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School Notes 14/02/2019

Presentation to Irish Wheelchair Association: Our 5th Year students recently made a presentation of €500 to the local Irish Wheelchair Association in Kenagh. In order to raise the funds, our 5th Years participated in a 12 hour fast earlier in the year. We thank Martin from the Wheelchair Association for collecting the cheque. Well done to our 5th Years and to all who supported us so generously.

Galway –Mayo Institute of Technology Visit: Schools Liaison Officer for GMIT Ms Lorraine Cunningham recently gave a very interesting and informative presentation to the 5th Year students on the options available in GMIT, while also outlining her own personal journey through third level education and employment. Thanks to Lorraine for taking the time out to visit Ballymahon Vocational School and thanks to Ms. Corkery for making this opportunity available to students.

Internet Safety Competition: As part of our Internet Safety project our 1st Year students are busy writing short stories on the theme of Internet Safety. We look forward to publishing some of the winning entries. Best of luck to all!!

Work Experience Module: Transition Year students recently participated in a week of Work Experience in the local community. This year’s work experience providers are from a diverse range of services within the community, providing huge variety with very interesting work places for our students. We look forward to hearing all about our students experience and we express our gratitude to each and every employer for providing our students with this very worthwhile learning experience. We hope each of our students enjoyed the world of work!

“Juno and the Paycock” in Legan: Juno and the Paycock by Seán O’Casey is the latest offering from the Bea Masterson Drama Group in Legan and was performed on February 8, 9, 10 and 11 at the Aurora Hall, Legan. Well done to some of our present and past students in this wonderful production of O’ Casey’s masterpiece, set in the Dublin tenements during the Irish Civil War. A play which still invites comparisons with today’s newspaper headlines, this play is hugely relevant to modern day audiences and is well worth watching. Congratulations to the cast and crew!

Joyeuse Saint Valentin! 2nd Year French students enjoyed their fun three course French meal which they served ‘en francais’.  C’etait delicieux surtout le dessert avec beaucoup de profiteroles, “Croquembouche”. Thank you to our Ms. McGoey who made this fun and interactive lesson possible.

Geographical Investigation: 5th Year Geography students completed their Leaving Certificate field study recently. Students visited a meander site on the grounds of Lissadell House in Sligo, where they collected a number of measurements which include river width, depth and velocity.  The sun came out just in time which enabled the group to collect some brilliant data. This project accounts for 20% of their Leaving Certificate grade and students will begin writing up their booklets over the next few weeks. Thanks to Ms. Clarke for organising this educational experience and also to Mr. Keenan and Ms. Farrell for accompanying students on the day.

Mock Exams: Mock examinations have been taking place in the school over the last number of weeks, with Junior and Senior Cycle students completing exams in all exam subjects. This has been invaluable practice as students learn more about exam paper technique and time management. Thanks to Ms. McCabe for coordinating all mock examinations and to all teachers for their hard work in preparing for the examinations period. Well done to all.
SEAI One Good Idea Programme: 2nd Year Geography students recently received a brilliant workshop on the importance of energy conservation. This workshop was delivered through the SEAI One Good Idea programme. Students learned about the importance of renewable energy sources in the fight against climate change and were encouraged to make simple changes to their everyday lives in order to protect and sustain our planet. Pictured below are “Green Screen” made up of Geography students Miriam Gugic, Emily Fitzgerald, Isabelle Smyth and Simone Keegan. The girls were thrilled to learn that they are one of the top 30 teams chosen to go onto stage 2 of the programme. The girls will be busy raising awareness of their one good idea over the next couple of weeks.

Midterm Break: We wish all our students and staff a most enjoyable Midterm break.

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