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)
Thank you to Ciara McTeigue (on behalf of AIB) who gave an informative talk to the 6th year Home Economics class on all things finance including information on savings accounts, importance of budgeting, having good credit history and conditions required for mortgage applications. Not only is this topic on their exam in June but it is applicable to everyday life.
As part of Fire Safety Week all first year students received a highly informative presentation from John Galligan (Ballinamore Unit of Leitrim Fire Service). Students learned valuable life skills such as steps to follow in the event of a fire, how to safely use a fire blanket and tips on preventing a fire that may occur in the home as a result of items like phone chargers. John encouraged all students to have a chat at home with their family to see what sort of exit plan they could make in the event of a house fire. Well done also to students for engaging in the presentation with all of their questions.
All 3 teams in school have started their competitions.
Our girls were unlucky to lose their first match to St Nathy’s, Ballaghadereen away on 25/09/2018. Leading by 4 points at half time the home side came back strong and dedpite a well taken last minute penalty by captain, Katie Mc Nulty we were on the losing end of a 4:7 to 3:13 defeat.
Scorers: Katie Mc Nulty 1:4, Siomha Quinn 1:1 , Lisa Cull 2:0, Emma Gill 0:2
In our next Senior match we played St Clarr’s, Manorhamilton in St Felim’s in a must win game.
Playing against the wind in the first half we defended superbly and found ourselves 6 points down at half time playing against a strong wind.
With a strong wind in our backs Ballinamore settled quickly but it was only in the last 10 minutes that we pulled clear to win on a rather flattering score line of 5:19 to 5:6. It must be mentioned that St Clares were short a few players and were not helped by losing Leah Fox to injury in the first half which weakened their chances. All in all it was a good day at the office and put our season back on track.
Megan Mc Govern 1:1, Katie Mc Nulty 0:7, Siomha Quinn 1:2, Jane Gilheaney 0:1, Lisa Cull 2:3, Emma Gill 1:3, Becky O Brien 0:2
Our final group game is away to Coola CS, where a win is needed to keep our interest in the competition. A win would guarantee at least a play off in the group.
Our Junior Ladies have played 2 matches to date. In our first game we played St Mary’s, Ballina in St Felims. We got off to a great start and kept the momentum going until the final whistle. Final Score: 7:14 to 3:5
Scorers: Molly Murphy 0:2, Megan Mc Govern 1:1, Siomha Quinn 3:5, Caoimhe Prior 1:2, Niamh Donohue 0:1, Ella Quinn 1:0, Caoimhe Mc Dermott 1:1, Grainne Reynolds 0:1.
Captain: Grainne Prior
Our second game was played against Carrick CS on 11/10/2018 in Park Tom, Carrick.
Given the great rivalry between the two teams Ballinamore CS faced a tough task playing a Carrick CS team who had won Connacht U14B 2 years ago and who also knocked Ballinamore out in a play off last year by 6 points, also in Junior B.
The exchanges were close in the first half and 2 fortuitous Ballinamore goals along with some fine scores saw Ballinamore lead by 3:5 to 0:6 playing against the wind.
Despite having the wind in the second half Ballinamore had to work very hard to grind out a victory and only for some good score taking and resolute defending and goalkeeping was victory secured for Ballinamore.
Final score: 5:12 to 1:10
Scorers: Siomha Quinn 2:3, Megan Mc Govern 0:2, Luly Byrne 2:3, Caoimhe Mc Dermott 0:1, Niamh Donohue 0:2, Leah Smyth 1:1
Next game is on Tuesday 23rd October vs St Claire’s, Manorhamilton where the winner will top the group and face the runner up in the other group in the semi final of Junior B.
This year we find ourselves in an all Leitrim group comprising 5 teams; Mohill CS, Carrigallen VS, Lough Allen College, St Claire’s, Manorhamilton and Ballinamore CS.
We played our first match vs Lough Allen College away on 2/10/2018.
In a very entertaining game the lead exchanged hands on many occasions until the final 12 minutes where Lough Allen finished strongly scoring 4:2 without reply.
Indeed Ballinamore were leading by a point until the late onslaught from a strong Drumkeeran team.
Ballinamore played very well for long periods in the game and have plenty to build on for their next game vs Mohill CS which will take place on Friday 19th October at 10am in St Felim’s.
Finsl Score: Lough Allen College 9:2 Ballinamore CS 4:5
Captain: Anya Stringer
Scorers: Aisling Redican 2:1, Laura Maguire 0:1, Ellie Mahon 0:1, Tara Galligan Maguire 1:1, Kelly Beirne 0:1, Claire Mc Weeney 1:0
In the wee hours of next Friday morning, October 26th, 90 students and 9 teachers will set off from the square in Ballinamore on our latest educational tour, this time to Paris for 3 nights. An action-packed and educational itinerary is planned. Wishing a safe and enjoyable trip to all those travelling.