Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
Junior Infant 2018 Applications closed. Closing Date for Applications was 1st February 2018. Other Classes 18/19 Apply on-line using Enrolment Application Form under 'About' Tab.
On This Day 21st February 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London
Thought for the Week: A jewel will not shine if it is not polished. - Japanese Proverb
Weather Watch: Lowest temperature so far autumn/winter 17/18 was -2.3°C at 02.00 on Dec 11th.
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GENDER & SCIENCE SUBJECTS
A national concern, and one we share in Scoil Íde, is the perception that exists among girls and their parents about science subjects. Participation of girls in STEM subject areas is an equality issue as interest and participation in these can determine future education and career prospects. Despite being constantly told that all areas are open to boys and girls the attitude that some subject areas are more suited to boys still persists. Following on from Science tests we gave recently we surveyed 5th class about which degree courses suited one gender over the other. Children all agreed that boys and girls could do whatever they wanted but when we extended the questions to which careers were gender specific they broke along very traditional lines.
Changing the perceptions that exist is not easy but it is important for parents—and mothers in particular not to diminish their own abilities when speaking to their children– the ‘I was no good at Maths’ approach we’ve written about previously. All educational research points to the fact that children have decided they like or dislike science subjects by the end of primary school. It is really important that we continue to encourage boys and girls in science subjects from home as well as school. For our part we will be looking for mothers involved in science at work to assist occasionally with science classes as having positive role models in this area has been identified as an important change factor.
Second Class working with Town Planner Maria Woods
This year 4th, 5th and 6th Classes are undertaking different challenges for Engineers Week. 4th Class will undertake our annual Longship Construction Challenge and have already tested their first prototypes in our testing tank. We look forward to the final versions.
5th have been challenged to design a Bottle Rocket. They’ve seen video and pictures of last year’s versions and the challenge is to design the rocket deciding the weight and angle of launch to see which goes the furthest.
6th have already begun planning a submarine which can dive in a controlled manner and hold position under water– not on the bottom– and then resurface.
These projects demand a lot of design and hands on building and children must also keep a learning log which details each step of the process from design to building, testing, redesigning on to testing the final version.
We hope that parents can assist in the process.
Senior Infants exploring ideas about the Arctic regions.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
At its most recent meeting the BOM allocated places to applicants for this year’s Junior Infant Classes. We will have 3 classes starting this September.
The BOM is awaiting the outcome of its application under the Summer Works scheme for new ceilings and insulated roof spaces in the main part of the school buildings.
The Board also ratified the updated Data Protection Policy. A copy of this can be viewed on www.scoilide.ie on the Policies area under the ‘About’ tab.
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,
Community Spirit or Effort.
Well done to our January ACEs.
VI:Nolan: David Madigan & Sarah Noonan
VI:Heaney: Alissa Kerwick & James Keane Cross
VI: Boland: Aoife McInerney & Paul Macken
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
Robotics in 6th Class
Underneath are the placement figures for this year’s 6th Classes. The system remains flawed and restrictive from a parents’ viewpoint . The figures may be of use to the current 5th class parents in considering their options. 5th Class parents should have a good idea of their preference for a secondary school as the ‘Open Day & Application Season’ begins quickly again in September.
St. Munchin’s College: 40
Árd Scoil Mhuire: 22
Gaelcholáiste Luimni: 03 (3 girls)
Crescent College: 03 (2 girls/1 boy)
Laurel Hill Secondary: 15
Árd Scoil Ris: 01
Coláiste Chiaran: 06 (6 girls)
Laurel Hill Coláiste: 03
Villiers: 01 (1 boy)
Coláiste Nano Nagle 01
Bishop Brendan Leahy will confirm 92 of our 6th Class pupils on Saturday March 12th at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas’ Church. The children have been preparing for the sacrament in the parish through the ‘Be My Witnesses’ programme and in school . They, with their parents, made the decision last September that they wished to receive the sacrament and as part of that undertook the preparation. It is very important that when children go forward to receive the sacraments that it is through a conscious decision on their own and their parents part. We hope that it will be a memorable day for the families involved.
We extend the sympathy of the school community to:
Our Secretary Elaine Flannery on the death of her aunt, Maureen Smalle.
Teacher Mary Gloster on the death of her mother, Maureen Carroll.
Jeanne Murnane , mother and Johnny, brother, of past pupil Harry Murnane.
Please remember them in your prayers.
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General Election School Closed Friday, 26th February
Easter Holidays: Closing Wednesday, 16th March at 12.15 p.m. Re-opening Monday, 4th April 2016
May Mid-Term: Closed Monday, 2nd May to Friday, 6th May (incl.)
Closed Monday, 6th June 2016 Public Holiday
Summer Holidays: Closing Thursday, 30th June 2016 at 12.15 p.m.
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