A very successful seminar took place today in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) for parents of children attending both Scoil Bhríde schools. Many thanks to Dublin West Education Centre, who facilitated Joseph Driessen’s visit to the school. Joseph spoke to parents about various useful strategies they might use to help their children to lead happy, successful lives at school and on into the future. He was very generous with his time and was quite happy to answer individual parents at the end of his presentation.
He gave us all food for thought:
Joseph highlighted the importance of a structured household where routines are maintained. He also stressed the importance of good nutrition and, in particular, a good breakfast which sets a child up for the day. Value on learning and support for children as they learn were also mentioned by him as being of great importance in a child’s life.
Some parents asked for a printout of his presentation. This will be available to parents over the next few days. Joseph has also written some very good parenting books. These are available in bookshops and online. Many parents have found these to be useful guides at the various different stages of their children’s development.
The girls in Mr. Maguire’s class were delighted to welcome a familiar face back to the classroom. Ms. Dunne made a special visit to do some cooking with the girls. They cooked some potatoes, which had been growing in the school’s garden, and enjoyed these with some cheese and coleslaw. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Today saw the launch of the Room 13 Inquiry website. This was the product of three years hard work by many people. The girls in 4th, 5th and 6th Classes went to Draiocht for the launch. Two girls from Fifth Class – Ella Lamba and Neepa Khan – spoke to the assembly about the project and their experience of it. They represented the school very well and were very articulate ambassadors both for Scoil Bhríde and for Room 13. Afterwards, some of the other girls in Fifth, along with some representatives from Tyrellstown Educate Together school demonstrated the new website and did so very well indeed! The Mayor of Fingal County Council was there to represent the Council. She was very impressed with all the children and is very enthusiastic about Room 13. Many thanks to Fingal Co Co, to Julie Clarke the Arts Officer of Fingal, to Draíocht for supporting the work of the project in our school. Of course we were blessed with Orla Kelly, the wonderful artist-in-residence we have. It is important to acknowledge also the vision and work of previous members of staff of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), who embraced the project and got it off to such a good start. In particular, Ms. Renee Moran and Dr. Déirdre Kirwan who were there from the beginning of the project.
Congratulations to the girls in 3rd class who made it to the Regional Awards for the Irish Aid project. The children have been working very hard for the past few months creating the ‘’Women’s Writes’’ magazine which focuses on two important global goals -gender equality and quality education. The running theme throughout the magazine was ‘inspirational women who have made a difference in society’. Through exploration of this theme, the children learned about the many ways that these women have changed the world and in turn, these stories inspired the girls to believe that they can make a difference in the world too. The magazine includes articles, interviews, poems, puzzles and much more.
Well done girls on this great achievement. We are so proud of all your hard work.
Over the next few weeks, the children will be touring various wonderful out-of-school venues as part of their education. The school tour is one of the highlights of the year. The children really enjoy a day out with their classmates. Going on a coach or a train as a class group is something children remember for a long time. Even better if the sun actually shines on the big day!
This year, one of the places the Senior Classes will be visiting is Glasnevin Cemetery. There, the children will hear stories about and be given a guided tour of the final resting-places of many of the people they have been learning about in their studies of 1916 – Grace Gifford, Constance Markiewicz, Elizabeth O’Farrell to name but a few. The Glasnevin Trust guides are excellent and the tour is very interesting.
Some of the classes will also go to the GPO where they will visit the excellent permanent exhibition which opened up there recently.
Other places the children will visit as part of their tour days are the Botanic Gardens, Ashtown Castle and the Phoenix Park.
Sixth Class will also be going to Northern Ireland where they will visit The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Co. Tyrone and the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast. Two really superb places to visit.
Second Class will be visiting Collins Barracks where they will visit the 1916 Exhibition and some of the other exhibits in the Museum. Like the GPO and Glasnevin Cemetery, this is a terrific venue for a family visit at any time. National Museum visits in Ireland are free and of course the weather doesn’t matter as it’s indoors! These children will also be going to Lullymore in June. Another great day out.
Children love animals and all to do with the natural world. With this in mind, First Class will visit Newgrange Farm which is not too far away and is always enjoyed by the children.
Senior Infants plan on visiting the Zoo. From ducks to elephants and everything in between, the Zoo is always a great day out – let’s hope they get good weather for the day!
Junior Infants will be visiting Draíocht where they will be getting a backstage tour. Who knows? This might be the first step towards a career on the stage for some of our little performers! They will also visit Blanchardstown Library. From there, they will go to Millennium Park for lunch and playtime. An actress from Draíocht will visit them in their classroom, on a different day, to add even more to their experience.
All in all, Scoil Bhríde’s ‘Tour Season 2016’ sounds very exciting for all the children. Be sure to check out the weather forecast before the tour and dress the children accordingly: suncream and a hat for sunny weather and a rain coat in case of showers. Above all make sure your daughter has sturdy, comfortable shoes for her day out.
June 2015 saw the conclusion of our Comenius project, entitled “Treasure Trail- Linking the Past to the Present”. Over the course of 2 years, the girls and teachers from Scoil Bhríde worked with students and teachers from 3 European schools; Escola de Pratiques in Tarragona, Catalonia (Spain), Istiuto Compressivo Don Bosco D’Assissi in Torre del Greco, Italy and Grundschule Michaelisschule in Osnabrück, Germany.
The aim of the project was to foster a sense of European identity among pupils and teachers alike, while at the same time acknowledging the uniqueness of each country, culture and school. The title “T.R.E.A.S.U.R.E Trail” provided the focus for the project with each letter providing the stimulus for a module of work based on Traditions, Education , Arts, Sport, European Unity, Religion and the Envrionment.
Over the course of the 2 years, children from each class engaged in a variety of different activities, such as:
• Communication: Emailing, Skyping and writing letters and postcards to children in other schools.
• Project work: Preparing projects/ booklets on topics such as traditional Irish sports, dances, religious ceremonies, feasts and festivals etc.
• I.T work: Preparing Powerpoint presentations on Scoil Bhríde, Dublin, famous monuments and landmarks. Interviewing teachers about their favourite Christmas traditions, preparing and recording performances of traditional Irish songs and dance.
• Arts and Crafts: The children sent some beautiful art and craft work to the other schools such as Christmas tree decorations, small hand-made gifts, thematic based art work (based on the Seasons) etc.
• Cooking; Over the course of the 2 years our children prepared and shared some traditional Irish recipes. They also got a chance to try their hand at some Catalonian, Italian and German recipes!
All teachers from Scoil Bhríde were very actively involved in the project. Many teachers were lucky enough to have had the chance to travel to the schools in Catalonia, Italy and Germany over the course of the 2 years. While there, they visited the children in their classrooms and taught some interactive lessons (traditional Irish songs, poems, dances etc), met with the other teachers to exchange teaching ideas, strategies and examples of best practice and planned the next stage of the project. They also got a chance to visit local historical attractions and to sample some of the local cuisine!
The Comenius project was hugely enjoyable and beneficial to all those who participated. It offered both pupils and teachers the chance to engage with our fellow Europeans, to share ideas with each other, to celebrate with each other and most importantly to learn from each other. The project concluded with a final visit to Scoil Bhríde in June 2015 when we celebrated the end of a very successful 2 years.
The safety of our children, in every aspect of their lives, is an issue of concern for all parents. Their safety while using the internet is of huge importance. Any assistance that parents can access around internet safety is to be welcomed. With this in mind, we have organised an Internet Safety Seminar for all the children from Second Class to Sixth Class on next Thursday 14th January 2016. All children in these classes will be given guidance about how to stay safe online and how to deal with problems if and when they arise. That evening there will be a follow-up seminar for the parents of the children in these classes. This will be at 7.00pm in the school hall. The seminars will be run by the ZEEKO ACADEMY, a company that is very experienced in this field. For those parents who would like to find out more about the company and the seminars, the children have been given a letter for their parents with contact details for the ZEEKO ACADEMY. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to inform themselves of how to care for their children when they are online. It is important for your children to know that you are interested in this issue. I hope that as many parents as possible will be able to attend the seminar. It will start at 7.00pm on Thursday 14th January.
Intercultural Day is approaching fast! It promises to be a really special and exciting occasion with representatives from all the countries, cultures and languages represented in our school taking part. Parents, teachers and children are working together to ensure that 13th May will be a day to be remembered. We will start with our very own parade of the United Nations of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). We hope to have foods of all kinds from 4 continents, crafts, singing, dancing, instrumental music, storytelling, sports, dramatic productions and much more. So, come along, wear the costume or colours of your country and have a very enjoyable day. All we’re praying for now is that the sun will shine!
We are delighted to introduce the very first issue of the Scoil Bhríde Chronicle – a newspaper produced in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), by the pupils for the school community.
This publication came about as a result of discussions held by the members of our Student Council -kindly facilitated by Ms Suzanne Tiernan. It is a wonderful achievementfor the pupils. You will really enjoy reading the first issue of the Scoil Bhríde Chronicle. It’s packed with news of the school, poetry, puzzles, etc. etc.
Well done girls! We’re already looking forward to reading the next edition!