ETSS WICKLOW
 

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SCHOOL REOPENING ON MONDAY 12 APRIL

                       As March begins tomorrow, we reflect on a year of dealing with the pandemic and talk about the school reopening in the above short film. 

CHESS FINAL 2021

After a great week of chess, the competition reached the final - starting with 36 players, only 2 remained - Little Rose & Cody! The promotional film below set the scene for the final on Friday 26 February with a number of great quotations, including quotations from the players themselves, and on the day, after a really close match, Little Rose completed the double - winning the final for the second year in a row - what an amazing achievement!


ONLINE LEARNING STARTS AGAIN 

ONLINE LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

2021 starts with a school closure in January - so just like we practiced in the training day in November, let's set out goals for the month ahead!
January is over and we reached all of our goals - incredible work by everyone - now it's time to look at February - let's keep achieving! 
The school closure is continuing into March - time to reflect on what we have achieved so far and to plan for the next phase of online school!
This short film was created by three second year students from the SPHE class on the importance of finding the best way to work!

FASTEST GROWING SCHOOL IN WICKLOW TOWN

There is a great feeling among staff and students at ETSS Wicklow that something special is happening as this new school evolves. It's a school which embraces technology, a school which is ambitious to lead - not too many schools launch a national event in their first year of existence as ETSS Wicklow did in not only organising a Model United Nations event for schools all over Ireland, but providing training for teachers and students from schools across the country in how Model United works.  Our objective is to be the best school we can be.   

Another example of our ambition at ETSS Wicklow is our approach to curriculum. Look at the short courses on offer and you'll see philosophy, linguistics, dancing, guitar and debating - not to mention a newly created cross-curricular subject named 'Pegasus' which allows students time to work on cross-curricular projects of their own design - a creative space in a busy school life.  We hope as you explore this website that our objective to be a forward-thinking school is clear and that you will find our way of looking at education refreshing.  

LIVESTREAMING - THE LATEST INNOVATION 

One of ETSSW’s newest students, Ayah Mohamed, made history on Friday 23rd October when she attended lessons in ETSSW from the comfort of a library near her home in London!  Ayah was able to join her classmates and continue her learning while abroad.  

Ayah logged on to her live lessons in the morning and her first lesson was taught by her Irish teacher, Jake Firman.  

Speaking about her remote learning experience, Ayah said, ‘I really enjoyed the session on Friday 23rd and I'm really looking forward to live classes at ETSSW in November.’  

Thanks to all the staff who have embraced our livestreaming service which is also used for students cocooning or social isolating due to the Covid-19 pandemic - yet another great example of the innovative spirit at ETSS Wicklow!

 TEN OTHER INNOVATIONS AT ETSS WICKLOW 


1.       Model United Nations Conference for First Years and Second Years

2.       Students on the Board of Management - bringing student ideas directly to the Board

3.       Curriculum Innovation: (a) The Creativity Project (Pegasus); (b) Guitar on the Curriculum; 
          (c) Gardening; (d) Linguistics

4.       Multi-Whiteboard Room for group work and project work 

5.       Multi-Screen Room to get rid of the idea of 'the back of the class'

6.       A blended learning approach to screen time and screen-free time for use of iPads                                                    - writing and speaking encouraged as ways of learning actively

7.       Students on the Advisory Board of Studies to discuss methodology with teachers 
 
8.       School Festival - Concert, Sports Day, Social Time - Emphasis on Participation 

9.       Oral Exams in all subjects at Easter - let's talk about our learning!

10.     Debates involving members of the community (e.g. students, parents/guardians, staff)

ENJOYING LIFE AT SCHOOL

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