Today we have a guest post from Sheila Maher at Blackrock Further Education Institute.

10 years of the ETB was marked by a week of celebrations and for everyone in BFEI this culminated in a packed and fun-filled day on Friday 3rd March.



The tone of the day was set by staff and students being encouraged to wear denim from top to toe in support of “Denim for Dementia” day. There were some great looks swanning around the college in double and triple denim ensembles.

BFEI began the day’s events by hosting a beauty competition like no other! Students and staff were invited to enter a Beautiful Bake-off, with their bakes judged on aesthetics and visual appeal alone. The fact that they tasted delicious was a bonus. The winning cake was a mouth-watering white chocolate flavoured cake with a delicate green icing, coloured naturally using spinach leaves. Hidden talents abound in BFEI. Winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place each walked away with a voucher to acknowledge their achievements.

Following the competition and ensuring everyone had the opportunity to taste some bakes, there was a tea-party for all staff and students, hosted by the college. Coffee and tea were consumed in vast quantities from quirky mugs dug out from the back of kitchen cabinets or off the top shelf, and dusted down. The buzz around the cafeteria was infectious and everyone joined in.

DDLETB BFEI ETB Adrian and Tina

Tina Reddin, the College Principal and Adrian Flynn, Director of Schools at DDLETB

At 11am a dramatic and colourful balloon drop was released by Tina Reddin, the College Principal and Adrian Flynn, Director of Schools at DDLETB. Caught on phones and circulated widely this made for a dramatic moment of celebration.

For those who still had energy in the tank there was an 8km cycle to Sorrento Park with a picnic overlooking the panoramic views from Dalkey Island all the way around to Howth. The hot tea and treats at the summit were well deserved and fuelled the cycle home