Blessington Community College
Blessington Community College’s open evening takes place on Tuesday, October 15, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is an ideal time to come in and see the facilities in a school whose student population has continued to grow steadily over the last number of years.
There are now over 500 students attending Blessington CC the present building offers a wellequipped learning environment with all the modern facilities. On the night there will be a chance to meet with all the staff and to experience the friendly atmosphere for which the school is well known.
Blessington CC is continually evolving as a school and plans for a new building are now at the design stage.
This is an exciting time for secondary education in Blessington and if you have children approaching secondary school age we would be delighted of your company on the night.
Sixth years attended the Higher Options Careers Exhibition in the RDS recently and gained lots of information on college courses and careers. Conan Meehan from university of Ulster gave an excellent talk to fifth and sixth years not only about courses but also about employment prospects, how to apply through UCAS and the fee/ student loan structure in Northern Irish colleges in general.
ECO UNESCO CLUB
The students of Blessington CC have formed an ECO UNESCO club for the purpose of effecting change in the school community and local area. A large group of students have come together with the aim of raising awareness of critical environmental issues and to encourage activism among the student body.
In addition to organising environmental events and workshops the group have identified three areas for action;
The school community are engaged in horticulture projects at junior and senior cycle. Students have established a grow your own plot, a composting initiative and are learning about the flora, fauna and insect life in the surrounding land. Raising awareness of the importance of protecting our insect and plant life, and educating students about sustainability and self sufficiency are the main objectives of this programme.
Building on a project born last academic year, our school is to become a collection point for Ecobricks in the community.
An Ecobrick is made by tightly compacting non-recyclable soft plastics into empty plastic beverage bottles turning them into solid ‘bricks’ that in turn can be used in building projects. The aim is to permanently remove soft plastic from landfill and avoid it ultimately ending up in our waterways and the ocean.
We are planning to use the Ecobricks to construct outdoor recreational seating areas on the school grounds.
CLOTHES SWAP SHOP
One of our planet’s major polluters is the fashion industry. Fast fashion is resulting in massive waste and is perpetuating an unsustainable consumer culture.
In an effort to draw attention to this and to encourage young people to reduce and reuse, the group will be organising regular clothing swap shop events in school for students to recycle and swap clothes and accessories.
Students can bring second hand clothing along in exchange for tokens that will allow them to purchase from shop. Unsold items will be donated to charity.
Both of our boys basketball teams were in action last week against Firhouse Community College.
Our under-16s showed great improvement for their last game but were beaten by a very competitive Firhouse team.
The under-19 team won their match after another impressive team performance. Both teams are out again this week in the next round of matches.
The St Kevin’s camogie team at the final of the county Wicklow post primary schools Junior A camogie championship.