Colaiste Mhuire Ballymote News December 2020

Awards Celebrations

On Friday 2nd October we celebrated the achievements of 2019-20 by presenting students with awards. This would normally happen in May but had to be postponed owing to lockdown. Thank you to the TY students who helped distribute awards to students in their classes and well done to all award recipients!


Funky Shoe Day

Students work their own shoes on Friday 16th October to raise funds for Stop Northwest.  Over €400 was raised – well done to all!


Focus Ireland Shine a Light

Well done to our student Malachi Drew who did a sleepout night in his garden and raised over €800 for Focus Ireland.


Student Enterprise Awards

Congratulations to our Student Enterprise Winners and their teacher Ms. O’Donnell on their success at the Sligo County Student Enterprise Awards.  These awards are presented to students for 2019-20.


Craft Work in Home Economics

Above is a sample of some of the amazing craft work completed by our wonderful Home Economics students.


Halloween 2020

A sample of 1st year Halloween artwork!  Read our Halloween newsletter here.


Coláiste Muire Breakfast Club with Supervalu Ballymote

Our first breakfast club began on Monday 16th November with toast served to first year students.  This initiative is being run by Ms. Griffin and TY students and will run every morning.  Huge thank to Kane’s Supervalu Ballymote who have sponsored bread for our breakfast club, their support is greatly appreciated.


Architects in Schools

We have been selected by the the Irish Architecture Foundation to participate in the Architects in Schools programme.  This is a programme which will run in Transition Year with an assigned architect.  Below are some of the storyboards of work completed so far.


CSPE Letter Writing

Pictured below our first year students with their letters ready to post to the local nursing home.  Students wrote letters to the nursing home residents as part of their CSPE and Wellbeing lessons to bring some good cheer!


Comhairle na nÓg & College Awareness Week

Pictured below members of our Student Council receiving goody bags for attending Comhairle na nÓg online on Monday 23rd November.  This week we also celebrated College Awareness Week with a number of activities organised across all year groups, such as first year students designing college ID cards, a virtual tour of Sligo IT for 2nd year students, subject choice workshops for 3rd year students, TY & 5th year virtual talks with NUIG, virtual college presentations for 6th years and a CAO information evening for 6th year students and their parents.


#Think Languages

On 7th December our Transition Year students took part in a National Event to promote foreign languages #ThinkLanguages 2020. The theme of the event was “Think Global, Act Local”. The day started with an opening ceremony which included a variety of speakers, we even got some words of advice from Des Bishop! The students then took part in online workshops, testing their culinary knowledge with a beginner’s lesson in Italian and Italian cuisine, followed by a session on Danish and Design. In the afternoon, we were delighted to welcome Peter Crann from ‘We Drum Ireland’ who did a Spanish and Latin percussion workshop. The afternoon was filled with exploring what languages are like in 3rd level education. We were delighted to have a visit from past pupil Lisa McGrath who told the pupils about her own experiences of learning languages. We also welcomed speakers (via Zoom!) to our school from Sligo IT.


A taste of Christmas Spirit!

Thank you to our TY students who decorated some of our classroom doors with Christmas themes.  A sample of their work below along with our Christmas tree and crib!

F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools is the fastest, most exciting STEM competition for secondary school students! From here, you can learn how to design, race and build your very own miniature Formula 1 car.  We have signed up to this exciting project for the first time!  Watch this space!


Getting Creative

Students getting creative with Lego and Junk Art as part of our Creative Arts programme.


TY Enterprise Day

Transition Year students held their annual Enterprise Day on Tuesday 8th December to raise funds for their mini-company projects which they will continue to work on into the new year.  A taste of the day below in pictures.  Well done to all involved!