CYBER SAFETY AWARENESS
A very successful cyber safety awareness seminar for parents and children took place recently in the school. During the day, the children from 1st to 6th Classes had their own seminar on the dangers posed by many aspects of the internet – in particular by social media sites. In the evening many parents came to the school hall for the Parent Seminar. Many parents were shocked at just how dangerous it is to allow a child to use the internet without the supervision of their parents. The internet is a wonderful resource but children need to be protected from the dangers it poses to their safety. The key message? Talk to your children about the internet and monitor their use of apps and social media sites.
STAY SAFE PROGRAMME
The ‘Stay Safe Programme‘ is a national programme aimed at giving children the skills they need to keep themselves safe from dangerous situations and how to get help if they find themselves in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable. The programme has been in use for many years and has recently been modernised. There will be an information evening for PARENTS on Wednesday 21st February to highlight some of the new features of the Stay Safe Programme. At least one parent from each family is encouraged to attend. Shortly after that evening, teachers will be implementing the Stay Safe Programme in class. The children will bring home worksheets and will talk about what they have learned in school. Again the key message is to talk to your children – and to listen when they talk to you.
The girls in Sixth Class took part in a handwriting competition recently. They had to research and write about either the city of Hamburg in Germany or Elsa Beskow, a Swedish illustrator of children’s books. The standard of handwriting was very high and it was difficult to choose a winner. In the end, Molly Scattergood won the Swedish section of the competition and Aoife Penetrante won the Hamburg section. Well done to both girls and to all who entered the competition.
The girls in 5th and 6th Classes took part in the Laudate Festival on Tuesday 30th January. The Festival took place in Ballymun church and was a very enjoyable event for the girls. They have been learning the songs since September. They went to a rehearsal in Ballymun, followed by the actual performance on Tuesday. Thye were joined by girls and boys from many other schools around Dublin, so the choir was a very large one! They sang beautifully and everyone enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Ms. Tiernan (6th) and Ms. Ní Chiosáin (5th) for all their hard work and enthusiasm. An event like this cannot happen without such enthusiastic input from the class teachers. Some of the same songs will be sung at the upcoming Confirmation and Communion Masses. Well done to all.
Cyber Safety Seminars for children from First Class to Sixth Class will take place in the school on Monday 5th February.
These will be different for each age group.
There will be a seminar for parents on Monday evening, 5th February, at 7.00pm in the school hall.
September 2017 was our fifth September in our lovely new school. To mark this all the children in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní got involved in a time capsule project.
Each child from 1st class to 6th class contributed a piece of writing to be buried in the time capsule. Children wrote on a variety of themes – their own lives, predictions for the future, new inventions, all about 2017, the history of the school and many others. Even the Junior and Senior infants drew pictures and made hand prints to be included in the capsule.
These stories and samples of art were compiled by Mrs. Kearney and placed in a waterproof container. The container was buried on the school grounds on Thursday 28th October.
The time capsule will remain buried for 20 years and will be dug up in September 2037. I wonder how many of our predictions and inventions will come to pass?
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.