CPR 4 Schools is a programme for post primary schools and gives students the confidence to perform hands-only CPR, use an AED and know what to do when someone is choking. All 1st and 2nd year students participated in CPR training and will subsequently receive their certificate of completion. This links in with the Irish Heart Foundation’s awareness campaign they run every September ‘Heart Month’. All students at Ballinamore CS have now been trained in CPR.
The 1st year girls attended Leitrim Sports Partnership’s ‘Girls Active Festival’ in Drumshanbo on Tuesday 8th April. They had completed 10 weeks after school every Wednesday engaging in a variety of activities and the festival in Drumshanbo was a celebration day where they received their Certificates of Completion which they will put in their JCPA Cert at the end of Junior Cycle. Four second years who kept on the programme this year also attended on the day. They all participated in a variety of activities on the day such as Parkour, Cycling along the Blueway, Football, Self Defence and Zumba. Well done girls.
One of our main areas of focus for the Health Promoting Schools Programme is to focus on more physical activity. Recently 1st and 2nd year boys participated in a lunch time Peile Tournament over a number of weeks. The TY’s facilitated by Mr. Nolan organised and ran the tournament. Well done to Paul Flynn, Louis Smith, James Gilheany and Ezra McGovern (Team A) who were the winning team from the tournament.
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.
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.
A variety of events took place as part of Climate Action Week 16th-20th October 2018. CSPE Teachers discussed the topic of Climate Change with all of the Junior Classes resulting in all of those students making a climate pledge outlining one thing that they are going to make an effort at doing that could help with Climate Action. Senior Home Economics classes also made similar pledges. Staff engaged in chat around the topic as part of our Climate Conversation and Cake morning on Tuesday 16th. On Wednesday there was a short Film Screening around the water crises in the world which really got students thinking about the value of water and how we really should make efforts to conserve it. Thursday saw the launch of our new formed club in the school ‘Social Justice Club’ where there was lots of chat around gender inequality. The club will meet on the first Monday of every month and work together on taking meaningful action around the local and global issues that interest them. Congrats to Amelia Woolterton, Ella Van Der Laan, Aoife Kelly and Aoibhinn Meehan who won prizes for the Climate Action Poster Competition.
All of these activities tie in with the hard work the Green Schools and Global Citizenship Education Groups are working on. Thank you to all the teachers who helped out in any way and to students and staff who engaged with this important topic. The Film Screening Clip is on Netflix: ‘Explained’ and the episode is called The World’s Water Crises (18 minutes long)