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Inspiring Initiatives!

Here in the National Office we are endlessly impressed by the creative, enriching and community-building initiatives undertaken by the dedicated members of our network of schools and we’re certain you will be too. This month read all about Letterkenny Educate Together National School’s ‘Operation Transformation’, Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy’s ‘Mobile Free Zones’ and Bremore Educate Together Secondary School’s ‘Literacy Drive’. 


Operation Transformation

‘Operation Transformation’ is a six week initiative currently underway at Letterkenny Educate Together National School which is intended to set everyone partaking in the programme on the path to a healthier, happier, more well-rounded lifestyle. The programme’s motto is “healthy, happy, learn” and over the six weeks, with the support of the wider community in Letterkenny (including Donegal football captain, Michael Murphy) teaching and learning in the school will centre around exercise, nutrition, mental health, teamwork, general well-being and fun. 

You can read more about ‘Operation Transformation’ here and follow the progress of the programme on Letterkenny ETNS’s Facebook page and website


Mobile-Free Zones

The students of Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy have just launched their ‘Mobile-Free Zone’ campaign. After spending time in class discussing the use of mobile phones in the school yard and the impact they can have on how we interact (or don’t!) with each other, they have decided to designate their playground a ‘mobile-free zone.’ Staff, parents and guardians are also supporting this initiative and helping students extend the awareness they’ve gained around the need to set limits on mobile phone usage to their home lives by encouraging regular, mobile-free conversations between parents and children. 

Check out Redfield ETPA’s suggestions of ways to engage children on this topic here. You can also keep up to date on the ‘Mobile Free Zone’ initiative on Redmore ETPA’s Facebook page


Literacy Drive 

To raise awareness of and promote literacy in their school, as well as to promote reading for enjoyment and improve the reading ages of students, Bremore Educate Together Secondary School have started a ‘Literacy Drive.’ Beginning with a ‘Book Drive’ on 26th January, through which students and their families can donate suitable books to class libraries, Bremore ETSS have organised a number of reading and book-centred activities which will take place over the next few weeks. These include dedicating 15 minutes per day to reading for pleasure over the next five weeks, establishing an extra-curricular book club and a celebration of World Book Day on 1st March. 

Learn more about Bremore ETSS’s ‘Literacy Drive’ from this entry on their blog (which includes a recommended reading lists for first and second years) and keep up to date on this initiative via their Facebook page.

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