Pupils and staff were working towards our 'Discover Primary Science' award when the school closed on 12th March. Thanks to 'Google Classroom', we managed to continue our teaching and learning at home. We kept up all our subjects as well as we could, and we are delighted to say we covered all the steps for the Plaque of Excellence in Science. Here is a compilation of our science work during 2019/2020, the year we spent half in school and half being homeschooled. It was a different year but we still learned lots of science.
In Ireland, we have a tradition of celebrating our love and respect for Our Lady during the month of May. Thank you to Fiona in Rang 6 for sending us this picture of her May Altar and to Berna and Mollie for setting up our altars during Catholic Schools Week back in January/February. Just like Fiona, you might like to make your own May altar at home.
We are nearing the end of Lent now, girls and boys. This week we prepare for Easter Sunday by thinking about everything that happened Jesus between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. You might like to look at this picture of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. You might even like to draw your own picture.
Our new online classroom site was launched today. It is an exciting new venture for us all. Parents/guardians received details by text. We look forward to working with our pupils and families in this new way. It is lovely to be able to keep in touch and communicate with each other. We are all learning new things every day. Happy learning all!
Talking about learning... you all know that we have been asked to stop the spread of Covid-19 by keeping a good distance away from other people. The minimum distance away is 2m. We are also asked not to meet too many people in a week. Until Easter Sunday we are asked to stay in our homes (except for exercise) and not to meet friends, neighbours, cousins etc. Children are asked not to go out to play with friends and not to have friends call to the house. Keeping apart certainly is difficult but we all need to do this to keep ourselves and other people safe. Adults in the home can help children understand the new situation and children can help the adults! Together we can protect ourselves and others. Together we can make a difference. Keep social distance everyone!
Looking forward to playing games and having fun in our yard in the future.
On 12th March, our Government decided that all schools must close for the coming two weeks. This will help people to stay away from crowded places so that the new bug, Covid-19, will not spread so easily. Pupils in our school had mixed reactions to the news. Some children were delighted with the idea of time off school. Others were disappointed to miss our Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations and to be away from their classmates and friends. Parents may be concerned about the interruption to their child's education. In the short term, we can all enjoy the weekend and St. Patrick's Day.
Teachers sent work home with pupils and this will be helpful for next week. We will keep families up to date with suggestions for furthering education at home. Our first suggestion is read, read, read. We think you will enjoy that!
Wishing all our pupils and their families lots of fun over midterm. Hope you enjoyed Valentine's Day as much as these happy girls. Thank you to Ms. Keane for organising this tasty surprise.
We were delighted to welcome so many grandparents to our classes during Catholic Schools' Week. Thank you to all who came, all who prepared the event, and to the pupils who played, recited, chatted and sang. We hope all the grandparents enjoyed the entertainment, the Prayer Service and the refreshments!
We were delighted to support the 'Make a Wish' charity on Friday 25th October. Earlier that week, Patricia from 'Make a Wish' spoke to senior classes about the children, the families, the wishes and the dreams that come true. The 'Make a Wish Foundation' supports sick children and their families by granting the child's greatest wish. Pupils and staff made a donation in return for dressing up. It is lovely to think our efforts will help to make someone's dream come true.
Friday 20th September was an exciting day for us all! The sun shone and we had three big reasons to celebrate; we had three flags to raise! Congratulations to all involved in achieving the 'Health Promoting School' flag, the 'Active School' flag and our sixth 'Green School' flag. Well done everyone on your efforts and on your great participation at the flag-raising.