On Monday 11th May, the HSE presented our school with the Health Promoting Schools Flag which formally recognises all the hard work our school does regarding health promotion. The week followed on with various activities from student v staff basketball and tug of war games, free fruit, high fibre snacks and yogurt promotions every break for students, staff received a surprise goodie pack, teacher cook off, food market to promote local and national producers, jiving classes for the whole school and a sports day Friday. Thanks to Ms. Cooney for planning and coordinating the week, students from the health promotion team, Ms Stenson for organising the sports day, TY’s who helped with sports day, and the following food producers who generously donated their delicious produce during the week: Glenisk yogurts, The Food Hub (Drumshano) – Jinnys Bakery, McNiffes Boxty, Shannonside Savouries, Blakes Natural Kefir and Bo-Peep preserves.
Well done to 1st yr home economics student Ella van der Laan who represented Ballinamore CS in the junior final of the ‘Healthy Home Chef’ cookery competition in St Angela’s College yesterday.
Out of 700 entries Ella was one of the 16 junior students nationwide to cook for judge Neven Maguire. She showed off a wide range of culinary skills with her delicious fish cakes, salad and accompaniments and did an amazing job on the day. She received a completion medal, certificate, apron and a copy of Neven’s most recent cookbook ‘Home Economics For Life’. Well done Ella 🤗
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.
Well done to first year Home Economics students who up-cycled an old jumper to create a themed Christmas Jumper. This was part of their sustainable textile module they completed during class.
The Bin It Workshop visited our school recently and all first yrs participated in the workshop. It was informative and entertaining as students learned more about the environmental impact of littering and the effects of not disposing chewing gum properly. This links in with our current green school flag (Global Citizenship: Litter & Waste) we are working towards.
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.