Energy Workshop

On Friday 24th January, the CBS welcomed a very special visitor to the school to launch the next step in their quest for a Green Homes Flag. Dr. Dorothy Stewart, Green Home Programme Manager for the entire country, travelled to Dundalk to give a series of workshops to all classes from 1st to 6th informing them of the importance of conserving Energy and the amount of energy we use in our homes .. Both 6th classes in the school are currently undertaking an energy study in their homes and we hope to use the results to further help reduce energy being wasted at home and at school. This study is the latest in a series of tasks the school has been involved with, in order to achieve Green Home status- for the past couple of years the school has played a very active part in the Go Dundalk Travel Programme and last year the 4th and 6th classes took part in activities to reduce litter. The 4th classes participated in the National Spring Clean while the 6th classes conducted a “Slim Your Bin” challenge. As you can see, the CBS are really doing their bit to help the environment- we hope you can help us!

Very Positive WSE Report for CBS Dundalk- “Argus” 21st January 2014

There was more good news for the Christian Brothers Primary School last week with a very positive report from the Department of Education Inspectors’ whole-school evaluation.

This followed on from planning permission being granted for a new two-storey twelve classroom extension which will get under way this year.

Principal Michael Lambert welcomed the report which was very positive about the co-educational primary school which under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Armagh.

The inspection was carried out in September 2013 and the report noted that ‘school enrolment has grown steadily throughout the last decade’, with 427 pupils enrolled across 16 mainstream classes.

‘The quality of the work of the in-school management team is very good,’ said the report. ‘The principal’s effective leadership and management skills are reflected in the provision of a learner-centred, well-ordered learning environment. He has successfully nurtured a collaborative, affirming culture within this school community. The principal is ably assisted by a dedicated and efficient deputy principal. Together they promote high standards in teaching and learning. Post holders’ conscientious fulfillment of a suitable range of duties contributes significantly to the high quality of provision within the school. Staff members willingly take on additional duties and display high levels of commitment to the pupils and the school.’

It was also noted that: ‘Pupils demonstrate high levels of motivation which is also reflected in the pupil questionnaires issued during the evaluation. Pupil participation in decision making processes is effectively facilitated through their involvement in the Green Schools programme and the pupils’ council.’

The school’s policy of early identification of pupils with special educational needs and the provision of support was praised as was the supplementary support for pupils who have English as an additional language, which it noted was ‘characterised by conscientiousness and care’.

One problem which was highlighted was poor attendance among ‘an identified cohort of pupils’ and it was recommended that additional strategies be adopted to address this.

Mr. Lambert said this was something which they school was aware of and they were working with a number of outside agencies to help tackle the issue.

The full report can be viewed on www.education.ie > Publications > Inspection Reports and Publications> Whole School Evaluation Reports (List)> Page 2

Water Workshop

On Wednesday 13th November, the CBS welcomed a very special visitor to the school to launch the third step in their quest for a Green Homes Flag. Dr. Dorothy Stewart, Green Home Programme Manager for the entire country, travelled to Dundalk to give a series of workshops to all classes from 1st to 6th informing them of the importance of conserving water and the amount of “virtual water” used to create products. Water conservation is a very important issue in Ireland today- especially with the future addition of water meters. Both 5th classes in the school are currently undertaking a water study in their homes and we hope to use the results to further help reduce water being wasted at home and at school. This water study is the latest in a series of tasks the school has been involved with, in order to achieve Green Home status- for the past couple of years the school has played a very active part in the Go Dundalk Travel Programme and last year the 4th and 6th classes took part in activities to reduce litter. The 4th classes participated in the National Spring Clean while the 6th classes conducted a “Slim Your Bin” challenge. As you can see, the CBS are really doing their bit to help the environment- we hope you can help us!

5th Green Flag

Louth All-Star, captain and midfielder, Paddy Keenan, hoisted our 5th Green Flag outside the school today, Wednesday, May 30th. Watched by over 400 pupils, Paddy encouraged all the children to keeep on working hard for the environment.

The Principal, Mr. Lambert, congratulated Paddy, thanking him for being with us today. He wished Paddy every good wish in the Leinster Championship game against Dublin in Croke park on Sunday next, hoping for a Louth victory.

Check out the pictures taken by the 6th class web masters