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School Notes 30/01/2020

School news correspondents: Emma McGuire and Caoimhe McCormack .

North Leinster Champions: Congratulations to our senior footballers on winning the North Leinster title in what was a riveting match against Ardee Community School. A fantastic performance from everyone involved. BVS Abú!

Transition Year History and Geography News: This week, we were delighted to welcome Jenny Duncan to our school, a sister of Transition Year student Conor Duncan.

Jenny gave a very interesting presentation on her recent trip to the West Bank Region.

During her presentation, Jenny displayed many photographs and recounted many insightful stories and encounters to the class. This presentation was delivered as part of the Transition Year History and Geography modules where students are encouraged to increase their knowledge and understanding of contemporary world affairs and conflicts.

Next week, students will compose a letter to their local TD’s calling on our Government to support the Occupied Territories Bill 2018. This bill seeks to support the rights of vulnerable people living in this region and calls on international law to fight against illegal activity and to end human suffering. On behalf of all Transition Year students and their teachers, we would like to thank Jenny for her presentation.

Treading the Boards: Congratulations to Ballymahon Vocational School students Ben Callan, Conor Callan, Aisling Delaney and Blanka Toth who took part in the marvellous “Wizard of Longford”, a hugely entertaining production which ran from January 30th – February 1st in the Backstage Theatre, Longford. A massive treat indeed for all who were lucky enough to secure tickets!

Under-16 North Leinster Semi-Final: The North Leinster semi-final took place in Tang GAA grounds on Tuesday mid-day where Ballymahon Vocational School took on a gallant Drogheda side. The BVS side started off the match well with a great goal by the corner forward Jamie Brady and he followed that up by a close range free. Drogheda came on the attack for the next 10 minutes scoring 1.2 from play. Shane Hanley scored a 21 yard free for BVS. Then Drogheda had the last say before half time scoring a pointed free leaving the half time score as BVS 1:2 Drogheda 1:3.  Drogheda started the second half strong and scored a great point from their wing forward to put them 2 up. The BVS defence stood strong during this period and a break away move up the field resulted in a pointed free from John McCormack. A terrific point from Shane Hanley followed by 2 from Shane Keenan and another from Hanley and a great strike from Pauric Dempsey to put them 4 up. BVS took complete control of the game with great movement between John McCormack and Jack Walsh with Jamie Brady finishing to the net. Drogheda cut the lead back to 6 with a great score from their mid-fielder but Ballymahon finished strong with 2 great scores by Jamie Brady and Danny Ryan, to leave 8 points between the sides at the finish.  Ballymahon Vocational School now contest in the North Leinster final.

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!

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.

Scandinavian Success for Furniture Designer: Congratulations to past pupil Maciej Dubiel who is taking his talents to the international stage, as he prepares to have his chair design featured at the upcoming Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2020.The fair is described as one of the world’s leading events for Scandinavian designers and it takes place this coming February, 04-06. The former student of Ballymahon Vocational School and GMIT Letterfrack, who graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Furniture Design and Manufacturing, spoke of his delight at the achievement. He said: “I am honoured to be one of the five lucky students to represent my college, GMIT, on a global stage”. Well done Maciej from all at Ballymahon Vocational School- we wish you continued success!

SEAI One Good Idea – Regional Final Update from BVS:

Have you 60 seconds to spare? BVS needs your help.
Click the link and watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwKuCX7nkJg&t=1s

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!

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