Parent Newsletter Thursday October 16th
1 Human Rights Month…. Talk for Parents
Beth ( Teacher) will do a talk for parents on the topic of ‘3rd Culture Children’ at 9.00am this Friday ( tomorrow, the 17th) in the school. ‘3rd Culture’ refers to when a child is reared and schooled in a country/culture that is unfamiliar to the child’s parents. ( for example: a child born in Ireland to Indian parents in Ireland and reared and schooled in Balbriggan Educate Together!!! ). It would be lovely to see you there.
2 Human Rights Month…… news
There is some excellent learning in Literacy, History, SPHE, Geography, Ethics, Philosophy, Sport, Music, Drama, Art going on in the school at the moment around our theme of ‘Equality is a Human Right’ with a focus on the nine grounds of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual-orientation, family structure, civil status, age and disability. A reminder to all parents that your ‘vote’ in our survey is re quired ‘Which of these grounds could the school be better at educating your children about?’, please log on to www.balbrigganetns.com and use your vote ( it’ll take you 5 seconds!) The children will be voting on the same question in their referendum next week; and the teachers too! Please participate.
3 Human Rights Month: Self Expression Day; Wednesday October 22nd
Traditionally we have a Self-Expression day where we encourage the children to dress up according to their identity. This will take place next Wednesday (October 22nd). To add a little extra to the event this year we are also giving the children an opportunity to make a short video of themselves expressing their identity ( here’s an example: Hi, I’m Tanusree and I’m in 3rd class. I’m Hindu by religion and I’m looking forward to celebrating Diwali. I have lived in Balbriggan all my life with my mother who is from Kerala in India. I love sport and reading. I speak English and Tamil. I love Balbriggan, especially the beach and harbour. ). Please help your child to put together a little speech like this in advance of Wednesday. Also, if any parent would be willing to add their own voice and good-looks to the video we can facilitate this if you simply drop into the school on Wednesday at any time convenient for you. We will, in due course, show the children the collected set of videos; and we will upload to the website a small sample representative set.
4 School Closure The school closes on Friday October 24th ( normal hours) for the half-term holiday and reopens on Monday November 3rd 8.40am sharp.
5 Credit Union Catherine ( parent) will kindly resume the Balbriggan Credit Union service in the school on Wednesdays, school foyer, 8.40am; beginning next Wednesday October 22nd
6 CCTV Policy: As a statutory requirement the school has a policy governing the use of the school’s CCTV cameras. This is available in the school office for your perusal.