Congratulations to Eve O`Callaghan and Tori Whelehan who reached the finals with there respective teams. Eve represented Ballinteer St.Johns as they successfully won the Féile Camogie Final against Kilmacud 1-2 to 0-1. Tori reached the Leinster Final for Three Rock Hockey Club but they were narrowly defeated by Railway Union. We wish all our students best of luck in their competitions and achievements outside of school.
Senator Neale Richmond, Fine Gael spokesperson on European Affairs and Chairperson of the Brexit Committee came to visit our school for the second year to speak to students from 5th and 6th class and the Green Team. Neale listened to letters read out by 6th class students addressing local issues such as allocation of cycle lanes, provision of bins in local parks and community policing issues. Children from all classes shared their ideas and opinions regarding climate change protests, refugees and the role of the Seanad. Neale Richmond took time to listen to the views and ideas and encouraged children to bring these issues up with local politicians canvassing for local elections in the upcoming months. He encouraged children to write as many letters as they could regarding local and global issues and offered to pass on the letters to the relevant TDs. He has promised to reply to our letters in due time. We appreciate Neale taking time out to listen to our ideas and we will continue to write letters to local politicians and councillors. 6th Class
What it means to be in an Educate Together school?
by Lucy Lloyd 6th Class
The lists are endless on this topic, because there is an endless amount of reasons to why our schools is great.
On paper it means to be child centred, equality based, democratic and co-educational. But to the students, teachers, SNAs and parents our school can be a miraculous place. To children it’s a palace of creativity with free writing, art, Winterfests and so much more. To the teachers it’s a refreshing and exciting job where they can also learn new things about religions, culture and science. For SNAs it’s a place where they can shine in every way helping with the little and big problems. To parents it’s a place where they can send their kids knowing they will learn without bias. If these people rejected the school and its teaching there would not be so many .E.T. schools in the world. But they didn’t and look, there are even secondary .E.T. schools. It means a lot that these schools are here, to me, my family, my friends and everyone I know. That is what it means to be in an Educate Together. We used #myeducatetogether to help us remember about being in an Educate Together school.
6th Class visited Cool Planet as part of Science Week. It is based in Powerscourt and it is an interactive center where you can investigate the story of Ireland’s changing climate. Children discovered what is making our climate change, the science behind it & how you can help create a healthy future for you and the planet. We participated in lots of interactive games, activities and in a science workshop. Each child had a wristband that helped them view their carbon footprint as they explored the different challenges online. The goal was to think about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Children could check their results online. Ronan