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Best Wishes to Mary on her Retirement

💫One last day behind the front desk💫
Today marked a momentous day here at Ballinamore Community School as we say farewell to our wonderful colleague and school clerical officer Mary Duignan as she embarks on her next adventure…Retirement! 🎊🥳
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary for all that she has done for the school during her 22 years working here. We hope that she is blessed with a long and happy retirement and we wish Mary every health and happiness. She will be greatly missed!

Rediscovery Centre Workshop

On Thursday 19th May the two first year Home Economics classes visited the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun. The Rediscovery Centre is Ireland’s National Centre for the Circular Economy. The students participated in a sustainable living workshop. Students learned more about the UN Global Goals and how interconnected they all are, they explored ways to be more sustainable with resources in their daily lives.

Students examined the concept of upcycling and reusing materials and items and they upcycled an old t-shirt into a tote bag. Next year students will complete a textile project as part of their CBA (Classroom Based Assessment) in Home Economics and so the trip was a great source of inspiration for this. They can also made connections on how the Global Goals relate to other subjects that they are studying in school.

TY Graduation

Congratulations to the Ty Class, who had their graduation on Thursday, May 26th. Each student spoke to the audience about their experiences in TY, and showed great maturity and confidence to deliver their speeches. This was followed by awards and a slideshow of the highlights of TY 2021/22. Guests were also shown the students eportfolios as a showcase of their year. A great way to draw what has been a very busy school year to a close.

Congratulations to award winners on the night:

Blessed Ncube (Spirit of TY Award)

Madison Conway (Highest Credits Total)

Aisling O’Brien (Best eportfolio)

Aisling O’Brien (Student of  the year – teacher vote)

Aoibhinn Keegan (Student of the year – student vote)

 

Achievements Day and Cinema Trip

Our annual achievements day gives us the opportunity to highlight the many achievements of our students throughout the year. Well done to all our deserving award recipients who were recognised for both their academic and extra curricular success. 👏👏

The student of the year winners from each class group were as follows-
1A Eoin Prior & Leah Guckian
1B Oisin McBrien & Sarah McWeeney
1C Liam Mannion & Saoirse Brady
2A Kate Conefrey & Jack Donohue
2B Kate McCauley & Conor Gallogly
3A Niamh Christy & Riain McManus
3B Daniel Houston & Sinead Martin
5th year Anya Stringer & Darren Wrynne
Congratulations to all the award recipients. All the hard work and effort was rewarded with a trip to the cinema followed by lunch afterwards.

Leaving Cert Grad Mass

Huge Congratulations to our Leaving Cert Class of 2022, who graduated last Tuesday, May 24th. Attention now returns to the books as they prepare for their exams in June. Best wishes to you all as you prepare for the upcoming exams and we wish you every good fortune in the future

Congratulations to Fiachra McGrath who received the student of the year award, to DCG project winner, Siomha Quinn and Construction project and Art Portfolio winner Julia Wolkowyska. Well done to you all.

Green Schools National Winners

Best Secondary School in Ireland Award for Ballinamore CS in National Green Schools Ceremony, May 2022

 

On the 19th May, 2022 Ballinamore CS were once again crowned as Best Secondary School in Ireland for their successful completion of their Green School programme, Global Citizenship and Energy.

Ballinamore CS had previously been crowned Best Secondary School in Ireland in 2019 for their Global Citizenship and Litter and Waste programme.

 

To get to the National finals Ballinamore CS had to implement their programme for a minimum of 2 years on the Global Citizenship and Energy theme. Ballinamore CS were selected as Regional winners for the North and West Region and were then short listed for the National finals along with Secondary school winners from Dublin, East and Midlands, Leinster and the South of Ireland

 

The ceremony was held in the Radisson Blu hotel in Athlone, where Mr Mullen and 5 representatives from the Green School team in Ballinamore CS were present.  The Green Schools programme was furst implemented in 2006 in what was then Ballinamore PPS. We received our 1st Green flag in 2007 and now in 2022 we have achieved our 7th. Each flag deals with a new aspect of the Green School’s programme.

 

Some of the many initiatives carried out in the school included;

Waste battery collection

A Clothes collection fundraiser for Guide Dogs

Fair Trade Week

Climate Justice Week

Climate Action Protest

Junk Couture

Digital Christmas Card

Setting up a Social Justice Club

Global Citizenship Passport

Planted trees and Flowers

Grew vegetables for Home Economics

Planted Cross-Pollinater plants

Purchased Outside Seating from Recycled Materials

April Spring Clean each year

Poster Competitions

Filtered Water Dispenser installed ( To reduce Plastic Bottle usage )

 

These are also a number of features in our school which helps reduce our Energy Consumption.

We use Grey Water for our washing and toilets. We have sensor lights and touch taps in all our toilets. We have Solar panels on the roof and we get our heating from Natural gas.

 

We would sincerely like to thank all pupils, parents, teachers, school management and BAM FM staff on a truely remarkable effort and achievement.

 

Particular thanks needs to go to the Green School Committee across the whole school and our 3 co-ordinators, Mr Mullen, Ms Cooney and Ms Colum.

Also to all the classes who were involved in the programme over the 3 years including Mr Mullen’s 2B CSPE class, Ms Cooney’s Home Ec classes and Ms Colum’s Agricultural Science classes. We would also like to thank Mr Kane and the Students Council and Ms Cooney for coordinating the Social Justice Club.

 

Our school plans to have a flag raising ceremony in September 2022 when we will comnence on our next Green School theme, Global Citizenship and Water.

We hope that involvement in this programme helps to forge a life long commitment to protecting the environment and to help combat Climate Change.

 

Well done to all on a great achievement

 

TY Rowing Competition

Well done to our TY rowers who took home 3 bronze and a silver medal from the recent indoor rowing competition held in Mohill Sports complex. The event, organised by Leitrim Sports Partnership, was very enjoyable and highly competetive, with teams from Ballinamore CS, Carigallen VS and Mohill CC facing off against each other. Well done all! Particular thanks to Charlene Donnelly from Lough Rinn Sports and recreation Hub for organising the event.

Trinity Scholar

Ballinamore Community School offers our warmest congratulations to our former student Bríd Murphy, daughter of Hugh and Olive, Aghadark, on being awarded the coveted status of Trinity Scholar at the recent ceremony in Trinity College, Dublin. This prestigious award attracts a significant bursary, well done Bríd.

TY Gaisce Adventure Journey

On Wednesday 4th and 5th May the TY group set out on their Gaisce Bronze Award Adventure Journey at Lilliput Adventure Centre in Westmeath. This was an overnight trip where the group had to complete a hike. They also had some additional time to go kayaking, rock-climbing, orienteering and bog-hopping. It’s fair to say the group enjoyed the experience  and a lot of great memories were made.