Bike Week 2021

For Bike Week 2021, our TY Group received a bike maintenance workshop from Tadhg Moran on Monday from Moran’s cycles in Drumshanbo. This was a very informative workshop, and students were given the opportunity to emake sure  their bikes were roadworthy for the next day’s cycle.

On Tuesday morning, the group set off for Poll an Easa in Aughnasheelin, following the back roads to make sure there was as little disruption to traffic as possible. Massive thanks to the local Gardai, who drove ahead of us and made sure that our trip was as safe as possible. Following a short break to have a quick snack and enjoy the scenery, we were back on our bikes to school.

To finish our Bike Week event, we had slow bike races at the school, with winners receiving boxes of chocolates.

Huge thanks to Leitrim Sports Partnership, who supported our Bike week Event.

Leaving Cert Results 2021

Well done to each of our students in the Leaving Cert class of 2021 on your excellent results,  we are proud of you all and offer our best wishes for your future.

Congratulations to students Lily Byrne, Grainne Prior and  Emily Morgan who achieved a maximum of 625 points in this year’s Leaving Certificate Examination, pictured above with Deputy Principal, Martin Cunnane and Principal, Diarmuid McCaffrey.

First Year Class 2021/2022

Our first year students now have two weeks behind them in their new school. Books, timetables, lockers and orientation have all been sorted out and hopefully, any worries and apprehensions have been put to rest. No doubt, lifelong friendships are being made.
We know how daunting the move from primary to secondary school can be, but students can be sure that our whole school community will always be there to support and guide them.
Wishing them all a happy and fruitful time at Ballinamore CS.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid.

TY Ag Science Class Visit Ballinamore Community Garden

On Wednesday 1st September Ms. Colum and the TY class visited the local Community Garden in Ballinamore. Students had the opportunity to see many vegetables such as beetroot, potatoes, cabbage, courgette, carrots and also many fruits such as raspberries, pears, strawberries, apples, rhubarb and blackcurrants being grown. In one polytunnel that students visited, grapes and a fig tree were growing. Students learned about growing in polytunnels, raised beds and the importance of companion gardening. Students learned about how pests are controlled and the importance of being sustainable. Kay Maguire and Darren Warren provided students with plenty of very useful information on the history of the Community garden to the day to day running of keep the community garden sustainable

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!