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RE Visit to DCU (or was it Hogwarts?!)

On Wednesday 25th October the Year 2 Primary RE specialism students and some Post-primary RE students set off to Dublin for a day out to Dublin City University! One of the Primary students, Oisin Morgan, reports:

‘When we arrived in All Hallows College at DCU, which could be easily confused for Hogwarts, we were very kindly welcomed to the college for the day. The first session on ‘Godly Play’ was mesmerising – almost literally. Throughout the session, we observed how Godly Play could be brought into our classrooms whilst on placement and further down the line. We witnessed how RE could be brought to life for the children, even through the simple use of sand and wooden stick men in telling the story of Abraham and Sarah.

For me, the session which really intrigued me the most was the session with Dr Anne Lodge, who talked to us about the Irish education system and its many similarities and differences compared to our education system in Northern Ireland. It was incredibly interesting to look at the different structures in place in schools in the Republic and how they compare to our system north of the border; surprisingly they have even more school sectors than we have!

The last session focused primarily on spirituality within RE, which was a session I found very peaceful and reflective. The session enabled us to reflect personally at different prayer stations on different themes based around our fears and how God is with us when we feel alone or have a fear of the unknown, for example. We all found this very insightful and something which we could use ourselves whilst on school-based work.

We all found the day very enjoyable, and it gave us plenty of great ideas to make RE lessons more meaningful, active and enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming the students and staff from DCU to Stranmillis on the 29th November.’

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