Congratulations to Katie Whelan on winning the BCS Facebook Timeline cover photo competition with her artwork inspired by the BCS crest. Katie's piece will be displayed as the cover photo on the BCS Facebook page.
Solve I.T. are delighted to be associated with this project on behalf of Blackwater Community School
For more information about us see our website
Assistants Orrin ,Cormac, Ben and Leo at last Sundays Afternoon Tea in Lismore Castle
BCS Choir perform at the Parents’ Council Afternoon Tea at Lismore Castle
Mr Denis Nevin gives a history of Lismore Castle during the Parents’ Council Afternoon Tea at Lismore Castle
Orrin Farrar has been selected to represent BCS at the first annual 'Articulation Final' in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork on this Thursday 7th May. Articulation is a public speaking competition organised in connection with the Crawford and Lismore Castle Arts. The aim is to promote discussion and aid development of vocabulary amongst senior students. Good luck Orrin.
Another busy week for our state exam students this week with leaving Certs sitting their LCVP written exam, Agricultural Science students interviews take place this Wednesday, with Engineering and Construction Studies students completing their Practical exams and art students sitting their drawing exams. Junior Metalwork students practical takes place on Wednesday while Art students will sit their drawing exam on Friday.
Schools Active Week
Well done to all students and staff who participated in the many activities that were organised though lunch time every day during last week as part of a week long national schools active week. Each year group participated in activities ranging from soccer, skipathon, dance, basketball, chariots of fire and inter class challenges.
Lismore Castle Afternoon Tea
Well done to all involved in organising the Afternoon Tea Parents’ Council fundraiser last Sunday and thanks to all who supported the event. In spite of the odd shower they got to walk around the castle gardens , visit the art gallery and have tea in the Pugin Room with entertainment from the school choir and Mr Denis Nevin gave a history of the castle itself. Thanks to all the students from the choir, to greeting, to kitchen duties ,to assistants who helped out throughout the afternoon.
Good luck to Ms Ryan and the Waterford Ladies Football team who are playing in the League final this weekend against Sligo in Parnell Park.
Well done to the Waterford senior hurlers , to Fintan O Connor and all the BCS students in the team who captured the National League title last Sunday. Best of luck to those involved in the Minor team on Wednesday as they face Limerick in Thurles.
Well done to Waterford camogie players and to BCS students who captured the divisional 2 Waterford League title last Saturday against Laois.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
Parents’ Council hosting “ Lismore Castle Afternoon Tea”
On this Sunday May 3rd the Parents Council are inviting you to Afternoon Tea in the Banqueting Hall of Lismore Castle and a Walk of the Gardens. This event was a great success when held a number of years ago with many people taking in opportunity to tour the gardens, get a talk on the history of the castle and be served tea and refreshments. The cost per adult is €20 and per student is €10. Booking is essential for the event with limited places so we advise early booking by contacting the school at 058-53620 during school hours.
Blackwater Community School 5th Year French Exchange 2015
During fifth year, Blackwater Community School French students are given the opportunity to participate in a French Exchange organised by Ms. Cashman. This involves having a student from France coming over to Ireland for around ten days and staying with you and your family to experience the culture and improve their English language skills all while attending school in BCS. Then after they have b
een and gone, you pack up and head over to France to do the same thing and –in the hopes of our French teacher- improve your French. When I heard that I might be able to go to a foreign country and immerse myself in a different culture, I jumped at the chance! We began by filling out application forms to go on the trip and once we were approved to go, we wrote about ourselves and included a picture in a letter to our partner school in Rennes, Lycée Saint-Martin to be matched up with a French student. You then get their letter and you begin talking and getting to know each other before they come to Ireland. It was nerve-wrecking for all of us at first, having to converse in French to native speakers but that was part of the challenge. After the French students had left Ireland at the end of the ten days, it was safe to say everyone was absolutely devastated, after becoming so attached in such a short space of time! Then it was our turn to leave, which we were all delighted about. We left the school early in the morning and flew out from Cork to Paris. We then got the TGV, which is the high speed French train, all the way to Rennes, where we met our French families and really got thrown in at the deep end as we had to switch from English to constant French! School in France begins at 8 o’clock and so we all had a very early start in the morning. All of our families were unbelievably welcoming, always making sure we were catered for and I know my family even offered to cook me potatoes to help my homesickness! The school itself was incredible, the canteen, the classes and the atmosphere there was so nice and very different to Ireland. The classes are quite strict, no stu
dents speak at all and although they are an hour long each, the time seemed to fly. Mr. Fevrier was the man that looked after us the entire time, made sure we were all settled down comfortably with our families and he was also our Paris tour guide! After spending ten days with our families it was time to say goodbye and head for Paris and that goodbye was not an easy one for any of us. Tears were shed left, right and centre which I don’t think any of us were expecting but after spending constant time with people as amazing, funny and kind as our families, it was impossible not to get emotional! The advantage of having Paris at the end of our trip was the fact we had something to look forward to! After our long goodbyes, we found ourselves once again on the TGV back to Paris. It was Paddy’s Day and we were all in highly patriotic spirits! It wasn’t long until we were on the underground metro, on our way to the Ibis Hotel. Once everybody was checked in and freshened up, we began our fun filled day in France’s capital city. First stop- “Le Mur Des Je T’aime.” This wall had “I Love You” written on it, in every language, even Irish! Once that was finished we hopped back to the metro and went no place else but the Champs Elysée! The atmosphere was incredible as the sun was splitting the stones, not a cloud in the sky. There, we saw the Arc de Triomphe and had a few hours free time, where we could browse in the shops and make our way down the Champs Elysée, until we reached the
Louvre Museum, which was closed as it was a Tuesday. After our few hours of free time, we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral and then got a boat ride down the River Seine. It was very beautiful as the evening sun was setting and we could see the Eiffel Tower growing closer. Finally the well anticipated moment had arrived, we were standing in front of the Eiffel Tower itself. We went up to the very top of the tower, where we could see all of Paris and its city lights. It was breath taking to say the very least. After many pictures were taken, we went for a meal in a traditional Parisian restaurant with beautiful food and friendly staff .It was, as the French would say “Magnifique!” Sadly, our day in Paris had come to an end and we sleepily made our way back to the Ibis hotel. The next morning we visited the Mona Lisa in the Louvre before heading to Charles de Gaulle Airport, where the ‘Celtic Warriors’ said a teary goodbye to Mr Fevrier, the man who made it all happen. It was time to say goodbye to France and head home, back to routine. As 5th year students, we are so lucky to have gotten this chance to experience a completely different way of life and take our first independent steps from home. We are extremely grateful that our school participates in this exchange programme and would highly recommend it to anyone! Report by Saoirse O Gorman and Emma Cullen.
Enjoying our Tour around Paris
Schools Active Week
A week-long series of events has been organised for students during lunch time in conjugation with the Active Schools Week initiative which is about providing fun and inclusive physical activity opportunities for all members of the school community.
French Students visit BCS
Last Thursday 48 students with their teachers from Limousin visited the school and met with French students in first and second year. This was organised by the French teachers here and Ms Julie Provot who spent a number of years with us as a French Assistant. The students had a day of activities around Irish Music, dance and a display of hurling and camogie.
Imramma Festival 2015
This year the Imramma Festival have organised an Essay writing competition as part of this years event. The essay is open to all students in the school with prizes in first year, in second/third year and in senior years. The theme of the essay is Travel, the key that unlocks the door to a world of possibilities. So get writing and all entries can be handed to Mr Ring.
Blessing of School Building
Last Friday morning Fr Michael Cullinan blessed the extension of the school and the Council
Buildings in the presence of School chaplain Caroline Flynn, representatives of the Board of Management and Parents’ Council, students, staff and Mr Ring, Principal.
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.
Colour Run - A Unique Event
Last Friday in glorious sunshine students took off on our fundraising mini marathon on the 6km course around the Lismore area. This year they were joined by Mr Enda O Doherty and his washing machine, who is preparing for his Pieta House Belfast to Waterford Challenge this June. The run/walk went off very well with Jayson Molumby first home in just over 24 minutes and Aoife Kennedy soon after him as first female home. The added element of the Colour infusion created some colourful runners by the time they got to the finish line many of whom it was difficult to identify who they were. Well done to all who participated and raised money for many charities at local and national level. Representatives from the charity groups joined us on Friday afternoon to receive cheques the proceeds from the run/walk. This year we supported Pieta House, Bumbleance, 32 counties in 24 hours, Ray of Sunshine, Suicide or Survive , St Carthages House and the Br Columbanus Fund.
|Mini Marathon winner Jayson Molumby receives his winning trophy from Mr Enda O Doherty||
Mini marathon girls winner Aoife Kennedy receives
her plaque from Mr Enda O Doherty
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Well done to the transition year students who entertained us last week with their singing , dancing and music playing as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
This week transition years are out on their final work placement this year to give them the opportunity to experience what the world of work is like. Thanks again for the many businesses in the area who take our students in during these weeks.
This week many of the students in Junior Cert and Leaving Cert are involved in preparatory practicals in Home Economics and Agricultural Science and orals in Irish, German and French.
Parents Council Quiz
Well done to the team of Una Walsh, Pat Rafferty, Padraig Pollard and Mike Troy who won the Fun Table Quiz organised by the Parents’ Council last week. The victorious students team was Dylan Mangan, Karen Looby, Elaine Looby, Daniel O Keeffe and Rebecca Mc Glone.
Best of luck to all students over the Easter break. Schools re-opens on Monday April 13th.