BBC School Report

BBCSchoolReport

BBC News School Report gives 11-18 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. This Year we have chosen to report on our Eco-School Project – The Grassroots Challenge.

Take a look at this year’s BBC News Report.

If you want to have a look at other school reports and to see our own on the BBC website follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41775798 

 

Our Work this Month with The Ulster Wildlife Trust

Another great month’s work with The Ulster Wildlife Trust.

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The pupils have been very industrious making bird boxes and bird feeders. They enjoyed hanging up the feeders on trees within our grounds, ready for hungry birds during the winter months. Everyone was very excited when we had a visit from a barn owl and a hedgehog. We have created a hedgehog home in some bushes. We made clay models of the little hedgehog that visited. The pupils also learned about mini-beasts. We went on a mini-beast scavenger hunt and made a mini-beast hotel from wooden crates and logs. Hopefully will have some wildlife visiting Donard School very soon!

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Extended Schools – Sibling’s Group

Our sibling’s group has been a great success.

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The siblings have created masterpieces with Mount Ida Pottery, played games to get to know each other and had a ‘snowball fight’ to tell each other what they enjoyed. We look forward to seeing the group again on 28th February for a drumming workshop.

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Grassroots Challenge

The Eco Team, made up of members from Classes 9 and 11, are taking part in a Grassroots Challenge organised by Ulster Wildlife Trust. This is an eight-week programme that delivers a series of nature and wildlife sessions within our school grounds. The pupils will gain confidence learning about the world around them, working with others and caring for living things.

This month the pupils did a survey of their school grounds and discussed ways that they could encourage wildlife to visit. We learned all about our garden birds and we had a visit from a bat. We discovered what these creatures eat and the types of homes they live in. The Eco Team have really enjoyed the programme so far and look forward to the coming weeks.

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Early Years Update - January 2018

We have started our new topic of Nursery rhymes and all the boys have enjoyed lots of action songs and sensory play linked to each rhyme. We have explored ‘Humpty Dumpty’ boiling and cracking eggs. We made sheep with paint and wool when learning about ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ and we have washed the dolls in the water tray and looked after them in our hospital role-play area for ‘Miss Polly had a Dolly’ We are looking forward to lots more messy play and fun throughout this topic. A big Happy Birthday to Dennis who is a big 4!!!

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Snow Day!!

It’s that time of year when the weather can disrupt our school day. The file below parents and carers with a simple social story which will help you explain why the usual school routine has been disrupted. If you need to use it in future you can find it on the ‘Resources’ tab of this website under ‘Resources for Parents’.

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Sports Clubs and Activities

Dianne Rollins, Donard’s Physiotherapist has gathered a list of sports clubs and activities for people with disabilities. For more information please choose the ‘Resources’ tab at the top of this page and select ‘Resources for parents’ option.

We hope this will be a useful resource for Parents and Carers.

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The Gathering Drum

A warm welcome to Joe from ‘Gathering Drum’ who took workshops throughout the day on Wednesday 10th of January. Every pupil in the school had the chance to join in at one of these drum circles. A series of drumming days has been planned for the next 8 Wednesdays – They’re already a big hit with the pupils!

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