Archive for Health Promoting School Initiative

Daffodil planting

We had a busy week planting daffodil bulbs in our new forest area which some of our parents and pupils kindly cleared for us during the Summer holidays. A big thank you to Mrs.McPhillips who organised a rota and brought the children out in groups to plant each morning.

 

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Míle Buíochas ..Sincere thanks for all your hard work

During August, a group of hard working Mums, Dads, Pupils and past pupils got together and cleared the area above the basketball court.  What was an overgrown eye-sore is now a beautiful, inviting nature area which enhances the school grounds so much. 

I have put together a slideshow of the before, during and after photos which illustrates the amount of work that was done.  (You may need to open this link on a laptop/computer unless you have powerpoint installed on your phone)

Thank you to all who helped out 

Míle Buíochas to the following who gave up their Saturdays to do this work:

(in no particular order!)

Rev Simon,

Abby,Flynn & Millie Acheson,

Ruth, Edwin Stuart, Robert, Gordon, Craig & Jamie Lochaden

Janette, Hugh, Louis, Jessica & Gavin Faulknar

Barbara, George & Robbie Wilton

Valerie, Malcolm, Casey, Jamie, Jack & Bobby Johnston

Gavin, Daven, Odhrán & Olivia Hanley

Zara Rabbani

Robert & Carla Bertram

Deborah & Lauren Kinnear

Richard Kane

Shauna Farrelly

Míle Buíochas also  to these men who did the drainage work around the Outdoor Classroom:

(Also in no particular order!)

Richard Kane

Ronald Magovern

Trevor Vance

Clive Woods

Malcolm Johnston

Hugh Faulkner

Rodney Wilton

I hope I have not left anyone out, but if I have please let me know so I can add your name to the list.

 

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Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Day

We had our annual fruit and vegetable tasting day on Monday 18th June, which was enjoyed by all classes. Thank you to the pupils that sent in fruit and vegetables on the day and a special mention of thanks to Barbara Wilton, Sylvia Mills, Janette Waller, Ruth Lochaden and Kelly McCusker who gave up their time to prepare the fruit and vegetables for the children. It was greatly appreciated!

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FREE Dance & Drama workshop for Billis Pupils aged 9 – 13 years

I am delighted to announce that I have secured a FREE Drama and Dance Summer Camp for Billis Pupils aged 9 to 13 years, from Mon 9th July to Fri 13th July from 3pm to 5pm,in Billis Hall   (Funded through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.)

Please see poster attached for more details and for booking information.

I hope you will support this as if it is a success we may get it again!

Free Dance and Drama workshop

 

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Junior School Tour

The Infants and 1st and 2nd classes enjoyed their trip to Newgrange pet farm on Thursday 24th May. A big thank you to Mrs. Barbara Smith, Ms. Whitley and Mrs. Tam Scott for helping out on the day.

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BASKETBALL LESSONS

Every Thursday for the past 6 weeks, the children have been taking part in basketball lessons. A big thank you to Brian O’Reilly for volunteering to provide the lessons. Brian offered up his free time and we really appreciate it! 

 

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Clothes Collection update

Our annual clothes collection raised €560, €280 of which has been donated to Ms Doughty for her fund raising for Nuture Africa.  Thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted clothing and textiles to this very worthy cause. The remaining money is going towards expenses incurred in maintaining our Active Flag, our Health Promoting Flag and our Green Schools Flags. 

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Stay Safe Programme

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                               14/05/18

All classes will be taking part in the Stay Safe Programme over the remaining weeks of this school term.

The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools and is an important part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum.  It is mandatory for all schools to teach the Stay Safe Programme. see the Department of Education & Skills Primary Circular 0065/2011)  Its overall objective is to prevent child abuse, bullying and other forms of victimisation.

The programme develops children’s ability to recognise, resist and report risk situations or abusive encounters by teaching children…

  • To identify for themselves unsafe or upsetting situations
  • Simple rules to help them avoid abuse
  • To respect and value the rights of others
  • The language and skills they require to seek help.

The programme also informs parents and teachers about preventing bullying and child abuse, whilst seeking to create a greater public awareness about the problems children can and do experience.

As the most important people in a child’s life it is essential that parents/guardians are involved in the programme. It’s been shown that programmes like Stay Safe are most effective when parents/guardians are actively involved in the process.

Worksheets to accompany the lessons may be given as homework to your child or may be brought home for you to sign.  It’s important that you use these to discuss the content of the lesson with your child. Doing so will give you an insight into what your child is learning and present an opportunity to discuss the issues involved in a way more personal than is possible in the classroom situation. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss personal safety issues with your child and to explain the safety rules that exist in your family. Children have sometimes used the worksheets to tell their parents/guardians about problems.

We strongly recommend that you::

  • Make sure you’re familiar with the lesson topics. These can be accessed at http://www.staysafe.ie/parent_ss_less.htm
  • Talk to your child about the programme. Explain that the programme will teach them how to keep safe
  • Decide on a time to set aside for discussion of the worksheets.

If you have any questions or concerns about the programme, please contact your child’s class teacher before Thursday 17th May.

Thank you,

K Devine

 

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Zippy’s Friends Certificates

Over the past 6 months, the Infants have been completing the Zippy’s friends’ programme as part of SPHE. The programme is run by the HSE and teaches children about feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems, change and loss, helping others and coping in different situations. The Infants were presented with their crowns and certificates today for all their hard work. Well done.

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ACTIVE WEEK 2018

We had a very successful active week packed with lots of fun and games. Thankfully the weather was on our side all week and the rain stayed away for the activities.

On Monday, each classroom completed a lesson on jiving. A big thank you to Craig Lovett for providing the lessons. See photos below!

On Tuesday, we completed skipping.

Susan Doorley from An Taisce came to the school on Wednesday and provided the children with an informative scooter safety workshop. Thank you Susan!

Thank you also to Brian Reilly for completing basketball lessons on Thursday.

We finished off the week with game stations on Friday. Mr.McPhilips also organised a dodgeball tournament which ran throughout the week with the finals being held on Friday. A big thank you to Mr.McPhilips for organising the tournament and well done to our dodgeball team winners. The Junior team and the Senior team were presented with prizes. Each child in the school also received an active certificate for taking part during the week! Well done everyone! Enjoy your well deserved rest!!

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