On Tuesday 18th September (prior to Storm Ali’s arrival) the TY Home Economics class visited the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore. They enjoyed all aspects of the Ploughing and learned more about how important agriculture & farming is for the Irish Food Industry.
As part of our work with Self Help Africa our school got involved in the publication of a book around the area of Maternal Health to link in with our exploration of the Millennium Development Goals.
Students (Keely Doonan, Sorcha Gilheaney, Sarah Doonan, Eimhinn Quinn, Sorcha McGrath and Abbi Sweeney) some staff (Ms Reynolds & Ms Cooney) and parent (Eunan Sweeney) submitted either a poem, reflection or illustration on the area of Maternal Health. Students got the opportunity to investigate issues around child mortality and maternal health and the effects globally. We also displayed the submissions in the canteen for the wider school community to see. The book is now published and available to purchase through www.selfhelpafrica.org
Transition Year students also visited the Irish Aid Centre in Dublin as part of their development education module. The workshop began with a short presentation on the work that Irish Aid carry out in helping developing countries and then students took part in an activity which highlighted the inequalities and issues that exist in certain parts of the world through a role play based in a rural village in Africa. A short video clip showing what the reality of daily life in a typical village is like also cemented the information learned at the workshop.