Every class in our school marked human rights day on 9th December 2011. The Junior Classes explored the Rights of the Child through story, circle time, role play and art activities. Our senior students read some inspirational poetry to the whole school over the intercom. Joanne’s 2nd Class have been learning about the Rights of the Child over the last few weeks. On Friday 9th, they chose one right that they thought was important and expressed it through art. Dara’s 3rd Class worked together to create this beautiful and colourful masterpiece about Human Rights.
First class wrote a report on their trip. Here are some of the things that they wrote.
Maia wrote ‘It was fun and they played Raiders of the lost ark and the double bass was huge and there was a story about Tuby the Tuba and the conductor was very nice and I liked the whole concert.’
Kate wrote ‘We sang Toy Story songs. It was just so so so fun.’
Sam wrote ‘The Timpani went Boom! Boom! and after the Timpani the Double bass played and it went dun dun and the conductor made the instruments play Raiders of the lost ark and it went bum buntdentden the do theundudbumpdumpa!’
Eoin wrote ‘My favourite was Indiana Jones and the treasure chest. I like the Irish songs. We went through a tunnel. It was great.’
Daniel wrote ‘ My favourite thing was when the violin was played and the double bass got played aswell and I liked when we were in the bus and it was funny when a woman said toys can come to life.’
Emily wrote ‘First class went to see’ music in the classroom’ in the National Concert Hall. My favourite was the tuba. It was long but it was funny anyway.’
Leila wrote ‘The dancers were my favourite thing.’
Lara wrote ‘I liked the umberella bit. It was good. I really liked all of the time we were there. I loved it. It was the best. I wish I could go again.’
As you can see we all had a wonderful time!
Today we dressed up for charity.
We were collecting for our patron ‘Educate Together’.
We had a talent show and a bit of a bop!
The Educate Together ethos is at the heart of all that goes on in our school. In order to ensure that this is the case, and continues to be the case, we conducted a self-evaluation of our ethos during the last school year. This evaluation covered both the lived and the taught ethos and we included all members of the school community: the children, the parents, the Board of Management and the staff in the evaluation. The Board of Management have discussed the findings and we would like to share them with you.
Overall the feedback from all groups of the school community was hugely positive.
The key findings from the children were that they love their school; they feel important in school, they like their teachers a great deal and they are happy to have no uniform.
This positive view was largely mirrored by the parents. They like the school environment and they consider the teaching staff to be very approachable and professional. Parents feel that their child’s identity is fully respected and they like the multi-denominational ethos of the school.
Certain improvement areas were highlighted to us from the findings and we are taking these very seriously. We are currently working on them in order to improve our commitment to provide the very best learning environment for your child:
Learn Together Curriculum
Many parents expressed the view that they would like to know more about the Learn Together Curriculum. In an Educate Together school two and a half hours are set aside each week to deliver the Ethical Education Curriculum (Learn Together Programme). In order to support parents in learning more about the programme the teachers have got together and produced a brief yearly plan for each class level which details the topics to be covered. This will be posted to our website over the coming days and is available in hardcopy upon request. A copy of the curriculum is available in the school and also from our patron, Educate Together www.educatetogether.ie
Our website has been operational for some time but we are delighted to report that we are putting the finishing touches to it now. We are finalising some policy around it and we expect it to be up and running fully within the next few weeks complete with lots of the children’s school work on display. We expect to use this as a major means of communication along with our newsletter, notes home and text-a-parent.
Early in the New Year we will be starting a new initiative when we will hold a joint meeting for the board, staff and parent members to come together. This meeting will allow all these groups to plan and work together around school issues to ensure that we uphold the principles of our ethos as we move forward together. The individual needs and general interests of the children will be central to this process. The student council will also participate to help make this a reality.
Clarity of Roles
In the ethos evaluation process many parents sought more information on the different groups that make up the school community and how they relate to each other. On our website the roles and members of each group within our school community will be described – The Staff, The Board of Management, The Parents Association and our patron body, Educate Together. Again , a hard copy of this information will be available on request.
The School Yard
In collaboration with the children, the staff is working at improving the play and social opportunities of the school yard. We are investing in resources that will enhance and encourage imaginative play and we are working on ensuring that the ethos of our school carries to the school yard also.
In conclusion, the Board of Management will continue to work on ensuring that the school runs according to the ethos as determined by our Patron, Educate Together. We would like to thank you sincerely for taking part in our ethos evaluation. Your input is very valuable to us and we hope that, with your continued support, we will make your child’s school days a happy, safe and stimulating experience.
If you have any queries with regard to our ethos please do not hesitate to contact us.
— Jean Timmins, Deputy Principal and Board of Management Member
First class had a very exciting trip to the beach on Thursday 9th June.
We had a very dramatic rescue of Gerard the guillemot who we found dangling upside down by fishing line off the pier.
Johnny and John used great ingenuity to rescue poor Gerard and they managed to remove him from his awful hanging position.
Gerard seemed unaffected by his ordeal and was last seen paddling away happily.
Well done Johnny and John and thank you for our interesting day out of school!
We had a great time planting some flowers.
Thanks to Jane ( Skerries community association) for asking us to come along.
A special thanks to Martin for giving us all the planting and digging tips!
A big thank you to all children, parents, staff and board of management for helping to make our open day a great success.
We’re all very proud of our wonderful school!
Skerries Educate Together National School are currently taking enrolments for September 2011, so come and visit us at our Open Day on Saturday 26th March 2011 from 10am until 2pm.
- Meet the teachers, children and parents.
- Fun activities for potential and current students.
- Curriculum information and policies on display.
- Find out what an Educate Together School is all about.
- Enjoy tea/coffee. Learn about our school expansion plans.
- Children’s work on display.
- All welcome.
If you cannot make the open day, why not call into us on any school day between 9 and 12am? We’ll be happy to show you around our school!
Here’s just a small selection of the fabulous work created by our students recently.