Friday Fun!

Friday was a busy day! The Star Pupil awards for February were presented, we weighed the coin collection buckets and also were busy training for the Volleyball regional finals which take place in Kilkenny on Monday.

Star Pupils Winners for January
Third Class with the heaviest bucket of coins!

Well done to third class. Their coin collection bucket was the heaviest after a month of coin gathering. A whopping 133Kg of coin was collected in total and we’ll let you know the total value once it’s counted…. which may take a while! Thanks to everyone who donated.

Assembly

Thank you to Ms. Gleeson’s First Class and Ms. Bourke’s Third Class who presented their projects on Australia and The Solar System at assembly today.

The final training session took place today before our Volleyball Team compete in the regional finals in the Watershed Kilkenny on Monday.

Handwriting

School Self Evaluation is a process by which every school looks at what it does and decides on ways to improve the quality of teaching and learning for our pupils.

Here in Presentation Primary School we have decided to look at the pupil’s handwriting as part of this self-evaluation. We have come up with a plan on how to teach and promote a style of writing which we believe will be beneficial to our pupils.

The plan, which can be seen on our website, goes through all the steps which need to be completed to ensure this plan works. Firstly we will focus on the children’s’ fine motor skills to ensure their fingers are strong and ready to hold the pencil properly. Then we will teach the ‘Pick and Flick’ technique to ensure our pupils have the correct pencil grip. Next we will teach a style of writing called Cursive Writing. This will involve all the children learning how to form and join their letters in a new cursive way.

There is a video available to watch on our website which demonstrates the ‘Pick and Flick’ and we ask that you watch this video and encourage your child to use this proper grip at home. We also ask that you encourage your child to try and use this new ‘fancy’ cursive style of writing when doing homework.

The Corrcet Pencil Grip

Pen Licences

Well done to these third class girls who were awarded their Pen Licences recently. This means that they are now qualified to use a pen when writing. The whole school is now using cursive writing and these girls are setting the standard with their beautiful handwriting.

Float or Sink?

Ms. Ryan’s class had great fun deciding whether items would float or sink in class today. They used their scientific minds to predict and investigate what items sink and which float. An orange proved to be very interesting with the skin floating but the segments sinking!