Learning Together Day at Meath School
Early in December, I CANâ€™s Meath School for children with speech and language disorder, welcomed children from the local confederation of schools for a â€˜Learning Together Dayâ€™ which forms part of Meathâ€™s â€˜Pathways to Inclusionâ€™ programme. â€˜Learning Together Dayâ€™ brings together children from mainstream schools and children with speech disorder for a day of playing and working on a specific theme.
Decemberâ€™s theme was â€˜Special Days in Decemberâ€™. There was a focus on religious festivals whilst acknowledging that people of different faiths and traditions donâ€™t celebrate at this time of the year, or celebrate differently.
The day started with an assembly about St. Nicholas for whom we have feast day on 6th December. In the assembly some children dressed up and helped to tell the story of how St. Nicholas threw bags of money through the door of a very poor man who couldnâ€™t afford dowries for his daughters; had St. Nicholas not been so generous, the daughters would not have been able to marry.
Afterwards, the children were split into groups to learn about Orthodox icons, the Story of Babushka, the symbolism of a Christingle and St Lucyâ€™s Day. St. Lucyâ€™s Day was especially popular amongst the children as they got to make special cakes with sweetened dough, raisins and saffron.
Everyone had fun together especially at playtimes when children played together no matter which school they were from. We always find â€˜Learning Together Dayâ€™ a great time for Meath pupils as it gives them the opportunity to practice and enjoy their friendship skills.