Back on the 15th of March Our Lady’s celebrated and commemorated the events of 1916 with a flag-raising ceremony, singing and playing of Amhrán na bFiann, a roll call of the executed leaders and some famous women combatants. This was followed by a display of music and dancing from our pupils and a reading of Our Lady’s New Proclamation by Mrs Collins culminating in an uplifting dramatic presentation of dialogue and songs devised by Mr Heneghan and staged by Ms O’Loughlin’s 5th & 6th Class.
Back in March the school had a ceremony for the presentation of the prestigious Digital School of Distinction award. Only 5% (or approximately 250 schools out of a total of 3,300) of schools across the country have received this award which is given to primary schools who demonstrate excellence in their approach to the integration of ICT (information and communications technology) in learning and teaching. Among the guests who attended were Mr Malcolm O’Kelly, parent and former Leinster, Ireland and British and Irish Lion player, Mr Cónal McGovern, Parent, and person responsible for updating our schools’ website and special guest speaker Mr Gerard McHugh, Director of Dublin West Education Centre and Chair of the Digital Awards Committee. Special thanks to the Digital Schools Committee members, Chloe Bell, Sara Milosevic, Ella Mowlds and Katie Crosby Dillon. Thanks also Ms. O’Brien (currently on maternity leave), IT coordinator at the school, who did so much to secure this award.
This week the children took part in an Art lesson on drawing still life, so they drew some fresh fruit using pastels and their creativity
When we were learning about dinosaurs last week, we also worked like historians, paleontologists in particular! The children examined fossils (chocolate chip cookies)
for evidence of life (the chips)!
Every year the NPC (National Parents Council), the umbrella group for parent associations throughout Ireland, holds a conference for members about parenting and education. This attendees get the chance to listen to and meet with experts in their respective fields such as education, psychology, health, literacy, etc. The speakers never fail to be illuminating and the conference is always worth a visit especially as it is free.
To find out more about the conference and the speakers who will be attending click here.
If you are a parent of a child in primary school and you want them to have the opportunity to reach their full educational potential, then this is the conference for you!
On the evening of Sunday the 24th April every household in Ireland will be required to fill in the 2016 Census form. The census is more than just a head count of the population. Data is collected on age, gender, employment, health, housing, ethnic background, education, etc. The reason for collecting this data is to provide information in relation to who we are, what we do and how we live our daily lives. This in turn provides the knowledge that we all need to make decisions and plan for the future.
For anyone who is struggling to figure out the census form: the CSO (Central Statistics Office) has provided a helpful FAQ guide which can be accessed here. There is also a schools section with lots of resources and lessons for teachers and students to learn all about the census. Check it out here.
Remember, every household is obliged by law to fill out the census form on Sunday 24th of April, 2016. However, there is no need to worry. There is plenty of help at hand:
- Visit the helpdesk at census.ie or
- LoCall 1850 20 16 04.
If you haven’t received your form you can contact the CSO at the above or
- Freetext the word FORM to 50400
In Term 2 we all worked hard at completing some more of the Yellow Flag steps.
We celebrated Chinese New Year, Catholic Schools Week, Ash Wednesday and Friendship Week. We were also working on our own intercultural lessons in class and completing our entries for the Yellow Flag Art Competition.
The Yellow Flag Co-ordinator visited the school in March and met with the students on the Diversity Committee. She was very impressed with our good work and the progress we have made so far this year.
Here are some wonderful examples of the intercultural work completed in classes:
As part of our Yellow Flag Diversity Programme we celebrated Chinese New Year in Our Lady’s at the beginning of February. We are lucky enough to have thirteen Chinese students as part of our school community and they gave a wonderful assembly to the rest of the school which explained about why Chinese New Year is celebrated and how important it is in Chinese culture. All of the classes produced amazing artwork and learned about China and Chinese culture and traditions. Many thanks to the parents and students who helped make the week such a special experience.
In response to many requests from parents I have organised for Colm McKay from the local Primary Care Centre to run the Incredible Years Parenting Programme in Our Lady’s. This programme is usually only run twice a year in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area so we are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to participate as places are highly sought after.
This programme is usually only run twice a year in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area so we are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to participate as places are highly sought after.
The Incredible Years (for children 5-12) is a programme focused on strengthening parenting skills (monitoring, positive discipline, confidence) and fostering parents’ involvement in children’s school experiences in order to promote children’s academic, social and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems.
The course will take place in the school kitchen on Wednesday mornings at 10.00-12.00 a.m. for six weeks and will start next Wednesday 13th April. The final session will take place on 25th May. Parents must commit to attending all six sessions.
Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a lottery basis if there are too many applications. If there is a special reason you would like to attend the course or would like more information please contact me directly on 086-3510106 or see me in school.
Orlaith Regan, HSCLC