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From September 2019 OLCG will operate on one campus only in Newtownsmith
WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) was established in 2013. Since then, the programme has worked with 350 schools nationwide, in pursuit of our aim to integrate Global Citizenship Education into all aspects of teaching and learning at post-primary level.
Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is an educational process aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, DE helps students critically explore the root causes of global justice issues and how they interlink with our everyday lives.
GCE inspires global solidarity by supporting people to fully realise their rights, responsibilities and potential as global citizens in order to take meaningful action for a just and sustainable world
Global Citizenship Education:
We at Our Lady’s College Galway are incorporating GCE into both Junior and Senior cycle subjects and it is a timetabled programme for our TY and QQI students. Students are working hard to achieve their second Global Passport Award -The Diplomatic Passport. This award is granted by WWGS for engagement with Global Citizenship Education.
On a wet and dreary Friday morning the TY students along with their teacher Ms McDonagh and SNA Tara Kelly departed for Brigits Gardens in Rosscahill to participate in the @Global Goals Challenge’ as part of the Global Citizenship Education Course.
The girls worked together in teams to try to overcome obstacle sand find solutions to some of the big challenges we are facing in todays world. The display of cooperation and critical thinking displayed by the girls as they completed hands on task and solved puzzles on the theme of local and global development was admirable. A great day was had by all despite the rain. Well done to all.
Inspired by a competition organised by City Hall the TY class had an idea to create a Christmas tree using recycled plastic water bottles. The first-year students rolled up their sleeves and got busy collecting empty water bottles in our school once the heard about the idea for an alternative Christmas tree. The aim of the tree is to create awareness about the problem of plastic pollution in our world today. 20 pieces of information about plastic pollution hang on the tree and it is hoped that all student and visitors to OLCG will take the time to consider the problems and reconsider reaching for a single use water bottle in the future. We hope the tree will inspire our school community to purchase reusable plastic bottles and recycle their plastic.
We are also currently holding a competition for the best Christmas decoration made out of recycled material. Results will be announced next week.
First Year work shop with Friends of Merlin woods 25th September:
As part of the ‘Loving Galway – Celebrating Galway’s Green and Blue Spaces’ festival from 20-30th September 2018 the first years students attended a Workshop with the Friends of Merlin Woods.
The Friend of Merlin Woods promote the positive use of this amazing treasure chest of biodiversity in our city. The students were treated to photos, stories and posters about the vast variety of flora and fauna as well as the history of the woods. Thanks to Caroline Stanley for the presentation.