Home Economics



Home Economics occupies a very central place in the life of Sligo Grammar School. Wonderful smells waft from the HE kitchens at all times through the week and the students are often engaged in fundraising via bake sales. Every student in the school is delighted when a bake sale for charity is announced at assembly and the queues to buy cookies and buns have to be seen to be believed!


It’s more than just cooking, though, as students learn sewing and crafting skills of all kinds which are seen at their best in the fantastic craftwork submitted each year for junior cert exams..





During the winter lockdown 2nd Year HE students indulged their creative sides as the class explored the topic of “Creativity”. In their on-line classes they studied the importance of creativity for our physical and emotional well-being and examined how creativity has improved our homes, communities, and workplaces. On return to school the students, after so much time on IT devices, were ready to get their creative juices flowing. Using simple textile resources (already available in school) students used basic hand sewing and embellishment techniques to make an appliqué felt cushion. Every single cushion is different, reflecting the students own style and creativity. It was a great project and a welcome break from Power Point presentations!
Pictured below are felt mice made by 1st year students using basic sewing skills. 
TY students learnt about good food this year and made (and ate) home-made burgers in HE Class in May. 

Despite Lockdown Ty, 1st and 2nd year HE students have continued to cook at home They have been exploring the Food Pyramid and applying what they discover to their home cooking. Last week the students were cooking stir-fries based on their study of the Food Pyramid. Of course, being Lockdown, baking featured high on the agenda so HE students indulged her sweet tooth too! Well done to all for keeping the cooking up during Lockdown and many thanks to their teacher Ms Butler for her motivation!

Get ready for Pancake Tuesday  this Mid-Term Break!

Click on the picture below to view a PowerPoint presentation for instructions on making pancakes. 


Despite the “lockdown”, Mrs Hall’s 1st yr. HomeEconomics classes have been continuing their practical cooking classes at home. Mrs Hall has been uploading recipes and baking demonstrations online and the 1st years have been sending her pictures of the finished results. Don’t they look delicious!!

During Lockdown Mrs Kilroy also engaged her students via the video below,  encouraging the students to get creative in the kitchen and cook something as a way of boosting their spirits and developing a very valuable new skill.
She follows chefs and cooks on Instagram and can access their recipes that way. Why not follow her favourites on Instagram….
Nigella Lawson
Donal Skehan
Jamie Oliver.


Here is a recipe you can try at home! Click on the image and download the recipe for Ginger and Honey Chicken wings. 

Below: An example of Junior Cert Craftwork. 

JC craftwork HE




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