Due to the extension of the ‘red’ status to all counties ( at 8pm this evening) the school will be closed on Monday October 16th. Apologies for an earlier message that said the school would be open ( when an orange status prevailed for Dublin). Please keep safe.
Special Edition Newsletter:
Human Rights Month in Balbriggan Educate Together NS : October 2017
Human Rights Month is an important month of teaching and learning in our Educate Together school. This year the theme is Children’s Rights and, in keeping with their age, the children will learn about: What are Rights? What responsibilities come with Rights? What are the Children’s Rights specifically? How can I exercise my Rights? How can I help in enhancing other people’s enjoyment of their Rights? What are the Children’s Rights issues in our school?, in Babriggan? In Ireland? Internationally? Here’s some of the highlights that the children will experience over the month:
- All classes will follow a core-text which teaches them about Human Rights, generally, and Children’s Rights specifically: Junior infants. , Senior Infants and 1st class learn from the text The Right Start, 2nd and 3rd continue their knowledge of Rights with ‘Lif-Off’ and 4th, 5th and 6th learn from the text ‘Me, You and Everyone’. These classes are done as part of the school’s teaching of SPHE, English, Drama, Ethics and Visual Arts
- All classes Junior Infants to 6th will learn a Rights Anthem for peer-audience concerts The Human Rights Factor at the end of the month, some of these songs will also be reprised for the parent-audience Winter Concerts in December.
- The school will publish , in proper book form, ( for sale in due course) an Anthology of the Children’s Writing conducted over the month on the theme of Children’s Rights ( we are looking for a sponsor for this, would your business/company be interested in associating themselves this very noble venture? Plenty of media attention guaranteed!!!!!!)
- The children from 2nd to 6th will undertake to put themselves forward for election to the school’s Student Council, by presenting manifestos to their class and voting in peer-elections.
- Selected classes will learn about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and participate in the international World’s Largest Lesson on October 17th
- The Student Council, in front of the audience of the whole set of children in the school, will interview and award the BETNS Human Rights Hero award and status to two persons in our community who work hard to enhance the Rights of others. This year’s recipieents will be Edel Campbell ( North Dublin Outreach; the right to a home) and Assumpta Hickey ( Balbriggan Children’s Library; the Right to an Education )
- Irish Aid, Trocaire, The Office of the Children’s Ombudsman and Goal will do workshops with various classes on issues of children’s rights, justice, climate-change and sustainable development
- Our 3rd classes , as is customary, will visit a Traveller’s Site, as part of their work on the right to a home
- All children will learn about about lesser known international Human Rights Defenders Leymah Gbonwee ( Liberia), Daisy Bates ( USA) and Kailash Setyarthi ( India) and will vote for one of these in an referendum conducted by the Student Council for our BETNS 2017 Human Rights Defender
- Friday October 27th is our Self-Expression Day, wehre the children are encouraged to dress up, or perhaps make and wear a badge, that says something about their identity ( interests/hobbies?, languages? Religous or non-religous identity? Ethnic identity? Parental/Family nationality? ) Parents, please encourage your children about this day, and it’d be wonderful to see our many various and rich identities celebrated on the day!!!! We will also have a video-booth ( along the lines of a wedding video-booth) where the children may speak about their identity for the camera/recording?
- And , for the family , see overleaf for a Human Rights Month Family Quiz , with a family ticket to a cinema of your choice as a prize
Human Rights Month Family Quiz
Child’s Name _____________________
Please fill in your child’s name , your answers to each question, complete the tie-breaker, and send the page back in to your child’s class teacher on or before Friday October 20th ( 9.00am) to be in with a chance of winning a family voucher for a cinema of your choice.
- What year was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by the Irish Government ( hint; this is its 25th Anniversary) ______________________
- Only one country in the world has not signed up to this internationally respected protection of children? What country? ___________________________________
- Which former Irish President went on to become the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner? ________________________________________________________
- On which birthday does an Irish child offcially become an adult? ________________
- Which international Human Rights agency has as a motto: “it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” ? ___________________________________
- In which city in the USA did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat on the bus to a white-man? ________________________________________________________
- 7 Which famous Italian educationalist said ‘early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society?” _________________________________________
- What activity, and a children’s right in itself, did the famous psychologist Jean Piaget describe as ‘the work of childhhod’? _________________________________
- Finish the sentence: Focus ireland is an advocacy and charitable organisation who help individuals and families who have become ______________________________
- On Friday 27th of October in our school , the children are encouraged to dress up or wear a home-made badge that signifies any aspect of their identity ( interests, languages, cultural background, religion or non-religous life-philosophy, personality, parental nationality, ethnic identity etc). In our school we call this _____________–_________________Day
Tie breaker: How many children are there in our school ? ___________________________
Balbriggan Educate Together : Autumn Clubs Cycle 2017
It’s Clubs time again!
Please see overleaf 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 26th 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 (27th ) 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 2nd and will finish the week beginning Monday December 11th .
- 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.
Scroll down for the full list of clubs for all classes:
Clubs for Junior and Senior Infants:
|Mondays 1.20 to 2.20||Infant Masterchef with Clare|
|Mondays 1.20 to 2.20||Infant Lego Club with Elaine|
|Mondays 1.20 to 2.20||I love to Read and Write with Bronagh|
|Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20||Infant Athletics with Fintan||Outdoors|
|Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20||Infant STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with Clare|
|Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20||Cook it yourself with Dan|
|Tuesdays 1.20 to 2.20||Infant Maths and Technology with Bronagh|
|Wednesdays 1.20 to 2.20||Number Wizards with Sara|
|Wednesdays 1.20pm to 2.20pm||Art and Craft with Roisin|
Clubs for 1st and 2nd Class
|Day and Time||Club||Venue|
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Junior Lego Club with Sara|
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Language Games with Derval|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Junior Athletics with Fintan||Outdoors|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Junior STEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Maths)|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Dance and Games with Sara|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Sports Conditioning and Games with Cathal|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Yoing Scientists with Fiona|
|Wednesday 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Monster Maths with Aideen|
|Wednesday 2.20pm to 3.20pm||I love Sport with James|
Clubs for 3rd and 4th
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Senior Masterchef with Clare|
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Mad about Sport with James|
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Cross Stitch with Lisa|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Lego Animation with Aideen|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Basketball with Derval|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20 pm||Table Tennis with Pearce and Micheal|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Coding and Technology with Bronagh|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||4th Class Only: Books and Biscuits with Derval|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Good Old Boardgames with Cathal|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Learn the Guitar with Micheal and Pearce||Beginners Guitar required|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Crazy about Science with Fiona|
Clubs for 5th and 6th
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Tennis and Badminton with cathal|
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Animation with Micheal|
|Mondays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Cross-Stitch with Lisa|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Youth Zone with Kerry and Elaine||Arts Hall ( a self-directed youth-club atmosphere for up to 20 persons)|
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||
Basketball with Derval
|Tuesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Coding and Technology with Bronagh|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Multisports with Clare|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Books and Biscuits with Derval|
|Wednesdays 2.20pm to 3.20pm||Learn the Guitar with Micheal and Pearce||Beginner Guitar required|
Parent Newsletter Thursday September 14th
1 Settling In? I hope that the boys and girls are settling in and that they are happy in the school. If you have any concerns please remember that it is good to raise these with the class teacher and/or with me ( Fintan, Principal).
2 Parent Involvement As an Educate Together school we are always looking for parental involvment and support in the life of the school. I acknowledge that this can be difficult for parents who work outside the home. However, I was delighted to learn of a great turnout of parents for the first Parent Association meeting ( on Tuesday 5th September) , and if you couldn’t make that, but are still interested in joining the PA, their next meeting, their annual AGM is on Tuesday October 3rd 7.30pm
Another aspect of parental involvement is volunteering as assistants alongside the teacher for specific classroom-activities ( Literacy stations, Library-time, Maths Stations, history/geography fieldwork). To that end, we are looking for some parent volunteers for Maths Stations on Thursdays from 10.45 for one hour for a period of five weeks only, and on Tuesdays for a Library Club from 12.00 for half-an-hour . If you think you might like to do this, and are free to do so, please contact Fintan ( Principal) or Elaine ( Home School teacher) straightaway.
3 Clubs Programme: The teachers are busy putting together the Autumn Clubs Cycle. The Registration night for this will be Tuesday 26 th September, with a brochure sent home to you the previous Thursday ( 21st), with the Clubs to begin the following week beginning Monday October 2nd, for ten weeks.
4 Social Media It has already come to our attention that many children in the school are experiencing hurtful and upsetting attention from others on various social media. Similarly, it has also come to the attention fo the school that some children from the school may also be contributing negatively to this pattern of behaviour. Parents are reminded that you should at all times be vigilant and aware of your child’s experience of social media. The school will have no hesitation in reporting to Gardai or Social Services any interactions on social media that come to our attention that are of a child- protection nature.
5 Simon Yates Mountaineer: We are delighted and honoured to welcome one of the world’s leading mountaineers, Simon Yates, to the school this Friday (15th) to do a talk to senior classes on his travels and escapades as a mountaineer over a lifetime in the pursuit. One particular story of his is recounted in the documentaty film Touching the Void where he was posed with a huge ethical dilemma around his very own , and his climbing partner’s survival. You can learn more about him on https://g.co/kgs/eqpbph Any parent who would like to attend this talk, 11.00am is welcome to do so.
6 Human Rights Month Our first ‘event’ of the year will be our Human Rights Month which takes place over the month of October. The design and themes of this month is currently being planned. One feature of this month is our annual Human Rights Hero award which we give to somebody in the locality ( Balbriggan? Fingal? ) whose work, paid or voluntary, enahnces the achievement of human-rights and/or childrens-rights for others. Past winner of this award have been Paul Rowe ( (CEO of Educate Together), Nora Roban ( Remember Us), Brian Ruane ( Education), Tom and Breege O ‘Neill ( Disability services). Would you like to nominate somebody for consideration for this award? If so please contact Fintan, Principal, straightaway.
Wednesday August 30th 2017
1 Welcome and ‘Important Update’ Form
Welcome back to all of our children and families for the 2017/18 school year. An especially big welcome to our new children and families; we hope you will be very happy in our school. In addition to today’s Newsletter, your child also has brought home an ‘Important Update’ Form which should be read thoroughly. Page 1 should be, torn off, completed carefully, signed and returned to the class teacher tomorrow with your child. If you have any queries about issues arising in this important form, please talk with Fintan ( Principal).
2 School Calendar
Please see below a copy of the school calendar for the 2017/18 school year; with all of the important dates set out for school highlights and events. Parents are reminded to avoid taking holidays or breaks during term time; the only reason a child should be out of school is when he/she is sick.
3 First day with the Irish Times
At the request of Educate Together head office we had a team of journalists and photo-journalists in the school this morning from the Irish Times recording Day 1 at school for Junior Infants and their parents; so watch out in tomorrow’s Irish Times ( Thursday) and the Irish Times Online for some footage.
Parents are reminded about the importance of punctuality; the child who is late for school misses out and also disrupts the rest of the class. The children should assemble in the school-yard from 8.30 onwards and be ready to line up with their classes when the bell rings at 8.40 sharp ( special arrangements for Junior Infants for the moment, but this will apply to them also from Monday 11th September)
5 Parent Teacher Class Meetings
You will shortly be invited by your child’s teacher(s) to a Parent Teacher Class Meeting. At this meeting the teacher will address the parent-group for the whole class and give a talk/presentation on the school year ahead for that specific class. These meetings take approx 30minutes and will take place on a Friday before the end of September. If at all possible please do come along.
6 Parental Involvement and the Parent Association
Please remember that the teacher is always available for a ‘quick word’ in the school yard each morning, and at the end of the day. If you want to have a longer conversation than ‘ a quick word’ the teacher will make an appointment to talk with you at a mutually convenient time. Fintan ( Principal) is always available, too, for both ’a quick word’ or an appointment ( for appointment ring 01 6904635) . The Parent Association meet on the first Tuesday of each month, please do think about becoming involved with this excellent organisation who work to support the school in a very valuable way. Please ask any parent or teacher to point out Aofie Leahy ( Amy’s mum) in the school yard; Aoife is the current PA Chairperson. Furthermore, through this newsletter, many other opportunities will arise to become an active parent in the life of the school; in literacy and numeracy projects, in designing and contributing to school events etc; please watch out in the Newsletters for these invitations.
Balbriggan Educate Together National School
2017/18 School Year
Wednesday August 30th : Children return to school (Normal full school day 8.40am to 1.20pm SI or 2.20pm 1st to 6th , Junior Infants 8.40am to 11.30am until Monday 11th September when it reverts to normal day 8.40am to 1.20pm)
Tuesday September 26th : Autumn Clubs Registration Night ( ten-week Autumn cycle of clubs begins the following week)
October 9th to October 27th : Human Rights Month
October 30th to Nov 3rd : School closed for full-week for mid-term holiday
November 20th to November 24th : Arts Week
December 21st: Winter Concerts
Friday December 22nd : School closes for Winter Holiday 12.00 noon (reopens Monday January 8th 8.40am)
Wednesday 7th,Thursday 8th,Monday 12th of February : Parent-Teacher meetings
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday February 14th, 15th , 16th : School closes for mid-term holiday.
Tuesday March 6th : Registration for Spring/Summer Clubs Cycle ( wtih ten-week cycle of Spring-Summer clubs starting the following week.
Monday 12th to Friday 16th March: Feile na Gaeilge
Monday March 19th : School closed for St Patrick’s Day
Friday March 23rd : School closes for Spring Holiday at 12.00 noon (reopens Monday April 9th 8.40am)
Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th : March Easter Camps
Friday May 4th : A Celebration of Teaching and Learning Day
Monday May 7th to Friday May 11th : School closed for full week for mid-term holiday.
Monday June 4th: School closed for public holiday
Friday June 8th : New Junior Infant Induction Day
Monday June 11th to Friday June 15th : Get Active Week ( including Sports Day on Wednesday June 13th )
Tuesday June 26th : 6th Class Graduation
Friday June 29th : School closes for Summer Holiday at 12.00 noon
Monday July 2nd to Friday July 13th : Summer Camps