Spring is finally here and we are delighted to bring a splash of colour into our classroom! The Cherry Blossom is a beautiful tree which fills up our gardens with splashes of pink and white. We experimented with mixing paints and using our fingers to add detail to our lovely trees. Let's hope the sun is here to stay!
We have learned about smoking and the awful effects it has on our health and well-being. We looked into the make up of a cigarette and we were shocked!! Have a look at our "No Smoking" campaign posters.
Fuaireamar litreacha onár gcairde pinn i scoil eile i Léim an Bhradáin, Co. Chill Dara, i rith na seachtaine. Bhí sceitiminí áthais orainn. Bhí na litreacha an-suimiúil agus a gcuid peannaireacht go hálainn. Táimid ag tnúth go mór le scríobh ar ais dóibh.
In preparation for the General Election tomorrow, we learned how a General Election is conducted, by holding a mock election for our constituency- Galway West. We learned that 5 of the 157 TD's who will make up the next Dáil will be elected from our constituency. We set up a polling station in our classroom and after collecting our ballot papers we voted secretly. The children helping in the count centre had a long and complicated task. Firstly, the spoilt votes had to be removed leaving a total valid poll of 22. We calculated our quota for election which was 5 votes. Two candidates reached the quota after the first count. In subsequent counts their surplus votes were transferred and some candidates were eliminated. After a long process, we eventually elected our five candidates. We will have to wait until the weekend to see if our vote was representative of the general constituency.
A tangram is a traditional Chinese puzzle made of a square divided into seven pieces (one parallelogram, one square and five triangles) which can be arranged into particular designs. Firstly we attempted to create some quadrilaterals using the seven tans. We then tried to arrange the seven tans to form a range of designs including houses and swans. Can you identify the designs we created using the tans in the pictures below?
Lots of the boys and girls in Room 13 have made promises for Lent. Some people have chosen to give something up while others have decided to help others out more frequently. Some of the most popular promises are giving up sweets and saying prayers more regularly. We have written out our promises and placed them on the sacred space in the classroom.
As part of the 'Big Travel Challenge' we held a WOW day on Wednesday the 16th Of Feb. 129 pupils walked to school today. Many thanks to all who helped to run our walking Buses.
The children in room 11 were very busy this week learning about the planets in our solar system as well as the Earth's moon. Small groups got together and studied the planets of the solar system and created mini projects to display in our class. Be sure to check out the pictures below
We had great fun learning about and making projects on the Carbon Footprint of various foods in Mr McDonagh's Fourth Class.
The boys and girls in room 11 were busy making Valentines Day cards on Friday evening. Check out how they got on and if you're really lucky that special person in your life might have brought a card home to you!!
Happy Valentines Day from Room 10!! (Rang a Sé)... Here is some Art we did to celebrate the 'LOVEly' occasion!! Heart shaped animal cards....
We had great fun on Pancake Tuesday! We worked as a team and brought in all of our own utensils and ingredients. (Thanks to all the parents for the loan of them) I hope you all had happy tummies going home!
We had a variety of scrumptious toppings- Prepare to hear your tummy rumble when you see these yummy pancakes!!
29 pancakes later... I don't think we want to see another pancake until next year!!
In connection with our Green Flag, we researched energy resources and renewable sources of energy. We looked at how solar panels worked and found out that many of the boys and girls in our class are lucky enough to have solar panels to give our homes energy.
Ellen created her own solar panel and we carried out an experiment to test its efficiency. Look at her wonderful solar panel. Can you see the butter melting from the heat?
We had great fun on Tuesday making pancakes. We all helped to make the batter using flour, eggs and milk. We brought in our own fillings of nutella, fruit, maple syrup and marshmallows. The pancakes were delicious!!
'Exploring Europe' in R.10 Rang a Sé! Have a look at our projects on a variety of European countries. We learned so many new things about these countries and can't wait to visit them ALL some day!!!!
Green School Action Day - 6th Class made a presentation on our school's action plan to promote Global Citizenship and Awareness. We collect data and represented the improvements achieved using Pie Charts. Our Green School representative, Mohamed, present
Our School has become the latest school in the country to be presented with the Healthy Ireland - Health Promoting Schools' Flag!
The Health Promoting Schools’ (HPS) Flag’ is presented by the HSE to schools as an acknowledgement of their work in improving the health of their school communities. The Health Promoting Schools programme supports schools to focus on Health and Wellbeing and involves all members of the school community. Students, staff, parents and guardians are consulted to identify priority health areas and develop an action plan to address these areas. Our Health Promoting Schools coordinator (Mr Kilgannon) and team lead out on the progression of Health and Wellbeing, and this work is supported by the school principal, Board of Management and wider school community.
In St James’ N.S., we took a holistic approach to the Health of our school. We focused on simple areas like; good manners, friendship, anti bullying and gratitude. We implemented a new yard programme which offers children the opportunity to pick from; hurling, soccer, Gaelic football, athletics, gymnastics, skipping and hula-hooping, juggling and circus tricks and four square. Each of these activities have their own stations which are supervised by the Junior Coaches from 5th and 6th classes. We also put renewed focus on promoting healthy eating among our students. We believe Health and Wellbeing is the most important part of childhood and strive to make it the most important part of school life. We are delighted to receive the Health Promoting Schools’ (HPS) Flag but understand that this is not the end of the process of promoting health and wellbeing. "Health and wellbeing is what we do every day and St James’ National School, Bushypark is committed to seeking continuous improvement for the school and its pupils in this area".
Well done to all involved - it is a great achievement and we are very proud of all the work that has been done!
Inniu, tá sé Máirt hInide agus rinneamar pancóga ar scoil. Rinneamar an meascán inár seomra ranga agus chuamar go dtí an seomra foirne le Ms. Regan chun iad a cócaireacht. Chuireamar alán rudaí deas ar na pancóga agus bhí said go hálainn. Féach ar na bpictúirí a thógamar: