News from St. Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion












In St. Joseph’s Secondary School Ballybunion we pride ourselves on always looking for ways to make learning for students easier. It has been a concern of many within the community about the weight of school bags. St. Joseph’s Secondary School, are leading the way in tomorrow’s technology and has become the first school in the county to offer students Fizzbook (tablet PC’s).

All of the student’s school books will be installed in the laptop and will also contain copybooks, pens and pencil. The student will be able to write and draw on this P.C as they would on a copybook. We are introducing to our incoming first years students an option to use a Fizzbook Spin tablet-style laptop with all of their school books installed, negating the need to carry around heavy school bags.

On Tuesday May 17th at 7.30pm parents attended a meeting and short demonstration in the school to discuss the Fizzbook and also speak about matters arising for the school year 2011-2012. All present were very impressed.

Gaisce Award











Pictured above are St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion, 5th Year Gaisce Group. Back Row from L-R: Shannen Enright, Emma Nash, Avril Dineen, Lucy Jayne McCarthy, Cliodhna Lynch, Tara McDonald and Aoife Fitzmaurice. Front Row from L-R: Danny Warwick, Con Carmody, James Foley and Dylan O Leary

A group of fifth year pupils from St Joseph’s in Ballybunion recently completed the Gaisce Award. Throughout the year the students participated in various activities including Community Involvement activities such as helping out in the Youth Club and offering tutoring to the Junior Students in the school. The final element of the award comprised of an Over Night Adventure Journey, which the students undertook in Caherciveen.

The Gaisce Award is the President’s Award; it is Ireland’s National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to young people between 15 and 25 years of age. The students have completed the first level of the award and were presented with their commemorative pins by North Kerry T.D. Arthur Spring last Friday.

Vietnam School Links











Pictured above L-R: Con Carmody, Tara McDonald, Cliodhna Lynch, Aoife Fitzmaurice and School Principal, John O'Donovan.

St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Ballybunion has been linked with Tra On High School in the Meekong Delta in Vietnam for the past year. The schools regularly connect with each other through the use of the latest technology. The schools link up and the students converse, share stories and learn from each other. The teacher in Tra On High teaches our History students in Ballybunion all about the Vietnam war.

The students in Ballybunion have gained many insights from this link up with first hand descriptions of daily life in Vietnam. The link was established as part of the WorldWise project in conjunction with Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the project is to increase the understanding of developmental issues around the world and to encourage students to see how they can help.

In the Meekong Delta many children in remote areas cannot read and write because they are not sent to school as their parents are too poor to send them to school. The children have to work to help their parents. When there are schools in remote areas, very often they are not equipped sufficiently and there may be a lack of rooms, facilities and qualified teachers.

The students in Tra On High School are very involved in their community and often volunteer during their school holidays. Con, Tara, Cliodhna and Aoife hope to travel to the Meekong Delta next year to meet up with their Vietnamese friends and to participate in some voluntary programmes in the village.

The students hope to be able do some fundraising before they travel to Vietnam and to buy some bicycles for the students in Tra On as some of the poorer students cannot afford bicycles and so cannot attend school.

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