Category: S.P.H.E.

Active Schools Week 2018

Active School Week 2018 took place from 23rd–27th April. This initiative is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community. It helps to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you, but it’s also lots of fun!

We enjoyed extra activity time outside each day during the week and on Friday we were allowed to wear our tracksuits for our whole-school Fun Day of obstacles courses and relay races. We’re really looking forward to our Sports Day on Thursday 21st June now!

Our school is hoping to be awarded with an Active School Flag (ASF) later this year. In order to achieve this, we’re making every effort possible to be more active, more often.

The ASF is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland.

For more information on the Active School Flag or Active Schools Week please visit: activeschoolflag.ie.

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Fire Safety

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Two members of the Fire Brigade in Athlone came out to visit our school to discuss the importance of Fire Safety with us. They thought us that there are a few simple things the adults at home can do to keep our families safe from fire.

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We were told to advise our parents to view the Fire Safety Week website for more information.

20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

The Good Friday Agreement has played a very significant role in creating peace on the island of Ireland since it was ratified in May 1998.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Education and Skills organised a unique competition for schools, based on the theme of ‘20 Years of Peace and Reconciliation on the island of Ireland’.

Entries were to be of a creative nature so the children worked collaboratively to designed and create the following poster:

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More details about the Agreement itself can be found at https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/northern-ireland/the-good-friday-agreement-and-today/.

‘Someone Like Me’ Art Competition

We took part in the Someone Like Me Art Competition again this year. The competition is sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality and is aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating individual difference. Drumraney N.S. is an inclusive school where the participation and opinions of all pupils are valued.
While completing the relevant lessons, the children discussed how we each have unique personality traits, qualities, strengths, limitations, interests and abilities and how we each have an equally valid and important contribution to make to our school and to the wider world.
The proud peacock loves to show off its beautiful array of elaborate feathers. We too, should be proud of each of our talents and should enjoy sharing them with others and using them to help and encourage one another.
Each child designed a selection of beautiful peacock feathers. Each feather represents a talent or virtue that they are particularly proud to possess. Like the peacock, Drumraney N.S. is very proud to show off the wide variety of talents and good qualities we see in the children every day. The combination of each of their individual talents really paints a pretty picture!

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‘Someone Like Me’ Art Competition – UPDATE!!!

‘Someone Like Me’ Art Competition

We’re delighted to announce that Drumraney N.S. is the Senior County Winner of the ‘Someone Like Me’ Art Competition for Co. Westmeath.
This is a new art competition for primary schools that aims to promote disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities. The children learned about and discussed these topics in depth and creatively expressed what they had learned through a collaborative art project.

Many thanks to Kayla, Chloe and Mrs. Gavigan for travelling up to Farmleigh House on Monday 12th December to accept our prize.

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Drumraney N.S. is an inclusive school where the participation and opinions of all pupils are valued. We are a small two-teacher rural school with twenty pupils in total. We refer to ourselves as “The Small School with the Big Heart”.
This year, the pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class, took part in the ‘Someone Like Me’ project. This is a competition sponsored by the Department of Justice and Equality aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating difference. The Junior and Senior rooms completed the relevant lessons.
The children discussed how we each have unique personality traits, qualities, strengths, limitations, interests and abilities but that we all have an equally valid and important contribution to make to our school and the wider world.
Like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, we are all very different but we fit together perfectly to make one complete picture. The children designed various jigsaw pieces about ‘What makes a good friend?’ Here you can see how their individual jigsaw pieces look so great as a collaborative display. The children really enjoyed taking part in the ‘Someone Like Me’ project.