We want to raise awareness about Down Syndrome this Thursday March 21st!
How can you help?...By wearing #LotsofSocks! You can wear lots of socks, odd socks, brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock, even 3 socks to represent 3 chromosomes! If you don't usually wear socks, wear them on Thursday!
Wear them at home, school, work, on the bus, in the shop...wherever you will be on Thursday March 21st! Lets get people talking and raise awareness!
A chairde! Parents, Guardians and friends!
This week we will be celebrating Irish language and culture as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. We will be busy learning Irish songs and dances, playing games through Irish, reading and writing stories, listening to Irish music and promoting the Irish language throughout the school.
We would like to invite you to join in the fun this Friday 15th March.
We would be delighted if anyone would like to contribute baked goods for our Irish Breakfast morning. Some ideas of Irish foods include:
Soda bread or brown bread
Barmbrack or fruit bread
Spreads: blackberry jam, apple jelly or Irish butter.
Swimming for the Rose class will commence on Wednesday the 27th of February and will continue until the 10th of April (no lesson on 27th March).
We will arrive to the National Aquatic Centre at 12.45, our pool time is 1.00-1.30.
If you would like to help your child change you must be Garda Vetted with the school - however in order to develop important independence skills in first class we recommend that children should and can get themselves ready.
Should you like to come and view the lessons from the viewing area - our swim time is as above.
Children will need togs, swimming hats and if they are still learning arm bands can be brought also.
If you have any other questions regarding swimming lessons email me at email@example.com and hopefully I can answer them!
Last November Aoife McGonige from Powerstown E.T.N.S. got in touch with us to tell us about their plans to hold a Heritage Week in January. The Heritage in Schools Scheme was delighted to offer some support for the event.
For the past 3 or 4 years the school has held a week long celebration of history with Aoife at the helm! Aoife curates a 'mini museum' of artefacts that she has collected/borrowed and invites parents to donate to the collection. The children visit the mini-museum during the week and explore the items on display: copies of old maps; a 'guess the artefact' section which is a daily display of an unusual item and the children guess what the item might have been used for; a 'guess the baby' display using photos of staff as babies - the results of which are revealed at assembly on the Friday. Other events during the week include a visit from a Heritage in Schools Expert; Grandparents Day; Show-and-Tell (children and/or parents bring in items of historical or cultural interest) and sometimes there are even mini-archaeological indoor digs with the infant classes.
Catherine McGuinness cultivated fantastic exploratory learning in her hands-on heritage session! The children investigated a range of objects including call cards, paraffin lamp, candle holders, ink well, ink bottles, fans, shaving jug, silver serving forks, a tea chest and a stamp box dating to 10, 20, 30, 100 and 200 years ago. They examined the materials the artefacts were made from; made predictions as to what they were used for, by whom and when and gasped with delighted when learning more about the items! The opportunity to handle domestic artefacts from a broad range of history was invaluable to the children's understanding of history.
Ragnar son of Olaf (Heritage Specialist Iain Barber) literally brought Viking history alive during his interactive, in-role heritage session! Through the direct teaching portion of the visit - the foundation was laid for the children's understanding and learning about the topic of the Vikings. Building on this, Ragnar the viking paid a visit bringing the children on a wondrous journey through Viking history using story, facts, maps, artefacts and imagination. As the children handled the seemingly never-ending collection of Viking artefacts on display they became enthralled in the period, eliciting a much deeper learning than any textbook could muster!
What: Emoji Movie (PG rating)
When: 6-7.30pm Thursday February 7th 2019
Where: School Hall
Who: Everyone welcome
Tickets: €5 (single) €10 (family)
Our student council Movie Night in term 2 takes place on Thursday, February 7th 2019. The Student Council voted for the movie Emoji Movie. The screening will take place in the school hall on the big projector! Children are welcome to bring snacks and there will be a tuck shop selling treats on the night too. Children are welcome to bring along siblings, friends other family members. Tickets €5 (single) €10 (family) will be on sale outside the school every morning and afternoon, from Friday 1st February. Tickets will also go on sale online.
The proceeds of the movie night will go towards Gardening equipment and plants for our School Garden. Please support our Movie night and bring all the family!
This week we will be celebrating heritage week in school!
Children will have the opportunity to visit our in school Mini Museum and will carry out investigation activities including a mock archeological dig!
Children are also invited to bring in any items/artefacts of historical significance to them from home for show and tell in class - this will be done each day.
Also - if there are any grandparents that would like to come in to chat to the children about their lives growing up we would love to have them in - if you think this might be possible email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or grab me at home time!
On Friday we will have a visit from Natural History expert Catherine McGuinness to talk to the children about this country's natural history!
Application for Talent Show is now Live!
Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/bs8xBoPiCuiYQ8W12
This year's talent show will take a slightly different format than previous years. Due to the growth of the school's size and hence number of children interested in participating - children interested will now perform their talent in their class during the week of the 28th of January (date TBC). These performances will be recorded and uploaded to ensure parents can see the work put in. From the in class performances - 2/3 of the talents that are best prepared and rehearsed fully will then perform in the whole school talent show on the 8th of February at 9am (dress rehearsal on the 5th February)
If your child would like to perform their talent in class, in hope of performing in the whole school show - sign up in the form above.