The Christmas Concert was held last night for Junior Infants up to Second Class. It was a great success, with the children giving wonderful performances. The video is below in, in case you missed it.
The Peace Proms Dance moves for the School Choir can be found at this link:
Thank you to the PTA again this year for the wonderful Christmas decorations in the school. A special thanks to Debbie Farrell for donating the lovely Christmas tree in the lobby.
This week, Scoil an Linbh Íosa participated for the second year, in the worldwide event - The Hour of Code - www.hourofcode.com
Every child in our school got to experience coding (computer programming). HP (Hewlett-Packard) generously sent in some very welcome volunteers to help us get through all of the classes. Please see photo slideshow below this post.
We are very grateful to Elaine O'Hara, Geraldine Dowling, Susan Mooney (Parent), Diarmuid Free (Parent), Derek Cross and Tony Doorey (Parent) - all from HP. They gave the children a flavour of the work they do in HP and were excellent tutors.
If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In the first Hour of Code, 15 million students tried computer science. Last year, that number increased to 60 million students! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
HP also generously donated a printer, cartridges and photo paper to the school.
The children loved the coding activities and can continue with them at home at this website - www.code.org/learn
Famed UK Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy visited Scoil an Linbh Íosa today. This was our prize for coming first place in the Mangahigh Challenge during Maths Week. (photo slideshow at bottom of this post)
Marcus du Sautoy OBE is a Professor of Maths at Oxford University known for his work popularising mathematics. He has appeared on numerous BBC radio and television programmes and is a well known figure in the UK.
All children and adults filled the hall while Marcus gave a captivating maths talk to the children. The talk involved all 533 children joining in a massive game of rock/paper/scissors. This was followed by an activity where all the children filled in a lottery slip and the probability of winning the lotto was demonstrated. After this, Marcus demonstrated the probability of rolling different numbers on a set of dice using a giant monopoly game.
He finished up with a times table/pattern game where the loser that played against him had to bite a raw chilli!
The children (and the adults!) were engaged throughout.
After the talk, Marcus presented medals to the children who had received over 100 points during the challenge. He also presented a trophy to the school. The trophy was accepted on behalf of the school by Kevin Hannon of 6th Class, who was our top points scorer.
Marcus was accompanied on his visit by Jenny Storey (Mangahigh), Eoin Gill (Maths Week) and Sheila Donegan (Maths Week).
It was a wonderful day for the whole school.
Slideshow of photos below: