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News - Nov 27 2016

Fantastic Transition Year Production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

 

The transition year students of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré wowed audiences with their singing, dancing and acting talents in their recent production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. 48 students portrayed the tale of Dorothy Gale from Kansas, who ‘Followed the Yellow Brick Road’ to the magical city of Oz. The students began rehearsing for this production in September. Many of the group had never been on stage before but thanks to their hard work and the hard work and commitment of the show’s producers Ms Egan and Mr Maher, audiences were treated to a fantastic production. However, this show would not have been possible without the involvement of the entire school community. Many staff and parents too numerous to mention gave willingly of their time and expertise in ensuring the production was a success.  Thanks to all the 6th year students who were ‘The Stewards of Oz’ ushering people to their sits and selling raffle tickets during the intervals of the performances. Well done to all the 5th year students who assisted with hair and make-up and who helped with props, with back stage and with lighting. Thanks also to all the members of the pit choir for giving of their time during the rehearsals and the performances. The musical was a tremendous success and each student involved in its staging should be very proud of themselves and of one another. Well done to all.

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News - Dec 9 2016

Transition Year Trip to the Irish Aid Centre and to Leinster House

Reporters: Ally Clifford, Sarah Hayes, Leeanne Kavanagh, John Nolan and Libby Quinlan.

On Thursday the 1st December, we departed from Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré at 7.30a.m. We were accompanied by, Ms Leyne, Father Lorcan, Ms Mulrooney and Mr O'Connor.  Our first stop was the Irish Aid Centre on Clonmel Street. When we arrived, we were greeted by Tess and Leo, 2 workshop leaders. We were shown a presentation about the Irish Aid Centre. The charity works with people in developing countries. We were shown an interview with a girl named Memory from Malawi. Memory was 18 in the video and was still attending primary school due to responsibilities at home. She dreamed of going to secondary school and becoming a nurse. After listening to Memory’s story we were separated into five families to play a game known as ‘Food Poverty’. The purpose of the game was to show us what life is like for those less fortunate in the world. We had to pretend we lived in a village in Malawi. Our leaders gave us different scenarios and questions. Depending on the questions and answers each family could lose or gain food. This game was very beneficial as it gave us an insight into what life is like for those less fortunate than us. The trip was very informative and beneficial.

After the Irish Aid Centre we walked to Grafton Street and to St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. The flickering lights and the carols being sung really got us into the Christmas spirit. After we had eaten we proceeded to walk to Leinster House. Alan Kelly T.D greeted us at Leinster House. Mr Kelly spoke to us about Dáil Éireann before we entered. We sat in the public viewing area of the Dáil and listened to a debate on homelessness and housing in Dublin. Then we were taken on a guided tour around Leinster House. We learned about its history, past Taoisigh, Countess Markievicz and her participation in ‘The Rising’.  We then proceeded to the Seanad. We also saw the original proclamation and we received further information about its history.

Everyone agreed that it was a very informative and enjoyable trip.

Roscrea Junior Tidy Towns group raise awareness on Sustainable Waste and Resource Management in their community

Students in Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré who are active members of the Green Schools Committee and Roscrea Junior Tidy Towns carried out a Community Waste Minimisation Survey in recent months and have now analysed the results and suggest recommendations based on their findings.  The purpose of the survey was to assess the levels of awareness and attitudes in households on topics such as recycling, composting, rainwater harvesting, energy usage in the home and types of transport used in everyday life.  A door to door survey was distributed to households by students in their spare time and collected at a later date.  Students generally looked after the housing estate or area they live in. 

The tireless work of the students on environmental and community projects has been recognised both nationally and locally.  The green schools committee raised their water flag this year and won the Green Schools Water School of the year 2016 for the Southern Region.  The students recently accepted a Youth Development Award from Roscrea Enhancement Committee for their contribution to the landscaping and presence at the opening ceremony of the Roscrea Tidy Towns 1916 Community Garden of Remembrance.

The main findings of the households surveyed were as follows:

RECYCLING

  • 85% of households took part in some form of recycling at home where the majority of recycled materials were paper, plastics, glass, tins and composting.

  • 83% of respondents knew where their recycling centre is located, however 41% of the households surveyed said they do not use this facility.

  • 50% of households engaged in some level of composting with fruit and vegetable peelings and used tea bags being the most common materials composted.

  • 48% said they would try and buy products with less packaging.

  • 78% of respondents agreed they could do more to reduce waste in the community.

ENERGY

  • 48% of respondents said they fill the kettle for one cup of tea.

  • 72% of respondents said they turn off the tap while brushing their teeth.

  • 31% of respondents used the washing machine and dishwasher when only half full.

  • 74% said they turn off lights when leaving a room.

  • 59% said their hot water tank has a lagging jacket.

  • 72% of respondents said they use energy saving light bulbs.

TRAVEL

  • 48% of respondents said they use a car for short journeys of under one mile.

  • 30% of respondents said they use public transport instead of their car.

The results from the survey revealed some interesting facts and it is the committee’s aim now to build on these findings by raising awareness of the benefits, both environmental and financial of taking small steps by changing our habits which will have a positive impact on our community.  The green schools committee are now working on their fourth green flag on the travel theme and the results of this survey will be used to find ways of reducing our reliance on private car usage. 

Suggestions from households surveyed included the need for “more public bins and bottle banks” and a “collection service by the recycling centre for people unable to get to local recycling facilities”.  Other comments included the need to “build strong community links between schools, tidy towns committees and local organisations to promote recycling, conservation and biodiversity in our environment.”

Social media is used to raise awareness among the community through the school twitter account and Tidy Towns facebook page with weekly tips on how to reduce waste and develop greener habits. 

As we enter the Christmas season the following tips will help reduce waste over Christmas:

  • Make a list when shopping and only buy what you need.

  • Bring re-usable bags when shopping; they’re not just for groceries.

  • Buy rechargeable batteries.

  • Buy a Christmas tree in a pot you can later plant out.

  • Compost the fruit and vegetable peelings used in preparing meals.

  • When buying electrical goods, bring the old goods to the retailer.

The national Tidy Towns Competition 2016 Adjudication Report acknowledged the great strides of Junior Tidy Towns and Green Schools in developing ways to protect and enhance their local environment. We hope to build on this work in the months ahead, especially in the areas of sustainable waste and resource management.

News - Sept 18 2016

Junior Certificate Results

Congratulations to all the students in Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday 14th September. Well done to you, your families and your teachers on your fantastic results. 

 

Career News Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

On Wednesday 14th of September, 57 Sixth Year students travelled to the Irish Times Higher Options in the RDS, Dublin. Here they had the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives of all the main Irish Educational Institutions as well as many from the U.K, Europe and further afield. Students also were able to attend lectures and talks on a variety of careers –Agriculture, Computers, Design and Nursing & Science. An informative and an enjoyable day was held by all. Thanks to Ms. Corcoran, Fr. Lorcan, Ms Leyne and  Mr O'Brien for bringing us.

 

Hospice Coffee Morning

Well done to all the staff of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré who helped and supported the Hospice Coffee Morning held on Thursday the 15th of September in the staffroom.

Over €400 was raised which is a great achievement - all monies raised will be donated locally.

SCHOOL DRAW WINNERS

SCHOOL  DRAW  2016 

WINNERS

Prize Card No Line No Seller Year Winner
1st 283 2 Rian Lee

3rd

R Móinín

Pamela Lee, Golden Grove, Roscrea
2nd 58 3 Paula Larkin Staff Áine Larkin, Golden Grove, Roscrea
3rd 446 7 Luke Wright 5th Year Jackie Wright, 141 Glencarrick, Roscrea
4th 408 4 Bob Kenny 5th Year Recie Mulrooney, Oxpark, Cloughjordan
5th 220 1 Gemma Doherty

2nd

N Cronán

Martin Doherty, Limerick Street, Roscrea
6th 361 6 Rebekah Bevans

TY

Osraí

Marie Finnerty, Ballywilliam, Shinrone, Birr
7th 442 5 Niamh Troy

5th

Year

Tommy Nolan, Ashbury, Roscrea
8th 29 7 Denise McDonnell Staff Denise McDonnell, Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré
9th  71 4 Courtney Heyes

1st

L Allen

Stephen Nash, 40 Copper Beech View, Roscrea
10th 66 6 Conor Dooley

1st

L Allen

Ann Dooley, Corville Road, Roscrea
Sellers Prize 188   Liam Rhys Stapleton

2nd

N Bríde

Liam Rhys Stapleton

 

News - May 16 2016

O'Leary Cup Final
U 17 Tipperary Schools B Hurling.
A unique Final of the O'Leary Cup between Coláiste Phobal Roscrea and Cistercian College Roscrea was played at a sun drenched St Cronan's Park Roscrea on Thursday last. Nothing like a local derby to get the temperatures rising and with conditions just perfect this proved to be a very enjoyable contest.

Colaiste Phobal sprinted out of the blocks and got off to a dream start with an early goal blitz from Liam Seacy and the in form Joe Fogarty. David Jones, Gearóid Murphy and Paul Costello and team Captain Jason Gilmartin were all winning their battles as the Coláiste fowards went on a scoring spree for the first twenty minutes and raced into what proved to be an unassailable lead. 
Bit by bit the Cistercian lads began to improve mainly to the efforts of the players like Jay Culleton and Jack Canning. Unfortunately during this period the Cistercian lads missed a number of scoreable frees which would have lessened the gap between the sides at the interval. 
The Cistercians improved after half time with Jack Canning now operating at full forward and posing problems for the Coláiste defence, but with Cillian Ryan in outstanding form at centre-back and wing-backs Stephen Carey and Roddy Teehan and Gearóid Sampson doing a good job at full back, assisted by Jack Bourke and Jack Kirwan scores were still hard to come by. Roddy Teehan at wing-back had an outstanding game throughout the second half for the Colaiste. Colman Treacy and Daniel Ryan had the upper hand at midfield all day. The second half was a well contested affair with the Cistercians getting in for two goals and several points from Jack Canning. Mark Fanning was in top form in goals for Coláiste Phobal Roscrea. 
Paul Costello then scored a brilliant individual goal for the Coláiste to make the game safe. In the end Coláiste Phobal won on a score line of 5-17 to 3-14 as the Cistercian lads tried to reel in that early goal blitz but they never got close enough to put real pressure on the Coláiste lads. Yet it was a real entertaining game with tremendous skill and fast hurling on view and some brilliant scores to enjoy. 
great credit to both teams for a great display of sporting endeavour.

 

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News - Apr 26 2016

5th Yr History Nat Museum2

Friday 15th April Mr Fitzgerald’s Fifth Year History class travelled to Dublin. Students departed the school at 8am as the sun shone. We arrived at the National Museum of Ireland – Collins Barracks to explore the brand new exhibition on the 1916 Rising. We were amazed at the display of prominent artefacts and struck by the poignancy of Padraig Pearse’s last letter to his mother. All students were captivated by the sacrifice of the signatories, devastation to Dublin City and the prominence of women during the rebellion. From there we made our way to Kilmainham Gaol. With a half an hour to spare we strolled around the grounds of the Royal Hospital of Kilmainham which interestingly enough once held the mortgage for Damer House in Roscrea. The architecture and scenery were splendid as we sipped tea and coffee in the local café. The anticipation grew as we waited for our tour guide (Ciara) outside of Kilmainham. We were soon away from the din of traffic and deep inside the halls of the famous jail. Students listened intently to our Guide as she brought alive each section. We stood in Robert Emmet’s cell which was considered comfortable in comparison to the rest of the inmates. Finally we emerged into the stone breakers yard where fourteen of the leaders of the Rising were executed. A surreal moment and stunned silenced sent a shiver down our spines.  It was a clear highlight. On the journey home we stopped for refreshments and relaxed. It was a fantastic day for all students.

 

News - Apr 11 2016

Badminton 2016

 L to R Cian Cordial, William Cummins, Andrew Cullen, Mr. O'Connor (Principal), Evan Hassett, Jack Finnegan, Mr. Hogan (Teacher and Coach).

 

Fantastic Four bring All Ireland glory to Coláiste Phobal RosCré

The 9th of March brought an early start for players and supporters of the colaiste U19 boy’s badminton team, despite the early start spirits were high in anticipation of what lay ahead. The two hour bus journey to Gormonston Co. Meath didn’t enthuse but the prospect of playing in an All-Ireland and possibly even winning made it a short trip.

There were representatives from all provinces except Connacht, the ulster team were RBAI from Belfast with Johnstown in Kilkenny flying the flag for Leinster and the later would be our first opponents. Johnstown were a very athletic side and had a never say die attitude, all of the four singles matches were tight with three of them going the way of Roscrea. Andrew Cullen and William Cummins showed patience and experience in waiting for the right opportunities in their games to come out on top. Evan hassett in the third game was unlucky to lose narrowly but this would serve as a source of determination for the rest of the day and in fourth and last singles Jack Finnegan saw off the Johnstown number four having to come from behind to take victory giving a great boost of confidence to him and his team. The Colaiste were 3-1 up going into the doubles, first up Andrew Cullen and Jack Finnegan who made no mistake seeing off the Johnstown pairing in a convincing victory. In the second doubles William Cummins and Evan Hassett played an intelligent game to also win in a commanding manner to win the match 5-1. This left the Colaiste in a good position with RBAI and Johnstown to play each other next.

RBAI and Johnstown played out a 3-3 draw, which ensured a 3-3 against the school from Belfast would see Roscrea over the line. As always Andrew Cullen played first singles, this time he had tougher competition and after some long rallies and fantastic badminton was unlucky to go down by two aces to the man from Belfast, the second singles would prove a similar result as always William Cummins left it all on the court but could not get the better of the Belfast No.2. It was down to Evan Hassett and Jack Finnegan to turn things around and they did not disappoint. Evan showed great character to bounce back from his earlier loss making no mistake winning convincingly, Jack followed suit holding his nerve to level the match up at 2-2 going into the doubles. Andrew and Jack were up first knowing one more game would make them champions but things did not go to plan, after a slow start they got in to the game but had left too big a mountain to climb and couldn’t close the gap to the men from Belfast. 3-2 down at this point it would be up to Evan and William to finish the job, both felt they had a point to prove after earlier losses bringing a level of determination into their game for which Belfast had no answer. This win levelled the game 3-3 which handed Colaiste Phobal Roscrea the all-Ireland title capping of a fantastic team performance that anybody would be proud of.

Team: Andrew Cullen, William Cummins, Evan Hassett, Jack Finnegan, Cian Cordial(sub)

 

 

PLC fundraising for suicide awareness at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

On Wednesday, 16 March the PLC Student Council in the College organised a fundraiser for suicide awareness and held an Easter Egg Raffle and gathering in their social area prior to their Easter holidays.  They also plan to run a “Jersey Day” within the next few weeks – great credit is due to the PLC class representatives for their enthusiasm and efforts.  The Suicide Awareness Cycle will be coming to Roscrea over the May bank holiday weekend and will be visiting the College.

The College is currently enrolling for its PLC courses for next September.  First round interviews for places in Business and Tourism, Advanced Admin. with HR, Early Childhood Care and Education, Construction Technology, Social and Community Care, Healthcare and Nursing Studies will take place in late May.  If interested, please contact the College at 0505 23939/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply on line through the website www.cpr.ie.  Early application is advisable as there are often waiting lists for places.

 

Easter Raffle 2016

The PLC representatives for Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré pictured with the Principal, Michael O’Connor and the PLC Co-ordinator, Mary McGrath during their recent fundraising event for Suicide Awareness in the College.

  

News - Mar 14 2016

Irish Angus Bulls

L to R.: Pat Sheedy local Angus breeder,  Kayleigh O'Meara First Year student , Mr.Willie Smyth (Agricultural Science teacher), Roddy Teehan, Neil Maher, (TY student), Mr. Michael O'Connor (Coláiste Principal), RoddyTeehan,(Parent), Jack Bourke (TY student), Philip O'Meara,(Angus breeder), Jake Delaney (TY student) , Daniel O'Meara (5th Year student).
 
The students at Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre had a unique experience on Wednesday 9th March when two pure-bred Irish Angus bulls visited the school as part of the promotion of the Irish Angus breed by four Transition year students who are finalists in the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition which will be held in Croke Park on Wednesday 16th March. This event created great excitement among the students and teachers and culminated in a guess the weight competition which was won by Paul Cleary first year with Eoghan Ryan (2nd Year) in second place. Many thanks to local Angus breeder Philip O'Meara, Dunkerrin for bringing in the Bulls and to Pat Sheedy, Clashhagad, Angus breeder for his help and advice and Roddy Teehan also for his help. A special thanks to Jim Dochery (F.R.S) and Towra Angus for his advice and help. After two hours in a pen supplied by Roscrea Farm Store, the Bulls were ready to return home and again thanks to all who made this possible.
 
 

News - Mar 14 2016

Irish Angus Bulls

L to R.: Pat Sheedy local Angus breeder,  Kayleigh O'Meara First Year student , Mr.Willie Smyth (Agricultural Science teacher), Roddy Teehan, Neil Maher, (TY student), Mr. Michael O'Connor (Coláiste Principal), RoddyTeehan,(Parent), Jack Bourke (TY student), Philip O'Meara,(Angus breeder), Jake Delaney (TY student) , Daniel O'Meara (5th Year student).
 
The students at Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre had a unique experience on Wednesday 9th March when two pure-bred Irish Angus bulls visited the school as part of the promotion of the Irish Angus breed by four Transition year students who are finalists in the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition which will be held in Croke Park on Wednesday 16th March. This event created great excitement among the students and teachers and culminated in a guess the weight competition which was won by Paul Cleary first year with Eoghan Ryan (2nd Year) in second place. Many thanks to local Angus breeder Philip O'Meara, Dunkerrin for bringing in the Bulls and to Pat Sheedy, Clashhagad, Angus breeder for his help and advice and Roddy Teehan also for his help. A special thanks to Jim Dochery (F.R.S) and Towra Angus for his advice and help. After two hours in a pen supplied by Roscrea Farm Store, the Bulls were ready to return home and again thanks to all who made this possible.
 
 

News - Mar 04 2016

Congratulations to our students who attended the Tipperary Enterprise Awards in LIT today.

Tadhg Nash won the Intermediate section

Enterprise winners 3

 

Jack J. Kirwan won the Senior section

Enterprise winners 1

 

and Neil Maher and Jake Delaney (Dunmore Agri) won the best Sales Team

Enterprise winners 2

 

We wish Jack and Tadhg the best of luck as the go forward to the Finals in Croke Park in April.

News - Feb 29 2016

Badminton News

On the 28th of January, the four students who would represent their school and their County in the Munster championships headed for the University of Limerick. The atmosphere was electric with hundreds of other students from all over Munster participating in this tournament in their respective age groups. The team who represented Colaiste Phobal Roscrea in the Under 19 age group in Division 2 were Andrew Cullen, William Cummins, Evan Hassett and Jack Finnegan with Stephen Tierney as substitute. The day started off against Cork who were formidable opponents. Every game went down to the wire but Colaiste Phobal pulled off a sublime 4-2 victory. The next opponents were Kerry who were also beaten 4-2. The final game was against Clare, with Colaiste Phobal needing a 4-2 victory to secure a place in the All Ireland. Andrew Cullen and William Cummins won both of their singles, with William putting on an exhibition to give his team the momentum. The next two singles games were narrowly lost so it was 2-2 going into the final two doubles games. Andrew Cullen and Jack Finnegan were in total control of their game and won it in great style. Meanwhile on the court beside them, William Cummins and Evan Hassett were trailing 9-1. They took a moment to compose themselves before rallying to go into the break only 15-11 down. They came back after the break to dominate the game and win by ten points thus ensuring a place for Colaiste Phobal in the All-Ireland finals.

The Schools Badminton All-Ireland Finals will be held in Gormanston, Co. Meath on the 9th March 2016. Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré would like to take this opportunity to wish them the very best of luck. 

Badminton Team 2016

Coláiste Phobal Badminton Team Jack Finnegan, William Cummins, Evan Hassett, Andrew Cullen with Teacher Mr. Hogan.

Third Green Flag for Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré

THIRD GREEN FLAG FOR SCHOOL

Congratulations to our Green Schools Committee on achieving their 3rd Green Flag (Water) today. Well done to all the hardworking pupils and staff on the Committee.

Pictured below are Committee members with Mr. O'Connor Principal and Minister Alan Kelly on his recent visit to the school

 

Minister Alan Kelly with Green Schools Committee