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Ms. Owens and Mr. O’Brien would like to compliment the dedication and hard work of the Editorial Team; Eabha Buttimer, Frances Corkery, Daniela Quinn, Kamil Labuda, Gabija Cizauskaite and Oisin De Baroid (5th years). Thank you also to the teachers, students and parents who contributed to this publication.
Earlier this year Eight Transition Year students took part in the preliminary round of the All Ireland Linguistics competition at the end of January. A competition run jointly by DCU and Trinity College, the contest challenges secondary school students to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages. It aims to inspire students to pursue careers combining computing, linguistics and languages.
This year our Transition Year student, Adam Healy, qualified for the All Ireland Linguistics final which was to be held in DCU on March 11th. As a result of the Covid 19 restrictions, the final round had to take place online. In the Final, held on March 11th, Adam achieved Bronze standard which was an amazing achievement as there were mainly 5th and 6th Years taking part.
BCS has had a long association with this competition thanks to the ongoing commitment of Ms. Kelly. In the past two of our students, Cormac and Declan Manning represented Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiads held in Stockholm and Pittsburgh. This year’s Olympiad was to be held in Latvia in July 2020 but unfortunately will not now be held.
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.