Fingal CC is in the second year of a three year programme to achieve the PDST Wellread National Award.
It is envisaged that the Wellread National Award will explicitly foster and nurture a reading culture in our school. This will involve all of the stakeholders, including students, teachers, ancillary staff, parents, board of management and the wider school community.
Currently we have a Staff Book Club which meets once a month, and will soon have a Parents Book Club! We also run initiatives such as DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) and have designated reading spaces (Library Room 1 and Outdoor Reading Area).
JCSP Recommended Reads, click here
Library Renovation 2017/18
As part of their Mini Company module with Ms. Rooney, TY Broighter have undertaken a project to renovate the school library to make it a designated reading space for all students to use. The class fundraised initially and their final sum was matched by the school, meaning a significant amount of money to purchase new books for the library. The new injection of books will also include dyslexia-friendly books. We are anxiously awaiting their arrival! TY Ardagh, as part of their YSI module with Ms. Ryan, are currently collecting books in international languages to make the library more diverse and inclusive.
The latest addition to the library has been the donation of a sofa from Ms. Rooney and the school will also be purchasing bean bags to make the space as comfortable as possible. With a lick of fresh paint and some beautiful artwork and decorative pieces, we are hoping that the library will be a much more inviting space that students can visit with their English teachers for Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) or in their own free time. We will post photos once the project has been completed, hopefully to coincide with World Book Day on March 1st 2018.
World Book Day 2013
In 2013 students were encouraged to add a book title to the Crann Eolais and make bookmarks. Senior students were asked to pick a line in a poem/song that influenced them.
There were various competitions that year including writing a story in 6 words. Out of many entries the following won prizes:
- Airport. Struggling to watch him go.
- Two rocking chairs; occupied by memories.
- Hospital bed, crying, screaming, new life.
- “I love you too” she lied.
Below is a sample of another competition titled “What School Means to Me…”
“To me, my school is a place that points me in the direction in which my future will go, if I behave at school and do everything to the best of my ability, life will treat me well. But, if I don’t, I must live out the rest of my life thinking “What if”.”
“At the moment school is one of the biggest factors in my life, not only do you get an education you learn to communicate and make friends.”
“Giggles echo in the classroom, laughter bounces off the walls, smiles brighten the gloomy interior. Some days we sit, head in our hands, wishing we were elsewhere, but, some days things are different. Teachers and pupils go from foes to friends as they unite in a joke.”
“Great place for learning and growing.”
“If I didn’t go to school, I wouldn’t become what I have a chance to become.”
“School is a place where dreams come true.”
“For most people it’s “school, ugh, the effort of it”! Fortunately, I know school is more than that. School is preparing us for jobs, for life, because adulthood is not easy. Before I came to school, I was a shy, under confident girl, and for a while it stayed like that. But then, I found things I like, who I wanted to be.”