Results for our 10 Week assessments are now available online via our VSWare system at dunmorecs.vsware.ie Please note although we will not be able to hold Parent-teacher meetings this year, we will keep you informed of your child’s progress via 10-week tests and our VSWare system.
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.
Best wishes to Niamh Kirrane, Riya Kudla and Sarah Jennings(5th Years) who are taking part in the Grand Finals of the Junk Kouture competition tomorrow in Birr. The grand finals were postponed in May due to Covid. The girls have made it through to the final 80 taking part in the Grand finals out of over 1000 entrants.
Our 10-week test timetables have been emailed to students. They can also be viewed in the Downloads Page under Exam Timetables. The results of these tests will be issued via VSWare before Christmas.
TY and LCA classes may have exams during normal classes as required by specific teachers.
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.
Thursday, November 19th 2020
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
· 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.
“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
This course is designed to aid students in applying their learning to real-life situations and fostering problem-solving skills for real-world problems as the Earth continues to heat in the coming decades.