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Weaving Well-Being is the first Irish designed positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 8-12 years. This Positive Education programme consists of 10 lessons for each class level and is grounded in evidence based interventions from the rapidly expanding field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of well-being. It's a sign of the importance we attach to our children learning tools of resilience & coping skills that we’re leading the way in introducing this programme. The children from 2nd – 6th have received their manuals. The programme titles are Character Strengths, Positive Emotions, Tools of Resilience, Positive Relationships & Empowering Beliefs.
A key part of the educational programme for the Ireland 2016 commemoration, Proclamation Day will see schools and classes throughout the country unveil their own “Proclamation for a New Generation”. Based on reflection on the 1916 Proclamation students across Ireland are currently involved in drafting their own Proclamations that outline their vision for Ireland in the 21stCentury and the values they want to see our communities.
The Department issued information to all schools outlining activities they may consider as part of Proclamation Day. The Proclamation for a New Generation project will form the cornerstone of the day in all schools but there is also a great opportunity for students and teachers to showcase the range of other activities schools have engaged in to commemorate and reflect on the events of 1916 and to look forward to the future. By now all primary and post-primary schools will have received their own national flag, either from the Defence Forces or from the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation and it is proposed that raising the national flag is an appropriate way to beginProclamation Day.”
Among the activities that schools are engaging with as part of the Ireland 2016 Education Programme are:
Ancestry projects – where students trace the life and times of a relative or local people in 1916
All-Island schools history essay competition
Ireland 2016 drama, art, poetry, film and song competitions
In addition students have been invited to design a “Doodle 4 Google” piece to mark the centenary, while recordings of the Proclamation for a New Generation will be hosted on a special YouTube site.
As Proclamation Day falls within Seachtain na Gaeilge, schools are also asked to consider involvement in Féile na Físe, organised by Conradh na Gaeilge.
“March 15th promises to be a truly memorable day for students, teachers and other school staff.
Leading Lights is a RSA initiative in which an individual, school, business or organisation who campaigns, educates and is committed to improving road safety in their community can be recognised for their efforts. Now in their ninth year the Road Safety Authority’s ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards’ recognise and honour the contribution made by people nationwide in reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
It's with great pride we announce that our school has been nominated for the 2016 ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards’. An enormous amount has been achieved over the past couple of years.
Our aim staring out was to create a system which facilitated children getting from their breakfast table to their classroom desk without having to cross in front of a moving car. The evidence is there to say that the vast majority of children can now manage this.
This is thanks to many people. We're only too happy to pass the baton to our Green Schools & Students Council to work in conjunction with the Parking Committee to keep the project fresh.
Education Category Awards are to be given for the design and originality of educational initiatives which have made a significant impact on the teaching or practice of road safety within an educational environment, from early childhood to third level and community. Nominations are accepted under the following sub-categories:
Third Level / Further education
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our Travel Flag/Student Council collaboration for meticulous surveying, regular evidence gathering & coming up with very creative ideas to keep the Setdown Area as efficient as it can be.
Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place from March 1st right through to St. Patrick's Day. The children arre encouraged to speak Gaeilge in an easy, casual manner. The 'Seachtain' wil come to a rousing finalé with our Ceolchoirm
We have a Clothes Bank for unwanted clothes on-site now. The clothes are sent to those he might need them more than ourselves. When the bin is full a van comes, the clothes are weighed and money is given to the school. This money all goes into an I.T. fund in our school.
The Mighty Mouth Schools Programme for 5-6 year olds has been developed as a significant evidence based oral health promotion tool in the overall delivery of dental care services for young children living in Ireland. It was commissioned by the dental services in the Eastern Regional Health Authority Area and developed by the Dental Health Foundation, Ireland, in collaboration with the oral and general health promotion teams in the eastern region and in partnership with teachers, parents and children. The overall aim of the programme is to focus attention on the importance of oral health for children who are at greatest risk of developing dental disease. The programme concentrates on the value of good dental care as part of childrens’ overall health and well being. In particular it emphasises the essential role of tooth-friendly foods and drinks, and of supervised regular effective tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste. It also includes information and advice on dental services for children. This programme uses an educational settings-based approach and it has been developed based on the needs identified by parents and teachers concerned with childrens’ oral health. It is also consistent with the Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) curriculum for primary schools in Ireland.
Please take every opportunity to bring traffic issues to the fore on the local election agenda. We feel that the council are beginning to show genuine interest & we're not too far from some imaginitive improvements. This Election and the opening up of an Ashford Area Development Plan are opportunities that don't come around very often. Please have a look at Parents Association Newsletter for May in Parents area of our website and the traffic letter lists our traffic priorities. We need to get the message out there & circulate as many letters as possible so If you can download & print the letter that'd be great. Otherwise the school is happy to print off copies if you just make contact & collect.
Our 4th Classes have put a lot of preparation into Peace Proms 2016. The Big Day arrived and we boarded a bus to the RDS to sing with approx. 3,000 fellow students accompanied by the CBOI orchestra and many special guests. The audience swelled the numbers who participated on the night to 7,000. It was a night the children will never forget
Last Friday the school received some very welcome news from Ally Menary (Travel Co-ordinator, An Taisce). The School has been awarded its 4th Green Flag. A huge thank you to the committee, pupils, teachers & parents who’ve supported the Travel programme so enthusiastically. It’s great to see so many walking, cycling, scooting & using the Park ‘n’ Stride locations. A big thank you also to Avoca & the GAA for facilitating this.
Internet Security & Cyberbullying Talk with John Wells. Senior Classes during the school day and Parent's Talk in the school @ 7pm. John Wills is the Education Officer with Barnardos and is hugely experienced in this area. He speaks countrywide as is seen as the authority facilitator in this area. He has a calm laid back manner which the children responded to. For Parents it was also well worth putting an hour and a half aside for.
As part of our Green Schools Travel Flag WOW Initiative all those who attend our school daily are encouraged to make a special effort to walk to & from school at least one day of the week. This will be monitored and the classes making the best effort each week will be presented with the 'Golden Boot Award'. Our chosen day is Friday and who else but 1st class were first class to be awarded the Golden Boot Award. Well done!
Senior Infants were presented with their Mighty Mouth Awards
After many years of trying we’ve managed to secure funding for Music Generation. Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality. Through partnership, it creates rich and diverse ways for participants to engage in vocal and instrumental tuition delivered by skilled professional musicians, across all musical genres and styles. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
A GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO GET ACTIVE
On June 1, 2016, people everywhere celebrated the joys of running. We were part of Global Running Day!
We were invited to take the pledge to run on Global Running Day, spread the word, and join in the worldwide fitness fun! Participation is easy—we pledged to take part in some type of running activity on June 1, 2016. We ran solo laps around the pitch with our class.
This first-ever Million Kid Run on Global Running Day aimed to get young people moving. The goal was to have a million kids around the world pledge to run on June 1, 2016. The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit.
'Food Dudes' will make a welcome return from Infant classes to 2nd & from 3rd -6th. Children are encouraged to try one veg & one fruit in each of their 2 new lunchboxes, one green & one red. Efforts are rewarded with simple prizes.
We celebrated Grandparents Day during Catholic Schools Week. Grandparents were invited to collect their Grandchildren from class for Mass in the Church. Gandparents of the Infant Class children were invited to the classrooms. The whole occassion was very enjoyable for everyone, All were invited for a cup of tea/glass of juice in the hall afterwards.
The Scoil na Coróine Golf Classic has been a fixture on our calendar for almost twenty years now. This year it took place again on the 3rd of October in Wicklow Golf Club.
Senior Infants perform on RTÉ Jr
RTÉ Jr visited Ms. Russell's Senior Infants. The children really were the stars of the show 'Sing Along'. Unfortunately this was shown on T.V. over the Easter Break but we've been promised that a repeat isn't too far away. For know it's on RTÉ Player and to help you see the show we've created a link. Just go to Classes tab, click Senior Infants and enjoy.
Congratulations to our group of group of mainly 4th Class children who stole the show in front of a full house at the inaugural Féile Heaney Concert at Nun's Cross church. They performed a piece of music which they had composed from scratch under the guidance of Elaine Agnrew & Gabriel Rosenstock.
WOW Day with a twist. An Easter Hat competition with prizes in each class for the most creative.