GLASHEEN BOYS' SCHOOL

SCHOOL REOPENING

Posted on 2021-02-24 23:37:12

‘Cairde’ (our special class) reopened on Monday 22nd February. Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st Class & 2nd Class will return to the classroom, on Monday next, 1st March 2021. All going well, 3rd – 6th Classes will continue with online learning until Friday 12th March, returning to their classrooms on Monday 15th March. Parents  were emailed with details and further information on the reopening can be found in the Policy section of this website. 

GLASHEEN BNS HANDWRITING COMPETITION

Posted on 2021-02-21 19:21:36

There was a huge number of boys, from all classes, who submitted entries in the Glasheen BNS Handwriting Competition, organised by Mrs. Lynch. Results of the competition are issued on Monday 22nd, on Google Classroom. There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd, at each class level. Well Done to all of the boys & a huge thanks to Mrs. Lynch and all the teachers.

FICHEALL CHESS TOURNAMENT

Posted on 2021-02-21 19:13:06

Well done to all of our boys who took part in the Ficheall Lockdown Online Chess Tournament. Several of our boys finished in the Top 10, with Adam, in 6th Class, being the outright winner, Huge congratulations to all in Glasheen BNS.

MID-TERM BREAK THURSDAY 18TH & FRIDAY 19TH

Posted on 2021-02-09 17:39:30

All secondary schools and some primary schools were due to be on Mid-Term Break next week. Glasheen had planned for our pupils to be on Mid-Term break on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th February, only. Accordingly, work will continue, as normal, from Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th February. We are also preparing for Cairde Class to be reopening on Monday 22nd February 2021.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR PUPILS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS

Posted on 2021-02-05 10:39:18

A scheme has been published, for pupils with additional needs, who may have been eligible for July Provision in the past, or Summer Provision in 2020. The application forms can be emailed to parents, who request them and consists of 20 hours of support, from either a teacher, or SNA.

DRAFT GUIDELINES ON AMENDMENT TO AUP (2021)

Posted on 2021-02-01 22:43:17

Please check our Policy Section for Appendix (2021), to our Acceptable Use Policy. This is particularly applicable during periods of online learning and the appropriate rules and guidelines to follow.

WELLBEING ACTIVITIES FOR ALL IN GLASHEEN BNS

Posted on 2021-01-29 11:24:37

Please check out our wellbeing activities for all in Glasheen BNS by clicking on the link on the front page of this website. We hope that there is something here for everyone. Stay Active. Keep Safe. Keep Well.

ONLINE LEARNING

Posted on 2021-01-27 16:45:30

At primary level, use of videos and live check ins are deemed to be far more effective than live 'teaching' online, which is more suited to second & third level. The following is an article on the current research:
With regards to live online lessons, all academic research at primary level
is that live online lessons are ineffective. They can be summed up in the
following: the medium of instruction is far less important than the quality
of the instruction.

When it comes to live online lessons, the only advantage from the research
was that they are good for very small groups for short bursts of time.
However, they rely on close to 100% attendance. Unfortunately, attendance
at whole class live lessons is <70% on average and because it is against
GDPR and Child Protection guidelines to record these lessons, we find
ourselves with 30-40% of children missing the curriculum. In primary
school, it is also essential that parents sit with their children during
live sessions. This would be different to second level where students own
their own devices. Also at second level, lessons are generally lectures
where students take notes. Primary education is very different.

Best practice would suggest that a teacher videos what they wish to teach
in 5-8 minute sessions and then gives a mix of tasks to support that
learning. These tasks should then be uploaded to an agreed area and the
teacher should respond to the work at an agreed time. In between, it is
suggested that there are 1-2 short live sessions where children may meet
each other and also may ask questions if they need and if feasible. Where children are
receiving learning support, a support teacher also works with children and
this will generally be the same amount of time that they receive when they
are in school.

It is also important to know that remote learning will never be as good as
face-to-face learning in a classroom. All schools are reliant on government
instruction. Nobody thinks remote learning is a good alternative to normal
school but it is the best available option to us at present to try and
continue the curriculum
.  

LIVE CHECK INS WITH PUPILS

Posted on 2021-01-22 14:10:24

We have been using a variety of ways to engage with our pupils over the past two weeks of online teaching & learning. These include Google Classroom, Videos, See Saw, Daily Challenges, Quizzes, Chess Tournament, among others. We have started to also engage with Live Check Ins, for social and motivational reasons. We are continuing to do our very best for the boys and their families, hoping, all the while, that we will be back in school, as soon as it is safe to be. Thanks to so many parents for your warm and much appreciated feedback.

LETTER TO PARENTS

Posted on 2021-01-20 22:40:11

Dear Parents,

We are thinking of you all and hoping that everyone is safe. We want nothing more than to have ALL of the boys back in school, as soon as the numbers allow. Hopefully the sacrifices we are all making will mean that we can return to having everyone back in school, as soon as possible.

In spite of our safety concerns, we had been working very, very hard on plans to invite some pupils back, for face to face learning, in school, in the coming days. As of last night, we all now know that things have changed and that possibility has been deferred. The most important thing now is the safety of all and to get the children back to school, as soon as it's deemed safe. In the meantime, I know that everyone is working hard to make the best of the situation, as it is.

Please tell the boys not to worry, at all. The support from their teachers will remain and when we return, we will prioritise any areas that may be needed. The most important thing is not to have added stress, get plenty of exercise, talk to your sons and be positive. Please let us know if we can be of further help.

Keep an eye on the school website, which is updated, every day.

Meanwhile, warmest wishes to all of our boys, their families and our extended school community.

We will see you soon.

Sincerely,

Michael Daly & all in Glasheen BNS.