On the 13th of February, thirteen 5th year students participated in the HOPE School Immersion Programme. Students, accompanied by Ms. Coholan & Ms. Hooley travelled to Kolkata for one week for a cultural and educational tour of Kolkata and the HOPE projects.
Students worked tirelessly throughout the year to fund-raise for the Hope Foundation and must be commended for achieving their fundraising targets. Funds raised were donated to HOPE Projects and while in Kolkata, our students witnessed first-hand how their local fundraising efforts are helping to improve the lives of hundreds of children and family’s impacted by the extreme levels of poverty in Kolkata.
During this week-long programme students spent time visiting HOPE projects including Hope Crèches, Special Needs Education Home, Nabo Asha Centres, Life Skills Institute, The Hope Hospital and numerous Hope Protection Homes which provide a safe & secure protective homes for vulnerable children. While visiting these projects our students were afforded the opportunity to get to know the children and adolescents supported by Hope initiatives and felt extremely privileged to be so warmly welcomed in each home, school and crèche they visited.
While in India students were introduced to the realities of poverty, experienced a different culture, gained new perspectives, met inspirational people and experienced the wonderful affection the Indian people have to share.
As this very unique term draws to an end, many students and staff will look back and reflect on what could have and should have been. In particular, the Transition Year students of BCS, will always remember the show that did not take to the stage in March 2020. Transition Year students were to take to the stage on the 25th and 26th of March, to perform their adaptation of the spectacular musical “Back to the 80’s”.
Students had put an incredible amount of work into this production. After an intense audition process, the Director, Mary, and Musical Director, Pat, had many tough decisions to make. In the end they put together an exceptional cast. Then began the task of turning amateur students into professional performers. The students hit the ground running with rehearsals in music, drama and dance with Tara, their very energetic and engaging choreographer. The show was filled with famous 80’s songs and dance moves that would have everyone, especially parents, bopping and singing along both nights of the performance.
Fabulous work had also been going on behind the scenes with a group of TY students working hard alongside the Art and Woodwork Department to create the backdrop and props for the stage that would have transformed BCS sports hall into an 80’s disco hall. The work of the students in the costumes department must also be noted, their ability to source multi-coloured clothes, headbands and legwarmers so everyone would look “outrageously eighties” on the night must be commended.
While there was still a little bit of work to do, it is safe to say that “Electric 80’s” was going to be one amazing show. While Electric 80’s may not have taken to the stage before Easter, please find comfort in the knowledge that your peers, staff and parents in BCS are extremely proud of each and every one of you. We are exceptionally lucky to have such talented, enthusiastic and charismatic students in our school. Furthermore, we are incredibly fortunate to have such brave students in our school, seeing you step outside of your comfort zones and dive head first into acting, singing and dancing was inspiring. Your bravery should act as a lesson to us all, that we should all challenge ourselves and step outside our comfort zones every once in a while.
As per direction from the Department of Education and Skills, Ballincollig Community School is closed as and from 6pm on Thursday, 12th March until the 29th March 2020.
This means that there will be no access to the school building from the time of the shutdown.
The Microsoft 365 platform will be used by teachers to liaise with pupils. If any students have any difficulty with their Microsoft 365 accounts, including email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, using a different account, and we will respond.
All students and those doing state examinations in 2020 will have the full support of the school during this time. Students should work through the normal school day and use this valuable time as they would in the classroom. Teachers will continue to work with 3rd, 5th and 6th year students throughout the two weeks.
We wish all our families well – stay safe and stay well.