Busy times for Roscrea students with field trips, bake sales and mini company

THE students of Colaiste Phobal in Roscrea have been very busy over the past few weeks, with field trips, and lots of transition year events, including bake sales and setting up mini companies.

THE students of Colaiste Phobal in Roscrea have been very busy over the past few weeks, with field trips, and lots of transition year events, including bake sales and setting up mini companies.

Recently the Transition Year students from Coláiste Phobal Roscré went on a school trip to the Eclipse Centre in Kenmare. Although there was a four and a half hour bus journey their spirits were not dampened as some of the group brought their guitars for a “session”. They also stopped in the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick for a short break from their long journey.

When they arrived in the Eclipse Centre we were greeted by a friendly team. There, they spent three action packed days. There were many activities on team building which bonded the group closely together. There were other activities such as raft building, horse riding, cycling, obstacle courses and swimming-all of which promoted team work. Everyone participated including the five brave teachers. The tripsuccess and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We wish to thank the teachers that accompanied us and the staff of the Eclipse Centre.

The Sean Ross TY group in Coláiste Phobal organised a Bake Sale for their TY Mini Company. On Tuesday September 25 the first and second year social area was lined with tables filled with cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, biscuit cake and rice krispie buns, all made that morning in the Home Economics room. At eleven o’clock break the tables were crowded with students and teachers alike.

By the end of the break we had sold every item on sale. We are very grateful to everyone that bought and are delighted with the overall result. We would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a great success.

On Thursday September 27, Sean Ross TY students set uop a mini-company. The idea was to guess the score for the All Ireland Hurling Final. The students involved in the mini-company were Pádraig Smyth, Enda Moloney, Kelly Fairbrother, Eoin Cooke, Niamh Talbot and David Williams. The Prize for the competition was fifty euro and it got alot of attention from students and teachers alike. Each person could take a guess for one euro. There was no exact guess of the actual score so five winners were drawn to make it fair. The winners were Liam Carroll, Roddy Teehan, Jordan Choppin, Stephen Wrenn and Pádraic Marks. All winners won ten euros each.

On the September 27, the 6th year Geography class, along with Ms. McEvoy and Mr. O’Shea set off to Glenbarrow in the Slieve Blooms to do their geographical investigation. The geographical investigation accounts for 20% our the Leaving Certificate result in this subject. The aim was to test the hypothesis that erosion is an active process in a fluvial environmental. They adopted two methods: measuring the bed load shape and site and measuring the width and depth of the river channel at two locations. They got into the river and by random selection got rocks and measured them. The depth and width of the river channel were recorded.

One of the geography enthusiasts even wore goggles and a swimming cap, which added humour to the day. Between the locations, they had a scenic picnic where one well prepared student brought tea. Overall, the students had a most enjoyable day and bonded as a class - even if the changing facilities left alot to be desired.