Ballymahon Vocational School notes

Welcome back:

Welcome back:

We warmly welcome back all our staff and students to a new academic year. After an excellent summer and with batteries fully recharged everybody in BVS is rearing to go!

Induction day:

Last week, we welcomed our new first years to the school. Starting something new can be very difficult and unsettling. We thank our fourth year students who are part of our mentoring programme for doing an excellent job guiding these new students. We also thank the Longford Youth Group for their work throughout the induction day.

New arrival:

Over the summer period a new principal was appointed to our school. We welcome Mrs Rose Mary Johnston as our new principal. Mrs Johnston began her teaching career in our school some years back, moving on to become principal in Granard before taking up the role of Acting Chief Executive of Longford VEC. Mrs Johnston has a distinguished career to date and we wish her the very best in her endeavours over the coming weeks, months and years ahead. We also extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to our new members of staff, Mr Farrell who joins the Maths and Accounting departments and Ms Pyke on joining the Spanish department.


We congratulate Dr Christy Duffy on his appointment as Chief Executive of the Longford Westmeath Training Board, formally known as the VEC. Mr Duffy paid our school a visit on Thursday last and he was welcomed very warmly by students and staff. We wish him well in his new post.


Over the summer our school was painted inside and outside. The entire school campus on the outside was fully transformed and really looks very well. Indoors, each room is fully painted to a standard that can easily compete with the Sistine Chapel! We really are very lucky to have the talent of Madeline Doyle our very own Michelangelo and caretaker who undertook the painting of the school interior with the help and guidance of our very own Donatello, Eugene McCormack.


In the next few days the name of this year’s ‘Panto’ is going to be announced. Auditions will take place in the coming weeks

End of an era:

Last May, the news broke that our Principal Ms Victory would be standing down at the end of the summer. Last Friday, Ms Victory officially stepped aside as principal of our school. Throughout her tenure as principal, Ms Victory’s work ethic and commitment was evident to staff and students. For her, no project was too big to venture into, from the school’s refurbishment to the planning and overseeing of new buildings. At all times the student and their individual needs was at the very core of her work and she created a centre of education that would provide each student with an excellent and enjoyable education. Together as staff and students, past and present, we thank you sincerely for your hard work, dedication and service to our school throughout your career. We wish you a very happy, healthy and enjoyable retirement.