Rosmini is delighted to be involved in the DCU UniTY programme. UniTY is a skills based programme specifically aimed at Transition Year students. It has been designed to increase student engagement in education and raise motivation and career aspirations and broaden students' world view. The curriculum is made up of Multimedia & Social Innovation, Smart Skills, Employability & Leadership and Student Empowerment. Other classes benefit through Maths quizzes, "Junior Discover" pathways to third level, DCU "Summer Scholars" programme, rugby and soccer blitzes. Further information from https://www.dcu.ie/access/secondary-schools.shtml
Members of Team Ember are aware that this time of year can be very stressful for students preparing for state exams. They have created a new initiative to offer these students respite from study every Monday lunchtime from 13.20-13.40. The Resource Cabin has been transformed into The Little Wellbeing Room - a hospitable and welcoming space for students looking to relax and unwind during break time.
On Monday 24th April 2017, 6th year students participated in a workshop with SHOUTOUT. A group of facilitators shared their own stories, of coming out and of their experiences of hommophobia. Students explored how some language and behaviour in a school environment could be hurtful for their peers. They were informed of the appropriate terminology that is used in the LGBTQ community. A highly engaging discussion was had in which students explored scenarios where they could be more supportive of their LGBTQ classmates.
Students of Irish Sign Language Club invited a group of Transition Years from Holy Family School for the Deaf to Rosmini Community School on Thursday 6th April 2017. This visit is the first stage in developing a close partnership with students from the deaf and hard of hearding community in Dublin.
After an official welcome of our guests, students delivered presentations on the history, ethos and extra-curricular activities of Rosmini Community School.
Students of 1A gathered to reflect on the life and mission of our patron saint in advance on March 17th. They learned about his childhood in Wales, the time he spent in slavery as a shepherd and a very special call from God to return to Ireland to preach Christianity. Students learned about the story of St. Patrick and the ancient myths of Irish culture by engaging with symbols such as the shamrock, leprechaun and delicious snake like treats. Each student received a gold model as an award of what they had learned during the lesson. We wish all of our students a happy and safe St.
5th year students were invited to a very special afternoon tea for Wellbeing Week. They took time out of their busy school timetable to read a reflection and a short story. Students learned that storytelling is the most effective way to merge meaning with emotions. They were asked to fully embrace these pieces of literature and to simply allow each of their stories to be told. Students reflected on each reading, drawing on the meaning or message that is relevant for their life story. To enjoy the occasion, students were served tea and a range of delicious cakes & pastries.
First and Transition Year students were treated to a Sound Healing workshop with therapist Marta Lyszkiewiczo on Thursday 9th March 2017. Marta used voice sound vibrations to alleviate stress, pain, muscle tension, insomnia, fatigue and more. During each session, beautifully crafted metal therapy Tibetan singing bowls were placed over students. Marta then taped on the bowls following a specific rthymn. As the bowls began to vibrate, they sent waves of vibration throughout student' bodies harmonising cells. The aim of this exercise was to direct spiritual healing to students.
As part of Wellbeing Week, 3rd year students explored their own response to fear and anxiety. They were invited to think of some of the things that they fear most in life, learning that we often expect the worst possible outcome. After identifying the physical symptoms of fear on the body, students completed a task to enable them to assess the extent to which worry and fears affects their lives. 3rd years were informed of the negative outcome of attempts that we make to control our anxieties such as bottling up our worries.
On Wednesday 8th March 2017, students of 1A and T.Y explored the healing benefits of essential oils with holistic practitioner Johann Callaghan. They learned that aromatherapy is a controlled use of oils that is used for therapeutic benefits. Johann spoke about how our poor diet and stressful lifestyle are increasingly causing skin irritations in today's busy world. Students were informed that an over-active immune system can be calmed down by the essential oils. They learned of how effective the essential oils are for helping us to release our emotions.