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Rockwell hosts Third Level Career Choices Night

Each October Rockwell College hosts the Third Level Career Choices Night. This event is open to our Senior Cycle students, but especially our 6th year and 7th year groups. The aim of the Third Level Career Choices Night is to provide a valuable insight into areas that interest them as they will be making their CAO choices from November 6th 2017. The careers fair provides students with expert advice on university courses, scholarships available as well as valuable face-to-face time with representatives of the third level institutions. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about the institutions and their culture and the possible direction the students might want their own career to take. This year we had representatives from UCD, TCD, DCU, CIT, LIT, UCC and UL. The students were very enthusiastic and engaged with all speakers, and feedback from the third level institutions was very positive. The next careers event will be the Rockwell Union Careers' evening in a couple of months time where students will have the opportunity to speak with past pupils of Rockwell College to gain a further insight into possible career choices and to glean inside information on particular courses. The Students and Guidance Counsellor of Rockwell, Orla Cremin, very much appreciated all the Third level institutions who participated in the evening.

Two Rockwell students selected on the panel for the International Junior Science Olympiad.

The State Examinations Commission have identified Luke Fogarty and Nina Carlos de Clerk as high achievers in Maths and Science in this year’s Junior Certificate and as a result have been selected on the panel for the International Junior Science Olympiad this year. From this pool six students will be selected to represent Ireland. The International Junior Science Olympiad is to be held in Arnhem-Nijmegen in the Netherlands from 3rd.-12th. December and the European Union Science Olympiad will be held next April in Ljubljiana, Slovenia. We wish them the best of luck.

Pic: The two students with their teachers Sean Ryan and Henry Flynn


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Rockwell student Padraig Harrington wins National Eventing C’ship.

Held in Tattersalls, Co. Meath last weekend Padraig competed in the Premier U 18 class and was up against twenty five riders, some of whom had competed in the European Junior championships. As it turned out Padraig was one of only four to go clear in both the show jumping and cross country. Padraig showed great grit to lead from day one and held on in the cross country on the final day. He is now the National Junior champion.

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Rockwell College celebrates Tipperary All-Ireland win

Rockwell College proudly congratulates the winning Ladies’ Intermediate All Ireland Football team on its victory over Tyrone last Sunday. The College was represented widely within the cohort, with players Aisling McCarthy (2014) and Laura Morrissey (2017) both past pupils, Tony Smith, former SCT coach and current Gaelic Football coach in the Tipp back-room team and Ronan Crosse, former pupil and SCT player as the Tipp team physiotherapist.

Ladies’ Gaelic football has grown in popularity in Rockwell College over the last number of years under the careful nurturing of Tony Smith, Michael Doyle Snr and Edith Carroll. The strong representation of Rockwell College players across the county teams only raises the profile of the game in the College.

Aisling McCarthy, a physiotherapy student from the Class of 2014 was named Player of the Match, a well-deserved accolade to mark an outstanding performance and a person tally of 1-04 for the day.

Outstanding Leaving Cert. Results

The dull and dreary weather was a sharp contrast to the sunny mood at Rockwell College last Wednesday as 89 Leaving Certificate pupils who sat the examinations in June finally received their results. The achievements reflected the high abilities of the pupil cohort of 2017, who performed exceptionally well. In all, over 30% of the Rockwell College pupils achieved 500 points or higher, in comparison to around 9% nationally, and all candidates were delighted with their results. Three of the candidates achieved over 600 points – Roisin McCarthy (Cahir). John Purcell (Cashel) and Cahal Murphy (Clonmel) and in total 12 % of candidates exceeded 550 points.

There were strong grades achieved across all subjects, with grades in Maths, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Accounting and Geography well in excess of the national average. The Principal, Audrey O’Byrne and Deputy Principal Michael Doyle praised the success of all the pupils, commenting that the results were evidence of the commitment of the teachers of Rockwell College and strong work ethic demonstrated by the Leaving Certificate pupils across all ranges of ability.

Pic 1 (Left): Student of the year, John Purcell, and his mother, Joan, from Ballinree, Cashel ,celebrating his outstanding results at Rockwell.

Pic 2 (Left): Roisin Mc.Carthy and her father Karl delighted with her exceptional results at Rockwell.


Pic 3 (Above): Conor Murphy, Cathal Murphy and mothers Ruth and Deirdre celebrating their Leaving Cert results at Rockwell

Repeat Leaving Certificate Programme

Our specialised Repeat Leaving Certificate Programme is aimed at pupils who wish to improve their Leaving Certificate results significantly. We offer a comprehensive programme involving specialised classes, study facilities and career guidance and support. Our highly experienced teaching staff members offer candidates an excellent opportunity to build on their previous work and achieve the results that reflect their true potential. Over the past five years, our Repeat Programme pupils have improved their Leaving Certificate results by an average of 90 points and some well in excess of 100 points. Small class groups present the ideal opportunity for maximising students’ potential. On contacting the College, prospective candidates will be given an appointment with the Deputy Principal of the College, Michael Doyle. At this meeting the previous examination results, subject choices and study plan of the candidate will be discussed. The potential improvement of the student will also be gauged. Candidates must bring their Leaving Certificate 2017 results to this meeting.

The year will commence on Tuesday, September 5th 2017. The Full Day Fee for the year is €5,950. This Fee includes tuition, lunch, tea, study, access to all sport and recreational facilities.

Please contact 062-61444 to arrange an appointment.