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BCS News March 2016

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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.

FAI Soccer

Congratulations to Jayson Molumby who received the U16 FAI  International Player of the Year in Dublin last Sunday night.

Munster Final

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.

Graduate Quiz

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.

Last Term

School reopens on Monday April 4th. Enjoy the Easter break.

Congratulations Mr King

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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.

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

News 4th March 2016

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Briery Gap Entertainment Festival

Congratulations to our choir , musicians and dancers who took part in the final of the Briery Gap Light Entertainment Schools competition in Macroom last Friday night.  This group were delighted to come home with the Best Trad group award, the Best Choir award and joint first overall winners with St Aloysius of Cork. Great effort was put in by all and well done to Ms Collins  for the work and preparation put in to reach this final and  be so successful.




Transition Year Information

A transition Year Information Night was held this Wednesday March 3rd at 7pm. This information  meeting is for third year students  and their parents who are thinking about doing transition year in September 2016.

Exchange Programme

We welcome back our German and French students from their respective exchanges this Tuesday and Wednesday.


U18½ Waterford Colleges

Well done  to the senior hurling team in their Match of the Waterford Colleges  championship this Tuesday against St Paul’s, Waterford . The U 14 team have their first match this Thursday and had an great win over Dungarvan CBS.

Essay and Debate Competitions

Students are encouraged to read the posters around the school in relation to the upcoming essay competition as part of the Immrama Festival and the inschool debate competition which was a great success  last year. More information on the posters or from Mr Ring.

App News

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Our BCS App is up and running.

To download the app see the About menu on our website where you can download it in a few easy steps.

This is where you can see the latest news, information and updates about the school.

If you cannot download the App to your phone but are still interested in seeing the notifications and alerts from the school

you can click on the following link to have access to these:




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