On Wednesday 3rd of April the mounted Garda visited our school and gave each class a small assembly. Garda Claire and Garda Dennis along with their beautiful horses Laoch and Fiachra travelled from their headquarters in the Phoenix Park to spend the day in our school. The children got to pet Laoch and Fiachra in the school yard. Emily, Donna and Elaine got a chance to ride Fiachra. Laoise, Beatrice and Ben got to ride the horses too. A big thank you to Laoise and Beatrice for organising this special day. They organised it for the benefit of teaching the children and teachers the important role animals play in our community .
This month was a very busy month in Katie’s third class. The class completed project work based on the theme “My Favourite Author”. Every child chose their favourite author and researched the author using the school iPads. They created beautifully illustrated posters which demonstrated what they had learnt about their favourite author.
The class worked extremely hard on their projects and put a huge amount of effort into the presentation of their work. Seven children created exceptional projects and were awarded prizes for creativity, originality, effort and presentation.
“My Favourite Author” Project
Clay was explored in Visual Arts this month and each child moulded a piece of clay based on their project work. Some children created characters from a book written by their favourite author (for example, the Roly Poly Bird from The Twits) while others created significant objects from the book (for example, a cauldron from Harry Potter!).
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated by many of the children in third class on the 17th of March. We learned about St. Patrick, who he was and the work he did in Ireland. The children created green, white and orange photo-booth props to celebrate the day.
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is organizing a one- day course in Dublin on Saturday April 27th for parents on dyslexia.
Topics covered will include:
- What is Dyslexia?
- Support Strategies – What Parents Can Do
- Assistive Technology
There will be a split session on specific supports at primary level and secondary level. The information days aim to:
- Give parents an overview of dyslexia in the context of the Irish education system
- Provide parents with the key information they need to act as advocates on behalf of their children
- Equip parents with some practical strategies they can implement themselves to help their children
The fee per parent is €60 for DAI members and €85 for non-members. Tea and coffee will be served mid-morning but lunch will not be provided. Pre-booking is essential.
Booking Link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dyslexiaireland/236690
Dyslexia Association of Ireland have launched a series of podcasts called Dys & Dat. The podcast features interviews with people who have dyslexia, or those who know a lot about it. We hope you will find the podcast informative, engaging and inspiring. The first podcast features Keith, a PhD student with dyslexia.
You can find the podcasts now on both iTunes and SoundCloud:
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/dys-dat/id1436761508?mt=2
SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/user-580121665