With the news yesterday that schools will remain closed for next week we would like to send a few reminders:
It is great for the children to continue to learn and revise skills and information while the school is closed but the most important thing for everyone right now is to stay well physically and mentally.
This is an exceptional time and teachers understand that it is impossible to recreate at home what we do in a classroom full of children.
We are not expecting students to make huge progress during this time in terms of their academic learning – if they don’t slide backwards and still remember what they have covered already once they come back to school that would be great.
It is particularly challenging for children with special educational needs, learning or behavioral difficulties to learn at a time like this.
Children are worried and scared at the moment – like we are as adults – it is difficult to avoid this – the best thing we can do to support them right now is to make them feel loved and secure – they are more likely to remember how they felt at this time than what they learned.
At some point in the future this will be over, the school will re-open and we will begin to, slowly, put things back together somewhat like before, we need to be brave and help each other so that we have the capacity to put things back together when this time comes.
We understand that the tv and technology are sometimes necessary to keep the peace at home – but we would remind parents to be vigilant around monitoring use of social media particularly with older children at times like this (there is a lot of disturbing and inappropriate content online).
Try to do things with your children that normally none of us have time to do – take a day off school in your pyjamas if you all need it (your teacher won’t know!). Keep a diary – this is a historic time and it’s also good handwriting practice – or try putting together your own family’s time capsule to report this historic time for your family (working as a historian).
Call your granny, grandad, auntie, uncle, cousin – or even better write them a letter. Be kind and look after each otherKeep staying at home as much as possible and keep washing your hands.
The hse website is updated daily (and sometimes more frequently) – call your doctor if you are feeling unwell. We understand that there is extra pressure at home when siblings and parents are competing over use of technology.
Keep up the physical activity and get out in the fresh air (at a safe distance from others). Try baking (mathematical measurement skills) and gardening (science skills).
We will continue to try to support the learning at home and to provide resources and strategies we think may be helpful but we also understand that not everyone is in a position to do this – do as much as you can or what works for your family and circumstances.
We miss all the children and normal school life….but we will be together again.
Stay safe and healthy. Siobhán Loughman
Suggestions for activities and educational websites you can use to support your child are on the previous post. Click on the next link at the bottom of this page.
Suggestions to help your children when learning from home:
From Monday the 30th of March RTE will be showing a classroom based program for 1st to 6th class students . It will air from 11-12 daily.
This is a list of websites and activities that may be useful when your child finishes work set by their class teacher. Some of the websites need you to register but they are all free. Under each web link or suggestion there is a short description.
A website with graded comprehensions. Anyone who attends Ms Ryan’s English groups is already set up and has a login name and password on the front of their copy. You do a 20 minute assessment and then the website gives you stories and questions at your own level. Great for independent work.
We celebrated World Book Day in St. Brigids SGNS by decorating our classroom doors, dressing up as our favourite characters, buying new books from the book fair, listening to a storyteller and entertaining book report and cover competitions! Everyone had a great time!
We celebrated Engineers week with a design challenge. Bridges had to have a span of 30cm and hold a weight to 500g. These are some of the bridges that made the final of our competition. The standard was extremely high and all our students should be very proud of their work.
For a full list of school closures and holidays click here.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Native American Proverb
WE’RE WORKING ON OUR 7TH FLAG FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: ENERGY!
Have you heard of the Green Schools Programme, or the Green Homes Project? These programmes, together with the National Spring Clean, Clean Coast and Blue Flag projects can really make a big difference to the environment.
St. Brigid’s SNS have been working on the Green Flag School’s Programme for the last eleven years.
Last year we were awarded our 6th flag for Global Citizenship: LITTER & WASTE!
What are the flags about?
Our first green flag was for reducing LITTER AND WASTE
By thinking about the impact we are having on the environment and changing our actions accordingly we can play an important part in promoting sustainable development (i.e. “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future”). Reducing the amount of waste we produce by re-using, repairing, composting, recycling and, most importantly, preventing waste in the first place can help to protect both our country and our planet for future generations.
Our second green flag was for ENERGY
Educational, environmental and financial pressures are highlighting the importance of having a single whole-school policy for energy.
Here are some of St. Brigid’s ‘Energy Saving Tips’
Close the door when you leave or enter a room
Turn off your lights when you are not in the room
No appliances left on Stand-by over night
Turn your thermostat down
Our third flag was for WATER
Saving water is not just about saving money. Water is an important resource and a sufficient supply of clean water is essential to the health of both people and the environment. The raw material may appear to be plentiful, but worldwide and even in parts of Ireland (particularly at certain times of year), it is an increasingly scarce resource.
St. Brigid’s Tips to Save Water:
Don’t let the tap run
Be a leaky tap detective
Leaky taps waste water, so if you hear one in your house or school, tell someone – and make sure it gets fixed.
Don’t run the tap while brushing!
Use your head – use a bucket
A running hose uses 500 litres of water in an hour. Next time you’re washing the family car try using a bucket and sponge instead of a hose. It’ll be just as clean and more fun too.
Don’t be mean if your clothes aren’t clean!
Use a basin to wash your fruit and vegetables
Don’t abuse it – re-use it
Spread the word
Our fourth green flag was for TRAVEL
By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport) we can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children’s alertness, walking, cycling or using public transport increases pupils’ concentration levels in class. The schools will also lessen their overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.
We were awarded our fifth flag for BIODIVERSITY in May 2014
Ms. Cooney went to collect our Fifth Green Flag at an Awards Ceremony, with three pupils from our Green Schools’ Committee, on May 22nd 2014. They had a most enjoyable time, after all their hard work. The rest of the Green Schools’ Committee also had a little celebration that week.
As luck would have it, one of St. Brigid’s past-pupils, Shannen O’Brien, is involved in a Biodiversity Project this summer. While studying Science in Trinity College, Shannen is taking part in an Expedition to South Africa, where she will undertake vital conservation work for Operation Wallacea and the local community. Shannen spoke to a number of our classes about the project and our pupils raised €100 to help fund her work. It was such a treat to have Shannen raise the flag on May 29th, with the help of the entire school!
You can join up with the rest of the Green Homes community on www.greenhomes.ie. Here you will find out lots more information on the project and great tips on how to keep your home environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
REMEMBER OUR SLOGANS FOR BIODIVERSITY:
Truth be told, biodiversity is worth more than gold.
2, 4, 6, 8. It’s biodiversity we appreciate.
Don’t let species go extinct; in this world we are all linked.
We also won a Sports Activity Pack for Recycling in the summer of 2014.
We were awarded our sixth flag for GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP in May 2016.
This site has a huge number of activities in all subject areas: Click onGreen Schools
Litter and Waste by Shauna Brannigan
Litter is always caused by people. It is waste in the wrong place which ruins the appearance of our towns and countryside. Litter has many forms and many sources, from sweet wrappers thrown on the street to a dumped bag of rubbish. Authorities spend millions of Euros every year on cleaning the streets of Ireland.
Household and commercial waste production in Ireland has increased dramatically in the last twenty years. Landfills all around the country are under severe pressure, shileour non-renewable resources are being exhausted at alarming rates. The amount of waste produced has increased over the last decade to about three million tonnes (3,000,000 tonnes).
We are trying to change the way people think about litter and waste in our area.
Global Citizenship by Saoirse Salveta
There were 419,733 non Irish nationals living in Ireland in April 2006
52,500 of these were children under the age of 14.
75,687 of these were children and young adults.
28,347 of these were E.U. citizens.
20% of the global population own 80% of the global wealth.
Climate change seems to affect the less developed parts of the world first.
The developed world is mainly responsible for the change in the climate.
St. Brigid’s Recycled Hat Competition
Congratulations girls. It was the hardest competition to judge in St. Brigid’s to date!
St. Brigid’s Big Travel Challenge
The Green-Schools Travel Competition took place in February. We walked to school or remembered to ‘Park & Stride’ to school for ten days, from the 10th to 25th of February 2016. Schools all over Ireland took part. We took on this challenge of achieving a measurable increase in a sustainable mode of travel; walking ( Park & Stride).
Well Done St. Brigid’s!
FINALLY, THE 6TH GREEN FLAG!!
We raised our 6th Green Flag on Monday, 20th June, at 11.00 a.m!! Ms. Cooney and three Green Schools’ Committee members collected the flag at a ceremony in the Helix on 24th May 2016. Thanks to all of the school community for getting behind our topic of Global Citizenship: Litter and Waste. Finally, after organising everybody behind the scenes for the last five flags, Ms. Cooney gets to raise this one herself!!