On Wednesday of last week Séamus Quinn came to our Fifth Class classroom to speak to us about the Ombudsman and the Rights of the Child. Séamus told us he was from the Ombudsman Office for Children in Dublin and where he is a drama teacher and a therapist.
We learned that the Ombudsman works to protect all children in Ireland. He also makes sure all children’s rights are being protected or as much as they possibly can be.
The first thing we did with Séamus was play a few games to warm up which were great fun. After that he asked if we had any questions about the UNCRC and we had a great discussion. The UNCRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and this year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Séamus said there were only two countries in the world who have not yet signed the agreement, and they are Somalia and The United States of America.
After all of that Séamus went into role as Mr Wright (the president of the world in 2042). Before Christmas we had made posters on the UNCRC. We were divided into groups and were given four rights to illustrate. So we got them back and Séamus went into role as the character Mr Wright and he announced that he had narrowed the 42 rights down to only 6 and our task was to write a letter to him to tell him how we felt and to choose in our groups, six rights which we felt were the most important. We were all so outraged at the request and found the task very difficult. Once we had ‘sent our letters’, Mr Wright made another announcement saying he cut the rights down to 5 which we couldn’t believe!! What we learned from that task was that we are entitled to all 42 rights and they should never be divided into more important or less important, all must be protected.
The next task Séamus did was he got a humongous poster and we got a marker and traced around a student’s body. We then wrote about the 42 rights and who helps us protect those rights and ensures we receive them. We drew small pictures to represent them too which was fun. Overall this day was so great and interesting and we learnt so much. Thank you Ms Henry and Séamus for opening up our eyes to the importance of the UNCRC!
Thank you to the students of 5th Class for this detailed report!
At our weekly assembly today we learned of children who are working very hard inside of and outside of their classrooms.
Teachers told us they have children who help often and remind them if they ever forget. We heard from teachers about children who take great responsibility for their work and behaviour and who have worked well with others completing projects. It is always such a difficult decision to come to because our children are very attentive and eager to please.
We heard of children who have made huge efforts in improving how they work as a team member in the classroom. At times our children can get overexcited when doing things and we heard from teachers about this and how they can bring themselves back from their excitement and return to their work. We heard about children who have had some difficulties with a subject but who have stuck at it and had brilliant results through sheer hard work and determination.
As always it was lovely to hear of random acts of kindness and students showing great maturity, looking after and caring for the younger students in our school. Finally, we learned of those who have made a fantastic effort preparing for their Féile Dramaíochta competition on Tuesday next.This is always great to hear and we appreciate the hard work of so many students over the past number of weeks.
Maith sibh go léir. Táimid fíor bhródúil asaibh.
Dates for your Diary
Next week as always promises to be a very busy week.
On Tuesday next 27th February Rang a hAon, Dó, Trí, Ceathair, Cúig agus a Sé take part in the Féile Dramaíochta Cill Mobhí. We wish the students well and again thank them for all their hard work in preparation.
World Book Day: This coming Thursday March 1st we will all celebrate World Book Day here in school. All students are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character of their choice from their favourite book. They may also bring their favourite book to school for reading time!
Finally on Friday next March 2nd our school will close at 12.30 pm in line with the Department of Education procedures for staff Child Protection Training.
Congratulations to our Girls ‘White’ Team, our Boys Team and our Mixed team who on Monday progressed to the Connaught Primary Spikeball finals following Monday’s Mayo deciders here in Charlestown.
Well done also also to our Girls (Green 2 ) team who also played so well in their respective group. We were delighted with the progress the children have made in such a short space of time. It was heartening to witness the improvement in confidence and skill level as the day progressed.
As mentioned both our Girls, Boys and Mixed teams have now qualified for the Connaught Finals which will take place in Loughrea, Co.Galway (Date to be confirmed). There are still lots of areas for further improvement and we look forward to working hard over the next month to prepare for this date.
Finally, a special word of thanks to Geraldine Finn for coaching the teams. Geraldine’s knowledge and expertise is invaluable alongside her interest in the game. We really appreciate this support.
Thank you also to Mr.Rushe for all his help in preparing the teams and to the Transition Year girls from St.Joseph’s Community College who gave the students such a great base through their coaching programme throughout the autumn.
On Tuesday of this week we had Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is an EU initiative. It is promoted in Ireland by the Webwise Internet Safety Initiative (Professional Development Service for Teachers(PDST)).
It aims to educate and raise awareness about protecting children online, so that they can responsibly enjoy the benefits of the Internet, without compromising their safety and privacy. Throughout this week our pupils at St.Attracta’s will be engaging in a number of Internet Safety Lessons. This follows the excellent presentations we all recently received at our whole school Internet Safety Day on Tuesday January 16th for pupils (2nd-6th), staff and parents.
We highly recommend you take some time to explore the informative family resources that can be found here.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infant Class for 2018/19 to our school tomorrow at 2pm!
Reminder: With this in mind and to help the organisation of this afternoon we ask that Ms. Duffy’s Junior Infants, Mrs. Reilly’s Senior Infants, Ms. Ruane’s Spraoi and Mrs. McDonagh’s Sonas Class finish at 1.45pm. from our usual collection points. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you as always for your support.