Poetry Ireland – Writer in Residence

Enthusiastic Second Year English students with Writer in Residence Ms. Debbie Thomas

Writer in Residence

Second year students have started a six week workshop with writer, Debbie Thomas. The workshops, funded by Poetry Ireland, will focus on Global issues such as Poverty and Sustainability.

Students will get the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate on these important topics. These discussions will inform the writing that students will then undertake.

We look forward to hearing more from these students in the coming weeks.




INOTE Conference 2017

Our English department travelled to Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday 14th October to attend the annual INOTE Conference. This conference is a national conference where teachers of English come together to learn, discuss and discover best practice in the English classroom.

Ms. S Walshe, Ms. Brennan, Ms. Doran, Ms. KA Walshe and Ms. C. McDonald were delighted to secure places to the conference which sold out within minutes of tickets becoming available.

The theme of the conference was  ‘Awaken the Joy of Knowledge and Creative Expression’  and the entire department agreed that the day certainly lived up to all expectations.



Following an early registration, the Borris Vocational School group settled into the wonderful keynote address of Mr. Niall McMonagle – a renowned poet and author. His discussion was extremely enjoyable.

The second keynote address focused on the “New Poets on the Leaving Certificate, D.H. Lawrence and Brendan Kennelly”. This lecture, given by the teaching guru that is Ms. Frances Rocks, was absolutely fantastic. Always inspiring, Frances brought the conference through some of the wonderful poetry now on the course for the Leaving Certificate exam in 2018.

The third presentation of the day looked at  Junior Cycle English and was given by the Junior Cycle for Teachers team.

A  well-deserved lunch followed the presentations and gave teachers an opportunity to meet up with teachers from other schools and exchange helpful hints and tips for use in the English classroom. The afternoon was taken up with rotating workshops which included:

  1. Creative Writing, Danielle McLoughlin
  2. The Art of Rhetoric, Kate Barry
  3. Film at Junior Cycle and Beyond, Conor Murphy

The day was a tremendous success and all of the teachers who attended agreed that it was a most worthwhile experience and looked forward to bringing some of the new learning back into the English classrooms in Borris.


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English Week Continues……

Our literacy board is an area of great interest this week as each student tries to figure out who owns the SHELFIE! Keep guessing guys- we are glad you are enjoying the challenge!

In keeping with the week take a look at this poster depicting some words we owe to Shakespeare- you may not have realised how many common words and phrases were actually invented by the Bard!


Words we owe to Shakepeare

English Week

english week


This week we celebrate all things English with our week devoted to reading. language and literacy. There are many activities planned for the week including some competitions. Keep an eye on the Literacy Board at the centre of our school where this year’s SHELFIE competition is posted. Be sure to enter and forms are available at the board!



Each morning we start the day with an inspiring quote read by a student from each year group starting with a student representative from First Year on Monday, Second Year on Tuesday and so on through the week!

We will also have a Scavenger Hunt through the school and some dingbat quizzes for our senior students who will hopefully think outside the box!

Competitions mean prizes and we will have some Easter Eggs at the ready for our prize winners.

Enjoy the week everyone!

MS Readathon


Many congratulations and well done to the First Year English classes on their participation in the annual MS Readathon. The students read as many books as they could over a four week period and were sponsored for every book they read.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and were delighted to discover new genres and authors during the readathon. There was lots of discussion in classes regarding their book selections.

This year the sponsorship total was over €1200 which is an amazing achievement.

Well done to all of the students and their teachers Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh, Ms. O’Regan and Ms. Duggan.