Ballinteer Community School in conjunction with Trinity Access Programmes and College for Every Student (CFES) are delighted to be one of eleven schools outside the USA to work with College For Every student. Our goal to create a school-wide college going culture. This has been spurred on by our longstanding partnership with the Trinity Access Programmes (www.tcd.ie/trinity_access) and our new partnership with the US based organisation College for Every Student (CFES) (www.collegefes.org). College for Every Student (CFES) has demonstrated, over a 25 year period that schools which have three core pillars embedded within the student experience, will improve the college participation rates of its students. The three core practices are: Mentoring, Leadership through Service and Pathways to College. It is hoped that we will not only strengthen the college going culture within our school, but that we may stand out as a model of good practice for other schools in Ireland.
Mentoring fosters academic and personal growth by providing CFES Scholars a supportive relationship with an older, more experienced individual who can serve as a role model. All CFES schools have mentoring programs for their Scholars that utilise peers, adults, teachers, community leaders, and/or college students as mentors.
Leadership through Service helps CFES Scholars identify and express their leadership potential through activities that make their school and/or community a better place. CFES schools create meaningful opportunities for Scholars to provide leadership in service to others. Gaining leadership skills and taking responsibility for others builds self-confidence, encouraging personal aspirations for college and developing resilience that leads to college success.
Pathways to College partners CFES schools with colleges to provide opportunities for CFES Scholars to visit college campuses, interact with students and faculty, and gain exposure to the admissions process, financial aid options, and other higher education components.
Twelve 2nd year students were selected by interview to be student leaders. These students attended a training session in TCD and will subsequently lead the rest of their peers in a school and community project.
On Tuesday 18th November 2014, the students the Convention Centre where they met some of their mentors. They were also addressed by David Puttnam who introduced the students to some of his work that saw him win 10 Oscars during his career.
The aim of this event was to encourage as many of our students as possible to go on to 3rd level education by making them aware of the wide range of opportunities that await them in the future. Over 20 Professionals from the local area including Nurse, Garda, Firefighters, Software developers, TV producers, Solicitors, Teachers, Social workers, IT programmer, Banker, Air hostess, Accountant, education officer from the DSPCA, Project manager, SNA, Psychologist ,Auctioneer and a sound engineer came to be interviewed by our 2nd year Students.
Angel Acosta, the CFES Program Director in the US, made a special visit to our 2nd year CFES Scholars. He was both inspirational and motivational for our students.
Steps to enrolling your son or daughter in Ballinteer Community School:
1. Read the Admissions Policies and related policies on our website.
2. Complete all sections and return form. Enclose a Birth Cert., any certificates of exemption and reports about SEN that your son or daughter may have.
3. Incomplete forms will be returned to you. Please note that incomplete applications or applications which do not include the relevant certificates cannot be accepted.
4. Completed forms will be acknowledged.
5. If you are applying to the ASD unit or the unit for inclusion of students with physical disabilities please note that there are separate enrollment forms and admission policies for these units. Please note that these units are small and places are extremely limited.
6. If a place is offered, please accept it quickly and pay the deposit to secure the place.