TY Enterprise School Final
The school final of the Transition Year Enterprise Programme took place in the school on Friday, 8th February. This was the second time that the budding entrepreneurs got to showcase their businesses after the highly successful market day that had taken place on December 7th before the Christmas break. On that occasion, they were trying to sell their products to the students, however, this time they were trying to sell their business idea to the judges (countless episodes of Dragon’s Den had finally served its purpose).
The Business Reports had been handed in the previous week but this was the day where the students had to finally answer the judge’s questions regarding the future viability of their business. From themed chocolate sleighs/baskets to customised rings, teddy bears made from recycled material to homemade scented candles, brand new card games to dog houses and bird boxes, there was a wide variety of innovative ideas on display for the judges to get their teeth into. The judges were very impressed by what they saw by all groups and commended the work done by all and found the deliberation process very difficult. In the end however, only three groups could go through to the county final in the Abbey Hotel on the 21st March and the results were as follows:
Most innovative business: Cards 4 U (Kevin Smyth, Paul Flynn, Josh Brady, Jakob Salamon)
Most Enterprising business: Roscommon Pet Homes (Keelan Morris, Nathan Sweeney)
3rd Place: Scrappies (Rhys Davies, Adam Lalwani, Jared Comer, Jack Chambers)
2nd Place: S and C GAA Gear (Michael Staunton, Shauna Clogher)
1st Place: MMBK Designs (Ben Finnerty, Michael Lohan, Matthew Ryan, Keelan Murray)
Well done to all of our finalists. We wish you the very best of luck in March.
Ladies Junior Volleyball
Our Ladies Junior Volleyball team had their first outing last week as they travelled to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Roscommon where they faced two Convent teams and one Ballinasloe team in the hopes of progressing to the next stage of the competition. This was a new experience for many members of the team as it is predominately made up first year students.
Up first, the girls played the Convent’s Blue Team. Our girls had a rocky start, nerves played a big part as they quickly found themselves 20-4 down in the first set. It took our girls sometime to settle but as soon as they did, the battle began with our ladies fighting back, one point at a time. Unfortunately, for our girls, despite their best efforts, the Convent girls had gained too much of a lead and the set ended with the all-girls school winning 25-12.
While most have only taken up the sport since January, as the girls became more comfortable, they showed off their great digging and volleying skills, as well as their excellent teamwork. From the first whistle our girls battled against our opponents for every point. Having found their feet, the RCC ladies were determined to redeem themselves in the second set. Our girls soon found themselves ahead and finished the game on a score line of 25-17. A tie breaker to 15 was to decide who would get the points for the match. Sadly, for our girls the tie breaker did not go our way. Having delivered some excellent serves across the net, the Convent girls soon took the lead and kept it for the remainder of the final game. In the end, they took the points after winning 15-5.
Next up the girls faced the Convent’s Red Team. With the top two teams of the day progressing to the next round our RCC ladies knew they must win their next game. It appears the Convent girls were just too strong for our ladies and we couldn’t seem to edge ahead despite a very close match.
After being defeated by the Convent girls 25-14 and 25-20, the last game of the day took place. Here our RCC ladies played Ballinasloe. Although the girls were aware that they could no longer progress to the next round, our girls battled to the very end. In the final game they were as determined and enthusiastic as they had been at the start of the day. Regardless of the fact Ballinasloe received the points for the game, the girls have gained the much-needed experience to learn for next year’s competition. Volleyball can be a very intimidating and overwhelming sport when there are only six people on each side of the court. This experience will greatly benefit all the players as they got to experience first-hand how a volleyball competition is ran and the procedures that need to be followed both before, during and after a game.
Thank you to Sarah Farragher for hosting the event and the referees and lines people from both RCC and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál. The very best of luck to both teams who progress to the next stage of the competition.
Team (as per photo):
Back row (L-R): Aoibhinn Murray, Rachael Trimble, Lyndsey Gibbons, Mia Kilcline, Eimear O’Connor, Mairéad Lohan, Grace Dwyer, Siafra Finneran, Katelyn Lynch
Front row (L-R): Rachel Fallon, Bridget Hoare, Heather O’Sullivan, Julia Lipka, Julia Papuga, Andrea Fallon and Kayleigh Foxe.
‘Fertility Shock’ Documentary
‘Fertility Shock’, a documentary discussing issues affecting fertility, will air on Monday, March 11th @ 21.35 on RTÉ 1. This documentary features past and current pupils of Roscommon Community College and their discussion .