Creative Schools Celebration at the National Gallery!

Creative Schools Celebration at the National Gallery!

Six of our amazing 6th class students represented RETNS at the Creative Schools celebration day at the National Gallery. They presented our display alongside the artist Kathryn Maguire ‘The Studio Made Visible’ with exuberance and confidence. They completed interviews and they answered many questions from the public with insightful and authentic responses. We all had an amazing day and it was truly a celebration of the depth of creativity that has been fostered in our school community since it began as South City Project School in Crumlin. 
About our project: 
Kathryn Maguire was invited to work in the studio with the aim of providing a new kind of experience for the children, developing and nurturing their thinking while giving space to the artist to work. Kathryn’s current work focuses on nature and materials, design with such topics as mosses and lichens and their air-purification qualities. Rocks and magnetism are another focus and the children have been very excited about her recent research trip to Iceland. 
The students interact with Kathryn and her studio in a variety of ways: planned workshops in the studio, small group investigation nature walks, incidental studio visits and visits to external galleries. 
Hour of Code

Hour of Code

Hour of Code

This week in RETNS, pupils from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes got a one hour introduction to computer science. This was thanks to an initiative of DCU Institute of Education. This is where many teachers go to learn to be teachers. This year the college asked 4th year B.Ed students to facilitate an Hour of Code in a primary school during either November or December with onc class from 2nd up to 6th. Our teachers were very enthuastic and so Paula Hennessy came and spent Tuesday introducing 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes. Anna Cullen will come here shortly and introduce 5th and 6th class to computer coding. Paula and Anna spent time in our school last year on teacher training placement from DCU. The Hour of Code lessons carried out focuses on the use of Minecraft Tutorials available at code.org/minecraft. You can understand why the children were excited, school and minecraft at the same time!

Here are some direct quotes from 2nd class children:

I thought the hour of coding was Awesome!

I didn’t just like it, I loved it!!

It was really, really good ☺

I thought it was amazing!

Amazing coding!

I thought it was super!

I thought it was a great way to learn, it was great fun! 

It was a bit confusing but I liked it.

Two levels in and you’ll be glued to it!

I thought it was really fun to learn.

Its unbelievable coding.

I think that every class should do it.

I like Minecraft and I like coding, so combined it was amazing.

RETNS raises funds for Educate Together

RETNS raises funds for Educate Together

RETNS Hallowe'en Dress-up Fundraiser for Educate Together

We had a fantastic Hallowe’en assembly this morning, enjoyed by children, parents and staff. Our Student Council voted for Liz as the winner of the staff dress-up competition. Well done, Liz! We are grateful to all who donated to the ‘One Day Together’ campaign, raising funds for Educate Together. Have a look through our photo gallery below and spot the crazy kids that came to school today. 

Thanks a lot

Maeve

Garda Niall Visits RETNS

Garda Niall Visits RETNS

Garda Niall talks to all Classes about Safety at Hallowe'en

Garda Niall, our local community Garda, visited all classes in RETNS this week to speak about safety over the Hallowe’en period. As always, he was impressed with the children’s level of engagement on the topic.

Best wishes

Maeve