School News May 1st 2022

This year Borrisokane CC had 6 projects entered in the Scifest Tipperary final, which was held in TUS Thurles campus. The projects ranged across a wide range of topics and the students worked hard to bring their projects to the presentation finals day. The projects were as follows; Investigating what makes an ideal bath- bomb by Abi Lynch and Isabel Deere. Does your star sign effect your personality type by Ellie Farrell and Grace Maher. Do educational interventions change the perspective of students? By Adam Ryan. How does cooking change steak? by Dan Ryan and Adam Bourke. How affective are homemade skincare products by Roisin Brereton, Catherine Kearney, Katie Monahan. Can plants grow at the same rate if they are in conditions similar to a spacecraft? By Shauna Egan and April Slevin. Each group of students worked together to present their findings and they had to present their data and conclusions to a panel of judges. They were rewarded for their efforts and they received a wide range of prizes, second year students Abi Lynch and Isabel Deere received two prizes which were the ISTA student award and a Scifest Chemistry Award, April Slevin and Shauna Egan received a Discover Space Award and Roisin Brereton, Catherine Kearney and Katie Monahan received a Nature’s Pharmacy Award from Nat Pro. Our Transition Student Adam Ryan received a Overall Runner Up Award and he has been invited to continue his project and to enter his project for consideration for a place in the National Final which will be held in November. Science teacher Ms. Jacqueline Hayes received a Royal Society of Chemistry Award for her continued work on bringing chemistry projects to the Scifest competition over the last number of years.
All students really enjoyed the Scifest competition, and they gained great experience by working through the different stages of the competition and by presenting their findings on the county finals day.

Borrisokane Community College students received a Chemistry Award in Scifest Thurles for their chemistry project which examined the effects of the ingredients which are used to make bath bombs and the rate of reaction with water, they also developed their own recipe. They received their award from George Porter Scifest National Co-ordinator

Borrisokane Community College students received a Nature’s Pharmacy NatPro Award in Scifest Thurles for their project which examined the effects of skincare products on the skin.

Borrisokane Community College second year students received a Discover Space Award in Scifest Thurles for their project which examined how plants can be grown in Space and will the conditions in a spacecraft effect the rate of growth of grass seeds.

Ms. Jacqueline Hayes Science Teacher at Borrisokane Community College received a Royal Society of Chemistry teacher award at Scifest Thurles from George Porter, Scifest National Co-ordinator.

Borrisokane Community College Transition Year student won an overall Runner-up best project award with his project which examined the impact and effects of educational interventions. He received his award in Scifest Thurles from George Porter, National Scifest Co-ordinator.

Tug Of War Tournament
Thanks to tug of War Ireland for organising a fantastic tournament in Borrisokane Community College this week. We welcomed schools from Portumna and Banagher for the tournament.
Well done to our mixed teams who came in in first and third place on the day.

JCT STE(A)M in Action
A selection of 1st year students travelled to showcase their STEAM Project on Thursday. There were projects on display from 7 schools around the country and students had the opportunity to interact with other schools and experience workshops. Well done to all involved in this project and we were delighted to pick up the award.

Heads and Tails Tournament
Well done to all who participated in our very successful Heads and Tails Tournament during the week as part of World Autism Month. We were delighted to raise €365 from this event.

Clothes Swap
Our swap shop will be open on Fri 13th. We are encouraging students to bring in clothes that you would like to swop. Please take a look at our social media for items already dropped in.

Transition Year Trips
Our TYs enjoyed a Trip to Pallas Karting and Paintballing on Tuesday last. Great fun was had on the track and in combat.

U19 Boys Soccer
The u19 boys lost their last game of the year to Newport College. The boys were unlucky to be on the wrong side of a heavy defeat, as the visitors took their chances clinically. They certainly did themselves proud.

Junior Girls Soccer
The junior girls lost to St Marys Nenagh on Thursday. The girls performed exceptionally, showing great determination to put up a serious challenge to the hosts. We made 9 changes at half time in order to get everyone a good game, and there are plenty of positives to take from the game

1st Year Camogie Blitz
Well done to our 1st year girls who participated in a blitz in Thurles this week. The girls played very well and we are looking forward to next year already.

Erasmus +
This week the TY Erasmus+ class and their teachers Ms Morgan and Ms Heavey have participated in a virtual mobility for their project Europe Evolving organized by their partner school in Germany. They have taken part in lots of different and engaging activities online with students from Lithuania, Norway Spain and Germany. The focus of these events was on a multimedia view of history and the UN Sustainability Goal 16, Peace Justice and Strong institutions. On day one each students presented their presentation about the history of each school and took part in break out rooms to meet some of the students from the partner schools. They also taught the other students about a key event in their country’s history and examined a song and a poem about this key event. Our students chose the 1916 Rising and looked at the song “Grace”, and the Poem “The Mother” by Patrick Pearse. On day two they had a poetry workshop facilitated by three German poets. The students engaged in a Poetry Slam. They wrote Little Eleven poems on a broad range of topics including Europe, the EU and Scones! On day three we had a workshop on film studies in which we learnt about cinematic shots, the five shot technique and created our own mini movies using these techniques. We also made and tried German potato salad which is very different to Irish Potato salad! On day four we looked at the UN Sustainability goals, especially goal number 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, in which we created collages based on world Freedom. On day five, Students created movies based on their chosen poem and song. These were premiered to the partner schools along with a presentation to show off all the work that had been done this week. Finally, a closing ceremony took place and students were addressed by the German Principal. thanked us for our participation this week. A time capsule was buried to mark the event and a tree was planted to focus on climate action and to get the students to reflect on their vision of the future. All the Erasmus + students thoroughly enjoyed this week.
By Saoirse Gleeson

World Autism Month
A student and teacher committee was set up with 11 students from across the school and 2 teachers and World Autism month was launched in Borrisokane Community College as part of WellFest week and at the colour run organized by the Active Schools class. Students wore rainbow infinity symbol stickers to promote Autism Acceptance. Members of our student Autism Month Committee surveyed students and are creating a video about what it is like to be in school with Autism. Staff also reviewed resources from As I am at a staff meeting to promote Autism Acceptance. On Wednesday 27th of April a Heads and Tails Tournament took place, organised by Ms C Ryan and Ms. R Morgan as part of AsIAm’s same chance challenge to raise funds for AsIAm and to promote acceptance of Autistic people during World Autism Month. The winners of each round won an Easter Egg. The Final was then held on Thursday the 28th with the Junior and Senior winners winning a 25 euro voucher and the last man standing overall won a 50 euro voucher, all from Sportsman Dream Nenagh. A total of 366 was raised and a cheque was presented to Dick White from AsIAm on Friday 28th of April . Thank you to all the students and staff who supported this event.

Borrisokane Community College presentation to AsIAm following a fundraiser held recently.