The children painted beautiful images of Easter bunnies watching the sun rise on Easter morning, a very special day.
Today is 'Mindfulness at Work Day' and here in Room 7 we engaged in lots of activities to celebrate it.
We did some meditation, explored what 'Mindfulness' is for us, created a mindfulness display in our classroom and then began some 'Mindful Mandalas'. We also used a glitter jar so we could visualise how busy our minds can be . When we have lots going on in our minds (like the glitter being shaken in the jar), it can be chaotic and difficult to think clearly but when we take some time to think and be mindful, everything is much more clear. Just like the way that, once left alone, the glitter settles at the bottom of the jar.
As the saying goes 'In a world full of doing, doing, doing...it's important to take a moment, to breathe and to just 'BE' :)
Today we went out into the sunshine to sow seeds. We each got our own pot and sowed baby carrots, runner beans and cress. We watered them and have them left in the sunlight to help them grow. We are looking forward to taking care of our pots and watching our seeds grow.
We practiced and practiced, went through lots and lots of drafts and finally, here is our performance of our song for Mother's Day!! We hope you enjoy it!
Yesterday, March 22nd, first class had the pleasure of attending a very interesting Marine anatomy workshop in Salthill aquarium. We were brought on a guided tour of the aquarium where we saw trout, flatfish, rays, leeches, piranhas and spider crabs! We then worked as marine biologists and dissected a squid in groups. Over all it was very enjoyable and we learned lots of new information.
Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2017. Thank you all for participating in our St. Patrick's Day concert. We hope everyone enjoyed the Show. Mr McDonagh.
We have some new additions to 5th class and believe it or not, they're tadpoles! It is very exciting watching them grow each day and identifying what stage of growth they are at! In approximately one more month, the tadpoles should be fully developed frogs. Of course, before they have a chance to leap around our classroom, we will release them into the wild! We will keep you posted on our little pets but look closely at the photos and video to see them for yourself!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from 5th class! We made some rainbow spirals in class last week and added a little pot of gold to the end for extra luck!
Today we held our annual show for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Here are some pictures and videos of the children from junior infants, senior infants, 1st class, 2nd class and our school band performing songs, dramas, poems and dances. Some parents also came along to watch the performances. We all really enjoyed the show and we had fun learning lots of Irish along the way.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh!
Seachtain na Gaeilge atá ann! Tugann Seachtain na Gaeilge deis ar leith do dhaoine óga Gaeilge a labhairt agus a úsáid chomh maith le cúpla focal nua a fhoghlaim.
Today as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, we had our Maidin Gaeilge. All of our classes did a little performance in the Hall. Junior Infants – 2nd Class were in the hall between 9.30am and 10.40am singing Irish songs and playing tunes on their tin whistles. 3rd – 6th Classes were performing between 11.15am and 12.45pm and performed mini dramas, Irish songs and poetry.
Spring has sprung in 2nd class. We have been discussing spring in class, talking about new growth and new life. This week we printed tulips using forks and we used lovely colours to make our pictures bright and colourful.
Why not have a clear out of your 'Clobber' over St. Patrick's weekend - old clothes/bed linen/ shoes etc (but nothing electrical!!) - put them into bin sacks or collect a 'Cash for Clobber' bag in school - drop your full bags into the school hall on Wednesday 22nd (morning and afternoon drop offs) or Thursday 23rd March (morning only). Bags will be picked up Thursday 23rd. Help the Parents' Association raise funds for our school projects - garden, library, equipment etc.
Spring has come to us here in room 7! We have been busy creating our spring blossom trees whilst also becoming poets through making our acrostic poems!
Take a look and see how we got on!
(You will have to tilt your head to see the thumbnail photos! Despite rotating the photos numerous times, once uploaded, they keep going back to the original angle! I thought the photos were too nice not to put up so let's just think of it as an alternative viewing technique!)
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Big congratulations to our 6th Class debating team who won the Debating Final and took home the Sr De Lourdes Perpetual Cup on Wednesday. The team was proposing the motion "The USA Can Lead the World to a Safe Future" and defeated St Ita's NS, Loughrea. The team members were Shane McLoughlin, James McDonnell, Dillon Kitt, Alex Roe, Caoimhe Hogan and Temitade Adedeji. Congratulations also to Shane McLoughlin who won Best Overall Speaker!
Well done to all our 6th Class pupils for their hard work and research - it was a great help and support. Thanks and well done also to the teachers and Patricia O'Rourke who put in lots of hard work over the last couple of months to prepare the team for the debates - it was a real team effort!
Here are some photos from the day. To see the video of the debate, please check out the "Our School" tab.
Here in room 13, we were so lucky to have had the experience to learn Italian for 6 weeks. It was brilliant and we learned many new words and phrases from introducing ourselves and counting, to body parts and hobbies! Two students from NUIG who are studying Italian were our teachers for the 6 weeks and we really enjoyed the experience. Grazie Ailbhe and Eva!
We enjoyed pancakes in 5th class and loved decorating them with all our favourite toppings! Yum!!!
We did an experiment last week to see would vinegar and water change the shell of an egg.We had to make predictions.
We also did our Tables challenge.We love Maths.Here are our photos of the winners.
We are learning about Soft C and Hard C in Phonics.
We didn't let the rain stop us from running our A.S.A.P today. The hall was set up into various stations which included dribbling, balancing, hurdles, throwing beanbags and hula-hoop games. The children learned new skills and developed ones they have already been working on. Most importantly everyone had a lot of fun! Thanks again to everyone who helped out.
Ag Maisiú agus Ag Ithe
The children in 6th Class were treated to a visit from local author Marguerite Tonery yesterday as part of the schools World Book Week celebrations. Marguerite has written three fantasy adventure stories which are steeped in Irish mythology. These are the Kapheus series - Kapheus Earth, Kapheus Air and Kapheus Water and there are further books to come. Marguerite read extracts from the three books for us and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The books were gripping and intriguing with detail that provided us with clear pictures in our imagination. We were unanimous in our positive reactions to the Kapheus books and we all wish to read more.