This year our school tour brought us to Co. Wicklow and to the very scenic area on Blessington lake. We had our school tour in Avon Rí adventure centre, and by all accounts it was a great adventure. Once we arrived we were put straight to work and formed into various groups. We began our various activities before having our lunch break. We did lots of enjoyable tasks like rope climbing, orienteering, archery, and team building exercises. After lunch some of us were lucky enough to try out the zip wire before we made our way to the changing rooms to get ready for our water activities. Wet suits at the go, we headed for the lake where we swam, kayaked and rowed our way around the lake. We had a truly wonderful day and the quiet bus on the way home was a sure sign of the energy that was used!
The children of sixth class have worked extremely hard at being kind citizens - being kind to others and kind to their environment. This was all sparked by the 100,000 acts of Kindness for the visit of pope Francis to Ireland in August. We have made booklets, posters and created dramas in preparation for this visit. We have been logging our acts of kindness on the amoris website.
We were specially chosen to feature in a short promotion clip which looked at all our hard work. We were interviewed, received special certificates to highlight our hard work. We also had the opportunity to pose for a video underneath a drone. Keep tuned to view our video debut when it is edited!
The children of sixth class have been very green-fingered this year. Under the excellent supervision of Gerry, our caretaker, we have been dutifully taking care of a number of geranium plants. These plants were sown into small pots when we first started in September from clippings. We now have them sown into large pots and they can be viewed in the front of our school both as window boxes and decorative plants around the school grounds.
With the good weather very prominent at the moment, what better excuse is there to some summer themed art work. We have explored two beach scenes using various materials. Our first piece of art used paint and real sand! Have a look at our work below!
We also explored a second beach scene using instructional drawing. We followed specific steps set out. We used pastels and the technique of blending colours to produced some amazing beach scenes at sunset!
On a glorious Saturday in Prosperous, the sixth class children celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation in the company of their families, teachers and friends. From the early morning of the 28th of April, the sun shone as the Church of our Lady and St. Joseph welcomed everyone for this special occasion.
The sacrament of Confirmation is regarded as a very important sacrament for the children as they begin to gain more independence in their spiritual journeys. They are blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit which will help and guide them as they develop and grow. This sacrament also marks a coming to the end of their time in Primary School, both an emotional and happy occasion for everyone.
The children welcomed their parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, godparents and sponsors to their Confirmation last Saturday. Many people made journeys from afar to be with the Confirmation candidates, for which they were very grateful. The church was alive with excitement and was bustling with family and friends wishing the best for the sixth class pupils.
Much hard work, time and preparation was afforded to this ceremony. The children created many pieces of art work, studied all about the Holy Spirit, it's Fruits and Gifts, it's symbols. The children also explored the best ways they can continue the good work that God has set out for them and how they can do good for the world. The children spent much time preparing prayers, gifts and songs which were all preformed so well at mass on Saturday.
Our ceremony finished with a rousing rendition of 'Spirit-Filled Day' to which a rapturous applause was heard. Many pictures were taken as momentous of this special day. Everyone at Scoil an Linbh Íosa is tremendously proud of our newly confirmed sixth classes. We wish them the very best as they venture through life following the path that God has set for them.
Monday was a fun-filled day in which the sixth class children wore their Confirmation outfits to school and we celebrated as a class together.
With our Confirmation day looming, we all have been extremely busy preparing for the ceremony. We have a lot of art work to complete to display in the church. We also have attended mass every Thursday morning in preparation. We have been busy filling the walls of Scoil an Linbh Íosa with the sound of sweet music. Our Confirmation scrapbooks are bursting at the seams with all we have learned in preparation and will be kept as a memory of our special year for decades to come.
Last Thursday, 19th April we had the Ceremony of Light & Reconciliation. This was our opportunity to confess our sins and to cleanse our souls in preparation to receive the Holy Spirit. We partook in a wonderful ceremony. We we're accompanied by family and friends alike and enjoyed spending this time together. We finished off the ceremony with a rendition of 'Shine Jesus Shine'.
We are now really looking forward to our Confirmation Day!
The sixth class boys and girls were given the great opportunity to visit the Focolare Centre in Prosperous for their confirmation retreat. This retreat was an essential step in preparing the children for the sacrament of Confirmation. The children's visit began with a briefing of the day ahead and what activities they would partake in. The children then split into their groupings and worked in workshops talking about 'Saints', 'God is Love' and 'Cube is love'. The children were then treated to a break with some orange and biscuits, to everyone's delight. The children then finished off this workshops ensuring everyone for the opportunity to work with various leaders. The children had lunch, some lovely homemade soup and played soccer out in the snowy grounds of the Focolare. The children then returned inside to prepare for mass. The children prepared two songs, prayers of the faithful and a short drama of the first reading.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and the long walk to and from the centre ensured that everyone will sleep well tonight!
The Heart has been our topic in Science for the previous weeks and with that comes much exploration and investigation. As we learned about our heart, how it works and how to keep it fit and healthy, we needed to back up what we discovered with real raw data.
To do so, we undertook an experiment. We wanted to investigate how our heart reacts when undergoing physical activity. We hopped, jumped, ran and walked while taking our heart rate and produced some interesting results.
The quicker and more intensity that our activity had, the higher our heart rate was.
A Merry Christmas to everyone from Rang a Sé. Here is a rendition of one of our favourite Christmas songs 'An Chéad Nollaig'. Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise dhaoibh go léir.
The children of Mr. Geaney's sixth class have been busy on the run-up to Christmas with project work. We have done extensive work on the Irish plantations and think of ourselves as experts after all our hard work. The children were assigned group partners and worked together over two weeks to produce some excellent projects. The children were given a marking scheme that they would have to follow and were shown where they gained points and how to improve even more in the future. Our winning group were given a little treat for their hard work!
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