Ballymahon Vocational School notes

Education Training Board Award

Education Training Board Award

Last Tuesday night, the Longford/Westmeath Education Training Board held their first awards night in the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. This initiative was introduced by our Chief Executive Dr Christy Duffy, recognising those students who attain the highest Leaving Cert results in all eight schools under the ETB. The students in receipt of this prestigious reward from our school were, Joseph Murphy now in NUIG and Niamh Moloney now in NUIM. Both students attained the highest Leaving Cert results in BVS. Congrats to you both and we wish you continued good luck in your education path ahead! Many thanks to all who made the night so special, those who talked, provided the refreshments and to the many people who attended. This was a wonderful start in recognising the high academic achievement in our school.


On Wednesday last our fourth year students had a very successful presentation by ‘Gaisce’ representative, Mary Yore. The President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award for young people, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual Award programme. It is a challenge from the President of Ireland to the young people of Ireland. We thank Mary Yore for her very insightful talk on the Gaisce award. Thankfully, we are having a very enthusiastic response. If you are a fourth year and interested in this programme, please submit your name to Mr Dennigan, Ms Nolan or Ms Mulcahy.

Higher Options

Our Leaving Cert students travelled to the RDS to attend the Higher Options. This gave students an opportunity to speak first hand with the different college representatives and get a greater understanding of the different courses available. Many thanks to Ms Corkery and Mr O’ Neill for organising the trip and travelling with us.

Welcome back

We were all delighted to see Paddy O’Connor of Longford Coaching return to our school. Paddy, along with Mr Galvin, Mr Casey and Mr Jones put our football teams through their paces at training! Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening! Be there!

Pitch development

Over the past twelve months our pitch has undergone somewhat of a face lift. This work has now come to completion, concluding in a pitch fit for the best players of our national games! Thanks to all who worked tirelessly to complete this project.


Our auditions are now complete; rehearsals have started, so it’s full steam ahead. A call out to all cast members: LEARN THOSE LINES!

Newgrange trip

Reminder to all our first and second year history groups that our annual trip to Newgrange will shortly take place. This trip always proves to be a major success and indeed something that is of utmost importance for the Junior Cert history course. Get your names in to Ms Farrell or Ms Tully!


At the moment our Senior English department are very busy preparing our visit to the ‘Helix’ to view the production of Shakesphere’s, Othello. Names should be handed into Mr Dennigan, Ms Tully and Mr Arrigan before Friday!


A big congrats to all the towns and villages on their excellent results in the Tidy Towns Competition. Thanks to all the volunteers for preserving and enhancing the beauty in these towns and villages. Take a bow!

Good Wishes

We wish Bishop O’Reilly the very best of luck in his retirement as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise. We wish him many years of good health and happiness and thank him for his service to the diocese.

Bród Club

Seo youth club tríίGaeilge run by our Irish teachers and any volunteering parents. We will have games and activities through our native tongue.

Lunch time activities

Our lunch time activities are back in full action after the break. We really are spoilt for choice this year, from table tennis to fitness classes in the school gym, the list is growing all the time. See notice board for full info and updates!

Evening study

Our evening study has now resumed. This provides students with a safe, warm and quiet place for study. Should you wish to avail of this service, please contact Mrs Johnston or Mrs Bannon.

Breakfast Club

When we enter the school doors in the mornings we are greeted with the wonderful smells of cooking. On further investigation, we will find Mrs Johnston or Mrs Bannon busy preparing and handing out warm drinks and light breakfast to our students. This creates a very warm atmosphere as we slowly awake before morning bell goes off! Thanks to all who make ‘Breakfast Club’ possible in our school.

Coffee morning

We held a very successful ‘Coffee Morning’ for Hospice on Friday last. Many thanks to all who contributed and provided the coffee and refreshments.


Well done to Aishling O’ Reilly, first year, who turned in a tour de force performance in Backstage Theatres production of ‘Arrah na Pogue’. Aishling displayed brilliant musicianship and a great stage presence. Looking forward to seeing more of your talent on stage in the weeks and months ahead.