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BCS News November 2015

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Student Council Elections

Well done to everyone involved in the Student Council elections which took place last week. Thanks to all the students who stood for election and carried out an election campaign over the week. This years BCS Student’s Council is as follows:

First Year: Jack Kelly and Claragh McCann

Second Year: Oisin Reddy and Ian Dalton

Third Year: Lorna Foley and Paul O Keeffe

Transition Year: Karen Looby and Shane Bradley

LCA: Killian Barrett

5th Year: Cian Mannion


Careers Open Night

Last Monday evening our senior students and their parents  attended the Open Evening in the School Hall in  which a  wide variety of college and universities had stands and representatives to answer questions on courses on offer in their respective  colleges. This is an invaluable opportunity for the leaving certs who are presenting looking at filling out their CAO options. For the TY and fifth year students they  get a chance to view and hear  the  range of opportunities available to them  after their leaving cert. Colleges and universities  including  Mary I, Limerick, Colaiste Cathal Naofa, Dungarvan, UCC, UL, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, LIT Limerick, WIT Waterford, DIT Dublin,  CIT Cork, Teagasc Kildalton and Shannon College of Hotel Management   attended to answer many questions on courses and  questions on college life .

Pope John Paul 11 Awards

Well done to the students who travelled to Waterford recently  to receive their Gold Medals  on the John Paul 11 Awards which they carried out while they were in transition year. Well done to Margaret Tobin and Killian Barrett who are continuing with the award to  work towards achieving the Papal Cross.

Science Week

Science Week was well celebrated in BCS this year. In Science classes they got to take part in many experiments and investigations and on the Thursday night 6th year students Philip McCraith ,Conor Bennett, Sarah Meskill, Nuala Landers, Lauren Bullen and Josie Herring attended the ISTA table Quiz in WIT, Waterford.


Congratulations to TY student Karen Looby  who won an Ipod Touch after entering  the Science Essay competition with Eurofin  Scientific.


Prayer Service

On Monday students attended a Service of Remembrance which allowed them to remember and reflect on a dear loved that has departed  over the last year.

First Year Options

A reminder to the incoming students for first year in September 2016  to get your subject option form into BCS office   by December 4th.

Parent Teacher Meeting

The Parent Teacher meeting for Third Year students will take place this Thursday November 26th from 4.00pm to 6.30pm.

Open Night

Last Tuesday evening we held our Open Night for incoming students and their parents for the school year 2016/2017. The evening started with a tour of the school and the prospective students visited a wide range of presentations on the subjects on offer for first years.  Teachers and students outlined the areas for their subjects over the three years and in particular this was invaluable for the subjects that  they must make a choice in before they start in September. In the John Treacy  Hall  there followed a presentation by the principal Mr Denis Ring and a number of students spoke on their experiences in BCS in Junior and Senior Years. Well done to all who contributed to the night from the Cairde, the School Choir and to the students themselves.

Primary Quiz

Well done to all the local Primary School pupils who attended the recent Halloween Fun Table Quiz in the School Hall.  They came in wonderful Halloween costumes  with prizes for the best dressed.  We are delighted that almost 50 teams attended on the night. Photos of the night will appear on our school facebook page.

Amsterdam Trip

Almost 90 students left BCS on Thursday morning  at 3am to head for Cork Airport for a four day school trip to Amsterdam.  Day one included a tour of the Ajax Stadium  - The Amsterdam Arena- with a sideline  visit to see the extent of the stadium itself, a tour of the grounds including the press stand and press room, the soft leather seating area near the dugouts, the upper tier section,  the dressing rooms, the exhibition area,the photocall area to name but a few .  It ws surprising to see the home sections but more particularly the away section. In the afternoon we visited  the  NEMO Science Centre with four floors of a variety of science experiments that students could engage in. Day two we did a canal tour of the city and did an amazing tour of the Anne Frank House, the young teenager  who went into hiding with her family during World War 2. At lunchtime we walked through  the city centre and saw Dam Square  which was a hive of activity during our stay with many stands  and amusements and in the afternoon we  visited the Rijksmuseum and explored many of the  art  and history collections.  The third day was a fun filled day at the Efteling Theme Park about an hour’s journey outside Amsterdam. Our last day  was a trip to the Amsterdam Dungeons for a scary trip through   many of the past characters of Amsterdam and on our way to the airport we stopped off at Zaanse  Schans Village , an area that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries  consisting of windmills, craft shops , barns ,houses and  museums  to give us a taste of what a  working community was like. Late Sunday night many tired a weary students arrived back in Lismore but with many good memories and experiences of the city of Amsterdam and what it has to offer. Well done and thanks to all involved  in organising such a great tour.


All stars Awards

Well done and congratulations to Maurice Shanahan who received his first hurling All Star Award in Dublin recently. We also congratulate Lorraine Bray who picked up  her camogie Star Award at the camogie Stars Night recently in Dublin.

Transition Years give an insight on how their first term has been

Take a Hike

On the fourteenth of October our Transition year went on a hike up the Coumshingaun Mountains. We left school at nine o’clock in the morning and arrived at the mountains at ten o’clock. We begun walking straight away and it was difficult from the beginning. It was a flat path for about ten minutes and then the uphill struggle begun.

After walking for about twenty minutes a lot of us hand to take a break due to the struggle of going uphill. We started off on our adventure again for about another forty minutes to an hour until we reached The Lake. When we reached the lake we had a small bit to eat and took a break for thirty minutes. Here we took some fun pictures and had a laugh with everyone before we set off again.

It felt like our break was five minutes because before we knew it we were back on the mountains again and this part was the real uphill struggle. We began walking and it felt like I was climbing Mount Everest or some huge mountain like that. Some people were climbing up the mountain like it was nothing but others including me found it tough. All we wanted to do was stop and wait until the others were coming back down but our teachers wouldn’t let us and kept pushing us to do it and to be honest I’m kind of glad they did.

Near enough to an hour we eventually made it to the top. The feeling of making it was sort of indescribable because it was such a struggle to do. We were all so happy we made it to the top, but then we remembered we had to go back down! We stayed on the top of the mountains for a short while and had something to eat. Now the hardest part of it all began. We had to go back down the mountain. Going down was very difficult. It was very slippery and many people kept falling, me included. It was also fun at the same time because everyone was laughing.

When we eventually reached the bottom we all sat around and relaxed because we were so exhausted. Everyone was over the moon that they completed The Hike. At two o’clock we went back to the buses to head home but we stopped off in Apple Green for a half an hour to get some nice food and chill out. We arrived back to the school at quarter past three and headed home. Our hike was five kilometres but it felt about twelve! I would recommend this hike to sight seers and people who enjoy walking.  (By Lucy McCarthy )

The introduction to TY was as nice as pie

Hello everyone , my name is Jack Clough and I’m going to write my article about my induction day into TY  and how I felt about going into TY and how I thought my first day would go.To be honest I was quite nervous about going into TY, My biggest question was whether I would like it or not and also would I regret this decision of going into TY but it was no where near as bad as I had previously thought. The first thing we did that day was kayaking from Lismore to Cappoquin down the Blackwater river , I found the experience very enjoyable as I had never been kayaking before , if you haven’t been kayaking yet I strongly suggest you do as it is a very enjoyable experience and you definitely won’t regret it.

Secondly that day we went on a treasure hunt in the nearby woods , we had to find little stands with letters on them which eventually added up to a word , the treasure hunt took around an hour to complete and everyone seemed to have had enjoyed it and I certainly did as well.

Last but not least we went on a quiz walk around Lismore town in which we were asked to go certain places and answer questions on the sheet we were given , the questions where mainly about famous land marks in Lismore and that finished the day off nicely

Overall I really enjoyed the induction day into TY, it was no where near as bad as I had thought considering I was nervous about it to begin with , it really put everything at ease for me and was a nice way to start off the year so I would suggest to anyone who is nervous about TY as it has been a very enjoyable year for me so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of TY and what else it holds.

Our Day in Ardmore


On the 18th of September we, the students of Transition Year in Blackwater Community School, went on a pilgrimage to Ardmore, County Waterford. On our walk, the first stop was at Saint Declan’s Well. It is said that Declan liked to come here to sit, pray and reflect. Near the well there are also the remains of a very early church. Stations are performed at the well on July 24th. People line up at the well and bless the person behind them. We also went to Father Michaels Well, we blessed ourselves with the water. This water is said to help peoples eyesight. The next stop on our walk was at the Samson ship wreck. The Samson was a floating crane-ship and on the 11th of December 1987 bad weather forced the crane-ship up onto the rocks. Two crew men survived that night. We then moved on to the coast guard station. This coast guard station was built in 1867; it was the second station to be built in Ardmore. The station was continually manned until the Civil War (1922). The station was taken over by the Republicans and burned down. This castle is located near the coast guard station, and so is a newer lookout post. This post was constructed by the Irish Government in 1940. It was used in World War 2 to log ships and planes that passed Ardmore.

We then walked on for another 20 minutes to the Round Tower. The tower is around 16 meters wide and is about 30 metres tall. The round tower would have been used in times of war, to hide during an attack, or to keep valuables safe.

There are also the ruins of a cathedral on the same site as the round tower. On one of the exterior walls there is a series of pictured depicting pictured from the bible. These include ‘Adam and Eve’ and ‘The Wisdom of Solomon’. There are also ogham stones and other various pieces of dressed stone around the site.We then had lunch and walked around the scenic town. After lunch, we had mass at Saint Declan’s Well. Father Cullinan said mass and some students played music and sang. After mass we went back to school.Overall, I felt that this pilgrimage was very worthwhile and interesting. We got to learn about a site that is very near to us. There was a lot of history around the place and it was interesting to learn about. (By Tara Hickey)


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School Prospectus

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BCS News October 2015

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Halloween Quiz

Best of luck to all involved in the Primary School Halloween table Quiz which takes place this Thursday night at 7pm. This quiz is open to pupils from 5th and 6th class in our primary schools.


Our junior team played Drumcollogher on Monday and unfortunately they suffered defeat against the much stronger Limerick side .

Harty Cup

Last Wednesday the Harty Cup senior hurlers met De La Salle in the opening match of the Group A championship and victory went to the city team on a score of  De La Salle 1 – 20 to BCS 1 - 13  . The team consisted of Cian O Byrne ( Modeligo), Dylan Mangan ( Tallow), Cathal Geary (Tallow), Aaron Whelan ( Lismore),  Steven Mangan (Ballysaggart),  Eoghan Murray, Tom Barron (Fourmilewater),  Jack Prendergast (Lismore),  Sam Ryan (Ballysaggart), Andrew Casey ( Ballyduff ), Michael O Brien (Geraldines),  Iarlaith Daly (Lismore) ,  Darah Buckley, Aaron O Sullivan (Cappoquin),  Kelvyn O Farrell ( Shamrocks).

Third Year CSPE

Third year classes are travelling to the Garda College and to Collins Barracks as part of their Junior Cert CSPE course with the report written up on the visit forming part of their overall Junior Cert grade.

Transition Year

This group climbed up to Coumshingaun Lake last Friday in glorious sunshine. They also took part in the Car Safety programme and are very busy preparing for their first week of work experience and in setting up mini company enterprises.



Best of luck to our students in second  and third  year who are traveling to Amsterdam on a school tour this weekend.

Mid Term Break

The October Mid term break begins this Friday at 3.35pm and school re-opens on Monday morning November 2nd.

School Open Night

The BCS Open Night for incoming students and their parents/guardians  for September 2016 will take place on Tuesday night November 3rd at 6.30pm.

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.


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