Preparation for Christmas exams
Christmas exams around the corner and it’s time to get revising. These will be the 1st house exams for the first years but it really is nothing to worry about. All you have to do if a little bit of work a lot of the time! Follow the study timetable that Ms Cattigan has done with you and the exams will be a chance for you to show how much you have learned over the last 3 months.
Well done to our senior debating team that were up against Wilsons Hospital school. The debate took place in the new Aras na Gaelige building and proved to be an entertaining and engaging affair. Both teams were very well prepared and did justice to what was a very topical motion: namely that “The Ebola epidemic demonstrates the international communities indifference to Africa”. Brian Lyons chaired the debate and Evan Tynan was the timekeeper. Mark Lyons was the Lanesboro captain and his teammates were Jeffrey Kok, Daniel Mullooly and Adam Farrell. Among the points debated was the slow pace of aid and the impact of IMF policies on poverty in West Africa. Also highlighted was the individual generosity of people around the world and the involvement of multinationals like Google and Facebook in the relief effort. Whilst the judges went to deliberate there was an open forum chaired by Brian Lyons where the audience got a chance to have their say. The chief adjudicator spoke highly of both teams and announced the unanimous decision of the 3 judges that the motion had being carried by Lanesboro. Well done to all involved and fair play to the lads after all the hard work they have put in. Next debate will be against Athlone Community College in January 2015.
BT Young Scientist
Speaking of January 2015 the students involved in this year’s BT Young Scientist exhibition are busy getting all their research together. We haven’t had a chance to introduce this years projects to the general public yet…to busy getting them ready! Suffice to say that we are very proud of each of them and aware of the privilege it is to have so many projects from the one school taking part in what is the most prestigious Science and Technology exhibition in Ireland.
Brian Lyons project is titled: ‘For behind the parent stood the school and behind the teacher the home’ – Does parental involvement in education improve academic outcomes?
Conor Walton, Jeffrey Kok and Chloe Kenny are doing a project on the development of a risk model to determine the expansion and potential environmental impacts of Asian clams in lower Lough Ree. A second year project by Rebeka Stavuse and Oran Walton is looking at relaxation techniques vs drugs: a safer way to get to sleep whilst Mark Lyons is carrying out a statistical analysis of the effect of the GMS fee .
Buzz Christmas edition
Looking for articles and artwork…cartoons and curious tales, poetry and prose…anything really that is fit to print. We want to make this the best Buzz ever so get writing and send it all in to your teachers and Mr. Lyons as soon as possible. Only one week left before the exams begin so we are running out of time!
For the last few weeks PLC Music students, along with their instructor Ms. Spence have been planning a Talent Show to be held in the school next week. They have selected student acts and have worked with the secondary students to develop music and comedy performances ranging from Bollywood dance to tongue-tying rap aerobics. It will be an enjoyable afternoon for all, and will kick off the festive season for our students and staff.
Coder Dojo Continues
Thanks again to all the great work being done by the Coder Dojo team on Fridays at lunch time. At this stage those taking the course have finished learning the basics of Scratch and have completed their first maze. Well done to all. This Friday is the last session before Christmas and it will be a fun event for all seasoned ‘Coders’ There will be fun events and prizes for all.
Congrats to past pupil
We would like to pass on our congratulations to Diarmuid Murtagh for getting County Roscommon U21 Player of the year.
We love to hear good news about our past pupils so if you have a success story you want to share let us know about it at 043 3321139 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org