Congratulations to Katie Whelan on winning the BCS Facebook Timeline cover photo competition with her artwork inspired by the BCS crest. Katie's piece will be displayed as the cover photo on the BCS Facebook page.
As reported on the 9pm news tonight school will operate as normal tomorrow.
Please find a letter for Parents/Guardians of BCS students with regard to the operational arrangements for tomorrow Tuesday November 8th.
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A letter for Parents/Guardians of students in BCS
The letter to inform parents / guardians of students of BCS re School on Monday November 7th is currently available on our School App.
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Blackwater Community School News September 2016
New School Year begins
Welcome back to all students to the start of the new school year and we especially welcome our new First years to BCS and wish them many happy years in the school.
On Tuesday our transition year group had a full day of induction which involved many activities and group work over the day.
Students can sign up for after school study which starts next Monday. Further details , cost and times can be got by contacting the office.
Photographs taken by Sean Byrne at our recent Debs reception are available for collection at the school office during school hours.
All Ireland Under 21
BCS would like to congratulate all the Waterford team involved in the victory over Galway in the All Ireland under 21 hurling final in Thurles last weekend and in particular we commend Jordan Henley, Colm Roche, Shane Bennett, Stephen Bennett, Michael Kearney, Niall Fives and Andy Molumby, recent students of BCS, for their part in the winning of this title. We are very proud of you and your success.
Badminton training begins this week while the Dean Ryan and Harty Cup teams are taking part in challenge matches this Wednesday and Thursday.
Parents Council News
BCS parents council will host an American tea party on the 8th October at the BCS hall. Tickets are €25 and can be bought at the school or from any council member. This event was a great success last year. We are asking parents to host tables and invite their friends. The caterers will provide a hot meal and the hosts will bring the deserts, drinks and glasses. The proceeds are in aid of new offices, lockers and engineering equipment storage. If you are interested in hosting a table please contact any member of the Parents’ Council.
Junior Cert results
Best wishes to our 3rd year students 2016 who receive their Junior Cert results on Wednesday .
The Hope Foundation Schools Immersion Trip to Kolkata 2016
For the duration of the week March 11th – March 18th, I, Daineadh Power, a TY student in Blackwater Community School in Lismore, along with 8 other students from this school took to India to visit the Slums of Kolkata.
The 9 of us joined together with approx. 60 other students from the Cork area. This trip consisted of 16 hours on a plane but time flew when you were getting to know all new people. The second we landed in Kolkata airport, after our stopover in Dubai, it was hands on from the get go.
As a 16 year old, looking at the way other 16 year olds lived, it was a feeling I can’t even put into words. It kind of shuts you up about all these petty complaints you have when you see the harsh reality some people live with. Kids playing in the dirt in the streets, people having to wash themselves on the side of the road, many feet going shoeless; this is a life I thought I’d never have to live, I always took for granted the way my life panned out. I could have easily ended up in this kind of life and never acknowledged that until now. But these people have no choice, this is what they were born into and they know no better. The one thing that really had me taken aback on this trip was the fact nobody complained, everybody smiled and all these ‘Street People’ were happy with what little they had.
As we travelled with The Hope Foundation, we got to visit a few places Hope had set up including some crèches, schools, hospitals, cafes and protection homes. These places were filled with the most amazing people! All the children we met each came from a different background, none of them very good. Out of the 100+ kids I met, each and every one of them had happiness inside of them I was personally jealous of, these kids had every reason to be miserable in life and let it roll right off their backs. I could say they were inspirational, but that is the biggest understatement I will ever use in life!
Busy week for Exam Students after Easter
Wishing all the best to Junior and Leaving Cert Students who are very busy after the return after Easter and for the next few weeks with project work in their final stage. This week April 5th Junior Cert students are doing their practical cookery in Home Economics from Monday through to Wednesday . Leaving Certs are doing their Oral in Irish and Music students are sitting their practical music exam. Best of luck to you all.
On Tuesday April 5th first and second years attended a drama/presentation on the theme of Bullying.
Rice Cup Hurling
On Friday 8th April Blackwater CS u-14 hurling panel travelled to Thurles for the Rice Cup blitz. On a wet day, in very tough conditions, Blackwater topped their group after good wins against Mullingar CBS and Rice College Ennis. In the final Blackwater faced Charleville CBS to determine who would advance to the competition's quarter-final. After a tight opening to the game Blackwater gradually gained the upper hand and were deserving winners. Everyone on the panel contributed to a very successful day for the school. We now await the winners of a preliminary game in the quarter-final.
Waterford Senior Colleges Hurling
Well done to the senior hurling team on their victory over St Augustines, Dungarvan on Friday April 22nd in the semi final of the Waterford Colleges championship. The final against De La Salle took place in Waterford and ended in a draw on Thursday April 28th. The replay is due to take place in Lismore on Monday May 8th.
Practical and Oral Exams
Well done to all 6th year French and German students who completed their Oral exam for their Leaving Cert exam last week. Agricultural Science interviews take place this week with completion dates for history and geography projects coming up this Friday. Junior Cert students did their practical exam on April 25th. Leaving Cert and junior Cert Art took place on Thursday and Friday may 5th and 6th. LCVP exam took place on Wednseday May 4th
5th Year Trip to Dunmore East
Fifth year Religious Education students became the first school group in Ireland to visit the Amish/Mennonite Community in Dunmore East last Thursday. The Christian Fellowship of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland’s only Amish-Mennonite community, is 75 people strong. It was founded in 1992 by William McGrath, an Irish American who converted to the Mennonite branch of Christianity after fighting in WWII and went on to establish Mennonite churches around the world, including in the homeland of his ancestors. Community leaders Daniel and Wesley welcomed the group and spoke to the group about their Irish Foundation, the history of the Community worldwide and their plans for the future. We saw their school and community centre and had the opportunity to ask questions. Pupils from their school kindly entertained our group with their distinctive plain chant singing. Thanks to Ms Smyth, Ms Dillon, Phil and Martina for bringing the Amish/Mennonite Community alive for us through this trip.
Transition Year News
Our Transition Year travelled to the Castletownroche Adventure Centre from Monday until Wednesday April 25th to 27th as part of their Gasice Award programme.
Marie tells us about her trip to Kolkata
On the 11th of march, myself and eight other students from Blackwater Community school departed on a trip to Kolkata, India with the Hope Foundation. This trip was a result of fundraising a total of €2,300 each for the Charity. There are 4.57 million people living in Kolkata and one third of these people and clustered into slums. The Hope Foundation helps these slum and street children of Kolkata, by supplying many homes, schools and crèches for the less fortunate. The overall purpose of this trip was to visit all these amazing projects that the hope foundation created and are running.
On the day of our arrival we visited the Kasba girls home. These were young girls aged 4 to 12 years old, who were found living on the streets on their own. They performed songs and dances for us we played different games with them such as musical chairs. Then we went to see the Birla temple in the evening.
On the second day we went sightseeing around Kolkata. We visited the Prinseep Ghat, St Paul’s Church, BlackHole Monument, Town Square and we Walked by the Hooghly River. After this we visited the Ashirbhad boys home for boys aged 4 to 14 years. In all the homes they are thought many different talents such as taekwondo, dancing and singing. In every home we visited, the children never failed to put a smile on your face.
On the Monday, we visited the mother house of the missionaries of charity. This is the headquarters of the international religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. It has been home to Mother Teresa and her sisters since February 1953. We were able to see her tomb and her old room. We then went to the Tollygunge Nabadisha, a project that runs only during the day this an education centre which is run by hope in co-ordination with the police. Hope supply the teachers and the police provide the building. In this project we played with the little girls and boys and danced with them. We were given the opportunity to bring presents to all the projects we visited, and even the smallest gift was so meaningful to each and every child. Later on that day we went to the Keertika girls home for girls aged 8 to 17 years old. These girls were put into this home as a result of being used in Human trafficking and exploitation. As part of their rehabilitation, they were thought yoga to help deal with the trauma and get their minds away from it. They performed their skills and dances and also played games with us. It was hard to imagine what they had gone through and it was unbelievable to see them smiling after all their hardship.
On the following day, we went to the Bhagar dump and the crèche. The Bhagar dump is a landfill used to store all of the city’s rubbish, where hundreds of families have taken up residence in a bid to earn a living by scavenging. In January, the hope foundation built a crèche near the dump to prevent mothers having to bring little children to go picking through the rubbish. We gave them gifts of balloons and as soon as they laid their eyes on them, their faces light up with joy. It was thoroughly satisfying to see. That evening, we were brought to Shopping in Deshkinapan. Here, we bought our Saris and Bindis.
On the fifth day we were brought to the Chiptur Crèche and Then to the Jain Temple. At the crèche we had our first taste of the slums in Kolkata. This crèche is for street children aged 2 to 5 years providing them with an introduction to education. We spent the morning singing songs, playing games and amusing the children with the balloons and bubbles we had brought with us. After this we visited the Jain Temple which is a well know tourist attraction in Kolkata for its beautiful architecture. That evening, we visited the Be kind boys home. This home was for boys aged four to ten years. In the home, the boys danced and sung for us as well as this, it was one of the little boy’s birthday so they put up a bouncy castle and they all got a chance to jump and have fun. It was unforgettable moment just to watch them have do much joy and excitement.
Our last day, was St. Patricks day, and in the morning we visited the hope hospital. The hospital is a haven for those living on the streets who have no healthcare support from the government. it had surprisingly well developed facilities and has helped many people recover in a short period of time. Here, we heard the most heart breaking stories about patients. This hospital, I felt, was the most emotional project that we had visited. That afternoon, we went to a soccer tournament in aid of the hope foundation. The boys and girl’s homes run by Hope participated in this, as well as a boys and girls team of the volunteer students. That night, all the girls dressed up in our Saris and the boys dressed up in their Kurtas. We were given a speech and a presentation from the founder of The Hope Foundation Maureen Forrest. This was a great way to end off our trip.
Over the seven days our perspective on life has changed so much. What will amaze many people is the happiness present in this city. Even though these people are living in such devastating poverty, they still find a reason to smile every day. Over these days we have seen the huge impact Hope has on the lives of so many children and young adults. I would sincerely like to thank Padraig Fitzgerald, and Eilish Mc Glone without whom, wouldn’t have made this unforgettable trip a possibility.
BT Young Scientist Experience
TY students presenting their projects and discussing their BT young scientist experience with students from various different Waterford schools. They attended Waterford Teachers Centre on Thursday 14th April to stimulate interest in other students to enter the BT Young Scientist competition held in the RDS every year in January. Certificates were awarded for participation in the day by Waterford teachers centre director Celia Walsh and Dr. Wayne Cummins from WIT.
Best of luck to all choirs taking part in The Parents’ Council Choral Evening on Friday evening May 6th in Lismore Cathedral.