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BCS News September 2015

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Welcome Back

We welcome back all students and staff to the new school year at Blackwater Community School. We especially welcome the new students to first year and wish them  many happy days and years in BCS.  Each year had an assembly on their first day with their Year Head and Class Tutors .

First Year Students 2015

Leaving Certs 2015

Well done to our Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied students on your results and CAO offers in the recent weeks. Wishing you all well in your next journey in whatever course or career path you undertake. Thanks to the Parents’ Council who organised the Debs reception in the school hall on the evening of the Debs August 19th.

Debs Photos

The Debs photos taken by Sean Byrne Photography on the evening of the Debs are ready for collection at the school office. They can be collected during school hours.

Academic Awards Night

Last Friday evening our annual awards ceremony  to recognise  and reward excellence in our students studies  took place in the school . This ceremony has been taking place over ten years  and as part of our  programme  to reward our students achievements in their academic studies each year in September we give Gold Medals and Scholarships to students as they embark on the next stage of their careers . This ceremony cannot be at all  possible without the generous support from our Patrons and Sponsors  and we thank you all most sincerely for your ongoing support and commitment to our students in BCS. These Patrons are the generous sponsors of the Gold Medals in each subject area and the Scholarships  towards the pursuit of further studies in colleges and universities.

This years Guest speaker was Mr Michael Walsh, Waterford City and County Manager and he congratulated all the students for their recent successes in their exams. He wished them every success as they now embark on the next part of their career journey  and outlined for them the challenges that face Waterford over the coming years and how as a county we are responding to these challenges. There are huge strengths in the region, he said  with so much at our doorstep we as well as the students  need to approach the future with the thinking that we can be world class and that students now have the opportunity to get out and prove that.  Students of today have developed the capacity to learn and have proven their ability to succeed  ; they have the capacity to adapt and learn as they go along  and they are creative  and intelligent people and can rise to meet the opportunities and skill shortages that exist in Waterford.

The Academic Scholarships this year are:

The Education Scholarship, Patron Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union went to Mark Dooling

The Food Science Scholarship, Patron Jack Aherne, veterinarian went to Elle Roche

The Accounting Scholarship, Patron Kellehers Supervalu, Cappoquin went to Nicola Power

The Physics & Astrophysics  Scholarship, Patron Neil Twomey ,Solicitor went to Ashleigh Dalton

The Medical scholarship, Patron Dr Barry Lordan went to Fionn Daly

The Memorial Scholarships  are a families way of remembering their loved ones and this year  the students who received them were:

Sarah Coughlan received The Kieran Fenton Memorial Scholarship ( Patron Mary Fenton Morrissey) for Physiotherapy

Elaine Looby received the John & Judy Ring Memorial Scholarship ( Patron The Ring family)  for Pharmacy

Michaela Kearney received the Kitty Luskin Memorial Scholarship ( Patron The Luskin family)  for Nursing

Jakub Piatek received The Eric Flynn Memorial Scholarship ( Patron the Flynn &  Morrissey Families) for Computer Science

The Gold Medal recipients this year are:

Sarah Coughlan,  Memorial  Tony Bolger & Jack Mc Carthy Gold Medal in English , patron The Bolger and Mc Carthy families

Sinead Shanahan, Gold Medal in Art , Patron  Mr Arthur Maderson

Elaine Looby , Gold Medal in Chemistry  , Patron Don & Michelle Hanrahan

Fionn Daly, Gold Medal in Physics , Patron  Dr Noreen Barry

Benjamin Tyndall, Gold Medal in  Design, Communications & Graphics , Patron Printmaster

Mark Dooling, Gold Medal in Business , Patron  Richmond House

Elaine Looby, Gold Medal in Biology , Patron Mari Mina Pharmacy

Treasa Fitzgerald & Rosie Hartley, Gold Medal in  Music , Patron  Willie & Laura Roche

Ellen O Brien & Ciara Mc Carthy, Gold Medal in Social & Scientific , Patron Barrons Bakery

Fionn Daly, Gold Medal in Applied Maths , Patron  Board of Management BCS

Daniel Moloney, Gold Medal in Construction Studies , Patron Foleys on the Mall

Daniel Moloney, Gold Medal in Engineering , Patron Parents Council BCS

Elaine Looby, Gold Medal in Accounting , Patron Mr Tony Glavin

Elaine Looby, Gold Medal in Agricultural Science , Patron  Sean & Daphne Power

Aidan Horgan, Gold Medal in History , Patron Ollie Wilkinson

Matty Barry, Gold Medal in German , Patron Mr Joern Wiebe

Sarah Coughlan, Gold Medal in Geography , Patron  Barrons Bakery

Fionn Daly & Elaine Looby, Gold Medal in Irish , Patron Mrs Anne Fitzgerald

Sarah Coughlan & Elaine Looby, Gold Medal in French , Patron Mr Joern Wiebe

Fionn Daly, Gold Medal in Maths , Patron  Board of Management BCS

Emily Power, Gold Medal in LCVP , Patron Pollard Electrical & Communications

Danielle Fitzgerald, Gold Medal in LCA , Patron  Mr Thomas Overlander

Grainne Mc Grath, Gold Medal in  Creativity, Patron  Ms Orla Flynn

Special Awards  were then presented to students and those out in the community who have achieved success and who have made a vital contribution to their own community or to the West Waterford area. Elaine Looby received the  overall student of the year award, Patron Board of Management BCS; the Highest Achiever Award( Patron Tom & Marie Cavanagh) in this years Junior Cert went to AnnMarie O Brien,the Highest Achiever Award (Patron Tom & Marie Cavanagh)  in Leaving Cert  went to Fionn Daly. The Lifetime Contribution to School Life Award  was presented to our Business Teacher Mr Frank Aird, the Special Achievement   Award went to students of BCS who were instrumental in capturing the All Ireland Camogie Title for Waterford- Caithriona Mc Glone, Nicola Morrissey, Jenny Mc Carthy,Lorraine Bray and Aisling Power. The Community Service award went to Mr Eddie Cunningham, Tallow  and the Hall of Fame Award was presented to Mr Michael Walsh. Well done to all students who did so well in this year’s exams and we salute all our award recipients  this year and wish them well in their future careers. Well done to all who made last Friday  night such a special celebratory night for our students.

Transitions Year News

This years group have been very busy since the beginning of term.  Their induction day around the area involved an orienteering acitivity around the town, a trip to the Towers and a canoe trip along the Blackwater. Last Friday they travelled to Ardmore on their opening pilgrimage where they did the Cliff Walk  and Fr Cullinan joined them for Mass and they then carried out the walk and journey associated with St Declan. In school they have started the ECDL computer programme  and have begun thinking about the Young Scientist  exhibition for this year. This week they travel to the Ploughing Championships on Wednesday.

Leaving Cert Applied News

On Monday September 14th the group of fifth year LCA students travelled  to the Dunmore East Adventure Centre for an organised day of activities. Thanks to Co-ordinator Mrs O Brien for organising this.


Last week two groups from 6th Year went out on a visit to Barrons Bakery in Cappoquin as part of their coursework/portfolio requirement for their Leaving Cert. This Thursday the third group go out on their visit.

Study Skills

This week both our fifth year and third year groups will attend a two hour study skills seminar in school and as the second years have completed this recently it has proven to be a great help in deciding what type of learner a student is and how best to put a study plan into practice.


Waterford Camogie

Well done and congrats to the Waterford Camogie team who captured the All Ireland Intermediate  title last week. It was great to see five students from BCS involved in the team, Captain Caithriona Mc Glone, Nicola Morrissey, Jenny McCarthy, Lorraine Bray and Aisling Power . They made a visit to the school  and proudly displayed the Mc Grath Cup.


Waterford Ladies Football

Wishing the best of luck to Michelle Ryan and all the Waterford team as they take on Kildare in the All Ireland final this weekend in Croke Park.

Junior & Leaving Cert Exams

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State Exams

Wishing the very best of luck to all our Junior and Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied  students as they begin their exams on Wednesday morning June 3rd. A mass for the students sitting exams   will take place in the School Hall on Wednesday morning at 8.30am. Parents and students are invited to this mass.


Junior Cert Class 2015

Leaving Cert Class 2015

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 News 6th May

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Assistants Orrin ,Cormac, Ben and Leo  at last Sundays Afternoon Tea in Lismore Castle


BCS Choir perform at the Parents’ Council Afternoon Tea at Lismore Castle


Mr Denis Nevin gives a history of Lismore Castle during  the Parents’ Council Afternoon Tea at Lismore Castle



Art  Articulation

Orrin Farrar has been selected to represent BCS at the first annual 'Articulation Final' in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork on this Thursday 7th May. Articulation is a public speaking competition organised in connection with the Crawford and Lismore Castle Arts. The aim is to promote discussion and aid development of vocabulary amongst senior students. Good luck Orrin.


Another busy week for our state exam students this week with leaving Certs  sitting their LCVP written exam,  Agricultural Science students  interviews take place this Wednesday,  with Engineering and Construction Studies students completing their Practical exams  and art students sitting their drawing exams. Junior  Metalwork students practical takes place on Wednesday while Art students will sit their drawing exam on Friday.

Schools Active Week

Well done to all students and staff who participated in the many activities that were organised though lunch time every day during last week as part of a week long national schools active week. Each year group participated in activities  ranging from soccer, skipathon, dance, basketball, chariots of fire  and inter class challenges.

Lismore Castle Afternoon Tea

Well done to all involved  in organising the Afternoon Tea Parents’ Council fundraiser last Sunday  and thanks to all who supported the event. In spite of the odd shower they got to walk around the castle gardens , visit the art gallery and have tea in the Pugin Room with entertainment from the school choir and Mr Denis Nevin gave a history of the castle itself. Thanks to all the students from the choir, to greeting, to kitchen duties ,to assistants who helped out throughout the afternoon.

Ladies Football

Good luck to Ms Ryan and the Waterford Ladies Football team who are playing in the League final this weekend against Sligo in Parnell Park.


Well done to the Waterford senior hurlers , to Fintan O Connor  and all the BCS students in the team who captured the National League title last Sunday. Best of luck to those involved in the Minor team on Wednesday as they face Limerick in Thurles.


Well done to Waterford camogie players and to BCS students who captured the divisional  2 Waterford League title last Saturday against Laois.

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.


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