Two weeks into our Mobile Phone initiative and the results are in!
In November, Pupils from 4th Class in St. John’s began a pilot initiative to cut down on the use of mobile phones and gaming during the week in an effort to improve concentration and language.
While we can all see the benefits of technology and embrace the modern age, we feel that we need a healthy balance in our lives as too much technology can have an impact on attentiveness, focus and mood.
We are very grateful to both students and Parents in 4th Class for embracing this initiative in a positive manner and for providing feedback so that we can use the results to structure future initiatives.
Click on the links below to view comments from Parents and Pupils on the Initiative. Overall the observations are positive from both Parents and Pupils! Well done all!
A big thank you to the 30 Parents, members of the Board of Management, Parent’s Association and Teaching Staff who attended our first Digital Initiative Meeting on Wednesday, November 7th.
Many thanks also to our Guest Speaker, Terry O’Sullivan, Director of Tralee Education Centre and former Principal of Blennerville National School where a very successful smart phone initiative took place during the last school year.
Highlights of the meeting include:
• Publishing of our Pupil and Parent Surveys on smart phones (See results in next post).
• Commitment to continue to offer upskilling to Parents and Pupils on Internet Safety.
• Scheduling of individual meetings for Parents of 4th, 5th and 6th classes to formulate a practical response/initiative in relation to smart phone internet usage in their class setting.
The first meeting will be for Parents of 4th Class Pupils on Wednesday, November 21st at 7.30p.m. in St. John’s National School.
There will be further information on our Digital Initiative in the coming weeks.
A great start to a very worthwhile and vitally important project. Well done all!
Below are the results of both our Pupil and Parent smartphone surveys. Please take the time to read the data in relation to your child’s class. Thank you!
Team Hope Shoebox Appeal, 2018
Once again, St. John’s took part in the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal. This year, there was a total of 145 boxes collected! Well done and a big thank you to everyone who took part in the campaign!
Team Hope delivers over three million shoeboxes annually to children in some of the remotest and poorest parts of the world, to children who think they have been forgotten about. But your kindness shows them that they haven’t. Thank you to all those who helped fill the boxes and give those less fortunate than ourselves a chance to smile this Christmas!
Last Friday, 19th October, we were proud to officially open our new school playground with Kerry Senior Footballer, David Clifford cutting the ribbon!
The Open Day was a great success with the new facility being opened in front of a crowd composed of students, teachers, parents, grandparents, members of the Board of Management, Parent’s Association and Clergy Members.
The Playground was built to facilitate the integration of the school’s ASD Class with those in Mainstream Classes. This process of inclusion has been paramount to the tremendous success in the development of social skills and self-esteem for all children.
We would like to thank all those who made the day a success and particularly to Mr. Liam O’Brien for blessing the New Playground and ASD Class. We would especially like to thank all our sponsors for their very generous donations and funding including the Irish American Partnership Foundation, The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, the Parent’s Association and Board of Management of the School and of course to Kerry Senior Footballer, David Clifford for being in attendance which was an incredible boost to the celebrations on the day!
Celebrations continued with music from the school’s talented musicians and with David paying a visit to all the classrooms. Meanwhile, Visitors and Clergy Members enjoyed cake and refreshments thanks to the incredible generosity of Derry Murphy of Supervalu, Kenmare who kindly sponsored the refreshments for the day.
A great day was had by all!
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