2019 - 2020 News
Abbey Community College Beginning of Year Mass:
We would like to invite parents, families and members of our community to our beginning of the year Mass which takes place in St. Joseph's Church, Boyle on friday 11th October at 12pm
TY Teamwork Triumph for Abbey Community College Students:
An early start saw us head out for Petersburg outdoor adventure centre at 8.45. The excitement at new exhilarating experiences amongst friends was palpable.
We arrived and it was straight into wetsuits for the first of the days activities.
Oisín thought he'd hate kayaking, but now loves it after a great experience. Some groups got to jump from their kayaks and play games, including a group trust exercise. Brian was praised for his kindness in helping instructors and fellow students when kayaking and throughout the day. When we asked him he said he really enjoyed the day.
Obstacle course was in groups and then as individuals. I liked how muddy we got and the fun we had as a group says Aida. I loved it too and spending the day outdoors with my friends, says Katelyn. Ciarán enjoyed the climbing, the water element, the challenge of the course.
Lara faced her fears in the caves and completed the activity with the support of the other group members. A fantastic achievement! While we were in the caves, James rescued a lizard, who was then adopted and cared for by Megan and Georgina. Don't worry, she was released back into the wild. Jessica enjoyed the caves and students even opted to complete a more difficult course showing their resilience. On the way back, our instructor Luke allowed us jump off the boat as we were so muddy.
One group were lucky enough to get to do the gorge walk before the weather turned. Jumping into waterfalls was class, says Eimear. Conor had a heroic rescue (also quite a lot of laughing) from the rest of his groups as the crossing on the river became slippy, reports Eoin.
Savannah also faced her fears and completed absailing with the support of others. Áine was very proud of how they worked together and looked out for one another. Kevin enjoyed the absailing too.
We had a delicious dinner, with a very fair system for clean up. All students were on duty at one time or another. It was great to see the staff so involved in the outdoor pursuits and a big thanks goes to them for supporting the running of an overnight event. Mr Greany as acting TY coordinator is thanked especially.
Senior girls GAA:
Abbey College Boyle Vs Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar:
Abbey College started the game strong, looking to put down a good marker to start the season with Aisling Feely winning the ball from the throw in. Aisling continued on form, won a kick out and rattled the net to put the first score on the board. Kate Harrington scored from a free and followed with a point from play. As play progressed Colaiste Mhuire struggled to keep possession. Isabelle King made a super move when she turned over possession and kicked the ball down the line to Kate Harrington who passed it to Cora Naughton. Cora put the ball over the bar making it 1-03 to no score after 10 minutes.
Heather Keirns was heroic from half forward, winning many of Coláiste Mhuire’s kickouts. In the 11th minute all of her work paid off after she had a give and go with Aisling Feely resulting in Heather scoring a goal. After 13 minutes Coláiste Mhuire got a break and worked the ball through the middle. A great pass to full forward Ciara Kilcommins ended with a goal for Ballygar. Rebecca Mckeon’s kick out reached Laura Martin who linked up well with Ruth Duggan. Megan McKeon moved the ball quickly down the field reaching Grace Flanagan who then gave a great ball in to Caoimhe Cregg who scored her first goal of the match.
In the 20th minute, after great team play, Coláiste Mhuire won a free 21m out and midfielder Ava Travers made no mistake and left it 3-05 to 1-1 with five minutes left to play in the first half. Abbey College continued to dominate Coláiste Mhuire’s kickouts, and after great running by Cora Ryan and a quick pass to Megan McKeon, Abbey College got their 6th point of the match. Caoimhe Cregg won the kickout and got her 2nd goal. Caoimhe won the kickout again and passed it to Kate Harrington who left the ball in the back of the net. This left the visitors with a lot to do after the break with the score-line reading 5-07 to 1-1 at half time.
At half time, some changes were made with Blathin Deane coming in for Laura Martin, Emma Davey for Cora Ryan and Kate Garavan for Heather Keirns. Ballygar started well, winning the throw in but the backs worked hard and regained possession. Saoirse Wynne played the ball to Kate Harrington who got the first point of the second half. Seconds later Kate won the kick out and scored another point. Emma Davey won the kickout and passed to Caoimhe Cregg but Coláiste Mhuires goalie Grace Scanlon made a great save to deny Caoimhe the goal. Abbey College continued to play well, with points from Kate Harrington and Emma Davey keeping the scoreboard ticking. After 10 minutes of play, the home side brought on more subs with Keisha Hatter coming in for Niamh Ryan and Katelyn Cullen for Saoirse Wynne. Not long after that Emma Davey won the ball and passed the ball to Kate Harrington who got Abbey College’s sixth goal of the match. Tara Sheridan replaced Emma Scally who had a great game at corner back. After more hard work from the back line, Keisha Hatter was out in front and had a lovely one two with Kate Harrington who completed her hattrick. Abbey College continued on their winning way as they dominated the rest of the match only conceding one more point for the game. The game finished after another great goal by Caoimhe Cregg, making the final score 8-14 to 1-2.
This was a great way to start the season for the strong home side.
By Caoimhe Brogan and Eimear Kelly.
Fridays for Future:
On Friday 20th of September students here at Abbey CC protested to demand urgent action from political leaders to tackle climate change.
This was part of an international day of action which saw over 7.6 million people participate on the world's largest to date global climate strike.
On Friday 27th September Student Council elections were held in Abbey Community College to elect two representatives from each year group to the council for the 2019-2020 school year. Voting was brisk in the school polling station as each year group voted for candidates in their year. Proportional representation was used to calculate a quota in each year and count votes. Leaving Cert students helped with the vote count for each year group.
Transition Year students this week learned how to make butter in Agricultural Science with Ms Cronin. They were studying production of butter as one of the products of the dairy industry in Ireland. Students made their own butter from fresh cream in the school's Home Economics kitchen.
'Stay Safe Stay Sober' Harm Reduction Talk for 5th years and TYs:
Abbey Community College
In October 2018 all of the pupils in Roscommon that returned to school after sitting the Junior Certificate were invited to complete the Planet Youth questionnaire. Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) conducted a detailed Planet Youth survey on the experiences of teenagers living in their communities in County Roscommon .The target population was all of the 15 and 16 year-old post-Junior Certificate students in every secondary school and Youthreach centre in the county. One of the many key findings from the survey that 48% of 15/16 yr olds surveyed reported being drunk more than once in their lifetime. As part of WRDTF strategy on harm reduction our students who will receive their Junior Certificate Results on Friday were issued with leaflets providing information on alcohol and the teenage years . Gillian Conway from the Western Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforce and Garda Roisin were on hand to deliver a presentation based on the most recent data and information around harm reduction and also information around the consequences for young people engaged in risk taking behaviors while under the influence.
We wish our students well in receiving their Junior Cert results!
Women in Politics & Public Life:
On Monday 23rd September our transition year and 2nd year cspe students had a lovely morning visiting the Women in politics and public life exhibitions in the offices of Roscommon county council. It was a very interesting and informative guide through the last 100 years for women in Politics and Public life in Ireland and we would like to thank Sinead McCool Historian and Curator of the exhibition for giving us a guided tour and information about women from Co Roscommon who lead political and public lives including Margaret Gillespie from Boyle who was a suffragette.
There were also pieces from Mary McAleese from her time as president of Ireland including the dress she wore for the Queens Visit.
It was a great exhibition which is open to the public until the 11th of October and comes highly recommended by Abbey CC students.
Big Brother/Big Sister:
On Tuesday 24th September we welcomed Caroline Cronin , Natasha Davis and Sean Fleming from Foroige. They spent two double classes preparing our First Years and Transition Years for the Big Brother/Big Sister Programme.
Big Brother Big Sister is a programme run in the school hours. A first year student is matched with a transition year student with its main focus to help first years settle in to school.
Training involved explaining the role of the Mentor. Using discussions role play and group to help with communication and collaborative skills.
All students took part with great enthusiasm and attentive listening. We are delighted to have this important programme running in the school. There will be a meeting at lunchtime next Tuesday and matches will be announced in coming few days.
Many Thanks to Caroline Sean and Natasha for their hard work with training. Natasha helped with interviews over past week so we’re grateful to Foroige for their support.
Ms.Moynihan School Chaplain is the school’s co ordinator!
Abbey Community College Rugby:
2019/20 looks like it will be a year with record numbers of participation in rugby. We are entering three teams in three competitions and have secured the help of four coaches as well as our Connacht CCRO.
Our newest project is to start developing the girls game in the school.
Some of the lads at training on Wednesday night-
On Friday 18th of Sept we played our first friendly match against a Carrick RFC selection, the match was competitive but played in a great spirit and ended in a draw. It was a great opportunity to show the game to new players and their parents. We hope this is the start of a cycle of friendly fixtures.
Cycle Safety Programme:
Abbey College TY students started their Cycle Safety programme with Roscommon Sports Partnership on Thursday 19th September. This is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training to promote competent and confident cyclists.
This is an Inclusive programme, it will offer transition year students taking part the skills to cycle confidently on the road network, from novice to competent cyclists. The programme is delivered over three stages with participants gaining skills and knowledge on a phased basis, preparing them to cycle in increasingly complex road scenarios.
First year Girls GAA Blitz:
Our first year girls had their first outing at the GAA blitz in Ballyleague on Thursday 26th september. A great day was had with three impressive wins over Castlerea, Strokestown & Roscommon. A great start to their GAA endeavours for ACC. More details to follow in next weeks edition!
On Wednesday the 11th September 40 transition year students travelled to Microsoft in Dublin to experience Dream Space.
In DreamSpace, the Transition Year students enjoyed hands-on, immersive technology experiences and got to see the many applications of technology in sport, art and design, music and everyday life. The students were split into groups to see how technology influences the everyday world around them - from how they're entertained, to how they commute, shop and eat. The students got to build and code simple versions of the most used tech gadgets and apps, as well as discover the many exciting career opportunities the world of technology presents. Who knows? Maybe one day, some of these students could even find themselves at Microsoft.
We would like to extended a warm welcome back to all our staff and students, especially to our new 1st year students. Wishing you all every success for the year ahead. Believe in yourselves!
School of Jock:
On Monday and Tuesday last, the T.Y. students of Abbey College entered the wonderful world of broadcasting via the School of Jock workshop, presented by RTÉ radio presenter and broadcasting mentor, Eric Moore. Over the two day period, the students experienced what it's like to create and present original content in a studio environment. The workshop began with a passionate introduction from radio veteran Eric Moore, about his love affair with radio and how he set up his own school's radio station back in 1988, at age 16. After the pep-talk it was down to business with a guide to presentation and how to find your on-air voice, along with some good advice on the mechanics of the studio environment. For the past two years, Abbey College has housed the A.C.C.R. (Abbey Community College Radio) studio. This term, the T.Y. students will focus on podcasting, with a view to interviewing guest speakers who visit the college. As part of the School of Jock workshop, the students covered the essentials on interviewing techniques, including knowing your audience, interviewing with a purpose, research and general preparation, planning a questionnaire, and even how to behave around guests. For the second part of the workshop, the students were split into pairs and asked to prepare a short questionnaire on their partner. Each student would have the opportunity to interview their partner in the A.C.C.R. studio. After lunch, the students hit the studio in groups of six, paperwork in hand. Putting into practice what they had learned earlier in class, two by two the students took their places at the studio desk, correctly adjusting the microphone and hearing their own voices in the headphones for the first time. A very off-putting experience. With everyone settled and nerves at bay, one by one the interviews got under way, beginning with the interviewer introducing themselves, explaining where they're from, who their guest is, and what the guest is there to discuss. After around 90 seconds of loose chat, the interviewer wrapped up by thanking the guest and signing off with both a station and personal name check, followed by an A.C.C.R. jingle. After that, the students switched roles with the interviewer becoming the interviewee and vice versa. All interviews were recorded, so the students can listen back and make improvements where necessary. After each group of six had experienced both sides of an interview situation, Eric encouraged the students further by discussing the feelings induced by performing under pressure, whilst pointing out their strenghts, even suggesting possible podcast ideas to suit certain students.
Nora Tao Keating from Abbey Community College is one of a large number of visiting foreign students. She recently attended the All-Ireland ladies Football Finals in Croke Park. Nora decided to support the Tipperary Ladies who went on to win the Intermediate Title beating Meath. Nora was really taken with the game and now wants to take up Gaelic football herself!! Great choice Nora
We are pleased to inform you that a partnership with a secondary school in France has been set up to run a penpal’s project with them. This type of initiative encourages students to write with a sense of purpose and can also be a great way to explore and learn about new cultures and share their own. Pupils in 2nd year studying French at Abbey CC will be paired with a pupil from a similar age attending the Collège Saint-François Notre-Dame in Lesneven ( Brittany). The plan is not for them to go physically over to France but rather communicate with their penpal via letters, presentations, videos etc.We also hope to take the advantage of the technology and organise a skype session so we can meet them" virtually" .
TY Law workshop:
On the 16th of September 2019, the TY students of Abbey Community College participated in an insightful and informative law workshop which lasted the entire school day. Barrister James Fahy came to the school and taught the students about how the law system in Ireland works, the main professions in law and organized a court room reenactment. A number of TY students played a part in the mock trial. As well as having lots of fun, the TY’s also benefited from learning all about civil and criminal law and the day also made some students consider having a future career in law. By Shane McMorrow
ACC’s Flying Finn:
The Glencar Lough Swim took place on Saturday 14th of September in the stunning Glencar Valley which sits between counties Leitrim and Sligo, home to the majestic Glencar Lough and Irelands highest waterfall.
The annual swim involves a 5km loop of the lake, a 3km circuit and a 1km swim. Finn Doherty, fifth year student of Abbey Community College, produced a fantastic performance to come second overall in the 1km swim. Finn is a member Carrick Fins swim club based in Carrick on Shannon.
Leaving Cert Day of Reflection:
On Wednesday 11th September 40 of our leaving certificate students gathered at the Spool Factory -Performance and Event Centre for their Day of Reflection facilitated by the Retreat Team from Galway An Tobar Nua. The day began with Demi and Andrew organising icebreakers for students to get relaxed! Then there was a quiz which asked students to discuss various questions about God and Jesus-prizes distributed in the form of cookies ! Students listened to testimonies throughout the day from members of the group which proved memorable for students who were struck by the level of faith from the group despite various difficulties they faced throughout their lives. The day was wrapped up well with a quietening exercise-meditation at the beach. Students were asked to ponder about their relationship with their faith. Reminding us of the prayer from the start of the day “Footprints “ that God is there throughout our journey. Students appreciated the day of reflection and the chance to take a breathe before their busy year ahead. The highlight was the space ! It was great to be in their own space in the SpoolFactory
Many thanks to Brian Nerney for the use of the space and making us feel welcome. Thanks to the team from Galway who gave their time to our students. We wish our students well in their studies in the year ahead
A large number of our students from 6th year, 5th year and transition year enjoyed a fantastic trip to the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Carlow this week