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What is a School of Sanctuary?

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment that benefits everybody, especially families seeking sanctuary. It is a school that helps its students, staff, parents, and the wider community to understand what it means to be a refugee and to extend a welcome to everyone regardless of their immigration status. 

Schools of Sanctuary is not a project, nor a short-term school initiative. It is a culture that schools achieve over time to ensure everyone feels welcomed, safe, and included in the school and beyond. It begins with 3 core principles:

Learn, Take Action and Share.

3 Principles of Schools of Sanctuary

Principle  1. Learn

Schools start learning about refugees and hearing their stories, why people are forced to flee their countries and the issues, and challenges people are facing in Ireland. Also, we learn about the cultures, traditions, food, and languages of people who have come to our community.

Here are some good examples of what Schools of Sanctuary do:

  • Attend Webinars or workshops about the refugee journey to Ireland.
  • Find out about all the languages spoken in the homes of students.
  •  Invite Sanctuary Ambassadors or a refugee to share their experience.
  • Make connections with the local refugee support NGO.

Principle  2. Take Action

Now that Schools have developed an understanding of the refugees and asylum process in Ireland, we make an action plan of ways we can support refugees locally and nationally.

Here are some good examples of what Schools of Sanctuary do:

  • Invite newcomers to share their culture & stories in diversity celebrations.
  • Prioritize English Language and other supports for newcomer students.
  • Invite Sanctuary Ambassadors to describe their experience of Direct Provision and arriving in Ireland.
  • Create ‘Welcome Packs’ in different languages for parents
  • Make sure the displays reflect the languages and cultures represented in the school.

Principle No 3. Share

Here are some good examples of what Schools of Sanctuary do:

  • Schools reach out to other schools in their areas to encourage them, and to share good practices, successes and stories.
  • They share their SoS journey on their website and social media platforms.
  • Some schools contact media outlets and produce video and audio campaigns around the Schools of Sanctuary. 
 

What is a School of Sanctuary like?

A School of Sanctuary is a school that works on providing a sense of safety for those whose lives may be in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or who are just looking for a space where they can feel safe. The whole school is committed to making it a safe and welcoming place for anyone seeking sanctuary. The school consciously helps students, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary. Schools of Sanctuary welcome everyone as equal, valued members of the school and the community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all. A School of Sanctuary develops intercultural awareness through the gradual acquisition of intercultural skills and celebrates all cultures within its community.

How do we become a School of Sanctuary?

To become a recognised School of Sanctuary, you will need to adopt the three principles – Learn, Action and Share.

Learn: What it means to be seeking sanctuary; this may include hearing refugees describe their experiences first-hand.

Action: Decide on actions that are needed in the school to help develop a culture of welcome and inclusion.

Share: Share your findings with the wider community and other schools.

You will find out much more in our free Resource Pack Become a School of Sanctuary - Schools of Sanctuary Ireland on the following link.

https://schools-ireland.cityofsanctuary.org/become-a-school-of-sanctuary

Get Started

  1. Contact your local City/County or Place of Sanctuary Group, and inform them of your School’s intention. 
  2. Click here to download the Schools of Sanctuary Charter and the Pledge Forms
  3. Follow the guidelines of the Schools of Sanctuary Resource Pack. Following the three guidelines, LEARN, ACTION and SHARE, begin to prepare your portfolio.
  4. When you are ready, we can arrange for a monitoring team to visit your school to help decide if you are ready for a School of Sanctuary Award.

    PDF Version_ Schools of Sanctuary Pledge Form 2023

    Word Version_ Schools of Sanctuary Pledge Form 2023

    This is your starting point and a good way to get your whole community involved.

The 3 Tiers of Schools of Sanctuary

Friends, Members and Champion schools. Please click this link to read more about the 3 tiers of Schools of Sanctuary as this is very helpful for schools to be aware of where their journey is and how they could plan their engagement with the network and beyond.

Final Post Primary Activity Sheet 

Primary 4th-5th and 6th Activity Sheet 

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2023 School of Sanctuary Charter_ PDF
PDF Version_ Schools of Sanctuary Pledge Form 2023
Word Version_ Schools of Sanctuary Pledge Form 2023
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries

Champion School        Member Schools

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2022/2023 wexford schools

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STEM Project

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                                                                                                                                                                        STEM CLUB - Celebrating Summer and Biodiversity Week - Practical Ideas and Resources

 


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A New Approach to STEM Education - The Dream Space Digital Academy

 

 

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About the Project:
This project is run in partnership with the Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra and The Irish American Partnership (IAP). The project was established with the aim to make the benefits of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in primary science more widely available to primary school teachers in schools in Co
Wexford. We know children display a clear eagerness to engage with STEM subjects early on and access to high-quality learning experiences ensures this spark
and curiosity remains. The support of the IAP ensures that teachers get ongoing support and resources to effectively lay the groundwork for critical thinking and
problem-based learning.


Integrating STEM into Renewable Energy Projects:
The project integrated design thinking into STEM lessons to enhance creative problem-solving skills and promote students’ ability to innovate, collaborate and engage in critical thinking. The programme and design challenges are ideal for any classroom and engage students in real-world learning through practical
hands-on activities. The aim of this project is to improve teachers' understanding of STEM concepts and renewable energy technology with increased energy literacy. The project-based learning approach increased students’ STEM content knowledge but also transversal STEM skills such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.
When teachers have access to the correct educational tools and engaging classroom activities they can bring energy topics to life for their students while preparing them for the jobs and challenges of the 21st century. Unfortunately, these tools are often expensive and difficult to find and can be perceived as for educators to efficiently integrate into existing curricula. This project provides the opportunity to offer teachers ongoing support and training and also the resources to implement hands-on learning experiences.


Session 1:

Online CPD and introduction to integrated STEM method:
Date: Tuesday, May 10th 2022
Time: 4-5.30 pm
1. St Iberius NS Sarah Meyler
2. Castledockrell NS Deirdre Ryan
3. Rathnure NS Sinead Doyle 
4. Scoil Moling-Glynn Caitríona Kelly 
5. Gorey Central School Lynne Copeland
6. Scoil Naomh Abbain Claire Kickham 
7. Kilmyshall National School Graham Finnerty 
8. Carysfort NS Rebecca Ivanoff 
9. Scoil Íosagáin Coolgreany Lorcan Browne 
10. St. Enda's National School Seamus Dempsey 
11. St John of God Rose-Marie O'Loughlin 
Session 2:
Co-teaching visit:
In-class support for the class teacher
Direct Student Engagement: 313
Number of schools: 10
Number of teachers: 13
School Visits:

Engaging Learners:
The programme workshops and lessons tested a variety of engaging, active, and student-centred teaching methods. Methodologies including experiential, inquiry-based, and small group design thinking approached all proved to be effective. Discussions and conversations among learners were used to help them think
more deeply about concepts, compare perceptions, understand different opinions, and reflect on what they know.

Scientific Thinking:
Learners actively participate in scientific inquiry and STEM workshops, leading to an increased understanding of science and how it impacts our daily lives. Emphasis was placed on energy labs and understanding energy concepts and increased energy literacy. The Renewable Tech Lab allowed teachers and students to creatively explore the science, technology and real-world application of a future powered by renewable energy. We used engineering design skills, investigated practical real-world applications of science, worked collaboratively and had fun at the same time!

Outcomes:
Outcomes were measured through observation and feedback (informal) interviews and feedback from teachers, students and course facilitators.
• Renewable energy projects enhanced students' achievement of STEM knowledge and generate
meaningful learning.
• The project-based approach increased students' STEM skills and working scientifically
• Increased understanding of science concepts with real-world application

Next Steps:
Helping teachers integrate Energy Literacy and Renewable Tech across existing curricula:
• Easy access to the content and teaching materials,
• Aligned to curriculum and learning outcomes expected
• sustained support and ongoing CPD

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Figure 1: Hands of investigation into Renewable Energy. A selection of schools across Wexford

 

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Figure 2: Renewable Energy STEM project 

Date

Time

Number of students

Teacher and Class Group

School Details Address/contact number

18/05/22

1.30-3

33

Deirdre Byrne Deputy Principal

Ms. Leanne Hore

4th/5th class

Rathnure NS Rathnure Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Y21V228

19/05/22

10-12.30

28

Graham Finnerty 5th/6th Class

Kilmyshall NS Kilmyshall Bunclody Enniscorthy Co. Wexford

20/05/22

9.30 -11

11.30-1

28

26

`Denise Davitt 6th class teacher

Donna Hayden 5th class teacher

Ballycanew NS Gorey Wexford

23/05/22

10-12.30

28

Caroline Delaney

2nd, 3rd and 4th Class

St Iberius NS Davitt Road South Wexford Town Y35N970

24/05/22

9.30-11

24

Rita Conroy Class 5th Class

St John of God School The Faythe

Wexford. 053 9123105

25/05/22

9.30-11.30

28

3rd, 5th,6th class

Gorey Central 3rd Class

Lynne Copeland

Gorey Central School Charlette Row

Gorey

Co Wexford

             

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Deirdre Ryan

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Castledockrell NS Ballycarney Enniscorthy

Co. Wexford Y21N968

26/05/22

10-11.30

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Linda Byrne Class teacher

Claire Kickham

Íosagáin, Gorey,

Co. Wexford. Y25 AN29

5th and 6th class

Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Y21 VY56

27/05/22

30-6-22

10-12

1-2.30

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Rebecca Ivanoff

3rd Class teacher

5th class teacher Mr. Sean Dunk

AM: Carysfort NS Aíklow Co. Wicklow

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Goíey Centíal School

 

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 These workshops explore a range of resources that can be used to effectively develop active pupil learning in the area of STEM. They are intended to support teachers in facilitating learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the primary setting. Each webinar shares practical ideas and learning experiences to support teachers in school. The workshops coincide with national STEM weeks such as Maths Week, Science Week, Engineers Week, Code Week & Space Week.

At the end of the 6 workshops participants will have experienced:

  • Hands-on STEM activities using a range of technologies.
  • A clear understanding about the benefits of STEM and its use in education
  • Comprehensive curriculum-linked resources supporting the implementation of STEM within your teaching practice during national STEM weeks.

 

 

Once Upon a Time in Wexford - History of the Wexford Opera Festival

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 A fun way for children and young people to explore opera (School Resource)

Once Upon a Time in Wexford

Wexford Education Support Centre are delighted that a fun new resource for children and young people is now available which captures some of the fun and magic that is Wexford Festival Opera, including a Virtual Tour of the theatre in the National Opera House.

Once Upon a Time in Wexford is written by Elizabeth McKiernan and Lucy Small, and takes you on a journey from the origins of the Wexford Festival Opera, through its unique traditions and shows children and young people, that opera is for everyone.

After researching and writing a history of the festival for children and sourcing images and historical texts, Elizabeth McKernan and Lucy Small engaged artist Mirona Mara who designed stunning, colourful illustrations for the interactive slideshow to create a visual and auditory feast. They worked alongside stage director Roberto Recchia to ensure that Once Upon a Time in Wexford is an interactive and fun experience and a reminder to young readers that opera has something to offer everyone.

Like some of our favourite stories, it opens with Once Upon A Time…

In this historic location, two doctors, a postman and a hotel owner created what is now an international opera festival.

Ove six fun and interactive chapters take a step back in time and behind the scenes of this internationally renowned festival

 

Once Upon a Time…

Once Upon a Time in Wexford captures the Magic and fun of the Wexford Opera Festival.

Written by Elizabeth McKiernan and Lucy Small, it takes you on a journey from the origins of the Wexford Festival Opera, through its unique traditions and shows children and young people, that opera is for everyone.

Once Upon a Time in Wexford is both an educational and fun way to relate the essence of the Wexford Festival Opera to a young audience.

An interactive slideshow with stunning, original illustrations by Mirona Mara, sound clips, fun facts and a description of opera and opera voices, it is a visual and auditory feast.

Like some of our favourite stories, it opens with Once Upon A Time…

In this historic location, two doctors, a postman and a hotel owner created what is now an international opera festival.

The scene is now set, the year is 1951; let the magic begin…

Chapter 1: What is Opera?

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Download What is Opera presentation.

Chapter 2: Dr Tom Walsh and the First Festival

Download Dr. Tom Walsh and the First Festival presentation.

Chapter 3: The National Opera House

Download The National Opera House presentation.

Chapter 4: Wexford Tradition

Download Wexford Traditions presentation.

Chapter 5: Children and the Opera Festival

Download Children and the Opera Festival presentation.

Chapter 6: Fantastic Festival Facts

Download Fantastic Festival Facts presentation.

Junk Kouture 2024

 

ALL ABOUT JUNK KOUTURE

Junk Kouture is open to all post-primary students aged 13 – 18 across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

OVER 1,200 SCHOOLS HAVE SIGNED UP, IS YOURS NEXT?

 THE BRIEF

Look around you and get creative! Everywhere you see waste, there is opportunity! Recycled materials tell stories, and also make for fabulous fashion and bring creativity to life! A design can be crafted into any style of wear- from glamour to theatrical.  The only really important rule is that your deign is made from 100% recycled materials! Be brave, take chances, experiment, and push the boundaries! We vision a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Show us your dreams of the future, show us these through design!  

WATCH AGAIN…

The Junk Kouture Grand Final 2021 Powered by RTE on RTÉPlayer
 
The Junk Kouture Winners’ Party 2021 on Junk Kouture YouTube
 
COMPETITION RULES

 

Junk Kouture Grand Final:

Wexford exchange student’s ‘Iconoclastic Fantastic’ land

https://www.independent.ie/style/fashion/junk-kouture-grand-final-wexford-exchange-students-iconoclastic-fantastic-lands-2021-prize-41136055.html

 

Enniscorthy student Alicia Rostermundt (17) wowed the judges and was crowned the winner of the 2021 Junk Kouture Grand Final this evening.

Alicia, a German exchange student at Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, impressed the judges with a gender-neutral creation inspired by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Janelle Monáe made from seatbelts and a second-hand trouser suit.

Her design ‘Iconoclastic Fantastic’ reigned supreme over 39 other designs to be crowned the winner of the 2021 Junk Kouture Grand Final Powered by RTÉ.

Inspired by iconic designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and singer Janelle Monáe, both known for their influential androgynous styles and non-conformist approach to fashion, Alicia’s monochrome outfit was made from a charity shop find, seatbelts and an old tent wowed the judges as she became the 11th winner of the design competition. 

For the full article please visit: https://www.independent.ie/

 

 

WATCH THE DUBLIN CITY FINAL 19 MAY ON RTÉ

JUNK KOUTURE DUBLIN

Junk Kouture | Dublin City Final | Powered by RTÉ 

The world’s largest youth sustainable fashion competition is back and live in Dublin this year! The Junk Kouture Dublin City Final 2022 sees 60 finalists from post-primary schools across Ireland battle it out for their place in the Junk Kouture World Final 2022 as they model haute-couture designs made entirely from recycled materials for our Junk Kouture judges.

In a new twist, the top 10 designs from the Dublin City Final, Powered by RTE will be selected by the Junk Kouture judging panel for the World Final where they will compete with 50 other designs from Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Milan and New York City. 

**PLEASE NOTE: Our London, Milan, Paris, New York & Abu Dhabi City Finals have been rescheduled. New dates to be announced soon.

 

JK NEWS

Wexford Education Support Centre "Student Journalist Of The Year Competition" In association with Wexford People

 Wexford Education Support Centre "Student Journalist Of The Year Competition - 2023"

In association with Wexford People

The Competition is open to students in Fifth and Sixth Classes in Primary schools and to students from First Year to Leaving Certificate level in Post Primary schools.

Lead Organiser: Scott Gaynor.

Scott is a journalist and post-primary teacher at The Presentation Secondary School, Wexford Town.

 

 

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YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR COMPETITION"

The project was launched by Lead Organiser Scott Gaynor. Scott is a journalist and post-primary teacher at The Presentation Secondary School, Wexford Town.
  
The Competition is open to students in Fifth and Sixth Classes in Primary schools and to students from First Year to Leaving Certificate level in Post Primary schools.

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Judging Panel

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 Entry Deadline Friday March 25th 2022.

Entries should be emailed to Scott Gaynor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Slide Presentation Resources:

https://preswex-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/sgaynor_preswex_ie/EfDOWP7B21VMqCPg6VYy7SUBsGTI2N6_UQpRX8GVJo6A8g

 

 

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