LIMERICK CITY CDP OUR LADY OF LOURDES OFFICE BURSARIES: Limerick City CDP Our Lady of Lourdes Office are delighted to announce that a number of bursaries will be available to support people to access third level education during the 2013 /2014 academic year. This bursary will only be available to applicants who meet the following criteria:
Resident in Our Lady of Lourdes Community
Have been accepted on a further education or higher education course
If you meet these criteria and are interested in further information or making an application please contact Ann or Kay at the address below. The Bursaries are funded by OLOL Local Education Committee and the Limerick Regeneration Agency. Closing Date for Applications: Friday 4th of October 2013. Contact: Limerick City Community Development Project Our Lady of Lourdes Office, 4 Garryglass Ave, Ballinacurra Weston, Phone: (061) 609603.
LIMERICK LIVING LINKS: Providing Emotional Support for people who may have been touched by suicide. Annual Healing Programme for 2013 Information night will be held on Tuesday night September 24. Venue: Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark St., Limerick. Contact No: 087-7998427
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL: This week, Ms. Maguire welcomed the parents of her Junior Infants Class back to school for family Storytime. This was a lovely morning for children and parents, where the children showed off all they have learnt in the first couple of weeks of school. Ms. Maguire read the world famous story ‘The Owl Babies’ to the children and their parents, using her skills as a teacher to teach the children to use higher order comprehension skills such as predicting, connecting, self questioning etc. It is vital that children learn these skills early in their lives as readers. Following the story reading, every child brought his/her parent to their desk and parent and child completed a paper task together. Well done to the parents who came to school and invested in their child’s learning, teaching them an important lesson, that school is valuable and that reading is fun.
Our very successful method of teaching literacy skills is up and running in our junior classes. Believe it or not, our Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Classes do not have the traditional class reader! Instead, each child is exposed to tens of real books, where each child reads a book in school, and then brings another book home each night. The traditional model of one teacher per class has also been changed. The reading class is a very busy place, with up to four teachers in each classroom teaching different reading strategies and skills. The children move in their specific group from teaching station to station, thus ensuring plenty of individual attention. It is very hard to beat the individual attention our children receive in our school – only 15 children in the infant classes, benefitting from the attentions of four extremely skilled teachers at reading time. We are so proud of the improvements in reading that the children of Our Lady of Lourdes School have made.
We are also very proud of the achievements of our past pupils in their Junior Certificate exam. Any teacher will tell you that a fondness for children we have taught remains long after those children have left our care. We congratulate our past pupils for all their hard work, diligence and study. Their parents deserve to feel very proud of the young people they are supporting through the education process.
Indeed, we are very proud to welcome our past pupil, Aaron Clancy on work experience in the school. Aaron is in 5th year in St. Clement’s and will be with us every Friday for the next ten weeks. His little niece, Shinice, in Junior Infants, was very proud to have her uncle working in the school!
Ms. Normoyle’s 5th class is learning all about the voyages of St. Brendan in History class these days. This group of children is very interested in learning about their heritage. This interest has led them on many field trips, including a trip to Cragganowen. There, they actually witnessed the boat that Tim Severn built in the 1970s to re-enact the famous voyage of Brendan to America.
In the Parents Room, we will have a number of classes for the parents beginning soon, including Christmas Craft and Gaeilge for parents.
If your child has just started school and you want the very best for your child and his/her education. How can you start your child on the road to school success? How can you help your child to learn? The Incredible Years School Readiness programme will be run in the Parents Room this school term. This is a 6 week course, helping you to help your child settle into school life and helping you to help your child with play, reading, maths skills etc. The format for the course is very casual, with plenty of chat about the kids and we watch American video clips. There will also be a trip to the library as part of the course.It is a lovely way to meet other parents, share experiences and get some new ideas from specially trained tutors. Information on parent classes is available from Tracy Fitzgerald, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator on 085 7290048.
CHARITY WALK IN AID OF CDKL5: Our Lady of Lourdes supports the charity walk in aid of CDKL5, a rare and devastating neurological disorder that begins in infancy, affecting children all around the world. Children with CDKL5 require intensive speech, vision, physical and occupational therapies. Please come along and show your support for this wothwhile event. The charity walk will take place from the People’s Park to Arthur’s Quay Park and return to the People’s Park. Date: Saturday 21st of September. Time: gather 12:45pm, walk 1-2:30pm. For further information contact Samantha at 061 609603