We are delighted to have received our @WorldWise_Irl global passport award which recognises our continued efforts in raising awareness & creating action around global citizenship & social justice issues
‘ Before you finish breakfast this morning you have have depended on more than half of the world’ – Martin Luther King Jr
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, Home Economics students learned more about what exactly fair-trade is, how different our food can look in its original state before it reaches our table, and the impact our shopping choices and habits can have for Fairtrade farmers and those who produce all our favourite foods & drinks like tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit and even our clothes. This years Fairtrade theme was around cocoa highlighting the importance of farmers being paid fairly for their work and being able to earn a living income. Students completed the chocolate quiz to learn more interesting facts about chocolate production and 1st years entered a Fairtrade Poster competition to encourage family and friends to choose fair-trade products when shopping. Congratulations to Saffron Flynn who won first prize and to runners up Kate McCauley and Rosemary Brady. All their poster’s will be displayed on the GCE noticeboard also.
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.
‘Love your Gut’ Week 2019 provided the opportunity in home ec class to discuss issues around digestion and gut health. On Friday 20th September, the Health Promotion Team in school set up an awareness stand at break time for students and staff to sample some foods/drinks that are good for gut health / digestion including some locally produced Kefir.
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.