Junior Building 25th October
Maths week is being celebrated this year from Monday October 15th to Friday October 19th where the children will have great fun engaging in mathematical activities and games throughout the week. The children put great effort into designing Maths Week 2018 posters which were on display throughout the school.
Children will participate in maths games, maths stations, answered mathematical puzzles and riddles as well as participate in various indoor and outdoor maths trails around the school.
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes will attend the 'Murderous Maths' presentation by Kjartan Poskitt in the Helix and DIT. Kjarten is the author of the 'Murderous Maths' series of books (link). It is an interactive workshop full of mathematical trucks and it is very enjoyable. 6th class also have the opportunity to visit Microsoft and participate in the 'DreamSpace Experience'. The aim of this digital skills experience is for the children to be inspired by technology at an early age giving them critical thinking and problem solving skills.
On Friday, all children will dress up in clothes that have a mathematical theme and there no doubt there were some very imaginative costumes, if last year is anything to go by.
Also on Friday, the children in the junior building will engage in various maths stations and board games in the hall.
A very enjoyable day and week for all!
On Friday 5th October we had our first reading buddy activity of the year. The reading buddy programme is a programme in which two or more individuals read together. For example, older students can read with younger students, A Reading Buddies program can help model good reading. It's an excellent opportunity that allows the children and teachers from both school buildings to work together to promote and model good reading. On Friday we started the programme by completing an oral language activity, 'Getting to Know your Buddy'. This was a great experience that allowed the children to introduce themselves to their buddy and learn new things about each other. It was especially beneficial for our newer students and of course this year's Junior Infants class. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to our next reading buddy activity next month.'
Ms. Foley's had frogspawn in the class, it turned into tadpoles and now we have froglets.
Ms. Foley collected 7 eggs from Newbridge Farm in Donabate. They were put in an incubator. Chicks take 21 days to hatch. Two were eating eggs (infertile). Two did not hatch and we had three healthy chicks. We had a naming competition and the chicks picked their names by standing on them! Summer Fluffy Back, Eggypop and Choc Chick Cookie. We fed them and petted them and had them in our class. Then Ms. Foley brought them back to Farmer Joe in Newbridge Farm.
We have been learning about Travel & Transport for Aistear. We were very lucky and had a visit from Pilot Eric who flies with Aer Lingus. He is Shane’s uncle! We set up the halla like an airport, everyone had a job to do. It was great fun, we even got to try on Pilot Eric’s hat and uniform. Finny our frog stowed away in his hat and flew to New York with him. What an adventure!!
We were learning about the farm for Aistear. Shane’s Grandad is a beekeeper and he came to visit us and brought lot’s of honey from farm for us to try. He showed us how to do a bee dance and answered our questions.
We are planting and growing! We have planted potatoes and onions in our school garden. We watered them and we will watch them grow.
Pupils from 4th Class were recently interviewed for RTÉ Jr Radio by a past pupil, Jamie.
Please find the link here. -It may not work on phones or tablets. You will need to download the RTÉ Radio App from app store, and may need to allow flash.
The show is called "The Weekend Club" and aired 3/3/18.
The pupils were on air at 40 mins and 1hr36mins.
On Thursday Feb 1st Ms Gaye McDonald published her book on St. Brigid in St. Laurence's School. Ms Anita Foley completed the illustrations in the wonderful book and many pupils created St. Brigid's Crosses.
We were very lucky to have the News2Day crew out to record this for RTÉ, which can be viewed here. (Starts at 2:45)
Any money made from the sale of the book is going to the Jack and Jill Foundation