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U17 Soccer Vs Sligo Grammar

The soccer season is upon us and it started in great fashion with a 3-0 win over Sligo Grammar. Paul Doyle scored two brilliant goals, the first a Messi-esque solo run and the second a classic chip over the onrushing goalkeeper. Cathal Chambers got a vital touch from an in-swinging corner to give the scoreline a more polished look. There were a number of excellent performances but special mention must go out to Paul Lambert for his explosive running,  Mikey O’ Brien for commanding the midfield and Paul Doyle for being at the hub of everything good for Rice. Well done lads, keep it up.

Change for Charity

The Transition Years, facilitated by Ms. Grimes have registered with the charity group ‘Change for Charity’. This is part of their Transition Year Business class and is certainly a worthwhile cause. Good luck to all involved. If you would like to find out more, visit the following:


Rice College Time Team Special

History students in classes 1A and 1B recently took part in an archaeological dig on the school grounds. The exercise formed a practical exercise as part of the students’ study on the work of the archaeologist, a key part of the Junior Certificate History curriculum. The history classes capitalised on the first phase in the development of the astro-turf pitch in Rice College. The removal of the topsoil by the mechanical diggers provided us with a perfect setting to carry out a field walk in order to locate a site for excavation.

The students worked in pairs wearing their hi-vis jackets, with a gridded map of the area and plastic bags and markers in order to label any artefacts that were discovered. The field walked unveiled a huge amount of artefacts, among them were the head of a hurl, a Bienvenue en France CD, pottery and a miniscule bird’s egg! The artefacts have been forwarded to the lab, pending tests to be dated accurately.

Niall Claims Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Niall McGovern of Rice College received the Naughton Foundation Academic Scholarship, after accepting a place at University College Dublin to study Engineering.  Niall attained 615 points in his Leaving Certificate this year.

The presentation of the 2014 scholarship awards were made on Saturday September 27th, in The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.  Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills Damien English joined Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel in presenting the winning students with their awards at the ceremony.  The scholarship is worth €20,000 over four years and the school of each winning student was also awarded a prize of €1,000 towards the school’s science laboratory to encourage interest, research and further academic pursuit.

The scholarships are aimed at students beginning STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related courses.  Interest in and aptitude for maths and science are also factors in the scholarship selection process.  Applications will open for 2015 awards in February and Leaving Certificate students interested in STEM courses are encouraged to apply.

Special thanks to Mr Peter McManamon who travelled to Dublin to support Niall as he collected his award.  Mr McManamon taught Niall physics and applied maths and encouraged a love of science before his retirement in 2013.

1st Year Connacht ‘A’ League Vs St. Colman’s

Pictures courtesy of our resident photographer TJ Hughes.