YSI class hard at work developing ideas to improve our school environment.

Mr. O’ Brien’s YSI Class have been working hard on their project on ‘ Improving Our School Environment ‘ which focuses on the built environment and the people of the school community. They are looking at 8 different areas of school life which can make St. Anne’s a better and happier place for all.

1. Goalposts: The TY students erected 4 goalposts so that the students can play football at break and lunch.

2. Benches: The students are making benches in Project work Class so that there are more places to sit outside.

3. Tree planting: The students will be planting trees in the New Year to improve the school grounds for everyone and developing a green area at the side of the school for others to enjoy.

4. Canteen: The students are surveying the student body to find out what kind of food services they would like.

5. Outdoor Games: The students hope to develop a games area so that students can play Connect 4, Jenga and Chess outside as well as inside.

6. Zen area: The students are collaborating with others to develop the area near the Chaplain’s Office and Memorial Garden to make it more inviting for others.

7. Flags and Fundraising: There are a group of 5 TY students who raise our National Flag, our Green Flag and Amber Flag each morning and on March 15th will celebrate our school flags and fundraise for Missionvale.

8. Leadership: It is hoped to run a leadership module for TY students in the New Year.

This is an ambitious program and the students have made some good first steps in achieving it. They have gained the support of many to enable them to achieve their plans and are grateful for this assistance. If you think you can help even in some small way to enable the students to bring their plans to fruition they will gladly welcome it.

Students taking a stand on climate change with the help of the local primary schools
TY students in St Anne’s are taking part in the Young Social Innovators competition which encourages young people to re-imagine the world and empower them to bring their vision to life. With inspiration from Greta Thunberg, this year’s project will focus on climate change. The students felt it was important to not only inform their own school community about climate change but to also extend their project out to the wider community by running a poster competition for the local primary school pupils in Ballina and Killaloe.
There was some fantastic entries from the students. Thank you to all who entered but unfortunately there could only be three winners from each school and the winning entries can be seen below.
Evie Hass, Lucy Bourke, Eden McMahon  – Ballina Primary School
Eoin McCarthy, Joe Sheehan and Finn – Killaloe Boys NS
Anna Pedersen, Freya Collins and Aoife May O’Brien  – Killaloe Girls NS
St. Anne’s Filmmakers to feature in Fresh Film Festival Annual Showcase

Three films made by our students have been chosen by Fresh Film Festival to feature in their Annual Showcase.  Introduced by Oscar and Emmy nominated Lenny Abrahamson, this programme will feature a selection of short films with top tips from young filmmakers, leaders and teachers.

The films are;

Click on the film to watch it or see each video below. 

Film-making has been an integral part of school life in St. Anne’s for many years now, with TYs part-taking in Film-making and Film Studies each year and the success of our Film Club. St. Anne’s has a long-standing connection to the Fresh Film Festival with a significant number of our students’ films making their way to the finals over the last eight years. ​

We were thrilled when the festival contacted us a few weeks ago about their annual showcase with the Irish Film Institute. Every year the festival screens a selection of winning films at the IFI and this year they have selected three films made by our students. We were immensely flattered by this news, considering that the festival will programme just ten films from the 1400 submitted in 2020.

They have chosen two ​films made by our Transition Year groups in 2019. A third film (which also won second prize in Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards) made by one of our Leaving Certificate students will also feature in this selection.

As well as these films, Oisín (who has gone on to study film at third level), has recorded a segment in which he shares insights into his creative process with his peers. I have also recorded a segment encouraging other teachers to consider engaging in film-making with their students.

The Fresh Film Showcase will be introduced by Oscar and Emmy winning director, Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Garage, Normal People) and will be available to screen in early December. We are hoping to include this as part of a (virtual) TY Film Festival that TY classes will be running across the month of December here in St. Anne’s.

We are so very proud of our talented and hard-working students. Their creativity is truly inspiring as they bravely tackle under-represented topics and tell stories that need to be told in fresh and unique ways.


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