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Annual CHRISTMAS Concert

Ennistymon Vocational School is delighted to announce its 6th Annual School Concert in aid of the Friends of Ennistymon Hospital. This virtual concert will take place on Monday 14th of December at 7.30pm. As always, we will have an amazing line up with performances from past and present students, renowned local talent and special guests such as the The Kilfenora Céilí Band and Hermitage Green. Join us online as we embrace the opportunity the virtual world presents for a wonderful evening of music, song and dance. All funds raised will go directly to The Friends of Ennistymon to help provide support to enhance services and facilities at Ennistymon Hospital.

Extra Curricular

A number of extra curricular activities are available to students throughout the year. These currently include Athletics, Basketball, Football, Girls Club, Handball, Debating, Art Club, Tag Rugby, Creative Writing, Hill walking, Hurling, Camogie, Boxercise, and Zumba and The Gaisce Awards’ and much more.
Our annual sports day takes place in Lahinch’s Sports Field, in which staff and students participate and compete in teams. School tours and field trips take place locally, nationally and internationally.
Recent trips abroad by the school include climbing Kilamanjaro, and trips to Barcelona and Italy.

Sports

Our students participate in a number of school based sporting events including football, athletics, basketball, camogie and many more. We also actively encourage and support our students competing in sporting events outside of school.

Music Generation

We are very fortunate at EVS to have the opportunity to work with Music Generation Clare (MGCE) the last number of years. MGCE is a national partnership programme whose goal is to create inspiring experiences for children and young people through music. Each year at EVS, we invite Music Generation Clare to work with our TY students on a number of Music programmes. The "Teens Ceol" programme has been a great success so far. Our students collaboratively work together in songwriting and ultimately create a unique piece of music, which is recorded at the end of the programme. The TY's of 2020 creatively penned the song "Fake Friends".

Last year, EVS was the first school in the county to work with MGCE on the "Music Tech Programme". The students creatively engaged in designing and engineering music using state of the art software and computers. Using their cleverly written song "Fake Friends", the TY students further enhanced the song through sound design and produced a high quality song which they were all very proud of. 

A third programme has been rolled out by MGCE this year called the " Music and Wellness Programme". We are delighted to be involved in such a promising programme. The students get to experience music as an aid to wellness by developing an awareness of each person’s innate musicality and creativity through group communication, interaction and tolerance through music. The TY class of 2021 are really looking forward to embracing this experience in a time when wellbeing is central to their everyday lives.

 

 

Students Council

Ennistymon Vocational School was established in 2011 and has been growing in strength and numbers since. 2020 saw our largest and most proactive Student Council to date. The Student Council is a representative structure for students only. It gives students a voice, allows them to become involved in the affairs of the school. Students learn to work in partnership with school management, staff & parents. Elections are held in October each year. Our student council is made up of two elected representatives from each class group from first to sixth year. It is their role of the elected representatives to bring issues & concerns that may arise among their classmates to the attention of the Student Council for discussion. Each year the Student Council draw up a list of tasks and areas that they feel could benefit the overall student body. They sub divide into smaller groups and get to work on achieving these tasks.

Sample of Student Council Work:

  • Drawing up of Student Council Constitution.
  • Amber Flag for positive mental health from Pieta House.
  • Introduction of optional half-zip in 2017 and change of half zip design in 2020.
  • Design & Installation of an outdoor shelter from school side door to canteen. (to be installed Nov 2020)
  • Non-uniform fundraising days for various charities.
  • Fundraising clothes collection
  • Involved in design process for upgrading of girls and boy’s bathrooms.
  • Instrumental in bringing about change to canteen menu options.
  • Promotion of lunch time activity options.

Coming Soon: This year’s elections will take place virtually and results will be posted before midterm break. Good luck to all the candidates.

 

 

After School Study

Supervised study commences in September and continues until the end of May.
Sessions run from 4 –6.10pm Monday to Thursday.
Project work and extra study days are held on Fridays and during school breaks in order to maximise results .
Study skills workshops are run to teach students how to use their study time effectively.
Regular use is made of the Virtual Learning Environment Microsoft 365 where students can manage their learning beyond the classroom.

 

Awards & Achievements

The school gives annual awards to students. Academic awards are given in each subject area to students who receive the highest result in their exams. A special award is given to best overall junior and senior level student. Sports awards are presented to teams of individual students who have excelled in their sport.
Gaisce (The President’s Award) is presented to students who complete their programme.
Students are encouraged and supported in entering national competitions with great success.

 

 

Young Scientist

Mr Ó Suilleabháin with Ryan Bliss, Shane Bliss and David FitzGerald competing at the Young Scientist 2019

BT Young Scientist & Technologist Exhibition 2020

 

In early January 2020, Shane Bliss, Ryan Bliss and David Fitzgerald represented their school and community in the BT Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition in the RDS in Dublin. 

Their project, Bliss Code, was entered into the Social and Behavioural Sciences category of the exhibition. The premise of their project was to see if they could impact the mental well being of people that visit Ennistymon by creating an art trail around the town. The boys analysed foot traffic and car traffic of the town and figured out where the busy spots and quiet spots were. After collecting this data, they put up a winter art trail around the town with the aim of increasing foot traffic to the lesser visited areas of the town. They collected the art from local primary schools and from the art department here at Ennistymon Vocational School. 

The boys had 3 aims to the project. They wanted to improve foot traffic to the lesser areas of the town with the hope of helping businesses in those areas, they wanted to improve the mental well being of those doing the art trail by providing mental and physical stimulus in the form of walking and looking at art and they wanted to formulate a code, Bliss Code, with the aim of sharing their findings with town planners if they had positive results. 

In the form of surveys, before and after the art trail, the boys figured out that they did indeed have a positive impact on the mental well being of the people that participated in the art trail. 

 The boys spent 4 days up in Dublin presenting their findings in the RDS. They brought pride to the school community and their project had a positive impact on all that participated in it. Well done Shane, Ryan and David! There was a strong computer science element to the project and the boys are now in their leaving cert year studying computer science. Ennistymon Vocational School is one of the first schools in the country to offer computer science.  

 The 2021 exhibition will take place this year online and currently there are 4 projects waiting to hear back from the judges regarding entry to the competition. Best of luck to all those involved!

  

Drumming Workshop

 

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