Congratulations to second year student Aoibhinn Keegan — one of two runners up nationwide in the GAA museum’s junior cycle creative writing competition. Aoibhinn’s entry ‘A GAA Legend’ has won her a host of prizes, and an invitation to the winner’s lunch with the judging panel in Croke Park. Well done, Aoibhinn!
Ballinamore CS DIL is officially launched! A massive thank you to Maria Walsh, MEP who officially launched our event today. Don’t miss out on the early-bird rate, which is available until March 17th. Click ‘Book Now’ on our page or visit https://www.darknessintolight.ie/event/ballinamore to join us on May 9th as we walk out of the darkness and into the light.
Today we started our 20 days of walking challenge as organised by the Amber Flag Team. This year we are focusing on the positive benefits that physical activity and fresh air have on our mental health and well-being in general. The first 50 students to complete the challenge will be rewarded with a trip to Sligo in May to climb Knocknarea. 🏽♀️
Day 1: On Wednesday, our TY students set off for Lyon bright and early with Mr Keeney and Miss Stenson. After a long day travelling, the students received a great welcome from the staff and students at Les Iris and met their host families for the first time.
Day 2: A very busy day at school with Language games in English and Italian, Art Class, work on travel journals and a badminton tournament in PE. A lot of talent and sporting spirit shown!
Days 3, 4 and 5: On Friday we started the day with Spanish class then went to meet the primary school students. Afterwards, we visited the chocolaterie and learned how they make chocolate in France and bought a few snacks.
Days 6 and 7
On Monday we visited La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière and then the Roman theatre, where we ate lunch and then we rode the Ferris wheel.
Days 8 and 9
Everyone is now home safe and sound and reflecting on what was a fantastic experience in Lyon. We experienced so much about the language and culture of Lyon. It has been an unforgettable trip. On Wednesday, we had a guided tour of the Gratte Ciel district, with it’s Art Deco architecture. On Thursday, we set off for home following a lovely send-off from our hosts. Thanks to the staff and students at Les Iris school in Villeurbanne, Lyon. A huge thanks also to Mr Keeney for organising the exchange and to Ms Stenson and Mr Keeney for accompanying the students on the trip.
Our 3rd Year CSPE Classes (3A & 3B) recently carried out a fundraiser for Bothar as part of their Action Project. They ran a movie morning before Christmas for the 1st and 2nd year students, and in doing so managed to raise €566.27. They choose some items for the money to be spent on, one of which was an In Kid Irish Dairy Goat. Aisling from Bothar gave us a very informative talk on all of Bothar’s activities, and is pictured here collecting the cheque from the 3rd Years with their teachers Ms Moran and Ms Bohan.