Category Archives: Development Education

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.

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

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge and Lá Glas

Lots of celebrations for Seachtain na Gaeilge in school this week as the Irish Department organised events in classes from bingo as gaelige, céili agus craic. Adding to the great atmosphere Louis Smith sang the Irish Rover and Eoin Reynolds performed some sean nós dancing.
Ms Colum’s TY class made St. Patricks Day cards for the residents and staff of Ballinamore Nursing Home along with Irish Soda Bread and Lá Glas cupcakes being made in Home Economics.
The Irish Department along with Student Council and members of the Social Justice Committee organised a Lá Glas fundraising event on 16th March where students and staff were encouraged to wear green to celebrate SnaG and as we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine we asked people to donate to our chosen charity The Red Cross. That event was a huge success with a total of €603 being raised and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to this fundraiser. 🇺🇦

Junk Kouture

Well done to TY students Madison Conway & Aisling O Brien on their entry for this year’s Junk Kouture competition. Their creation ‘Soar with Seshat’ (Soar represents the wings in their design and Seshat was the Egyptian Goddess of Books) is made fully out of materials they recycled and repurposed, and was completed as part of Ms Cooney’s Global Citizenship Education Module. Amazing work girls! 👏👗

Clothes Collection in Aid of Irish Guide Dogs

Sincere thank you to everyone who helped with the recent clothes collection as part of our Green-Schools action around diverting fabrics going to landfill.
Thanks to BAM and staff for the use of their facilities, school management and all staff who helped or contributed to the collection. Thanks in particular to Mr Mullen, Mr Kane, Ms Cooney, Ms Colum, Ms Griffin, Green Schools Committee and Student Council.
We worked with Clothes Pod and through collective effort gathered 1400kg of clothes which raised a total of €560.
We donated this money to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and today past student Helena Mollaghan kindly accepted the cheque on behalf of the organisation.

Write for Rights 2021

As an action project, students from the social justice club participated in two lunchtime webinars with Amnesty Ireland where they learned more about the Write for Rights campaign that happens each year. From these webinars students learned more in-depth information about two of Amnesty’s cases – about Rung from Thailand and Mikita from Belarus. Hearing the stories about how their human rights are being affected empowered students to engage in signing petitions and writing letters to engage with the stories and cases that they heard about. Some of Ms Reynolds English classes and Ms Cooney’s Home Economics classes also got involved in the campaign.

Fairtrade Day

As part of our GCE and Green Schools work in school Mr Mullen’s 3rd year Geography class learned more about the importance for supporting Fairtrade Farmers and Producers. They carried out some investigative work around cost comparisons on a variety of products available in our local shop and students also got to enjoy sampling these products too.