Second class took part in the DLRCC organised Primary Arts Programme. In this programme an established artist comes in weekly to work with the children in a specific medium and topic. Tunda was our artist this year and she worked with the children on exploring light and shadow and helped create a class project based on the theme. The children became real artists as they worked through the creative process to produce some beautiful pieces of work. They then held an exhibition of their work on Tuesday, March 13th. Here is just a sample of their work.
Our Green Schools Inspection was held on Monday March 12th. A representative from DLRCC Green Schools department spent some time in the school looking at the work done by the children as part of the Green Schools programme, but more importantly, speaking to the children about what they had learned in doing the work. He told us he was very impressed by the level of engagement of the children, by the extent of their knowledge and their enthusiasm for the topic. We look forward to hearing very shortly whether we have achieved our sixth green flag. Follow this link to see some of our work towards our flag:
Thanks to the parents, staff and children who worked so hard this morning to clear the snow from our playground.
The children are delighted to have their playground back!
Tuesday, February 6th is Safer Internet Day. The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”.
Zeeko, an Irish company based at Nova UCD which supports parents in teaching their children to stay safe online, did a recent survey on online use. Zeeko surveyed 3,590 boys and 4,173 girls in Irish Primary Schools from September 2017 to January 2018. There are some interesting findings, particularly the fact that “a large proportion of children are speaking with strangers online with a device other than a smart phone”.
This is what Zeeko found:
- MORE BOYS THAN GIRLSspeak with strangers online, 27% of boys vs 11% of girls.
- THE ISSUE IS BIGGER THAN SMART PHONES: A large proportion of children are speaking with strangers online with a device other than a smart phone. 43% do not use a Smart Phone to speak with a stranger online. Smart phones, iPods and Tablets have the same capability and the same risk.
- DEIS AND NON-DEIS ARE THE SAME: The number of children in DEIS schools (children and young people who are at risk of or who are experiencing educational disadvantage) and Non DEIS schools speaking with strangers online line is essentially the same, DEIS 32% of boys and 11% of girls vs Non DEIS 26% of boys and 11% of girls.
- MINORITY OF CHILDREN DO NOT SEE THE RISK: 27%of Primary school children think it is ‘not serious at all’ or ‘kind of serious’ to talk to a stranger online.
- MORE OLDER THAN YOUNGER CHILDREN speak with strangers online, 27% of 6th class vs 12% of 2nd
- VERY SMALL USAGE OF KIK: 2 out of 7,763 Primary school children reported using KIK.
Further information and links to resources are available on principal’s blog.
Computers are just one of many learning resources and in school children are taught safe internet use from an early age.
Junior Infants were so inspired by the visit of author and illustrator Chris Haughton to our school in December (see earlier post) that they set about learning to draw like a real artist. The children had watched Chris do some of his famous illustrations and have been learning to draw the owl from Chris’s story ‘A Little Bit Lost’. Here are some of their pictures.