Students of the Week Friday November 28th

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We were delighted to reward these excellent students with the much sought after ‘Student of the Week’ award! The teachers were amazed that some of these students had yet to receive this award as they always work quietly and try their hardest in class.

It also emphasised the effort that these students made in preparation for their Parent Teacher Meetings, really focusing when required. We learned that some of our students had made a very special effort in an area that they had previously found difficult and this has made a great difference to their work and learning.

Hard work and enthusiastic attitudes were also common themes throughout, alongside an eagerness to do very well in class and a willingness to go that extra mile with their homework.

As in previous weeks students have made great improvements. Some with their handwriting and others with their behaviour and application. Some students are always so helpful, reliable and above all so kind to others- a comment we were delighted to hear.

One of this week’s students was also described as a great team player, very mature and helpful and this student is always willing to own up if and when they make a mistake. This student really sets a great example to younger students throughout the school.

Comhghairdeachas mhór do na daltaí, bhí sibh ar fheabhas!

A special thank you to all our Parents/Guardians and members of the local community who supported our Clothing Collection. As always we really appreciate your support. The collection will be early next week so there is still time if you wish to leave a bag to us!

Finally a thank you to all who attended our Parent Teacher meetings in such great numbers. These meetings are crucial to the progress of our students, to ensure they are on the path to reaching their potential.

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 29th November

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place tomorrow Saturday, 29th November and all are invited to participate in Carol Singing as we light the tree and welcome Santa Claus (3 p.m.)to his new Grotto in Charlestown (the old AIB buildling). Singing will commence at 4:30 p.m. with song sheets available to help you get into the festive spirit!

Tuesday/Wednesday December 2nd/3rd

Third Class boss and girls will compete in their Mayo Primary School Futsal Competition in Barnacarrol Community Centre. We wish them every success.

The Parish Christmas Carol Service will take place on Wednesday evening December 10th at 7 p.m. Further details of the evening’s events will follow.

A change from this week’s circular to all parents/guardian our school will sing Christmas Carols on Saturday evening December 13th. Details will again follow of this event. We were originally down for the Saturday December 6th.

Finally our Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday December 17th at 7 p.m. This year we will also have a matinée performance on Tuesday afternoon December 16th at 12.30 p.m. As with the Parish Carol Service arrangements will also follow.

Junior Infants Investigate Heat in Class.

Last week Junior Infants did an experiment to investigate the effects of heat on chocolate.

First the children predicted what they thought might happen with the majority guessing correctly, that it would melt.
All the children enjoyed the experiment and took great delight when the bowl of melted chocolate emerged from the microwave.

With the smell of chocolate filling the room they went on to make make rice crispie buns with their melted chocolate.

It was all hands on deck as they stirred in the rice crispies, put bun cases in trays and filled them with the mixture and once they set it was time for the best part-the tasting!

Well done Junior Infants, great work!!

Students of the Week Friday November 21st

As always with our students of the week it was really lovely to hear the recommendations the teachers gave their respective students. All the children are aware that we are entering a very busy time of the year from our Parent Teacher Meetings through to our Christmas Concerts and to their credit have really put their best foot forward.
Those chosen this week are very supportive of all that is happening in and around our school. A consistent comment from all the teachers was that all these students are working very hard whilst giving excellent care and attention to their work. It was lovely to hear of kindness/helpfulness to both classmates and teachers with a lovely comment about one particular student that they are very nice to everyone!
We heard this week also, of a very creative and artistic young lady using her talents to the full and of another student who is showing great focus and maturity in order to succeed in class. We were delighted to learn of a student who places great importance on understanding what has been asked of them, taking their time and ensuring they have grasped it before moving on, very conscientious and eager to succeed.
Well done to those who were chosen this week, all are very deserving winners.

Reminder: Dates for your Diary

Clothes Collection: As we have mentioned previously our Parents Association is holding a ‘Cash for Clothing Fundraiser’ throughout next week (Monday 24th to Friday 28th November). Please bring your unwanted clothing, paired shoes, handbags & accessories and good quality bed linen sheets to the GP Room. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to accept clothes in an un-wearable condition, pillows, curtains, underwear, shoes in poor condition or uniforms with crests. A special word of thanks to our Parents Association who are organising this fundraiser.

On Wednesday and Thursday (November 26th/27th) of next week we will have our Parent Teacher Meetings: Letters have been sent home, this week via school bags with the day and time for meetings – so check the bags please! Should the day and time not suit you please inform the class teacher as soon as possible and another appointment can be arranged for you at a time convenient to both parents and teacher.

The Parish Christmas Carol Service will take place on Wednesday evening December 10th at 7 p.m. Further details of the evening’s events will follow.
Finally our Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday December 17th at 7 p.m. This year we will also have a matinée performance on Tuesday afternoon December 16th at 12.30 p.m. As with the Parish Carol Service arrangements will also follow.

Students of the Week Friday November 14th

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As has been the case throughout this term, many students are working extremely hard in class. This is a fact noted each week by their teachers who consistently recognise that so many are deserving of the ‘Student of the Week’ accolade. All we say is continue to DÉAN DO DHÍCHEAl! (DO YOUR BEST!) and you will be rewarded. All our teachers certainly see and appreciate your efforts and hard work!

As mentioned hard work was a dominant theme this week, where students gave 100% to their work, cooperating and taking a great part in class discussions, activities and debate. A lovely quote about one student was also that they were always very pleasant and kind to others, while being very helpful in class. Another great quality noted was that of being a great listener, this a key skill to ensuring success in any of our classrooms. Finally we were delighted to hear that many of those selected were working so hard at their tables and indeed with different strands of the Maths Curriculum where difficulties had surfaced previously.

Well done as always to those selected this week, we were delighted to hear of your hard work and interest in doing well.

‘The Weather Show’ Science Week 2014

The students of our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes had a wonderful morning at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough where they enjoyed an excellent show/workshop ‘The Weather Show’.

It involved an interactive presentation covering principles such as atmospheric pressure, convection currents, sound, optics and electromagnetism. What our students found most enjoyable was the manner in which theory and practice was linked through fun and exciting experiments. The children learned all about thunder and lightning, how rainbows are formed while also examining climate change. They learned of the destructive power of extreme weather,in particular how tornadoes are formed. We explored areas that are subject to these extremes looking at the impact this has on their environment.

It was a most informative morning highlighting the importance and relevance of Science to our/the children’s everyday lives and a fitting way to conclude our Science Week celebrations.

Finally we were delighted to have the opportunity to wander through the fantastic Museum of Country Life, a great way to end a lovely morning.

Dates for your Diary

Some important dates for your diaries in the coming weeks.

Wednesday 26th November Parent Teacher Meetings Day 1
Thursday 27th November Parent Teacher Meetings Day 2

Our annual Parent/Teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday/Thursday 26th/27th November.
The school will close at 2.45p.m.
Further information about the meetings will go out to all parents in a circular on Wednesday of next week.We look forward to meeting you then. Táimid ag tnúth le bualadh libh ansin.

The Parish Christmas Carol Service will take place on Wednesday evening December 10th at 7 p.m.Further details of the evenings events will again follow.

Finally our Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday December 17th at 7 p.m. This year we will also have a matinee performance on Tuesday afternoon December 16th at 12.30 p.m. As with the Parish Carol Service arrangements will also follow.