We held a very successful Open Day on Thursday 20st when schools from our catchment area came in to see the great work that our teachers and students have been doing. Projects were proudly displayed, activities explained and primary students given an exciting introduction to life in our school. Later on that evening, Mr. Flanagan gave the Principals Address, where he urged parents to look around at the top-class work being done by students and teachers. He quoted our school inspection report, which praised the students as being the best that the inspectors had ever met. He highlighted the fact that our school as a Community College offers the full range of honours subjects up to leaving cert level and that our results were excellent across the board. He spoke about the “hidden curriculum” which is expressed as the ethos of a place and he pointed out that our ethos was founded on mutual respect, which develops into the wonderful friendly atmosphere that all visitors to our school pick up.
Afterwards parents were brought on a guided tour, at which there were various presentations by students, and opportunities to speak with the subject teachers. The Parents Association were there to meet future members, and of course the assembly hall was full of all the projects and displays of the many and varied extracurricular activities available in Lanesboro Community College.
Many thanks to all the teachers, students and parents that were involved with this wonderful event. It was a great opportunity to show off our school, our students and our spirit. Judging by all the overwhelmingly positive feedback from prospective parents, we did our job well.
Our 4th year students recently attended a workshop in the school conducted by the mental health organisation ‘Aware’. This proved to be a very beneficial and worthwhile learning experience for the students .The workshop highlighted the vital importance of treating our mental health with just as much care as we look after our physical health. Thanks to our facilitator, Oliver Smith from ‘Aware’ who delivered a very informative presentation
Senior soccer team top of the league
Well done to the boys senior soccer team who came out winners against a very strong Moyne Community School team. Moyne started well with a goal in the 1st 30 seconds but after that it was all Lanesboro Community College who put on a great display of total football, working well for each other which showed in the final score of 3-1 in favour of the home team. Mr. Devane and his team are now top of the table and are looking forward with confidence to their next encounter in the competition.
Concern debate success
Over the last fortnight our debating team has been busy preparing for their 1st debate against Garbally College in Ballinasloe. Meeting in the evenings and over the weekend, they worked on their arguments and strategy. They knew that their opponents were very good, having reached the final stages of the competition last year, narrowly missing out on the top spot. But the Lanesboro team of Mark Lyons, Jeffrey Kok, Daniel O Reilly and Adam Farrell were well prepared and travelled up to Ballinasloe with a determination to defeat the motion which was that Ireland should keep its 0.7% aid promise. Garbally is a big school with over 500 students and their team were very well presented in their school blazers and tie. The lads from Lanesboro didn’t let their surroundings dim their confidence and what followed was an excellent debate which got to the heart of the issues and was very enjoyable as both teams tried to punch holes in the others arguments. After a nervous wait the chief adjudicator gave the decision and the motion was defeated. The Lanesboro supporters were thrilled and the lads shook hands with the Garbally team and their teacher. Congratulations to the lads and the next debate is in Lanesboro against St. Wilson’s Hospital School on the 3rd of December.
Cheerios Breakfast for Childline
On Wednesday the smell of sausages wafted from Ms. Sheehan’s room as she and her team of helpers prepared breakfast in aid to the Cheerios Childline appeal. There was a spread of all sorts of delicious hot food with pastries and scones for those with a sweet tooth! In total, €207.63 was raised by the school. Well done to all involved and especially to Ms. Sheehan.
This award is also known as ‘An Gaisce’ and is given to young people under the age of 25 for taking on and completing four challenges; personal skill, physical recreation, community involvement and adventure journey. It takes at least 26 weeks to complete and is over-seen by a Presidents Awards Leader (PAL). Mary Yore spoke to the 4th year students about getting involved and invited them to take part in the only Presidential Award for civilians that this country has to offer. In the past our school has had many Bronze awardees and we encourage this years 4th year class to rise to the challenge.
1st years visiting local schools
In preparation for our Open day which took place on Thursday the 21st of November our 1st year students visited our local feeder schools. They spoke to their teachers, prepared and practised their speeches. Then under the watchful eye of Ms O Brien they were put through their paces to make sure they would perform well! Only when they passed this test were they ready to go out and represent their new school. Mr Flanagan and Mr. Lyons brought them around to their local school were they all got a great welcome from staff and students alike. To a student they were excellent and are a credit to themselves and to Lanesboro Community College. Well done 1st years!
Keynote speech by Principal, Mr. Flanagan on our Open Night
This is an excerpt from a wide ranging speech given by our Principal, Mr. Flanagan to the prospective parents and students who attended our Open night.
Is mor an onóir duinn Áras na Gaeilge a oscailt go hoifigúil inniu. Cuireann se béim ar roinn na Gaeilge sa scoil agus tugann se stadus tabhachta don teanga. I dteanntar na hábhair praictiúla, ta reimhse leathan abhair ar fail anseo ar nos gaeilge, béarly, fraincis, gearmainis, máta, ealain, eolaiocht, agus gnó, agus iad ar fail ar gach leibheil.
Education in Lanesboro has been proudly served by this school over the past 60 odd years and, with the help of God, someone will be here in 60 years’ time to celebrate the great tradition that is Lanesboro Community College.
Ba mhaith liom buiochas a ghabhail diobh go leir agus ta siúl agam go mbeidh sibh ar ais chun freastail ar ócaid ceiliurtha eile sa todhchai. Dia libh go leir agus go raibh mile maith agaibh.