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Class Seven were delighted to welcome two new members into their team this year with Aisling Foran and Pierce Delamere joining the senior class for learning and fun as we develop those skills for independence.
This year Eoin Carey and Dylan Bartley are preparing for graduation with their Transition Challenge in the ASDAN learning programme. They will be ably assisted by their friends in growing and working across all subjects in the Curriculum. They presented a great assembly last week to celebrate national tree week. They showed the other class groups how to plant an acorn and in the Spring we will see how great oak trees from little acorns grow.
The students also registered their team for the Junior Entrepreneur programme in September and are starting to brainstorm their ideas to start their own classroom business. Exciting times ahead as they plan to build on the great success of last year’s enterprise for graduates Anthony Clarke and Jessica Sherrock whose story was featured in the national teachers’ magazine ‘In Touch’.
The long warm days of summer begin to fade into the long evenings. Autumn is here once again. Class 6 have been very busy this Autumn preparing for the winter ahead. There is lots to do in the garden, leaves to collect and weeds to pick. Everyday, we have to wrap up warm with out coats, hats and scarves against the cold wind outside. We notice it rains more often and we update our weather chart every day.
Come in if you dare!. Class 5 are busy making all sorts of scary Halloween decorations. From a night sky full of bats to scary ghosts, the children are looking forward to lots of trick or treating over the holidays.
The children have been listening to ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and engaging in activities based on the story.
With Christmas around the corner Class 5 have made a fantastic display for the door to their classroom! Have a look all, it does not disappoint!
In the run up to the Advent calendar, the pupils of Class 7 decided to visit the local church in Johnstown. They have also entered into the Junior Enterprise Programme where the class, as a team, create a business and over a 12-16 week period work to make an eventual profit! All of us in St. Mary’s can’t wait to see what the gang in Class 7 have in stored for us! Ontop of their already busy schedule, Class 7 have also been up to a spot of cookery, learning how to make pizza’s! They look delicious guys!
Our senior classes have up to a lot during the first half of the winter term and Class 7 are leading the way! Most recently, they took a trip out to Petmania to visit all animals on display. Before heading there, Class 7 stopped by the Ardboyne Hotel for a second breakfast! The staff there also gave the guys and gals in Class 7 a quick presentation on all the different types of pets for sale in their shop. All of the students in Class 7 were so thankful to the staff in Petmania and hope to visit again soon.
The boys and girls in Class 6 have had an exciting first half of term learning all about the coming months of winter and how to prepare yourself for the cold days that are in store this winter. They also had a fantastic time at our Halloween party and have been learning their own individual hygiene programs.
What a nice red hat that is shaping up to be!
For the first half of term, class 5 have been exploring the change that autumn brings to our environment. They have learnt why leaves fall off of trees and that the climate differs from summer!
Here are the guys learning about autumn, learning how to hang out the laundry and having some fun at our Halloween party with a very scary dinosaur!
Story time is happy time in Class 1! For the first half of term, the boys and girls in Class 1 have been learning about stories such as The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. They have also been creating beautiful displays and artwork demonstrating the change of season from Summer to Autumn.
The gang in Class 2 have been learning about Autumn for the first half of term. We stopped by one of the days where they were hard at work! Here is what we saw….
Another busy bunch the first half of term is Class 3! They have been doing a lot of artwork and have even covered both of their doors with their fabulous displays…great job guys, keep up the good work!
The crew in class 4 were up to lots of activities this half of term! They have been busy working on their puzzles and have had lots of special visitors in to check up on their progress! Super stuff boys and girls!
Class A3 are taking part in Christmas Shoe Box appeal. As part of our travel flag, the children made a special box for children over other parts of the world to show we care. Our boxes will travel far and wide, a kind gesture from our children.
This impressive display will surely scare the children away!!
Autumn has truly arrived in Class A2 with the children busy creating falling leaves, acorns and other decorations for the display board. The children are learning all about Autumn and ‘The Little Acorn’ story and a new song ‘Leaves are Falling’.
The children in Class A1 are all set for the Autumn with this lovely display of their art and use of autumnal colours. The children were busy making foot prints for this autumn tree using lots of paint.
With Christmas around the corner, the gang in Class A1 have decided to put up their Christmas decorations and get into the festive spirit! Here’s what the children in A1 decided to do for their Christmas display
Class A3 have been very busy in the run up to Christmas, being involved in the Holy Door Celebrations, taking part in the school’s football team (we’re really good!) and putting up their own Christmas decorations.
Class A1 have been busy during the first half of term! They go horse riding once a week and prepared for Halloween by getting into the trick or treat spirit nice and early! Nice costumes guys, especially Princess Leia!
A2 have been busy this half of term also preparing for Halloween and by also taking field trips to places such as Dalgan Park. These trips produced this beautiful photo of A2 walking through Dalgan Park.
Its been an exciting first half of the term for Class A3. The boys have entered into the Navan Lions Club annual art competition with this year’s theme being ‘Your 2016 memory’. The boys all created lovely displays ranging from the centenary commemoration of the Easter 1916 Rising to The Gaelic Revival. Excellent works of at boys! We hope to see more from our Picasso’s in training soon!
December 2015 – February 2016
Class A1 were busy in the run up to Christmas. Look at the wonderful Advent Wreaths that they made.
We also made special ‘Wish Stars’ for the big Christmas Tree that is out in front of the school and we all went out together to hang them on the tree. It was a windy day but we managed to get them all hung!
We got a real treat when Santa Claus came to visit us. He arrived in a Fire Engine with the siren blaring. The whole school went outside to greet him. We were so excited!!!
Once all the excitement of Santa’s visit was over Class A1 got down to making some Christmas cards to bring home to mammy and daddy and some Snowman tree decorations. The children used their fingers to print on the stripes for the candy cane cards.
It was all go outside our classroom too as we ‘waddled into Winter’ with our penguin display.
Then we got creative while making our ‘Trees in Winter’ pictures. Can you guess how we made the trees?
Happy New Year!!
Everyone in Class A1 wishes you a Happy New Year and hopes that 2016 will be the best year yet. We got straight down to business again when we returned after the Christmas Holidays. We were learning about how to take care of our teeth properly. We have been brushing our teeth every morning in school and we have been thinking about what foods make our teeth happy and what foods make our teeth sad. Check out our noticeboard.
February 1st saw us celebrating St. Brigid’s Day. Our teacher read us the story of St. Brigid’s Cloak and showed us a St. Brigid’s cross made from rushes. We made our own simpler crosses out of green paper.
Just one short week after St. Brigid’s Day was Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday as it has become known. We had super fun making pancakes in our room. We listened to a poem about making pancakes first, then we got down to preparing our own. When they were cooked we added different toppings like maple syrup, lemon juice and caster sugar but the winner in Class A1 hands down was Nutella!
Love is in the air!
We were busy making hearts for our Valentine’s Day display. We also did some lovely art work to bring home to our parents for Valentine’s Day.