Toxic Childhood

Parents Book Club

TCThere is no job more rewarding than being a parent. There is also no job more fraught! We all want to do the best for our children, to raise healthy, happy independent children. However, it seems to be getting more difficult…We live in an age of comfort, convenience and promise – a wonderful place for a grown up to work and relax. But it isn’t always the best of worlds for our chilfive fingerdren to flourish?

According to Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, a child’s most basic needs can be listed on five fingers:Language, love, play discipline and education. This book has parents from all over the world talking and reflecting on what is important. We thought it would be great to get our community talking and sharing also. To this end we have purchased copies of the book for our parents to share and enjoy. Talk to your class rep if you are interested. The children at Ollies have a Book Club. Now it’s the parents turn!

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School announces Comenius Project

com-picThere was great excitement in the Senior Classes today when a very exciting project that the school will take part in was officially announced.  The Comenius Project is part of the European Commissions Lifelong Learning Programme and schools involved get to work with schools in other European Countries on a theme chosen by the group.

The Projects run over three years and comenius-llp-logo-jpginvolves great interaction through writing, video conferencing and displays between the partner schools including visits by teachers. You can read the full story here.

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Fabulous Fun for Fruity Friday

Lots of learning and great fun were combined last Friday when Fruity Friday came to all
Fruity (34)the classrooms courtesy of the Parents Association.  Apples, oranges, grapes and pineapples were the fruits on the menu.  The colours, the tastes and the smells and those smiling faces as the children feasted and gorged on such an assortment of goodies.

fruitsAnd it wasn’t just the tasting that the children were engaged in because there were lots of other activities and games associated with the event including art and writing and quizzes and poetry.  The list goes on and on.  A great day for all involved and one that the PA promises will be repeated in the not too distant future. A huge thank you to the generous donors who made it all possible!  And the verdict from the classes:- “Yummy”.

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Digital Team take to the Road

This year the school is organising a digital team.The digital team is a group of children from both fifth and sixth class and they have chosen the nickname Busters after the famous Ghost Busters.  Remember the famous line – “who ya going to call?  Ghostbusters”.

techieThese boys and girls are the techies and they will assist teachers with any problems they have in the IT area.  They will visit classrooms on a Friday and on other days if requested.  Besides the technical issues which they may be able to sort, they will also help upload pictures and help with the school Blog and Class Logs.  They will be the Press-gang for all school events and will have their cameras at the ready for every occasion.   Don’t forget to look out for their regular updates on the School Blog.

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New Support Programme

teddyOur school is delighted to announce the introduction of a new pupil support programme called CLIMB.  This Programme aims to support pupils who are experiencing the impact of a cancer diagnosis in their family be it a parent, a brother or sister, or a member of the extended family.  It is a six week programme which is designed to be an enjoyable, sharing, interactive experience and a time for the children to come together to deal with their feelings. This programme will be delivered after school and will join other support programmes available in our school i.e. Rainbows, Reading Classes, Fingal Reading Workshop.  To read more click here.


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