Wellbeing Week in Bush PPS

Wellbeing Week was promoted and run this year by the Student Council with the assistance of Jemma Mulligan 5th Year, Rionagh Donnelly, Emma McArdle and Kara O’Connor in TY. The week kicked off with a visit by Sponge Bob and Goofy distributing goodies to students arriving off their school buses. Positive affirmations were on display on our Positivity Wall and First Year students entered a poster competition depicting what made them feel happy. Their colourful efforts were on display around the school. The Joke of the Day gave teachers the opportunity to showcase their comedic talents to their students.

 On Shrove Tuesday, the staff were treated to pancakes and all plates were well polished by end of break. Many students and teachers took the opportunity to pose in our Instagram photo booth which was available throughout the week.

On Wednesday, we had a visit from Inter County Gaelic footballer Shane Carty to share his story of dealing with depression. It was generous of him to be so open about the difficulties he experienced and his road to recovery. His talk was inspirational and the young people who listened were enthralled.

On Thursday our First year students enjoyed a quiz in the afternoon and had fun guessing the identities of the beautiful babies in the Guess the teacher round. It was amazing how little some of the teachers had changed!!!! 

Our parents weren’t neglected either, as they enjoyed their day out in Croke Park and raised the Sam Maguire. They even tried out the President’s seat in the Hogan stand.

On Thursday evening, Richard Hogan physiotherapist and teacher gave a very informative talk on Gaming and Young People with lots of good advice on how to reduce screen time.

On Friday at lunchtime, staff and students battled it out on the football field with the 6th years claiming a narrow victory. The week ended with the Fun Run for SOSAD organised by Mr. Paul Malone ably assisted by 5th year students. The students raised 1,164 euro for this worthy cause. It was a wonderful ending to a fun filled week.

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YSI Speak Out Event

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55 TY students attended a regional Speak-Out event in the Barbican Theatre in Drogheda on Friday. It was a hugely enjoyable event for our three Young Social Innovators teams who were given the opportunity to speak out about the social issues that concern them.

Congratulations to the blood donation team in particular who were acknowledged and awarded by YSI for their creative use of props in their performance. 

The three teams put their acting skills to the test and performed short pieces on stage in front of a panel of 4 judges. The teams had to effectively communicate the social issue they are addressing, why they are addressing that particular issue and the innovative actions they are taking to address the issue. 
The blood donation group performed a piece using the analogy of the social media platform Tinder with the idea of swiping left and right to find your perfect ‘blood’ match. A very funny and creative performance indeed. The blood donation group held a successful blood clinic at our school with a turn-out of over 100 donors. 
The Let’s talk about consent team recreated a classroom scenario where the students discussed the issue of sexual consent using a suitable metaphor of swimming. A humorous performance with a serious message effectively communicated. This group are in the process of creating a podcast and an animated video to share their ideas on why consent must be communicated and also how consent can be communicated. 
The farm safety group performed a piece illustrating the dangers farmers face on their farms daily. Another dramatic performance. This group invited a representative from the IFA into our school to explain farm safety issues to the students and the group are currently producing a booklet around farm safety.

Congratulations to all the students involved and we hope that all three teams make it to the finals held in May. 

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Laidain Clynch - Irish International Soccer Player

Bush Post Primary School are immensely proud of of our Second Year student Liadán Clynch, who recently represented Ireland U-14 Schools team in an International match versus Northern Ireland in County Armagh. 
Liadán plays left full back for her club Bellurgan and Dundalk. She was recently selected as the only female on the Dundalk U14 Kennedy Cup team. 
Liadán's next match for Ireland is against Ireland Schools U16 team in Abbotstown County Dublin, before she jets off to Salu, Spain, over the Easter holidays to take part in the Bob Docherty Cup. 
As a school, we congratulate Liadán on her successes to date and wish her well in her up and coming fixtures. 
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TY Business class visit out to supermarket giant Lidl.

TY Business students, accompanied by their teachers Ms. O’Connor and Ms. McCartney, had the opportunity to visit Lidl at St. Helena’s Terrace on Monday, March 11th as part of an enterprise visit out. Gary McCusker, the area manager for Lidl in Louth met with the students and gave a short introduction on the German supermarket giant Lidl. Lidl currently employs a total of 115 staff in Co. Louth in its five stores located on Avenue Road and St Helena’s Terrace in Dundalk, on Donore Road and at the M1 Retail Park in Drogheda and on the Dublin Road in Ardee. He talked to the students about the growth of Lidl in Ireland and the Lidl discount retail model. Next year marks Lidl’s 20th year in Ireland.

Gary took the students on a tour of the supermarket floor. He spoke to the students about Lidl’s main competitor, Aldi, and the supermarket’s best sellers. Gary also took the students into the warehouse and explained the distribution of products into the Lidlbranch. Students learned about career opportunitieswithin the retail industry. Gary explained to the students that Lidl is proud to champion the living wage in Ireland. Lidl believes its staff are central to the success of the Lidl brand. They look after the customers, drive operations and support communities throughout Ireland. Among Lidl’s 4,300 employees nationwide, Gary explained the pay change will benefit 16% of employees, while all other employees working in Lidl already earn in excess of the living wage. The tour was interactive and informative and enjoyed by everyone. Students received a Lidlgoodie bag at the end of the tour.

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Bush Business students score a hat trick at the Student Enterprise Awards Final 2019!!!

Bush students picked up an impressive three awards at this year’s Student Enterprise Competition.

TY students secured two awards in the senior category. Thirty mini companies competed in this category.

The Sink Saver (Ciara Donnelly, Anna McArdle and Ciara Carolan) won the ‘Most Commercial potential’ award.

The Bucketless Mop (Cathal Donnelly, Joseph Gillen, Manus Cassidy, Declan Crilly and Keith Hughes) picked up the award for the ‘Most innovative Company’.

Tick Tock Teeth (Kerry Morgan and Mirela Patrauceanu) won overall second place in the intermediate category.

Each company takes away a beautiful handcrafted trophy and one for all vouchers.

Congratulations also to ‘The Book Worm’ (Shauna Murphy, Ella Boyle, Rosa Cassidy, Matilda Corcoran, Lauren Long and Tara Rice) for their hard work and beautiful display.

Congratulations to all our students – You all should be very proud!



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