We were delighted to welcome local bee kepper PJ McLoughlin along with Kay Maguire to our school on 17th May. PJ visited Ms. Colums Agricultural Science class as part of Biodiversity week. PJ explained to students the process of what a bee keeper does and how the honey is produced. Some of the home ec students dropped in for a look at the hives also. He spoke to students about the importance of bees and our local biodiversity.
Eanna Ni Lamhna visited our school on 22nd May to judge our entry in the schools competition for Love where you Live which is an environmental initiative ran with Leitrim County Council. Students across different year groups in the school were involved in the project. Well done to all who took part.
The 1st year girls attended Leitrim Sports Partnership’s ‘Girls Active Festival’ in Drumshanbo on Tuesday 8th April. They had completed 10 weeks after school every Wednesday engaging in a variety of activities and the festival in Drumshanbo was a celebration day where they received their Certificates of Completion which they will put in their JCPA Cert at the end of Junior Cycle. Four second years who kept on the programme this year also attended on the day. They all participated in a variety of activities on the day such as Parkour, Cycling along the Blueway, Football, Self Defence and Zumba. Well done girls.
One of our main areas of focus for the Health Promoting Schools Programme is to focus on more physical activity. Recently 1st and 2nd year boys participated in a lunch time Peile Tournament over a number of weeks. The TY’s facilitated by Mr. Nolan organised and ran the tournament. Well done to Paul Flynn, Louis Smith, James Gilheany and Ezra McGovern (Team A) who were the winning team from the tournament.
Players from Aughnasheelin GAA and Leitrim U20 participated in cookery classes with Ms. Cooney. They put the sports nutrition theory into practice by cooking a variety of healthy main course meals and snacks. They also received the Recipe for Success booklet designed by St. Angela’s College and the GAA.
Members of the Health Promoting Schools team highlighting the importance of healthy eating and keeping physically active throughout the year. The display board in the canteen area is refreshed with a new focus regularly. 1st year girls participated in the Girls Active Programme funded by Leitrim Sports Partnership, Games Club runs every Tuesday lunch (facilitated by senior members of the HPS team and student council), different fruit and dairy promos were undertaken by members of HPS team and awareness on health promotion to incoming first year parents on enrolment evening. Staff and senior students received informative talks on Breast Cancer/Testicular Cancer in January. The HPS team are busy planning for our themed healthy living week event which runs 13th – 17th May 2019, organising a Pele Tournament between 1st and 2nd years, finalising the work of our physical activity policy and work has begun on developing a healthy eating policy for the school.
Staff received an informative workshop with Aoife Rankin from Worldwise Schools on how the different subject departments could link global issues into their subject areas. Following on from this a number of activities to create awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals emerged across a number of subjects.
1st year Home Ec students engaged in a pilot programme developed by ‘Stop Food Waste’ where they looked at practical ways to reduce food waste at home. (For tips see www.stopfoodwaste.ie ). These students also looked at textile sustainability and participated in an upcycling project before Christmas where they took an old jumper and using scraps of materials/fabrics upcycled it into a Christmas themed jumper rather than going out and buying a new one.
Poster Competition among 1st years to promote awareness on ‘Climate Change’
2nd years engaged in a number of projects throughout the year. Students engaged in a workshop on Energy Sustainability delivered by Ingrid Foley from SEAI. The Crocus Project was also undertaken by 2nd years to celebrate International Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January). Students learned about the dangers of racism and intolerance and the importance of having respect for everyone. Crocus Flowers were planted and are a symbol of new life and hope for the future. In English students researched and traced, as part of persuasive writing, the evolution of climate action form youths from Suzuki Severin in Rio 1992 to the young climate activists in Davos this year. The ongoing refugee crises in Syria was also touched on.
3rd year Maths students discussed what affects a countries well being and how to work out a countries wealth by looking at GDP per capita. They looked at tables of information displaying wealth of different countries and the same information in line graphs.
Transition Years engaged in a cross curricular Global Citizen Module. In Home Economics they look at issues around Clean Water & Sanitation on World Toilet Day, engaged in human rights workshop with Amnesty International and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals with RECREATE. In their business studies classes they explored sustainability in Industry which also included a trip to The Irish Aid Centre in Dublin to learn more about the work they do in developing countries.
6th years looked at the dire use of plastics on the environment by way of infographics and articles to build knowledge and awareness of the consequences of our collective plastic use, with particular emphasis on oceanic pollution and microbiology.
Members of the Social Justice Club participated in Amnesty International’s ‘Write for Rights’ campaign through their English classes. They wrote letters on behalf of political prisoners in a number of countries, to their respective heads of state to apply pressure for their release. They also helped create awareness on global litter and waste which is our current Green Flag theme in school.
Green Schools Committee worked on creating awareness around global litter and waste which is the theme of our current green flag application process.
There were numerous activities held this week in school as part of Pieta House’s ‘Feel Good Week’. Music was played in the GP/Canteen area at lunch times. Students completed a walk and talk exercise to reflect on all the things that they are grateful for, what their individual strengths are and where they could turn to if facing life’s challenges. Some 5th year students made delicious cupcakes for the staff as a thank you for their hard work that they do. Last class on Thursday was a homework class where students were allowed to get some homework done early so they could have extra time that evening to dedicate to the things that make them feel good. First years cooked one of their favourite dinners (chicken curry) which both groups thoroughly enjoyed. On Friday Mr. Kane organised a Halloween Costume Competition. Well done to students who won prizes on the day.
Ms Colum’s science classes began by examining the pumpkin (from investigating measurement, weight & circumference, counting number of seeds, looking at plant cells, genetics through variation of pumpkins) and then developing their artistic/craft skills they designed and carved out their pumpkin creations. The pumpkin flesh was then used in Home Economics cookery class to make delicious pumpkin soup which students and staff all got to sample. The seeds were also used up by roasting them in the oven and made a lovely high fibre snack. This cross curricular project linked in with aspects of wellbeing and our current green schools project.