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School Notes 05/03/2020

School News Correspondents: Emma McGuire and Caoimhe McCormack.

Aware Life Skills for Schools: Thanks to Anthony Owens, training partner with Aware who recently facilitated the Life Skills for Schools programme with our Transition Year students. Aware Life Skills for Schools is an educational programme offered to students, designed to help young people learn new ways to deal with challenges in life. The programme uses an approach based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which focuses on thinking and behaviour. The programme contains eight modules delivered over four weeks in 75 minute sessions which gives students time to reflect on the key learning point each week and time to experiment with the ‘new ways of thinking’ presented. It is hoped that this programme will help students to understand the interaction between thoughts, feelings and behaviour while recognising unhelpful thinking styles and learn how they might change them. This course advocates assisting students to build inner confidence and foster positive thinking as they learn coping skills to learn how to manage anger and irritability. Students will work to identify unhelpful behaviours and learn how to make small, practical changes while understanding how to break a problem down into manageable steps, make a plan and put it into action. It is hoped that overall student wellbeing will be improved by making small, easy changes to their lifestyles. The Transition Year students found the programme very beneficial and would like to extend their thanks to Anthony for delivering such an informative and enjoyable programme.

Lunchtime Activities – Mini- Soccer League for First Year Students: Lunchtime activities are back with a bang with our First Year students getting stuck into a Mini-Soccer League. This Mini-Soccer League is ran by the students and it allows students to take up some different positions on the pitch while also giving students a chance to referee the game when their team isn’t playing. This Mini-Soccer League continues to take place every day at lunch time and all students are welcome.

Film Club for First Years: Cillian Naughton has set up a Film club for First Years every Monday at lunchtime. Film Club takes place in Room 18. All First Year students are welcome.

Regional Finals of SEAI One Good Idea Competition: Well done to Chloe Hopkins, 2nd Year who reached the Regional Finals of the SEAI One Good Idea competition which was recently held in the Omniplex Cinema in Longford. Chloe showcased her innovative idea and project to a panel of judges who commended her on her project. Chloe has worked tirelessly on this project since last September and is passionate about finding ways in which we can all live sustainably. Chloe’s project aims to save water by installing timers in electric shower to conserve energy and protect the environment. Thanks to Ms. Clarke for her extensive assistance and to Ms. Byrne for also accompanying on the day. We are very proud of you and your accomplishments Chloe!

Attendance Matters for 2020: Our school works hard on a daily basis to promote attendance as we strive to improve educational outcomes for every student. We encourage students, parents/guardians and the wider community to join with us in our campaign as “Every School Day Counts”. Are you up for the challenge at Ballymahon Vocational School? Let’s make our Attendance Drive a success……Every School Day Matters!

Generous Sponsorship: A big thank you to John Nally and Nally’s Circle K in Ballymahon for graciously sponsoring the U-16 Boys’ Basketball team with personalised training tops and kit-bags after the team won the Midlands League. This support is very much appreciated.

Maths Classes for Parents: Are you finding it difficult to assist your child with Maths homework? Would a few classes help? Maths for Parents classes will continue at Ballymahon Vocational School on Thursday next, 12th March from 9:30am-11:30am. Come along and make all the difference! Free entry into a draw for an impressive hamper for all who attend. Well done to Paul Dowling who was the lucky recipient of last week’s hamper! Please text James HSCL on (085) 871 8092 to confirm your place.

Triple P Parenting Programme: Thanks to the parents who attended our first session last week on “Positive Parenting” and thanks to our facilitators for delivering such an informative session. Next week’s session will focus on “Encouraging Appropriate Behaviour”. All parents/guardians of Ballymahon Vocational School students are invited to join us. The course will run in the school on Mondays from 10am-12pm. Please text our Home School Community Liaison Coordinator on 085 871 8092 to register your interest.

Please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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