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School News 01/11/2018

Open Day: A reminder to all parents & guardians that there will be an Open Day for all Fifth and Sixth Class pupils taking place in Ballymahon Vocational School on Saturday 10th November 2018 from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. All prospective students intending to enrol for September 2019 are invited to attend, accompanied by parents or guardians. Throughout the morning, boys and girls will get the opportunity to view our bright and modern school and hear about the wide range of subjects on offer, while getting to meet plenty of new friends and classmates. Parents & guardians will have the opportunity to meet with staff and to ask questions, all the while getting a sense of what it means to be a student at Ballymahon Vocational School “where the individual matters”. Students intending to enrol on the day should bring along a copy of their Birth Certificate. We look forward to meeting with parents/guardians and students on the day, as together we embark on the next exciting step of your learning journey.

Pope John Paul II Award Recipients: History was recently made in Ballymahon Vocational School as sixteen students were the recipients of the prestigious Pope John Paul II Award.  The Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities. As well as the feeling of personal achievement that a participant will gain from taking part in the Award, participation in this programme helps to demonstrate the young person’s commitment to achieving a set task and goal. The students were honoured to receive their award from Bishop Francis Duffy at a recent ceremony in St Mel’s Cathedral. We look forward to the continued endeavours of our students in such a worthy programme. A big thank you to Mr. Dennigan for all his help and support.

Longford Youth Services: Special thanks to Kate Swain Nolan of Longford Youth Services who recently delivered a suite of Anti-Bullying workshops to our First Year students. These hugely beneficial workshops were delivered by Longford Youth Services as part of our school Anti-Bullying Policy. Students were made aware of how to recognise bullying behaviours, what kind of behaviour constitutes bullying and what role they might potentially play in such activities, sometimes without even realising it. Students explored the effects of bullying and what they can do if they see or witness such behaviour. The workshops focussed on creating a successful transition into secondary school, while students explored ways of raising confidence and assertiveness, providing them with the means to deal with potential incidences of bullying either in school or in the wider community. Well done to all our First Years who were so actively involved on the day. Thanks to Kate for coming to our school to deliver such a powerful message to our students, and many thanks to Ms. Reilly who organised the event.

Comhairle na nÓg: Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 31 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies. In light of the fact that young people under the age of 18 have no other voting mechanism to have their voice heard, this organisation is designed to enable young people to have a voice on the services, policies and issues that affect them in their local area. With this in mind, Student Council representatives from Ballymahon Vocational School recently attended the annual Comhairle na nÓg conference, where they participated in a number of focus groups and discussions regarding the policies, services and issues which affect them at a local level. Many thanks to the organisers of this worthwhile event and thanks to Ms. Murray for organising.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal: The school community is reminded to get our Christmas Shoebox gifts in as soon as possible as the deadline for collection is fast approaching. The fantastic team of volunteers at Team Hope are working hard all across Ireland to check that every Christmas Shoebox gift meets with customs and safety requirements before they are sealed and sent on their way by truck or shipping container. International partners will deliver our shoebox gifts right into a child’s hands – in hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres, mountain villages and family homes. Many of these children will receive no other gift this Christmas and for some it’s the first gift they’ve ever received. Please be as generous as you can and share with some of the children of the world who have so little.

Mini-Mock Examinations: Well done to the Third and Sixth Year students who have just completed a week of Mini-Mock examinations prior to the mid-term break. Research suggests that mock exams can help students to start revising early, to practise effective revision strategies, to improve their knowledge, to familiarise themselves with pressure, and act as a guide moving forward. These assessments are a great opportunity for students to prepare themselves for the State examinations. Well done to all concerned.

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