The Dublin Festival of History 2021
This is always worth exploring…. The Festival of History this year is running from the 20th of September to the 10th of October, so there’s plenty of time to check out all they have going on. Libraries all over Dublin City will be hosting over 70 events, including at least 30 online lectures and workshops, ranging from topics like Wartime Work Opportunities for Irish Women to Craig and De Valera’s historic only meeting to Medieval Dublin to Schrodinger’s Cycling map! Not JUST for history buffs, there’s something there for everyone. The list of events is HERE and definitely see if you can fit in something from the programme over the course of the festival – it rarely disappoints!
The GRAs ’21
Hurrah!! We’ve waited a whole year and the new Great Reads Award 2022 Shortlist is here. Some absolutely cracking titles on both the Junior and Senior lists. Give as many as you can a read, and let us know what you think – we love a good full and frank book discussion here at library towers! Hate to play favourites, but already have one that I ADORE. We’ll have all of them available to read in the library so get some grá for GRA and give them a follow on Twitter (@greatreadsaward) and Insta (@GreatReadsAward). Now, that’s your next few weekends sorted!
We held our first First Year Book Club of 2021 on Tuesday 2th January. It was Book Club with a difference as online classes have commenced once more because of level 5 lockdown. We still had great fun with lots of chat and a variety of great book recommendations.
First Year Breakfast Bookclub on 18th December around our beautiful book Christmas Tree.
We had a lovely visit from Junior Infants and their 5th Class buddies today. They held their reading class in our Library and were so well behaved. We are looking forward to their next visit.
What a great turn out for our September 1st Year Breakfast Book Club meeting. Please click the link below to view the list of books recommended by the girls.
The Wellread National Award is an initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create a heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading for young people as part of their personal and academic development. It seeks to involve all relevant stakeholders who impact on student learning including students, teachers, ancillary staff, parents, Boards of Management and the wider Community.
We are fortunate that literacy development has been deeply embedded in the school community for a number of years now and a high number of students engage in intensive reading however, there is always room for improvement and with this in mind we registered for the Wellread Award 2018/2019. A Wellread Committee was established, a strategy was formulated and a large number of initiatives was undertaken throughout the school year. We organised creative writing competitions, book clubs, reading for fun classes, visiting authors, creative writing classes for 5th years, poetry evening for staff, dress up as a character from a book and many more events. New reading corners with arm chairs and bean bags were set up in the Library and Computer Room and have become really popular with the students. A reading area was also set up in the Staff Room with book shelves which are stocked by staff and Library donations. We put together our Portfolio showing evidence of all our undertakings and submitted it on 8th May. To our delight, on 24th May we received a letter advising us that we have been successful in becoming a Wellread School 2019 – 2022..
Having fun in the Library