ECO-UNESCO  Semi-Final

Eight students from Borris Vocational School, along with their teacher Ms. Atkinson, traveled to Dublin on Monday the 16th of April to participate in the semi-finals of the Young Environmentalist competition at the ECO-UNESCO Den event. 
Four of the eight students made a presentation to a group of four judges. In the presentation the students explained the project they undertook to enter into the competition. The students delivered a pitch and showed a PowerPoint containing information and pictures of the project. In the pitch the students explained how the school's TY Garden Club, Green School's Committee and Horticulture class came together to partake in the project. 
For their project the students designed and created a vertical garden on one of the school's walls. They decided to tackle the environmental issue of the over usage of non-reusable plastic bottles in the school. The students collected plastic bottles for three weeks and planned on using them in the garden as plant pots. The students also designed the garden by painting the walls with the seasons of the year. They are now in the process of putting the plastic bottles on the wall and putting up old gutters to create a self watering system for the plants.
The students successfully delivered their presentation and are now waiting to hear if they have made it to the finals of the competition which will take place on Tuesday the 22nd of May.

TY Tour to Krakow, Poland

TY Tour to Poland
Seventy-eight Transition Year students and their teachers made an historic visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the scene of the most notorious events in World War 2, as part of their recent tour to Krakow in Poland before Easter. It was a somber opportunity to visit the camp which is now a holocaust memorial and a world heritage site. Students were given a tour of the facility, viewing the gas chambers and the artifacts which are all that remained of the estimated 1.1 million people who died there. It certainly was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see history up close.
As well as Auschwitz, the students a had a walking tour of the historic city of Krakow. They got to visit the house where Pope John Paul 2 lived while bishop of Krakow, and also the house of Nicholas Copernicus, the Polish priest who declared that the sun and not the earth was the centre of the Solar system.
One of the famous sites in south Poland is the  Wieliczka Salt Mines, which burrow for hundreds of kilometers underground, but contain several underground churches and caverns, with chandeliers made from rock salt.
They also visited the factory of Oscar Schindler, who was made famous in the Stephen Spielberg movie "Schindler's List". The students were given a passionate history of Krakow under Nazi rule and told the story of heroes such as Schindler who risked everything to save thousands of lives.
Thanks to all the teachers who provided the care and leadership over the four days and to TY Coordinator Ms Jacqueline Sheil who organised it.




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