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Irish Defence Forces Career Talk

Ms Mannion’s 5th and 6th year Career’s classes attended a talk with Sgt John Campbell from the Irish Defence Forces today regarding possible careers in Central Medical Units, Cavalry Corps, Engineer/Ordanance Corps and Infantry Corps. The students were very enthusiastic and it was an excellent opportunity for them to meet Sgt Campbell who served in several different countries during his career.

Fairtrade Fortnight

As part of our work in Global Citizenship, this year for Fairtrade Fortnight students learned more about the benefits of supporting fairtrade for the farmers and producers of some of our favourite food products like bananas, chocolate, tea and coffee. This year we looked more critically at the topic with a focus on how climate change is impacting how our food is being produced.
Ms Cooney and the Social Justice Club organised a fairtrade stand in the canteen area for students to sample a selection of fairtrade treats. Staff also enjoyed a Fairtrade Cuppa Morning. Students from Ms Moran, Mr Mullen and Ms Cooney’s CSPE, Geography and Home Economics classes looked at the topic further. Mr Mullen’s 1st and 3rd year Geography classes enjoyed some fairtrade hot chocolate.
On Tuesday 7th March we were delighted to welcome Aidan and Hannah from Fairtrade Ireland along with Special Guest Innocent Owomuhangi a fairtrade tea farmer from Uganda to the school. They spoke to students, staff and members of our community about the importance of supporting fairtrade. This was a brilliant opportunity for everyone to meet a farmers directly involved in fairtrade.
We invited a number of people in our community to the event and so we would like to say thank you to Patricia Holahan from Leitrim County Council, Michael representing Ballinamore Supervalu, Vincent and Cian representing Tesco Ballianmore and Kay Maguire and Ian from Ballianmore Tidy Towns who attended the event on Tuesday.

Jersey Day in Aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Ms Maxwell’s TY RE class undertook a course to learn more and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia through The Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland.
As part of this, they ran a Jersey Day fundraiser with proceeds going to ASI and they raised a total of €500 today. Well done to the TYs and Ms Maxwell for organising it and thank you to everyone who supported and donated to the fundraiser.

Student Enterprise Finals

Three groups from Ms Parke’s TY Business class represented the school at the Leitrim Student Enterprise County Final at The Bush Hotel in Carrick on Tuesday 7th March.
They had all worked really hard on their reports and displays. Log Art made wooden decorations, coasters and pot stands. Baking bags were providing ready made mixes for making cookies and brownies. Gloss Boss made organic lip gloss.

All teams got hoodies for getting to that stage in the competition and


to Gloss Boss who came away with a win in the Special Merit Category. Well done to Gloss Boss members- Dearbhla Gunn, Katie Guckian, Lucy Murphy and Lily Mahon. 👏

An Cailín Ciúin

Mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge thug daltaí ón 5ú agus ón 6ú bliain cuairt ar an bpictiúrlann i gCora Droma Rúisc inniu chun féachaint ar an scannán “An Cailín Ciúin”. Baineadh taitneamh as tairbhe as. Ádh mór leis an gCailín Ciúin ag Gradam na nOscars.

TY FEAST Workshop

TY’s recently enjoyed a workshop delivered by Devin from FEAST Ireland as part of their global citizenship education class. A fun and informative workshop where students learned about sustainable Irish produce, how the food system affects climate change, food miles, impact that war, famine and brexit has on food availability and the practice of zero waste food. They tasted Irish oysters, granola made from spent grains, kombucha, sourdough and banana skin chutney. The workshop also got students thinking more about the SDG around zero hunger which generated lots of discussion. The workshop was funded through the WorldWise Global Schools programme our school is involved in.

TY Gender Inequality Action Project

As part of their YSI project, with the aid of Angela Horgan from YSI and Aife Kearns from Innovating Communities, the TYs used the Design Thinking approach to develop an action project around awareness of gender inequality. Over the past couple of months, students researched the issue and developed an approach to raise awareness.

This culminated in the group devising a poster campain in the school which outlined important facts and figures around the issue. To encourage students in the school to engage with the campaign, the TYs hosted a quiz last Friday for all junior students, with most of the questions being about information included in the posters.

To encourage engagement with the posters and quiz, the group had previously hosted a bake sale to fund desirable prizes including cinema tickets and easter eggs.

The event was a superb success, with students really enjoying the quiz and learning a lot in the process. No doubt our students will now be able to spread the word and help drive change around this important societal issue into the future.