Category Archives: Parents

Ballinamore CS Parents Association – National Parents’ Council Survey












As part of the ongoing review and reform of the Irish Education System the Minister for Education and Skills is seeking the opinions of parents on the issue of Exemption from the Study of Irish and has asked NPCpp to make a submission to his department.

We strongly encourage all parents to take the time to participate in this revision of how exemptions are both applied for and decided upon.

We would appreciate a few minutes of your time to assist us with this and ask that you complete two short tasks:

  1. Please send us your thoughts, concerns and ideas on this matter, by email, We can then consider these when preparing the NPCpp submission.


  1. As part of the consultation the department has prepared a short survey to enable all concerned to express their opinion on this subject. Please click here to access DES survey. The deadline for completion of this survey is 18th January 2019.

Mental Health Awareness Initiative Information Evening


This event is for parents, guardians and other adults interested or concerned about young people’s mental health.


As a result of this presentation, participants will:

Gain an understanding of the key issues impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of young people

Learn to promote positive mental health in young people

Understand how to recognise some of the signs that a young person may be struggling with their mental health

Learn the value of listening as a way of supporting young people



Date: Monday 3rd April 2017

Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre

Tutor: Maria Moynihan

Course Code: 17LC47


Advance registration is essential. REGISTER ONLINE or Tel 0719620383


Fire Safety Week 2016



National Fire Safety Week is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home. A big thank you to John Galligan from Ballinamore Fire Dpt who gave a really informative talk to home economics students today highlighting some of the following tips….

Lets STOP Fire-

S- Smoke Alarms- Make sure you have at least one on every floor

T- Test your smoke alarms weekly

O- Obvious dangers- Look for fire risks like overloaded sockets, candles and unattended appliances

P- Plan your escape route- Keep access routes clear and have your keys at the ready

For more tips and advice check out


Concern Hunger Hero Certificates

Transition Year’s undertook a variety of activities around the area of world hunger and food poverty for their DE Module. They participated in a CONCERN workshop on the area of World Hunger and learnt more about how people in developing countries are affected by lack of food. Another activity they undertook was the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Food Appeal where various food boxes were donated in school and helped those in need on the lead up to Christmas. This was part of their work during Social Awareness Week. The final activity students took part in was the Concern Fast prior to Christmas (along with some of the Junior students) where the total amount raised for Concern was €857.66 . Well done to all the students in school who participated in the fast and helped raise a fantastic amount for Concern.  As a result of their effort and work in this area they were each awarded a Hunger Heroes Certificate from Concern in recognition of their commitment to understanding more about this topic.

Green Schools Action Day 2015

On Tuesday 3rd March we held our Green Schools Action Day as part of our work on achieving our fourth Green Flag for the theme of TRAVEL. There were a variety of activities on the day to promote greater awareness on the area of travel which included the following-

  • Presentation on road travel and safety from Garda Adrian Keane to students
  • 1st year History class completed a themed walk around Ballinamore taking in various historical buildings and locations around town. Students made a great effort dressing up and getting into the role of various historical figures for the event.
  • Transition Years also went on the historical walk.
  • 3rd year CSPE and TY’s visited Glenview Folk Museum to learn more about the various transport systems.
  • After lunch an interesting experiment was carried out with some students outside the school gates where there is a signpost stating the speed should be 50km. Students raised concerns to Guard Adrian Keane about cars driving past the gates in excess of the speed limit and so Adrian parked the speed van outside the school and students got to see how the process of recording the speed of vehicles works. Interestingly once the garda signs were placed on the van the speed of passing vehicles reduced.
  • There was a Green Schools display in the canteen area to highlight and inform the student body and staff of all the work that has been carried out in various subjects for the past two years as we work towards achieving our flag.
  • Check out some of our pictures from the day along with pictures of students carrying out a traffic survey earlier in the year.

Concern Workshop on World Hunger

As part of  the Development Education (DE) module being carried out in school the Transition Year group participated in a workshop on World Hunger which was facilitated by Claire O Carroll from Concern. Some shocking facts learnt –

1 in 8 people in our world will go hungry today!

Women do 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the world’s food but only earn 10% of the world’s income and own 1% of the world’s property…. and 60% of the world’s hungry are women!

A child dies every 12 seconds from hunger related diseases!

Students are working towards achieving their Hunger Hero Certificates for work carried out in our DE theme of World Hunger and Food Poverty.

Trip to The Dock Arts Centre

Dodeca Cycle is an electronic and mechanical music installation designed and built by Ed Devane in 2014. The system allows people to make intricate rhythmic and melodic music. TY students took part in the workshop on the 26th February in the Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon and created their own sounds using the unit which were then recorded. Upstairs in the exhibition space there were two exhibits that the curator in The Dock explained to students. The exhibition continues until Saturday 28th March.