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Entrance Scholars Award at the UCD

Congratulations Sean Kitterick who was awarded an Entrance Scholars Award at the UCD Awards ceremony. UCD Entrance Scholars are first year students recognised for their academic achievement who have achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate. Well done Sean!!!

U19 Soccer Vs Headford

Well done to the U19 soccer lads who overcame Headford by 6 goals to 2 in terrible conditions. Conditions may have been bad, but the football was excellent from a Rice side who, with a bit of luck, could go very far in this competition. Goals were scored by Ciaran McGovern (2), Peter Corcoran, Paul Doyle and Killian Killkelly. Thanks to TJ Hughes for the photos from the match.

Mosque Visit Newsletter

3A Students Visit local Mosque
By Miss Susan Mannion
The Junior Certificate Religious Education examination consists of two elements – a written examination worth 80% and a Journal work project worth 20% of overall marks which is completed before the actual written examination in June. Each year the Department of Education issues twelve prescribed titles (two from each Section of the Syllabus) for this Journal Work and students are required to choose one. They are given the option to work as a group or individually with the favoured option being to work as a group.

3A students are currently completing a title associated with the Major World Religion ‘Islam’ for their Junior Certificate exam. In order for this to be completed, it is helpful for students to visit a Mosque and we are very lucky to have a Mosque close-by in Ballyhaunis. We arranged to visit the Mosque earlier this week & on arrival our students were greeted by Mrs. Manar Cherbaji a Muslim lady originally from Syria. Here they interviewed Manar and observed the sacred text in Arabic, symbols and different movements associated with the mosque. Each student was given the opportunity to ask Mrs. Cherbaji a question associated with her religion Isalm. On returning to school, they then completed written tasks associated with the trip before completing their official Journal Project work.

Overall, our students enjoyed their visit to the Mosque in Ballyhaunis & their fruitful experience of
learning first-hand about another major world religion other than Christianity.

Mayo Native talks to RC Business Students

Leaving Certificate Business students showed true entrepreneurial flair when they decided to invite Aiden Mannion to the school. After watching the ‘Better off Abroad’ show on RTE 1 presented by George Lee, their interest was piqued when they realised that one of the main contributors was Aiden who is a native of Ballyheane and brother of Miss Mannion.

On the programme, he spoke about his work with the San Francisco 49ers American football team and his role in selling corporate seats at the Levi’s Stadium to companies as diverse as Google and Facebook to Philips Electrical. While this indeed can be a fast-paced, stressful and ultra-competitive work environment, Aiden enjoys his work and the Californian lifestyle. Considering he is presently living in San Francisco and is just an hour away from Las Vegas, who can blame him?
During his talk with the students, Aiden shared some of his sales acumen ranging from dealing with targets, working with sales teams, managing clients, closing deals and the importance of building up strong business networks.

However, having graduated with a Business degree from Dublin City University, he consistently put emphasis on education and adopting a strong work ethic to both their studies and ultimately their chosen careers.

While Aiden has indeed worked hard he is certainly reaping his just rewards now. This will help motivate our students to put in the effort and who knows, in a few years George Lee may be wanting to hear their success story too.

On behalf of all at Rice College, thanks for the visit Aiden. Go 49ers

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