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School Notes 06/02/2020

School news correspondents: Emma McGuire and Caoimhe McCormack .

Commencement of Mock Examinations: The management and staff of Ballymahon Vocational School would like to extend every good wish to Third and Sixth Year students as the mock examinations commence. These examinations form an integral part of our students’ journey as they proceed through second level and take the next step in their educational lives. We wish everyone the very best of luck.

NUI Maynooth Visit: Last week our Leaving Certificate Biology and Physics classes headed off to NUI Maynooth to take part in a series of science practicals. The event helps to prepare students for their Leaving Certificate science practicals by giving them access to laboratories and equipment in order to conduct Physics, Chemistry and Biology experiments under the supervision of Maynooth University expert academics, technicians and demonstrators. This day is always a worthwhile experience in the lead up to the mock examinations and of course the Leaving Certificate examination itself. Thanks to Ms. Mulcahy and Mr. Dunne for accompanying the students on the day.

Ericsson Trip: On Wednesday of last week Fifth Year students from Ballymahon Vocational School travelled to Ericsson in Athlone to discover more about the exciting career opportunities available within the Ericsson facility. A large multi-purpose campus, set on 15 acres, the campus employs in excess of 800 people and is a designated Product Development Unit with responsibility for Network Management Systems across Sweden, India and Ireland. Our business partnership with Ericsson is currently in its 10th year and we extend thanks to the Ericsson staff for their invaluable assistance and support of our school. Thanks to Ms. Hanly for coordinating the partnership and arranging this visit. Big thanks also to Mr. Farrell and Ms. Hall for accompanying students on the day.

Wrap up Winter Appeal: Transition Year students are currently investigating the Homelessness crisis in Ireland as part of their Geography studies. Students are examining the factors that have accelerated the crisis in Ireland and discussing various avenues in which to combat this crisis. From their investigation, the students have been motivated to lend their assistance and support in helping those affected by the crisis. The students have partnered with Human Appeal Ireland, a charity which aims to feed, clothe and advise homeless people on how they can avail of state services. As part of the charity’s Wrap up Winter Appeal, TY students are appealing to all students and staff to donate any unwanted jackets or jumpers that are in good condition. These items of clothing will go directly to those most affected and in need. It is asked that all items of clothing be clean and dry before being donated. Please hand donations to any TY student or drop into room 15.

Your assistance and support is much appreciated.

Triple P Parenting Programme: All parents/guardians of Ballymahon Vocational School students are invited to join us for a Triple P parenting programme which will run for six weeks approximately. The course will run in the school and will begin on Monday 24th February, from 10am-12pm. Please text our Home School Community Liaison Coordinator on 085 871 8092 to register your interest. Minimum numbers required for course to proceed so please do get in touch.

SEAI One Good Idea – Regional Final Update from BVS:

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2nd Year student Chloe Hopkins has successfully made it through to the Regional final of the SEAI One Good Idea competition. This competition tasks primary and post primary students nationwide to develop one good idea that will help save energy in the fight to tackle and combat climate change. As part of this competition, Chloe has created a Powtoon video to showcase her energy saving idea. Chloe’s video aims to inspire others to join her in the fight to tackle climate change and understand that small actions, everyday really do make a big difference.  Every view and like will support Chloe’s climate action campaign and her progress to the next stage. We wish her the very best of luck!

First and Second Year Basketball: The First and Second Year Basketball season got off to an exciting start this week as both teams travelled to Wilson’s Hospital to compete. Despite a great show of class and character, unfortunately it was not to be our day, with both teams beaten by one point each. Onwards and upwards for our boys for the next matches which will be played over the coming weeks.

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 from January 6th, 2020? Let’s make our Attendance Drive a success……Every School Day Matters!

Second Year Parent/Teacher Meeting: Thanks to all parents & guardians who attended the recent Second Year Parent/Teacher meeting which was held in the School Sports Hall. We always look forward to meeting with parents & guardians to discuss the progress of our students and we were delighted to see the meeting so well attended.


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