We have added a small number of titles to our collection this month. Both The Moth & The Unseen are March & April’s book club picks for our staff book club. Both staff and students alike really enjoyed Asne Seierstad’s One of Us, so Two Sisters should also be of interest.
Tara Westover’s Educated has been hailed as a fascinating read and should appeal to both our students & staff who enjoyed The Hillbilly Elegy,The Glass Castle and even elements of Elizabeth Strout’s My name is Lucy Barton, a best selling fiction title will resonate with the reader.
John Connell’s The Cow Book has received some really positive reviews, and looks to appeal to fans of Patrick Deeley’s The Hurley Maker’s Son (a HUGE favourite amongst our staff), and the gentle rural Irish fiction of John McGahern & William Trevor.
This term we’ve been working on a number of guides that will help our students through their projects and assignments, whether they are for online sources to help with information for a written piece, or our online support site for e-portfolios.
Some of our guides are available to download here (for example Citing & Referencing), whereas some are only available in print format in the learning Centre, or via the Digital Learning Centre section on Moodle. This is due to restricted log-ins for our databases.
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.