Balbriggan Educate Together NS
Parent Newsletter Tuesday November 10th
1 Arts Week
Our Annual Arts Week takes place next week ( Monday 16th to Friday 20th November). Please see overleaf/below) for the multitude of Arts learning experiences that the children will gain over the week.
2 Human Rights Month
Our work commenced over the Human Rigths Month (October ) continues. In the classrooms as part of their Ethics Education ( Learn Together) and SPHE ( Social Personal and Health Education) the children will continue to learn about their Rights and Responsibilities. We are also trying to get in touch with Aki Ra , voted by the children/parents and teachers, to be our International Human Rights Defender for 2015.
3 Winter Concerts and Digital Learning School of Distinction
A date for your diary, don’t forget our Winter Concerts will take place on Thursday December 17th, We will notify you closer to the time about the exact times of each of the two concerts. At the Winter Concerts we will also celebrate our school being awarded the prestigous ‘Digital Learning School of Distinction’ accolade. This is a significant achievement for the school as it is awarded to only those few schools nationwide where the teaching and learning in the school involving ICT is international ‘best practice’.
4 Centenary of 1916
The 1916 rising was a seminal historic event in Ireland becoming an independent Republic. In our teaching of History, Geography and English Literature with our 5th and 6th classes, the historical and contemporary understandings of what it means to be a Republic will be explored , with the children taking part in a number of ICT and nationwide projects aimed at learning about this period in a creative and exciting way, leading to a specific celebration on March 15th as part of our Feile na Gaeilge.
5 Social Media
Parents are reminded that Soical Media ( Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, What’s App groups etc) when used by the children ( and parents !) are increasingly becoming a source of bullying and intimidation. Parents are asked to be very vigilant about their own use and their children’s use of social media. This extends not only to those who make abusive or libelous postings but also to those who like, share or further comment on them. The Board of Management are currently investigating at least one such incident with view to possible further disciplinary or criminal action. Please ensure to monitor your own and your children’s use of social media. Please note that the school has three official channels of communication; 1. the school website www.balbrigganetns.com 2. those classes who are piloting twitter communication for their class-parent community and 3. The Parent Association’s Balbriggan Educate Together Parent Association Facebook page., all of which are monitored and regulated to accountable standards.
Arts Week In Balbriggan Educate Together
- To develop in the children a deep appreciation of the Arts across the fileds of Literature, Music, Drama and Visual Art
- To find and develop the specific talents of children in the Arts; whether Music, Drama, Visual Art and/or Literature
Over the course of the week…………………..
1 All of the children will get an excellent ‘Visit to the Planetarium’ to develop their knowledge and stimulate their creativity and imagination
2 Each class-band will learn a critical-appreciation of one of the following Irish Artists; Tory Island painters ( junior inf), Neil Shawcross ( Sen Inf), Roderick O Connor ( 1st), Maine Jellet ( 2nd), Oliver Jeffers ( 3rd) JackB Yeats ( 4th) Basil Blackshaw (5th) and Louis le Brocquy ( 6th)
3 Make art with recycled materials acquired from Recreate
4 Create their own music with Little Music Makers workshops ( Junior and Senior Infants)
5 Make clay-sculptures with Clayotic workshops ( 1st and 2nd)
6 Learn the world of Shadow Puppetry in workshop ( 3rd)
7 visit the Axis Theatre ( Ballymun) for a professional performance of Auntie Ben ( 3rd and 4th)
8 Do a workshop with local and international artist (and father!) Rony Sidon. ( 4th)
9 travel to The Ark , Children’s Cultural Centre ( Temple Bar) for a Design-it daylong Workshop ( 5th and 6th)
10 ongoing percussion workshops with class teachers ( Sen Inf)
11 in-class animation and documentary-making lessons ( 5th class)
12 ongoing Choir work with our two choirs
13 Irish Music Seisiun with guests Liam O Connor and Don Wycherley
14 Drama Workshop with the professional ‘Ready Aim Fire’ team ( 4th and 5th)
15 in-class painting, sculpting, poetry-writing, story-time, novels, creative writing competitions etc
16 Our ongoing drama, Art, Craft, Writing, Literature, Cookery, Sewing, ICT clubs that are part of our After-School Programme
Many thanks to the Parent Association for their fundraising and the Board of Management for their grants so that ALL the children in the school have access to these events. And to the teachers for their enthusiasm and hardwork in bringing all this about; our 10th Arts Week!