Our 3rd Year CSPE Classes (3A & 3B) recently carried out a fundraiser for Bothar as part of their Action Project. They ran a movie morning before Christmas for the 1st and 2nd year students, and in doing so managed to raise €566.27. They choose some items for the money to be spent on, one of which was an In Kid Irish Dairy Goat. Aisling from Bothar gave us a very informative talk on all of Bothar’s activities, and is pictured here collecting the cheque from the 3rd Years with their teachers Ms Moran and Ms Bohan.
This year’s focus on GCE was to increase student led awareness and action in the area. Our Social Justice Club organised a School Climate Strike at the beginning of the year. The Green Schools Committee have been busy throughout the year working towards our 7th Green School Flag and planned a series of events and activities as part of ‘Climate Action Week’ along with creating an eco-friendly Christmas card that was circulated to our school community digitally.
1st and 2nd year students have participated in a FAST FASHION workshop organised by ECO UNESCO which then influenced them to upcycle old tops and jumpers in Home Ec Class into Christmas themed jumpers for our annual jumper day. Some 2nd year students and social justice club members organised a clothes swap shop before the Christmas disco to reduce unnecessary buying of new outfits and instead share / swap clothing.
Some students participated in the Concern ‘World Food Day’ where they learned more about the implications on issues like world hunger, food shortages and food waste. A big action they then undertook was organising the Concern Fast in school where €896 was raised for Syrian refugees living in camps in Lebanon. Through this action students in school learned more about the Syrian crises.
John O Shea (founder and former CEO of GOAL) spoke passionately to students about ‘The Forgotten World’, about humanitarian assistance in global disasters and the concept of social entrepreneurship. Hugh Bergin from Self Help Africa also engaged students in his workshops with TY’s on areas such as climate change and gender inequality. These guest speakers came with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of GCE and this helped to increase students’ awareness and encouraged student leadership to shine through as they engaged in action around various issues.
For Climate Action Day, students enjoyed playing a climate change card game, where they had to match climate change terminology with the correct sentence. This helped students to develop their literacy skills and made them aware of the part we all have to play in combating climate change. Second year students also engaged with the repair element of our 4R Action day for climate change by repairing their books so they can be recycled.
1st and 2nd year Home Economics students along with members of the Social Justice Club participated in the ECO-UNESCO Fast Fashion Workshop. They explored the lifecycle of our clothing, how much resources/energy it takes to produce clothing, the working conditions of those manufacturing our clothing and what happens when we are finished with our clothing. They looked at sustainable solutions when buying clothing. They also upcylced an old t-shirt into a tote bag. Watch this space as students create awareness on this topic throughout the year.
A message from the Social Justice Club:
This morning we stood in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of other students across the globe on our #climatestrike to protest climate inaction. We study science in school, we understand the data and we trust the scientific community when they tell us that we must act now to prevent the most catastrophic consequences of man-made climate change. There is still time, but Governments must take action now. The time for talk has passed.
Kay Maguire from Ballinamore Tidy Towns brought students around the surrounds of Ballinamore and showed where pollinator plants had been grown to encourage Bees and provide food for Bees. A wild flower area had also been created at Pairc Fea and included poppies, dandelions. daisies etc. Sweet Peas and Marigolds were grown in another area to encourage Bees.