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SCHOOL LOCATION, SCHOOL ADDRESS, CONTACTS, BOARD OF MANAGEMENT, SCHOOL UNIFORMS, TRACKSUITS, SCHOOL TIMES, BREAK TIMES, HOMEWORK CLUB, AFTER SCHOOL MINDING SERVICE, PRESCHOOLS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT, SCHOOL LUNCHES, BOOK RENTAL, INITIATIVES, ACHIEVEMENTS, EXTRACURRICULAR, COMMUNICATION, VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK), STANDARDISED TEST SCORES.
Our SCHOOL LOCATION is ideal, as it is convenient to many of the western and southern suburbs of Cork City. It is within very easy walking distance of U.C.C., Bon Secours & Cork University Hospitals, Wilton Shopping Centre and indeed the City Centre, so we attract pupils from far and near. We are close to the South Link Road and for those seeking public transport, there is also a good selection bus routes, making our school accessible from all around the city. (Scroll down to see details of Public Transport or Click on the ‘CONTACT‘ tab, at the top of the ‘Home’ page, to find a Detailed Map of our location).
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál B,
Glasheen Boys’ School,
School Avenue, Glasheen, Cork. (Eircode: T12 V084)
SCHOOL CONTACTS :
TELEPHONE: 00 353 21 4544750
MICHAEL DALY (PRINCIPAL)
SHEILA CLARK (DEPUTY PRINCIPAL)
SHEILA MACILWRAITH (SCHOOL SECRETARY)
CAROL CONSTANT (HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON TEACHER)
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT (2015 – 2019):
MÁIRE CALNAN (CHAIRPERSON / PATRON’S NOMINEE)
HILDA MCCARTHY (TREASURER / WIDER COMMUNITY NOMINEE)
MICHAEL DALY (PRINCIPAL / RECORDING SECRETARY)
TONY MCCARTHY (PATRON’S NOMINEE)
LUCY DIGGIN (PARENTS’ NOMINEE)
PATRICK HARRISON (PARENTS’ NOMINEE)
CATHERINE STARKIE (TEACHERS’ NOMINEE)
MICHAEL O’HALLORAN (WIDER COMMUNITY NOMINEE)
SCHOOL UNIFORM SUPPLIER: (Senior Infants – 6th Class) Tom Murphy, 58 Patrick Street, Cork. Tel. 021-4272401
GLASHEEN SCHOOL UNIFORM
(Navy Blue Jumper with School Crest, Sky Blue Shirt, Dark Grey Trousers, Royal
Blue Tie with Light Grey Stripes).
(A limited stock of School Jumpers is sometimes available to purchase in the school).
____________________________________________________________________________ SCHOOL TRACKSUIT SUPPLIER: (Junior Infants – 6th Class) Laura’s School Wear, Unit C1 Dosco Business park, South Douglas Road, Cork. Tel. 021-4368210. (A limited stock of School Tracksuits may sometimes be available in the school. Laura’s staff also come to the school, every June, to sell Tracksuits).
SCHOOL TIMES: 8.50 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (Junior & Senior Infants finish at 1.30 p.m.) (Supervision starts from 8.30 a.m. on school mornings).
BREAK TIMES: 11.00 – 11.10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. – 1.00 p.m..
2.30 – 3.30 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) (Optional for 2nd to 6th Classes).
AFTERSCHOOL MINDING SERVICE: A minding service is available on our school campus, run by Lillian & staff (087-6538385). This service operates from 1.30 p.m. for Junior & Senior Infant Pupils and from 2.30 pm. – 6.00 p.m. for other pupils. U.C.C. Creche is also just 250 metres away, Nurture Childcare is just a little further, while there are also many private childminders in the area.
WELCOME TO GLASHEEN BOYS’ SCHOOL
There is very strong demand for places in Glasheen Preschool on our campus, run by Mary O’Sullivan & staff
We also work closely with several other excellent preschools in our locality. These include:
UCC Creche, Creche Cois Laoi (Tel: 021-4901606, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org);
Chalet Montessori School, The Lough (Tel: 086-1522713, 021- 4274491. Email: email@example.com.
Model Farm Road Montessori (Tel: 021-4545144, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org);
Nurture Western Road (Tel: 021-4544080, Email: email@example.com);
Tír na nÍontas, Westbury Wilton, (Tel: 021-4343296);
Líos na nÓg Creche, Coláiste an Stíofáin Naofa (Tel: 021-2067621, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barr an Cnoic Montessori, Maryville, Friar’s Walk (Tel: 021-4321322)
Togher Family Centre, 6 Maglin Grove, Togher. (Tel: 021-4316766 or 021-4321720)
An Cliabhán, Lower Friars Walk, Ballyphehane. (Tel: 021-4319085 or 087-2751025)
Horizons Montessori (Tel: 021-4546992);
Hopscotch Montessori, Bishopstown (Tel: 021-4663000, Email: email@example.com).
Please contact the school for a complete list, as well as contact details of several other preschools.
___________________________________________________________________________ PUBLIC TRANSPORT: While we are in a very convenient location, for those seeking public transport, we are also on the 216 Bus Route (Glasheen Road), as well as being convenient to the 205 Bus Route (College Road), 208 Bus Route (Western Road) and the 219 Southern Orbital Bus Route, all of which make us accessible from several other parts of the city, by public transport.
SCHOOL LUNCHES: Being a Health Promoting School, we are delighted to be able to offer healthy lunches to all of our pupils (Roll/Sandwich, Fruit, Healthy Snack & a Bottle of Water). The service is optional & free of charge.
BOOK RENTAL: We operate a Book Rental service.
SCHOOL SHOP: For the convenience of pupils, they can buy copies, pencils, pens and other stationery items, in the school shop, which is located in the school office.
WORKING ON OUR 6th GREEN FLAG
SCHOOL INITIATIVES: As well as having excellent facilities, we offer several additional opportunities to our boys which include, Station Teaching, Team Teaching, Aistear, Reading Recovery, Ready Set Go Maths, In-Class Support, Fine Motor, Gross Motor & Social Initiatives, as well as EAL Language Support.
In 2016, Glasheen Boys’ School was chosen as the partner school with UCC to launch ‘VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES’ as a teaching method. This is an amazing opportunity for our boys and will be of huge benefit to them for years to come. This work is continuing in 2016/17.
LEARNING INTERESTING FACTS
______________________________________________________________________________________________ SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS: Our school has achieved its 5th GREEN FLAG and plans are already underway for our 6th GREEN FLAG. Glasheen Boys’ School also has an ACTIVE SCHOOL FLAG, DIGITAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE STATUS, HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOL STATUS, YELLOW FLAG and EUROPEAN BLUE FLAG. Our school has been in the ALL-IRELAND QUIZ FINALS in Dublin, in 8 of the last 10 years, finishing All-Ireland Runners Up, on two occasions. Our boys are the reigning INTERSCHOOL TENNIS BARBER CUP CHAMPIONS, having won the trophy in 6 out of the last 7 years. Glasheen Boys’ School is enjoying wonderful successes in ATHLETICS, TUG-OF-WAR, FOOTBALL, HURLING, SOCCER and the Interschools PORT OF CORK competition. Glasheen Boys’ School is also the reigning, INTERSCHOOLS CRICKET CHAMPION SCHOOL.
EXTRA CURRICULAR: Activities include Quizzes, School Band, School Choir, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Hurling, Soccer, Athletics, Swimming, Robotics. After school, we have a very successful Lego Club, Guitar Lessons, Speech & Drama, French, Be Active After School Programme (1st Class), Taek Won Do, City School of Music Classes, to name but a few.
COMMUNICATION: We place a strong emphasis on effective Communication between Home & School. Parent / Teacher Meetings are held each year, with Progress Reports also being issued. We publish regular Newsletters, to keep everyone in touch with what is happening in your school. There are External & Internal Notice Boards, throughout the school. Our Home School Liaison Teacher also works very closely with parents and offers courses and to parents, during the year. We also use text-a-parent, Twitter, Facebook and our school website, to alert parents of school events and activities. Our School Website is constantly kept up to date, to ensure that all members of our school community are well-informed.
LOTS OF FUN IN GLASHEEN
VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES (Extract from University College Cork Journal – February 2016)
What if teachers taught with questions rather than lectures and what if students were asked to reflect instead of regurgitate?
In order to answer those questions, academics from University College Cork and Glasheen Boys’ Primary School, have combined to design and deliver the teaching & learning method Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in Glasheen classrooms.
Successfully implemented in schools and cultural institutions internationally, VTS provides for open-ended discussions of visual art that significantly increases students critical thinking, language and literacy skills. VTS challenges the standard model of teaching by encouraging a ‘reflection and response’ style of learning. Designed by art educator Philip Yenawine from the Museum of Modern Art and developmental psychologist Abigail Housen from Harvard, VTS relies on children’s natural ability to observe using pictures as the starting point for learning. The process has been proven to strengthen thinking skills, language development, confidence, and collaboration.
Sioban Murphy, VTS Project Director, states that: “Today’s teachers are challenged as their curriculum is crammed and standardised testing has enforced a “teach to test practice”. For a primary school like Glasheen the beauty of VTS is multi fold. It involves only 10 lessons; enough to produce significant growth while taking up little class time. VTS immersion begins with discussion of art, however once students have learned relevant thinking and social behaviours, the method can be applied to other subjects affecting numeracy and literacy skills which are, the key focus of the National curriculum objective as outlined in the 2011 Strategy. VTS ticks all the boxes, promoting growth academically, aesthetically, bringing art into the lives of children and young adults while giving teachers a powerful new tool in teaching. We feel privileged at UCC to partner with Glasheen Boys Primary School and VTS America allowing us to enable this adventure for some 450 boys. We congratulate the teachers at Glasheen for taking the lead in implementing this very exciting shift in strategy.”
Michael Daly, Principal of Glasheen Boys’ School states that “The idea of using ‘Visual Thinking Strategies’ was first suggested to Glasheen Boys’ School in 2014 following a visit from Siobán Murphy; a model lesson for Glasheen Boys’ School staff and a further visit from Yoon Kang O’Higgins, National Program Director USA. At that point, the school had no hesitation in accepting the offer to become the first primary school in Ireland to introduce VTS to Glasheen Boys’ School pupils, as an exciting method of learning.’ Michael is confident that the skills learned through VTS will stay with his pupils and benefit them, for many years to come. Michael paid tribute to U.C.C. staff and the staff of Glasheen Boys’ School, for their enthusiasm and willingness to embrace this exciting, new opportunity.”
STANDARDISED TEST SCORES
We ensure that the progress of all of our boys is monitored each year. We have a comprehensive Assessment Policy in place (See Policy Section of this website). One of the many forms of assessment used, is standardised testing. A helpful link to understand and interpret standardised test scores is: