As part of the nationwide #SchoolsGoOrange2018 campaign our Transition Year students cycled to Knock and back this afternoon. Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started in 2013 to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. The campaign aims to spread the message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.”
Congratulations to our 5th year/TY and LCA classes- (Junior Cert students in 2017) who received their JCPA awards today. They are the first of our students to receive this award. As part of the Framework for Junior Cycle the reporting process now culminates in the award of the JCPA to students. It reports on student achievement across a board range of areas of learning. They are pictured with Mr David Mc Donagh and Mrs Aine Fallon
Transition Year students are pictured presenting their work on Development Education at the ‘Concern Agents of Change’ Conference in the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin recently. The students were presented with certificates from Laura Wright of Concern and John O Loughlin Kennedy (who founded Concern with his wife Kay fifty years ago). As well as presenting their project work the students showed a video they produced which highlighted the work being done in BCS in Development Education. Well done to Eimhin Conboy, Sheena Roddy, Fiona Crawley, Jasmin Glavey, Tara Coyne, Megan Morley and all the students involved. Special thanks to Mrs Murray for all her hard work in coordinating this project.
Please click on the YouTube link to view footage of the artwork from the students who were shortlisted in the Families of Faith Art competition organised by the RE department to mark the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s Visit taking place during the summer of 2018.
Students were asked to create a poster capturing what family means to them.
20 finalists were selected and students voted for their top 1st,2nd and 3rd overall winners.
1st Prize: Clodagh Byrne TY
2nd Prize: Aoife Loftus 1E
3rd Prize: Chloe Kirrane 5C
TY students, Luke Walsh, Sheena Roddy, Fiona Crawley, Dean McGarry, Eibhin Conboy and Lorna Donnellan are pictured presenting their Global Goals Wheel to the staff of St. Brigit’s Gardens. The students made a fascinating presentation highlighting the need for greater awareness of the 17 global issues in modern society. The project was completed with the assistance of Mrs Murray and her TY Development Education team. The school and students were highly commended for their work on this project. Well done to all who participated.
Our TY students are pictured presenting a cheque for €360 to Marian and Evanne from the Ballyhaunis MSPCA. The money was raised from the sales of their hand-made Christmas Cards. Speaking on behalf of the MSPCA, Marian sincerely thanked the students for their generous donation and said it would go a long way towards buying much needed food and supplies for the rescue animals. This is another great example of the generous & selfless nature of the students of BCS. Well done to all involved. Special thanks to Mrs Lennon for her tremendous work in organising this project.
On the third attempt (storm Ophelia and the Beast from the East scuppered previous plans) this bunch of 5th years finally got to go to spend the day with the team at An Tobar Nua, Galway. The day didn’t disappoint… with homemade cookies and hot chocolate to welcome them the students had an enjoyable day with the retreat team… they learned a lot about team work, personal resilience in the face of adversity, coping with challenges as teenagers as well as fun, food and sharing of faith. Thanks to all the students for making it a memorable and fun day out.
22 students travelled to the Connaught Finals in Cross Country today. A beautiful day in Sligo meant conditions were ideal for this event. Saoirse Delaney finished 10th in the Minor Girls event with Matthew Johnson finishing 6th in a large field of over 100 runners. The Junior Boys event saw Darren Concannon finish 9th in the 3000 meter race. The Minor Boys team picked up silver medals for the regional success. Well done to all who participated and special thanks to Mr Woolley for his dedication to promoting such a wide variety of sports at BCS.
TY2 students recently trained as Peer 4 Peer Facilitators. They are currently delivering the Peer 4 Peer programme to 5th/6th class pupils in the local primary schools. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their leadership, public speaking, time management, teamwork and organisational skills. It also places them in a position of responsibility where they are role models and guides for young people embarking on their teenage years.