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BCS News Sept 2014

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Blackwater Community School News  - September

New  term has Begun

Welcome back to all students to BCS as we begin our new term. Each year had a morning assembly with an address  from Mr Ring,School Principal  and  their respective Year  Heads. This years Year Heads are Ms Barrett (First Year), Ms Mc Craith (Second Year), Mr Dunlea(Third Year) , Ms Jeffery & Ms Mc Carthy ( Transition Year), Mr Heneghan(Fifth Year) and Ms O Neill (Sixth Year).  Fr Cullinan also attended assembly and had a prayer service with each group. We wish the very best to our first year students as they settle in to our school hoping they have many happy years with us.

Sixth Year debs

The debs graduation took place on Wednesday August 20th with a  reception in the John Treacy Hall hosted by The Parents’ Council  followed by  meal and music in the  Clonmel Park  Hotel . We wish them all the best as they now take on the next stage of their  career . The debs photos taken at the reception by Sean Byrne , photographer  are now available for collection at the school office during school hours.

Transition Year News

Out new group of TY students had an induction day on their first day of term. This involved a day of many team exercises and bonding activities  which was enjoyed by all.

Awards Night

Last Friday night saw the highlight of the September calendar in BCS with the  annual Academic & Scholarship Awards night. This is a great opportunity to say well done to all our exam students and wish them well in the future in the company of the students, their families, their patrons and teachers. Our guest speaker this year was Kevin MC Carthy, whose career  path has seen him being a teacher, a writer, an historian and an inspector . He congratulated all students for their success those present and those not present on having done so well through their exams. And as they embark now on their next path he wished them well and while they pursue their studies  to remember where they came from, to get involved in clubs and societies, to strive for excellence, to pursue their dream whatever it may be, to make a difference , to strive for justice, to travel and not to forget to come back and even be part of their own community  to keep them vibrant in the future. He was delighted to be in the company of such a great bunch of students and with their  patrons was delighted to present   awards to them on the night. Scholarship awards were presented then as follows

The Education Scholarship ,patron   Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union was presented to  Shane Kenny.

The Actuarial Science  Scholarship ,patron  Board of management was presented to Brian Murphy. The Nutritional Science  Scholarship ,patron   Mr Michael Mc Grath was presented to Cathy Toomey. The Business  Scholarship ,patron   Kelleher’s Supervalu was presented to Cillian Cotter.

The Legal Studies Scholarship , patron Mr Neil Twomey was presented to Caoimhe Cotter

The Physiotherapy Scholarship, patron   Mr Jack Aherne was presented to Lucy O Brien

The Medical Scholarship, patron  Dr Barry Lordan was presented to Cathal Lee

The Kieran Fenton Memorial Scholarship for Dentistry, patron  Mary  Fenton Morrissey was presented to Eoghan Flynn

The John & Judy Ring Memorial Scholarship, patron  the Ring Family was presented to Shane Murray

The Kitty Luskin Memorial Scholarship for Nursing , patron The Luskin Family  was presented to Emma O Neill

The Eric Flynn Memorial Computer Science Scholarship, patron   The Flynn & Morrissey families was presented to  Cian Rath Cullimore

Gold Medal awards in each subject were presented

In English the Memorial  Tony Bolger/ Jack Mc Carthy Gold Medal , patron The Bolger and Mc Carthy Families  was presented to Cathy Toomey

In Art  the Gold Medal  , patron  Mr Arthur Maderson was presented to Lauren O Sullivan

In Chemistry the Gold Medal  , patron  Don & Michelle Hanrahan was presented to  Cathal Lee

In Physics  the Gold Medal  , patron Dr Noreen Barry was presented to Eoghan Flynn

In Design & Communication  Graphics  the Gold Medal  , patron  Printmaster was presented to Shane Murray

In  Business the Gold Medal  , patron  Richmond House was presented to Cillian Cotter

In Biology  the Gold Medal  , patron Mari Mina Pharmacy  was presented to Cathal Lee

In Music  the Gold Medal  , patron  Willie & Laura Roche was presented to Molly Twomey

In Social & Scientific the Gold Medal  , patron  Barrons Bakery was presented to Melanie O Connor

In Applied Maths the Gold Medal  , patron   Board of Management BCS was presented to Brian Coleman

In Construction Studies  the Gold Medal  , patron Mr  Michael O Leary, the Red House  was presented to Cian Leamy

In Engineering  the Gold Medal  , patron Parents Council BCS was presented to Desmond  Twomey

In Accounting the Gold Medal  , patron  Mr Tony Glavin was presented to Cillian Cotter

In  Agricultural Science the Gold Medal  , patron  Sean & Daphne Power was presented to Susan Williams

In History the Gold Medal  , patron  Mr Ollie Wilkinson  was presented to Nicole Lynch

In German the Gold Medal  , patron  Mr Joern Wiebe was presented to  Eoghan Flynn

In Geography the Gold Medal  , patron   Past Pupils Union was presented to Amy O Connell

In  French the Gold Medal  , patron  Mr Joern Wiebe was presented to Cathy Toomey

In Irish  the Gold Medal  , patron  Mrs Anne Fitzgerald was presented to Eoghan Flynn

In Maths  the Gold Medal  , patron  Board of Management was presented to Shane Murray

In L.C.V.P. the Gold Medal  , patron  Pollard Electrical & Communication was presented to  Karen Condon

In L.C.A. the Gold Medal  , patron  Mr Thomas Overlander was presented to Emma Murphy

The Gold Medal for Creativity   , patron Ms Orla  Flynn was presented to  Molly Twomey

Special awards were presented to Shane Moloney as overall student of the year with the Board of Management as its patron. The award  for Community Service  was presented  to Joan Bolger in recognition of the tireless work done in her local community. Maureen O Callaghan received  the award  for her Lifetime Contribution to School Life  and wish her well in retirement. Jakub Piatek, Cian Doyle and Benjamin Tyndall received the Student Community Service award. Emily Devine was presented with the Tom & Marie Cavanagh award as the highest achiever in Junior Cert 2014 and Cathal Lee received the Tom & Marie Cavanagh award as the highest achiever in Leaving  Cert 2014. The night finished on a high note with the presentation of the Hall of Fame award to Mr Kevin Mc Carthy  who was humbled by such an award  and he sincerely thanked all for it. Well done to all our award recipients and thanks to the sponsors for their great support of this award ceremony and lastly a special thanks to all who helped organise this great event under the co-ordination of Ms Melanie O Sullivan.


Junior Cert Results

Well done to all our Junior Certs who received their results last  Wednesday , they received great results  and we say well done to Emily Devine  who got 11 A’s, an achievement accomplished by only 139 students out of almost 60000 this year.

Ice Bucket

Well done to the four on the staff who participated in the Ice Bucket challenge last Friday, Mr Ring, Mr Geary, Mr Cronin and Mr O Connor.  To the students we sat a big thank you for your donation to MND as a result.  We look forward to seeing the next nominations!


Hurling News

Best of luck to our Harty Cup who face Árdscoil Rís in Clonmel on Wednesday in the opening game in their group.  Commiserations to the Dean Ryan team who were  defeated by a much stronger Rice Colleges  team last Wednesday. Congratulations to Cappoquin Intermediate Hurlers who  captured the Western title in a close encounter against Ballinameela last Sunday in Fraher Field.

Transition Years

All groups are settling into many of the activities that our Transition Year programme offers this year and last week they travelled to the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska.

Titles come westwards

It has been an outstanding two weeks for hurling and camogie in two of the clubs in the area. Lismore have retained their  County Senior Camogie  title with a win over St Annes on Sunday  Sept 21st and their U16  team had a great win over Tramore/Butlerstown  last Sunday. Cappoquin Camogie  had a fantastic win over Ring in the Intermediate County final on Sunday Sept 21st and to top that success their Minor team had a great win over Gualtier last Sunday.

John Paul 11 Awards

On this  Friday Oct 3rd senior  students who completed the programme for the John Paul 2nd Awards  will travel to Waterford to receive their gold and silver medals at the award ceremony in  Tramore. The John Paul 11 awards  enables young people  in transition year  to take an active part in the life of their church and in the life of their community and society.

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

Junior & Leaving Cert Exams

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A Mass  for all Junior and Leaving Cert students will take place in school on Wednesday  morning June 4th  at 8.30 am as they begin the state exams on that day. All students and their Parents/guardians are invited to attend.

All associated with Blackwater Community School wish the exam students the very best of luck over the coming weeks.

Congratulations John and Harriet

Congratulations to our two Leaving Certificate students John Ring and Harriet Bennett Lenane who both achieved the maximum of 625 points.


BCS News 12th May

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School Trips

Well done to our transition years who had a very active three days at Blackwater Outdoor Adventure  Centre in Castletownroche last week. The activities involved a wide range of tasks on land and in water and allowed them to sleep both in outdoor tents and in the onsite accommodation. The trip also forms part of their Gaisce award  tasks.  The first years along with many of their Cairde students  headed off to Alton Towers Theme Park last Friday and had a great day of thrills  and adrenaline seeking rides.  The LCA  sixth year group also travelled to Alton Towers on the same day. The third years head to Castletownroche on Wednesday while the second years travel to Cork on Friday.

Writing Competition

Well done to first year student Alyson Martin

who recently won a writing competition based

on a letter she wrote to Grace entitled Dear Grace.

This competition was sponsored by

The Grace Nolan Foundation and 14 of these letters

will be published in the near future.



BCS French Exchange 2013/2014

The date had finally arrived, the 18th of March. The month’s wait was over and our group of 12 5th year students along with our leader Margo Cashman were finally making the long-awaited journey to Rennes, France. As we began our journey to Cork airport our excitement began to kick in, but it also came with a realisation that we would have to speak French for the next 10 days, what a shock to the system this would be! We flew from Cork to the Charles De Gaulles airport in Paris, where we then took the infamous TGV to Rennes. The constant hum of the French language both at the airport and on the TGV was daunting to say the least! We chatted non-stop about the exciting 10 days that were ahead of us.

On our arrival at Rennes, we were met with a flurry of hugs and ‘bisous’ by our French correspondents and their families, most of whom we hadn’t seen in a month and a half. We travelled back to our correspondents’ houses and I can speak for all the Irish students when I say we fell asleep as soon as our heads touched our pillows that night!

The following morning we travelled by various means of bus and métro to Lycée Saint Martin, our adoptive school for the duration of our stay. We met with our co-ordinator Monsieur Février, who was very helpful to us with any issues we had throughout the duration of our trip. Over the next few days we settled into our host-homes and adjusted to the new language. We attempted to break the language barrier, which came quite easily to us, thank God!

We quickly settled in to life as a ‘lycéen’ in the French secondary school, participating in classes and eating our lunch in the school canteen or ‘self’.  What shocked us the most about their school day was that it began at 8 o clock every morning and finished at 6. We couldn’t believe that the students were given nearly two hours for their lunch every day and were even given a three-course meal. We experienced the famous French cuisine both in town at lunch and at our homes, and what a fantastic experience it was! If we were to encourage anyone to take part in this French exchange programme, the food should be the main attraction!

We were very fortunate during our trip to visit beautiful sites such as Saint Malo and the infamous Mont Saint Michel. We also took part in many cultural activities, such as crêpe-making and learning a traditional Breton dance. For the duration of our trip we were joined by another exchange group from Algeria, so it was very interesting to discover their culture too.

La crème de la crème of our amazing trip was definitely our trip to Paris. On Thursday morning we gathered at the train station and said our final good-byes to our families. We travelled by TGV once again to Paris where we began our day of touristic duties. Our first visit was to the Eiffel Tower. It’s not just any Thursday morning you’d be standing atop of the Eiffel Tower with such a great group of friends. We then took a boat down the River Seine where we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, before making our way to the Louvre to meet the ever-famous Mona Lisa for a quick selfie! After, we walked up the incredible Champs-Élysées. The magnificent Arc De Triomphe lay before us. To conclude our trip we had a meal in a typically French restaurant alongside the magically lit-up Eiffel Tower.

As we walked reluctantly back to the hotel, we began to reminisce on the fantastic experience which had been the last ten days. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have been given this opportunity and realised how much our French had benefited from our trip. It was the trip of a lifetime and one we would never forget. ( By Sarah Coughlan and Hannah Houlihan )

First year Blitz

Congratulations to our First Year Girls Football team who were winners in the group blitz that took place in Mallow last week.

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