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Citizenship Actions

Citizen Action Ideas from schools:

*Clonmel CTI: Third Year students in Raheen College created and experienced their own Irish election campaign and voting system. This was part of their CSPE action to explore democracy.

*Ennis Community College:  Senator Timmy Dooley visited the school to speak to Third Year CSPE class about life in politics, democracy and government activity. 

*Presentation Headford: 2nd Yr CSPE class conducted a mock referendum. A great turnout was reported.

*Coolmine Community School: 3rd Year CSPE Students had a great day at Leinster House and the National Museum with their CSPE and History Teacher Mr. Greene. Students had the opportunity to walk the corridors of power and to witness history in real life!

*Mullingar Community College
: Eibhlin Fitzpatrick from The Refill Mill, Mullingar spoke 2nd Year CSPE students today about waste management. The presentation has provided students with many practical ways to reduce waste at home, at school, and in the community.

*St Patrick's Comprehensive Shannon was grateful to Karen from Clare Co. Council who spoke to 2nd years doing their CSPE CBA’s. Karen made a presentation on water conservation & treatment and highlighted some of the animal that live in our waters! She also gifted the school with new litter picking packs.

*Coláiste Fionnchua , Mitchelstown - 2nd year students raised funds for Cork Simon Community. They also did a sponsored walk as part of their CSPE citizenship action.

St Paul's Greenhills, Dublin: CSPE Students, with the help of Senator Mary Seery Kearney, ,visited the Dail  and spoke to Tánaiste Micheal MartinTD who took time out to talk to the girls about his work and all that happens in Leinster House!

*St Joseph's Rush carried out a citizenship action raising awareness and funds for the Peter McVerry Trust and its work with the homeless. 

*At the Catherine McCauley School as part of their Junior Cycle CSPE Short Course, pupils staged a Mock Election recently. Candidates and their ambitions were advertised, polling and voting cards were distributed and voting was held to elect the most popular candidate.

*Moyle Park College  CSPE students got an insight into the workings of Government recentlyon a visit to the Dáil and Seanad.  They heard a passionate speech on disability by Senator Tom Clonan. 

*Largy College, Clones, 2nd Year CSPE class completed presentations and posters on the 17 Global Development Goals. This helped them improve both their research and presentation skills.

*Abbey Community College Waterford engaged in a citizenship action supporting, providing care packs for the elderly.

*Causeway Comprehensive, Kerry: First Year J1A CSPE Class worked hard collecting perishable food items for the Tralee Soup Kitchen who provide hot meals to people in need especially on the run up to Christmas.

*Sacred Heart School Westport, Mayo held a  Christmas Jumper Day, organised by 2D's CSPE class for the Advent Appeal. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the SVP and Westport-Aror Partnership.

*St. Killian’s, New Inn - As part of Geography Awareness Week 2023, Second year Geography and CSPE students took their knowledge on our planet, climate and sustainability to create effective posters to demonstrate their message to the school community.

*At St Peter's College Wexford 3rd year CSPE students enjoyed their trip to Wexford courthouse where they learned about the court system in Ireland.

*Oaklands CC 2nd year CSPE students, engaged in a climate literacy module. They have been learning about climate justice, sustainable transport & fast fashion industry. They completed a mini project on the Shein Machine documentary and engaged brilliantly with this module.

*At St Brendan's CS Birr: As partners of the Thomas F. Meagher  Foundation St. Brendan’s is currently promoting respect for the national flag. As part of this  programme Mr Brian Kennedy gave a talk on the national flag and national anthem to all TY students and his second year CSPE class.

*At Roscommon Community College: Class 3B CSPE are currently using the
Bar Council  resources from the “Look into Law: Bitesize” Programme to help with their study of what the law is and how laws are made in Ireland!

*Scoil Ruain KIllenaule: a first year class participated in Concern's 'Speak Act Do' programme in CSPE this year.

*St Kilian's German School in Dublin: The EU Commission in Ireland this week welcomed 3rd yr students from to Europe House to learn about THE EU as part of their Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE) course.

*St Michael's Holy Faith in Finglas, Dublin:  3B (CSPE) class got a mention in the government’s May edition of the ESD newsletter. They completed a project on the topic of ‘diplomacy’ with a view to reducing conflict in school through a targeted poster campaign. Congrats to 3B.

*Loreto Balbriggan: 2C, 2E and 2G were busy on Monday with their Sustainable Swap Shop as part of their CSPE Action Project! The students were asked to bring in items that could be given a new home, and they could then exchange it for something in return.

*St Mary's Nenagh: All 2nd & 3rd year students went on a CSPE trip to Nenagh Court House yesterday. Thanks very much to Michael our tour guide for giving such a great talk to the girls and for answering lots of questions.

*Ennis Community College: Thanks to Senator Timmy Dooley who hosted some of the CSPE classes at The Houses of The Oireachtas yesterday in Dublin. The had a very enjoyable day and learned about Irish governance and politics. They also visited Dublin Castle, The National Library and The W.B. Yeats Exhibit.

*Athlone Community College: A second-year CSPE class organised and hosted a Fairtrade Coffee morning today as part of their CSPE CBA!  It was a hit among students and even many teachers couldn't resist joining in on the fun.

*Larkin Community College, Dublin: As part of Friendship Day, a 1st year CSPE classes went through the National & EU laws in place for safeguarding children from bullying. This lesson was followed by a Q&A worksheet for checking students understanding.

* At Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis: First year students enjoyed a tour of Clare County Council as part of their CSPE studies  Sincere thanks to Councillor Mary Howard who took time out of her busy day to explain her role and that of the council in local government.

*St Joseph's College, Lucan: a 2nd Year CSPE class attended Concern Worldwide 'Agents of Change' event . They presented their fundraising cheque of €450 to David Regan CEO of concern worldwide. The students held a bake sale and clothes sale in the school.





We are very grateful to the teachers who have written up their action projects. These accounts originally appeared in Activate, the newsletter of the Association of CSPE Teachers (ACT).
Recycling at Wheatfield Prison by Catherine Byrne
Flying the Green Flag in Galway by Máirín Uí Choileáin

A Contribution to Bóthar by Edel Carmody

Voting at the High School by Phillip Irwin
The Student Council by Brendan O'Regan
An Interesting Visitor by Michael Domoney
Going Bananas in Wexford by Mary Waddell