Children in sixth class are lucky enough to participate in a six-week introductory course to Coding. This teaches the children all the foundations they need to develop the language of coding for the future. The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the law library in Blackhall place.
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
TU Dublin – City Campus, provide opportunities for 4th and 5th class pupils to engage with the university through a range of STEM workshops. Not only do the pupils participate in a workshop, but they get a tour of the campus and the opportunity to talk to current TU Dublin students about College Life.
The Solas Project
Solas@School is a collection of school-based programmes aimed at preparing young people for their transition from primary to secondary school. The programme offered to our 5th and 6th classes involve various activities that aim to improve each pupil’s self-worth, character and motivation, and aims to equip students for the academic changes coming their way.
BizWorld delivers tailored enterprise workshops for pupils in 4th – 5th class, the programme highlights the importance of business skills, terminology and entrepreneurship within primary schools. The skills children develop in BizWorld Ireland workshops are the most sought-after skills in the workforce today: creativity, collaboration, communication, teamwork and negotiation.
Junior Entrepreneur Programme
Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) gives all our pupils the opportunity to experience practical, real-life business learning as part of their formative education. Wwith the inspiration of local entrepreneurs, the children choose, invest in and produce their own product or service from scratch, all the way to making it available for sale at a school-hosted JEP Showcase Day – and enjoying the profits at the end.
Time to Read
The Time to Read programme provides children in second class with reading support from business volunteers over a number of weeks. The programme aims to increase the enjoyment of, and confidence in reading whilst encouraging self-discovery and comprehension for the participating children. This year, business volunteers from the company KPMG will be facilitating the programme. Reading sessions will take place over Zoom.
Time to Count
The Time to Count programme provides children in third class with numeracy support from business volunteers over a number of weeks. Specially chosen numeracy games and activities are used to improve children’s numeracy skills during the programme.
The objectives of the programme are:
- To build children’s confidence around numbers
- To foster children’s enjoyment of number
- To reinforce children’s conceptual understanding of number
- To support the development of children’s flexibility & perseverance in maths problem solving
Suas Literacy and Numeracy Programmes
Suas is a children’s literacy charity that works in Ireland and internationally. They work with schools to deliver quality literacy and numeracy programmes. Suas volunteers empower children to learn by reading books or playing number games through a buddy system. These buddies help children to build the skills and the confidence that they will need to succeed in education and in life.
Every year our school takes part in Fighting Words programmes.
Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. The organisation helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Fighting Words workshops are created and run by volunteer writing tutors, who are trained in child protection and Garda vetted. The volunteers include professional writers – novelists, screen-writers, journalists, poets – aspiring writers, student teachers from DCU and all the Dublin colleges of education, retired teachers and many more people who are just keen to be involved in creative work.
Past Story Writing Workshops
Fourth class students from Stanhope Street Primary School, Dublin 7, attended a Fighting Words workshop to write an original story together, and see it being typed up on the Fighting Words screen. Once they decided on the characters and plot they wrote part of the story together, helped by Fighting Words tutors, editing as they went. They wrote their own individual endings to the story. The children left with a copy of their book, including illustrations and an About the Author page, complete with their photo.
Check out the story our 5th class pupils wrote in Dec 2020
Check out the story our 4th class pupils wrote in Jan 2021
Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based programme delivered in primary school classrooms which has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social-emotional competence and increasing empathy.
At the heart of the programme is a baby and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks during the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy instructor coaches the children to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. The baby is the ‘teacher’ in this experiential learning, while the instructor helps the children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.
Research results from national and international evaluations of Roots of Empathy indicate significant reductions in aggression and increases in prosocial behaviours.
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Rubicon Scholarship Programme
Our school now takes part in the Alexandra College Access Programme: The Rubicon Scholarship. This scholarship programme is run by Alexandra College Secondary School in conjunction with Rubicon Capital Advisors. The purpose of the programme is to offer a scholarship opportunity for up to two girls to attend Alexandra College as day students, from first to sixth year secondary level. The Rubicon Scholarship is open to girls in sixth class in participating schools classified as DEIS Band 1 or DEIS Band 2.
What is involved?
Every year 6th Class teachers select a number of pupils to put forward for the scholarship programme. These girls then receive reference letters from our Principal, sit an entrance exam and take part in a zoom interview with a representative from Alexandra College Secondary School. At the end of this process the girls are contacted about whether they have been awarded a scholarship to the college or not. Needless to say the competition is tough as girls from all over Dublin apply for the scholarship each year!