6th Class Graduation

6th Classes graduated today. We held two socially distanced ceremonies! Pupils listened to the wise words of Mr. Courtney and to speeches from their peers. They were presented with a graduation book and a special graduation pin.

After the ceremony it was back to the class for a brunch of fresh orange juice, sausages, bread buns and donuts. Then they went to the church for a final blessing from Fr. Coughlan.

They also managed to fit in a surprise ceremony for Mr. Courtney’s retirement.  They recorded the lovely tribute  below and played it for him

More about the surprise. ceremony tomorrow.

We want to wish out graduates well on the next stage of their journey. We are proud of each and everyone of them.

Touch Typing

Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS)

Individuals who struggle with a learning difficulty can benefit from touch typing, particularly in the case of Dysgraphia which makes writing by hand painful. Students with Dyspraxia often have trouble with fine motor skills that can make holding a pen difficult and forming letters impossible. In both cases it is often recommended that writing be done on a computer using a touch-typing approach.

People with Dyslexia may also find touch typing beneficial. Dyslexia impacts on reading, spelling, and writing abilities and makes it difficult for individuals to split words into their component sounds. Taking a typing course like TTRS entails repeated exposure to language and involves muscle memory in learning the spelling of high frequency words. The TTRS program further exercises phonics skills through visual and audio prompts.

This year has further underscored the benefits of learning to touch-type. Students need typing skills to communicate with teachers about schoolwork, complete online work, and participate in virtual learning activities.

As so many students have completed the course this term,  a limited number of places will be available on the course next term – resuming 6th September.    While it is still not safe to hold classes after school, I continue to deliver this valuable course via Zoom using Breakout Rooms.  Class size limited to three students.  If you are interested in learning how TTRS can help your son/daughter build self-esteem, learn how to touch-type while improving their reading and spelling, contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 – castleknockttrs@gmail.com for details.

Back to Football!

Our boys and girls GAA football teams were very excited to represent our school this evening in two matches in Russell Park against Scoil Oilibhéir. The 6th class children were excellent and had great fun too. They did our school proud! Well done all!