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Open Night 2014

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Open Night

The BCS Open Night for incoming students for 2015/2016  along with their parents will take place next Monday night  November 24th from 6.30pm to 9 pm. This will allow you to see the wonderful facilities of our school as you get a guided tour and chat with students and staff. The enrolment form will be available on that night and the Principal’s  address will take place at 8.15pm.

BCS News November 2014

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Parent Teacher Meeting

A Parent Teacher meeting for students and parents of third year will take place this Thursday  November 20th between  4pm and 6pm.

Munster Bound

Well done to  those involved with Modeligo Junior hurlers on their victory over Feohanagh-Castlemahon of Limerick to advance to the Munster final in Mallow on Dec 7th . Congrats also to the Nire senior football team who also advance to the Munster Club Final after a nailbiting ending to their semi final game against Cratloe of Clare . We  wish the best of luck to Cappoquin Intermediate hurlers who play their Munster Intermediate Club Final this Saturday against Bruff in Mallow.

Harty Cup

Best of luck to our Harty senior team who compete against Thurles CBS in the third round of the Harty Championship this Wednesday.

Leaving Cert student receives award

Congratulations to Susan Williams  who received an award from the IASTA recently for obtaining the highest grade in the country in her Leaving Cert  Agricultural Science paper this summer.

Transition Year Activities - OMG TY 2K14/15

The TY Hike

On the 24th of October, seventy four of the TY students headed off at nine in the morning to the Comeragh mountains. We came equipped for the day with proper walking shoes, rain coats and plenty of food. It was a cold and crisp day with no rain. Close enough to ten o’ clock we started our hike. We found our way through a forest until we got to the foot of our first uphill climb. After about twenty five minutes of walking we reached the lake. Here we stopped for a ten minute break and something to eat. After receiving more instructions we began the really difficult part. We stood at the lake, looking up at the top of the mountain we were told we would be reaching. At first we thought our teachers were joking, but they were not. The hike which followed was extremely long, very steep and quite slippery too. It included rock climbing, clinging to anything nearby and a lot of falling. The journey upwards was very tough on your legs and seemed to have no end, while coming back down was no easier. When we got back to the lake we sat down for lunch and a well-deserved break. Two of our classmates jumped into the glacial lake even though by now it was cold enough just sitting around. After this we went back to the bus. We landed back at the school at quarter past three. The hike was tough but we had great fun throughout the day. Although my clothes were filthy and my legs were tired it was still one of the most enjoyable days of TY so far. (by Emily Devine)


TY Hike Friday October 24th 2014.

We set off at nine o’clock sharp on the cold dry morning of the24th, seventy-four students and seven teachers in tow. All excited, eager and full of chatter for what lay ahead. We travelled by bus to our destination, the Comeragh mountains. We arrived at Kicooney Woods at around ten o’clock. We were given clear instructions of what was expected of us on our hike and hazards to be aware of as we walked. We were told we would walk for one hour to the lake and then have a break before making our ascent up the mountain.

We all set off full of enthusiasm but it is safe to say that it was short lived. The demand the hike was taking on our physical fitness was soon evident. Everyone did what they had to do to reach the lake and the majority of us collapsed on arrival longing for a break. We rested for about twenty minutes and psyched ourselves for what would be the toughest part of our hike the ascent. It’s amazing what a tough situation like that can do to a group of people, it really bonded as a year. We used teamwork and encouragement to help each other get to the top, no one was left behind. The view from the top of the mountain down onto the lake and over the county of Waterford was spectacular; no photo could do the view justice. I felt like I was on top of the world, it made the trek up there well worth it. The whole way up the weather had been relatively good, dry, and cloudy with the occasional bursts of sunshine. However, by the time we reached the top things had changed it became bitterly cold and windy it also began to rain and the fog set it in. the teachers made the executive decision to turn back and make our descent down the mountain instead of going around to the other side. We slipped, crawled and slumped down the mountain on our bottoms laughing the whole way.

By the time we got back to the lake everyone was exhausted and in good need of a break for some food and rest. Two brave souls decided to jump into the lake and the whole year cheered them on, safe to say it was pretty cold! We then all packed up and made the headed back to the bus exhausted but in high spirits. We arrived back to the school just before the final bell. A great day was had by all and it showed us what is available in our local area that we would have never known of before. (By Hannah Glavin)


Work Experience

I did my first week of work experience in Lismore Heritage Centre. I chose this place because I am very interested in science and history and for me the Heritage Centre covered both aspects. Many of the places I was originally interested in did not offer work experience, but my time in the Heritage Centre was very enjoyable and well worth it.

Working at the Lismore Heritage Centre was a fantastic experience. During the week I learnt many new skills and I was given various responsibilities. On the first day I was taught how to answer the phone and work the coffee machine and cash register. I was also shown a video on the history of Lismore which I found very interesting. I had the responsibility to organise and layout the Christmas stock in the gift shop, help customers to the best of my ability and monitor the phone and take calls when necessary.  Some of the skills I gained were people skills, being calm under pressure, organisational skills, and being a good team player.

The highlight of my work experience was a science show from the London Science Museum. Many primary schools from the different places around the area came to see it. It gave me good experience in working with large groups of children. The show was on electricity and had an amazing display of the power of the Tesla Coil created by Nikola Tesla. It had many other displays and information on famous scientists.

Overall I think my work experience went very well and gave me a good insight into the working world. The Lismore Heritage Centre is involved in a lot more activities than I expected. I learned I would defiantly enjoy a job in the history or science field and I enjoy team work a lot more than I expected. (by Sam Flynn)

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

BCS News Oct 21st 2014

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BCS see off  St Flannans at Kilmallock

Tom Barrons goal after two minutes for Blackwater opened the scoring in this game and from there on there was only going to be one winner . Shane Bennett added three points two from placed balls before Flannans corner forward Aidan Kennedy opened his sides account . Blackwater  led 1-9 to 0-4 at half time. Colm Roche who was excellent throughout put the game beyond doubt with a goal on the 52nd minute his contribution of 1-10 with one seven from play was the real difference between the teams. Flannans fought bravely and in free taker and full forward Sean Kennedy  who scored five points from placed balls they had a reliable score getter. Blackwater face Thurles next in a months time and with both schools having had comfortable wins against the Clare school it should be a close contest. Blackwater had good performers in man of the match Colm Roche, Tom Barron and Jordan Henley. Scorers: Colm Roche 1-10 3f, Tom Barron 1-2, Shane Bennett 0-42f2 65, Andrew Casey 0-2, Stephen Mangan 0-1,Jordan Henley 0-1, Jack Pendergast  0-1, Jake Neville 0-1

TEAMS:Rory Galvin ( St Catherines), Cathal Geary ( Ballyduff Upper) , David Prendergast ( Lismore ) , Jack Tobin ( Tallow ), Eoin O Brien ( Ballyduff Upper) , Colm Roche (Shamrocks), Jordan Henley ( Tallow) , Andy Molumby ( Cappoquin ), Stephen Mangan( Ballysaggart ) , Jake Beecher( Tallow) , Jake Neville( Tallow), Shane Bennett( Ballysaggart ), Andrew Casey ( Ballyduff Upper),  Denis Mc Donagh ( Ballyduff Upper),Tom Barron (Fourmilewater),

SUBS used : Jack Prendergast( Lismore ), Dylan Mangan ( Tallow), Ryan Grey( Tallow)


Transition Year Buzz

Students  outline  how Ty is going so far

Induction Day:

Transition Year has been brilliant so far but one of the best things I think we have done was the activities we did on the Induction Day. On Induction Day we did activities including kayaking and learning about Lismore Castle. I liked the kayaking because we got to drift along a nice peaceful spot linking Lismore to Cappoquin. We set off at from a place near Lismore Bridge and we had great fun along the way, even though we might have gotten a bit wet, it was a very enjoyable part of the day. I especially liked it because I had never been kayaking before. I also found Lismore Castle interesting because we learned about the gardens and the history of the castle. We also looked at the works of art in the castle which were very well done and very intriguing. I found the whole experience very enjoyable and interesting.

Ardmore Trip:

I found the trip to Ardmore very interesting because of the cliff walk. I really liked the walk because we got to see the lovely view of the cliffs and of the crane wreck on the edge of the coast. It was a beautiful sight. We also went to the Round Tower. I liked the look of the tower because it was very big and there was no door because people entered through the window.

Home Economics:

This year I am doing home economics and I have never done it before. Since the start of the year I have learned how to sew, knit, and make stir fry, scones and cookies. I was surprised how fun and quick it was to make these types of food and we also learned what could go wrong while in the process of making a dish. For example when you put too much flour in the cookie mix it will crumble in your hands and you will not be able to make the shape of the cookie. I have really enjoyed doing this subject and I have a pillow cover to show what I have learned and can accomplish.

Career Options Trip:

Another very enjoyable day in Transition Year was the career options day trip. This was when representatives from lots of different colleges went to the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork to tell people about what kind of courses are available in those colleges. I focused on the engineering side of the trip and I found some courses that I am very interested in from C.I.T and W.I.T. I also found some courses that I am interested in for construction and I think I can achieve the goal of getting the necessary points for them. I found this trip very interesting and extremely beneficial. ( by Keith Hickey)

Ty Activities by Jack Hickey

Induction day.

On our first day of transition year we went on an induction day which involved a kayaking session on the Blackwater  river from Lismore to Cappaquin and also a treasure hunt around the castle in Lismore and also around the town itself. I found the kayaking extremely enjoyable as it was a lovely day and I was with my friends having a laugh while doing it which I thought I would hate because I’m afraid of water but I actually loved it.


We started our E.C.D.L course in our second week in school and I found this very interesting as I learned plenty of things about computers that I didn’t know and that was only in the first week so I have much more to learn over the course of the school year

Pilgrimage to Ardmore.

We went on a pilgrimage to Ardmore the day after our junior cert results, which involved doing the cliff walk around the cliffs and on to the round tower, also we had a mass for john, one of the pupils in our year who was forced to undergo surgery on the day of our pilgrimage so we prayed that all would go well for him.

Ploughing match.

On Tuesday the 23rd of September we went to the national ploughing championships in co. Laois and I have to say that this was one of the highlights of my transition year so far, as I am from a farming background I had an interest in the machines and trade stands and so I found this day to be very enjoyable.


In home economics in our double class on Friday we have cooked many items such as scones, cookies, omelettes and a stir fry and I really liked this as I have never done home ec before and I liked to get a taste of the subject and learn about the ingredients and how to cook them. Also now we must prepare items for our cake sale next Friday so it should be interesting.


In history we have been doing the work of a historian by going home and researching our family history by using various sources and we had to present this in an essay form and then as a PowerPoint to the class. I enjoyed researching my family history but I did not like standing in front of the class but it has to be done.


In business we have had to interview a local entrepreneur and then write up all the information we gathered onto a PowerPoint presentation and show this to the class, again I liked finding out about an entrepreneur but I did not enjoy standing up and talking in front of the class.

Careers day.

We went to the careers exhibition in Rochestown in cork on the 14th of October to find out about various college courses available and this was an interesting day as I found out lots about my intended courses.

My TY Experience So Far ( by Laura Murray)

On the 1st of September this year, our TY experience began. We had an initiation day and for this we were split into three groups. I was in the first group and we went kayaking first. We kayaked from the castle, all the way to Cappoquin. It took around two hours and by the time we reached Twig Bog we were soaked to the skin. After lunch we swapped with group 2 and went down to Lismore Castle. There, we looked around the gallery and were given a sheet with questions and we had to go around the castle and it’s gardens to find the answers. After lunch we had the third and final activity. This was a treasure hunt around Lismore where we had to answer lots of questions by going to various places around the town searching for the answers. The first team of four to make it back to the school with the most answers correct were the winners. Although my team didn’t win, it was still very enjoyable.

On Thursday the 11th of September we had our first outing. It was the day after the junior cert results and we headed off on a pilgrimage around Ardmore. We first did a walk around the cliffs and, after lunch we had a mass by St. Declan’s well. We dedicated our mass to our classmate John who was having surgery that day. Fr Cullinan said the mass, there were readings by teachers and students and there were also a few songs from some TY students.

On Tuesday the 23rd of September we had our second TY outing. We attended the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Laois. We left at 6 o’clock in the morning and didn’t get back until 6 pm! It was a very enjoyable day regardless of the tiredness and the weather was fine too. There were many famous people there that I saw such as Michael D Higgins, Robert Kearney, Kevin Dunden and many others. There were hundreds of stalls to see and an amusements park nearby. This was personally my favourite TY experiences so far this year.

An optional activity that I chose to take part in was the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Since I came back to school in September I had been working on my proposal. This is a 500 word essay that is sent off to the Young Scientist where they will either accept or reject it. If it is accepted, myself and my partner will be able to attend the exhibition in early January in the RDS. Our project was all about the two muscle fibre types, their compatibility with various sports and if people choose the sport their muscle fibre type would suggest they would be better at.

Transition Year so far..

My name is Rachel Delaney. I am only 5 weeks into Transition year and already I have packed a lot of activities.The following is a list of activities I have done so far:

Introductory day:

On the 1st of September we had what is called an introductory day for all the Transition year students. We were split into groups. My first group activity was kayaking down the river Blackwater which was from Lismore to Cappoquin. Our 2nd activity was a treasure hunt around the castle garden and we also got to have a look around the castle gallery. Our final activity of the day was a town trail. We had to find different clues around Lismore to get our answers.

Ardmore Pilgrimage:

On the 11th of September we went to Ardmore on a Pilgrimage. We walked St. Declan’s walk. It was a really good sunny day for it. After, we had a ceremony by the ruins of the church at the start of the walk. We said prayers for John Kenefick who had to have an operation. Thankfully the operation was a success.

Home Economics:

On Friday 11th of September we started making our cushions. But first we had to think of a design that we wanted on the front of our cushion. I had to knit the wool for my sheep design and also choose the right backing for it. Eventually, after all my hand work I finished my cushion on Friday the 10th of October.


On the 16th of September we signed up to the ecdl website. I started my diagnostic exam last Wednesday and I am almost done now. But then I have to do the proper ecdl exam soon.

Ploughing championships:

On the 23rd of September we went to Laois for the National Ploughing Championships. We had to be at the school for 6 o’clock in the morning. We didn't get there until 9:30. We walked up and down many times and looked at mostly every stall. We got back on the bus at 3:00 as we then had to start making our way home. We got back to Lismore around 6:30.



For science we had to research a famous physicist. My chosen physicist was Marie Curie. The work had to be given to our science teacher Mrs. Taaffe on the 8th of October.


Business Presentation:

For business we had to do a presentation on an entrepreneur of our choice.  Mona Condon and I did it on Eamonn Longeran who owns Knockanore Cheese. We had six weeks to get the presentation organised. On the 9th of October we had to exhibit our presentation to the class. I must say I was very nervous but I was happy with what we had done.


For history we had to find out information about our family history. I did my family history on my great granddad Thomas Nicholson who fought in the First World War in the British Army. We would send the information that we found to our history teacher Mrs. McCarthy. I had to present it to on Friday the 16th of October. I was happy with my presentation.



Best of luck to our senior camogie and junior Ladies Football teams who are in action this week.

BCS News Oct 8th 2014

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Pope John Paul 11 Award

Last Friday 23 students attended the inaugural Waterford & Lismore Diocese presentation of medals in recognition of the work and activities carried out by students in their parish and local community.  BCS along with two other schools became the pilot schools for the Pope John Paul 11 medal awards  whereby students in transition year had to undertake  20 hours of parish commitment and 20 hours of community work and a presentation and the end of the year. Thanks to all who made the day very memorable and we owe a lot to our School Chaplain Caroline and to our extremely helpful mentors who all guided us throughout the year.



Harty Cup First Round

Last Wednesday BCS travelled to cahir to take on last years winners Ardscoil Rís in their opening match.  The Limerick team proved too strong for Blackwater as they  ran out winners on a score of  1-20 to 0 -9. The other match in our group saw  Thurles CBS emerging as comfortable winners over St Flannans.  BCS’s  next match is against St Flannans  on October 15th.Harty panel includes

Cian O Byrne (Modeligo), Rory Galvin ( St Catherines), Cathal Geary ( Ballyduff Upper) , Aaron Whelan ( Lismore ),  David Prendergast ( Lismore ) , Jack Tobin ( Tallow ), Colm Roche (Shamrocks), Adam Flynn( Lismore ), Jordan Henley ( Tallow) , Jack Roche ( Ballysaggart ), Andy Molumby ( Cappoquin ), Stephen Mangan( Ballysaggart ) , Dylan Mangan ( Tallow) , Shane Bennett( Ballysaggart ) , Jake Beecher( Tallow) , Denis Mc Donagh ( Ballyduff Upper), Michael Ryan ( Ballysaggart), Tom Barron (Fourmilewater), Eoin O Brien ( Ballyduff Upper) , Andrew Casey ( Ballyduff Upper) ,  Jack Prendergast( Lismore )  , Aaron O Sullivan( Cappoquin) , Tommy Mc Carthy( Cappoquin) ,  Eoghan Murray ( Cappoquin), Sam Ryan( Ballysaggart ) , Ryan Grey( Tallow) , Jake Neville( Tallow).

Cappoquin hurlers in Final

Best of luck to Cappoquin Intermediate team who take on St Saviours in the County Intermediate  hurling Final this weekend. Well done to Modeligo who captured the Junior Premier hurling Western final against Colligan last Sunday.

Junior Camogie

Well done to the Junior camogie team on winning  the Munster Camogie Blitz that took place last Wenesday.

Ladies Football

Best of luck to our Junior and Senior  Ladies Football teams who compete in their respective championships this week.

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