“We all stand out but we all fit in” is the winning motto from Ella O'Callaghan and Alannah France in 4th class, and a fitting conclusion to our first ever Special Needs Awareness Fortnight in the school.
The fortnight was full of activities including:
- visiting speakers Adam Harris, Garreth Culleton and Brian Dalton talking to the children at school assemblies
- teachers discussing relevant topics in the classroom
- all children taking part in completing the school jigsaw and composing their own mottos
The winning motto and completed jigsaw were unveiled at our Special Needs Awareness Information coffee morning on the final Friday. The coffee morning provided an opportunity for parents to meet with personnel from visiting support groups such as Snowflakes, Special Olympics, St. Michael’s House, Arch Clubs, and CASA, while sampling from the delicious array of cakes on offer. We also had a voluntary donation box which raised a whopping €514.17 which will go a huge way to supporting special educational needs provision in DPETNS.
The Jigsaw and Motto are undergoing final preparations but will be permanently displayed in Area 9 in the next few weeks.