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Monthly Roundup – December 2019


This year, as always December was very busy for our choir. We had a very successful Royal School ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in Cavan parish church. We were also delighted to be asked to perform at the community carol service in The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Cavan town. These were both festive and joyous occasions.

RSC Hockey teams were quite successful in the early part of this year. Pride of place goes to our Junior team however who have recorded four wins out of four matches so far. Well done girls.

Junior Girls’ Hockey


Well done also to the U14 boy’s football team who have won three games out of three at time of writing. Before Christmas the Junior girls also had a great 5-4 win in Donegal in the Ulster cup and the senior Boys progressed 3-1 in their cup. All these teams have much to play for in the new year.

Certified Irish Angus Beef competition
November saw another stage of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools competition completed as the 5 Irish Angus cattle went for slaughter in ABP Clones. The 6th year pupils will soon conclude this fantastic 2-year project. It has been a great experience for the group.

Mini Companies
This year there are 15 mini companies running in the school. In early December they attended several sales and craft fairs where they showcased and sold some of their products. They now turn their attention to the Cavan Student Enterprise competition in Spring.

Academic scholarships
Congratulations to Adam Dunne, Colin Dugdale, Aaron Heaslip & Laura McClean of the Leaving cert class of 2019 who were awarded scholarship awards from NUI Galway, UCD and DCU respectively in recognition of their outstanding Leaving certificate results. Mr Corley was pleased to attend these ceremonies.

Bi Centenary of School Building
The original school building which we still use today was built in 1819. It was designed by famous architect Francis Johnson and it provided a permanent home to the Royal School Cavan which had been somewhat nomadic in the previous 200 years. To mark this special milestone the Board of Governors organised a Photography and Art Competition for the students at RSC. The theme for the competition was ‘Our 200-Year Old Building’. An exhibition of the student’s work was officially opened on 18th December 2019 and prizes were presented to category winners on the night. Click on the collage below to see all the entries.

Click on the image above to see all of the art work and photos.


Carol Singing
RSC pupils had two carol singing sessions this year in aid of Concern. Well done to all involved and thanks to Mr. Kavanagh & Mr. Kilbride for organising and many thanks to Ms. McQuaid for preparing and lending us the choir. We raised €618.30. Added to this the TY pupils organised a FIFA computer game tournament in December which was also in aid of Concern.

Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 13th December was a very colourful day in the school as all pupils (& staff!) got to wear in their Christmas jumpers to get into the festive mood. All funds raised went to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

TY Community Care module
These pupils decided to host a Christmas afternoon tea party for members of Cavan Older People’s council. A lovely time was had by all.

Mock Exams
Best wishes to all Leaving cert and Junior cert pupils as they prepare for the upcoming mock exams next term.

Monthly Roundup – November 2019

Team Hope Christmas shoebox appeal: Well done to the many pupils who have been busy preparing shoeboxes for delivery to Eastern Europe and Africa. In many cases these gifts may be the only one these children receive this Christmas and are therefore much appreciated.

Mini Companies: There are 16 mini companies operating in the school this year. Many of these will attend craft fairs and sales over the Christmas period. The first of these is on Saturday 8th December at the Backyard craft fair in Moynehall, Cavan. Please come along to see what the companies are working on!

Cross Country Success: In October the RSC Senior Boys cross country team won both the North Midlands event, held in Oldcastle and the Cavan Schools event held in Kilinkere. Congratulations to the whole team and particularly Barry Stratford who was placed 3rd and 2nd in the respective events.

Killary Adventure Trip: The TY pupils headed west to the Killary adventure centre in November for the annual teambuilding trip. Here they did hiking, canoeing, abseiling, laser combat and a whole range of outdoor activities for the 4 days they were there. A great time was had by all.

Work Experience: Many TY pupils got their first taste of the working world during the week of work experience at the beginning of November. Thank you to all the places of business which assist in this important initiative twice a year.

Enterprise Award: The School were delighted to be invited to The Entrepreneurial Schools Awards (TESA) in Microsoft HQ in Leopardstown in October where they received a Silver award in recognition of the efforts the school has made in embedding Enterprise into the life of the school.

Futsal Success: In October the school’s 1st year futsal (indoor football) teams participated in the Cavan school’s competition. All post primary schools in Cavan were represented and the boy’s & girl’s teams both won their competitions (pictured). This means both teams qualify for the Ulster Final in Letterkenny.

Irish Quiz: The school attended an Irish Quiz organised by Feachtas in Our Ladys Secondary School Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan in October. There was very stiff competition on the night and The Royal School achieved very high marks but were pipped to the post by Coláiste Oiriall Co. Monaghan.

Football Update: RSC U15 and senior teams travelled to Monaghan Collegiate for our annual challenge game in October. The senior team were defeated on the day but the U15s recorded a 3-1 victory. Earlier our senior team notched a 3-2 victory over our neighbours St. Patricks College.

Rugby: We were delighted to welcome Wilson’s Hospital School to Cavan for early season challenge matches for our Senior Boy’s XV and Junior Boy’s XV. On the day the Wilson’s teams proved too strong, but the keenly contested matches will stand to our teams as we prepare for future challenges. Many thanks to Mr. Kilbride and Niall Patterson (Cavan Rugby Club) for taking Rugby training each week.


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Gallery and Brown Bad Animation Studio Visit

On a recent visit to the National Gallery in Dublin, the senior cycle students got an opportunity to view the winners of the Zurich Portrait Artist Competition as part of their Leaving Art History and  Appreciation course.
Following this, the students got a unique guided tour of Brown Bag Animations studios, in Dublin. Here, the students got to see first hand the different aspects incorporated in the making of animations such a Peter Rabbit, Octunauts and Doc MacStuffins.

Feachtas (Irish Quiz)

The Royal School Cavan attended an Irish Quiz organised by Feachtas in Our Ladys Secondary School Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan on Tuesday 22nd of October 2019. The Quiz was funded by the National Lottery and The Department of Children and Youth affairs. There was very stiff competition on the night and The Royal School achieved very high marks but were pipped to the post by Coláiste Oiriall Co. Monaghan. The pupils received a certificate of participation and are pictured with their Irish teachers Mr. N. Ames and Miss. L. Cowan.

Monthly Roundup – October 2019

Junior Certificate/Cycle Results:
Congratulations to the Junior Certificate class of 2019 who were awarded splendid results. All were pleased with their levels of attainment.

Ploughing Championships:
About 40 pupils enjoyed a great trip to the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Carlow this year. They had a great day and enjoyed glorious weather throughout. Thanks to H.E. Teacher Ms. Poyntz & Agricultural Science teacher Ms. Kelly for organising this trip.

Fun Day & Open Night:
On 30th September we hosted a Fun Day for 110 fifth class pupils from the local primary schools. Those who attended availed of the opportunity to sample some new subjects, view the facilities and meet the teachers & potential new friends. Later that evening we held an information night for parents and pupils. Anyone who missed this event but would still like to learn more about the school, the grants system or the application process is welcome to contact the school.
Contact details: Email:, follow us on twitter @rscavan, find us on Facebook or simply call 049 4361605!

Higher Options:
In mid-September the Leaving Certificate pupils attended the higher options event in the RDS in Dublin to explore their third level and further education options. Thanks to Miss Sheridan, guidance counsellor for organising this trip.

Hot Lunches & Supervised Study:
Several pupils now avail of the hot lunches supplied by the school. This is a great option in particular for pupils doing afterschool supervised study from 4 to 6.30pm or extra-curricular after school activities.

Carol Service (save the date):
The annual Royal School ‘Carols by candlelight’ service will take place in Cavan parish church on Wednesday the 18th of December at 7pm. This event has become very popular so please join us for a truly festive occasion.

Student Council:
The Student Council has been elected for the coming academic year. These pupils have been elected by their classmates to represent pupils’ views, help shape school policy and give voice to the student body. Best wishes to them all.

TY Events:
RSC TY were delighted to attend Grease, the musical in late September in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin. This trip was funded by the ongoing Peace IV collaboration between RSC and Loreto College. The TY group have also recently taken part in a TY minority sports day at Clones Peacelink, undertook defibrillator training, enjoyed swimming lessons and circuit training, completed a drama workshop, attended TY Zeminar in Dublin and had a road safety workshop so far this term!

Congratulations are extended to our TY student Rogan Cunningham, who was crowned the National Indoor and Outdoor Archery Champion for a second year in a row. He also now holds the All Ireland Series Title for U17’s. He has also been selected to travel to France in January to represent Ireland at his first World Archery Event.
Congratulations to 3rd year pupils Charlotte & Olivia Moore who travelled with Triathlon Ireland to compete in the Belgian Youth Championships on September 14th. This race consisted of a 500m swim, 12km cycle and 3 km run. Charlotte & Olivia were both placed in the top 6! This event followed the girls’ remarkable success last May in the National Post Primary Schools Triathlon Championships where Charlotte took 1st place and Olivia came home 3rd in the U17 girls’ event. Well done girls!

Careers in Art Expo

The students gained a wonderful insight in to the possible art careers pathways available by choosing art as a Leaving Certificate subject. There was a varied number of speakers on the day, this included, an interior designer, architect, graphic designer, fashion designer and artist, The students got an opportunity for questions and answers session at the end.


Junior Certificate/Cycle Results

Best of luck to all students receiving their Junior Certificate/Cycle results today.