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14 November 2012 ~ Comments Off on Free Workshop for parents

Free Workshop for parents

FREE Workshop for Parents of young children with Dr. John Sharry, Wednesday 5th December in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords at 7pm- 9:30pm
Dr John Sharry (Child and Family Psychotherapist Mater CAMHS, Irish Times Parenting Columnist) will facilitate a free parenting workshop for parents of young children in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords on Wednesday 5th December from 7pm – 9.30pm. This is the first of a series of workshops for parents in Fingal through the Fingal Parenting Initiative and will cover:
• Managing Sibling Rivalry and Helping Children Get Along with One Another
• Establishing Family Routines in the home
• Children’s Play Preferences and Planning for Christmas
The Fingal Parenting Initiative (FPI) is a County Wide support for all parents and families living in Fingal. The aim of the initiative is to help parents to develop and promote parent-child relationships, support child development and build positive behaviour. There are a number of ways in which parents can benefit from the Fingal Parenting Initiative. We have a website www.fingalparents.ie where you can find information on upcoming events and training as well as handy hints and tips on a range of topics and there are a number of free 7-week Parents plus Community Course which parents in Fingal can avail of.
To date FPI have rolled out over 20 Parents plus Courses across Fingal with another round of courses starting in February 2013. The Positive Parenting Training for Early Years is open to parents from all backgrounds and all walks of lives whose children attend preschool and the junior cycle of national schools (junior and senior infants) and looks at positive parenting techniques that support you and your child in maximising development. The programme is well-established and has a scientific evidence base that shows significant reductions in parent stress and increased positive behaviour among children. Over the 7-week course which will be delivered once a week (morning/afternoon) for 2 hours and fifteen minutes parents will learn proven ways to:
1. Help your child communicate and learn in play
2. Creatively help your child learn and reach their full potential
3. Manage difficult behaviour such as tantrums or aggression
4. Develop a good relationship with your child and enjoy being his/her parent.
Where possible we recommend that both parents attend the courses as we have found this helps the child the most but we understand that in a lot of cases this is not possible and encourage at least one parent to attend. Locations, times and venues for PPEY courses starting in February 2013 will be available to parents at the workshop and we would encourage parents to sign-up on the night.
Places are limited for the Parenting Workshop on Wednesday 5th December to sign-up for the workshop contact the Fingal County Childcare Committee on (01) 8077660 or email [email protected] to register your interest in attending the workshop.

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14 October 2012 ~ Comments Off on Maths Week 2012

Maths Week 2012

Welcome to maths week.

Check out our great activities on the table below.

maths week timetable of activities 2012

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29 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on Goodbye and Good Luck, Neasa

Goodbye and Good Luck, Neasa

We would like to pay tribute to Neasa Sheahan, our fantastic special needs co-ordinator and teacher.  Neasa left our school on Friday 28th September to pursue a career in SESS (Special Education Support Service) where she will be involved in training teachers in matters relating to Special Educational Needs.  Neasa joined our school in 2009 and brought a wide range of valuable experiences and expertise to our school which was only in its second year at the time

During this time Neasa has worked closely and competently with some of our most vulnerable students.  Her supportive, kind, encouraging and understanding style has helped many of our children reach their full potential within a mainstream setting.   Neasa also co-ordinated our superb Special Needs Assistant team (SNAs).  

She co-ordinated the SEN team (Special Educational Needs)  and worked closely with parents and mainstream teachers.   She also liaised with Speech Therapists, Psychologists and other professionals and agencies linked to our school.  Along with many other roles, Neasa led our Student Union and the children really enjoyed her pleasant and encouraging manner.  She was also our teacher representative on the Board of Management.

 Neasa, from the staffroom to the classroom we will miss you so much!  During whole school events when things go a little crazy (eg Sports Day!), you are the one quietly and competently looking out for the child who is feeling overwhelmed or not quite comfortable.  You reach out a hand to children when its needed, offering support and security.  You build their esteem, gradually allowing them to move forward independently and confidently.

Many parents have joined us in wishing you the very best of luck in the future.  The staff will really miss your expertise, your support and of course, your great sense of humour.

You are one of those teachers that children will fondly remember forever!

Thank you

 

From all of us at Skerries Educate Together

 

 

 

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20 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on Student Council trip to Temple Street Hospital

Student Council trip to Temple Street Hospital

Skerries Educate Together Student Council Trip to Temple Street Hospital

 

On Thursday the 13th of September we went on a trip to Temple Street (we escaped from school!) to present them with a cheque for €605.55.  We raised this money by going on a whole school sponsored walk around Kelly’s Bay.

We were all excited as we climbed into the cars and headed off for Temple Street.  Susan (a fundraising officer) met us in the lobby of the hospital, and brought us to the front steps to take our photo with our giant cheque that we had decorated.

Susan brought us down to the multi-sensory room, where children that have sensory problems can relax and play.  She thanked all of the people in our school for the money raised, and presented us with a certificate.  The money will go towards the equipment fund. Then she showed us the garden that had been specially designed as part of a TV programme.  You can actually see the garden from a birds eye view on Temple Street!

Temple Street is our chosen charity for the rest of this year.

The Student Council: Emma Butler, Ciarán Jordan McDermott, Shona Murphy, Finn Attley O’Connor, Melody Dillon & Emily Greene.

Watch out for our picture in The Skerries News soon!!


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25 July 2012 ~ Comments Off on Olympic Games Skerries Educate Together June 2012

Olympic Games Skerries Educate Together June 2012

Olympic Games – Skerries Educate Together 2012

 

It all began at 9am on Monday 18th June.  Our sports day dawned sunny and bright.  167 happy children arrived into school delighted that their sports day would not be postponed again due to inclement weather.

Our Opening Ceremony was a memorable occasion for the children.  We were very honoured to have Gary O’Brien, Ireland’s Special Olympic silver medallist come to lead our parade.  Gary was one of the torch bearers for the 2012 Olympic Games in Dublin earlier in the month so it was a great opportunity for all the children to meet a great athlete.  They also had the chance to see the Olympic torch and a real Olympic silver medal.  Many of our children accompanied Gary holding various Olympic symbols that they made.  Then all the children followed waving the flag of their country.  All this to the theme music of the Olympic Games and Chariots of Fire. We then gathered around our very own Olympic Village (a decorated bicycle shed!) for the welcoming speech.   Lots of parents and friends came to see their children and it was indeed a very touching spectacle.

 

After the Opening Ceremony the children enjoyed station activities such as puc fada, penalty shoot out, shoot the hoops, parachute games,  a race station for sack races, egg and spoon race , skipping/hula hoop stations, tumbling station, obstacle course, construction station, twister, coconut shy and hoops, javelin and discus throw, and the very popular limbo dancing disco area.  Other highlights included the mam’s, dad’s and pre-schoolers races, and the soccer match between senior children and staff.

 

This was a non-competitive fun day and would not have been possible without the wonderful support of parents and friends.  From the early hours of Monday morning parents and teachers could be spotted hanging bunting, hammering in a coconut shy, pitching gazabos, setting up sound systems, dragging out gym mats, benches and goal posts, chopping apples and oranges and of course setting up the ever popular face painting area.

 

 

The children left school excited, happy and extremely tired.  Tuesday was a very quiet day in our school!

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17 June 2012 ~ Comments Off on Brainstorm Day 2012

Brainstorm Day 2012

The school’s first Brainstorm Event took place on the 10th of March 2012.

This event was organized by the school’s Board of Management in response to the school’s Educate Together Ethos Evaluation which took place in 2011. 39 people, representing staff, parents and Board of Management, attended the event.

The main purpose of this day was for the three main bodies of the school community to come together, get to know each other a bit better and discuss the 8 main themes listed below.

For more details, have a look at the Brainstorm Day report.

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21 May 2012 ~ Comments Off on ‘Olivia Twist’. Our First Class Drama!

‘Olivia Twist’. Our First Class Drama!

First class performed their play to three great audiences.

We had a great time rehearsing and an even better time performing.

Well done to everyone who worked so hard on our big production.

 

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25 April 2012 ~ Comments Off on Coffee Morning on Thursday!

Coffee Morning on Thursday!

Calling all parents!

 

There will be a Coffee Morning for all parents/guardians this Thursday morning, 3rd May from 8.40-9.40 a.m. in the school.

Drop your children to class. Then come enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with other parents.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Rosemarie

                                        

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29 March 2012 ~ Comments Off on Skip hop comes to Skerries Educate Together!

Skip hop comes to Skerries Educate Together!

The sun shone when Mark from Skip Hop came to school on Tuesday 27th March!

A big thank you to the Parents Association for the money they raised….as the skipping workshop was enjoyed by all students.  Sheila and Claire organised the day.

All classes did  a skipping workshop with Mark, and then there was a demonstration in the afternoon where some of the students showed off their new skills.

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16 March 2012 ~ Comments Off on Important News about our New School Building

Important News about our New School Building

Children, Parents and Friends,

We are delighted to confirm that the second phase of our school building will commence early in the new year. This was announced by the minister recently under the school building programme. We’re very excited about this and are very happy if people wish to view the plans of the new building. These are posted on the lift door in the downstairs corridor. All are welcome.  Ar Fheabhas! Fantastic! Magnifique!

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