Another of our inspirational young people working hard to help others. Colleen is in Romania with the Romania Project NLYC m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2003105336579755&id=1763070403916584 #proudNext up in their blog is Colleen someone who when first began the programme came on her own and has now became a massive part of the team with her passion to help others and her support to her group. Well done Colleen and continue the journey that you are on.
Leaving on Wednesday morning to start my journey to Romania was nerve wrecking, not knowing what to expect my head was filled with thoughts the whole way to Baraolt. Finally arriving at the town after 3 in the morning we were all shattered and headed to bed to be up bright and early on Thursday morning, this was the first time we were experiencing Baraolt properly. The first place we went on Thursday morning was the Laura Haz, a disability centre, I was nervous walking up the street to the centre as I didn’t know what I was walking into but going into the room with all the kids was unreal. I have never seen so many happy faces to see a group of strangers, each and every one of the kids jumped up laughing and hugging everyone which filled me with so many happy emotions. The atmosphere in the Laura Haz is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to experience it more & more over the next few days. After the Laura Haz we visited Piroski, a girl who was in the orphanage when the past 2 groups had visited, she was adopted by her granny a few months ago and is now living with family. Visiting Piroski was hard seeing her living conditions and belongings puts things into perspective, however she is with people who love and care for her which is most important. After we visited Piroski we all went to the family home, however when we got there most of the kids were out doing other things so we didn’t really get to fully meet them until later on that night when we went for dinner with all the kids which was amazing. Taking the kids for dinner let us get to know them and start building relationships with them. Before taking the family home for dinner we visited the orphanage which was completely different than the Laura Haz, the orphanage was much harder for me to feel happy emotions however making the kids smile and building special bonds with each of them is the most unreal feeling. Yesterday we held a fun day in the school which was brilliant, we had kids from the Laura Haz, the family home and the orphanage come together for an amazing time with music games and sweets which was unreal as it really helped me to get buzzing which was amazing. I made a special connection with one of the kids from the family home at the fun day and it is continuing to grow which I never expected to happen. After the fun day we had time to chill which gave me a chance to take everything in and realise how lucky I am to be sitting in Romania building unreal bonds and making someone’s week a small bit better. Today we went to the hospital to visit the kids ward and visit one of the kids who was previously in the orphanage, this was really hard as she is very sick and seeing her was heart breaking. We also got a tour of the hospital which made my heart sink as it shows how little resources this town has yet everyone is so happy and we complain about what we have when we have everything and more. After the hospital we went to the family home and had a small party with all the kids and staff which was amazing, going to the family home really helped lift my spirits as we had the music pumping and everyone was buzzing. Getting to spend more time with the kids as well was amazing as seeing their happy faces and their love for you be gave back is amazing. Taking everything into perspective, this trip is helping me to learn and grow in ways I couldn’t back home hopefully I can take everything I’m learning back to Belfast and put it into my volunteer work in the 174 and the youth club, as well as this trip has taught me that if you want to grow you have to push yourself which I’ll also be taking home with me and putting into my volunteering. ... See MoreSee Less
There is a free Northern Ireland residential at Liverpool John Moore’s from Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd June 2018 and applications are now OPEN.. This residential is completely free for students including flights and will allow interested students plenty of opportunity to talk to current students, tour the University facilities and explore the city of Liverpool. To register visit www.ljmu.ac.uk/NIResidential2018
Any other queries or questions see Miss Crossan on Monday morning ... See MoreSee Less
The opportunity of a new home is amazing, but for someone like Ermin Lee Claassen his partner Geraldine Saaiers & the Boys, along with Geraldine’s dad George, This is a dream come true. Watch as the #B2B replace the old with the New. #Family #B2B 🇿🇦 Please Share
Check out our next video blog, within this we capture the amazing work the team carried out taking the Elderly from their home to Step a Side, followed by the unbelievable event of the Aperture IVA Fun day. #B2B 🇿🇦 Plz Share
Alan Waite Joe McNeill Darren Gaynor Thomas Turley Stephen Konrad Pierce Mcconnell Sarahjane Waite Skete Konrad Clonard YouthClub TBUC Camps Programme
“Great session with #BoysUtd last night. Thanks @monkstownboxing for asking us to partner on this #sports #goodrelations programme. Massive cheers to @MercyCollegeNI boys for getting stuck into it with enthusiasm & open mind #youngpeopleareamazing #northbelfast #ardoyne #monkstown”
Check out our next video “Simple things of life” listen to our amazing young people as they detail some of their journey so far. Please enjoy and Share 🇿🇦 #B2B
Alan Waite Thomas Turley Joe McNeill Sarahjane Waite Clonard YouthClub Ardoyne Youth Club R City TBUC Camps Programme Aperture IVA Orla Elwood Pierce Mcconnell Chelsea Dunwoody Codie Waite Norman Jacobs Farrelle Khai Megan Hamilton Eamon Hamilton Shonagh Toner Leah Thompson Daniel Davidson Jordan McKimm Jonathan Murray
We are excited to share the #B2B2018 first video blog. The team have been amazing and working really hard here in Blanco over the last two days and this is a little insight into their journey. The entire B2B team have settled in so well and have built some amazing relationships that will last a lifetime. Please Share their outstanding work 🇿🇦#B2B
Alan Waite Thomas Turley Joe McNeill Pierce Mcconnell Chelsea Dunwoody Sarahjane Waite Clonard YouthClub Clonard Fegan Jonathan Murray Daniel Davidson Jordan McKimm Eamon Hamilton Megan Hamilton Leah Thompson Shonagh Toner Norman Jacobs Ermin Lee Claassen Farrelle Khai Orla Elwood Aoife Oreilly TBUC Camps Programme Aperture IVA
Safer Internet Day 2018 Key messages Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission*, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year on Safer Internet Day millions of people unite to inspire positive change and raise awareness of online safety issues and participate in events and activities right across the globe. Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Safer Internet Day aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet. By celebrating the positive power of the internet, the 2018 Safer Internet Day theme of “Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you” encourages everyone to join the global movement, to participate, to make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together. With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day 2018 encourages everyone to join and play their part. There are many ways to do this: • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
• Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
• Teachers, educators and social workers can help to create a better internet by equipping their pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. They can empower them to create their own content, make positive choices online and can set a personal example of online behaviour for their pupils and students.
• Industry can help to create a better internet by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online, and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
• Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self-regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.
• Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.
We invite everyone to join us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, to help create a better internet on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 and, indeed, throughout the whole year. A better internet starts with you!
* Safer Internet Day would not be possible without the support of the European Commission. Currently the funding is provided by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF). Find out more about the EC’s “European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children” on the European Commission’s website. ... See MoreSee Less
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people in Europe and across the world.
Mrs Keenan wants to say a great big thank you to Year 8 Aoife McKnight who very kindly donated books she had enjoyed to the school library so that other pupils could enjoy them too! ... See MoreSee Less
We are so proud of our Form 6 and LLS Online students, Aimee Orla, Sophie,Joleen and Orlaigh as they set of on their Belfast 2 Blanco journey! They will travel to George in South Africa to spend 16 days helping the local communities in the township. Follow their journey on the Belfast 2 Blanco FB page #prideofmercy ... See MoreSee Less
We are often asked about opening hours for local libraries. Details for all libraries can be found at www.librariesni.org.uk but here are some details for the local libraries most of our students access. ... See MoreSee Less
On Friday it was the turn of our Year 10 group to engage in a STEM activity day. Well done to Niamh, Amy, Zoe and Zara who designed the winning structure setting a new record of 54kg. They will now represent the school at a final event at Belfast Harbour offices in March. Thank you to STEM Aware and Belfast Harbour for facilitating the workshop. ... See MoreSee Less
Our Sixth form students had a successful Leadership Programme and Residential weekend at The Jungle NI. Thanks to Barnardo's and the 10 other schools from North Belfast who are supporting young people to embrace change and leadership in their communities. ... See MoreSee Less