Planet Youth Ireland Leisurecard scheme Update

In case you missed the important webinar recently about Planet Youth, the Icelandic Leisurecard scheme, and the huge impact the scheme has had on a whole generation’s health and wellbeing in Iceland it is available online to view; on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1-0FbhAB4z8 also at https://planetyouth.ie/fristund-is-webinar/.

We are very hopeful that this scheme will be coming to the West of Ireland shortly, as a pilot for the country, and it represents a great opportunity for our children and our communities.

We encourage you to look at the end of the webinar from 48.13 and then go back over it later in full if you’re interested in learning more.

This scheme is being brought to cabinet by Anne Rabbitte TD shortly, and she is also advocating for it across several government departments in order to secure the necessary funding for a full-scale implementation here.  The intention is to get a properly funded 3-year pilot Leisurecard scheme for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

If you’re interested in supporting this scheme could you please like/share the pinned posts about it on the www.facebook.com/planetyouthireland  or  www.twitter.com/planetyoutheire pages and ask your contacts and friends to do the same.

Planet Youth Ireland Webinar

This short webinar is about the remarkable Fristund Leisurecard scheme in use in Iceland.  Every child from 6 -18 years old receives an annual €400 voucher to put towards supervised hobbies or sports, all administered through a centralised website.  This scheme has been a key component in the success of the Planet Youth primary prevention programme and is credited with improved health, wellbeing and life outcomes for a whole generation of young people.

The speakers, from Reykjavik, will explain how the scheme was set up, how it works, and describe some of the key outcomes.  We also want to start the conversation about developing something like this for our communities and children here in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Everyone is welcome, this seminar should be of interest to all parents who want increased access to extracurricular activities for their children.  Those involved in sports, drama, music, the arts, youth clubs or other coaching and youth leadership roles will find it particularly interesting.

You will need to register to attend. Anyone who registers in advance will receive a link and can enter the live room at any time, even after the event starts.

https://event.webinarjam.com/register/15/7qk60tv

Thursday, November 19th 2020
​​​​​​​2.00pm-3.15pm#

Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety for Parents/Guardians

Reminder: We have organised a Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety online presentation for Parents/guardians this Thursday, the 12th November at 7pm.

In today’s technology-rich environment most of us feel woefully inadequate when it comes to knowing what our teenagers are really experiencing when they use the internet.  This is normal and to be expected.  However, as parents/guardians, we have a fundamental duty of care for our children, and unfortunately, that means getting some insight of the things that our teenagers are experiencing on-line.

The webinar is being delivered by Jeremy Pagden, the Managing Director of Schools Websites.  In the past, Jeremy has travelled all over the country delivering Internet Safety talks to both parents and students alike.  The topics covered during the session are as follows:

·         Gaming and Internet Addiction
·         Gamification
·         Cyber bullying
·         Social Media & The Law
·         Social Media Privacy, Issues & Challenges
·         The motivation behind large Social Media Companies
·         Types of Internet Theft
·         Browser History
·         Safe use of apps
·         Useful Resources

This excellent presentation will take approximately 1 hour, and parents/guardians will have to register to attend. A registration link has been emailed to all parents/guardians. You must register prior to the meeting to get a link to attend.

Please note, we have also organised online webinars for our students from 1st to 5th year this today and tomorrow during the school day to help them with understanding the importance of Internet Safety.

We are sure you will all find this presentation extremely useful.

Testimonials:
“The presentations on Cyberbullying and Internet Safety were excellent. Students, Teachers, School Management and Parents were fully engaged with the content and Jeremy’s presentations were easy to follow and interesting. He captured the attention of his audience for the full duration of his presentation. I would consider the content to be essential for all teenagers and adults who engage with social media”. Eileen O’Brien, Principal, St.Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford, Co. Mayo

“The feedback from staff and students was very positive. The students were very attentive all throughout his 90-minute talk and the staff members who were present found his presentation very interesting and engaging. I would definitely recommend him to other schools for students, staff & parents. We would hope to have him back to deliver his presentation to other year groups in the future”. Anna Maria Newell, SPHE Coordinator, Presentation College Athenry

NUIG Talk for 6th Yr students

On Monday 14th September, Ms. Caroline Duggan NUIG’s School Liasion Officer gave two informative talks to our 6A and 6B classes inline with Covid-19 guidelines. She presented information to students on the wide range of undergraduate courses that will be available to them in Sept 2021 including the re-introduction of a degree in Agricultural Science. She gave students information on the upcoming virtual open day that will take place on Saturday 24th October. For further information please visit the website: www.nuig.ie

New School Year 2020-2021

Following a few extremely busy weeks here in Dunmore Community School, we are looking forward to welcoming our students, both our existing and our new first years, back after a prolonged absence. As explained in the recent letter emailed to you all, we have put in place lots of procedures and protocols to ensure as safe a reopening as possible.

We ask parents and students to please watch the following 2 videos before the return to school and to have a look at the following handouts.

Please find attached our COVID-19 Response Plan for Dunmore CS.

Looking forward to welcoming our students back as per our reopening calendar.

 

LC 2020 and LCA 2021 Portal

The Department of Education has been in contact with the Leaving Cert Class of 2020 and the LCA class of 2021 in relation to the reopening of the Calculated Grades Portal in the past few days. The portal reopened yesterday, Monday 20th July and will close at 4pm Monday 27th July. Students are requested to log in before it closes next Monday. Please note you must opt-in to receive a calculated grade.

The Department is also publishing some further information about calculated grades as follows:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a4aa0-getting-my-calculated-grades-a-guide-for-students/

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2fc71-a-short-guide-to-the-calculated-grades-data-collection-national-standardisation-and-quality-assurance-processes/

Last week’s announcement by Minister Foley regarding the re-opening of the Portal, and information regarding the date of release of the Calculated Grades results, can be found here:

https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-07-16a.html

 

What Planet are you on? – Climate Change Challenge

Following the success of our Binja’s in the recent SEAI One Good Idea competition, some of you may be interested in taking part in the getting involved with the following RTE programme?

What Planet Are You On? is back on RTÉ One later this year.  The makers of Operation Transformation, The Restaurant and Super Garden, are looking for 4 households to take on the challenge of doing their bit for climate change.  With €5,000 up for grabs for the most improved household – could your household take on the challenge?  Apply now at www.rte.ie/whatplanetareyouon or email wpayorte@gmail.com for more information.

School Work during Lockdown – Samples of work

It has been a very busy time in all our homes since the school closed on March 12th and online teaching and learning commenced. Both staff and students quickly adapted to this new way of working and some fantastic work was produced. Here is a small sample of work submitted for Home Ec, Visual Art, Engineering, Woodwork, Religion, History, Tech Graphics, DCG, and CSPE to give a sense of the many wonderful talents the students of Dunmore Community School have.

We are extremely proud of all that they have achieved. We would like to thank the parents and guardians who supported and encouraged them in their online learning.

Wishing you all a relaxing and safe Summer Holiday.

D. Quinn, M. Griffiths and all the staff of Dunmore Community School..

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