Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
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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
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SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFFING
The Dept. of Education recently announced a new way of allocating staff to schools to assist children with learning difficulties. Instead of a general allocation of hours for learning support and a specific allocation of hours for children with diagnosed disabilities each school will get an overall allocation to cater for all needs. This will be fixed for a two year period and then reduced for schools like ours.
An immediate difficulty that arises for us is that the number of children coming in with diagnosed difficulties is greater than the number leaving so the hours deemed adequate for this year are already not enough for next year. We project the deficit will be over 20 hours. This means that the resources we have to assist each child will be less– the Dept. of Education describes this as the system being more responsive to children with additional learning needs without the need for diagnosis.
While we will continue to do our utmost to assist children with learning difficulties and disabilities it should be clear to everyone that the teaching resources allocated to us will be under severe pressure.
ENGINEERS WEEK ACTIVITIES
Our now traditional Longship Challenge and Bottle Rocket Project were a key part of this year’s #engweek17 programme. The school record for the Rocket was broken several times and at the end of the launching our new record holder is Daragh White with a distance travelled of 118 m.
1st Classes organised a week of activities with Tower Building, boat design and loading and building marble runs. They finished the week with a visit from parent Ken Reynolds and his fellow engineers from Intel who set the children bridge building challenges.
6th Class were set the Torch factory simulation by parent Clodagh Moore from LIT. The children had to come up with the best way of organising the production line in an interesting challenge.
We are very grateful to the parents involved who gave so freely of their time and talents.
SOCIAL MEDIA PROBLEMS
From time to time difficulties between children on social media such as Snapchat make their way into school. Children as young as 2nd Class are now using these despite the fact that you must claim to be a minimum of 13 to activate an account.
If your child has such an account they have lied about their age to set it up and on a more alarming level have uncontrolled access to the internet.
Please make sure that, as a responsible parent, your child only has such access to the internet that is legal and appropriate for their age and that you regularly check their browsing history and that they know you do this.
As in everyday life people should be civil and respectful of each other when using social media and these are habits that must be taught to children.
Students' Council having a break on Pay It Forward with Kindness Day
Our 6th Classes were delighted with the visit of Irish Olympic hurdler Thomas Barr recently. He spoke of the dedication and hard work required to be successful in any walk of life and answered questions from them about his career and training schedule.
The classes presented him with a card and beautifully drawn pictures of him in action by 6th Class pupil Emma Vasic.
One of the tasks he undertook while visiting was to officially launch the 6th Class Triathlon 2017 which will take place in June.
It’s a tremendous occasion and work for it begins each year at this time with ’beep’ tests for the children to allow them set training goals.
It’s a great lesson in life that you can achieve most things but only if you’re prepared to work hard.
Thanks to the many parents who have contributed to our voluntary collection. This money goes to fund the extras that Dept. of Education funding doesn’t cover such as additional music lessons for all children in their time here as well as extra reading materials in all classes.
The electronic collection system worked very well and we will be using it for all school collections over €10 in future.
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,
Community Spirit or Effort.
Well done to our February ACEs.
VI:Nolan: Aaron Benson & Jack Kinsella
VI:Heaney: Abbie Ryan & Davide Chinaglia
VI: Boland: Emma Vasic & Ryan Hartnett
We extend our deepest sympathy to:
Pupil Sarah Louise Allen and her brother, past pupil Conor, on the death of their mother, Louise.
The Salesian Community and especially Sr Kathleen & Sr. Brigid on the death of Sr. Dympna.
Please remember them in your prayers.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
¨ Frog spawn was spotted in the pond on March 1st. Tadpoles had hatched on March 13th. The pond in the Outdoor Classroom is an endless source of wonder for the children.
¨ Thanks to the Parents’ Council and all parents who helped and contributed to the Used Clothing Collection. 1620 Kg of clothing came in which raised €810.
¨ Early season planting in the Outdoor Classroom included potatoes and onions. Mr. Foley’s class also planted a new soft fruit section which we hope will be cropping in September .
¨ Teacher Grace Burke and a 3rd Class group travelled to Tralee recently to the LiveLife Film Festival. The group entered a film in the competition.
¨ 4th Classes completed their History Project ‘The Oldest Thing in my House’ and the finalists presented their work through iPad and Airplay to a packed hall.
¨ Teacher Pat Butler presented about our work with the BBC micro:bits at the Computer Education Society of Ireland in Dublin recently.
¨ John Moran, former Secretary General of the Dept. of Finance and very involved in ‘Liveable Limerick’ came to talk and listen to Mr. D’Arcy’s 6th about their ideas for the future development of the city.
¨ 4th Classes are beginning their preparations for their 3Km run with weekly running sessions down the Shannon Fields.
¨ Le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge eagraíodh Tráth na gCeist, Céilithe Móra agus Ceoilchoirm. Bhain na páistí an taitneamh astu.
¨ The Students’ Council took to the streets of Limerick with ‘Pay it Forward with Kindness Limerick’ on Saturday, 11th spreading kindness.
¨ As the Hockey season draws to a close the 5th and 6th Class girls will be playing a number of friendly matches with secondary schools.
¨ 5th Classes have been using Google sheets– an open source version of Excel– during their Maths lessons on averages and graphs. This is integrating ICT with Maths.
¨ Boys’ soccer team are in training after school on Tuesdays for the FAI 5 a side tournament. Teachers Tim Frawley and Barry Danaher are in charge.
Easter Holidays: Closing Friday, 7th April at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 24th April 2017
Closed Monday, 1st May 2017 -Public Holiday
Closed Monday, 5th June 2017 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 30th June 2017 at 12.15 p.m.
Staff Planning Day Wednesday, 30th August 2017
School Re-opens Thursday 31st August 2017
October mid-term break: Closed Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017 inclusive.
Christmas Holidays: Closing Friday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 8th January 2018
February 2018 mid-term break: Closed Thursday 15th February 2018 and Friday 16th February 2018.
Closed Monday, 19th March 2018- Public Holiday
Easter 2018: School closing Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12.15 p.m. Reopening Monday 9th April 2018.
Closed Monday, Monday 7th May 2018 – Friday 11th May 2018 Inclusive.
Closed Monday, 4th June 2018 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 29th June 2018 at 12.15 p.m.
Scoil Íde is used as a Polling Station so we will be closed for any Elections/Referendums that may be called.
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