“On the 4th of the December the Convent of Mercy Build-a-Bank team officially opened their school bank. This year’s Build-a-Bank group will draw from their chosen theme of ‘Peaky Bankers’ to create their school bank run in conjunction with AIB. The AIB Build-a-Bank challenge is an enjoyable and exciting way for Transition and Fifth year students to run their own school bank with the support of AIB, and the same time learn a whole lot about managing their own business. Now in its eleventh year the programme has gone from strength to strength. Based on the feedback of those who have taken part in the past, it is a very rewarding and enriching experience for both teachers and students alike. The AIB Build-a-Bank Challenge sees a team of five to seven students selected to set up and manage a bank in their school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB Phone and Internet Banking. The 2019 team consists of Taylor Kelly, Saoirse Murray, Laura Finan, Emily Feeley and Isabelle Stephens Lohan. The Build-a-Bank also had a special guest, Mr. Neil Collins, former County Roscommon footballer and fashion designer who officially opened the bank last Wednesday. Mr. Collins has carved a successful career for himself in the playground of the rich and famous in New York and the girls were delighted to have him as special guest on the day. A big thank you to Mr. O’Reilly (Business teacher) for all his help. All students who opened an account with the school bank received free goodies on the day.
LCVP talk from Tidy Towns
Last week the 5th year LCVP students received a talk from Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher on the role of Tidy Towns in Roscommon. She discussed the history of Tidy Towns, the projects that they have carried out over the last few years and the awards they have achieved in the competition. She also reminded the girls of the challenges the committee and volunteers face from dog fouling, illegal dumping and lack of volunteers and encouraged students to become more involved in their area. She was impressed on our plastic bottle recycle policy in our school and our water refill stations for the students to fill their bottles. Sincere thanks to Kathleen for her informative talk and creating awareness of the great work that Tidy Towns do in Roscommon. The girls would also like to thank Mr. O’ Reilly for facilitating the talk.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Appeal
The Convent of Mercy Young St. Vincent de Paul is co-ordinating the St. Vincent de Paul Food Appeal in our school this year. Students and staff are encouraged to bring non-perishable festive food items and place them in the designated box in the school. Please ensure that the foods have an expiry date well into 2020. All food will be distributed to the people who need it most in our local community. The girls are also fundraising for this cause with a lollipop day this week. Please support this worthwhile cause.
Ms. C. Coleman is co-ordinating a “Giving Tree” in school this year. The idea of a Giving Tree is simple, tags for the ‘Giving Tree’ are chosen. Each tag lists a person and age group (e.g. Girl 4-7). Students then take a tag from the tree and buy a new gift for the child or adult on their tag. The unwrapped gifts are left under the school’s Giving Tree (near the assembly hall) and distributed by SVP to families in need, just in time for Christmas. Each student is encouraged to take part in the “Giving Tree” this season and donate gifts to make Christmas that little bit brighter for children and families who are struggling in our community.
On Wednesday, November 27th and Thursday, November 28th all year groups attended study skills and motivation seminars in our school. A seminar was also held for parents on Wednesday evening in the school assembly hall. The seminars were lead by Mr. Raymond Langan, award winning speaker, coach and therapist who helps young people and parents improve their grades by making studying fun and creative both offline and online using his “Rayse The Game Programme”. Mr. Langan explained that Learning is a game. When you play the game you have fun. When you have fun you learn faster." All students thoroughly enjoyed their session and the high energy learning experience which featured lots of games, stories and energy, helped to motivate and engage each student in a way that will have a lasting impact. Thank you to Ms. Finn (Career Guidance teacher) for organising these seminars.