Bunclody school opens its doors
Bunclody Vocational College held its annual open day initiative recently and it attracted over 180 fifth and sixth class pupils from nearby primary schools to the college.
A spokesperson for the college said the visitors got a taste of 'a day in the life of a secondary school student'
The teachers and students in the college were delighted to welcome the visitors into their classrooms and give an insight into what being a member of the school population is like.
The visiting pupils took part in quizzes and hands-on practical and sporting activities -which proved very popular.
They watched demonstrations in the practical rooms and had an opportunity to speak Irish and French.
The college students assisted their teachers in the classrooms and got a chance to be a teacher for the day.
The open day also provided the opportunity for the college to launch its new Transition Year Programme and the visitors were shown all the activities the 'TY's' have been doing since September.
Principal, James Murphy, was very happy with the outcome of the open day initiative.
'While Bunclody Vocational College offers a comprehensive 'taster' programme for its incoming first years, other schools do not, and it is a valuable day for primary school students to get classroom experience of second-level subjects,' he said.
'Our teachers and students worked very hard today to provide an enjoyable day for our visitors and I would like to thank them and also the local primary schools for allowing us this time with their students,' he added.
The visitors expressed delight at being able to view the facilities in addition to meeting the staff and students.
The Student Council members provided a 'Tour Guide' service and the Music Department provided entertainment.