Category Archives: News

BCSN is nominated for National Journalism Award

Today, we received word that the online TY School newspaper, BCSN has been nominated for a major prize in this year’s Press pass nationwide journalism competition. We now must wait to see whether BCSN has finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the country! A fantastic achievement for the group, who have been guided by Mr Slevin all year, as they delved into the world of journalism for the first time!
Huge congratulations also to Emma Geoghegan, who has been nominated for an award in the “Best Sports Article” category, for her article, “The Joy of Sport”
For award winning journalism, click the link!: https://ballinamorecommunityschoolnews.wordpress.com/

TY Graduation

Our TY group had their grad today. A bit different from other years, but we wanted to mark the end of a strange year in a meaningful way.

First, Mr Mullen and Mary Conefrey from Leitrim County Library presented students with their awards for their ‘History on My Doorstep’ projects.

Next, each student gave a speech outlining classes, activities and workshops that they enjoyed throughout the year.

Afterwards, Mr McCaffrey an Mr Geoghegan addressed the group, and they received a number of awards.

During the ceremony, we also got word that the group, under Mr Slevin’s guidance have been voted in the top 3 schools in the country in this year’s Press Pass Nationwide journalism competition! A fantastc achievement.

Afterwards, students watched the traditional end of year slideshow  and then were treated to a visit from an ice-cream van and picnic.

Well done to the TY group of 2020/2021. They showed great resilience to get through a difficult year, and really embraced everything that was put in front of them over an extremely busy term since Easter. Their experiences this year will certainly stand to them as they move forward to senior cycle.

Prizewinners were:

Student of the year – as voted for by students: Darren Wrynne

Student of the Year – Teacher Vote: Marc Gannon

Top credit score – Brianna Halstead

History on My Doorstep awards:

Killian Maguire, Marc Gannon, Emma Geoghegan

Overall School Award for History on My Doorstep:

Anya Stringer

Photography competition Awards

1st – Anya Stringer

2nd – Ellie Mahon

Joint 3rd  – Marc Gannon

Joint 3rd – Eoin Reynolds

Best Fundraiser

Marc Gannon €1060

Olympic Handball prizewinners:

TJ Quinn, Paddy McLoughlin, Niamh lennon

PE Multisport Winning team:

Eoin Reynolds, TJ Quinn, Chloe Quinn, Paddy McLoughlin

Ping Pong Champions:

Tommy Reilly, Danny Maguire

FTA First Year Quiz

Félicitations to our two winning teams who took part in this year’s First Year French quiz organised by the FTA Carrick-on-Shannon branch. The students performed brilliantly, displaying their knowledge of and passion for the French language. Vive la France!
Team 1 : DES AMIS – Diarmuid Flynn, Conor Donhoe, Senan McTeigue
Team 2 : FTS (French Super Team) – Finn McKernan, Thandolwethu Khumalo, Sorcha Moran
Team 2 also went on to win the FTA draw overall and receive a €50 voucher!
Well done to all involved!

Leaving Cert Graduation 2021

Our Leaving Cert class of 2021 have had a very different senior cycle experience to previous years, and that has unfortunately extended to their graduation.
But we wanted to mark the end of their time here with us in Ballinamore CS in a meaningful way. So yesterday afternoon, Mr Kane presented a comprehensive overview of their time here with us to the group. It was packed with interviews, wishes from teachers, old video clips and photos. Great memories. Afterwards, students watched the traditional photo montage, and then had an open-air, socially-distanced graduation ceremony, where they received their graduation certificates.
Best wishes to our LC class of 2021 as they prepare for their exams in June, and move on to bigger and better things thereafter. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

TY Driver Ed Workshop

TYs had a full day Driver Ed workshop today. They learned all about car maintenance, alcohol impairment using beer goggles, driver theory, buying a second hand car and insuring it to a budget, as well as having a driving lesson each. Thanks to the team @irishschoolofexcellence for a great day.

Around our community in 28 days Virtual Physical Activity Challenge

Well done to every student who took part – there were a huge amount of entries, and the kilometres covered throughout February were astonishing!

Thank you to Leitrim Sports Partnership for the fabulous merchandise and congratulations to all of the winners.
Here’s to seeing you all cover those kms around school very soon!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

‘ 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.