Ms Walsh and Ms Howard travelled to the Oide Wellread Awards in Portlaois this week, where St Aloysius’ School was named a Readers for Life School. This acknowledges seven years of nurturing a culture of reading in our school community through hundreds of initiatives.

Our Wellread journey began in 2017 with the wish to build upon the culture of reading and literacy which the St. Aloysius community has always embraced. It is something rooted in our foundations. Ms Walsh and Ms Gaine spearheaded the project from day one and we were named a Wellread School at the national awards in 2019. The dozens of Wellread initiaves included a ‘Banned Books Week’, author visits and bookish quizzes.

The Readers for Life Award shows a consistent growth on the work completed during the Wellread initiatives. We have invested in a complete redesign of our library space, crafted an engaging, near annual, Murder Mystery week and forged connections with authors and bookish organisations to bring in hundreds, if not thousands, of new books over the lifetime of the project. The collaboration of our staff on the redesign of our library was also the subject of a Showcase at the Teaching Council’s conference, Féilte, in 2021.

It is impossible to acknowledge the many people who have helped along the journey as Wellread and Readers for Life need the involvement of staff, students, parents/guardians as well as the wider community. Thank you for getting involved and helping us show the power of reading together.

Special thanks must go to Ms. Walsh and Ms. Gaine for starting this initiative in 2017. We must also acknowledge the hours of work involved in producing the large portfolio of initiatives submitted by Ms. Walsh and her pursuit of these awards for so long.

May the culture of reading in our school be enjoyed and nurtured for years to come.

View our portfolio, photos and videos by following this link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-XWIfd_xK7ku5B8lXs2qDt1Wmy1RaVrU