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Blackwater Community School News - September
New term has Begun
Welcome back to all students to BCS as we begin our new term. Each year had a morning assembly with an address from Mr Ring,School Principal and their respective Year Heads. This years Year Heads are Ms Barrett (First Year), Ms Mc Craith (Second Year), Mr Dunlea(Third Year) , Ms Jeffery & Ms Mc Carthy ( Transition Year), Mr Heneghan(Fifth Year) and Ms O Neill (Sixth Year). Fr Cullinan also attended assembly and had a prayer service with each group. We wish the very best to our first year students as they settle in to our school hoping they have many happy years with us.
Sixth Year debs
The debs graduation took place on Wednesday August 20th with a reception in the John Treacy Hall hosted by The Parents’ Council followed by meal and music in the Clonmel Park Hotel . We wish them all the best as they now take on the next stage of their career . The debs photos taken at the reception by Sean Byrne , photographer are now available for collection at the school office during school hours.
Transition Year News
Out new group of TY students had an induction day on their first day of term. This involved a day of many team exercises and bonding activities which was enjoyed by all.
Last Friday night saw the highlight of the September calendar in BCS with the annual Academic & Scholarship Awards night. This is a great opportunity to say well done to all our exam students and wish them well in the future in the company of the students, their families, their patrons and teachers. Our guest speaker this year was Kevin MC Carthy, whose career path has seen him being a teacher, a writer, an historian and an inspector . He congratulated all students for their success those present and those not present on having done so well through their exams. And as they embark now on their next path he wished them well and while they pursue their studies to remember where they came from, to get involved in clubs and societies, to strive for excellence, to pursue their dream whatever it may be, to make a difference , to strive for justice, to travel and not to forget to come back and even be part of their own community to keep them vibrant in the future. He was delighted to be in the company of such a great bunch of students and with their patrons was delighted to present awards to them on the night. Scholarship awards were presented then as follows
The Education Scholarship ,patron Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union was presented to Shane Kenny.
The Actuarial Science Scholarship ,patron Board of management was presented to Brian Murphy. The Nutritional Science Scholarship ,patron Mr Michael Mc Grath was presented to Cathy Toomey. The Business Scholarship ,patron Kelleher’s Supervalu was presented to Cillian Cotter.
The Legal Studies Scholarship , patron Mr Neil Twomey was presented to Caoimhe Cotter
The Physiotherapy Scholarship, patron Mr Jack Aherne was presented to Lucy O Brien
The Medical Scholarship, patron Dr Barry Lordan was presented to Cathal Lee
The Kieran Fenton Memorial Scholarship for Dentistry, patron Mary Fenton Morrissey was presented to Eoghan Flynn
The John & Judy Ring Memorial Scholarship, patron the Ring Family was presented to Shane Murray
The Kitty Luskin Memorial Scholarship for Nursing , patron The Luskin Family was presented to Emma O Neill
The Eric Flynn Memorial Computer Science Scholarship, patron The Flynn & Morrissey families was presented to Cian Rath Cullimore
Gold Medal awards in each subject were presented
In English the Memorial Tony Bolger/ Jack Mc Carthy Gold Medal , patron The Bolger and Mc Carthy Families was presented to Cathy Toomey
In Art the Gold Medal , patron Mr Arthur Maderson was presented to Lauren O Sullivan
In Chemistry the Gold Medal , patron Don & Michelle Hanrahan was presented to Cathal Lee
In Physics the Gold Medal , patron Dr Noreen Barry was presented to Eoghan Flynn
In Design & Communication Graphics the Gold Medal , patron Printmaster was presented to Shane Murray
In Business the Gold Medal , patron Richmond House was presented to Cillian Cotter
In Biology the Gold Medal , patron Mari Mina Pharmacy was presented to Cathal Lee
In Music the Gold Medal , patron Willie & Laura Roche was presented to Molly Twomey
In Social & Scientific the Gold Medal , patron Barrons Bakery was presented to Melanie O Connor
In Applied Maths the Gold Medal , patron Board of Management BCS was presented to Brian Coleman
In Construction Studies the Gold Medal , patron Mr Michael O Leary, the Red House was presented to Cian Leamy
In Engineering the Gold Medal , patron Parents Council BCS was presented to Desmond Twomey
In Accounting the Gold Medal , patron Mr Tony Glavin was presented to Cillian Cotter
In Agricultural Science the Gold Medal , patron Sean & Daphne Power was presented to Susan Williams
In History the Gold Medal , patron Mr Ollie Wilkinson was presented to Nicole Lynch
In German the Gold Medal , patron Mr Joern Wiebe was presented to Eoghan Flynn
In Geography the Gold Medal , patron Past Pupils Union was presented to Amy O Connell
In French the Gold Medal , patron Mr Joern Wiebe was presented to Cathy Toomey
In Irish the Gold Medal , patron Mrs Anne Fitzgerald was presented to Eoghan Flynn
In Maths the Gold Medal , patron Board of Management was presented to Shane Murray
In L.C.V.P. the Gold Medal , patron Pollard Electrical & Communication was presented to Karen Condon
In L.C.A. the Gold Medal , patron Mr Thomas Overlander was presented to Emma Murphy
The Gold Medal for Creativity , patron Ms Orla Flynn was presented to Molly Twomey
Special awards were presented to Shane Moloney as overall student of the year with the Board of Management as its patron. The award for Community Service was presented to Joan Bolger in recognition of the tireless work done in her local community. Maureen O Callaghan received the award for her Lifetime Contribution to School Life and wish her well in retirement. Jakub Piatek, Cian Doyle and Benjamin Tyndall received the Student Community Service award. Emily Devine was presented with the Tom & Marie Cavanagh award as the highest achiever in Junior Cert 2014 and Cathal Lee received the Tom & Marie Cavanagh award as the highest achiever in Leaving Cert 2014. The night finished on a high note with the presentation of the Hall of Fame award to Mr Kevin Mc Carthy who was humbled by such an award and he sincerely thanked all for it. Well done to all our award recipients and thanks to the sponsors for their great support of this award ceremony and lastly a special thanks to all who helped organise this great event under the co-ordination of Ms Melanie O Sullivan.
Junior Cert Results
Well done to all our Junior Certs who received their results last Wednesday , they received great results and we say well done to Emily Devine who got 11 A’s, an achievement accomplished by only 139 students out of almost 60000 this year.
Well done to the four on the staff who participated in the Ice Bucket challenge last Friday, Mr Ring, Mr Geary, Mr Cronin and Mr O Connor. To the students we sat a big thank you for your donation to MND as a result. We look forward to seeing the next nominations!
Best of luck to our Harty Cup who face Árdscoil Rís in Clonmel on Wednesday in the opening game in their group. Commiserations to the Dean Ryan team who were defeated by a much stronger Rice Colleges team last Wednesday. Congratulations to Cappoquin Intermediate Hurlers who captured the Western title in a close encounter against Ballinameela last Sunday in Fraher Field.
All groups are settling into many of the activities that our Transition Year programme offers this year and last week they travelled to the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska.
Titles come westwards
It has been an outstanding two weeks for hurling and camogie in two of the clubs in the area. Lismore have retained their County Senior Camogie title with a win over St Annes on Sunday Sept 21st and their U16 team had a great win over Tramore/Butlerstown last Sunday. Cappoquin Camogie had a fantastic win over Ring in the Intermediate County final on Sunday Sept 21st and to top that success their Minor team had a great win over Gualtier last Sunday.
John Paul 11 Awards
On this Friday Oct 3rd senior students who completed the programme for the John Paul 2nd Awards will travel to Waterford to receive their gold and silver medals at the award ceremony in Tramore. The John Paul 11 awards enables young people in transition year to take an active part in the life of their church and in the life of their community and society.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
A Mass for all Junior and Leaving Cert students will take place in school on Wednesday morning June 4th at 8.30 am as they begin the state exams on that day. All students and their Parents/guardians are invited to attend.
All associated with Blackwater Community School wish the exam students the very best of luck over the coming weeks.
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.
Well done to our transition years who had a very active three days at Blackwater Outdoor Adventure Centre in Castletownroche last week. The activities involved a wide range of tasks on land and in water and allowed them to sleep both in outdoor tents and in the onsite accommodation. The trip also forms part of their Gaisce award tasks. The first years along with many of their Cairde students headed off to Alton Towers Theme Park last Friday and had a great day of thrills and adrenaline seeking rides. The LCA sixth year group also travelled to Alton Towers on the same day. The third years head to Castletownroche on Wednesday while the second years travel to Cork on Friday.
Well done to first year student Alyson Martin
who recently won a writing competition based
on a letter she wrote to Grace entitled Dear Grace.
This competition was sponsored by
The Grace Nolan Foundation and 14 of these letters
will be published in the near future.
BCS French Exchange 2013/2014
The date had finally arrived, the 18th of March. The month’s wait was over and our group of 12 5th year students along with our leader Margo Cashman were finally making the long-awaited journey to Rennes, France. As we began our journey to Cork airport our excitement began to kick in, but it also came with a realisation that we would have to speak French for the next 10 days, what a shock to the system this would be! We flew from Cork to the Charles De Gaulles airport in Paris, where we then took the infamous TGV to Rennes. The constant hum of the French language both at the airport and on the TGV was daunting to say the least! We chatted non-stop about the exciting 10 days that were ahead of us.
On our arrival at Rennes, we were met with a flurry of hugs and ‘bisous’ by our French correspondents and their families, most of whom we hadn’t seen in a month and a half. We travelled back to our correspondents’ houses and I can speak for all the Irish students when I say we fell asleep as soon as our heads touched our pillows that night!
The following morning we travelled by various means of bus and métro to Lycée Saint Martin, our adoptive school for the duration of our stay. We met with our co-ordinator Monsieur Février, who was very helpful to us with any issues we had throughout the duration of our trip. Over the next few days we settled into our host-homes and adjusted to the new language. We attempted to break the language barrier, which came quite easily to us, thank God!
We quickly settled in to life as a ‘lycéen’ in the French secondary school, participating in classes and eating our lunch in the school canteen or ‘self’. What shocked us the most about their school day was that it began at 8 o clock every morning and finished at 6. We couldn’t believe that the students were given nearly two hours for their lunch every day and were even given a three-course meal. We experienced the famous French cuisine both in town at lunch and at our homes, and what a fantastic experience it was! If we were to encourage anyone to take part in this French exchange programme, the food should be the main attraction!
We were very fortunate during our trip to visit beautiful sites such as Saint Malo and the infamous Mont Saint Michel. We also took part in many cultural activities, such as crêpe-making and learning a traditional Breton dance. For the duration of our trip we were joined by another exchange group from Algeria, so it was very interesting to discover their culture too.
La crème de la crème of our amazing trip was definitely our trip to Paris. On Thursday morning we gathered at the train station and said our final good-byes to our families. We travelled by TGV once again to Paris where we began our day of touristic duties. Our first visit was to the Eiffel Tower. It’s not just any Thursday morning you’d be standing atop of the Eiffel Tower with such a great group of friends. We then took a boat down the River Seine where we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, before making our way to the Louvre to meet the ever-famous Mona Lisa for a quick selfie! After, we walked up the incredible Champs-Élysées. The magnificent Arc De Triomphe lay before us. To conclude our trip we had a meal in a typically French restaurant alongside the magically lit-up Eiffel Tower.
As we walked reluctantly back to the hotel, we began to reminisce on the fantastic experience which had been the last ten days. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have been given this opportunity and realised how much our French had benefited from our trip. It was the trip of a lifetime and one we would never forget. ( By Sarah Coughlan and Hannah Houlihan )
First year Blitz
Congratulations to our First Year Girls Football team who were winners in the group blitz that took place in Mallow last week.