We had a super-de-duper year in Senior Infants Room 5 filled with lots of learning and oodles of fun!! Here is a snapshot of some of our favourite memories:
In September, we were happy to be back at school and looking forward to Senior Infants. We had fun painting self-portraits in Art – it wasn’t easy! We created our very own superheroes and decided that we were going to have a super year! In October, we had a popcorn party to help us learn about the effects of heat on different materials. Some of us wore very spooky costumes on Dress-up Day! In November, we did some work on houses and homes. We designed a house that we would like to live in and made it using a shoe box, coloured paper and paint. In December, we practised for our Christmas Play. We especially enjoyed the dress rehearsal, which we performed in front of the other classes. In preparation for Christmas, we made beautiful Nativity silhouette scenes using paint, black paper, lollipop sticks and chalk. In January, we spent a lot of time learning about water. We did an experiment to find out which materials are waterproof, so we tested newspaper, a plastic bag, a rubber glove, a towel, tinfoil and cotton wool. We really enjoyed making plastic bottle penguins in Art too! In February, our Aistear theme was Spring and Caring for Our Environment. We opened a Garden Centre to help us learn about plants and caring for flowers. Love was in the air coming up to Valentine’s Day, and we made Cupid Cups. We finally got to make our rice krispie buns and they were delicious!! In March, we celebrated Ratoath GAA Day in style wearing our GAA jerseys. During Seachtain na Gaeilge, Ms. Smith visited our class to teach us about Irish music and instruments. We had lots of fun making Leprechaun masks for our assembly performance! In April, our Aistear theme was Transport and Travel. We really enjoyed playing in the Airport. Outside, we did car colour and traffic surveys, counting plenty of red, black and silver cars, and we even spotted a bus and a lorry! In Science, we went on a magnet hunt around the classroom. In May, we learned about all of the tiny little creatures around us called mini-beasts. It was a very hot day for our mini-beast hunt so lots of them were hiding! Just like real scientists, we had clipboards and checklists to mark each mini-beast that we spotted. In June, there was some beautiful, sunny weather, and one afternoon, our classroom was so warm that we needed ice-pops to help us cool down. Yuuuummy!
There was lots of sport and activity in St. Paul’s last week for our annual Active Week. Each day the children took part in different activities including Athletics, GAA, Orienteering and the much love Water Day. Thank you to all the teachers involved in making it such a fantastic week. A special thank you to Mr. Burns and Ms. McCarthy who organised the whole week.
Keith Duffy, and his wife Lisa, paid a visit to St. Paul’s last week to be presented with a cheque for The Keith Duffy Foundation. The children in Sixth Class donated some of their confirmation money to the charity, which so far has amounted to €800. Keith and Lisa really enjoyed their visit to the school and were astounded by the wonderful facilities offered to the pupils in St. Paul’s, in particular to the children in our ASD classes.
Room 12 really enjoyed all the activities on Wet Day, as well as the orienteering fun on Friday! Thanks Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Burns and to all the Learning Support teachers for organising the best Active Week ever!!
Third Class had so much fun on Athletics day this week! Look how high we can jump and how fast we can run!
Leinster Glory for St. Paul’s!!
With all four of the St. Paul’s teams qualifying for the Leinster Olympic Handball semi-finals, there was great excitement in the build up to the big day. The Leinster finals were played in Gormonston College on Monday, 8th May. We would like to bring you a report of what was a very special day for St. Paul’s.
The U-11 girls’ team played the first semi-final against Corduff NS. They won 4-2 and made it into the Leinster Finals. The U-11 boys’ team played against Corduff also and won convincingly on a final score-line of 6-2. The U13 girls’ team played Rush NS and won a close game, showing great heart and skill. The U-13 boys’ team defeated St Peter’s, Phibsboro in a tense semi-final and qualified for the finals. This meant that all of the four St. Paul’s teams had made it to the Leinster finals. We waited nervously for the finals to start.
The U11 girls’ team faced Skyrne in the final. After playing very well, they narrowly lost on a final score-line of 3-2, but came second in all of Leinster. The U11 boys’ team played Rush NS in their final. They dominated Rush and won 3-1, claiming the Leinster title. The U13 girls’ team played against Yellow Furze. After playing excellent handball, they were narrowly defeated by Yellow Furze. The U13 boys faced Skyrne in the final. After playing their hearts out, they were defeated by a very strong Skryne side.
After the completion of the finals, all our teams were presented with their medals and the U11 boys celebrated after receiving their Leinster championship shield. We would like to thank all the teachers who coached us throughout the year. It was a fantastic year! We are already looking forward to next year’s competition. Go St. Paul’s!
Seán Twyford & Erin Leeson (Rm 16)
St. Paul’s First Football County Final Appearance: Saturday 10th June at 3.30pm, Páirc Tailteann, Navan
Saturday, June 10th will be a proud day for St. Paul’s Ratoath, as it marks the school’s first appearance in a boys’ 15 a-side county football final.
St. Paul’s finished first in the division 1 shield division and qualified straight to the final. On route to the county final, St. Paul’s defeated Whitecross N.S., St. Stephen’s Navan, St Declan’s Ashbourne, St. Joseph’s Navan, Duleek B.N.S., and Kells B.N.S.
The boys’ final will take place in Páirc Tailteann, Navan at 3.30pm on Saturday the 10th of June. St. Paul’s await the winners of the semi-final between Whitecrosss N.S and Duleek B.N.S in the final. We would encourage a big support for our boys on their big day.
We learned about rivers in Geography and teeth in Science…. What better way to integrate the two topics in Art than “Toothy Fish”. We added a little bit of magic by having a surprise in the picture- folding them in such a way, that there are two versions of fish! We really loved the finished products! Look at the size of the teeth!!!
Ms. Smyth’s Class learned about different famous inventors in History last month. They then worked together in pairs to come up with their own inventions- something that would help in their everyday lives. They talked about all the important things that an advertisement/ poster would need (title, picture, information, price, contact details, tag line…), and made a poster for their invention.
This month in Science, third class were learning about their teeth and mouth. In Room 12, they watched some videos and looked at some pictures, learning lots of new vocabulary associated with their teeth. They learned words like enamel, dentine, pulp, canine, incisor, molars…. Then they carried out an experiment on taste. They took turns to come up to Ms. Smyth and guess what they were tasting, and then had to describe the taste. It was so much fun!
In Third Class we learn about the swallow in Science. In Ms. Smyth’s class we learned how to draw the swallow, as well as other types of birds. We used our skills of sketching, shading and colour to make them perfect!
Last February St.Paul’s took part in the nationwide Big Travel Challenge run by An Taisce. This competition saw the Green School Committee choose a mode of green transport to promote over a 10 day period. As we had noticed a drop off in the number of children cycling we set ourselves the challenge of encouraging more children to travel by bike on the school run. The committee made classroom visits and teachers recorded the numbers of cyclists daily over the ten day period. Names of all children who cycled were were entered into a raffle and Ms. Egan’s second class created some cool posters and slogans to display on the corridors.
The data we collected was sent in to An Taisce along with evidence of the work our Green School committee is involved in and details of how St. Paul’s embraced the Big Travel Challenge 2017. Our cyclists increased from a baseline figure of 32 to 104 by Day 10 of the challenge and this was based on data received from 552 pupils. We were delighted with the improvement!!
Things got even better two weeks ago when we received word that St. Paul’s had won a prize in the Big Travel Challenge awards. Details were kept secret and we were invited to attend an awards ceremony and create a display focussing on our Green School work on the travel theme.
Seven lucky committee members along with Ms. O’Doherty, Ms. Egan and Ms. Prendiville set off for the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham on Wednesday 10th May armed with big smiles and a colourful display! It was lovely to browse and see all of the work the seven other featured schools were involved in and we got to listen to some very interesting speakers. Then came the highlight – the awards ceremony itself! We couldn’t believe it when we were announced as the Cycling School of the Year 2017!!
We were presented with an engraved plaque, a framed and mounted certificate and a cheque for €500 to put towards our Green School endeavours next year!! To be in the top 8 of 1800 schools eligible to enter this competition is a huge achievement and we are all very proud of the Green School Committee and all of the pupils and parents of St. Paul’s who have embraced the idea of sustainable, green travel and are playing such an important part in changing our attitudes and safeguarding our environment for future generations!
Well done to our Senior Infant classes who did a wonderful Assembly last week. They sang two beautiful songs – Please Mr. Noah and Tá feirm ag an bhFeirmeoir. Have a look at the video below.
This week in Aistear, we have been exploring the topic of The Airport. Each day the boys and girls took part in different activities relating to travel, transport and the airport. One group created an airport and a runway and even aeroplanes from Lego. Another group made passports and packed suitcases for going on holidays. The playhouse was a busy spot as it was transformed into an airport with the children acting as pilots, air hostesses, travel agents and so on. With a bit of creativity and imagination, a row of chairs became an aeroplane!! So far, the children have packed and weighed their luggage, bought and filled in tickets, checked the information board for flight arrivals and departures, built small airports and much much more!! The children’s imaginations flew higher than any aeroplane!!!
Friday was a very busy day in St. Paul’s with all the children taking part in our annual sponsored walk and run. The children from Junior Infants to Fourth Class walked various routes around the village, while the children in Fifth and Sixth Class had more of a challenge having to run around Fairyhouse Racecourse. The day was a great success and well done to everyone for taking part.
Thank you to all the children and their families for gathering sponsorship money for our school, and thank you also to our Parents’ Association for supplying water and apples for all the children.
Congratulations to our four Olympic Handball teams who performed so well in the Meath Championship finals played in Gormonston College on Monday the 3rd of April. All four teams won their respective semi-finals, which was a fantastic achievement in its own right.What follows is a brief report on the four finals:
Results of Meath Championship Finals:
U-11 Girls’ Final
St. Paul’s NS V Skryne NS:
Having made a great start, scoring early in the final, our u-11 girls’ team lost out to a very good Skryne team on a final scoreline: Skryne NS 3 St Paul’s NS 1
U-11 Boys’ Final
St Paul’s NS v Yellow Furze NS:
St Paul’s made a great start to the final scoring first and they maintained their lead throughout to record a great victory!
Final Score line: St Paul’s NS 3 Skryne 1
U-13 Girls’ Final
St Paul’s NS v Yellow Furze NS:
This was a very entertaining and high scoring match. Our girls played excellently but they came up against a very talented Yellow Furze team.
Final Score line: Yellow Furze NS 6 St Paul’s NS 3
U-13 Boys’ Final:
St Paul’s NS v Skryne NS:
This was a very tense and exciting match. Having trailed by three goals mid-way through the match, our boys fought back to level the match, forcing the game into extra time. In the end, St Paul’s emerged victorious on a final score line of St Paul’s NS 7 Skryne 6.
All these impressive results mean that our four teams have qualified for the Leinster finals which will take place on Monday May 8th in Gormonston College.
Happy Easter from everyone in St. Paul’s! Don’t eat too many eggs!
Daffodil Day was a huge success this year and we are delighted to report that we raised €1,557 for the Irish Cancer Society. This would not have been possible without our wonderful Student Council who were very busy all day selling daffodils, pins and raffle tickets! Thank you also to Ms. Swanton’s Fifth Class who made the beautiful sign for the table.
Well done to our raffle prize winners: Ms. O’Connor, Cara O’Sullivan and Séona Cunningham.
Our boys and girls’ Olympic handball teams have been busy competing in the Meath Championships. Our four teams have competing very successfully in the group stages of the competition. All four teams have qualified for the finals day which will take place in Gormonston on Monday April 3rd. Best of luck to all involved!
Bhí seachtain íontach againn in the lead up to St. Patrick’s day with lots of activities taking place ar scoil for Seachtain na Gaeilge. There was plenty craic agus ceol i rith na seachtaine.
Children in Junior and Senior Infants and rooms 25 and 26 enjoyed some ceol tradisiúnta played by some of our talented múinteoirí . The páistí from 1st and 2nd classes were treated to a visit from an Irish Author Treasa Ní Ailpín who read a scéal and kindly gave the school a bronntanas of three books she has written. A huge quiz took place in the halla for the páistí ó rang a trí go dtí rang a sé which generated great excitement and resulted in a tie for first place for three teams!
The week was rounded off nicely on lá glas where each class gave a wonderful performance as Gaeilge at assembly to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge. Afterwards the páistí showed off their dancing skills at the céilí mór.
Many thanks to all of the múinteoirí for their help throughout the week and a special go raibh maith agaibh to the páistí from the Coiste Gaeilge who produced some lovely artwork and who have been very busy encouraging all of the páistí scoile to use their Gaeilge more often.
St. Paul’s u-11 and u-13 quiz teams recently participated in the Credit Union Quiz organised by Ashbourne Credit Union. Our two teams performed excellently. Our U-11 team finished in third place, while our U-13 team claimed second prize. The boys and girls were delighted when Caroline from Ashbourne Credit Union visited the school to present the children with their certificates!
Last week we celebrated Seachtain na Gaelige and St. Patrick’s Day.
From St. Patrick’s Day art to céilithe and Irish music, we really enjoyed celebrating being Irish in Room 25!
Spring has sprung in Junior Infants!! We have been very busy this month learning about all things Spring!!! Our imaginations led us to create wonderful things…we made our own farm house and vegetable garden, we learned about baby animals, we put our own twist on the story of the Three Little Pigs and we even milked cows!!
In Maths we have been working on forming sets of three. We gathered as many items as we could find and we grouped them into different sets of three and made our own number stories. We also kept our eyes peeled for the number three and we saw lots of sets of three during our Maths walk around the school.
We have also been working really hard on our reading and writing skills. On Wednesdays we all enjoy going from station to station to practice our letter formation. We make our sounds and words with Play Doh, we practice writing as many words as we can on our whiteboards, we work on our peg boards and our big writing sheets and we try to match the pictures with the correct sentences.
We hope you enjoy looking through our class pictures!
Last Friday was a busy day in St. Paul’s as we had a GAA day in order to help Ratoath GAA Club with their fundraising campaign to build a Multi Use Games Area with a Ball Wall and also floodlit astro pitches. The children all wore Ratoath GAA colours on the day and Fourth Class put on a special GAA Assembly showing off all their wonderful skills! Thank you to everyone who brought in some small change on the day for our Coin Trail – all that small change added up to an impressive €1356!
Have a look at our Assembly from last Friday.
Last Monday, Ms Broderick’s class visited Kilmainham Gaol. Our tour started at the front gates of Kilmainham Gaol. Here we were met by our friendly guide called Mick.
Mick began the tour by bringing us to the chapel inside the Gaol. Here he told us the captivating story of how Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford were married just hours before Joseph was to be executed due to his participation in the 1916 Rising. Following this, we were led through the old and new parts of the Gaol.
As we walked through the Gaol, we were able to experience a real feeling of what life was like for a prisoner in Kilmainham. The cold and dampness that the prisoners must have felt was evident as there were many windows and no proper heating system in the prison at the time. Our guide informed us that prisoners mainly survived on porridge, bread and stew. He also told us that prisoners were kept in their cells for 23 hours per day and were only allowed one hour to exercise and empty their chamber pots!
When we reached the East Wing of the Gaol, many of the cells were open. There were many plaques stating the prisoners’ names that would have slept in these cells during the 1916 Rising. Some of these were Joseph Plunkett, Eamon De Valera, Edward Daly and Countess Markievicz. The children were fascinated to see the size of the cells.
Another famous cell inside the prison is that of Grace Gifford. She was imprisoned during the Civil War, after her husband’s death, for her promotion of Sinn Féin policies through her work as an artist. The cell in which she slept contains a painting of the The Blessed Virgin and the Christ Child.
Our tour ended in the Stonebreakers’ Yard. Our guide explained to us that it was in the Stonebreakers’ Yard that fourteen of the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed in May 1916. Today this is commemorated by a plaque and two crosses in the Yard.
Over the last few weeks, Ms. Burke’s class have been learning about China. The pupils have researched and gathered information on a handful of topics. They presented them creatively on paper and had the challenge of speaking about each topic in front of their peers. There was a very high standard and Ms. Burke was extremely impressed with the amount of time and effort every child put into their project. In art, we drew and coloured three of the twelve Chinese Zodiac. This year’s animal is the rooster, last year’s animal was the monkey and next year’s animal will be the dog. Have a look at the photographs to see all their wonderful work!
The Green School committee are hard at work on the travel theme and we will be applying for our fourth green flag in the coming months. We are monitoring the modes of transport that are being used by our pupils when travelling to and from school.
Fit Feet Friday had its relaunch in December and we are delighted with the uptake. 84% of children are participating by using a green travel mode on Fridays. This is wonderful and we would love to see this increase even more by the end of the year!!
As part of our Fit Feet Fridays we are running a Golden Boot competition. One of our committee members, Fionn, kindly donated an old football boot and this was blinged up by Shane, Fionn and Isabel. The class with the most children travelling in a green way every week gets to keep the Golden Boot and they also get extra yard time- even more opportunity to get fit and healthy! Ms. Smyth’s 3rd class were our first Golden boot winners with 28 children in the class travelling to school in a green way – Wow, fantastic statistics!!!
Karen from Green Schools will be visiting the school over the coming months and will facilitate a variety of workshops for different class levels. These proved very successful and enjoyable last year so we are delighted that we can look forward to more scooter workshops, bike rodeos, nature walks and climate change talks before the year is out!
Green School Big Travel Challenge 2017
Green Schools run a national competition every February in order to promote sustainable modes of travel on the school run. Every school participating chooses an area to focus on and promotes this over a ten day period. While analysing our Fit Feet Friday statistics we have been delighted with the increased numbers of children walking to and from school but the numbers cycling have dropped significantly. So, our travel challenge is to get more of our pupils out on their bikes. We want to see those bike sheds full!! There will be raffle prizes up for grabs as teachers monitor the number of cyclists in their class during the weeks pre and post midterm. Remember, two bicycle wheels are better than four car wheels so now that Spring has arrived dust off the cobwebs on your rothar and travel to school in a fun and healthy way!! More information on the Big Travel challenge can be found here:
Last Friday was a very sad day in St. Paul’s when we had to say Goodbye to our caretaker Shane. Shane has been a huge asset to the school and there was never a job too big nor too small for him! He always carried out his work willingly and skillfully, with a constant smile on his face. We had a special assembly for Shane on Friday where Sixth Class performed a goodbye song and two of the boys in Fourth Class wrote their own poem for him. We wish Shane the very best of luck in his new adventure and we hope to have him back for a visit soon! Thank You Shane!
Today, Ms. Burke and Ms. Swanton’s classes enjoyed a great trip to Kilmainham Gaol. We have been learning about Irish history and in particular about the 1916 Easter Rising. There was great excitement as we walked through the cold Gaol and discovered the prison cells where the seven signatories were held. It was interesting to see where all seven leaders were executed and to hear more about each of them from our tour guides. As we strolled through the museum, we read Joseph Plunkett’s letter to Grace Gifford and an original copy of the proclamation. We certainly learned loads and had a brilliant day out!
Room 11 have been working really hard in the new year learning all about the planets in our solar system. They made fantastic posters and even learnt a wonderfully catchy rap song! Ask us anything about the planets, our knowledge is out of this world!
Room 2 had a very exciting Wednesday last week as they were having a Baking Day!!
What was on the menu? Delicious sweet, chocolaty, soft and crunchy ROCKY ROAD!!
We all had our own jobs to do – the chocolate group had to break up all of the sweet chocolate into pieces, the smarties group had to open all of the boxes and mix them into the bowl, the marshmallow group had to separate all of the soft, sticky marshmallows and the biscuit group had to crush all of the crunchy biscuits with a spoon.
Ms. Ruane carefully melted the chocolate in a big bowl and we all took turns adding in the delicious ingredients. We stirred them all together with a large wooden spoon! We placed the rocky road mixture on two trays and sprinkled the top with marshmallows! Yum!! We all wanted to eat it straight away but we had to leave it set in the fridge for about two hours. We all had fun baking and devouring our scrumptious Rocky Road biscuits!! 🙂
The boys and girls in Room 2 said their favourite part of baking was mixing all of the ingredients together, and of course eating it all up!!!
What is your favourite part of baking?
Room 25 was delighted to be awarded with the Golden Boot this week.
The Golden Boot is awarded to the class who make the most effort to travel to school in a green way.
The boys and girls in our classroom travel to school in many different ways. They park and stride, scoot, walk and skate to school.
We were delighted to have the Golden Boot rest in Room 25 this week!
Well done to all the children from Third Class to Sixth Class who took part in our wonderful Carol Service this week. Have a listen to Daniel’s beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night”.
Sixth Class have been busy creating a Winter Wonderland Scene. The children of room 22 have made Christmas Trees and Snowmen in the run up to Christmas. We then grouped our Snowmen; giving them personalities and families through observation of each others Snowmen. We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas.
Jingles the Elf visited Room 12 again, but this time Snuffles had got payback!
On his last visit, Jingles had covered himself and Snuffles with all of Ms. Smyth’s stickers. This time it appears that Snuffles and Rex had captured the elf and stuck him to the whiteboard using pipe cleaners and sellotape. When the undercover FBI agents (Ms. Smyth’s Third Class students) investigated the scene, they found Rex with sellotape in his hand, and Snuffles holding the pipe cleaners!!!
Once again our Parents’ Association hosted a Christmas Fair to remember! Preparations began back in October and all the hard work and commitment paid off on Sunday 4th December. We had a tremendous amount of support from our parents and their families and also from people who are not necessarily connected with the school. There were lots of stands including books, cakes, flowers, white elephant and a tuck shop. People could browse and then relax with a cup of tea or coffee in the seating area. Lots of families visited Santa and his elves in the grotto and some of the children availed of the face painting. The event concluded with a huge Raffle with over 85 substantial prizes. Thank you to the many sponsors of these prizes and congratulations to the many winners. The staff of St. Paul’s would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic Parents’ Association and to the volunteers for all their work in creating, and on the day helping out, at this event, to ensure it’s success. A massive thank you to all the parents who donated cakes, books and unwanted gifts for the elephant stall. A special note of thanks to Santa who took the time out of his very busy schedule to visit the school and for the time spent with the children. A huge thank you also to our secretary Yvonne and our caretaker Shane for the massive amount of work they did in the lead up to the day.
This year the Christmas fair generated in excess of €11,000 for our school. Thank you all!
Jingles the Elf caused chaos in Third Class today! Ms. Smyth had been correcting copies earlier that day and Jingles stole lots of her stickers and stuck them all over himself and our Irish teidí Snuffles!!!!! He left glitter and snow all over the copies and the desk and the floor!
Room 12 made the most of his visit and designed some Christmas stockings with pictures of what they would like for Christmas. They wanted to show Jingles how clever they are so they wrote the words in Irish!!!
There was great excitement in Room 25 this week when the boys and girls decorated their classroom for Christmas. They decorated the Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles and placed a star on top.
The boys and girls were also very happy to be able to open their first window on their Advent Calendar. We will open one window every day until Christmas Day.
The boys and girls also received a video message from Santa. He told us that he is looking forward to visiting our houses on Christmas Eve.
We are trying to look on the bright side of life in Ms. Smyth’s class! We talked about all the parts of us that are brilliant, and then we talked about why they are brilliant.
We decided not to label our finished pieces of writing. Can you guess who’s who?
Our brains are growing and growing every week in Room 12. We have been learning lots of things in Third Class, like the function of the skeleton and parts of soils and rocks in Science. For Book Week, we learned how to say ‘Hello’ in lots of languages . In Geography we studied Vietnam and did some projects in class. In Music, we have started the tin whistle, and Sophia brought in her bodhrán.
We are practising our joined handwriting every day in Ms. Smyth’s class and it is improving so much!
For Book Week, we used our brilliant imaginations to write a story entitled “A Wish that Went Wrong”. After some editing, we displayed them outside our classrooms, along with a cover picture. We tried our best and we are very proud of them.
Room 12 snuck down to the school lobby to have a closer look at Jingles. We were so excited. We hope he comes to visit our classroom because we are on our best behaviour these days in the run up to Christmas!
We are really lucky that Jingles the Elf has come to our school!
Ms. Smyth’s Third Class were over the moon to hear that they had won the Golden Boot competition in the Senior end of the school this week!
The Golden Boot is awarded to the class who has the most children travelling to school in a green way. 28 children from Room 12 either walked, cycled, scooted etc. to school last week. This was the first week of the Golden Boot competition, which makes it an even bigger reason to celebrate!!!
The Golden Boot will take pride of place in Room 12 for the coming week! Well Done everybody!
On Thursday, December 1st, our four Olympic handball teams travelled to Gormanston to compete in the Meath league. All four teams preformed to a very high standard. The day consisted of the boys and girls playing a number of matches against local schools. At the end of a very enjoyable day, all four teams (Girls & Boys U-13 and Girls & Boys U-11) sat at the top of their respective tables. We look forward with anticipation to the next round of the league which will take place in the New Year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Irish Olympic Handball Association for organising a very well run competition and all the teachers that coach the various teams throughout the year.
Every day, the children from Mr Burns’ fourth class help to set up the lunch time activities for the children on the junior yard. We make sure the children are happy, safe and enjoying themselves. We bring the footballs and hoolahoops out for them to play with! The children love to play with the footballs and hoolahoops. They are very happy out on yard. We really enjoy ourselves too.
- Erin, Rebecca, Sofia, Mia, Kelcey, Emilliana (Rm 16)
We have been preparing for Christmas time here in 5th class since the beginning of the month. Our assembly went excellently last Friday, where we sang ‘Run Run Rudolph‘ and recited a poem as Gaeilge called ‘Sneachta‘ for the school. We have been feeling festive in class too and we created a Winter Wonderland scene in art. We hope you like it!
As part of Book Week and Multicultural Week, the children of 6th class (room 22) worked in groups to create projects based on Chile. They worked in groups of five or six; each choosing a different topic to research. During class time the children discussed their topics and how they would present their projects. The children then worked cooperatively to put their projects together. Each group presented their projects to the class. Well done on all your hard work; the projects were fantastic.
To help us learn more about life in Chile we invited Paola White into our classroom to hear first hand what growing up in Chile was really like. We prepared questions to ask Paola during her visit. Paola brought in some lovely pieces from Chile which can be seen in one of our pictures. Thank you Paola for giving up your time to tell us of your experiences of Chile. We really enjoyed your visit and learned so much. One day we may be lucky enough to visit Chile.
“We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo; How about you, you, you? You can come too, too, too. We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!”
This week in Aistear, all of the boys and girls in Room 2 were exploring the topic of The Zoo. We all got into the role of the zookeeper and all of the different zoo animals like elephants, monkeys, lions and tigers.
We made zoo animals using Play Doh, we made lion and elephant face masks, we made a giant zoo box and put different animals in it and we went looking for zoo animals using our picture investigation sheet. We had great fun ticking the boxes when we spotted an animal on the “zoo wall”.
Enjoy looking through our pictures. Can you spot a zebra on our zoo wall?
Sixth Class were performing at assembly this month. We sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen as a tribute following his recent passing. We also sang “Amhrán na gCupán” or “The Cup Song”, which involved the children learning a rhythmic pattern using cups. They put a huge amount of work into these songs and they performed them exceptionally well last Friday.
Also this November, we were learning about Impressionism as an art movement. We studied the work of Impressionist artists such Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. The children then produced their own paintings using Impressionist techniques inspired by “Field of Poppies” by Vincent Van Gogh. The end results were fantastic and the children had a lot of fun.
This month in Science, we were learning about electricity and magnetism. The children designed and constructed their own series and parallel circuits. We also learned about how magnets work and we designed and made our own compasses. After this we did a little bit of orienteering outside. The children enjoyed working cooperatively on these activities.
Sixth class really enjoyed Book Week this year. Our theme was “Books from around the World”. Sixth classes researched and read books from Chile, Israel and Mexico. Also, as part of this we had a short story competition, we read to the younger classes and we had the opportunity to meet and learn from a very successful children’s author, Jackie Burke. Here’s a picture of us browsing books on one of our trips to the hall. It was a fantastic week.
Our Maths focus this week in Junior Infants was to build towers using our Numicon pegs, boards and shapes. We challenged ourselves to make a Numicon shape using only the pegs and then build towers of the same shape. We also explored different ways of making the same number shape, for example, a tower of 3 + 2 = 5 and a tower of 1 + 4 = 5.
What a busy week of Maths – who would have thought we would be building lots of number towers?
Many of you will be aware that we are holding our annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 4th December from 11am to 2.30pm. Each year our Parents’ Association host a huge bumper raffle on the day and this year is no different. We have over 75 great prizes on offer, a flavour of which you can seen by clicking the link below. Tickets are €2 each or a book of six is €10. Two books of tickets were sent home previously with each family. If you require any more Yvonne has some in the office and there will also be an opportunity to purchase on the day of the fair.
The theme for Book Week this year was “Books from Around the World”. Classes were busy reading books about lots of different countries around the world. Junior and Senior Infants had a special visit from Clifford the dog who was up to his old tricks again getting himself into all sorts of trouble! First and Second Class took part in a drumming workshop where they learnt about musical instruments from all over the world and played some great music! The children in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class had a talk with the Irish author Jackie Burke who has inspired many of the children to write some short stories.
As usual it was a very enjoyable and successful week. The Book Fair raised nearly €5,000 for the school to spend on books for our libraries. Thank you to everyone for your continuous support during Book Week.
At Christmas time we try to emphasis the real meaning of Christmas and reflect on those who are not as fortunate as we are. This year the school were delighted to support two very worthy Christmas shoebox appeals, offering the choice between an old favourite ‘Teamhope’ and, this year, a more local cause – the ‘Dublin inner City helping Homeless’. Items such as hats, gloves, scarves, underwear, sweets, chocolate, Christmas cards, roll on deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shower gels etc were suggested as box fillers. We had a tremendous response resulting in 334 shoeboxes for ‘Teamhope’ and 165 for the ‘Dublin City Helping Homeless’. Thank you so much for your support. The volunteers collecting for both initiatives were astounded at the generosity shown!
Mr Duffy and Ms Egan’s classes met up this week for a paired reading exercise. The classes were split in half and each child from 6th class was paired with a child from 2nd class. The children worked so well reading together! Here are a few pictures showing the hard work that was done.
Room 10 have been reading the novel ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’ in class. They created some lovely scences based on an extract from the book, Plop, the barn owl, is watching fireworks one night and this is the scene the children created. They used tissue rolls, with frayed ends, to create the fireworks.
‘ ‘WHOOSH!’- up went a rocket and spat out a shower of green stars. “Ooooh!” said Plop, his eyes like saucers.’
This week in Junior Infants we opened our Treasure Chest and it brought us back in time!! We looked at some old items that our grandparents might have used and how they are very different to what we use today. We found out that there were no DVD’s or CD’s a long time ago. People used large records to play music and video tapes to watch movies. We all pretended to take pictures on the old camera. It was very bulky and heavy to hold and the pictures only printed in black and white.
Some boys and girls were wondering why there weren’t any mobile phones in the treasure chest…….can you think why there were no mobile phones? We all had lots of fun exploring things that were old and new! Have a look at our pictures to find out what was in our treasure chest today!
Congratulations to today’s prize winners and to everyone else for such creative, colourful and scary Hallowe’en costumes. Take a look below!
Have a look at our lovely (and some scary!) class photos from Hallowe’en Dress up today.
First class are taking part in Maths Blast three days a week. Maths Blast is a maths programme focusing on the Number strand of the Maths curriculum. The children work at four different stations: Number Words and Numerals, Early Counting and Addition, Structuring Numbers 1-10 and Advanced Counting, Addition and Subtraction. The stations boost children’s confidence and ability in working with number through interactive and fun activities. Ms Brennan, Ms Moore and Mr Smith along with Ms McMahon, Ms Ní Mhurchú and Ms Curtin have been busy implementing this programme. It is hoped that this programme will help the children in in achieving their potential across the Maths curriculum. Eliana from Mr Smith’s class says’ I like it because it’s fun and we get to learn stuff.’ Mark from Ms Brennan’s class says ‘The maths games are really fun!’ and Ross from Ms. Moore’s class says ‘I like working in the small groups!’
In fifth class, for this month, we learned about Greece in Geography and Ancient Greece in History. Each class presented their projects to the rest of their class.
In Art, we studied The Scream by Edvard Munch. We recreated this using chalk pastels and included a photograph of each child as the person screaming.
We have also been learning about the importance of fire safety in the lead up to Hallowe’en. We wish everyone a spooky but safe midterm.
There was tension, excitement and rivalry in the air as the two teams boldly strode onto the Trim GAA pitch. The talk in the St. Paul’s dressing room was all very similar “Go out there and play your heart out, whether you’re ten points up or ten points down…”
The referee threw in the sliotar, blew his whistle and the game began. Both teams fought hard in the first 5 minutes, but it was Rathbeggan who drew first blood, scoring an early goal. Things didn’t get any easier for St. Paul’s as Rathbeggan piled on the pressure quickly adding on another goal and a point to their tally. Finally a break as the referee blew for half time!
The St. Paul’s team got into a huddle. There were certainly some concerned faces, but the team and the coaches all agreed that in the second half they would show Rathbeggan who the real St. Paul’s were. Some early chances for St. Paul’s went astray from frees and open play. Rathbeggan seemed to have no bad luck as the goals rained down on the St. Paul’s team. St. Paul’s, who had beaten and drew with Rathbeggan in previous matches, then managed a goal and one point both scored by the Corbett brothers Tomás and Seán.
We could all see how hard the team was working, but unfortunately it wasn’t our day as Rathbeggan won the game by 13 points. Tears were shed by our brave St. Paul’s warriors as they shook hands with the Rathbeggan players. A tough day on the field and an unlucky score line.
Well done to the boys and their coaches Ms. Bagnall, Ms. Burke, Ms. Ní Mhurchú and Ms. Talty. We are all extremely proud of you!
Written by Ruairí Braiden, Sixth Class.
A huge congratulations to Tomás Corbett who represented Meath in the Cumann na mBunscol exhibition game at half time during the Kerry V Dublin All Ireland Football semi-final in August. This was a huge achievement for Tomás as he was the only player picked to represent Meath on the day. Well done Tomás.
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