÉ visited Roscommon Community College to interview and film Conor, Michael and Simon present a workshop to current TY students along with their teacher Dr. Shea. This documentary will be aired on Monday, March 4th at 21.35 p.m.

Many thanks are extended to Dr. Shea for her help and support throughout the development of this much valued research project. We hope you can all take the time to watch this extremely interesting and timely documentary in early March.

Lá na Gaelbhrataigh

February the 4th was a monumental day for the Irish language in Roscommon Community College. After a year of hard work and commitment by the Irish Department and student committee, the Gaelbhratach was awarded to our school last year. On February 4th, the flag was raised in RCC by a very special guest, famous Irish author Ré Ó Laighléis.

Being the only school in Roscommon to be awarded the Gaelbhratach, this was a huge honour. The Gaelbhratach entails months of promoting and creating a standard of spoken and written Irish in the school, amongst students and teachers that is of a very high standard. It involves the organisation of activities and events as Gaeilge to get students speaking and using it as much as possible. Full credit must go to Ms Dwyer and Mr Kelly in particular, the Irish Department and the student Gaelbhratach Committee of Jack Mannion, Molly Beckett, Ben Finnerty, Michael Lohan, Jack Cronin, Shauna Clogher, Ava Coyle, Michael Staunton and Seán Egan for their tireless efforts in achieving this.

A day of celebration as Gaeilge took place, with Ré Ó Laighléis undertaking a workshop with Transition Years about his literature and general grá for the language. This was followed by a session of traditional music, singing and Irish dancing along with Mr Kelly, Ms Lohan and student committee chairperson, Seán Egan saying a few words to mark the occasion.

All students were then invited out to the front of the school for the raising of the flag. Ré Ó Laighléis did the honours as the student body and teaching staff looked on proudly.

A special mention must also be given to M. Lavin and the music students who put on a fabulous show of ceol, along with Ms Lohan, Ms Keena, all teaching staff and the students of RCC for a fantastic day don Ghaeilge and for their dedication to and respect of our native language.

Beatha teanga í a labhairt.

RCC Equestrian Club

Congratulations are extended to all of our participants in their performances and successes in the recent finale of Roscommon Equestrian Centre’s Schools Show Jumping Competition.

Our members have been working hard since October, guided by the professional and talented instructors of Roscommon Equestrian Centre, to upgrade and perfect their horsemanship skills. The course included competitions where students had the opportunity to jump a course of fences to accumulate points for their school team at advanced, intermediate and novice level.

The final competition proved successful for many of our members. Congratulations to Thomas Kelly (1st year), Sarah Hoare (2nd year) and Rory Doolan (1st year) who swooped the first place position for their team ‘The Three Amigos’ with a very healthy lead at advanced level. Ellen Hynes (3rd year), Katie Cronin (3rd year), Kirstin Cronin (3rd year) and Josh Cronin (1st year) had a great run within the competition with their team ‘The Rossie Rebels’. Unfortunately as the points were added up they lost out on the top prize at intermediate level coming in as runners up at the end of the thirteen weeks. Well done also to Amanda Bolode (3rd year), Rachel Fallon (1st year) and Laura Morosa (2nd year) with their team ‘RCC Riders’, also runners up in the intermediate category.
Over the term of the course it was great to see such enthusiasm, determination, camaraderie and an overall improvement in the skills of all of our young riders.

Many thanks are extended to Roscommon Equestrian Centre for organising this event and to parents and guardians for giving all of the participants the opportunity to take part.
Until next year!!

Junk Kouture Silver Ticket Winners


Congratulations to Roscommon Community College Art students, Cian Campbell, Zara Grehan and Riesse Donlon on receiving a ‘SILVER TICKET’ in the BOI Junk Kouture fashion competition. Their spectacular creation is made from recycled materials and titled ‘Brave in Hides.’

The very best of luck in the Regional finals. Voting commences on Monday the 18th February. Please support!

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