Today as part of the Human Differences Project we Skyped Mr. Corrigan’s Class in Millennium Integrated in Belfast once again. Last week our Skype Call was moderated by Mr. Dijkman and his class in Belgium. We learnt about the history that led to partition and the border with Northern Ireland and learnt about life in the North.
This week we wanted the students to learn more about each other. We will post a video soon about all that we learnt. We told each other about our favourite hobbies and sports and discovered that we have many similarities. This helps to build bridges instead of walls, the aim of Week Four of the Human Differences Project. Find our more on www.humandifferences.com
Today we hosted visitors from Singapore in Clontuskert; Mr Sherwin Cheng, Mr Alvin Lim, Miss Tan Ming Ming, Mr Muhammad Farizal and Dr Zoe Boon.
The group are Vice-Principals from Singapore who are currently participants of the Leadership in Education Programme (LEP) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
The LEP is a full-time six-month programme that prepares Vice-Principals for school leadership. Participants on this programme are selected by the Singapore Ministry of Education. http://www.nie.edu.sg/leadership-professional-development/leadership programmes/leaders-in-education-programme.
The group are visiting Ireland as part of the programme and are led by Dr Zoe Boon, Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Policy and Leadership Studies. They have already visited the Department of Education in Marlborough Street in Dublin and the NCCA; National Centre for Curriculum and Assessment.
On what motivated the group to visit Clontuskert School Mr. Muhammad Farizal said; “We were doing our research on schools in Ireland with strong innovation culture or teaching and learning practices and St. Augustine NS was one of the schools that the team felt that we should learn from. We are very impressed by the school’s high standards and therefore felt that the trip from busy Dublin to Galway would definitely be both useful and meaningful to understand more on the Irish education system.”
The group were given a tour of the school by senior students and visited each classroom where the students presented on the work they do in school and some of the many programs and innovations they participate in. Mary Callaghan prepared a traditional Irish lunch for our visitors with a homemade carrot cake thanks to Mary Kelly. Fr. Finneran, Chairperson of the Board of Management met the group and spoke to them of the work of the Board.
We wish our Singaporean visitors a successful trip to Ireland and look forward to connecting with them again in the future.
On Friday 19th May Clontuskert participated in a Skype Call between ourselves in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland & Belgium. Questions for the call were created by students in Canada.
Thank you to Barry Corrigan of Millennium Integrated Primary and his students in Belfast, Northern Ireland & Olivier Diijkmans of Stedelijke Basisschool, Omnimundo and his students in Antwerp, Belgium and finally to Jim Pedrech and his students in the London District Catholic School Board in Ontario, Canada.
Here you can see our feedback and reflection on this joint learning experience.
This week in assembly we talked about the Singapore teachers who will be coming on Monday 22nd of May. They will be having a look at our school and how we carry out a normal day here in Clontuskert.
We were also talking about our Gaelic football Blitz in Clonfert. Unfortunately we lost all matches.
We also had two visitors from the credit union today to give out a medal and a certificate to the people who entered the Fit Town Balinasloe Dance Competition.
1st up to 6th received their swimming certificates today. There are eight different groups you start at the bottom and work your way up.
Today Niall Clarke and Michael Hogan from Ballinasloe Credit Union visited Clontuskert to award certificates and medals to the three groups who participated in the Ballinasloe Fit Town Dance Competition. Comhghairdeas libh go léir!
This is our tenth Discover Primary Science and Mathematics Excellence Award. Ms. Síofra Hogan started the Awards in Clontuskert in 2007 and Mr. Joe O’ Riordan continued the great work up to 2010. Then Mrs. Murray started with DPSM!
This week the students looked at gender differences and how these differences affected us personally as young people in Ireland.
We focused on three areas;
1. Gender differences in toys and how toys are marketed and sold for either boys or girls
2. Pay inequality in terms of gender in Ireland
3. Inequality in sport in Ireland. They conducted interviews with:
• Caroline Murray- Player Retention & Programme Evaluation Coordinator- Camogie Association
• Dr. Aoife Lane- Chairperson of the WGPA (Women’s Gaelic Players Association)
• David Burke- Captain Galway Hurling Team
• Aidan Harte- Right Half Back Galway Hurling Team