The theme for Catholic Schools’ Week is family, and as the whole school will celebrate this week, here in Archives and the Digital Learning Centre we’ve focused on two displays; a window displaying both books and DVDs featuring families.
We put together a small exhibition of family trees from both staff and students. Many of our 4th year students undertake this as a project, and work with us here in the DLC (Digital Learning Centre) on locating as much information from both living relatives, our census records, old documents and photographs in the family home.
Many of our students have had fathers, grandfathers and even great grandfathers attending Blackrock College, and as we have a dedicated Archives department we hold numerous records about past pupils. Clare and Caroline prepared some material to illustrate the kinds of materials that are held and how our students can go about locating them.
Here is a snapshot of some of the family trees that have been put together – well done to all students and staff.
In November I worked closely with Mr. Orrock on 26B English poster presentations, incorporating research techniques such as planning your research, where to source information, how to use the information correctly and how to cite the information used.
The poster involved the following parts:
Written Section (25m)
Word Count: 300
Mixture of block-text, mind-maps etc.
Artistic Section (25m)
Responsibly sourced images
Students started with a powerpoint (American Dream) about mindmapping and planning.
Then the students split in to groups, and worked out their individual roles. We used a padlet for this purpose and uploaded the link to our VLE Moodle.
The students were encouraged to try storyboarding, in order to plan out what their final poster would look like.
The students researched, typed up information, printed off photos and designed their own artwork in groups.
The final posters were produced and presented to the entire class. Well done to our fantastic second years – such hard work and planning went into it all.
Each year we run a short induction session for our 2nd year students who are new to the school.
They get to learn the rules and regualtions of the Learning Centre, how to use all of the services and resources available, and get to know both our Learning Centre and Archive staff.
Our first activity is to get all students to write the last book that they have read on a post-it note and pin it to our display board – then we make a display window onto the outside corridor of all of the book jackets.