First Year Wellbeing Tour

The first years headed to Lough Key today on their end of year wellbeing tour, accompanied by Ms Gray, Mr Mullen, Ma Simpson, Mr Duignan, Mr Kane and Ms Garvey.
We started the morning with the Lough key tour. Thank you to our guides who were informative and entertaining in equal measure.
Next we set off on a 5km forest trail to work up an appetite for lunch. The afternoon saw students and staff trying their hands at bodaborg. A wonderful day was had by all and it was a lovely way to unwind after the end of year tests. 😃🦆🌲🌸🌳💛

Healthy Living Week 2019

On Monday 11th May, the HSE presented our school with the Health Promoting Schools Flag which formally recognises all the hard work our school does regarding health promotion. The week followed on with various activities from student v staff basketball and tug of war games, free fruit, high fibre snacks  and yogurt promotions every break for students, staff received a surprise goodie pack, teacher cook off, food market to promote local and national producers, jiving classes for the whole school and a sports day Friday. Thanks to Ms. Cooney for planning and coordinating the week, students from the health promotion team, Ms Stenson for organising the sports day, TY’s who helped with sports day, and the following food producers who generously donated their delicious produce during the week: Glenisk yogurts, The Food Hub (Drumshano) – Jinnys Bakery, McNiffes Boxty, Shannonside Savouries, Blakes Natural Kefir and Bo-Peep preserves.

Healthy Living Week 2019 from Ballinamore Community School on Vimeo.

Bee keeping for Biodiversity

We were delighted to welcome local bee kepper PJ McLoughlin along with Kay Maguire to our school on 17th May. PJ visited Ms. Colums Agricultural Science class as part of Biodiversity week. PJ explained to students the process of what a bee keeper does and how the honey is produced. Some of the home ec students dropped in for a look at the hives also. He spoke to students about the importance of bees and our local biodiversity.


TY Sustainable Development Goals Workshops

Transition Year students recently engaged in two very informative workshops that focused on the sustainable development goals in this last term. RECREATE Ireland is an organisation that takes in unused materials from various business and finds alternative use for such materials. Students engaged in great discussion around the effect of waste on our environment. Using various materials they completed a creative piece to showcase off their chosen SDG which they showcased on their graduation evening. Following on from this they also engaged in a workshop with Waterways Ireland ‘Leave no Trace‘ in which the SDG ‘Live under water’ was explored.



National winners in green school’s Global citizenship, Litter and Waste category 2019

On 21st may, 2019 Ballinamore was selected as the best second level school in Ireland in the category of global citizenship, litter and waste. Mr Mullen and three members of the green school’s team attended the awards ceremony in the helix, DCU where all the regional winners from around the country received their flags and awaited the announcement of the overall winners in each category. To our great joy we were announced as national winners and received a national winner’s  trophy, a regional winners trophy for the west region, our 6th green flag and a cheque for €500

Green school programme in Ballinamore

Ballinamore cs has a long tradition of involvement in the green schools programme. We achieved our first green flag in 2007 for our success in reducing litter and waste in what was then a 3-school campus, collectively called Ballinamore post primary schools.

Since then we have obtained the green schools flag for various environmental initiatives including energy conservation, water reduction, environmental conscious travel, biodiversity and most recently global citizenship with special emphasis on litter and waste.

Green schools programme 2017-19

In 2018 various classes in the school engaged in a number of initiatives to improve awareness on global citizenship and implement litter and waste reduction strategies. This was a 2-year programme and in April 2019 we achieved our 6th green flag.

In addition to this success we were awarded the title of regional winners for the west region and we were invited to a national green schools ceremony, yesterday in the helix, DCU where the best primary and secondary schools were honoured in the different green schools categories.

To our delight Ballinamore cs was selected as the best secondary school in the global citizenship, litter and waste category and our school received a national winner’s trophy and a €5oo cash prize as well as a certificate of achievement and a pennant for global citizenship as well as our green flag.

Our school has undertaken many initiatives to achieve this award. We increased the number of recycling bins from 3 to 7, introduced 4 new bins for collecting compost as well as buying a second compostable bin which we use for flower beds in the school. A recycling roadshow took place where 2nd year students visited each class with 3 bins and the class had to guess which was the right bin for that object. On average the school is sending about 25kg less waste each week to landfill through recycling better and through composting surveys were conducted before and after the programme and attitudes and actions towards litter and waste and global citizenship themes showed an increase. Fairtrade awareness was increased through workshops and a designated day to promote Fairtrade awareness was conducted. A designated climate change week was organised where each subject area focused on that theme for the week in all classes. Home Ec students participated in Stop Food Waste’s pilot programme on food waste and practical ways to reduce food waste when food shopping, storing, preparing and cooking food at home. Measuring our food portions and planting of our own vegetables took place as well as the planting of crocus flowers which was part of a holocaust commemoration project. We also had an Irish and environmental themed day of action called “ lá glás go glás” which was a non-uniform day where students donated €2 to take part.

this is only a sample of the work that was conducted over the two years and we would like to thank all teachers, students and parents who have cooperated in any way to help us achieve our green school’s flag and national title


We thank Ms. Colum, Ms. Cooney, Mr Mullen, Ms. Griffin and Ms. Ni Mháille in particular, for all their hard work, bam our school management company and Niall Gallogly catering, but most of all the students for their cooperation and involvement in this programme and for  making it such a success

In a time when climate change and environmental problems are global issues, we congratulate Ballinamore CS and all involved on their ongoing efforts.

In the future we hope to continue raising awareness about these critical issues and next year we look forward to striving for our 7th green flag on global citizenship, energy conservation.

Green school’s committee