Class Act – Roscommon Community College

March 13, 2020

Roscommon Enterprise Awards 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.

Literacy Week 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.


Junior Boys Football Success

RCC   4-12     Grange VS     1-7

On Friday the 6th March, our RCC Junior team took on Grange VS in their quarter final. The first half was very close with points being tipped over by both teams. The main scorers for RCC in the first half were Ryan Conlon and Dylan Treacy. Roscommon had many unconverted scores throughout the game due to some bad weather conditions. Due to this the half time score was RCC 0-5 Grange 0-5.

Roscommon started the second half on the strong foot with goals from Ryan Conlon, Dylan Treacy and Paddy Fallon. RCC worked well through the wing backs and the wing forwards who assisted many of our scores in the second half. With some great passages of play and some incredibly vital scores RCC junior team will proceed to the semi-final after winning on a final score line of 4-12 to 1-7. The semi-final will be delayed until schools reopen and keep an eye on the school twitter account to find out about the semi-final fixture.

Connacht 1st/2nd Year Hurling Championship

St Raphaels Loughrea 7-6      RCC 5-7

We began our championship with a trip to Loughrea against a very strong and fancied St Raphael’s side. The score line alone tells you that our players put in a tremendously courageous performance. Our backs were extremely solid throughout particularly Josh Reddington, Eoin Campbell, Tommy Morris, Oran’s Conor Harris and Luka Finneran. The Four Roads midfield combination of Brian Mannion and Conor Morris dominated that area. Brian gave an exhibition in free taking finishing the game with a personal tally of 2-5 and Conor scored 0-2. This game was nip and tuck until the last five minutes when Loughrea scored 4 points without reply. Our forwards worked very hard with Dylan Treacy scoring 2 goals, Oisin Hynes 1-0 and Roscommon Gael’s Liam Naughton and Nathan Halligan. Tommie Morris’ performance from centre back earned him the man of the match accolade. Our next match is against New Inn.

New Inn 3-11 RCC 3-12

This result demonstrates the progress GAA has made in our school. New Inn were champions in this competition last year and were expected to progress but hadn’t figured on a sterling performance from Roscommon. The workrate from number 1-20 was incredible with the number of hooks and blocks recorded off the scale. Oisin Mullen set the standard with some point blank saves. Our backs embolded by his example drove ball down field and Dylan Treacy ended up with a personal tally of 2-5. Brian Mannion’s free taking kept our noses ahead which was key as New Inn laid siege to our goal in injury time. There were many tremendous performances on this historic day. The Four Roads players, Ros Gael’s Liam Naughton, Oran’s Conor Morris, Dominic’s Harry Gately but it was Dominic’s James Gannon who gave a man of the match performance from wing forward. Clarin College Athenry are next.

Skills @ Work Programme – Roscommon Community College & Heat Merchants Group

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.




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