News from Colaiste Phobal Roscrea 17/10/2016

October 17, 2016

Blessing of The Academic Year

On Wednesday the 12th of October the students of Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré gathered in St Crónan’s Church for the ‘Blessing of the Academic Year’.  The theme of the service was ‘The Road’. The Art Department with the help of Transition Year students had created a beautiful road display to portray the theme to the student body. During the service Father Lorcan reminded us to not be afraid to ask for help when we meet difficulties along our road in life and to remember that there is always somebody there to help. During his homily he also spoke of the importance of saying thank you. Later in the service a student from every year group lay a candle at different points along the road while Father Lorcan commented on some of the challenges often faced by each year group. The choir sang ‘Lean on Me’, ‘Bless the Broken Road’, ‘He Ain’t Heavy’ and ‘May The Road Rise’. Their expressive music reiterated the theme of the service. Mr O Connor then addressed the student body and spoke about his hopes for this academic year. He finished with a quote from Winston Churchill ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty’.

Members of The Student Council and the Prefects were then presented with their badges for the year.

Student Council for 2016-2017
First Year: Abigail Wright and Mark Fogarty
Second Year: Sharon Shanahan and Conor Dooley
Third Year: Jade Quinlan and Tadhg Hogan
T.Y.: Sarah Hayes and Eimhin Ward
Fifth Year: Ciara McNicolas, Laurynas Valaika Vladislav Bodrov
Sixth Year: Katie Bourke, Laura Walsh and Cathal Nash
Perfects 2016-2017
Orlaith Ni Mhuireadhagh(Head Girl) Cathal Nash (Head Boy),
Ciara Ward Michael Hannon
Gráinne McNicolas Jason Drought
Ieva Staponkute David Quinlan
Aoife Mullally Coleman Treacy
Karen Hogan Thomas McCarthy
Ciara Wynne Darragh Carey Kennedy
Cian Maher


Choir at Blessing of Academic Year

Open Night

Coláiste Phobal’s open night for prospective students and parents will take place from 6 pm until 9 pm on Wednesday the 26th of October. The Principal’s address will take place in the school’s gymnasium at 8pm sharp.


On Wednesday the 5th of October Colaiste Phobal Ros Cré’s u16 ½ hurling team headed to Cork to play in the first round of the u16 ½ Munster B Colleges Championship against Clonakilty. Clonakilty were quick out of the blocks and got an early goal. By half time Clonakilty were leading by 3 points. Straight away after half time Bradley Neville found the back of the net which sparked Roscrea into action. Further goals came from Killian Sampson and Luke Seacy saw Roscrea go into the lead by a few points. However, Clonakilty replied with a goal and finished very strongly to eventually run out winners on a score line of Clonakilty 4-14 Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré 3-9.

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré’s senior hurlers got their season off to a start on Wednesday 12th of October when they faced Coláiste Chríost Rí Cork in the first round of the championship. Roscrea favoured by a strong breeze, had a lot of possession in the first half. They created a lot of scoring opportunities but unfortunately didn’t convert enough during this dominated spell. Killian Sampson with a goal and two points gave Roscrea a lead, but Chríost Rí kept in touch with points from play and frees. With only a point lead at half time it was going to be a struggle to get a victory against a physically stronger side. Chríost Rí dominated the last 20 minutes of the match with a string of points to run out 8 point winners on a score line of Coláiste Chríost Rí 0-19 Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré 1 goal and 8 points. Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré must win their next match to ensure their survival in this competition.

OFFline Film Festival

On Thursday the 13th of October our Transition Year students travelled to Birr, Co. Offaly for the OFFline Film Festival which took place in the Birr Theatre and Arts centre. When the students arrived they were taken inside to watch a film called “About a Girl”. After watching the film, the Gloster group of Transition Year students returned back to school while the Osarí group stayed in the theatre for a Mobile Device Filming Workshop. Terrence Walsh conducted the workshop. He showed the students various things, for example how to shoot a video using your phone, what equipment to use on a cheap budget, what 3rd party apps to use to get the best quality video footage, how to edit a short sequence. Also we got to make a short action video! All students really enjoyed this and felt that they learned many new things about Mobile Device Filmmaking. We can’t wait to go and make our own films.

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