This week we asked a local primary school teacher how they are adapting to home schooling through online learning for the second time.
Fourth Class teacher Aisling Sugrue from Holy Cross Mercy School explained that the engagement from the children and parents has been fantastic - even more so this time around.
Here's what she had to say:
"The children want to learn and it is great to see! Luckily as a school, we have kept our homework digital since reopening in September so the children are very used to receiving their homework each day on the Seesaw App and then uploading a picture of their completed work for us to look at and mark. This is running right from Junior Infants to Sixth Class and it has made the transition to online learning much easier and the children seem much more independent this time round.
I guess the hardest part for the children, and a difficulty for us teachers too, is missing out on that vital social part of school that they all love. Often you would ask a child what their favourite part of school is and they would say break time - because that is where they get to chat and relax with their friends. Some of the children I teach are at home without siblings and are unable to go to friend's houses or even outside to play due to restrictions, so it must be very lonely for them. We have whole class live Zoom sessions during the week where we just chat and play games and it is lovely for them to interact with each other. The children are also working on STEM projects in groups online which allows them to work collaboratively just like they would in our classroom."
Many parents are juggling online learning, working from home and running a household all at the same time, she added.
"I can only imagine the chaos and struggles they are facing each day. They truly are heroes to be keeping everything going. I think it is important to remind the parents that while we want the learning to continue - we are in a pandemic and if every piece of work doesn't get done everyday, it is not the end of the world. Children are so much more than the maths questions or spelling lists. Children are scientists, poets, artists, designers, gardeners, authors, creators, athletes, explorers and so much more. I think it is important we focus on these wonderful skills and get them creating and exploring outdoors during this time too.
For me as a teacher, the most difficult side of this has to be the increase of screen time. As the children are doing their work at different times during the day, you are constantly checking to see if there is work to be marked or checked as well as answering questions or queries. We do live Zoom lessons with children who need a little extra help and also record teaching videos to go with different activities, all of which adds to that screen time. It suits some families to do their work in the evening, so it may be 6 or 7pm when their work is uploaded to be checked. In a way, we have become constantly accessible and it is very hard to switch off from school work."
And the question she gets asked everyday from the children is "when are we returning back to school?"
"With the uncertainty of an end date, it is hard to explain to them when we will be back. But I think our priority as teachers should be keeping the children's well-being safe and healthy, as well as our own."
Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched
It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]
It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.
Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.
Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.
Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.
Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.
The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.
The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.
Stylish Miriam wows at the races
When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]
When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.
Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.
Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.
Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.
Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.
The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.
Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.
Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched
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