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School News 23/11/2018

Ericsson Partners with Ballymahon VS to Prepare Students for the Working World: Ericsson in Athlone is making a commitment to assist and encourage Ballymahon VS senior cycle students to complete their schooling and explore their career options by providing them with valuable first-hand insight and experience of the working world. LCVP students recently took part in the Introductory Session of the Skills @ Work programme. As part of this programme, employees of Ericsson will talk to the students about the real-life skills required in the workplace, such as CV writing and interview preparation. They will run ‘A Day in the Life’ session, to assist the students in exploring possible career paths and students will also be brought on a site visit to witness the many career opportunities that exist in the ICT sector.

The partnership has been facilitated by the Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) and is an initiative of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). Special thanks to Ericssons for facilitating this project and gratitude is expressed to Ms. Hanly and Mr. Farrell for organising this worthwhile initiative.

GeoWeek at Ballymahon Vocational School: Leading on from the success of Science week, GeoWeek took place from 19th-24th November. A number of activities were organised to raise awareness of GeoWeek within our school community. All Junior Cycle and 5th Year Geography students participated in a Geo-Quiz organised and coordinated by Transition Year Geography students. Keeping in the spirit of the week, some quiz team names were very intuitive such as “Gale Force”, “The Plate Technicians” and “The Geysers”. 1st Year Geography students got creative, helping to decorate the school with some very creative and informative Geo-Fact posters. All 1st and 2nd Year Geography students enjoyed the opportunity to watch a film to coincide with their studies. In the run up to GeoWeek, students have been learning about the causes and effects of earthquakes. Students will be watching “The Impossible” which is based on the real life experience of Maria Belón and her family in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Thanks to the Ms. Clarke and all teachers in the Geography Department for organising GeoWeek in our school.

Think Languages Fair: Transition year students had a wonderful day at the TY Think Languages fair held in Dublin Castle and hosted by Languages Connect. Students heard a variety of key note speakers outlining the importance of language learning in modern day society, and students were enthralled by the fantastic Japanese Taiko drum team’s performance. Students had the opportunity to attend a series of different workshops: Irish sign language, introduction to Italian, Russian and Polish, Japanese origami, Spanish salsa, Japanese dance, Chinese calligraphy and Portuguese Capoeira, to name but a few. After the workshops they had time to explore the stands where organisations such as the Post Primary Language Initiative, the French Alliance, the Goethe Institute and the Cervantes Institute gave demonstrations on the benefits of studying languages. Thanks to Ms. McGoey, Ms. Leen and Mr. Farrell for organising this trip and for accompanying us on the day.

Transition Year Tour Guiding Programme: Our Transition Years enjoyed a remarkable opportunity when they participated in the Glasnevin Trust Transition Year Tour Guiding Programme. This programme is designed to give students an experience of the real life world of tour guiding. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in research and public speaking while building self-confidence. Students were given a demonstration by one of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum’s expert tour guides on the tourism industry, the golden rules of customer service and the skills needed to research and deliver a tour. Thanks to Mr. Casey for organising this informative and enjoyable outing.

Shakespeare on Stage for BVS: Our 3rd Students had a very enjoyable experience of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in the Arts Centre, Mullingar recently. An entertaining and informative performance, this Cyclone Rep production had the primary goal of helping Junior Cycle learners in their understanding of the play, while also emphasising what a fine comedy “The Merchant of Venice” is. On the day, some BVS students even got to make their stage debut! Thanks to Ms. Ryan, Mr. Neary, Mr. Dennigan & Mr. Arrigan for accompanying students on the day. A most enjoyable day was had by all!: An entertaining and informative

Best Wishes: We would like to wish the very best of luck to all Third Year Junior Cycle students who are currently preparing for their Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) and Assessment Tasks in English, Business and Science in the coming weeks. A core component of Junior Cycle, these assessments will place the student at the centre of the learning process. These assessments allow for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be properly assessed. The very best of luck to all as these assessments commence!

Parent/ Teacher Meetings: Parents & Guardians are reminded that Third Year Parent/ Teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday, November 28th from 4.00pm – 6.15pm. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress.

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