Today was a fantastic day for our senior classes. Not only did our sixth class have a history walk, both 6th and 5th classes had the most interesting learning experience in the beautiful surrounds of the Ship Room of the Monastery! Both classes have been studying the life of an inspirational young Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai, a young girl shot by the Taliban for championing the right to equality and education for all. In conjunction with this learning, Ms McGailey arranged for both classes to get a lecture from Pakistani native, our own Brother Kevin from the Edmund Rice Centre. He delivered a most interesting presentation on his homeland which had the boys engrossed. He then introduced us to two modern day heroes from Afghanistan, Homayoon and Quadratullah. These two men are former workers with our own NGO, Concern and they spent much time trying to bring education to the children of their homeland, sometimes in the face of the most extraordinary dangers. They lost many colleagues and friends and their work and heroism really struck a chord with the boys. Thank you to Brother Kevin and his colleagues for a most enriching learning experience! It is something that I am sure will have had a most positive impact on the boys.
Some of our 6th class boys were involved in the Challenge Science Programme today at WIT. We learned about CPR, forensic science, germs and bacteria and famous scientists of the past. Thanks to Junior Achievement and Genzyme for facilitating this exciting programme.
Our school was one of five schools to receive this award from Trinity College and Google. We are the only primary school in Ireland to receive this award. This ‘21st Century Schools of Distinction Award’ aims to recognise and showcase the efforts of schools nationwide to transform their school culture and to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The scheme recognises extraordinary work being successfully undertaken by our schools.
Click read more to check out our video. Kali Sikaran is a martial art which belongs to a family of martial arts from the Philippine Islands. It involves the use of 2 to 3 ft sticks which can be used singularly or as a pair. When using the sticks in a pair, we explore simple drills called ‘Cap Cas’. These involve holding a stick in each hand and tapping the sticks against those of your partner in a predetermined pattern. It looks very easy but it takes a lot of hand eye coordination. As coordination improves so does the difficulty of the Cap Ca, ensuring the student will always feel challenged.
Wow! What a day to be a Mount Sion man or woman! Today saw the official opening of our new All-Weather facility ‘Clós Phádraig Uí Fhainín’. The sun shone and we all smiled and got to be very happy for what was a great day for our school! It is an honour for our school to be associated with the Fanning family and we are so grateful that so many of Pat’s family were able to be present today. Many thanks to all the staff who helped organise today’s events, many thanks to the great support of our own Mount Sion GAA Club. The Club gave us €5,000 towards the project but we also got great advice and leadership from Peter Walsh, Chairperson. It was also great to see our Senior Hurlers playing on the new pitch with our pupils. It was fantastic to see so many parents come to celebrate with us, up to 40 parents joined us in the Hall for cakes, teas and coffees. We also welcomed back so many of our former teachers. It was lovely to have Mr. Declan Foley former principal in school today and of course the legendary Br. Griffey. Let us remember Pat Fanning’s inspiring words; ‘‘The future is ours to shape. Let us move towards it with confidence.” Mount Sion’s future is bright! Cnoc Síon abú!