Here in Glasheen Girls we deliver a broad range of programmes to support numeracy and literacy within the school. Children throughout the school are introduced to programmes such as Literacy Lift Off, First Steps Reading and Writing, Peer Tutoring and Paired Reading. Ready Steady Maths and Maths Recovery.
Programmes such as Reading Recovery and Maths Recovery are also used in the school to assist pupils with difficulties in these areas.
Parental involvement is actively encouraged and we are delighted with the number of parents who come to visit the classrooms to play maths and literacy games with the children.
This year UCC students supported our new SUAS Literacy Programme. This involved them coming to our school twice a week to read with some students and to foster a love of reading. We look forward to this programme continuing next year. We also were involved with the Time to Read Initiative this year. This project links schools with the business community and we were delighted to be paired with the E.S.B. The aim of this initiative is to promote a love of reading in young children. Volunteers from the staff came to read with the pupils from second class Ai??on a one to one basis for a half an hour a week for a period of 20 weeks. Funding was supplied for the purchase of a wide variety of reading material and this scheme was a great success. We will be participating in this scheme again next year.
We are fortunate in having the services of a Learning Support Teacher whose work covers aspects of Language and Mathematical development. Every child in the school will have contact with this teacher at some stage. We also have two Resource and one Language teacher to support children with extra needs or whose first language is not English.
Junior Achievement Programme
This programme is delivered to classes from 1st to 6th. It involves representatives from the business community explaining to the pupils how a company works and the different roles there are within a business.This is done on a weekly basis over a 6 week period. Pupils learn the business terminology and explore what makes a business profitable. We have been very fortunate to have people from KPMG, Bord Gais , EMC and various other multinational companies coming to deliver the programme to the pupils.
Junior Entrepreneur Project
Our school was awarded the JEP flag in June 2014 for itai??i??s successful participation in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. The aim of this programme is to encourage children to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills while independently creating and establishing their own business and learning how to deal with all that entails.
The organisers praised the 5th class pupils ai???innovative idea and sterling effortai??i?? in creating a business and running the company themselves.The business called ai??? Bows and Badgesai??i?? involved the selling of knitted bows as hair accessories and badges and their products were a resounding success. The girls had conducted market research to help guide them and ensure their idea would work. They became members of teams according to what they felt best suited their skills and talents. The teams included: Design and Production, Sales, Finance, Marketing and Story Telling.
The girls undertook their project with determination and enthusiasm. They advertised their bows in the school and also approached local businesses: Joseph’s Hair Salon, Flowers in Bloom and Supervalu, all of whom undertook to sell their product.
The girls donated the ai??i??330 profit they made to two Cork charities: Cork Simon Community and The Irish Guide Dogs Association.
Get Up ai??i??Stand Up Programme
Our school was chosen this year to pilot this new social skills programme. It was an 8 week course to help prepare the 6th class students for secondary school and for life in general. It aims to enable the pupils to develop to their full potential and to enjoy life to the full.
Our school was recently awarded their 4th Green Flag for Travel. The Green Schoolai??i??s Committee (comprising of 2 pupils from each class) and members of staff worked tirelessly conducting many events over the past two years to achieve this award. This involved encouraging everyone to mix their mode of transport. WOW days were organised (walk on Wednesday), Mix your Mode days, competitions, surveys were all conducted to encourage us all to leave the car at home.
Other flags awarded to the school include a flag for ai???Litter and Wasteai??i?? , ai???Energy conservationai??i?? and ai???Water conservationai??i??. We were also awarded a Blue Flag for European Studies.
Health Promotion in Glasheen
Glasheen Girlsai??i?? School (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal), is a Healthy Eating School. In 2011,we were delighted to get our updated Nutrition Policy Certificate from the H.S.E.We would like to thank all those involved in updating this Policy.
We believe that eating habits which are formed in childhood affect us throughout our lives. Primary school therefore constitutes a critical time for promoting healthy eating.We base our Nutrition Policy on the Food Pyramid. We encourage the pupils to eat healthy foods and to be aware that these are tasty and cool to eat and need not be expensive. Our aims are the following:
- To encourage a positive attitude towards food
- To communicate the mesage that ALL foods have a place in a balanced diet
- To promote an awareness of healthy eating among children which will be of benefit to them throughout their lives
A free lunch is provided for all children at the school.Some children may prefer not to avail of this and these children are free to bring in their own packed lunch to school. Each child is offered a choice of bread/roll type,choice of filling,and whether or not to have butter.Fruit and a drink is also included and again a choice is available for both.A small treat is provided with each lunch which is chosen to reflect more healthy options e.g. a rice cake,a small muffin etc.).We encourage parents to choose less sugary treats.Children are discouraged from bringing foods from the top shelf of the food pyramid to school(e.g.bars,biscuits,fizzy drinks,crisps).Since ai???top shelf foodsai??? are acceptable ai??? in moderationai??i??,we suggest that on Fridayai??i??s,parents may give their child one treat to bring to school.
Children who prefer to bring their own lunch to school are encourged to bring one food item from each of the bottom four shelves of the pyramid to provide a balanced meal.
All children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
On special occasions, such as school trips or school concerts,treats are welcomed and each class teacher advises the children what types of treat they should bring (which is relayed faithfully to parents,even by the youngest school goers!)
In Glasheen Girlsai??i?? School,we have experience of children who suffer from food allergies, in particular severe nut allergies.The more serious types of food allergy include nuts and eggs.We understand that these foods are nutritious for those without an allergy and accordingly encourage the eating of them at home.However in respect of our own particular situation all nuts, nut products and eggs are strictly forbidden and parents have been informed that they are not to be brought onto the school campus.We have asked all our parents to be extra vigilant about this,as the potential consequences are so severe. We remind parents that many foodstuffs,including Nutella,cereal bars and some yogurts contain nut products and are therefore also prohibited. Similarly, we request that use of eggs as a sandwich filling is avoided.
Nutrition is taught throughout the school as part of Social and Personal Health Education (S.P.H.E.) Talks on diet and nutrition are given to all the classes. Information on nutrition and healthy eating, including images of the food pyramid, are displayed throughout the school.Children are reminded on a regular basis of the importance of healthy eating and promotion of our Nutritional Policy in school.
We are currently working towards our Digital Schools Award in Glasheen and all pupils and staff are actively involved.
In our school we are extremely fortunate to have an I.T. Room. This has been updated recently with funds from the Department of Education and Science and also from donations from the Parentsai??i?? Association. There are now 26 networked computers in this room with all the latest software available.
Computer time is allocated to every class and during this time the children are given the opportunity to develop their word-processing skills and to explore a wide variety of software.The older pupils are shown how to use the internet as a valuable research tool for projects and topics being discussed in class.
All work in the Computer Room is fully integrated with what is happening in the classroom,ensuring that technology has a meaningful role to play in the pupilsai??i?? educational experience. Our school is now fully WiFi enabling all laptops to access the internet around the school.
Interactive whiteboards are in all classrooms. These are an exceptional educational tool and enables the teacher to cater for all learning styles within the classroom. Pupils are enjoying using these boards and being actively involved in their own learning.
All classrooms have multi-media computers in their own classrooms which have broadband access as well as digital cameras to allow for their work to be filmed and photographed.
Tablets in the classroom
A number of i Pads are available in the school for the pupils to use. They have created marvellous projects using a selection of apps.Videos and photographs of tours, visits and projects made during the year are a source of great pride to the students.
As part of a pilot project last year,the use of tablets was introduced in 4th Class as part of the Maths lesson. This was a great success and really engaged the pupils. This initiative will be extended to more classes during the coming school year.
Coding in Glasheen
This year pupils will be introduced to Scratch, a programme used to write games, animations and stories. This is a wonderful way to develop their problem solving and communication skills.
Here in Glasheen we are very conscious of the need to educate our pupils on how to use the internet safely. Regular lessons on cyber safety are given to the students as part of the S.P.H.E. Programme in school. During the year guest speakers are invited to speak with parents on this topic and feedback has been very positive. We celebrate ai???Internet Safety Dayai??i?? every year in the school.
webwise is a very useful site for information on this topic.