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.
Solve I.T. are delighted to be associated with this project on behalf of Blackwater Community School
For more information about us see our website
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.School Prospectus
The latest school prospectus and the application forms for Blackwater Community School are now available to download online.
For further information please visit the download page here
BCS marks Proclamation Day
Last Tuesday March 15th schools marked the 1916 Schools Proclamation Day. In the weeks leading up to the day, we had set up a committee to plan how best to celebrate the occasion . On Tuesday morning each year attended a video presentation in the School Foyer on the Rising followed by a display in the Hall. This involved showcasing images from 100 years ago in Ireland and abroad giving us a context of what was going on at that time, some artifacts of life during the time, names and photos of the people associated with the time period and the winning poems that students had entered into our school competition with 1916 as the theme.
Later that morning staff and students attended the second part of our day – the outdoor ceremony- which involved the planting of The Dove Tree, also called the Handkerchief Tree by students Grace Johnson 6th year and Emily Daly, 1st year. This tree commemorates those who gave their lives for Ireland. A hundred years ago, they did so mainly on the streets of Dublin and in the yard at Kilmainham Gaol. We also remember that many gave their lives, for another version of Irish freedom, in the trenches of France, Belgium and at Galipoli. Many also died during the War of Independence and Civil War, as did many innocent bystanders in Croke Park and elsewhere. Further back, many were killed at Vinegar Hill, Benburb and Kinsale too.
Killian Barrett on behalf of the Students Council buried a Time Capsule ,it contains many of the things that the students of BCS of 2016 felt represented them and of life in the school. Mr Dunlea read the 1916 Proclamation and Liadán Dunlea read the 2016 Proclamation for BCS devised by our students to represent the vision and future for them as we look on to another 100 years. While all sang The National Anthem we had a flag raising ceremony, Mr Ring, Principal raising the Irish flag, Cian Mannion, Students Council raising the EU flag and Ms Gaffney, Organising Committee raising the School flag. We thank everyone who played a part in this very moving and honourable occasion and say well done to the committee in their organising of the event. Thank you to all staff who dressed up in period costume to add to the ocassion.
Congratulations to Jayson Molumby who received the U16 FAI International Player of the Year in Dublin last Sunday night.
Congratulations to the Junior Ladies Football team on their Munster Plate Final victory over Colaiste an Phiarsaigh recently in BCS.
TY Work Experience
Our Transition Year students are out on work experience from March 9th to March 16th. We thank the local businesses and organisations who continue to support this programme.
Artifice Exhibition 2016
Our Transition Year students are taking part in this years Schools Artifice Exhibition at the Lismore Castle Arts Gallery. The launch took place on Monday night March 14th and will open to the public on March 19th.
Congratulations to TY student Lorraine Kearns who won aStrasbourg as a winner of the Graduate online quiz.
The TY year so far! By Gráinne Halley
It has been 6 months since this year’s Transition Years students started Transition Year and a lot has been done since September 2015. From hikes and pilgrimages to learning how to save someone’s life, Transition Years have benefitted a lot from TY in the past 6 months and the fun and work still doesn’t stop there.
Transition Years have been out on work experience in November, January and soon in mid-March. This is the most beneficial part of this year; learning how to find a week of work experience in an area of your choice and work there for a week. Transition Years learned new skills, gained experience of what it is like to work in a real work environment and the experiences helped them to think more about their future career path. I really enjoyed work experience as I do like to work and learn. I learned a lot from my past two weeks of work experience and I can’t wait until my third week.
Transition Years have had the experience to try out new subject modules such as Pottery, Drama, Mini Company, Nutrition etc. I enjoyed trying out new modules especially Music as I didn’t study the subject for my Junior Cert. Everyday classes such as English, Maths, etc in Transition Year help us prepare for 5th year as we study some parts of what are expected to do in 5th and 6th year. These classes also help us to pick our Leaving Cert subjects and the level within the subjects.
Students also got the opportunity to attend a two-day First Aid course in February. Students learned how to assess ill patients, apply bandages and slings properly, how to save someone’s life with CPR and much more. This course was very interesting and I’m glad I attended it. Some students were able to enter competitions such as Artifice, Junk Kouture and BT Young Scientist & Technology Competition. I personally entered the Artifice and Junk Kouture Competition and I’m definitely glad I did, I enjoyed working on all the projects.
More than half of the students are studying the EDCL course and taking examinations after each separate module that has been studied. I personally am very I took on this course as I have a big interest in computers. I would recommend in-coming TY students to take this course.
There is still a lot of work left to do in Transition Year, for example some students still have project work to complete within subject modules and competitions and all of us have to prepare for our end of the year interviews about Transition Year. We are all starting to create our portfolios for that event. I really have enjoyed Transition Year so far and I’m very glad I did it.
School reopens on Monday April 4th. Enjoy the Easter break.
A huge word of congratulations to BCS Science, Physics and Agricultural Science teacher Mr David King and colleagues on the recent publishing of their Junior Cycle science textbook learning suite CATALYST. Wishing Mr King continued success with CATALYST into the future.
Congratulations John and Harriet
Congratulations to our two Leaving Certificate students John Ring and Harriet Bennett Lenane who both achieved the maximum of 625 points.