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TY Graduation

Congratulations to the Ty Class, who had their graduation on Thursday, May 26th. Each student spoke to the audience about their experiences in TY, and showed great maturity and confidence to deliver their speeches. This was followed by awards and a slideshow of the highlights of TY 2021/22. Guests were also shown the students eportfolios as a showcase of their year. A great way to draw what has been a very busy school year to a close.

Congratulations to award winners on the night:

Blessed Ncube (Spirit of TY Award)

Madison Conway (Highest Credits Total)

Aisling O’Brien (Best eportfolio)

Aisling O’Brien (Student of  the year – teacher vote)

Aoibhinn Keegan (Student of the year – student vote)

 

Leaving Cert Grad Mass

Huge Congratulations to our Leaving Cert Class of 2022, who graduated last Tuesday, May 24th. Attention now returns to the books as they prepare for their exams in June. Best wishes to you all as you prepare for the upcoming exams and we wish you every good fortune in the future

Congrats also to each of the prizewinners on the night, and in particular to Student of the Year, Fiachra McGrath, a very deserving winner.

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

 

TY Rowing Competition

Well done to our TY rowers who took home 3 bronze and a silver medal from the recent indoor rowing competition held in Mohill Sports complex. The event, organised by Leitrim Sports Partnership, was very enjoyable and highly competetive, with teams from Ballinamore CS, Carigallen VS and Mohill CC facing off against each other. Well done all! Particular thanks to Charlene Donnelly from Lough Rinn Sports and recreation Hub for organising the event.

Trinity Scholar

Ballinamore Community School offers our warmest congratulations to our former student Bríd Murphy, daughter of Hugh and Olive, Aghadark, on being awarded the coveted status of Trinity Scholar at the recent ceremony in Trinity College, Dublin. This prestigious award attracts a significant bursary, well done Bríd.

TY Gaisce Adventure Journey

On Wednesday 4th and 5th May the TY group set out on their Gaisce Bronze Award Adventure Journey at Lilliput Adventure Centre in Westmeath. This was an overnight trip where the group had to complete a hike. They also had some additional time to go kayaking, rock-climbing, orienteering and bog-hopping. It’s fair to say the group enjoyed the experience  and a lot of great memories were made.

Darkness into Light

Sincere thank you to everyone who joined us for our walk on the morning of May 7th. Your support allows Pieta House continue to provide their vitally important services. Thanks also to each and every one of our volunteers who ensured that the event went without a hitch. Massive thanks also to Donohoe’s SuperValu, who sponsored the bottled water for the event.

A great community effort.

 

TY Driver Ed Full Day Workshop

TYs had a great full day workshop on Wednesday, where they each got a driving lesson, learned some basic car maintenance, experienced the effects of alcohol on spatial awareness with Beer goggles and learned all about motoring finances and safety from buying and insuring a car to the risks associated with dangerous driving. A very worthwhile experience.