WE MADE THE NEWS! OCTOBER 2021
The pupils of Mr. Breen’s 5th and 6th class were delighted to welcome Micheál O’Scannail from RTÉ news2Day to our school to record a feature on Budget 2022. It was a great experience from many perspectives. The children were enabled to experience the process of making a segment for television; the cuts, the outtakes, audio and visuals. Exploring film and digital media is an exciting way for children to learn and to have the opportunity to interact with people who work in this field was invaluable. Working on this feature enabled the children to have an opinion on the country’s budget and they prepared for the visit by discussing where the country’s money would be best invested. Isobelle Roland (5th class) believed that ‘some of the budget should go to mental health. Because of Covid, a lot of people without families haven’t been able to socialise’. She believes that some money ‘should go to paying counselors to go to people’s houses and chat to them to make them feel less lonely.’
We believe it is really important to foster the children’s independent thought and social consciences so that they are prepared when they reach voting age and know that their voices count. The RTÉ News2Day experience was a really fun way of learning about the country’s finances and we are very grateful to Micheál and his team for the opportunity.
Sacraments – October 2021
Congratulations to all who made their First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation over the last week! Many thanks to Fr. Pádraig and Fr. David for celebrating and to all the teachers for their work in preparing the children and providing such beautiful music.
Books for Malawi
*UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021*
Books for Malawi!
Here is an update on a programme we were delighted to be part of; sending books to Malawi. Huge thanks to Carmel for coordinating and to all families and children who donated so generously. It is lovely to see our name associated with such a worthy cause.
We are delighted to be organising a book collection for children in Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked country on the continent of Africa with a very low GDP. We learned that the pupil teacher ratio in Junior Infants is 130:1 and the children have no books. As an English speaking country, they will find our books most useful. We are so lucky and privileged to have access to so many good quality reading materials. We hope that our students have felt the importance of selecting some of their pre-loved books for donation and of the impact that this will make to the lives of these children.
Talks for parents by Dr. Colman Noctor
* Here is a link to a series of talks for parents in association with the National Parents’ Council and presented by Dr. Colman Noctor
1. Connecting with your child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFLAwDU0GOQ.
2. Helping anxious children : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yW36NTlKPk
3. Your child’s online life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isifSr6oNDM
4. Building your child’s social savvy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zErcybr6wXg
The excitement of new toys! Our students were delighted to receive these new wooden toys to play with at breaktime!
‘I CAN VS I.Q.’
Wellness Wednesday was a big hit, we had great engagement from all and the feedback was so positive. We hope that there was something for everyone. Below are some of the resources that we provided
Muscle Relaxation – for adults and children!
Aquarium footage to relax to – enjoy!
Bubble bounce – watch and breathe
Cosmic Kids relaxation
Check out our Music and the Arts page for images from our art competition!
Our super team of SNAs have set a baking challenge for our students! The first baking challenge is pancakes for the day that’s in it! Feel free to add your own twist and email photos to me ! There will be a prize for the person crowned Castletown Bake-off champion!
Kitt’s video: 02375673-10a7-4c72-b299-f6db8bde8286
Click the link above for the recipe for Finola’s yummy brownies!
DONT FORGET TO WEAR RED/PINK for assembly today! I will have a spy looking for the best efforts for a prize!
Join us at 11 for or weekly catch up, raffles, slideshow and much more
Suggested reading for emotional well-being
This guide is a wonderful index of books that can support children experiencing loss, anxiety , low mood etc.
We hope you find it useful.
Fundraising for Gorey St. Vincent de Paul
6th class handed over their whopping cheque to St. Vincent de Paul today. The members complimented them on their selflessness. Well done again!
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! We have certainly turned necessary outdoor movement breaks into something our children really look forward to. Today, 6th class are working on our outdoor classroom. This is so good for mental well being and contentment. Well done all!
Check out this video of the happy learning environment here! Gardening and gymnastics in the great outdoors!!
Information from the HSE around well-being: supports for parents and schools.
This newsletter provides some great links around positive mental health, physical activity and how to get your child into a healthy sleep routine. We hope you find it useful.
Black Lives Matter is a cause that should not only affect adults but children too. Here are some resources that might help you to have discussions with your children. Thank you to those who shared these resources with me.
The Elmer series of books celebrate diversity and colour differences at an elementary level. The song at the link above is a fun way of sharing a really important message
Reading Material: Today FM provide a list of appropriate reading material recommended by parents. See link below
This article provides some language that may aid conversations with your children around this topic
This article from The New York Times recommends talking to your child about racism from an early age. Click on the link below
At Scoil Ghormáin Naofa we are committed to the creation of an inclusive environment which celebrates all cultures.
AMBER FLAG FOR POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing our first Amber Flag for the promotion of positive mental health in our school. Amber Flag is run by Pieta House.
Now more than ever, we value the importance of positive mental health and mental resilience. We look forward to building on our mental health practices when we return to school.
We believe that our Amber Flag and Active Flag work well in tandem with one another. A healthy mind in a healthy body.