From time to time, the Trust publishes resources which may be of use to the schools.
A brief summary of what the Le Chéile Trust is all about for possible inclusion in a Prospectus, Year Book or Student Journal is available here.
The Le Chéile Song “New Beginnings” was specially commissioned for the setting up of Le Chéile. The music and words were composed by Ian Callanan. A sound file and scores for piano and voice can be downloaded at the link: Le Chéile Song.
Recording of Le Chéile Song – New Beginning
The Le Chéile Trust recognises the importance of reviewing and updating the school’s RE policy and to assist in this process we offer a Religious Education Policy Template
The Le Chéile Prayer may be useful for School Assemblies or at the beginning of a staff meeting. Le Chéile Opening Prayer
The Stations of the Cross for Students is an additional prayer resource suitable helping students to make connections between the life of Chrsit and their own experience.
The Prayer for First Staff Meeting of the School Year offers an opportunity for a brief time of reflection to set the school year in a context of faith.
The Pope’s address to students of Catholic Schools during his 2010 visit to St Mary’s College in Twickenham.
Very good resouces for TY teachers dealing with development education are available through the NCCA and Trocaire. These courses at the following sites and can be of enormous help to RE teachers.
The NCCA module descriptor/ TY unit
The Trocaire teachers book, student learning journal and field footage http://www.trocaire.org/resources/pamoja
The Debt and Development Coalition Ireland have made available an excellent resouce for teachers including a CD entitled “How the World Works”. It is designed for Transition Year Students and is suitable for RE, Geography, History and Economics. Teachers may obtain copies by contacting Nessa at the office: email@example.com or by downloading it from the website at www.debtireland.org
The Mission Alive Office of the Irish Missionary Union have prepared an excellent resouce for teachers on Justice and Peace issues related to missionary work. The resouce contains two DVDs, and other material to help students reflect on and learn about the meaning of Christian mission in today’s world. Copies have been sent to schools but further ones may be had from Ronan Barry at the Mission Alive Office firstname.lastname@example.org . The Irish Missionary Union webiste contains other RE resources on education for justice, prayer and spirituality: www.imu.ie . Many of the Congregations of the Le Chéile Schools Trust are members of the IMU.
The Euro Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures has prepared an excellent resource book for teaches which is available in pdf. It is entitled “How to Cope with Diversity at School: Teaching and Learning about Religious Diversity and is made up of 12 units on such topics as War and Peace, Worship, Life and Death, Clothing, Food, Art etc. Since it is a large book (230 pages) it takes a while to download but well worth a look. It would help with World religions in Junior Cert RE and also with transition year projects. http://www.euromedalex.org/misc/rd_en.pdf
The Development NGO “Value Addedin Africa” has prepared an education pack for use in TY.
Pilot TY Programme ready to download
Our Development Education Transition Unit is now available to all secondary teachers for piloting. Whilst focusing on the business curriculum, as well as aspects of CSPE, geography and religion, our educational unit also explores the dynamics of trade, value addition and economic development with a particular focus between Ireland and Africa.
If you would be interested in teaching our draft TY module in your classroom download both our module briefing & curriculum on the links below. If you already have feedback from teaching this module please contact us here at VAA at email@example.com. Your feedback is essential in order to get the NCCA approval we need.