Wednesday 20th December - School Nativity Show
Friday 22nd December - School closes for Christmas holidays
Monday 8th January 2018 - School opens for term 2
What a night! On Friday 17th November, the school pupils left us as normal...but came BACK TO SCHOOL!!!! At 5pm, with music blasting, most of our pupils returned in a state of high excitement, ready to spend some more time in school. This time...in pyjamas!
Junior Infants to Second Class came back for those yummy cookies made by Ms. Newton's class, and had a lovely bedtime story and hot chocolate. Ms. Newton even lost her voice reading, pretending to be a lion!
3rd to 6th Classes were in for the long haul...5 hours of extra school that evening! We had mini-mattresses, blankets, duvets, inflatable chairs, pillows, cushions, and a few sinks come in the door at 5pm! Once settled, there was a variety of activities to enjoy...reading (obviously), a book quiz, a movie based on a book, and a dinner with dessert also.
Needless to say, we all had a fantastic evening. You can check out the photos in the photo gallery. The teachers may have been zombie-like for Saturday, but we all had a brilliant time too :)
Of course, there are a few thank yous to make also! Firstly, thanks to the teachers for giving up their Friday evenings for this great cause! Míle buíochas to Ms. Newton, and 1st/2nd for making the cookies for themselves and the Infants! A MASSIVE thanks to all the parents who came in to give a helping hand, without you guys this event could not have gone ahead. We'd like to thank Miss Galbraith and Miss Furney for making dessert for 3rd - 6th, brownies with ice-cream, and chocolate krispie mars bar cakes.
Lastly, a huge thank you is due to McCormack's Pub and Oliveto restaurant, both in Dun Laoghaire, for their incredibly generous offers to feed 3rd - 6th classes with pizza, chips, chicken and sausages, for free. We highly recommend both establishments if you ever need a feed!
We have already raised over €1000 for the MS Readathon, and the final figure will be published shortly. Thank you all for fundraising and helping such a great cause.
This year our school and St. Patrick's parish teamed up for a fantastic opportunity to help other people. We all filled a shoe box with presents for a child/teen in another country, someone who may not have received anything this Christmas.
Between us all we donated a whopping 135 boxes!!!! Please see some photos of our pupils loading the van in the photo gallery :)
Thank you so much to everyone who donated their time, toys and tinsel to help these children, it is very much appreciated!
We all celebrated Maths Week recently!!
From Miss Cooke and the Infants:
During Maths Week, Junior and Senior Infants were learning about 2-D Shapes. We did a Maths puzzle, where they read clues about 2-D shapes, written by a Shape Monster, and guessed which shape the Shape Monster was describing.
We also spotted circles, squares, triangles and rectangles used in a pumpkin display, and learned a shape poem about Sammy Square, Suzy Circle, Tommy Triangle and Ricky Rectangle.
A note from 1st and 2nd Class and Miss Newton:
Some pics from our maths activity today!
The children worked in pairs and rolled 4 dice. If any of the dice made a total of 10 or they rolled doubles, they could collect a skeleton part. For example; If they rolled 3, 3, 4 and 6 they could get 2 skeleton parts each as they rolled a double and a total of 10. We had great fun!
I also gave www.sheppardsoftware.com as maths homework for the week!
Third and Fourth Class, alongside Miss Galbraith, studied Maths in the environment, and created entries for a competition called "Have You Got Maths Eyes?"
Here are a few sample entries!
5th and 6th Class and Miss Furney were also learning about shape, but this time it was 3D shape!
For Maths Week 5th & 6th class did 3D shapes. We learned about new shapes and their properties. We also constructed shapes using marshmallows and match sticks and we used 3D shape nets!
A cool construction...
Well done to everyone!!!!!!!
The Scholastic Book Fair has rolled back into the school! It's a great opportunity to buy some books, and help the school at the same time!
Here's a bit about it, robbed directly from their website!
A Book Fair is a fun, pop-up event that happens in schools – with a selection of over 200 of the newest and best children’s books suitable for all ages and abilities there is sure to be a book perfect for every child!
Our book buying team select books from over sixty publishers, with prices starting from €3.70 and exclusive titles that you won’t find in the shops or at any other fairs. Plus, every book sold at your Fair can help to earn free books for your school with Scholastic Rewards!
Please call in to the Northover Hall at some stage this week...our pupils have designed some very cool book covers and posters, and made notes on what books they might like to receive from anyone feeling generous!!
Many thanks to the PTA for organising this super event!
Calling all pupils who love singing! Mrs. Kirwan is inviting pupils interested in joining a school choir to the Northover Hall on Wednesday 27th at 08:00. Come along if you like the idea, and we hope we can have the school choir singing merrily along at school events, both on-site and in the community!
A message from the PTA...
We would like to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on Friday the 22nd of September at 2 p.m. in Ms. Newton's class, so that parents can have a chance to volunteer and nominate other members for the PTA. At our AGM in June only two parents came forward to be a part of our PTA, when normally we would have at least 4. As you know the PTA is a very important part of the school, as it is responsible for fundraising, sourcing after school activities and providing hospitality at various events through out the year.
If you are unable to attend but would like to volunteer for a role in the PTA please talk to Ms. Newton, Deirdre Geraghty or Leslie Blair.
The June AGM meeting minutes are available and will be posted on the PTA board.