Summer’s here and even though the weather has been unpredictable, May has been a jam-packed month of interesting and stimulating events and activities for the children, and June promises to be the same.
Places in our classes have been offered, and we are now full with a substantial waiting list still active for Junior Infants. It is, and will continue to be, very interesting and exciting to see the school grow, develop and change dynamically year to year. In 2015-16, we will have two each of Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First Class, and one Second Class. Recruitment of new staff will take place as soon as we get the go-ahead from the DES and we will add at least three teachers to the school. When the new teachers are in place, by the end of July, I will let you all know who will be teaching each class next year.
Our new Junior Infant children visited the school on Thursday, 21st May. It was wonderful to see the children eager and ready to start ‘big school.’ On Thursday, 4th June at 7p.m. we will have a meeting and presentation for the parents of these new Junior Infants to chat about the curriculum, what to expect and how best to prepare the children (and parents!) for starting in Primary School here at Ballinteer Educate Together.
Learn Together Ethical Education
During May, the Stay Safe and RSE (Relationships and Sexuality) programmes were taught in the classes. These programmes tie in with our positive behaviour policy in the school and aim to empower the children to develop friendships, resolve conflicts, learn how to seek support in bullying situations, and learn age-appropriate strategies to stay safe in a variety of situations. It is our aim to be proactive in promoting positive behaviour and inclusion among the children and to ensure that we build on strategies and have evolving discussions on ways the children can recognise and deal with any bullying situations that they may encounter. Being proactive in this regard, we believe, is more effective and empowering in equipping children with the skills to both form positive relationships with their peers and to prevent bullying.
Other aspects of the Learn Together ethical education programme covered in May included Earth Week, Humanist Day, the Buddhist festival of Wesak and the Irish Bealtaine which falls on 1st May. Golden ‘rules’ we emphasised were, ‘Be brave, be kind.’ And, again at an age-appropriate level, the classes studied the concept of gender equality. This area of gender equality falls under the curricular strand of ‘Equality and Justice,’ and human rights in particular.