Term Dates 2018-19

School opening:

The school will open for 1st Years only on Tuesday 28th August 2018 at 9.00am for a half-day. Classes will end at 1.15pm. Students will meet their teachers and will be given their timetable.

Term Dates:

School Reopens:                                         Monday 27th August. STAFF ONLY

Tuesday 28th August:                                              1st Years 9.00-1.15. Staff Meetings 2.00-4.00

Wednesday 29th August (Full School day):       1st Years, 3rd Years and Leaving Cert Students

Thursday 30th August (Full School day):             1st Years, 2nd Years, 3rd Years, Pre-Leaving and   Leaving Cert Students

Friday 31st August (Normal Friday 9.00-1.15): All students except TY’s

Monday 3rd September:                              TY Commence. School as normal for ALL STUDENTS

Tuesday 11th September:                           TY Parents Induction (7pm)

Tuesday 18th September:                           1st Year Parents Induction (7pm)

Week of 22nd October:                                 Assessments for all Students

9th  October – 2nd November Inclusive School Closed for Midterm Break

School Open Night:             22nd November

1st year Enrolment opens on 22nd November (Open Night) 1st Year Enrolments capped at 40 Students for Sept. 2019

29th November:        Parent-Teacher Meeting: Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Students

6th December:         Parent-Teacher Meeting: Pre Leaving Cert and 2nd Year Students

Junior Cycle English Classroom-Based Assessment 2:

The Collection of the Student’s Texts – Friday 30th November 2018 Window for completion of the Assessment Task Monday 3rd – Friday 7th December 2018

Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review and for award of final descriptors by the teacher Monday 17th December 2018.

Junior Cycle Business Studies Classroom-Based Assessment 2:

Monday 12th November to Friday 7th December 2018

Assessment Task Monday 10th – Friday 14th December 2018

Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review Friday 21st December.


24th December- 4th January Inclusive School Closed for Christmas Holidays

Junior Cycle Science Classroom-Based Assessment 2:

Science in Society: Friday 7th December 2018 to Friday 25th January

Assessment Task Monday 28th January – Friday 1st February 2019

Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review Monday 11th February 2019

JC Visual Art Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1: From Process to Realisation Monday 7th January- Friday 12th April

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 10th May.

7th January                                                  JCT Staff Day. Students are not in school

10th January:                                                    Parent-Teacher Meeting: TY and 1st Year Students

Week of the 4th February:                           Assessments for Pre-Leaving Students

11th– 15th February:                                                Pre-Leaving Work Experience

Week of 11th February:                               Assessments for 1st, 2nd and TY Students

4th– 15th February:                                      Mock Exams for Junior and Leaving Cert Students


18th– 22nd February Inclusive School Closed for Mid-term break


JC Business Studies Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Business in Action Monday 4th March – Friday 12th April

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 10th May


JC Science Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Extended Experimental Investigation Monday 4th March – Friday 12th April

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 10th May.

Monday 18th March:                        Bank Holiday

Thursday 21st March:                      Parent-Teacher Meeting: Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Students

Tuesday 2nd April:                            In-Coming 1st Year Induction-Group 1 (9.45-3.30)

Tuesday 9th April:                             In-Coming 1st Year Induction-Group 2 (9.45-3.30)

15th– 26th April Inclusive School closed for the Easter Holidays

Period for work on JC English Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Oral Communication Monday 29th April-Monday 20th May.

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 27th May.

Period for work on JC Modern Foreign Languages Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Oral Communication Monday 29th April – Friday 17th May.

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 24th May.

Monday 6th May:                  Bank Holiday

Monday 20th May:                TY Graduation

Thursday 23rd May:              Leaving Cert Graduation


School will close on Friday 31st May for Summer Holidays 2019

Please Note:

Where changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.

  • The school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 20th February 2019.


  • The school authority may reduce the length of the Easter breakby remaining open up to and including Wednesday 17th April 2019.  All schools will re-open on Monday 29th April 2019


  • CBA 1 relates only to 2nd Year Students


  • CBA 2 and Assessment Task relates only to 3rd Year students
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Well Being Trip

On Monday the 15th of May 1st 2nd and Pre-leaving students took a History trip to Dublin as part of well-being week. All the students took part in a Viking splash tour around various historical sites in  Dublin, afterwards the students had a guided tour of  Castletown house in Celbridge. We would like to thank the teachers that accompanied us on the day.

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1st Year Spikeball Bitz

TY students from Elphin Community College held their 1st year SpikeBall Blitz on Tuesday, the 15th of May 2018 as part of the TY Spike ball coaching course which is run by Volleyball Ireland. The TY students have been coaching the 1st years for the past six weeks. This day was an oppurtunity to show how much all students had improved over the last few weeks.

The blitz started at 10 am with the first four teams taking to the courts. There were 19 10-minute games in total. By 11 am, it was clear to see that everyone was enjoying themselves. Tension was also rising with each team hoping to make it to the Final. The two semi Final matches were held at 12 o’clock. Teams A, C, E and F had reached the semi Final. Team F had won their match with 15 points to 13 against team A, where team C won their game with 17 points to 14 against Team E. The atmosphere during the final match against teams C and F was tense, but very enjoyable.  These two teams had played each other earlier in the day, with a two point difference in the final score, which guaranteed that the final match was going to be a tight game. Team C won the final with 17 points to 16.

A huge well done to all students who participated on the day. Jessie Carmody from Volleyball Ireland was present at the blitz. She commented on how successful the day had gone and how well the 1st year and TY students had progressed. She also thanked Mr Noone for running the course. The TY students would also like to thank Glancy’s for donating the refreshements at the end of the day, which helped reward everyone for their participation.

Prizes were also presented by TY students to the players who they felt were the best team player, most improved and most co-operative.

TY Spike ball students that were involved were as follows

Mark Barron, Emily Keane, Ellen Tiernan, Paul Molloy, Lucy Fallon, Kelly Ames, Morgan Kearns, Alanagh Loftus, Jack Murphy, Kieran Beirne, Daniel Toop, Amina Traboue and Shauna Traynor

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Elphin lose out in Junior Cup Semifinal

Elphin Community College lost out to Drumshanbo Vocational school in the semifinal of this years

volleyball, junior boys cup competition held in the University of Limerick last Thursday. Having been beaten by the Leitrim outfit in a previous round Elphin knew they would find it a difficult task to overcome them.

To their credit this was a close match with the outcome in doubt all the way through the contest. The match opened with both teams trading scores. It was obvious early on that Elphin were much more resilient that in previous rounds. When Drumshabo opened up a 5 point lead Elphin responded immediately with a run of fantastic serves from Dedan Main. With  Sam Rodden blocking at the net and the team covering well around the court Elphin kept the scores tight at 15-15, and 17-19. However at 18-20 a run of serves from Drumshanbo without response ended their fight in the first set.

The team came out for the second set in a determined frame of mind. They knew that they had let the first set slip. But with a run of poor serves they allowed Drumshanbo to open up an early lead at 7-4. Despite this they were playing well with Andrew Shanahan and Alan Gormley in particular covering large areas of the court. When D. Main brought the sides level again at 9-9 the game opened up with several great rallies. The sides traded scores with Colin Burke and Henry Dowd setting perfectly for Sam Rodden to try and open up Drumshanbo.. Drumshanbo then went two points up at 19-17 but Elphin responded again to take the game to 20-19 in their favour. The turning point was at 21-21 when after a rally that had nearly forty touches, Drumshanbo forced Elphin into an error. A time out was called to settle the nerves after a classic rally. Elphin through Sam Rodden again responded to leave the sides 22-23 but Drumshanbo just had the edge in a gripping match and closed out the set and match 25-22.

The Leitrim outfit went on to win the final, leaving the Roscommon school with thoughts of how close they came. Their is plenty of hope for the future however and with further improvements on their performance anything is possible.

Team as follows:

Colin Burke, Henry Dowd, Sam Rodden, Alan Gormley, Andrew Shanahan, Declan Main, Evan Gunn.

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Worldwise Global Schools Conference

Four Transition Year students from Elphin Community College attended the Worldwise Global Schools conference in the Galmont Hotel Galway on the 24th of April. Here they received their global schools passport. They learnt all about the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can take meaningful action towards a more just and sustainable society. The students enjoyed their day while working on teamwork and communication skills. They have written and delivered a speech on Gender Equality ,which is Goal 5. They researched the topic and discussed gender inequality towards males (an often overlooked issue)in today’s society. We are very proud of our students Aishling Gormley, Ella Mc Carthy, Amina Traboue and Daniel Dwyer for undertaking this project.


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Student Enterprise Awards National Finals

Jake Kennedy and Jack Murphy, County Roscommon Winners in the Student Enterprise Awards, represented Elphin Community College, and their County, in Croke Park on the 2nd of May at the national final.
They were noted for their exceptional skills in their craft, their hard work, integrity and diligence. They now have a thriving business which they will  develop and grow.They have secured a place at this years Roscommon Lamb Festival in the craft section and are also attending the very exciting  and ground breaking Uisneach Bealtaine Festival in Lougnavalley this Saturday. Their work ethic and entrepreneurial skills are second to none. They were among only three companies chosen by TV 3 to appear on Ireland AM.Jack Murphy gave a great interview on the TV show, which can be viewed on the TV 3 player (Teen entrepeneurs clip, 3rd of May at 9.30). We would like to thank Principal Anne Maria Egan and also Anne Browne of LEO Roscommon for all their support and encouragement.
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GRETB – 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony

Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), in association with Bank of Ireland, held its 3rdAnnual Awards presentation in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry, last Thursday 26th April, when it gave recognition to the achievements of students from the 20 Second Level GRETB schools in counties Roscommon and Galway.   Roscommon School students honoured included Abbey Community College, Boyle,Elphin Community College and Roscommon Community College.


Elphin students included:

  • Glenn Gilmartin, best result in the country in both Technical Graphics and Metalwork in Junior Cert examinations 2017
  • Kieran Beirne: Junior Cert metalwork project among top 10 in the country
  • Headspace and Banríon Chonnacht – successful Junk Kouture National Final entries
  • Jake Kennedy and Jack Murphy who represented Co. Roscommon Schools in the National Student Enterprise Awards

A total of 84 Awardswere presented in eleven (11) categories including The Sciences, Arts/Culture & Music, Sporting, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Academic, and Healthy Living & Wellbeing

David Leahy, Chief Executive, says that this annual event presented an opportunity for GRETB to recognise and award excellence and achievements of GRETB students under the various categories.  He said he hoped the students would gain inspiration from the public acknowledgement of their excellent achievements and hoped that such would encourage even greater things in the future.  Mr. Leahy added that the Awards Ceremony is one of the annual highlights since the formation of GRETB in June, 2013.

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Junior Boys Cup team reach Volleyball Semis

Elphin Community College have qualified for the National semifinals next Thursday 3rd of May in the University of Limerick where they will play Drumshanbo Vocational school. They qualified as runners up in a 3 way quarter final beating Fethard 25-8, 26-24 and then losing to St. Brigid’s Loughrea 25-23, 25-16.
Elphin beat Fethard 25-16, 26-24.
This match probably sums up the teams whole campaign. They started brightly, controlling the game with good setting from H. Dowd and hitting from S. Rodden, Some fine serving from D. Main and then C. Burke opened up a commanding lead. E. Gunn was introduced for A. Shanahan and the 1st year student showed little nerves with a number of important touches.
The second set started well for Elphin with them leading 10-4. As in previous matches however, when Fethard won 4 scores from unforced errors, the Roscommon side began to panic. An over reliance on using the forearm pass and a loss of concentration contributed to Fethard taking a 22-17 and then 24-21. However Elphin did show resilience when the set seemed lost and D. Main closed out the set with 5 unanswered serves to win 26-24.

When Loughrea beat Fethard both Elphin and Loughrea knew that they were into the semifinals but if they could top the group it would mean avoiding Drumshambo V.S. who were impressive in the previous round.

The first set was a tight affair with the lead not more than 2 points for most of the opening exchanges. Elphin led 12-10 then 19-16 and 21-18. Elphin’s A. Gormley recovered a difficult ball to leave Elphn needing one score to win the first set 24-22. However unforced errors again were to be their undoing, with Loughran scoring 4 unanswered points to win 26-24.
This team has plenty of ability and can go all the way in this competition but when scores go against them they compound the situation with a loss of concentration and forget to do the basics well. Loughrea opened up an early lead in the second set, 10-3 and then 19-11. They easily finished off the Elphin challenge 25-13.

Elphin now face Drumshanbo V. S. in another national semi-final. The two schools have never met in a final at any level, despite all the finals both schools have been involved in. The Roscommon team will have to show great character to add to their undouted ability if they are to upset the odds and reach the final which takes place on the same day.

Team as follows:
Colin Burke, Henry Dowd, Sam Rodden, Alan Gormley, Andrew Shanahan, Declan Main, Evan Gunn.

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