Category Archives: Home Economics

TY FEAST Workshop

Thanks to Devin from FEAST Ireland for an excellent workshop with our TYs. Through the ‘Food from the Land’ workshop students learned more about the traditions of bread and butter making, about farmed and foraged foods and got the chance to practice some butchery skills with some wild pheasants. Lots of discussions on food sustainability, where our food comes from and a great opportunity for students to taste game meat which they all enjoyed with their freshly baked rolls and butter that they also made.

TY Bread Workshop

TYs really enjoyed a bread making workshop with Dimitar from ‘My Strandhill Bakery’ on Tuesday 26th September.  They learned the science of yeast in bread making, the process of fermentation, proving and plaiting bread. All the students got to make their own loaf and sampled it with the blackberry and apple jam that they made in another of their home economics classes.

Pizza and Pasta

First years made their own pizza dough this week in class with lots of delicious toppings.
Our TYs enjoyed the pizza bases kindly supplied by Pizza da Piero (they had entered a pizza competition and came runner’s up in the comp so we received a box of Pizza da Piero bases). 3rd and 5th yrs got to make pizzas using the bases in their classes also.
Our Italian students gave a demonstration to the class today on how to make a traditional carbonara and everyone enjoyed some ice lollies in the sunshine for dessert afterwards. 😎

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.

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.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Ms Cooney’s 5th yrs made lemon meringue pie as part of their LC coursework cookery tasks. A technical challenge where students made their own pastry, baked it blind, made a lemon curd filling and a meringue topping. A busy class with lots of skills resulting in delicious desserts enjoyed by all.

Christmas Projects

Lots of Christmas projects happening across different subject departments- 🎄
Festive fun in Mr Duignan’s Engineering class as 1st yrs made Christmas Trees with LEDs and Ms Cooney’s1st yr Home Economics class upcycled tops and jumpers into Christmas themed ones.

Diabetes Ireland TY talk

This week we were delighted to welcome back past student Grainne Griffin to BCS. Grainne gave a really informative presentation to the TY class on Living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Grainne has organised a fundraiser in aid Diabetes Ireland and our TY students kindly volunteered to help out at it over the next two weekends. If you are in town shopping over the weekend your support at the collection would be really appreciated.