Autumn Clubs in Balbriggan Educate Together NS

 Balbriggan Educate Together :   Autumn  Clubs Cycle 2018

Dear Parents

It’s Clubs time again! 

 Please scroll down  a list of clubs that are relevant to your child ( there is a separate list for each class grouping, please ensure that you have ALL the lists if you have more than one child in the school)

Club Registration, run by the school’s Parent Association will take place on

Tuesday September 25th  7.30pm

Clubs will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, but there are plenty of club places for all!

  • If you cannot make it along on the Tuesday  night Fintan and Elaine will take bookings in Clubs with leftover spaces on the Wednesday (26th  )  morning at 8.40am
  • Clubs cost 30euro per person per club, please have the correct money ready with you on the night. Children from the 3rd,  4th, 5th and 6th classes may queue up in their own right, but must not bring children from other schools with them.
  • Please give the officers of the Parent Association your full co-operation, remember that they are doing this voluntarily on your behalf.  The Parent Association enjoy the confidence and the gratitude of the school’s Board of Management in their  running of this event.If you think it could be run better then join the Parent Association and volunteer your services.  NEW  The PA will give out cloakroom tickets to indicate your place in the queue from 7.00pm onwards, and not earlier in the evening as they previously would have done. If you choose to queue from very early in the day, you will simply be left to queue
  • If you want to know more about any of the clubs , please feel free to approach the teacher directly and to ask him/her about it
  • There is a range of clubs to suit every child’s taste. Please think about ‘challenging’ your child in his/her selection and encourage them to try something new! It is clear from the titles that some of the clubs will be of great interest to the more talented and gifted children, and, alternatively,  some others are for  for the children who need extra help in the school’s Curriculum especially Numeracy and Literacy.
  • The Clubs will begin the week beginning Monday  October 1st  and will finish the week beginning Monday  December 10th  .
  • A full schedule of the Clubs , and a copy of this covering letter is now posted on the website www.balbrigganetns.com

A major thank-you is due to all the school’s teachers and care-assistants for their creativity and generosity in putting together this programme.

Fintan ( Principal)

 

Clubs for Junior and Senior Infants:

Day/Tine Club Venue/ Notes
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Multisports with Clare  
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Number Fun with Sara  
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Lego with Elaine  
Mondays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Word Wizards with Bronagh  
     
     
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Athletics with Fintan Outdoors
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant Soccer with Mick ( FAI Coach) Outdoors
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Number Sharks with  Bronagh  
Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Gardening for Infants with Donal Outdoors
     
     
Wednesdays 1.20 to 2.20 Infant STEM ( Science Technology Engineering Maths) with Clare  
Wednesdays 1.20pm to 2.20pm Making and Creating with Playdough with Elaine  
Wednesdays 1.20pm to 2,20pm Construction Club with Sara  
     

 

Clubs for 1st and 2nd Class

Day and Time Club Venue
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Junior Multisports with Clare  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Junior Lego with Sara  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Scrapbook Club with Lisa  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Pokemon and Game Club with Pearce  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Junior English Wizards with Bronagh  
     
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Junior Athletics with Fintan Outdoors
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm  Monster  Maths with Aideen  
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Karate Club with  Pearce  
 Tuesdays 2.20pm  to 3.20pm Junior Soccer Club with Mick ( FAI Coach)  
     
     
     
     
Wednesday 2.20pm to 3.20pm Cooking with JennyMc  
Wednesday 2.20pm to 3.20pm Junior STEM Club with Clare ( Science Technology Engineering and Maths)  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Chess Club with Pearce  
     

 

Clubs for 3rd and 4th

Day/Times Club Venue
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Cricket Club with James  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Lego Animation Club with Aideen  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Scrapbook Club with Lisa  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Science Design and Make with Micheal  
     
     
     
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Karate Club with Pearce  
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Youthzone with Kerry and Elaine A ‘youth club’ atmosphere in which the children self-direct their own activities.
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20 pm Art and Drama with Derval  
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Caligrpahy Club with Lisa  
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Masterchef with JennyMc  
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Guitar Club with Micheal For those continuing and beginners
 

 

   
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm The Philosophy Hour and Podcast with james  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Board Games with JennyL and Kerry  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Cross Stitch with Lisa  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Chess Club with  Pearce  
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 Soccer with Micheal  
Wednesdays 2.20 to 3.20 ( 4th class only) Books and Biscuits with Derval  

 

Clubs for 5th and 6th

Day/Time Club Venue
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Astrocoders with Cecelia ( in conjunction with the European Space Agency)
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Cricket Club with James  
Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Science Design and Make with Micheal  
     
     
     
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Youthzone with Kerry and Elaine A ‘youth club’ atmosphere in which the children self direct their own activities
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Art and Drama with Derval  
Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Caligraphy with Lisa  
 

Tuesdays 2.20pm  to 3.20pm

Masterchef with JennyMc  
 Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Guitar Club with Micheal For those continuing and Beginners
     
     
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm The Philosophy Hour and Podcast  with James  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Soccer with Micheal  
Wednesdays  2.20pm to 3.2pm Board Games with JennyL and Kerry  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Cross Stitch with Lisa  
Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm Books and Biscuits with Derval  
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Newsletter Thursday September 13th

Parent Newsletter Thursday September  13th

1 After School Clubs: Next Thursday ( 20th) your children will bring home an After School Clubs Brochure  with a range of clubs  to choose from. The children are currently being consulted about what Clubs they would like.  The Club Registration Night, run by the Parent Association ( very big thank you) , will take place  on Tuesday 25th night ( details in the Clubs brochure), and the clubs begin the following week, in the  week beginning Monday October 1st and run for ten weeks.

2  School Self Evaluation:  Each year the school undertakes a School Self Evaluation (SSE) process following criteria and protocols as set out by the Department of Education Inspectorate. The full folder  containg all aspects of the school’s Evaluation for the 2017/18 school year is available for your perusal in the school foyer anytime. Part of the SSE process requires the school identifying  areas of focus for school-improvement for the  2018/19 school year. To that end the school have identified (a) one major project ; Critical Thinking and  Higher Order Language Skills , and,  (b) a second ‘minor’ focus: Creativity.    Some initiatives that are underway in the school already are:

Critical Thinking (major SSE focus)

  • we are trying to assess the children’s current competence in critical-thinking so as to have some baseline  around which to measure or observe any future improvements
  • the teachers have trained up in Philosophy for Children and are working towards implementing this in their classrooms
  • Visual Thinking Strategies; the teachers have trained up in this licensed product from the USA which aims to enhance children’s critical-skills and articulation-skills
  • PictureBooks/Critical Book Talk. The school has invested in expensive Picture Book resources and the teachers have trained up in using Picture Books as a means of developing Critical Thinking and Higher Order Language Skills
  • STEM, the teachers are working towards ensuring that their teaching of Science, Technology Engineering and Maths is done in a manner that will enhance the children’s learning  in critical thinking and  language skills. The school’s STEM week  ( Nov 19th to 23rd) will be an important  week  in this regard.

Creativity (minor SSE focus)

  • The school has successfully applied to be part of the Creative Ireland schools programme.
  • The teachers will work towards the development of their pedagogic skills in the fields of Drama, Dance, Visual Art, Writing/Literature and Music to ensure  better learning for the children in these curricular subjects.

3  Catholic  Parent Association: The Catholic Parent Association are having a very important meeting for all parents who wish for their children to attend after-school classes for sacramental preparation.  It is important that all those who wish to avail of these classes attends this meeting where new officers will be proposed and elected.  Huge thanks to the group of parents who under the Chairpersonship of Orla Anderson have run these classes for the last four years. The meeting takes place in the school staffroom  at 7.30pm on Tuesday  September 18th.  All parents are reminded that  it is possible for  each religion in our school community  to run classes for  their children in the school on an after-school basis and to form an Association along similar lines ( if interested please talk to Fintan, Principal)

4 The Get Ireland Walking initiative sponsored by Fingal County Council  are hosting their first  Let’s Get Walking   5km event this Saturday ( 15th September) at 11.45am starting from the Flemington Community Centre. This looks like an exciting event that the children would enjoy and benefit from.

5 Fingal County Council inform us that there will be no traffic-assistant service in operation at the busy  road-crossing at the school gate until Monday September 24th.

 

Thinking Time in Fifth Class.

During fifth class thinking time we explored the picture book “The Mediterranean” by Armin Greder. The book only had one sentence, seventeen words in total! The story was told through a sequence of images. After analysing the book the children had many questions, here are some of their queries:

  1. Why is the book just pictures?
  2. Was it a loop book (keeps repeating)?
  3. Why did it start with drowning and finish with drowning?
  4. How was the drowning person linked to the military?
  5. How did the military get involved in the story?
  6. What was happening before the story started?
  7. How can so few words mean so much?
  8. Why was the soldier holding up his gun?
  9. Who were the military supposed to be fighting?
  10. What were the circumstances that led to the man drowning?
  11. When is the story set?
  12. Where were all the people on the truck going?
  13. What are the jobs/status of the characters in the pictures?
  14. Is the author/illustrator trying to show awareness of what’s happening in the world today?
  15. Where is the story set?
  16. Who were taking the boxes off the freighter?
  17. Does it have anything to do with Syria at present?
  18. What was the importance of the fish in the picture?
  19. Were the people on the boat that sank at the end part of the military?
  20. Was the person who drowned at the start a member of the military?

 

Such a broad range of questions and a wonderful insight into the curiosity of the mind of a 10/11 year old! If you have any thoughts or potential answers to these questions please comment below.