Elphin C.C. News January 2012

Transition Year News

Anti-litter video

A large number of students from 1st Year, 2nd Year and T.Y took part recently in an anti-litter DVD project. Sponsored by Roscommon County Council the theme chosen was based on the LMFAO Party Rock Anthem song.

The shuffling song involved it was felt, would appeal to a wide variety of students in both primary and secondary schools. In fact Google has stated that the word ‘shuffle’ is the most frequently searched word on the internet. It was a lot of hard work but we had great fun along the way.

The film crew turned up last Monday to record the three minute productions. It will be ready to launch in February of next year. On behalf of the students we would like to thank everyone involved especially, Charlene Mulligan our choreographer.

TY Mini Company School Finals

The TY Mini Company School Finals took place last Friday. At the time of going to print a winner had not been chosen. Well done to the following teams – “Games 4 You”, “S & L Designs” and “Pickur Frames”. Final results and pictures in next weeks paper.

Leaving Certificate L.C.V.P. News

On Wednesday, 7th December, students from the Leaving Certificate Link Modules class invited committee members Eileen Sweeney and John Ames to give a talk on the service the Youth Café provides to the community.  The students gathered a lot of information, and they took the opportunity to present the committee with a cheque for €137.  This money was raised through a costume day in the school and was organised by Kieran McGrath, Daniel Harding, Richard O’Grady, Jack O’Donnell, Emma Farrell and Ieuan Weston.

On the 15th December, Valerie Byrne came in to visit the Leaving Certificate Link Modules class to speak to them about the work of Support to Overcome Suicide (SOS).  The visit was a great success with the students learning much about the invaluable services and supports this organisation provides.  Students also presented Valerie with €236, which was raised through a Film Morning in the school.  This fundraising event was organised by Clare Cregg, Fiona McCann, Ciara Hennessy, Michael Sullivan, Damien Byrne and Ronan Beirne.


Cadette Boys Volleyball

The Cadette Boys ended their involvement in this years compettion when they lost in two straight sets to St Louis Secondary School, Kiltimagh on Tuesday last 17th January.  While both sets were close, losing 25 – 22, 25 – 23 the boys were disappointed with their performance.  Team as follows Ryan Larkin (captain) James Dwyer, Austin Kielty, Sean Duarke, Christopher O’Connor, Joshua Roxby,   Substitutes: Jonathan Beirne, Padraig Neary, Richard Harding, Dominic Gnisz, Drew Bell, Ciaran Beirne and Francis Lee.




An Open Night will take place this Thursday the 26th Janaury at   This will give parents of perspective 1st years students the chance to come along to an information session in the school and to view the new facilities that we have to offer.



Following on from the Open Night the 6th class students from the local National Schools will visit the school on Friday 27th January, to look at our facilities and also to see a number of the subjects in action.   It promises to be an enjoyable and informative exercise for the students of the area.



The pre-leaving Cert students are busy preparing themselves for LCVP work experience which begins on Monday 30th January.   We would like to thank all of those companies who have provided our students with valuable experience for their working life.



The pre Examination Mocks begin on Wednesday 1st February.   Students from both the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate are studying hard (or should be!!!) as they approach.   Best of luck to both groups.



We would like to welcome Mr. Benson to the school.   He is on work experience from GMIT / Letterfrack and is teaching Woodwork and Technical Graphics to 1st and 2nd year students.


The senior boys had a narrow 1 point victory over Coola V.S. in Riverstown last Wednesday.



Students from Elphin Community College are out on work placement this.  However, they’re in good stead having taken part in a Mock Placement last week.  Students ‘worked’ in 5 different settings: primary school, journalism, toy stories, product review, and market research.


As the journalism group, we had to interview and photograph the other four different groups and write this article.  The first organisation was Primary School Teaching.  By the end of the session they had to produce an art class for second class students. Their main aim was to find out if they would work well with young students in the school environment.


Another group was involved in market research. The job involved taking number plates, car colours and car types from 30 cars. From this they had to draw various pie and bar charts. The findings of the charts showed what types of cars people were most interested in, the most popular car, and car colour. When asked about the experience, they said that although it was ‘cold’ they enjoyed getting the most of the fresh air. The whole group seemed interested in the career but they said they would not pursue it in life.



Another group, the product testers, were testing a product called the “Moisturising Lab”. I interviewed Michael Macken. The all-boys group felt gutted and disappointed. Sources told me that Michael Higgins and Stephen Ryan were interested in wearing the moisturiser product. Stephen claimed the product is easy to use if you follow the step by step instructions. Stephen said his skin felt soft after it. Overall it seemed embarrassing but an enjoyable activity for the boys at Elphin Community College.


Last but not least, the fourth group were on work experience in a toy store. In this job, skill, craftsmanship and team work were the big factors of being able to complete the task.  We interviewed a person in the group and were told that they expected this job to pay well; that they would get to develop their communication skills through dealing with customers and to get better at team-work. They had to build and adverstise a large roller-coaster structure, using ‘K-nex’.


Great fun was had by all for the afternoon and we expect that we’re well-prepared for the various tasks in front of us this week.

Operation Transformation

On Wednesday last, all of our first years participated in a bleep test which helps to determine the fitness levels of our teenagers. The results have been sent forward to Dublin City University for analysis. The students will be reassessed at a later date to see if they can improve on their scores, so everyone will have a very active few weeks ahead. The project is a joint venture between D.C.U. and the John Murray Show on RTE Radio. The winning group will enjoy a three day activity and coaching camp in DCU later this year.

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