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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.
BCS has recently launched a school App. In this age of ever improving technology we are constantly trying to find the most efficient and effective way of communicating with all in the school community.
This app has allowed us to introduce a means of communication for teachers ,students and parents in this ever changing digital age. The app can be downloaded on a tablet or smartphone and will allow its users to get up to date messages, notifications and information of day to day activities that go on in the school. Once downloaded you and go through the registration process you can set up your own customised profile and receive information that is relevant to you and your son/daughter. School information can also be accessed through this app as well as email enquiries, view the extra curricular events, the latest news events, the school calendar, timetable for exams, exam papers with relevant marking schemes, newsletter and so much more. Students in the school attended presentations recently on how to get the app and how useful it is to them both as a message/information app and an invaluable aid in their revision.
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Last Friday we held our BCS Factor talent show attended by students and staff. We were all impressed with the level of talent that students displayed from singing to dance to playing.
7 acts took part this year: Holly Mc Carthy Thompson and Michaela Martin, Isobel Sealy, Rachel Whelan, Ellen Ryan and Amy O Brien, Jane Boyd, Ty Set Dancers and musicians, and Isobel Cunningham. The judges, were very impressed with all acts and Mr Foley was impressive as MC. Last years winner Keith Burke entertained us while the judges were deliberating. The students also had an opportunity to cast a vote for their chosen act. The BCS choir got us in then Christmas spirit with as few carols until the announcement of the winners. Third prize went to Isobel Sealy , second went to Holly and Michaela and this years winner was the TY group with their Irish set dancing.
Congratulations to all our contestants and a special thank you to the TY students who organised the event, to Ms Collins who prepared the contestants and also helped in its organising and to Ms Jeffery and Mrs McCarthy, Ty co-ordinators.
Maths in UCC
Well done to students in TY and 5th year who attended the maths Information Day In UCC last week.
First Year Mass
Last Tuesday evening the first year students and their Parents/Guardians were invited to their first Year Mass and Information evening. Well done to the students who took part in the mass in reading, in the prayers or singing. The first years had a great day Ice Skating in Mahon last Thursday. Their Cairde joined them for the day.
Best of luck to our senior hurlers who play against Hamilton High School, Bandon this Wednesday at 1.30pm in Killeagh. They played Midleton CBS last week and finished the match all square.
First Year Soccer
Well done to the first year boys soccer team on their 3-2 win over Cashel Community School last Monday.
Maths and Science Olympiad
Congratulation to Ann Marie O Brien in TY who was recently invited to attend a maths and science Olympiad as a result of her results in Junior Cert 2015.
TY Activities this week
On Monday TY students went to St Carthages House to entertain the residents with their carol singing. On Tuesday they are Ice Skating in Mahon on Ice.
Maire Mc Carthy reports on the BCS - Amsterdam school trip October 2015
At long last after months of planning the time had come and we were off to Amsterdam. Oh! the excitment - 85 very excited students gathered at BCS at 2:30 am, no problems getting out of bed that morning! Onto the bus and off to Cork airport, checked in and yes it was really happening we were off to Amsterdam with ten very brave teachers. We were in Amsterdam by 8.30 a.m. where we collected our lugage thrilled with the independance of being abroad without our parents and quickly made our way to the buses.
Our first stop off was at Ajax Stadium, home to the famous Amsterdam soccer team. We got a fabulous tour of the stadium including going to see the press conference room, the home and away dressing rooms, camera rooms,and sit on the highest seats in the staduim which are not for the faint hearted.
After that we took a trip to the Nemo Science Center where there are interactive exhibits to teach us about the wonders of science. This was an amazing experience and we had such fun from blowing bubbles to building bridges - not a bad days work! It was then time to go check into our hotel - we were all getting tired at that stage (now up about 15 hours). We checked into our rooms, got something to eat and had a fun evening around the hotel.
Next morning after our breakfast we were on the road to the Anne Frank museum. We got a great chance when on the bus to see the streets and canals of Amsterdam without being run over by a bike or tram! The tour of the museum was excellent but also quiet emotional listening to the stories of what happened in the house all those years ago.
We then headed for a trip on the canals which was a great way to see Amsterdam and was also very relaxing. After that we headed for Dam Square where we had some free time to get lunch and do a bit of shopping. Next stop was Rijksmuseum which is dedicated to the arts and history of Amsterdam and we got to see some of the works of Van Gogh.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped off at one of the 'I AMSTERDAM' signs where we had great fun trying to arrange a group photo - not easy with hyper students trying to climb the letters!
Back at the hotel after having dinner there was a table quiz organised by the teachers. This was great fun with some of the questions being so simple yet we all failing to answer them!
Student Council Elections
Well done to everyone involved in the Student Council elections which took place last week. Thanks to all the students who stood for election and carried out an election campaign over the week. This years BCS Student’s Council is as follows:
First Year: Jack Kelly and Claragh McCann
Second Year: Oisin Reddy and Ian Dalton
Third Year: Lorna Foley and Paul O Keeffe
Transition Year: Karen Looby and Shane Bradley
LCA: Killian Barrett
5th Year: Cian Mannion
Careers Open Night
Last Monday evening our senior students and their parents attended the Open Evening in the School Hall in which a wide variety of college and universities had stands and representatives to answer questions on courses on offer in their respective colleges. This is an invaluable opportunity for the leaving certs who are presenting looking at filling out their CAO options. For the TY and fifth year students they get a chance to view and hear the range of opportunities available to them after their leaving cert. Colleges and universities including Mary I, Limerick, Colaiste Cathal Naofa, Dungarvan, UCC, UL, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, LIT Limerick, WIT Waterford, DIT Dublin, CIT Cork, Teagasc Kildalton and Shannon College of Hotel Management attended to answer many questions on courses and questions on college life .
Pope John Paul 11 Awards
Well done to the students who travelled to Waterford recently to receive their Gold Medals on the John Paul 11 Awards which they carried out while they were in transition year. Well done to Margaret Tobin and Killian Barrett who are continuing with the award to work towards achieving the Papal Cross.
Science Week was well celebrated in BCS this year. In Science classes they got to take part in many experiments and investigations and on the Thursday night 6th year students Philip McCraith ,Conor Bennett, Sarah Meskill, Nuala Landers, Lauren Bullen and Josie Herring attended the ISTA table Quiz in WIT, Waterford.
Congratulations to TY student Karen Looby who won an Ipod Touch after entering the Science Essay competition with Eurofin Scientific.
On Monday students attended a Service of Remembrance which allowed them to remember and reflect on a dear loved that has departed over the last year.
First Year Options
A reminder to the incoming students for first year in September 2016 to get your subject option form into BCS office by December 4th.
Parent Teacher Meeting
The Parent Teacher meeting for Third Year students will take place this Thursday November 26th from 4.00pm to 6.30pm.
Last Tuesday evening we held our Open Night for incoming students and their parents for the school year 2016/2017. The evening started with a tour of the school and the prospective students visited a wide range of presentations on the subjects on offer for first years. Teachers and students outlined the areas for their subjects over the three years and in particular this was invaluable for the subjects that they must make a choice in before they start in September. In the John Treacy Hall there followed a presentation by the principal Mr Denis Ring and a number of students spoke on their experiences in BCS in Junior and Senior Years. Well done to all who contributed to the night from the Cairde, the School Choir and to the students themselves.
Well done to all the local Primary School pupils who attended the recent Halloween Fun Table Quiz in the School Hall. They came in wonderful Halloween costumes with prizes for the best dressed. We are delighted that almost 50 teams attended on the night. Photos of the night will appear on our school facebook page.
Almost 90 students left BCS on Thursday morning at 3am to head for Cork Airport for a four day school trip to Amsterdam. Day one included a tour of the Ajax Stadium - The Amsterdam Arena- with a sideline visit to see the extent of the stadium itself, a tour of the grounds including the press stand and press room, the soft leather seating area near the dugouts, the upper tier section, the dressing rooms, the exhibition area,the photocall area to name but a few . It ws surprising to see the home sections but more particularly the away section. In the afternoon we visited the NEMO Science Centre with four floors of a variety of science experiments that students could engage in. Day two we did a canal tour of the city and did an amazing tour of the Anne Frank House, the young teenager who went into hiding with her family during World War 2. At lunchtime we walked through the city centre and saw Dam Square which was a hive of activity during our stay with many stands and amusements and in the afternoon we visited the Rijksmuseum and explored many of the art and history collections. The third day was a fun filled day at the Efteling Theme Park about an hour’s journey outside Amsterdam. Our last day was a trip to the Amsterdam Dungeons for a scary trip through many of the past characters of Amsterdam and on our way to the airport we stopped off at Zaanse Schans Village , an area that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries consisting of windmills, craft shops , barns ,houses and museums to give us a taste of what a working community was like. Late Sunday night many tired a weary students arrived back in Lismore but with many good memories and experiences of the city of Amsterdam and what it has to offer. Well done and thanks to all involved in organising such a great tour.
All stars Awards
Well done and congratulations to Maurice Shanahan who received his first hurling All Star Award in Dublin recently. We also congratulate Lorraine Bray who picked up her camogie Star Award at the camogie Stars Night recently in Dublin.
Transition Years give an insight on how their first term has been
Take a Hike
On the fourteenth of October our Transition year went on a hike up the Coumshingaun Mountains. We left school at nine o’clock in the morning and arrived at the mountains at ten o’clock. We begun walking straight away and it was difficult from the beginning. It was a flat path for about ten minutes and then the uphill struggle begun.
After walking for about twenty minutes a lot of us hand to take a break due to the struggle of going uphill. We started off on our adventure again for about another forty minutes to an hour until we reached The Lake. When we reached the lake we had a small bit to eat and took a break for thirty minutes. Here we took some fun pictures and had a laugh with everyone before we set off again.
It felt like our break was five minutes because before we knew it we were back on the mountains again and this part was the real uphill struggle. We began walking and it felt like I was climbing Mount Everest or some huge mountain like that. Some people were climbing up the mountain like it was nothing but others including me found it tough. All we wanted to do was stop and wait until the others were coming back down but our teachers wouldn’t let us and kept pushing us to do it and to be honest I’m kind of glad they did.
Near enough to an hour we eventually made it to the top. The feeling of making it was sort of indescribable because it was such a struggle to do. We were all so happy we made it to the top, but then we remembered we had to go back down! We stayed on the top of the mountains for a short while and had something to eat. Now the hardest part of it all began. We had to go back down the mountain. Going down was very difficult. It was very slippery and many people kept falling, me included. It was also fun at the same time because everyone was laughing.
When we eventually reached the bottom we all sat around and relaxed because we were so exhausted. Everyone was over the moon that they completed The Hike. At two o’clock we went back to the buses to head home but we stopped off in Apple Green for a half an hour to get some nice food and chill out. We arrived back to the school at quarter past three and headed home. Our hike was five kilometres but it felt about twelve! I would recommend this hike to sight seers and people who enjoy walking. (By Lucy McCarthy )
The introduction to TY was as nice as pie
Hello everyone , my name is Jack Clough and I’m going to write my article about my induction day into TY and how I felt about going into TY and how I thought my first day would go.To be honest I was quite nervous about going into TY, My biggest question was whether I would like it or not and also would I regret this decision of going into TY but it was no where near as bad as I had previously thought. The first thing we did that day was kayaking from Lismore to Cappoquin down the Blackwater river , I found the experience very enjoyable as I had never been kayaking before , if you haven’t been kayaking yet I strongly suggest you do as it is a very enjoyable experience and you definitely won’t regret it.
Secondly that day we went on a treasure hunt in the nearby woods , we had to find little stands with letters on them which eventually added up to a word , the treasure hunt took around an hour to complete and everyone seemed to have had enjoyed it and I certainly did as well.
Last but not least we went on a quiz walk around Lismore town in which we were asked to go certain places and answer questions on the sheet we were given , the questions where mainly about famous land marks in Lismore and that finished the day off nicely
Overall I really enjoyed the induction day into TY, it was no where near as bad as I had thought considering I was nervous about it to begin with , it really put everything at ease for me and was a nice way to start off the year so I would suggest to anyone who is nervous about TY as it has been a very enjoyable year for me so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of TY and what else it holds.
Our Day in Ardmore
On the 18th of September we, the students of Transition Year in Blackwater Community School, went on a pilgrimage to Ardmore, County Waterford. On our walk, the first stop was at Saint Declan’s Well. It is said that Declan liked to come here to sit, pray and reflect. Near the well there are also the remains of a very early church. Stations are performed at the well on July 24th. People line up at the well and bless the person behind them. We also went to Father Michaels Well, we blessed ourselves with the water. This water is said to help peoples eyesight. The next stop on our walk was at the Samson ship wreck. The Samson was a floating crane-ship and on the 11th of December 1987 bad weather forced the crane-ship up onto the rocks. Two crew men survived that night. We then moved on to the coast guard station. This coast guard station was built in 1867; it was the second station to be built in Ardmore. The station was continually manned until the Civil War (1922). The station was taken over by the Republicans and burned down. This castle is located near the coast guard station, and so is a newer lookout post. This post was constructed by the Irish Government in 1940. It was used in World War 2 to log ships and planes that passed Ardmore.
We then walked on for another 20 minutes to the Round Tower. The tower is around 16 meters wide and is about 30 metres tall. The round tower would have been used in times of war, to hide during an attack, or to keep valuables safe.
There are also the ruins of a cathedral on the same site as the round tower. On one of the exterior walls there is a series of pictured depicting pictured from the bible. These include ‘Adam and Eve’ and ‘The Wisdom of Solomon’. There are also ogham stones and other various pieces of dressed stone around the site.We then had lunch and walked around the scenic town. After lunch, we had mass at Saint Declan’s Well. Father Cullinan said mass and some students played music and sang. After mass we went back to school.Overall, I felt that this pilgrimage was very worthwhile and interesting. We got to learn about a site that is very near to us. There was a lot of history around the place and it was interesting to learn about. (By Tara Hickey)