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Open Evening 2018

Thank you – Elphin Community College Open Evening 2018

Our annual Open Evening for parents and students took place yesterday 22nd November. Our Students Council Students gave a guided tour of our facilities with teachers and students on hand to answer questions relating to school life in Elphin Community College. This was  followed by a Welcome address by our school Principal, Ms. Annemaria Egan and a brief talk by our Head Boy and Head Girl on their experience of student life in the school. Thank you to all who attended.

School Prospectus

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Volleyball News

Clarke’s Minibus & Coach Hire Sponsor New Jerseys

A big thank you to Clarke’s Minibus & Coach Hire who sponsored our Senior and Cadette Volleyball teams with jerseys. 

Cadette girls volleyball round 3

The girls played three games in total: against Roscommon CC; Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe; Mount St. Michael.

They won two sets against Mount St Michael, working well as a team and with powerful serves. Unfortunately, they lost against the other two teams, which has knocked them out of the Championship. However, the girls showed improved teamwork and entertained with exceptional rallies. Thank-you to our two refs too, and TY scorekeepers.

Senior B Boys Semifinals

The senior boys ended their campaign losing out in the semifinals last Tuesday in Loghrea. The played three matches.

Elphin CC Vs Portlaoise College: 10 – 25; 9 -25

Elphin CC Vs Loughrea: 14 – 25; 15 – 25

Elphin CC Vs St Michaels College Dublin: 25 – 15; 25 – 13

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Atlantaquaria trip to Galway

Students from Elphin Community College travelled to the on the 21st of November.The Pre-Leaving World Wise Global Schools Committee Amina Traboue, Daniel Dwyer, Ella Mc Carthy and Aishling Gormley organised the trip as part of the World Wise Global Schools Passport.
They attended a workshop about marine pollution and the impact this has on our oceans.
They had a talk about all the mammals in our oceans and all the different species of dolphins ,whales,sharks and seals.
They then had a tour of the Atlantaquaria. They really enjoyed the tour and found it very interesting and educational.The Global goals committee recognize the importance of teaching the students about our responsibility in caring for our environment and they wanted to introduce students to the issues in an enjoyable and interactive way.The trip was a huge success we would like to thank the Pre-Leaving World Wise Global Schools Committee Amina Traboue, Daniel Dwyer, Ella Mc Carthy and Aishling Gormley for organizing this trip.

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News at Elphin Community College

Student Midterm Awards at Elphin Community College
Students at Elphin Community College were awarded for their participation and performance during the opening term of school recently. Awards were presented by the Technology Subject Department as well as Student of the term for each year group.
1st Year Technology Awards
2nd Year Technology Awards
Junior Certificate Technology Awards
Transition Year Technology Awards
Pre Leaving Certificate Technology Awards
Leaving  Certificate Technology Awards
1st Year student of the term awards
2nd Year student of the term awards
Pre Leaving Cert Year student of the term award
Leaving Cert Year student of the term award
‘Caith Amach É’ show
On Monday last, our leaving cert and pre leaving students attended the ‘Caith Amach É’ show in the Halkswell theatre, Co. Sligo. This show was to help us with our Irish Oral Exam by actors acting out the Sraith Pictúir stories in a comedic fashion. There were 20 Sraith Pictúirí in total. The show gave the students the information needed about each Sraith Pictúir while also showing the fun and humorous side of each one. They used audience participation to help them in some acts as characters. These interactions with students really helped the audience engage with the learning of each Sraith Pictúir. Each student found the experience thoroughly enjoyable and a brilliant learning experience to help with their Irish Oral Exam.
Senior B Boys reach National Semifinals
Elphin Community College Senior  Boys Volleyball team reached this seasons national semifinals last week and will play 3 teams from Galway, Laois and Dublin on Tuesday next 20th November with the top team going forward to the final in UCD on the 12th December.
Science Week
The staff and students of ECC celebrated Science Week this week. As part of the science week celebrations TY students from ECC organized a Science Week table-quiz for senior students attending Ballingare and Abbeycartron primary Schools.
Students from Abbeycartron Primary school were also involved in a STEM problem solving activity- competing in teams of 4 to build the highest free standing marshmallow and spaghetti tower.
Well done to all involved in all of the science week activities.
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Volleyball News

A busy week took place last week in Elphin Community College with the start of campaigns for the Under 16 Boys and Girls teams and the school also had four 1st year boys teams competing in a national Mini Volleyball Blitz in Loughrea.

1st Year Mini Volleyball

This is a new initiative by the Volleyball Association of Ireland to start the season for 1st Years with a Mini Volleyball competition and it certainly worked. There were schools from Galway, Dublin, Roscommon and Clare in Loughrea last Wednesday. A very enjoyable day was had by all students who learned a lot from the experience.

Teams as follows: Team A – L. Kearns, G. Conlon, C. McCarthy, S. Harrington, E. Nugent. Team B – J. O’Connor, J. Mulvey, J. Hanson, S. Cregg, M. Sherin, A. Cassidy. Team C – D. Scott, L. Flanagan, A. Kielty, C. Durr, E. O’Connor, R. Noone. Team D – J. Beirne, D. Callaghan, C. Elliot Oates, A. McDonagh, D. Scott, D. Meehan.


Cadette Girls Volleyball

Our cadette girls team opened up their season with a trip to nearby Strokestown to take on 2 teams from Scoil Mhuire in the 1st round of matches. In the first set the Elphin girls started nervously and lost narrowly 23-25. A much improved performance in the 2nd set reversed the score to 25-23. In the final set to 15 points Elphin were. In command for most of the match closing out the match 15-12.

The second match was better controlled by the Elphin CC outfit and they won both sets convincingly on a shoreline of 25-16, 25-17.


Team as follows: Rachel Gormley, Karina Kelly, Sinead Flanagan, Katie Mollahan, Jenny Walsh O’Hara, Ciara Nolan, Aisling Ryan, Kate Muldowney, Chloe Higgins, Binta Traboue.


Cadet Boys Volleyball

Elphin Community College has 2 teams entered in this years competition and the Cadet A team travelled to Drum Community Centre in Athlone to take on last years Cadet A winners Drumshanbo VS, St. Flannan’s Secondary school Ennis who contain 5 members from the national volleyball squad and  Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan.

In a very tough opening round of matches Elphin acquitted themselves well after a slow, nervous and error ridden start.

 Elphin CC vs Drumshanbo VS: 12-25, 13-25

Facing the reigning champions is difficult way to start your first match but compound that with a number of basic errors particularly from the service line and it was clear that this match was only going to have one result.


Elphin CC vs Coláiste Chathail Naofa: 25-13, 25-6

After a very disappointing performance in the opening match, Elphin now faced an unknown opponent in Dungarvan who were the winners of the Cadet B competition last year.

Elphin were much better in this match with their serving much improved and the ball to the setter and to the hitters much more controlled. Overall a very good performance against an inexperienced side at this level showed as Elphin ran out easy winners.


Elphin CC. Vs St. Flannans 14-25, 25-20, 9-15.

St Flannans are one of the top performing teams in the country at the moment and after beating Drumshanbo in straight sets 25-15, 25-21 Elphin knew this would be a very challenging encounter. Elphin held their own against a strong hitting Clare team in the opening exchanges but gradually St. Flannan’s hit the form they had showed earlier easily winning the first set 25-14.

Elphin were not playing badly but they were not putting their opponents under any real pressure and that allowed the Clare outfit to dominate in the opening set. In the second set the team were instructed to improve on a few aspects of their game which they duly did. A tremendous effort by the Roscommon side seen them open up a 16-7 lead at one stage before St. Flannans gradually clawed themselves back into the game. Elphin remained calm under pressure and closed out the set 25-20.

Despite the huge swing in the match in the second set Elphin also were aware of the qualities that their opponents had shown earlier and while they fought hard for every point in the final set, they found it difficult to put them under any sustained pressure. St. Flannans closed out the set and match 15-9.

Elphin will now face St. Brigid’s and St. Raphaels Loughrea in the next round and while none of these matches will be easy their aim is to achieve a top four finish and book a semi final place in this years competition.


Teams as follows: A. Shannahan, L. Kearns, C. Burke, H. Dowd, D. Main, C. Ryan, J. McCawley, H. Molloy, A. Gormley.


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TY Black Bag Challenge

TY students have been busy creating costumes from black refuse bags and scrap paper, cardboard, ribbons etc. They took up the challenge, to creatively engage in small groups with research, design and construction of a variety of outfits. They also  picked a student from each group to model.
Needless to say, there was a lot of fun along the way – particularly on photoshoot day! Very well done to all the students who worked so well and in the spirit of the challenge, to create some memorable designs!
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Pre-Leaving Trip to Italy

Our students accompanied by Ms. Prendergast, Mr. O’ Dowd and Ms. Wildy visited the Italian Lakes for four days last week. This trip was a well deserved break for hard work, great success and plenty of  fund raising during the previous Transition Year.

Departing the school at 2.00 am for early check in at Dublin airport, was a signal of the long days and hectic schedule to follow!

After landing at Milan, the group firstly visited the beautiful and historic port town of Sirmione. Following an afternoon of rambling through the narrow cobbled streets and eating delicious ice cream, it was time to depart for Garda on the tourist ferry. Jam packed, it  sailed via a number of picturesque port villages, to finally arrive over one hour later, leaving just a short while to explore before coach pick up for the hotel.

Giuseppe the bus driver, was a big hit with the students, as he kept the entertainment going with plenty of specially chosen music playlists!

The sights and views to, at and from the hotel were spectacular. The weather was pretty fantastic too for the duration of the trip. Excursions to Venice, Gardaland and Verona followed, until final departure on the fourth night. The bus back to school arrived at 3.00 am.

Our thanks and appreciation go to all students who were extremely well behaved throughout. This helped to make the trip so enjoyable and memorable. Also to NST travel group for looking after every detail, to such a high standard. In addition, James Feely (Parent of a student), who transported us to and from  Dublin airport, equally  deserves a big ‘thank you’ , for travelling so early in the morning to get us safely to our destinations. Finally, our appreciation goes to the school principal, parents and staff for support and help in  organising such a worthwhile and successful trip. And if anyone reading this article is thinking about travelling to this part of Italy – GO… you will not be disappointed!


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Junk Kouture Launch – 2019 competition

Our Junk Kouture team – HEADSPACE from Elphin Community College: Grace Kielty, Rachel Muldowney and Alan Costello were ‘over the moon’ when they were recently invited to launch the new national competition for 2019, at the Grand Canal, Dublin. As winner of best hair and makeup at last year’s Grand Final in the 3 Arena, they once again ramped up the style along with celebrities Louis Walsh and Doireann Garrihy.

Despite the rain, there was a great buzz of excitement in the air and plenty of attention garnered, when along with fellow winners, they literally brought traffic to a standstill!

The students were also joined by Luke Mc Evoy, a past pupil from Elphin Community College, who won the overall Junk Kouture competition in 2015. He also won The Scholarship Prize to study in Limerick School of Art and Design, where he is now a second year student. Luke has furthermore been

announced, as a Regional Judge for Junk Kouture in the Southern Region at UL Concert Hall in next year’s competition. Many congratulations to him.

Additionally, the students also received their prize of a €400 voucher, which is so richly deserved. Everyone in the school is immensely proud of both our JK teams and would like to also acknowledge the support of teams’ parents, who have been extremely generous with their time, to help make the experience so memorable. We would also like to thank Vanessa Kielty, a very talented young lady in her own right, who was immensely helpful to the team.


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Elphin has been nominated in the Bank of Ireland’s National EnterprisingTown Awards which aims to assist in the promotion of enterprise across the country by bringing business and community groups together to showcase to a panel of judges, the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

Judging took place on Thursday last in the Community Hall and there was a huge turnout of local businesses all showcasing their enterprises. Included in the presentation was a stand from Elphin Community College where Pre leaving certificate students showcased some of the various extra curricular work that the school has taken part in recently.

Afterwards the judges were brought on a tour of Elphin to visit the various locations and of course a visit to Elphin Windmill.

With over 30 monetary awards in total plus trophies (total prize fund €110,000) with the overall winning town or city village/area awarded €23,000 plus trophy and the significant title of Ireland’s Most EnterprisingTown.

The awards ceremony will take place in November. Fingers crossed for Elphin.

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Young Environmentalist Awards Programme

Susie Spratt the Youth and Education officer from ECO-UNESCO delivered workshops to 2nd year and Transition Year students in Elphin Community College. The students learned about sustainable development. They discussed issues such as global warming, climate change, inequality and interdependence. They learnt about how climate change affects developing countries disproportionately. They really enjoyed the interactive workshop and hope to enter the Young Environmentalist Awards.

A big thank you to Susie & Megan from #ecounesco who visited the school recently to encourage students to get involved with the Young Environmentalist Awards Programme.

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