- Two parents have volunteered, one to do mindfulness and the other to do yoga with classes and we are very excited about these initiatives which will commence once Garda Vetting has been completed.
I hope you are all well and enjoying the first weeks of Spring. There has been a lot happening over the past couple of weeks, most notably the progress on our new school building and the hugely successful Quiz Night Fundraiser hosted by our PGTA and supported by all of you. Now we're all looking forward to The Kube Fundraiser on 25th March 2017 in St Jude's GAA Club.
We have more exciting events coming up in school as detailed below and some important policy updates from the Board of Management as follows:
- For safety reasons the Board of Management has decided students must not bring glass containers to school and ratified updates to the Healthy Eating Policy and Safety Review Checklist accordingly. Please ensure your child does not bring drinks or food in glass containers to school from Monday next 13th February 2017.
- The Board of Management has ratified a Dress Code which applies to both Students and Staff and due to parents' concerns we are currently awaiting feedback from parents via class representatives.
- The Board of Management has ratified updates to the Intimate Care details on our Child Protection Policy.
- The Board of Management has decided to employ a cleaner for 10 hours per week for the remainder of the school year to reduce costs. (For more details on Board of Management Meeting on 30th January 2017 see Board of Management page of website.)
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Reminder that on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February school will be closed for mid-term break.
Please note our school will also be closed on Monday 6th March 2017 because teachers have training in the new Language Curriculum for Primary Schools as directed by the Department of Education and Skills.
Friday 10th February 2017:
- All classes in our school will join in RTE’s exercise promotion 10@10 where we will all partake in 10 minutes of exercise in the school yard at 10am along with many other schools. This also leads us into our Healthy Eating Week.
- Dr. Graham Finlay of University College Dublin’s School of Politics and International Relations will visit our school to chat with the children on Human Rights. He will explore with the children why we might believe we have human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities. We are very excited about Dr. Graham’s visit and I’d like to thank Katarzyna, whose son Liam is in Junior Infants in our school, for putting us in touch.
We would like parents to volunteer to bring in different coloured fruits for the children to taste on Friday 17th February. Fruits need to be washed and cut into bite sized pieces. If you wish to volunteer please let your child’s class teacher know in advance what fruit you will bring in -as we need to ensure a good variety for all children to taste.
We would also welcome any parent who would like to talk to classes about healthy eating.
Monday 13th February 2017: Healthy Eating Week begins. Each day children are asked to bring in foods of a certain colour to eat at lunch breaks. The idea is for children to try out different foods in the colour allocated for each day as follows:
- Monday: bring in yellow coloured food and chat about what foods are healthy
- Tuesday: bring in red coloured food and chat about why we need to eat lots of healthy foods
- Wednesday: bring in purple or blue coloured food and get in early for Move It Morning
- Thursday: bring in green coloured food and chat about what we’ve learnt about foods
- Friday: bring in orange coloured food and experience Healthy Eating Stations
- Valentine’s Day will be discussed in classes to highlight our value for February: LOVE
- Red coloured food! Chat about why we need to eat lots of healthy foods
- Move it Morning at 8.25am with Dora (whose daughter Robin is in 2nd Class)
- Purple or Blue coloured food!
- Green coloured food! Chat about what we’ve learnt about foods
- Healthy Eating Stations will take place in each of our four classrooms and classes will circulate to each room to experience: Fruit Tasting / Food Pyramids / Stories on Healthy Eating Themes / Experiment on the Amount of Sugar in Foods.
- Orange coloured food!
Friends for Life: After much consideration we have opted for the Friends for Life initiative to help children make friends at school and develop better relations, particularly in the school yard. Rachael and Lynne will attend training on 28th February and 1st March 2017 and we will begin implementing the programme from March 7th 2017.
World Book Day: 2nd March we will celebrate World Book Day. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as a character from their favourite book. If you would like to come in and read to the children please let your child’s class teacher know. It is wonderful for the children to listen to stories in all languages so please come in and read in any language you enjoy reading in.
School Anthem: We are honoured that Catrin, whose daughter Saran is in Junior Infants and son Cai is in 1st Class, has composed an anthem specially for our school. It is wonderful and we are looking forward to performing it for parents on Tuesday 14th March at 8.25am in the school yard. Please put this date into your diary and come along for this very exciting first performance of Firhouse Educate Together’s School Anthem when Catrin will also accompany the singing on keyboard. Thank you so so much Catrin.
Philosophy and Homework Choice: We will be ready to recommence these initiatives from March 7th!
School Choir: Congratulations to our School Choir as their wonderful singing cheers us all up every Thursday morning.
Forest School: We are continuing to get outside for nature walks, observation of our Bug Hotel and visiting the building site for our new school as much as we can…. weather permitting.
Green School: We are continuing to separate and weigh our rubbish daily. Please help us with this by explaining to your child that they should bring home food they don’t like instead of throwing it into the bin in school. Although we try we can’t always see the food being thrown in the bin….. it’s really important for children to understand it’s ok to bring food home if they haven’t eaten it and that their parents need to know if they’ve eaten enough to keep healthy.
Arts: We are working on our entries for the Texaco Art Competition and looking forward to ‘Mina Swims the Liffey’ drama presentation as part of being a Green School.
Student Council: Student Council members are making wish boxes to place in each class. The Student Council from Rathfarnham ETNS will visit us next month to chat with our Student Council. Date to be confirmed. We still require two parents to volunteer to co-ordinate and advise the Student Council. Please let your child's Class Teacher know if you are interested in taking on this most important role.
If there's anything you'd like to discuss please give me a call any day after 13.15. With very best wishes,
Collette ...on behalf of all the staff of Firhouse Educate Together National School.
Collette Dunne: Principal: Telephone 087 330 1332