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Monthly Roundup – March 2022

TY Killary Adventure Trip
The TY pupils really enjoyed their trip to Killary Adventure centre in Co. Galway in early March. They stayed 4 days and undertook several challenges such as team building, hiking, bog jumping, high ropes, archery and much more. They were blessed with fabulous weather and the whole trip was a very memorable experience. Thanks to Mr. McHugh and Ms. Kelly for accompanying the pupils.

Art Department Activities
The Art students in RSC have enjoyed several new initiatives this term. They enjoyed a visit to an exhibition by Margot Quinn in the Town Hall in Cavan (pictured). They also hosted an Art lecturer and some students to learn more about Art in 3rd level. As part of the Creative Schools initiative, they have enjoyed working with a drama facilitator, with whom they are planning to produce a drama as part of a wider RSC Creative Exhibition in the Town Hall theatre, Cavan in May.

TY Activities
TY students recently completed the Aware Life Skills Programme, Concussion Course and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind virtual programme. They are also learning the very important skills of First Aid and CPR. They completed their first week of Work Experience in February with their second week coming up in April.

Theatre Trip
Form 3 pupils enjoyed their trip to the Mill Theatre, Dundrum to attend their production of Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to Ms. Bates and Ms. Buchanan for organising this trip.

Christian Union Dinner Dance
On Thursday 31st March senior pupils are planning to attend the annual CU dinner dance in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. They will be joined by pupils from Monaghan Collegiate, Armagh Royal School and other schools.

Languages and Cultures week
During the week the school hosted a ‘Cultures Expo’ where pupils from different backgrounds were invited to display their home countries flag, food and culture. This is a great way for pupils to broaden their experience of various cultures.

Seachtain na Gaeilge
A full schedule of events took place for pupils during this fortnight in March. Form 1 enjoyed a table quiz hosted by TY pupils and a poster competition. The Pop up Gaeltacht proved to be a very popular activity with all pupils and teachers participating in this event ”Beatha teanga í a labhairt’ (You give life to the language when you speak it). The pupils here at the Royal School are always encouraged to speak Irish on a daily basis and their efforts are recognised by awarding the pupils with a Certificate entitled ‘Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine’ during Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish speaker of the week). This year we were very lucky to have a Cavan/Monaghan based group called Music Generation visit our school to teach our Transition Year and Form 5 pupils Bodhrán skills also.

National Music Award
Congratulations to Jacob, a 6th Year Music student who was awarded 1st Class Honours in the over 17 solo singing competition at the Interschools Music Festival held at Wesley College Dublin on Saturday 5 March.

 

Statement from Bishop Glenfield

(Chairperson of Cavan Protestant Local Board of Education)

16th March 2022

I am delighted to inform you that Royal School Cavan will enter the free education scheme from the next school year and thus the school will no longer charge tuition fees.

It is the intention of the Board to grow RSC over the next six years. I am delighted that the Department of Education will provide capital funding commensurate with its schedule of accommodation for a 450-pupil school with a 2 SEN base. 

Monthly Roundup – February 2022

Christmas News Wrap Up
The School was beautifully decorated before Christmas and each class got into the spirit with the ‘Deck the Hall’ competition where they had to decorate their classroom door in an imaginative, festive fashion. As promised, the winning entry is pictured here.

Fundraising Totals
Well done to all pupils on their fantastic fundraising efforts prior to Christmas. The Christmas card sales and Shave or Dye challenge raised €2,000 for the Donal Walsh #Live Life campaign and the Christmas jumper day raised over €1,000 for the Children’s Health Foundation. Also, the pupils were thrilled to be able to revive the annual tradition of Carol singing in the town in aid of Concern. This year they raised €781.

Football Matches
We were delighted to have competitive football matches back before Christmas. The Senior boys’ team had a comfortable win in the Ulster cup quarter final against Monaghan Collegiate before ending up on the wrong side of a 3-2 score line against Colaiste Ailigh from Letterkenny in the semi final. The U17 team were unlucky to lose their first game 3-2 against PCC Falcarragh. The U15 team had two challenge games before Christmas. They lost narrowly 3-2 to St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff and then won comfortably against Monaghan Collegiate. At the time of writing, they are preparing for their Ulster quarter final. The U16 girls’ team had their first outing against Monaghan Collegiate also, losing 3-1 on the day.

Rugby Match
Well done to our U16 boys’ rugby team who won their challenge game against Monaghan Collegiate. Sincere thanks to Co. Cavan Rugby club who have again partnered with us to help with the coaching and allow the use of their facilities. At the time of writing the team are preparing for their Ulster Cup draw and matches.

Rugby Blitz Win
A massive well done to all 35 RSC girls who took part in the tag rugby blitz in December. A huge thank you to Cavan Ladies Rugby Club for doing such an incredible job of both organising and running the event that had over 100 girls participating, it was a fantastic experience and event. Everyone enjoyed the lovely catering after the matches and one of our teams even managed to take the Cup home!!

Confirmation
Congratulations to all the Form 3 & 4 pupils who were confirmed by the Bishop in Cavan Parish Church on Sunday 16th January.

Other Extra Curricular Activities
We hope that our Hockey fixtures will resume in the coming weeks and we are also looking forward to athletics starting back up. Some indoor activities such as Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess, Christian Union & Choir are still difficult to plan for due to the pandemic.

Formula 1 in Schools
F1 in Schools is the fastest, most exciting STEM competition for secondary school students. Students learn how to design, race and build their very own miniature Formula 1 car. This year’s RSC Team is called ‘Eersta’ and is comprised of Nicole Cassidy, Zarah Peeters and Shayna McCaffrey. Best of luck Girls!

Monthly Roundup – November 2021

TY Activities

The last number of weeks have been really busy for our TY pupils. On top of their usual classes, modules, and projects they have enjoyed team building workshops, a seminar on friendship & relationships, the TY Architects in schools programme, the Cavan Drama festival, drumming lessons, juggling lessons, guidance and college presentations!

School Improvement Plans 2021/22

These plans are accessible on the school website. The current focus is on teachers using effective, higher order questioning in their classrooms which encourages pupils to engage with material in a deeper and more meaningful way. There is also a focus on more detailed feedback for pupils as well as an ongoing emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

World Junior Triathlon Championships 2021

Well done to Charlotte and Olivia Moore who travelled to Quarteira, Portugal in November to represent Ireland in their first world championships.

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Well done to the many pupils who have been busy preparing shoeboxes for delivery to Eastern Europe and Africa. We are delighted to be able to engage with this project again this year. It is a practical expression of the school’s Christian ethos. 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/sales over the festive period. They will also produce an online sales catalogue again this year. Please look out for this on our social media channels.

Maths week

In late October the students really enjoyed the RSC maths week. Glorious weather allowed the maths teachers bring the classroom outside to engage pupils in a number of challenges around the school grounds. Thanks to Mr. Kavanagh and Ms. Henry for all of their work on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Grant

The Art Department was delighted to recently receive a grant from BLAST and the Department of Education. This grant will enable our students to work with a local artist to design a unique piece of visual art for our school. Well done to Ms. Burns and Ms. Crowe on securing this funding.

Our school endeavours to nurture students’ gifts and talents in a learning community that is supportive, inclusive and creative. Everyone is encouraged to achieve their full academic and personal potential, while developing habits that instil lifelong learning, guided by our Christian ethos.

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