To celebrate maths week in school we brought our shared reading partners from Ms. Comerfords senior infants outside to complete a maths trail! We had lots of fun and the senior infants really impressed us with their counting skills! Hopefully we taught them a thing or two!
Some of the children from our fifth and sixth classes were treated to a STEM workshop on Thursday 11th of October, facilitated by transition years from our neighbouring Secondary School - St. Farnan's Post Primary. Our day kicked off at 10.30 am and we got straight down to business!
The children were introduced to their mentoring transition years and were split into groups of four. From this point, the head teacher explained the workshop outline and gave a demonstration of their first task - to build an object that would omit a flashing light when turned. The children worked in groups to complete this task.
The second project to be completed was to create a functional rocket that would be able to be launched easily with a design that would let it soar into the sky. The children were tasked with PVC pipes and caps and they had to design fins and launch materials for their rocket. The rockets were then taken outside to an open area where the head teacher and Mr. Geaney launched the rockets using the air compressors. The children watched in amazement.
For the month of September one of our main themes has been based on the country of South Africa. We did much research on the country itself, we looked at the animals that are in the Big 5 Safari and we also learned lots of information about the Human Rights activist Nelson Mandela.
For drama, we acted out a scene from the Late Late show where our presenter, taking the role of Ryan Tubridy interviewed Nelson Mandela and his family.
We also created some art work based on our monthly theme below. We explored the colour of a South African horizon and introduced the animals of the Big 5 Safari using black silhouettes. These pieces of art are now proudly displayed outside our classroom on the corridor:
To finish off our extensive work on South Africa, we presented some very impressive projects. We worked on these projects across a number of days both in home and in school using google drive. We added images, we rehearsed and then presented for the rest of our class. Have a look at the group members and their opening slides below:
School has started back and so has the learning and excitement in 5th and 6th class! So far we’ve been settling in, working hard and enjoying ourselves in art, drama and sports. Check in here regularly to see what we get up to this year. We’re particularly excited about our confirmation!
Everyone is welcome to our new blog for the academic year of 2018/2019. We hope to keep this blog updated as much as possible with all the happenings in our classroom. We have already got off to a flying start with lots of work being completed. Stay tuned for some special events like the Witch & Wizard walk, School quizzes, science experiments and most importantly, our Confirmation. Enjoy the pictures and videos which are to come!
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.
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