Shared Education 2017-18
This year we started our very exciting Shared Education programme with St. Ronan's Primary in Newry. This programme is funded by PEACE N.I. and in this initial year, 6 classes (P.1TM, P.1SM, P.2W, P.4S, P.6T and P.7R) are involved with a view to all classes being involved in the next academic year.
A programme of learning and activities has been planned by the teachers from both schools with Numeracy and ICT being our focus for developing new skills and enjoying new experiences together. Throughout the second and third term the classes plan meet seven times to work collaboratively to develop shared education experiences and their skills in ICT and Numeracy. So far we have all really enjoyed the opportunity to visit each other’s schools and to share ideas and develop friendships. St. Ronan's staff and pupils are a pleasure to work with and always make us feel very welcome.
Our Commonwealth Games Celebration Day: P.4, 6 & 7
Our Shared Education project with St. Ronan's involving P4, P.6 & P.7 was brought to a finale for this year in our Commonwealth Games themed celebration day on Friday 1st June. What an amazing day we all had celebrating our shared work and partnership this year!
A huge thank-you to the staff and pupils from our school and St.Ronan's for building the foundations of our shared work together and ensuring the success of this pilot year in our Shared Education journey. It is a pleasure to have such positive and good working relationships with our new friends in St. Ronan's.
Thank-you to the Abbey Grammar for being such fantastic hosts and allowing us to use their amazing facilities - this played a big part in making our day a success. Thank you to our guest speakers who took the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us - we really appreciate all of your support. We would also like to thank the students from Scared Heart Grammar and the P.7 buddies from St. Ronan's for helping us with al of the sporting events - you all played a very important part in our day. We were delighted to see so many parents from both Bridge and St. Ronan's there today - your support is vital and we hope you got to see the value of our new working partnership both in the presentations and in the smiling faces of your children. Finally thank-you to our three pupils Tom, Ronan's and Grace, who spoke so well about their personal experience of working together in this Shared Education journey. We are so proud of how well you all spoke.
Teamwork played a huge part in organising today and we are just delighted from the feedback from parents and most importantly pupils that it was an amazing day, where it was clear to see everyone had fun!
Click on on the Vimeo links below to see the video of our Shared Education journey.
The password is: celebration
Celebrating Our Shared Education Work
P.1TM and P.1SM
P.4S, P.6T and P.7R chose the Commonwealth Games as the theme of our project. We worked with St. Ronan's to research some Commonwealth countries and find out about some of their athletes. We created e-books using the Book Creator app on the iPad and even used Green Screen app to take photos of ourselves with landmarks or athletes as backgrounds.
In you next session we used Minecraft to plan out and create the flags of our chosen countries. Some of the flags were rather tricky and we had to problem solve and work out how to create diagonal lines and stars. Next we researched the types of houses found in our countries and we worked in pairs to build a typical house in Minecraft. Many of us opted for a 'grand design' of a wealthy house as we wanted to create a 'dream' home.
P.6 enjoy seeing lots of amazing Science at the RDS Primary Science fair
Using the Green screen app to create images of us with key monuments or flags from our chosen Commonwealth country.