News from Borrisokane Community College 23/05/2016

May 23, 2016

Tractor Driving Skills Course

Transition Year students with tractor driving experience in Borrisokane Community College were provided with the opportunity to take part in a safe tractor driving skills course facilitated by FRS (Farm Relief Services). The day course coordinated by agriculture science teacher Ms Brady and TY coordinator Ms Cunningham was a great success. Special thanks extended to the FRS team.


Borrisokane CC 5km Fun Run

Borrisokane Community College students and staff had their annual charity 5k fun run on Wednesday 18th of May.  The event was organised to raise funds towards counselling services costs in the school and for the charity, Cycle Against Suicide. Borrisokane Community College recently became an Ambassador School for Cycle Against Suicide for the second year running.  This programme which was established in 2013 aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. The school promotes the link between getting active and positive mental health.  Physical activity is good for your body but it’s great for your mind too. Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free!

Megan O’ Meara, a Lorrha native, was also in attendance at the run.  She recently wrote a song to highlight the plight of suicide in Irish society.  Her song ‘Please don’t go’ highlights how important it is to speak out when going through a difficult time.  All proceeds from the song are going to Pieta House.

The student’s council organised Papa Johns to provide refreshments on the day with a percentage of the proceeds going towards the two causes.  Mr. Mc. Ginn’s Transition Year Enterprise students also produced and sold Cycle Against Suicide key rings as part of their Enterprise project.  This very successful idea raised approximately €500.

On the day, a very exciting match took place between the students and teachers on an obstacle course provided by Eoin Larkin, ‘Jump N Bounce Inflatables’, Borrisokane.  The teachers were narrowly defeated on the day but put up a good battle nonetheless.  Everyone was also entertained on the day by Mary Immaculate College student and resident DJ, Niall Reddan.  A special word of thanks to them for their services.  The college also want to extend their gratitude to John O’ Farrell of Borrisokane Athletics Club for the use of the athletics track and his assistance on the day.  Thanks also to Ballyhaden Enterprise for sponsoring the water for the event.

The combined efforts of the student’s council, parents association, care team, transition year enterprise and business students and the health promoting team have resulted in raising €1900 for Cycle Against Suicide and Counselling services in the college.  Well done to all involved in this event.

Head girl, Aoibheann O’ Meara and local Singer and Songwriter, Megan O’ Meara.

Borrisokane Community College Students take on the Staff in an Obstacle Course during the Fun run activities.

Borrisokane Community College Staff Obstacle Course team during the Fun Run activities.


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Enterprise Week BOI Nenagh

Well done to TY Enterprise students guided and led by Mr McGinn in designing a key ring to sell and raise funds for the Cycle against Suicide charity. €600 was made selling these key rings. A successful day was had at Nenagh Bank of Ireland as part of Enterprise week on Thursday 19th May.

Michael O’ Carroll, Ciara Moran, Emma Boyle, Leah Coen and Deputy Principal Suzanne McMahon.



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