Roscommon Community College

February 13, 2018

Art Exhibition

Roscommon Community College will present an exhibition of ceramics and prints inspired by Celtic art of the past entitled ‘A Celtic Past’. We extend a warm invitation to all to attend the opening ceremony in Áras an Chontae at 6pm on Thursday 8th March where Councillor and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Orla Leyden, will officially open the exhibition.

Leaping into Literacy at Roscommon Community College

RCC Book Club pictured with Dave Rudden, author of 'Knights of the Borrowed Dark'

Literacy Week at Roscommon Community College was launched on Monday, January 30th as 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 diverse activities. During the week every class group got the chance to mark literacy in an alternative way within the school setting.

The week got off to a spectacular start on Monday, January 29th as an exhilarating Drama Workshop was brought to us by Martin Maguire of the Gaiety School of Drama. First Year students in 1B and 1D were spurred on by Martin’s novel approach to their English curriculum, as they learned to explore the issues of Racism and Discrimination using the media of Drama, Mime and Improvisation. The students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive approach to the theme, and gratitude is extended to the WorldWise Global Schools programme for assistance with financing this element of Literacy Week.

On Tuesday morning we were delighted to welcome Dave Rudden, acclaimed author of Knights of the Borrowed Dark and winner of the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Award, as he delivered an inspirational talk to First Year, Learning for Life students & all members of the Book Club. Dave’s work has appeared in the Guardian, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Times, and has been shortlisted for the Hennessey New Writing Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize. He is the recipient of the 2011 Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize with his first novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, which has also picked up the Most Read Novel at the School Library Association Great Reads Awards. Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a new trilogy about magic, monsters and a VERY stressed 13 year old. Dave’s motivational and adrenaline-charged talk focussed on the craft of the writer, overcoming adversity, following your dreams and how everybody can be a writer if they follow four simple rules. Dave gave advice on getting a book published, while giving spine-tingling readings from his book. A lively Question & Answers session followed along with a book signing, with everybody in agreeance that we are already eagerly anticipating Dave’s next visit to our school.

On Wednesday our Writer in Residence, Pete Mullineaux rekindled old affiliations as his annual residency opened with an engaging and interactive workshop, featuring discussion, music and composition. 1st Year students from 1A and 1C deliberated on the issue of Food Security, Child Labour, Gender Equality and Militarisation and by the end of the workshop had created powerful and evocative poetry. Students look forward to having more sessions with Pete, courtesy of Poetry Ireland in the coming weeks.

On Thursday of Literacy Week, Junior Cycle students participated in a Drop Everything and Read session 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 aplomb. To round off a busy week of activities, Friday certainly was the high point for many as our parent/guardians were treated to Yoga with Paula Sharkey as part of their ten week Mindfulness programme, courtesy of Ann McNamara, Community Education Facilitator, Galway- Roscommon ETB, in conjunction with our very own Home School Community Liaison Scheme in Roscommon Community College.

Meanwhile, our 2nd Year students enjoyed a trip to our local C & L Plex cinema complex where they took in a viewing of the movie “Wonder”, a film which follows a year in the life of August Pullman, who was born with a rare medical facial difference (Treacher Collins syndrome) and is enrolling in private school after years of being home-schooled by his mother. This drama is earnest and sweet, with great messages about kindness, friendship, and acceptance. Based on R. J. Palacio’s hugely popular, award-winning novel & part of the new Junior Cycle English curriculum, the movie was a big hit with our students. Thanks as always are extended to Martin and his staff at C & L Plex for being so welcoming and accommodating to our school whenever we attend the cinema complex. 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 as the academic year continues at Roscommon Community College.

First  Lego League  Success

Pictured is RCCs First Lego League Team - Andrew Baliey, Leo Dixon, Liam Pearce, Gerard Van Opstal, Katie Reddington, Laura Moroza, Liam Clogher, William Connolly, Shane Thompson and Brian Killian.

RCC had once again an “Inspiring” day at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League on Saturday 3rd February held in the The Galmont Hotel (the old Radisson Hotel in Galway).

The day began with a 9a.m. arrival at the venue to set up our display area for our project and do the fine tuning and tweaking of the EV3 Lego robot. The show kicked off with blaring music and flashing lights while introducing all 22 teams hailing from across the country.

Andrew Bailey and Katie Reddington, prepare for the robot table missions.

The first judging session started off with our robot design presentation, where the team members involved had to display their robot design and programmes to the judges. They also had to explain the tactics they used in the robot performance task missions.
They then took to the table while the rest of the team could only watch, hoping everything went to plan with the robot. There were three rounds in total to get the best points tally possible, by performing tasks programmed in the robot, on the mission table.

Between the rounds on the table, the team had to present this year’s project which was entitled “Hydro Dynamics”. This involved the team members coming up with an idea for improving water systems from the source of the water to the reservoirs to the households or industries to final treatment before it returns to natural source. The team began to research the project back in October with a visit to Glan Agua a company that treat and pump the cleaned water to Roscommon town’s reservoir. That was followed up by a visit to Roscommon Sewerage treatment plant. It was from the latter that the team got the idea to produce a leaflet to make more people aware of what not to dispose from your household drainage that clog up the sewerage pipes.

As the day progressed the team enjoyed the atmosphere in the main arena dancing and singing to the music until the final results were revealed. We had the 3rd highest score on the mission table which was the best placing we ever had since we first entered in the competition. While we were very delighted with that we unfortunately had not enough points to finish first to represent Ireland in the European finals held in the UK, but they were awarded the “Most Inspirational Team” and were presented with the trophy on stage during the closing ceremony at the end of the day.

Well done to all the team who did an outstanding job representing their school. The team was as follows: Andrew Baliey, Leo Dixon, Liam Pearce, Gerard Van Opstal, Katie Reddington, Laura Moroza, Liam Clogher, William Connolly, Shane Thompson and Brian Killian. The school would also like to thank Mr. Donlon, and Mr. Mcloughlin (engineering teachers) who were the team mentors, for this year’s team.

First Year Parent & Guardian Coffee Morning
All First Year Parent & Guardians are cordially invited to attend our Coffee Morning which will take place on Monday, Feb. 19th between 9:30- 10:30am in the school. Meet other parents and guardians, get any questions answered and have a chat over a cuppa. Please text Siobhan HSCL to confirm attendance.

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