Wellness Week is taking place this week from 28th January to the 31st January. An important new initiative this year G.U.A.W.N. (Get Up and Walk Now) encourages students to take daily exercise a ten-minute walk as it assists greatly in promoting positive mental health. During first break each day there will be challenges in the following areas limbo, skipping, plank and Hola Hoop. At lunchtime students will be exposed to a diverse range of activities and experiences such as badminton, volleyball, table tennis, penalty shoot-out, blood pressure testing, lung capacity testing, chess in the library and the basics of playing the Bodhran. Third- and Sixth-Year students will receive a talk from Eoin Morrissey (Leinster GAA) focusing on resilience, highlighting that life is full of ups and downs and it is important to have the coping skills and temperament to deal with issues as they arise. Teacher Harley Barnes will give a presentation to Fifth Year Home Economics students highlighting the importance of good nutrition along with a balanced diet. On Friday afternoon there will be Bingo Loco for Junior Cycle students. Thanks to the Wellness team of Ms. Paula Doyle, Ms. Jennifer King, Mr. Keith O’Hara, Ms. Martina Henderson and Ms. Natalie Doyle for organising the schedule of events for the students, and to Ms. Aileen Walsh who ensured that the wellbeing of staff was well catered for by daily healthy offerings of fruit and other goodies.
Running around a mucky field on a cold, dark, foggy January morning is not for everyone ! But that is exactly what thirteen brave students from EVC undertook as they represented our school with pride and enthusiasm at the Wexford Schools Cross Country Championships in Adamstown on Thursday, January 23rd. Our students comfortably held their own against tough opposition - which included some athletes who compete at International level ! Special congratulations to Ruslana Rannaja (2 Hazel) who was our top placed finisher in her Junior Girls 1000m event, and to Bartek Jurkiewicz (1 Yew) who not only ran his own race, but practically everyone else's as well, such was his level of support for his teammates !
Before Christmas Enniscorthy Vocational College ran an attendance drive called the 33 days of Christmas. This was in conjuction with TUSLA's 'Every Day Counts' campaign and Bunclody/Enniscorthy School Completion project. The students were rewarded for attending school for all 33 days from November until Christmas. On Tuesday last the students, all 78 successful students, headed off for a day in LeisureMax in the company of Mr Murphy, Ms Merriman, Ms Busher and SNA's Ms. Lawless and Ms. Wilson.
Members of our Student Council, Digital Leaders and Meithal Leaders went to the Student leaders Congress 2020 in the City West Convention Centre, Dublin on Friday 17th January. The congress was organised by Cycle Against Suicide and highlighted the need for all students to look after their mental health. It was a contact based education event, which has been proven to be effective in reducing mental health stigma. Contact based education involves listening to people talk about dealing with their own mental illness. It was a positive and very uplifting mental health education day for the students, with high profile speakers and music acts Chasing Abbey and United Vibe in attendance.The trip was organised by Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Gallagher as an initiaitive for the school to retain their Amber Flag status. We all learned the message that "It's ok not to be ok and it's absolutely ok to ask for help"!
On the 15th January Lily Byrne and Daniel Power represented EVC at Safer Internet Day ambassadors training hosted by PDST and Webwise in Google. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and are part of the Safer Internet Committee in the school and are busy now planning events for Safer Internet Day in EVC which takes place on February 11th. PDST and Webwise also held training for teachers which Ms. English attended. #connected#SID2020.
Congratulations to Airidas Balkus, 2 Hazel, who has succeeded in gaining entry to the Bebras National Final, which will take place on Saturday 28th March 2020 in Maynooth University as part of Tech Week 2020. Airidas took the computational Thinking Challenge last November and came First in Wexford in his category. The very Best of Luck Airidas!
Thirty eight Transition Year and second year students paid a most interesting and educational visit to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS on Thursday January 9th. 550 projects across 4 main categories- social and behavioural science, chemical, physical and mathematical science, technology, and biological and ecological science, were on display. The students picked up many ideas for the Junior Certificate Classroom Based Assessments, College Courses and even possible career choices. During the day students examined as many projects as possible during their visit to the exhibition. Science teachers Ms. Trudy O'Byrne, Ms. Sarah Walsh and Ms. Anne Marie English accompanied the students on the trip.
There was great excitement in EVC last Friday as members of the senior hurling team visited the school with the Bob O'Keeffe cup. Players Paul Morris and Eanna Martin were accompanied by Keith Rossitter a former student of the school who is part of the management set up. Jack Kirwan who completed his Leaving Certificate last year and who was on the successful minor team that won Leinster also brought in the cup. The gym was decked out in purple and gold and students got an opportunity to get pictures taken with the hurlers along with the silverware. Principal Mr. Iain Wickham thanked them all for taking time out from their busy schedule and wished them all the best for next year. He also thanked Mr. Keith O'Hara who organised the event.
Ms Bourke, Ms Chapuis-Osborne and the 5th year French class are currently working on a project with lycée Raoul Vadepied in Evron in the north of France. The project is about climate change and how to make our schools more ecologically friendly. The French students communicate in English and our students in French by email. They exchange ideas about current practice and set each other weekly challenges. This is a Department of Education initiative to improve communication between schools in Europe and our school was very fortunate to be chosen to partake. We are one of the lucky eighteen schools in the country. As part of this Ms Bourke will visit Evron at Easter to meet the students and teachers and see their environmental plans in action.
Enniscorthy Vocational College Orchestra along with special guests Cavan Sinfonia Youth Orchestra will perform at the Presentation Centre on Saturday 30th November at 8pm. Tickets may be bought online from the Presentation Centre costing €10 for adults and €5 for children. To avoid disappointment please purchase tickets in advance for what should be a very enjoyable night of music.
Fifth year Business students participated in a Business workshop at The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Tullow, Co. Carlow on Tuesday 26th November. Students were given a very informative talk regarding the establishment and running of the business , the production, marketing and sales for the products. Students were given the opportunity to make and decorate a chocolate product using a mould. Students were accompanied on the trip by their Business teacher Ms Aileen Walsh and Ms Sinead O' Donovan and Ms Niamh Cantwell
Building on the success of last year, Enniscorthy Vocational College will host their second Christmas Market. We have 80 stalls selling a variety of Christmas gifts and treats, face painting, raffles and Santa. Please come along and join us at our premises on the Milehouse Road from 5:30 to 8:00pm on Thursday the 5th of December.
On Tuesday the 12th of November, 26 5th year LCVP students, along with their teachers made their annual visit to our local Pettitts Store. Students are partaking in the 7th Schools Business Partnership ‘Skills at Work’ Programme. The Programme offers students the unique opportunity to learn about how a successful business is run in an interactive and practical way. They were given the opportunity to meet the Managing Director of Pettitts, Cormac Pettitt who advised students on what potential employers look for when hiring young people. His story was very inspirational and students learned the importance of hard work and dedication in order to achieve in life.
Enniscorthy Vocational College will hold its annual Monster Bingo on Sunday 24th November 2019. Commencing at 3:00pm, the bingo has a total prize fund of €8,000 and there are ‘sit-beside’ prizes on every game. Double books are priced at €20 with single books on sale for €15. A raffle will also be held and refreshments are available on the day . The bingo is being organised in conjunction with the Parents’ Association and all money raised will be used to update equipment and facilities for students and to send two 5th Year students to Lourdes as helpers with the Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage.
Our Chess Club were delighted to welcome chess players from St Kevin's College, Crumlin, Dublin. There were some intense games played between the schools. The games were officially "friendly" and a warm up, before meeting again at an interschools tournament in December.
We brought our Dublin guests on a tour of The Athanaeum to proudly show off our history.
The chess club is the most recent club to be established in EVC. New members are welcome to join and weekly meetings are held in the library Tuesday lunchtimes. Thanks to Ms. Eadaoin Quinn the school librarian for organising the enjoyable day.