Together we have achieved great things

The focus of Donagh NS in Carndonagh, St. Columb's NS. Moville and Scoil Mhuire Gleneely this year was on well-being and health.  School closures due to COVID 19 required a radical rethink in their approach- could momentum be sustained and collaboration re-imagined? 

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Together we have achieved great things

Donagh N.S in Carndonagh, St. Columb's N.S. in Moville and Scoil Mhuire Gleneely have been actively engaged in Shared Education for three years with 2019-2020 focussing on well-being and health.  At the start of the year mindful of the focus on community engagement within shared education, a workshop was offered to the parents of all three schools on positive parenting and family well-being.  This was a good start to a year which no one could anticipate would develop as it did.  The leitmotif for the year was ‘together we can achieve great things’ and the vision of the staff behind it allowed the schools to surmount the radically changed circumstances the schools found themselves in from March 12 onwards.  Having met five times prior to this date the schools were not intending to abandon their collaborative practice and the momentum continued in the summer term with a grand finale in June.  The key question was how could they continue working together, in the theme of their choice while staying apart.  A virtual coming together while staying apart had 209 pupils, their families and staff of all the schools sharing three very active weeks that included sports days, games and quizzes.  The final challenge was an invitation to all to do the same thing at the same time.  This was to walk virtually from Mizen Head to Malin Head, a total of 547km in 6 hours – could it be done?  The initiative was supported by the Boards of Management of all three schools and as the school day began on a slightly misty morning these local communities started to make their way from faraway Mizen to Malin Head.  As the day went on, families updated the coordinating team with the distances walked accompanied by fun photos.  The collective sum came to 1227.62km so not only did they succeed in the mission of completing the virtual walk but also completed the return journey back to Mizen Head and still had over 133 kilometres to spare!  Certificates of participation were sent to all.  Photos of some of the meet ups throughout the year and the final challenges can be seen on the school website www.theglen.ie in the section on CASE PEACE IV. 

 

It is fair to conclude that together they all achieved great things!