Check out some art work from Form 1 and Transition Year Students for Safer Internet Day!
Welcome Back to School
At the time of writing, we have been delighted to welcome back our 5th and 6th year pupils to the school. We very much look forward to being able to welcome the remaining pupils also after the Easter holidays. This school closure has been very challenging for the whole school community; however, we are most grateful to all the pupils, parents, teachers and ancillary staff who have all worked together to ensure that while the school doors had to shut, the education of our pupils very much continued.
We were very pleased to hear that a past pupil from the class of 2020, Rachel Alexander was awarded an entrance award to Trinity College in recognition of her fantastic academic achievements last Summer. We also welcome back past pupil Mr. Joshua Hall, who joins the teaching staff as a PME student for the remainder of the school year. Joshua will be teaching History and Geography.
PE Hall Development: We are delighted to report that an invitation to Tender for an Architect and other Design Team Consultants was placed on e-Tenders. The closing date for applicants is 9th April 2021.
Cavan Student Enterprise Awards
These awards moved online this year with a virtual ceremony. This did not take away from the rigorous level of judging of our mini company entrants (pictured). RSC were once again very successful. In the Junior category we claimed the two top prizes. ‘Masks of Many’ came 2nd while the overall winner was ‘The Natural Bubble’, ran by 1st year sole trader Ava Jackson. In the Senior category ‘Always There Bear’ won a special prize for best social media marketing, while the overall 1st place was claimed by ‘Epoxy Designs’. This group was made up of TY pupils, Christopher Clarke, Daniel Bernatos, Charlotte Moore & Olivia Moore. Both 1st place winners will now prepare to represent Co. Cavan in the National Student Enterprise awards in May.
Creative Engagement Annual Exhibition took place online from 4th – 5th March. The aim of the Creative Engagement programme is to encourage students’ creativity, initiative, and expression through arts in education projects. Our Transition Year students 2019-2020 developed a mural called ‘Through the Journey, Seize the Day’ (pictured). This mural was showcased at the exhibition. Our students worked with local artist Colette Kearney. Through various workshops they explored their connection with the school through the lens of Wellbeing and then developed the beautiful mural that symbolises inclusiveness, creativity, and an open mindset to life.
TY Activities 2021
The Transition year pupils are continuing to enjoy a very busy year, despite the pandemic restrictions. As well as their regular curriculum, over the last number of weeks they have had the opportunity to engage with the following: He@lthfest 2021 (focusing on physical and mental health), Sign Language lessons, Science workshop, Photography talk and competition, online Concussion course, Microsoft Dream Space Engineering workshop, SHINE Festival, University and Colleges Open Days and webinars. Some pupils have also enjoyed the Science of Food camp at TU Dublin, RCSI Mini Med programme, Peer Ed (delivering lessons to first years about bullying, self-esteem, mental wellbeing, alcohol, smoking, drugs). As you can see, TY is still a really active and varied year!
Congratulations to all RSC young entrepreneurs who participated in the virtual Cavan Student Enterprise awards on Thursday. We were very successful with ‘The Natural Bubble’ winning 1st place and ‘Masks for Many’ taking 2nd place in the Junior category.
Well done also to ‘Always There Bear’ who won a special award for best social media marketing and to ‘Epoxy Designs’ for securing 1st place in the Senior Category!
The two overall winners will now start preparing to represent Co. Cavan in the National finals in May.
Form 2 Fuse Programme
The programme, supported by Facebook, consists of six modules, including bullying, cyber bullying and online safety. It is a scenarios type programme and gives students the opportunity to explore how they might deal with bullying issues that may occur within a classroom, a school or online. The main aim of the programme is to increase reporting and reduce levels of bullying in schools.
Creative Schools 2020-2022
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. This initiative is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. We are delighted to be selected to be part of this project for the next two school years and look forward to reporting back to you on our project(s).
This year, because of COVID 19 restrictions the RSC mini companies cannot avail of the many face to face sales opportunities which previous groups have always enjoyed. Like all businesses, they have had to find new, innovative ways to reach their customers. Look out on social media for information about their wonderful products.
As promised last month, please see the pictures of the new Head Boys and Head Girls. Also pictured are the winners of the TY pupil of the year last year.
Team Hope Shoe-box Appeal
We are not able to prepare shoe-boxes as we normally would this year. So instead we are holding a fundraiser and going to donate the money online. This year more than ever there will be a need for shoe-boxes. So, if you wish to help this fantastic Christian charity, please visit www.teamhope.ie/christmas-shoebox-appeal.
The TY class are really enjoyed their Yoga classes. Many thanks to facilitator Ruth O’Dowd for providing the instruction again this year.
Texaco Children’s Art Competition Prize Winner
Congratulations to 3rd year pupil Jasmain Wang who won a special merit award in the national children’s art competition for a beautiful pencil drawing of the Royal School. The judges said the piece was ‘very imaginative and demanded a high level of skill’
Meet our new Foreign Language Assistant
My name is Camille Mazzoni and I am twenty-one years old. I come from Buchelay, a small town near Paris. I was a student at the University of Cergy-Pontoise where I attended an English course called “LLCER” (Foreign and Regional Language, Literature and Civilisation).
Royal School Cavan have welcomed me as a Foreign Language Assistant. I work twelve hours per week at school sometimes on my own with small groups of students (pictured) or with a whole class and a teacher. As a native speaker my role is to share ideas, to spread the French culture, to encourage the students in their projects and to promote the importance of foreign languages.
Having a first experience of teaching in an Irish Post-Primary school would not have been possible without Royal School Cavan. Therefore, I hope that my presence, along with my background, will be a positive addition to the already rich student life and environment of the school.