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School Notes 20/12/2018

Christmas Carol and Prayer Service: The school community at Ballymahon Vocational School was in for a real treat during the week as we came together to celebrate our annual Christmas Carol and Prayer Service. As in previous years, this was an occasion which brought our entire school community together, as we took some time out for prayer, reflection and gratitude for our good fortunes in life. We would like to extend our gratitude to Fr. Tom for joining us for our celebration, and we would like to thank all our talented students for their participation with readings, music and song. We are very blessed to have such a talented group of students in our midst. Lastly, we would like to thank the entire BVS community for their respectful engagement throughout the service.

Glasnevin Tour Guide Training Course: The Transition Year students completed their Tour Guide Training Course last week. This programme is organised in conjunction with Glasnevin Cemetery. Each student gave a presentation on a famous figure from Irish history now buried in the cemetery. They all gained invaluable public speaking experience and were awarded with a certificate of achievement. As a reward for their efforts the class then went ice skating for the afternoon. Thanks to Mr. Casey, Ms. Clarke and Mr. Arrigan for making this memorable trip possible.

BVS Petit Dejeuner 2nd Year Active Learning: ‘le petit déjeuner francais’ at BVS and Wellbeing: as le petit déjeuner est le repas le plus important de la journée! C’est delicieux!

Poetry Competition Success: The Second Year Poetry Competition was a great success with three main prizes awarded from JCSP. A variety of prizes was on offer, which students were delighted with. The list of winners is as follows:

First Prize: Simone Keegan

Second Prize : Kacper Cmil

Third Prize: Fynn Hart

There were many runner up prizes too and the students recited their work for the year group to great applause. Well done to all.

Perfect Attendance: Congratulations to those students who were recently recognised for achieving Perfect Attendance since the start of the academic year. These students have not missed one day since our return to school and their great achievement was marked with a ceremony to recognise their dedication to school life. Special thanks to Nally’s, Ballymahon whose generous donation made our ceremony possible.

St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Food Appeal: Unfortunately, this Christmas even more families will need help to put food on the table. This year BVS showed remarkable generosity towards the St.Vincent De Paul Food Appeal. This was a whole school initiative with staff and students contributing generously. All collected food was delivered to Sr.Vincent (Ballymahon) and this in turn will be given to people in need locally. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated and thanks to Mr. Dennigan for coordinating this most worthwhile initiative in our school.

Celebrating Science at BVS: In keeping with our celebration of science related activities, Science Week was also recently observed in BVS. This week proved to be a great success, enjoyed by all. Our 2nd year students attended Athlone cinema to watch “First Man”, a film which takes a look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20th, 1969. This film linked in very well with the Earth and Space module that students were covering at the time. A poster competition was carried out amongst all First Year Science students and all students participated in a very enjoyable Science quiz. Congratulations to Paul Smyth and Shane Natton who were the winners of this competition.  Additionally, we look forward to Spring 2019, when BVS’ annual “CPR & Defib Day” takes place. The aim of this day is to take the fear out of saving a life by teaching students basic life-saving skills and CPR. At Ballymahon Vocational School we believe that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are critically important disciplines for modern society as they empower our citizens in so many important ways. Science and all STEM subjects are a big part of student life at BVS and it is great to see the joy and enthusiasm exuded by students as they pursue their studies in this area.

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