Arrangements for our Last Week: Carol Singing/Christmas Concerts

Nollaig shona agus beannachtaí na hathbhliana daoibh!

There is a great buzz around the school with all the children preparing for our Christmas Concerts and Carol Singing in our local nursing homes.

Here are the arrangements for a very busy last week!

Arrangements for our Christmas Concert

Our Christmas Concerts 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. Doors will open shortly after 12 noon for this performance, with our normal school day in operation. Entry is €5 per person.

St.Vincent De Paul Food Hampers:

We have been asked to support the local group with their annual Christmas Hamper appeal. Non-perishable items are requested. Such items include: Canned food, pasta, rice, dried food and fruits, tins of biscuits and cereals are most welcome. All food items should be brought to school before Tuesday December 16th. Collection points have been stablished in all classrooms. Many thanks to you all who have supported this appeal to date.

Rang 3/6 to Sing in the Local Nursing Homes: Our annual visits to the local Nursing homes will take place on Thursday December 18th. This is a lovely tradition and we are delighted as always to have this opportunity. We will begin at St. Anne’s at 1.20 p.m. and proceed then to St.Attracta’s for 2 p.m.

On Friday morning December 19th next we will conclude our Christmas celebrations with the visit of a very special person to our school at 10.30 a.m.

A great way to end our busy first term!

We are looking forward to seeing you all over the coming days.

Students of the Week Friday December 5th

What a hectic week we’ve just had! We’re in the middle of preparing for the Parish Christmas Carol Service, carol singing in the Square, our Christmas Play, our visits to the local Nursing Homes and ensuring our Christmas Cards got off to print earlier in the week. All this while squeezing in the important learning/classwork that is central to what we do!

Obviously we ask a lot of the students at this busy time of the year and we were delighted with the response we received at all levels. The students selected this week have all excelled in their preparation for the busy Christmas schedule, continuously giving their best effort and working well. A lovely comment from one teacher this week reported that the student they selected has a very positive influence on their classmates, is always nice to those around her and gets on very well with everyone. High praise indeed!

We also had excellent recommendations based on great improvements in reading, writing, handwriting and about a student who continuously works well even when things are difficult. Always giving their best.

It was really great this week to hear from all the teachers, that working well with others was so important in all classes especially at this time when it’s very much all hands on deck! This is very much a life skill which we’re sure will stand to all of our students going forward!

Finally another busy week lies ahead…

Monday December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. All classes from 1st to 6th will attend 12 Midday Mass accompanied by their teachers.

The Parish Christmas Carol Service will take place on Wednesday evening December 10th at 7 p.m. Further details of the evening’s events (times/clothing etc) will follow in a circular to all parents on Monday.

As mentioned last week, we will sing Christmas Carols in the Square on Saturday December 13th. The blessing of the crib is now at 1.30 p.m. We will sing either side of the blessing before finishing on time for all the children to participate in the Elf Trail at 2 p.m. Details will again follow of this event in Monday’s circular.

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. The children are working very hard preparing for what promises to be a wonderful night!

Rang 1/2 Learn about Neil Armstrong


In the last few weeks, we learned about Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon. We saw pictures of him on the Internet and we wrote about him in our copies. For Art, we made some rockets with black paper and tinfoil.

Here are some very interesting facts about Neil Armstrong’s life..

• Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969
• He went with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
• Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon
• They put an American flag on the moon
• They went to the moon in 1969 in a spacecraft sent by NASA
• NASA stands for National, Aeronautics and Space Administration
• They travelled in a spaceship called “Apollo 11”

We are now very busy getting ready for the Christmas concert.An exciting end to 2014 lies ahead!

Rang 3 Participate in Futsal Competition

On Tuesday 2nd December the girls from 3rd class took part in a Girls Futsal competition in Barnacaroll Sports Complex. The competition involved 3rd & 4th class children from schools in the surrounding areas battling against each other to progress to the county finals. Our girls performed admirably against teams from Bekan N.S., Barnacaroll N.S., Cloonlyon N.S. and Ballinrobe N.S. with most of the other teams made up entirely of 4th class children. They have made huge progress both individually and as a team. And this time next year they will be ready to show their true potential. It was a great day out and all the girls had great fun.

The following day on Wednesday 3rd the boys from 3rd also took part in a Boys Futsal competition. They were also up against 3rd & 4th class children from Bekan N.S., Barnacaroll N.S. and Gaelscoil De Burca progress to the county finals. The boys played excellently and enjoyed their day out. It was a great experience to play this exciting game and they learned some valuable lessons about team playing, passing, movement and never giving up.

We would like to thank Paul Byrne (FAI) for organising the excellent event and to wish the winning teams all the best in the upcoming finals. Finally a big thank you to all the parents who helped prepare the runners, boots, shin pads, football gear etc that all the children needed and also to all the parents who gave up their time to transport the children from Charlestown to Barnacaroll. As always we really appreciated your help.

Rang 3/4 Explore 2D and 3D Shapes

Exploring 3-D Shapes

During the last week 3rd and 4th class have been exploring 3d shapes. The children first studied 3-d shapes on paper and then we progressed to watching an audio/visual presentation. Finally the children got hands on experience in working with 3d shapes. We grouped the children into 4’s and 5’s and they got to work with various resources to help understand the properties of 3d shapes. We created some regular shapes from paper. We then progressed to using 3d Lego to create more elaborate shapes. We also worked with tooth picks and blue tack to let the children show their engineering prowess in creating 3d masterpieces. It was a very rewarding and exciting way of learning about the 3d objects that are all around us.

Senior Infants and First Class Learn about the Five Senses

Ms.Sloyan’s Senior Infants and First Class Learn about the Senses

In the last fortnight, we learned about our five senses. We made some popcorn and we used our senses to talk about what we could see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Our favourite was TASTING the popcorn!!!!!

We designed a popcorn bucket and wrote about what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted. Some of the words we used were ‘ tasty, bumpy, airy, white, buttery, salty, hot, popping, soft, yummy, delicious’. We had great fun!