Bless­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege

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OPEN EVENING

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.

HIGHER OP­TIONS

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;

SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY/BIO­DI­VER­SITY

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.

ECOBRICKS

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.

BAS­KET­BALL

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.

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