A Visit from the Garda Mounted Unit
Click on the following link to read the Newsletter October 2017 This newsletter was also emailed home.
Congratulations to the following children who have been invited to attend a prize giving in KBC Bank during mid term. They entered a colouring competition run by KBC last year: Last year the children in 1st and 2nd Class entered a colouring competition organized by KBC. Very well done and congratulations.
and Lucy Rose
Top Tips for Social Media/Chat Apps and Onlining Gaming from Cyber Safe Ireland
Earlier this term students from 4th class to 6th and their parents had the opportunity to learn about ONLINE SAFETY from CYBER SAFE IRELAND. The following is the ‘Take Home Info for Parents’ that Cyber Safe Ireland provided. We thought this information had great value and was well worth sharing with you.
1. Talk to your child as often as possible about what they see and do online. Check out Cyber Safe Ireland for ideas for conversation starters.
2. Be aware of age restrictions on social media/messaging apps and PEGI ratings on games.
3. Do your research on safety for each app or game. Install and use them yourself if you can, or check them out on YouTube.
4. Check out parental control options, especially for younger children, but do not place too much reliance on technical solutions.
5. Discuss your concerns, agree rules (eg for sharing info and accepting friend requests) and check out the privacy/safety settings and reporting mechanism together.
6. Keep an eye on their friends lists, language and tone they or others use, who they’re talking/gaming with, and what they are sharing online. Reiterate importance of controlling their information.
7. Discuss how words and actions can affect others. Encourage them to look after their friends and let them know that you are always there for them if they need you.
8. Agree time limits and technology free time. Always try to model the same behaviour yourself.
Useful Links for Parents included
Cyber Safe Ireland
Webwise for Parents and
from Webwise some excellent information on Parental Controls
School Year 2016-17
MUSIC WEEK was held in the school 17th-21st June. It was a wonderful week. You can read about it HERE Mobile Music Machine visited fourth and sixth class. Renowned violinist Alan Smale and friends played for first to third class. Eimear Saunders from MUSIC GENERATION prepared all classes to sing rounds in ‘The Big Sing’. She also worked with 5th and 6th where they sing pop songs and play instruments. Joan Dempsey (also from Music Generation) worked with 2nd and 3rd class as they play recorder and percussion. We were also very lucky to have wonderful students from Artane School of Music visit us on Friday. Our students were fascinated to see children their own age playing instruments like the trumpet and clarinet. Thanks to Music Generation for all their support in this endeavour and our wonderful tutors, who have taught us so much and made learning so much fun. It looks like Music Week will be another highlight in a great school year.
Well done to Ms. Woodcock’s 3rd Class for their EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE of the the thought provoking ‘Pirates and Mermaids’. It was a play with an important message. We also enjoyed the entertaining, comical and musical ‘Murder at Magpie Manor’ from Ms. Heneghan’s 6th. Then there was the performances of ‘Mary Poppin’s’ from both 4th classes; Ms. Hughes’ and Ms. Donnelly’s which was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; ‘practically perfect in every way’!
You can see a slideshow of photos from rehearsals for Mary Poppins HERE
Last but not least congratulations to Mr. Dodd’s 6th Class on their superb performance of King Lear. You can see a slideshow of their performance HERE