Don’t forget – Beech Hill College TY Craft Fair – Back by popular Demand

December 1st, 2014

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After a very successful 2013 Christmas Craft Fair, the Transition Year Group is going ahead with the 2014 Christmas Craft Fair. Already there have been enquiries as to whether it will happen again after last year’s success. Well, it is going ahead again!

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Some of the Beech Hill College Transition Year students with the items they have for this year’s Christmas Craft Fair. It takes place in Monaghan Shopping Centre on Thursday 11th December.

There are tea light holders, cribs, Santa signs, clocks, bird nests, beautifullyl turned bowls (ideal for pot pouri), hoop games and lots more. All proceeds go to a local charity nominated by the TY group.

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Some of the items made by TY students for the 2014 Craft Fair

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Big Bazaar – Date for your Diary

December 1st, 2014

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On Friday December 12th we will hold a Bazaar to raise funds for the college. There are lots of prizes lined up including an all-inclusive trip to see Manchester United play. Yes, you did read correctly – the trip includes coach, hotel and game etc. Another “bigee” is a Tablet and there are guitars, iPod station, “Frozen” doll, lots of kids toys, tools for the boys (and girls), jewellery, handbags and much more. Kick-off is at 7p.m.

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Four Beech Hill College Students nominated for top Junior Certificate Project 2014

November 24th, 2014

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Techno Teachers run an annual competition to select the top Junior Certificate Project in Materials Technology (Wood). This year four students from Beech Hill College had their projects shortlisted in the top forty in this competition.

These projects were on display to the public in the foyer of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology recently. All projects nominated were highly commended on the night for their range of skill and craftsmanship.

The Beech Hill College students worked very hard under the guidance of their teachers, Mr. O’Shea and Mr. McStravog. All projects were taken from design stage to completion by the students themselves and they display the best in woodturning, marquetry, carving and high quality jointing as well as a good eye for design and a talent in woodworking.

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Beech Hill College students who were recently nominated among the top forty students in Ireland for their Junior Certificate Project 2014 in Materials Technology (Wood).

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Local Entrepreneur Visits Beech Hill College

October 12th, 2014

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The first year students at Beech Hill College were given a Business Studies presentation by Mr. David O’Rourke (founder and manager of Pizza D’Or ltd) recently. David spoke to them about the importance of always looking for opportunities in life and of having the determination and guts to make the most of those same opportunities.
He gave them an outline of his life from when he began as an entrepreneur at the young age of 12 right up to and including his success with Pizza D’Or in Monaghan town. He outlined the many challenges that he faced and the various ways he managed to overcome them and grow his business and addressed topics such as finance, marketing, pricing, human resources, production, locating, delivering etc.

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Local Entrepreneur Mr. David O’Rourke (Pizza D’Or Ltd) receiving a Céad Míle Fáilte from Beech Hill College First Year Student Representatives, with Business Teacher Mr. Mulholland and Principal Ms. Williamson-Hunter.


Students gained greatly from seeing and hearing what David had to say and the belief and passion with which he described his entrepreneurial life.
David also acted as a guest judge again this year for the final of the annual Beech Hill College Business Studies Poster Competition. The poster winners included – Jakub Szkup, Laurna Creagh, Cian Maguire, Leah Power, Maebh McCluskey, Oisín McElmeel, Jamie Duffy and Aoife Tierney.
The Business Studies Department at Beech Hill College would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere thanks to David for his generosity, his professionalism and for his honesty both in the preparation and execution of his presentation. He certainly gave us all some “food for thought” and we look forward to having David back in the college at some time in the future!

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Handball at the College Going from Strength to Strength

September 22nd, 2014

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Over a hundred and twenty competitors from all age groups took part in the Junior and Senior Handball competitions 2013 -2014. The Junior semi-finals saw some very close games between Robbie V Jamie and Muhammad V Michael, with Muhammad and Robbie meeting in the final. Muhammad went on the win, making it two in a row as he was also the 2012-2013 winner. All four of the above mentioned handballers had represented their school earlier this year in the Ulster One Wall Competition.

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Winner and runner-up in the Junior Handball Competition 2013-2014 held in the College, pictured with Handball Coordinator, Ms. McGinnity and Deputy Principal, Mr. McArdle.


In the semi-finals of the senior handball competition Muhammad N played Martin and Patryk played Adam. Both semi-finals went to a tie breaker with the players putting on display an array of skills they had developed over the year. The final between Muhammad and Patryk was exciting with Muhammad going on to win, making it a double for the brothers.
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Winner and runner-up in the Senior Handball Competition 2013-2014 held in the College, pictured with Principal, Ms. Williamson-Hunter and Handball Coordinator, Ms. McGinnity.


Handball training has already started with second and third years getting ready for the Ulster One Wall competition which is to be hosted by Beech Hill College on the 13th of November. Trials are to be held over the coming weeks to select a team of 8 players who will go on to represent their school. The first year Ulster One Wall competition will be held in March with some very promising players already in this category. Players will also take part in the Ulster 40 X 20 competition which is to be held in Kingscourt later on in the year. A keen interest is also been shown by some of the Junior girls with a number having really improved their skills. It is hoped to have a girls’ team representing the school this year in competition. All students are welcome and encouraged to take part in handball training at lunchtime.

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