Snow Patrol!

Snow Patrol!

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!

Safer Internet Day – February 6th, 2018

Safer Internet Day – February 6th, 2018

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 RISK27%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 online27% 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 are inspired by Chris Haughton

Junior Infants are inspired by Chris Haughton

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.

     

Flu

Flu

The HSE and Department of Education and Skills are urging parents of children with flu symptoms to keep them home from school as a particular strain of flu virus is disproportionately affecting people under 15 years of age.

The unusually high number of children contracting the B strain of influenza has caused much concern amongst top HSE officials with doctors warning that the virus could spread rapidly in schools.

If children present with symptoms of illness during the day they will be sent home immediately to avoid the spread of viruses. If children are absent due to illness, please ensure that children are fully better before returning to school.

Getting active

Getting active

Classes are getting the new year off to an active start with lots of physical activity, both indoors and out. Watch this space for details of our upcoming events as part of our work towards the Active School Flag.