Intercultural day projects

The children did amazing work on their projects for different countries. We learned all about customs and traditions. Our wonderful parents supplied food and treats from each country. A fantastic day was had by all.

 

Chinese books and items

 

Junior infants work on Poland

 

1st class project on China

 

3rd and 4th class project on Philippines.

 

3rd class work on France.

 

Eiffel Tower using match sticks.

 

Italy by Senior Infants and First.

 

Japan by 5th and 6th class.

 

2nd class project on India.

 

Junior Infants work on Mongolia.

 

Senior Infants project on Venezuela.

 

3rd & 4th class project on Sweden.

 

Nigeria by 3rd & 4th class

 

Yellow Flag 2016/2017

 

Our Yellow Flag programme, which promotes inclusivity and celebrates the diversity in our school, is in full swing again this year. We are currently working through the steps towards being awarded our first Yellow Flag and all the children have been busy completing work in their classrooms.

The children in 3rd-6th class have been learning about Eid al-Fitr,  an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Several classes are participating in the Someone Like Me art competition which is sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality. This fantastic competition aims to promote disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities. Someone Like Me allows children to learn about and discuss these topics and creatively express what they’ve learned through art.

First and Second class have been looking at what makes each child in the class an individual and have completed self-portraits highlighting their individuality. They have also completed an Intercultural Flower which shows the different nationalities represented in their class.

First Class have been learning sign language as part of ISL Awareness week and can now use basic signing with each other.

Here is a small sample of the amazing work going on in our school to celebrate the diversity in our community!

 

Yellow Flag Intercultural Day 2016

Friday June 17th saw a riot of colour and energy in the school hall. The whole place was abuzz with the excitement that is Intercultural Day. Broad smiles adorned the faces of children and  parents alike as they witnessed dancing from Indonesia and Peru performed by Fathya, Faiza(1st class), Lorena and Alejandra(fourth class), the Romanian national anthem sung by Dara( Snr. Inf.) and a Christian song from the Philippines sung by ⁠⁠⁠Micah. Max and Chloe read their poems about diversity which summed up the day perfectly. After the performances there was a selection of delicacies from around the world which were not long in disappearing. It was a wonderful day that brilliantly demonstrated the global make up of our local school.

A big thank you to all parents who helped make the Yellow Flag Intercultural Day such a special event.

 

Yellow Flag Update

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:

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Chinese New Year

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.

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International Cookery Group

This year we are introducing a new cookery class for parents. Each week a parent (or group of parents) will demonstrate how to cook a traditional meal from their home country. We have families from all around the world attending the school and we are looking forward to sampling many new and delicious dishes. It will be an informal class and everyone is welcome to attend (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc!). If you are interested in taking part in the class please come to a meeting next Wednesday 30th September at 9.15 am in the kitchen. Tea/coffee will be provided.

 

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