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Empowering Healthy Online Behaviour in Teenagers

When: Tuesday, 9th February: 7.30pm-8.15pm 

Guest Speaker: Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton, cyberpsychology researcher, member of the Cyberpsychology Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton and lectures in Cyberpsychology and Psychology in IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

Audience: This webinar is for parents/guardians of teenagers.

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Empowering Healthy Online Behaviour in Younger Children

When: Wednesday, 10th February 7.30pm-8.15pm

Guest Speaker: Mark Smyth, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Audience: This webinar is for parents/guardians of younger children.

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AGREED REPORT   

Board of Management 27/1/21

  • The Board wanted to recognise and commend the efforts of all staff of Duiske College in providing online learning, wellbeing and ongoing support services to the students and families of Duiske College.
  • Work continues towards a new school building. Chairperson Peter Cleere will invite KCETB Chief Executive, Eileen Curtis to the next Duiske College Board of Management for further discussion around this.
  • The Board welcomed the interaction and synergy between the school and other local organisations within the town of Graiguenamanagh.
  • The Board was delighted to see on-going extra-curricular activities for the students. The recent Road Hurling tournament and Christmas Carol Service gained particular mention. Link for the Carol Service is at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQtKFo_Hm8E&feature=youtu.be

  • Date of next Board meeting is set for March 16 at 4.15pm.

 

ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING GUIDELINES

1/2/21 – 12/2/21

– Students should follow their normal timetables online. For the purpose of accommodating an appropriate workload we have made a distinction between exam subjects and non-exam subjects.

– Exam subjects: Teachers will provide a minimum of 2 classes per week online. Classes should last for approximately 30minutes to allow students time to log in and off and log into their next class. Teachers have provided their timetable

– TYs should be receiving one ‘live’ class per week alongside regular work. Mr Cheasty will communicate their timetable to them.

– Non Exam Subjects: Non-Exam subjects will provide an important outlet for our students Wellbeing. Students communicated that they would like more interaction here. We want our entire community, students, staff and parent/guardians to get out into the fresh air for their physical and mental wellbeing.

– All students are asked to download the run keeper app and this will be used as a competition for each year group and teachers and students will participate. Will O’Shea will organize prizes for each class group. Check your PE Class Microsoft Team for details.

– Online wellbeing classes will go ahead from next week on the same Rota as before. Please check your calendar and make sure you have notifications turned on in these groups so as to not miss classes/events.

– PLC Classes should be communicated with by their tutors regarding an online approach for the next 3 weeks.

Attendance and engagement  is closely monitored closely by Elaine Norton, Tony Lawler and John Maye. This group meet once a week and communicate with students and families who are not attending or engaging. Engagement started to drop slightly in the last week. We strongly encourage students and families to try to keep working online. There are two weeks left to the mid-term and work will continue online until then.

 – Will O Shea, HSCL is in daily communication with targeted families. Will and John Maye also oversee the distribution and delivery of food parcels.

– A member of the senior management team is on site every day. Some teachers have elected to teach in the school building. 

                                                                                                                               Wellbeing Week 14-18 December 2020

Are students getting enough sleep? (Hint: the answer is no)

Information for Incoming First Years 2021

Admission Notice

 

Two Transition Year students, April Walsh and Eimear Ryan, reached the National Finals NFTE Business Enterprise Competition. This year there was approximately 4000 young people taking part in NFTE and both of our students from Duiske College were in the Top 9 for each category, Business Plan and Innovation. This was an outstanding achievement and we believe that two students from the same school have never managed to do this ever and this our first year to participate. It goes to show the calibre of our students. Alas, they were unsuccessful in the final but both students although naturally disappointed, were really happy and proud of what they achieved. 
Below is the feedback from the judges from the semi finals
Feedback from Judges – Artistic Adventures (April’s Project)
1.  Target audience not limited. The idea that there is a colouring book for all ages mean that customers are more likely to stay loyal to the brand throughout especially with children as they grow older will give it a competitive edge over other colouring books
2. Business plan well presented. April is clearly very passionate & talented which is evident in the design & presentation
3. The business has the opportunity to expand as showcased by looking to contact Eddie Rockets & McDonalds
4. Super cool and unique idea, well done I am extremely impressed by your sales
5. Would encourage you to create an Instagram account for your business to be able to sell to a greater audience

Feedback from Judges –  Bubble (Eimear’s Project)

1. A high quality end product
2. Very creative storytelling
3. Challenging market but looking forward with sequel
4. Excellent presentation and is very clear a lot of hard work has gone into this
5. Great to see young people bringing back something cool and putting a modern twist to it.

The staff of Duiske College would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents/ guardians for your support during the past few difficult months. Our students should be very proud of how they rose to the challenge of online learning and this was made possible by the support given to them at home.  We wish you a safe, healthy and happy summer. Take care.
Investing in Children Award                               

Duiske College is very proud to have been granted the prestigious Investing in Children award by TUSLA. This award has been achieved in recognition of excellent practice and active inclusion of our students in dialogue and change.

Adjudication took place in the school prior to the closure of the school due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In her concluding comments the adjudicator included the following:

“It was an absolute pleasure to visit this school”

“It was very evident from school staff that welfare of their students is their top priority”

“This is an accomplished group of young people”

“The school should be congratulated for their efforts”

We look forward to receiving the award in the new school year.

6th Year Graduation  Best of luck to the class of 2020!                               

Awards Ceremony 2020   Well done to all students who have received an award!                              

Irish Heart Foundation Award for Duiske College
Duiske College has been successful in achieving the CPR4Schools Special Recognition Award. The Irish Heart Foundation has congratulated Duiske College on its efforts to train pupils and parents in life saving CPR, this is an amazing accomplishment. Only four other schools in the country have achieved this award. https://irishheart.ie/your-health/cpr/cpr-courses/cpr-4-schools/
There will be a presentation of the award in the coming school year.
Well done to Mr Walsh, Mr Cheasty and Patrick McCormack for their leadership on this initiative.
 
 

 

 

 

Anxiety Information leaflet for students and parents. Please click Anxiety – Information for Students to view.


Rowing Regatta

Congratulations to all our rowing students who took part in the Carlow Indoor Regatta 2020. Eleven schools took part and we were thrilled to come away with medals in the first year boys, schools open and TY coaches category. Thanks to our 6 TY students for running the programme in conjunction with Rowing Ireland and for being such good mentors to our first year students. Thanks also to Graiguenamanagh Rowing Club for the use of their premises for training. Well done to all involved. Click here to see photo gallery

FREE HSE Workshops 2020 offered to parents/guardians. Courses are as follows:

  • Parenting Tips and Strategies
  • Managing Strong Emotions
  • Ready, Steady, Relax
  • Managing Mood Difficulties
  • Parenting in the Digital Age
  • Sleep Hygiene for Children and Adolescents
  • Understanding and Supporting Young People who Self Harm
  • Supporting Children and Adolescents who have experienced Trauma
  • Supporting Children and Adolescents with Chronic Illness

for details please click here Workshops for Parents



2019 TY students enjoy kayaking on the River Barrow!


Social Media Contract

Further to our ‘Children of the Digital Age’ workshops (March 2019) which highlighted good practice while using social media and were attended by students and parents, please find the following link for a Social Media Contract, as discussed.  Social Media Contract


Duiske College – South Leinster Junior Hurling Champions 2018-19

Duiske College – South Leinster Junior Gaelic Football Champions 2018-19

Duiske College – South Leinster Juvenile Gaelic Football Champions 2017-18

Duiske College – Leinster Camogie League Winners 2018

Duiske College – South Leinster Gaelic Football Champions 2017-18


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Visit of Jackie Tyrell (Author) for World Book Day (22/2/2018)

Jackie Tyrell, former Kilkenny hurler, visited Graiguenamanagh Library to talk to the students of Duiske College about his autobiography ‘Warriors Code – the Jackie Tyrell autobiography’.  For more pictures, click here.

Duiske College musicians perform at the event

Our ‘Poet-tree’ is displayed in the library. Poems are displayed on the tree.

Jackie is presented with a customised hurl and wooden plaque Art students created a piece of art, based on a poem ‘Dohery’s Dog’

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This is a guide to Cyber Safety for Parents and Guardians.

Paul_Kehoe_Cyber_Safety_Leaflet-Compressed

It outlines the following topics:

  • What is Cyber Bullying?
  • Helpful pointers
  • 9 things parents need to know about Facebook for children
  • 7 things parents need to know about Snapchat
  •  Tinder for teens – what parents need to know
  • What every parent needs to know about Kik
  • Translating Text- Talk: a glossary
  • Helpline Directory

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Design Thinking Pilot Programme for Schools

Mr. Walsh and Mr. Foudy are currently running the Design Thinking Pilot Programme for Schools in Duiske College, with 2nd year students.

The Post-Primary Design-thinking pilot programme is an action research study run by designCORE and the Department of Humanities in IT Carlow, it is supported by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI). The collaboration aims to develop a design thinking pilot programme for post primary schools in Ireland. The research is being carried out by Sandra Reid under the supervision of Carmel

Maher, Colin Deevy and Dr. PJ White, as part of Sandra’s post graduate studies in design research.

In response to the needs of teachers and students, the research takes the form of collaborative co-design workshops with six designers, six teachers and twelve students from four participating second level schools in Co. Carlow.  The research and workshops investigate ways that designers can support teachers
and students to develop creative approaches to problem solving.

The project seeks to address how design-led enquiry, can traverse various curricula within post primary education, so that a programme can be developed to align with various subjects which require creative thinking in the classroom. By crossing the boundaries between subject areas, it is hoped that this approach will assist schools to prepare students to be future innovators. This may help to develop students’ 21st century learning skills such as creative problem

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Students from Duiske College created a book, including audio, based on a poem ‘Doherty’s Dog’ which was written by local poet, Pat McDonald in the 1960’s. It was exhibited at the ‘Make-A-Book Exhibition 2018.

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Duiske College students visit the W5 Science and Exhibition centre in Belfast. They were joined by students from the Boy’s National School, Graiguenamanagh and students from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Graiguenamanagh

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Established in 1954, Duiske College offers an excellent second level education for students from the Graiguenamanagh area and its environs.

Our school maintains a quiet, caring atmosphere, which facilitates high quality teaching and learning. In a safe, friendly and positively disciplined environment characterised by mutual respect, each student is afforded the opportunity to reach his or her potential. As a community of learning we believe it is important to challenge young people to do the very best they can and we encourage them to pursue excellence in all aspects of school life. Through our school plan and policy formulation teachers, parents and students contribute their knowledge and ideas to the ongoing development of our school as a place of caring and learning. The active participation of all members of the school community in the life of Duiske College is encouraged and this is currently exemplified by a vibrant Parents’ Association.

At Duiske College we encourage creativity, embrace diversity and promote a caring community spirit in a positive learning environment. Through the provision of a holistic educational experience we aim to enable our students to become well-rounded citizens who excel in their personal and academic lives and who go on to make a difference by contributing to a society in a positive way.

If you wish to learn more about our school please contact us.

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