School Trip to Holland
A group of forty 3rd year students & five teachers left for Holland last month where they stayed in Hotel Palanka, Valkenburg. Night one involved a great round of bowling which was followed by swimming. The next day the group travelled over the border into Germany where they took in the sights and beautiful scenery, and did loads of shopping of course! On the final day (they saved the best for last) we went to Phantasialand theme park in Germany where we spent hours on the amusements & the various rollercoasters. The final night ended with a disco. All students had the time of their lives while making great friendships and enjoyed the experience of travel. Great memories were made that will last us for a life time!
Preparations are in full swing for the Christmas market which takes place at the school on the 16th December from 3pm – 10 pm. Tipp Fm are broadcasting live from 3- 6 pm. There are over 60 stalls with a range of artisan and high quality products made locally at a very reasonable price. Get the last bit of your Christmas shopping by supporting this very successful event whilst also promoting local businesses.
All monies raised from the stalls funds the private counsellor which works in the school every wednesday supporting the emotional needs of our students.
The Ballyhaden Bakery, the home of authentic Mars Bar Crispy Cake; a place for celebrating those special moments with family and friends is back. A student run LCVP café has been a popular place each year. Choose from a mouthwatering range of enticing cakes, cookies and muffins in a fun and trendy atmosphere. All of our products are freshly baked and we have a wide range of gluten free, wheat free and vegan friendly products. There is also an array of gourmet coffees, flavoured teas and deluxe hot chocolate to choose from.
Santa’s Grotto is back with Santa sitting in his own special hut this year and helped by his two lovely elves. There is a present covered sleigh outside to capture those special memories on camera. Children can meet Santa and get a small gift. There will also be activities including lantern making, dress up and face painting.
This year sees the opening of a new BT Young Scientist Cafe…where Science gets savoury with warm and tasty wholesome snacks, teas and coffees to keep you going through the afternoon and evening, with a few sweet treats too. Choose from Toasted Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Savoury or Sweet Crepes, Scones and a variety of yummy home bakes – Eat in or Takeaway. Don’t forget to enter our Prize Raffle, and have a look at our January 2017 BT Young Scientist entry which will be at the cafe on the day.
The market promises to be a great event with Tipp Fm broadcasting live from the school between 3-6 pm. Many stall holders and students will be chatting to Carol live on air. There will be a range of prizes to win on the day! Students will be performing live throughout the evening. Come along and join us in our festive celebrations. The 16th December promises to be an enjoyable evening at Borrisokane Community College with lots of excellent quality products at very reasonable prices available to purchase. Support local and student businesses.
The annual Christmas Concert takes place on Wednesday December 14th and Thursday December 15th both evenings at 8pm. Tickets €8 each are available from Borrisokane Community College. All are welcome to come along to Borrisokane Community to experience a fantastic nights entertainment from students in singing, dancing and the Transition Year Performance of High School Musical.
Munster Camogie Final Win
On Sunday last the Borrisokane Community College Senior Camogie team played in the Munster Final in Cahir where the opposition was Colaiste na Phiarsiagh Glanmire, Cork. This was a very tight fought game where Borrisokane Community College came out on top on a score line of Borrisokane community College 0-11 Colaiste na Phiarsiagh 0-7. Borrisokane now move on to the All Ireland section of the competition when they will take on the Ulster Champions in February.
CSPE Trip 2B
We travelled to Dublin Zoo on Tuesday to complete a conservation module as part of our CSPE action project. The module was called ‘Zooardship’ , a play on stewardship which is a key concept in CSPE.
We chose to focus on the Asian elephant as this is an endangered species in the wild. Many Zoos worldwide are working together to ensure the species survives.
Dublin Zoo has a herd of 8 elephants at the moment, mostly female and the youngest is only 3 months old.
LCVP Trip to Dublin
Ms. Dunne’s 6th Year LCVP students recently visited Trinity College and the Shelbourne Hotel. As part of the Link Module entitled the “World of Work”, students as required to plan a visit out of the classroom. This is a very valuable opportunity for LCVP students, as these events allow students to visit companies and learn about what a typical working day might look like in a certain industry or field. Students learn about the company as as well as learning what career opportunities exist within each organisation. A special word of thanks to Laura Vicinaite, Senior Human Resources Officer at the Shelbourne Hotel for facilitating this tour.
Digital Youth Council Rep
Lorcan Tuohy-Donnelly, TY student in Borrisokane Community College and member of the Digital Youth Council of Ireland pictured with colleagues at “Cracking the Code” – A symposium on the development of a Computer Science curriculum for Irish schools in Farmleigh House on Friday 9th December. This event, as part of Computer Science Week provided an opportunity for leaders in STEM, industry and education to share their ideas on how to begin teaching this subject in Irish schools.
Education Minister Richard Bruton TD, in publishing his recent education strategy for has made a commitment to introduce Computer Science as a subject in Irish schools from 2018 onwards and gave the keynote address on the day. These discussions and developments in Computer Science are a very significant step in ensuring that young people have the skills to shape a future in which digital technology will permeate our daily lives. Lorcan is delighted as part of the Digital Youth Council of Ireland to contribute to these discussions.