Human Rights Month Newsletter to Parents

Parent Newsletter  Monday September 29th

It’s Human Rights Month in our school again.

This year our Human Rights Month theme is “Equality is a Human Right”. The children in their English, Learn-Together, History, Geography, Art, Learn-Together  and Drama  lessons and Assemblies throughout the month will be learning , in a positive and age-appropriate manner about justice issues concerning negative discrimination and positive citizenship.

Here’s just a selection of things that will be happening throughout the school over the month. Watch out , too, for opportunities for parents to become involved in the events. This year we have tried to freshen-up and re-think some previous events that we felt had become a little tired or stale.

  • The 1st class to 6th class children will be electing their class representatives to the Junior and Senior Student Councils. You may be required to help your child to prepare his/her manifesto!!!!!
  • This year our Referendum  for the children asks the question “As a school, could we be better at preventing unfairness or discrimination against any one of these groups?  “ and the child is asked to vote for ONE group from the following list where we as a school could do better work that we are doing currently ( The list of nine groups are : Gender, Civil Status, Family Status and Structure, Age, Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual  Orientation and Sexuality, Disability, Membership of the Traveller Community… these are the nine grounds on which discrimination must not occur in Irish Law.
  • We will also invite you as parents to do an online vote/survey on the same question ( details will follow in due course)
  • We will have a talk for parents on ‘The 3rd-Culture Child’ ( details to follow)
  • This year our Self-Expression Day will allow the children to speak to camera ( done with  a wedding-booth style facility) to express Who I am proud to be? The end-product of this will be made available on the school’s website.
  • The children will perform songs with a Human Rights and Children’s Rights theme, at a peer-concert called the ‘The Human Rights Factor’ and , as always, many of these will be re-performed for you at our annual Winter Concerts in December.
  • We are going to have a school Film Day, where the children, with popcorn and  cinema atmosphere will watch an age-appropriate film that has an Equality or Human Rights theme and  discuss it in class afterwards.
  • We hope to arrange a breakfast meeting for parents and some Senior children with Human Rights Champion Senator David Norris, details to follow.
  • Our 3rd classes, as laways, will be visitng a Travellers Site for a workshop on Traveller’s Rights
  • Another class, yet to be decided will be visitng the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh,  for an insight into  the life and religion of our Muslim families in our school community.
  • We will have Art , Drama and Sport workshops on a range of issues relating to the nine grounds. Similarly, we have visitors ( including parents from our school community) giving talks to the children on their positive expperiences of inclusion  and negative experiences of discrimination.
  • We are hosting an excellent photographic exhibition on the Roma Community in Ireland to which you are invited ( details to follow)

Please note if there is any issue you would like to discuss about these programmes, or contribution you would like to make, please call Fintan (Principal) on 01 6904635 anytime or call personally to the school.

Club Registration Night – Thank You!

The Parents Association facilitated another very successful Registration Night for the Autumn After-School Clubs Cycle.  We are very grateful to the teachers for putting on such an innovative range of clubs.  We also really appreciate the patience and understanding demonstrated by the parents in the enrolling process.  If you have any feedback on the Club Reg night, do come along to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 7th at 8pm.

Thanks to all the volunteers who facilitated the event.  We really appreciate your skill, professionalism and courtesy – Liz, Richard, Natalia, Suzanne, Gillian, Lizzie, Ailna, Niamh, Veronica, Colette and Karin.


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