BPW Senior Public Speaking National Final Winners
Last Saturday, our public speaking team won the senior All Ireland final in the BPW Public Speaking competition. Progressing from the Regional Final two weeks ago, our girls took top honours ahead of tough competition from Presentation College, Tullamore, St. Josephs College, Lucan, Presentation College, Tuam and Tullamore College. Having been successful at Regional level in the past, this National title is a first for our school and we are very proud of the girls. The BPW (Business and Professional Womens Organisation) is involved in encouraging girls to play a more prominent role in business. This event offered the girls an excellent opportunity to develop self-confidence as well as improving their communication skills. Our girls competed in the senior category of the competition. The team, consisting of Ellen Doorly, Zoe Finan and Áife Feeley spoke on the topic of Vision. The judges complemented the girls on their knowledge of the topic, ability to engage the audience, ability to respond when questioned by the judging panel and their flawless performance. To top off the successful afternoon, Ellen Doorley took an individual prize for the best speaker and Zoe Finan for the best chairperson. The standard of public speaking at this level is very high and to be awarded these accolades really is a huge achievement. The girls were presented with the National Federation of Business and Professional Womens Cup, as well as the Galway Crystal Trophy. The girls would like to thank Ms. Connolly (Business teacher) for all her help and guidance with this competition. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement girls!
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week the senior pupils from the Primary schools attended Science Magic Shows in the Home Economics kitchen and Physics lab of our school. During the show, students were shown a number of demonstrations which involved the science of raising agents, a yeast air balloon activity and the production of honeycomb which was definitely enjoyed by all, especially the tasting session! In the science lab special effects using dry ice, making a homemade fire extinguisher, creating elephant’s toothpaste and many more exciting experiments were enjoyed!
Keisha World Karate Bronze Medallist
Congratulations to Keisha Carty (first year) who won a World Bronze medal at the IKU World Championships which was held recently in county Kilkenny. Keisha is a member of Lanesborough Karate Club and a member of the Athlone squad Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Ireland and has been training with members from Ireland in preparation for the World Karate Championships over the past fourteen months. Keisha was part of the opening ceremony with her Irish team members and there were a total of 22 countries competing at the three day event. Congratulations Keisha on this wonderful achievement, we are very proud of you.
The Connacht Senior Schools Swimming Championships took place in Claremorris on Sunday 15th October. The Convent of Mercy Roscommon was well represented at this competition, which is divided into three age categories; Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Swimmers can enter two events only.