Science week 2014!
Another super science week has concluded, with many exciting events and activities in our
school. Credit to all the teachers and students who took part. More details of some of these
events will follow; they include a visit to Abbotts Diagnostic, taking part in the Maths
Olympiad examination, ‘Launchball’ competition, Beaver computer programming contest,
Periodic table challenge, Coder Dojo for 1st years, ongoing preparation by our four BT
Young Scientist projects and on Friday, hosting workshops as part of the Midland Science
Credit Union Art competition
Congrats to LCC art students on their recent success on the Laneboro / Ballyleague Credit
Union Art Competition.
In the 14-17 year old category, Grace Brennan (4th yr) won 1st place, Ryan Gill (4th yr) won
2nd place, and Roisin Ward (2nd yr) won 3rd place. In the 18+ category, leaving cert student,
Roberts Berzabinds won 2nd place.
JC/LC Parent Teacher Meeting
Our leaving and junior cert PTM took place on Tuesday night from 5-8pm. There was a great
turnout and it was very busy indeed! Over the years these meetings have become less about
progress reports and more about providing support and advice to parents on how to help their
child to reach their potential. Everybody wants the very best for each and every student so
often teacher and parents can get engrossed in how to work together to achieve this. So the
queues can be long but the atmosphere is good with a cup of tea and a chat and the odd bit of
banter! Thanks to everybody who came and to Joe and Olive for setting up the hall.
Table tennis tournament
We were delighted to be able to host a table tennis tournament between ourselves and
Templemichael College on Wednesday last. Eight junior students from each school played
through a 1st round, from which the top 3 players from each school played the best of three.
We finished off the tournament with doubles matches. It was very closely contested and we
look forward to meeting their senior team at the end of November. Well done to Dylan
Glancy for organising the Lanesboro team and to Joe Rooney for getting all the tennis tables
up to competition standard.
Best of luck to the Concern debating team who have being working hard preparing for their
first outing of the season against Garbally College. We had a great debate on Tuesday on the
motion that; “Ireland must deliver on it’s 0.7% overseas aid promise”. Captains Jeffrey Kok
and Mark Lyons led their teams in a head to head war of words with no quarter asked or
given! It was both entertaining and informative. Well done to Brion Kelly, Orla Costello,
Daniel O’Reilly, Brian Lyons, Kayleigh McDonagh and Adam Farrell. Many thanks to the
adjudicators; Daniel Mullooly, Conor Walton, Mark Gill and Chloe Kenny and, of course, our
time keeper for the debate who was Eoin Farrell.
Debating is fundamentally an argument where two sides (an opposing side and an affirmative
side) are given the same topic, but then split in opinion to pursue their side of this issue. The
topics covered in debating can practically be anything from, “Ireland commitments to
overseas aid” to “Genetically Modified Food can be damaging to human health”. Honestly
you never know what you are going to get, that’s why it’s such a rewarding experience of
sheer variety, when you know you have gained the agreement of the audience, after you have
shared your thoughts.
Debating requires the ability of discovering the best known source material for your topics, it
involves the debater being capable of constructing the most verbally attractive speeches, that
sink into the minds of everyone (even the opposition), however the most valuable trait to
have when debating is confidence. Confidence isn’t something I was born with, but standing
in front of that podium, and expressing my opinion to rooms full of people, has rescued my
confidence. A dynamic combination of these three traits can help to create the perfect
argument that persuades and enlightens.
The end result of a debate is an exhibition of opinions, which captures the audiences’
attention, and splits their decisions’, as one side says “I agree with them”, and the other says
“person X made a great point”, it gathers the thoughts of the room and awakens our
understanding of issues. Debating is a great activity, as it shapes you for the future, by
developing your research skills, promoting your formal writing skills, and most importantly
giving you the Confidence to speak-freely to the world, as you share your opinion.
By Jeffrey Kok
Preparation for Open Day 2014
Lots of work has been going on behind the scenes as we prepare for the Open Day. The first
years have written their speeches, organised their “props” and are ready to visit their old
‘Alma Maters’. What a surprise their former classmates will get when they see how they have
changed! Teachers are preparing presentations and everybody is getting a little bit excited
about this opportunity to show off our wonderful school!
This year we were delighted to be able to offer the Maths Olympiad examination to the
largest number of students ever. That’s because 61% of the 4th year class are doing Higher
level maths which is a credit to the students and their maths teachers for bringing them to
such a high standard. Based on the results of this exam these students will have the option of
taking part in enrichment classes for gifted maths students in UCC,UCD,UL,UCG and NUI
Abbotts Operation Discovery
Many thanks to Abbotts for inviting our school to take part in its “Operation Discovery”. Jack
Quigley, Moya Reynolds, Dominic Jeffrey and Leah Farrell had a wonderful day but we will
let them tell you themselves in the following piece by Leah:
Today we went on a trip to Abbott Diagnostic Ireland. Abbott is a company that makes and
markets pharmaceuticals.When we arrived we were split into groups and brought on a tour of
the building. We were shown where people worked and the different jobs they did.
Then in our groups we were brought to a room to do an experiment. Our first one was on
chromatography. We had to fold a piece of filter paper into eights and mark each section with
a different colour dot. We then rolled up another piece of paper and stuck it through the
centre of the circle. After that we sat the piece of paper in a cup of water making sure it was
just touching the water and that the circle was resting on the rim of the cup. Then we had
After lunch we did two more experiments one was to test DNA, we had to spit into test tubes
to get our cells. Then we added detergent, made from soap, salt and water, and alcohol so
we’d be able to see our DNA. The other was testing products to see if they were acidic or
basic. Overall we had a brilliant day and I enjoyed it very much.
It’s that time of year again when the weather turns cold and our minds turn to computer
programming. Well, in Lanesboro Community College we actually don’t need an excuse to
work with computers…we’re doing it all the time! Anyhow the Coder Dojo team got together
and are working on some new ideas to share with the school over the next few months. More
of that later. We are going to kick off with some ‘Scratch’ programming for the 1st years and
then work on a presentation for the visiting primary schools and their parents. Well done to
the lads…maybe we could get some of the ladies to join up too?
Football training continues
Training is never cancelled! And so it was that during some pretty atrocious weather the girls
and boys of Lanesboro Community College were going through their paces under the
watchful eye of Mr Devane. Great to see it, and wishing you all the success you deserve in
the upcoming competitions. Well done to the U16 team who had a great win over
Castlepollard last Monday.
2014 Irish Beaver Computing Contest
Congratulations to Chloe Kenny and Mark Lyons who were both selected to take part in the
2014 Beaver Computing contest on the basis of their outstanding Maths results in the Junior
Cert. We are very proud of their achievement, which reflects well on themselves, their
teachers and their school.
Maths for parents
Ms. O’Brien continues to run her maths classes for parents in the mornings with all years
being catered for from Leaving Cert to 1st years. It has been shown that students perform best
when parents are actively involved in their education. These classes give parents the skills
and the confidence to do just that. So if you are interested, just drop in to Ms. O’Brien in the