Blessington Community College
As a result of high performance in their Leaving Cert exams, recent past pupils Wayne Miley and Neal Manning will be honoured as part of the TCD Entry Exhibition Awards on Monday, November 19, A number of Blessington Community College staff members will attend the reception to show our pride in their achievements and to wish them well for their bright futures.
Drop Everything and Read is up and running for another year in the college as part of our drive to further improve literacy. DEAR is a programme where the entire school, staff and students stop for 40 minutes every month and read for pleasure. We also have our first year classes attending a Creative Writing workshop in Blessington Library which aims to unleash their creativity. We also hope to invite an Irish author to speak to the students later in the academic year.
STUDENT CENTRED WELLBEING
Our new programme of Wellbeing classes in the mornings have spawned a plethora of initiatives in the school. We have meditations, music and walking as regular features of the college week. It has also been a perfect platform for remembering those less fortunate than ourselves. Through the SCW classes, approximately 50 shoeboxes have been completed and money donated for the Christmas Shoebox appeal for Team Hope. These Shoeboxes will be sent to children in Eastern Europe and Africa. Many thanks to the tutors, students and parents/guardians for their support for this cause.
Cycle Against Suicide and Student Wellbeing Committees: Both the CAS group and Student Wellbeing Committees are getting started on their goals for the year ahead. We have expanded our Student Wellbeing Committees to have a separate junior and Senior Committee. They will have common aims but will divide the work appropriately. The CAS group have big plans also. Follow their progress on the college Facebook page.
Last week, all of our third and sixth year students sat their PreMock exams in most subjects. In the weeks previous, they participated in a study workshop to help them to focus on their goals. Our college Guidance Counsellor has been meeting each sixth year student since August to inform and guide the students in their choices and study plans. After the Pre-Mocks, the sixth year Year Head, principal and Deputy Principal will meet each student in order to further encourage the students to achieve their potential with planning and discipline.
MUSICAL – CURTAINS
Rehearsals for the college musical ‘Curtains’ are in full swing. The performances will take place in late November; keep an eye out for posters and promotions on the college Facebook page. A lot of work has been poured into the production before the summer, weekly since August, during the mid-term break and practically daily this month. We hope you will come to see our students shine.
First Year boys from Coláiste Eoin who competed against schools from all over the county in Fenagh.