Newsletter May 2018
We have had a very busy and successful few months here in Bremore E.T.S.S. All of our staff, students and parents are working hard to support the continued growth and development of the school.
Here are just some of the things that have been happening over the past number of months….
Digital School of Excellence Fund
Bremore E.T.S.S., along with three other partner schools have been granted the Digital School of Excellence Fund. This entails us working collaboratively on an innovative project in teaching and learning that uses digital technologies. The focus of our project is ‘Assessment in Junior Cycle’. This exciting project allows us to continue the work we have begun with Trinity College and Bridge 21.
Our Amber Flag Committee held a very successful whole school ‘Sunrise Walk’ recognising and acknowledging the importance of minding our mental health. We are proud to say that this event, alongside the work they have carried out through the year has earned us our Amber Flag! Staff and students will attend a ceremony in Cork next week to receive our flag. We look forward to raising this together next year.
Centre for Talented Youth Ireland (C.T.Y.I.), D.C.U.
We are delighted to have secured four more student scholarships in the C.T.Y.I. Programme this year. We are very proud of our students’ achievement in this area and we are sure they will enjoy this opportunity.
World Wise Global Schools and Development Education
Our work in this area is progressing very well. Our staff have been collaborating with other Educate Together schools and this week we will display our work at a showcase event in Hansfield E.T.S.S. All of our first year students also visited Sonairte Centre and our Business Studies students held a Fair Trade food market. Our Green Schools Committee have also been working hard …They recently received an award for participation in the An Taisce ‘Neat Streets’ programme and we are well on our way to achieving our Green Flag.
Phenomenon Based Learning
Before the Winter break, all students participated in a Phenomenon Based Learning (P.B.L.) event in the area of ‘Climate Change’. Before the summer holidays, we will explore a Philosophy themed P.B.L. This innovative practice allows students to engage in enquiry based learning at their own pace and offers them opportunities to think critically and engage in topics in a meaningful way.
Before Spring break, all students participated in a very successful reading initiative ‘Drop Everything and Read’. Thanks to those families who donated books to our book drive, we have created class libraries for all classes in the school and we would hope to increase these in the future. Students also participated in several other literacy themed initiatives which aimed to raise the profile of reading in our school. These include a weekly Book Club, World Book Day Fancy Dress and Literary pairs competition. Thanks to all those involved.
Active Schools Week
Thanks to our P.E. teacher Mike for organising an excellent Active Schools Week which culminated in our whole-school trip to Clogherhead Adventure Centre. We are proud that being active is such an integral part of the student experience in Bremore E.T.S.S.
Our Parents Council are working tirelessly to support and enhance the work we do in the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment and dedication to the school. Every parent/guardian of a child in the school is automatically a member of our Parents Association and we need your support to work together in partnership to develop our school. Please get involved in any way that you can.
Sports Day & Barbeque 2018
Our Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Monday 28th May, weather permitting. More information to follow but please keep this date in your diary as we will invite our families to a whole-school barbeque that afternoon. Our Parents Council will also be looking for volunteers to help organise this.
Formal Summer Examinations will take place from Monday 21st – Thursday 24th May. Students will receive an exam timetable so please note alternative finish times on these days. Please ensure that students are well prepared with all equipment needed for each exam. Formal reports will be sent home to all students by the end of the year.
Whole-School Trip to Planetarium
The whole-school will visit the Planetarium in Armagh on Monday 14th May. These co-curricular activities really support student learning and offer them excellent opportunities for experiential learning.
Classroom Based Assessments (C.B.A.’s) for Junior Cycle Certification
Our first cohort of students in 2nd year are currently engaged in C.B.A.’s which will form part of their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement. As we have developed a policy of having C.B.A.’s in all subject areas, our students are well prepared for this form of assessment. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing their results.
Thank you to all who attended our ‘P.M.I.’ on the attendance policy. It is important that the voices of all educational partners are included as we develop policies in the school. The Policy is now available on our website. Please note that the policy states that students will not be permitted to leave school for any reason without being collected by a parent/guardian. All absences must be explained in writing. You may use the journal to communicate with the class tutor.
All students have been given re-enrolment forms for the 2018-19 Academic Year. Completed forms and school fees must be returned by Friday 25th of May. Equipment lists and School Calendar for 2018-2019 will be posted during the summer.
Enrolment for 2019-20
Enrolment for 1st year 2019-20 will open on Monday 21st May. More details can be found on our website: http://www.bremoreetss.com/admissions
Our end of year Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 30th May at 1:45 pm. As always, we invite families to join us in recognising and celebrating student achievement.
Our new school building is progressing well and the most recent date we have been given for moving is mid-June. To facilitate the move and packing up of our temporary accommodation, school term will end for all students on Wednesday 30th May. We look forward to showing you around the new school building in August. I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all the staff and students for a hugely successful year. Looking forward to continuing our journey in our new building next year.
Kathy Jones, Principal