The new Junior Infant classes for September are filling up quickly. Do not forget to enrol your child if you have someone ready to start school in September 2020. Contact Suzanne in the office to enrol.
Reminder: School closed for the children on Wednesday 12th February. All school staff are receiving a one day training seminar in Autism, delivered by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
5th class Green and 5th class Red hosted their parents this morning for our 2nd STEMpathy showcase. STEMpathy uses Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths to improve the lives of all people in society. It marries the STEM science skills with empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. The children had already conducted experiments in the class to help them to develop their own empathy. Then each group created a super-hero character from the future and created a design aimed to help their character to overcome some obstacle or disability.The children refined their projects and created a prototype of their design. The parents were invited to watch a movie made by the children which explained how they came upon their projects and discussed some of their design decisions. Parents could see the hard work (and the fun) that went into the creation of these Design Thinking projects and prototypes. The children linked their designs to one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development which we are also studying as part of our Learn Together Curriculum. We were bowled over by the quality of the calibre of design projects and prototypes and by the enthusiasm of the children and their parents. Well done to all involved , especially to teachers Niamh and Komeera and SNA Elaine for all their hard work. And of course a huge thank you to Gerry and Lucy, our STEM partners and lecturers from Technological University Dublin Tallaght (TUDT) for their support and hard work with our projects
Every Friday, one class hosts an assembly for children in the school. One Friday is for the Junior school, the following Friday for the Senior School. The class which is hosting the assembly presents their take on one aspect of the Learn Together Programme. It might be about Belief Systems or Ethics and the Environment. It could be about Morality and Spirituality or about something which illustrates issues of Equality and Justice.
Today, it was the turn of Third class red. Caoimhe's class talked to us about Perseverence. They told us that we can learn more from failing than we do from success. The children reminded us about Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, who said that he had 10,000 failures before he managed to find the solution to his problem. He says I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work- Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
The children had a poem and a song to reinforce their message.
Thanks Caoimhe and third class red, I am more determined than ever to get better at playing my new piano.I will get better once I don't give up . NO GIVING UP!!!!
Esker ETNS and 6th Class Green are hosting a short ceremony to mark the passing of their classmate Arnas, who died after a long illness on New Years Day. We will get together to share our memories, happy, funny and sad, of Arnas on Wednesday 29th January, a day when he should have turned 13 years of age. We will look at photographs, sing a song or two and read a poem to help us focus on and remember Arnas' short but fulfilled life. Parents of 6th Class green are welcome to attend. The teachers who taught him and those who knew him well will be in attendance as well as members of the Board and the PTA. Arnas' brother and his aunt will be with us for the ceremony. Arnas' mother and father are in Lithuania but have sent us a beautiful message to read out to the children and the staff. They would very much like to be with us on this day. Following the ceremony, we will be planting a tree in the school grounds on Wednesday in his memory.
Exceptional School Closure
February 12th 2020 (Wednesday)
Esker ETNS will be closed on Wednesday 12th February 2020.
This exceptional closure has been sanctioned by the Dept. of Education and Skills. All the school staff; teachers, SNAs and ancillary staff will be receiving one day’s training (Continuous Professional Development) in relation to Autism. The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has been requested by the Department to provide this one-off training day to our staff because we opened an Autism class this year for the first time.
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of one of our beloved 6th class pupils Arnas Usevicius. He has been ill since last April 2019. He died in Lithuania surrounded by his loving family on 1st January 2020. The family are asking for privacy at this difficult time.
We will arrange a memorial service to celebrate his life at later date.