Stories from the Frontline: St Colmcille’s students create PowerPoints for primary schools

The South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, in partnership with South Dublin County Council, is running a campaign called Stories from the Frontline in recognition of all those who volunteered or are still volunteering during COVID-19

This week Darren Carey, a business teacher in St Colmcille’s Community School Knocklyon, shares the volunteering work of a team of students, who made PowerPoints and worksheets for primary school teachers to use for remote learning…

During lockdown a small group of fourth years in St Colmcille’s Community School, James Scully, Isabelle Conroy, Emer Worthington, Ella McNair, Abbi Walker, Caoimhe O’ Sullivan and Shauna McCarthy Reid, were given the opportunity to create PowerPoints on certain subjects that primary school students learn.

We were given access to online resources to ensure that we could create fun and creative worksheets as well as PowerPoints with information from their primary school books.

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Isabelle Conroy, Emer Worthington, James Scully, Ella McNair, Abbi Walker, Caoimhe O’Sullivan and Shauna McCarthy Reid

We all thought this was a nice idea to help the primary school teachers out in these difficult times.

We worked alongside two local primary schools and the students created interactive learning PowerPoints and worksheets to support primary school teachers and students.

The project came about after a few of the transition year students said they’d like to help some of the primary schools with remote learning during lockdown.

They were delighted to be able to help and they did all of the hard graft themselves.

They focused on interactive learning across different subjects.

They looked at introducing learning in a different setting outside of a classroom context, taking into consideration that the primary school kids were learning at home.

The transition year students really enjoyed the experience and showed great initiative.

I asked a few of the students from the group to tell me about their experience.

James Scully who created PowerPoints and worksheets for English said: “I enjoyed making the slides for the primary school because I got the chance to explain things I found essential for secondary school.”

Isabelle Conroy who created PowerPoints and worksheets for History said: “It was an enjoyable experience, I have a huge love for history so to be able to inform students about the past in a creative and fun way was ideal”.

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