October Update for Parents of First Years 2018

As we enter the mid-term break, I thought I would take this opportunity to give a brief update on the 2018 First Years.

  • All students seem to be well settled into Coláiste Éinde at this stage, friendships have been formed and clubs joined.  Please continue to encourage your son/daughter to get involved in some extra-curricular activities.
  • We had a very successful bonding day last week.  The students really enjoyed interacting with their teachers in a more relaxed way.  Thanks to all the teachers who supported this event.
  • Assessments are coming up after Mid-Term.  All students have experienced a class on ‘Study Skills’.  NB: Reading is not studying, please view this video clip below, paying attention to number 6.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPxSzxylRCIOur advice is that every student should revise 3 topics every night.  This revision can consist of:4 minutes: Recall What You Know – do this in the form of a Mindmap using Keywords and simple sketches.

    6 minutes: Filling in the gaps of their Mindmap using their notes copy.  The key to this technique is regular repetition – see technique 1 on the video

     

    Thus 3 topics = 30 minutes on top of their homework.  In fact, this should be seen as part of their homework.  If the students get into good habits now, this will stand to them in the long run.

  • Class Teachers now can record exceptional effort in class.  You can see these on your son/daughters eportal account.  There is also an opportunity for teachers to identify when a student interrupts the teaching in the class or does not complete their homework.  Please check eportal regularly to keep track of how your son/daughter is doing in class and with their homework.

Enjoy Mid-Term

Kind Regards

David O Sullivan

Head of Year


Facilities & Activites

  • Language Laboratory
  • I.T. Department
  • Science Laboratory
  • Career Guidance
  • Art Room
  • Drama Hall
  • Study Facilities
  • Learning Support Room
  • Sports Pitches
  • Basketball Court
  • Pastoral Care
  • School Chapel