Friday 30th May 2014
Localise Community Service Learning Schools Programmes directly engage secondary school students in positive community work in their local areas, it challenges them to care, not only for themselves, but for others, and inspires them to take action and learn through service.
This year the Localise have embarked upon piloting the Localise Community Action Short Course at junior cycle. The short course is a curriculum component in the new junior cycle, which has, in this case, been developed to address the societal need of connecting what is learned inside of the classroom to the world outside the school walls, while being of real service to the local community.
Students from two 2nd year classes in Coláiste Bríde, Presentation Secondary School, Clondalkin had a hugely positive impact on their community by reaching out to the Monday Club, a local elderly group and to Special Olympics Ireland (Eastern Region).
Rang Aodh visited the local elderly, The Monday Club to find out about school days past, as it happens The Monday Club hold their weekly meetings in the building where Coláiste Bríde was situated for many years before moving to the current site on New Road. While at The Monday Club the students held an intergenerational quiz and took portrait photos of the club members. The following week The Monday Club members were invited back to school, where they were given a tour, and were brought back into the classroom for a local history lesson given by class teacher Ms. McArdle, before viewing an exhibition of their portraits and school stories.
Rang Fionnuala invited Special Olympic Athletes from the Ronanstown Community Training Centre to Coláiste Bríde on March 27th, where they filmed a music video to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. The theme of the video was “Because I’m Happy to be Different, Because I’m Happy to Treat Everyone the Same” This event was a wonderful success as the students and Special Olympians were able to celebrate ability and focus on their commonalities, while sending out a serious but positive message.