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School Notes 01/10/2020

U- 14 Football County Final: We extend every good wish to all our students playing next Friday in the Under-14 Football County Final. Carrick Sarsfields players who will tog out against Longford Slashers next Friday evening include Jamie Teague, Darragh Mulligan, Cormac Mulvey, Tommy Flood, Luke Coughlan, Ryan Murphy, Adam Guidon, Cormac Egan, Sean Mulvey and Brandon Cooke. The very best of luck to all involved on the day!

Democracy in Action: During busy times politically, Ms Tully’s CSPE class is studying Democracy and are in the early stages of planning an event featuring political representatives.  More details to follow, we will keep you posted.

TY Enterprise: Our TY’s are busy brainstorming ideas for the Student Enterprise Programme. This is an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, and is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme. A special thanks to Martina Glennon for her inspiring talk to our TYs. Best wishes to all Transition Years who partake in the programme.

LCVP Update: The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme continues to go from strength to strength in Ballymahon Vocational School. LCVP prepares the students for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success such as the development of qualities such as being innovative and enterprising. Our LCVP Programme in Ballymahon Vocational School works collaboratively with the BITCI School’s Business Partnership which contributes extra features in preparing the students for the world of work. We have participated in numerous meetings and a webinar with all stakeholders including our partnership company Ericsson’s, Athlone to ensure success by operating in a virtual or blended world for this upcoming 2020/21 academic year.

National Bike Week Ireland & European Week of Sport: Last week was #bikeweek & #BeActive European Week of Sport and our Transition Year students had a well received opportunity to escape onto the fresh, open and winding canal bank with Longford Sports Partnership. Off they set under blue and grey skies, and what a day they had as they enjoyed the tranquillity and escapism! Thanks to all at Longford Sports Partnership for making a great day possible and thanks to Ms. Ryan for accompanying students on the day.

Our Erasmus+ Project – “Enriching Lives, Opening Minds”

Big congratulations to Ms. McGoey and all the Erasmus+ team at Ballymahon Vocational School as our school has been selected for funding by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme. We are very excited to announce our intercultural and language exchange, the Erasmus+ Eurolegend Detectives project. Our innovative project proposes a mutual intercultural and language exchange between six schools from France, Belgium, Ireland (Ballymahon Vocational School), Spain, Denmark and Bulgaria. Each country chooses their legends (for example, Ballymahon Vocational School proposes presenting two relevant Irish mythological legends) and students from each country learn and identify these through the project’s Eurolegend Detective Discovery Path. An eTwinning project, website and online teaching team has been established to host and coordinate the project. The schools from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, France and Spain will showcase their country’s legendary mythical stories. The activities will be focused around the traditional legends of the six partnership schools. Recording videos, writing plays, performing arts production, designing interactive posters and activities relating to the traditional legends of the European partner schools will enhance literacy, cultural, ICT, foreign language and social skills, autonomy, organization, leadership as well as the critical thinking of participants with the objective of ultimately applying these skills in their future professional lives. With an innovative project steeped in European literacy, heritage, foreign language and European culture, we just can’t wait for our learning journey to begin!

Sympathy: Sincere sympathy to all families in our school who have suffered bereavement over the past number of weeks. We hold you all very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Thought for the Week: “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things”- Robert Brault

Left: Just some of our First Year students at Ballymahon Vocational School who represent Carrick Sarsfields and who will tog out against Longford Slashers next Friday evening in the Under-14′s County Final. Pictured are Cormac Mulvey, Darragh Mulligan, Tommy Flood and Jamie Teague.

Right: Sarah Kemple, Leaving Certificate Class of 2020, is pictured recently at Ballymahon Vocational School. Sarah is excited to pursue a career in Education and will soon commence the Bachelor of Education degree in Primary Teaching at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. We have no doubt that Sarah will enjoy every success in her chosen field!

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