All posts by Ashling Kenevey

Rachel Connolly

Rachel is currently teaching Business, Geography and Maths. She studied an Honours B.A. degree in Business Management and Geography in Maynooth University and then went on to complete her PME in DCU.

Rachel has a keen interest in using technology in the classroom to enhance student learning and inclusion. She completed her thesis on how digital technologies can promote student learning. She has a passion for her subjects and aims to bring topics to life in the classroom for all students.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys swimming. Having worked as a beach lifeguard on many Dublin beaches, Rachel has learned the importance of water safety and now volunteers to teach water safety with Water Safety Ireland and is an active member of the Boyne Fishermen Rescue and Recovery Service. When she is not swimming Rachel can be found walking her dog or hiking.

Ciara Doherty

Ciara is a Spanish and Irish teacher. She studied Irish and Spanish in DCU. Ciara has shown a massive interest in languages from a young age. Ciara attended the Gaeltacht for 6 years in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir in Donegal. She also took part in 3 Spanish exchanges in which she lived in Spain each summer for a period of time. She is hoping to enlighten the students by spreading the love that she has for these languages and is eager to open every opportunity for the students. Ciara ensures that her classroom is a place in which all students feel safe, enthusiastic and driven whilst enjoying learning languages. 

Ciara enjoys attending the gym and also participating in yoga classes. She also enjoys going on long walks and reading interesting books. She is delighted to be a part of the team here in Belmayne ETSS.

Bronagh James

Bronagh is a history, geography and learning support teacher at Belmayne ETSS. She graduated from Dublin City University with a BA in Humanities (History and Geography). She then went on to complete her PME degree in DCU as well.

An important aspect of Bronagh’s class is getting student feedback and encouraging student voice in class. Bronagh loves her subjects so much she can be found using google earth, which she uses in class, and reading historical books in her free time.

Bronagh enjoys swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with Alzheimer Society of Ireland, whom she is a committee member for in the Drogheda branch. She is an avid dog-lover who can be found spending most of her time with her dog, Daisy. 

Olwyn Bourke

Olwyn currently teaches Science, Biology and Home Economics in Belmayne ETSS. She studied Food Innovation in TUD Cathal Brugha street were she covered a wide range of modules from nutrition, sensory analysis, microbiology, chemistry, shelf life management etc. She also just completed her Post Masters of Education in Trinity College Dublin this year and is an enthusiastic newly qualified teacher.

She also holds a certificate in Soil Science from Trinity College School of Botany and is undergoing microcredits from NUIG surrounding sustainability and climate action.

Olwyn is a member of a small local gym in Killester were she participates in classes 3-4 days a week including Yoga practice. Olwyn is aware of the importance of health and fitness and thinks that it is important to find an outlet even if you do not consider yourself a sporty person. As well as the gym she also enjoys keeping up with popular movies and TV series.

First School Event – Sports Day

There was a buzz about the place Friday morning, everyone was looking forward to our first school event of 2020.

6 teams and all to play for. There was cricket, rugby, rounders, football, relay races and experts on hand to give some sound advice to our budding players.

There was a great atmosphere, shoes fell off while jumping high, falls and bumps and epic tackles. Ita and Fiona went head to head in the sprint walking – Fiona “won” but her win was surrounded by allegations of cheating (bit of running thrown in), without VAR we’ll agree to call it a draw!

The day was finished off with an ice cream and everyone went home exhausted but happy.