Weekly Message from the Principal

Weekly message from the Principal
Weekly Message from the Principal

Now that May has arrived, many Willow pupils are revising for their traditional ‘class tests’. These tests will not only help teachers in monitoring individual pupil’s progress, they will also inform Staff on their own teaching methods. The ‘class tests’ will also provide some objectivity for the Summer reports which give parents and pupils an overview on progress achieved over the year (and challenges that require attention, going forward).

Properly planned tests should support teaching and learning. They should not put undue pressure of young learners- but should be seen as part of an ‘ongoing process’ of learning and evaluation. Often the teacher’s comments on effort and participation are more important than ‘academic results’ achieved. All results should be considered ‘in context’ – remember, the Willow school curriculum is a broad and holistic one that recognises the multiple intelligences and talents of pupils.

Likewise, with the Standardised Tests (or ‘Drumcondras’- as they are colloquially known). These tests- which we administer in Willow - are of interest, are informative and can be indicative. However, they are merely a ‘snapshot’ of where a pupils is on the learning road-map on a particular day. Again, these tests inform the teacher, school and parent and, used properly, ultimately help pupils in their ongoing learning.

So, some busy weeks ahead for the boys! Of course we expect the boys to ‘do their best’- and in Willow boys generally do their utmost- it is part of our ethos to strive for excellence in our own inimitable ways. As Principal, I look forward to reading every boy’s unique end-of-year Report and ‘signing-off’ on a ‘job well done’.

Principal’s Note:
I would like to sincerely thank all of the teachers, parents and boys in Fifth Form for their impeccable behaviour during the three day trip to Share Village in County Fermanagh. It is always a joy to receive fantastic reports on the respect, manners and excellent behaviour shown by our boys.

Also congratulations to all of the boys in Stradbrook rugby club who won the Leinster rugby competition and are now representing the province in the under 10 national rugby semi-finals. Well done and good luck boys!

Finally, our best wishes must go to Mr. Christy McDaid, Ms. Aine O’Donoghue, Mr. Macken and Mr. O’Connachtain as well as the boys in Sixth and Fifth Form who are all taking part in the annual 100-mile cycle on Sunday the 5th of May. May the rain stay away, the sunshine and the wind always be on your back.

Good luck!

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