Aisling set for World Futsal Championships
Aisling Hanly is on international duty this week once more. The third year Convent of Mercy student is part of the Irish Deaf Ladies Futsal team who are currently in Winterthur, Switzerland to take part in 4th World Deaf Futsal Championships from November 9th to November 18th. The road to Switzerland started in January 2018 at qualification tournament in Amsterdam and in December 2018 they travelled to Finland to take part in the European Championships. The Irish girls came sixth overall to qualify for their place in the World Championships. This is the first time the Irish ladies have reached the world stage. Aisling is a key member of the Irish squad and is one of their top scorers. We wish Aisling all the best of luck with the World Championship and are very proud of all her achievements to date.
Workshop on the skills of a Blacksmith
A huge thanks to Mayo based Blacksmith Patrick Strahan who set up a forge on Friday the 8th November on the school grounds to share the ancient skills of the blacksmith with Ms Seymour and Ms Kilcommins' third year art students. The workshop was delivered under the DesignSKILLS programme which is a joint initiative between the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and the Junior Cycle for Teachers. The DesignSKILLS project provides an opportunity for teachers of Visual Art, with their students, to work directly with a designer maker for up to six hours of class contact time. The emphasis in DesignSKILLS is on supporting students to engage in divergent thinking; to investigate initial ideas, research, explore, experiment and develop their own ideas through a range of hands-on, practical methodologies and approaches.
Two software engineers from Ericsson's came to talk to TY, 5th and 6th year students who are interested in knowing about careers in computers. They answered questions such as what is software development, what work Ericsson do, they went through the myths and realities of working with computers and what are the benefits of working in computers. Many thanks to Lorraine O’Rourke and Eleanor Dillon for the informative talk.
“Bin It” Campaign
The annual “Bin it” campaign was brought to our school recently. This is the 13th year the campaign has toured across the country with 521 school visits. This campaign educates students and raises awareness of issues surrounding litter and correct litter disposal among students. The girls enjoyed the actor-led workshop which incorporates a theatre-in-education session which encouraged the girls to dispose of gum litter and general litter in a responsible manner. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found it most worthwhile.
Surfing and French in Donegal
Fifty brave 2nd and 3rd Year French students headed off to Donegal on a dark November morning last week, questioning their sanity (and that of their French teachers). En route, very large waves were spotted along the coastline. Upon arrival, we were told that it was too dangerous to go surfing with boards. The students were given the option of orienteering in Kinlough Forest or body-surfing in Mullaghmore. The Convent of Mercy girls were not deterred by the low temperatures and wind chill! Everyone opted for the ocean option. The morning proceeded with 3rd Years having 3 class periods of French activities while the 2nd Years battled the waves. Flasks of hot mi-wadi on the beach were downed in an attempt to restart circulation. Hot showers back at the Donegal Adventure Centre were most welcome. Packed lunches were devoured in the kitchen, where the warmth of Pot Noodles and Quick Soup was appreciated. A swap around took place in the afternoon, with the 3rd Years taking on the elements while the 2nd Years enjoyed their French activities. All returned to Roscommon exhausted but happy and already planning a return trip. The students would like to express their thanks to Madame Leamy, Ms Carty and Ms Riordan for organising this trip and to Madame Leamy and Paula Keane for accompanying them to Donegal.
Orla attends the Irish Junior Science Olympiad
Pictured above is Transition Year student Orla Cox who attended the Irish Junior Science Olympiad in DCU (Glasnevin campus) on November 2nd. Orla was chosen to attend this competition in recognition of her excellent Junior Cert. grades in Science and Maths. Congratulations Orla.