This month our focus for Star Pupil was Organistaion and Readiness. We encourgaed children to take responsibility for their own possesions, homework and desk. We also asked pupils to be ready for teacher when needed. This life skill is something that pupils can learn from a young age and they can feel a tremendous sense of independence when it is acknowledged.

Infant Star Pupils

Next month our award will be for Handwriting. Handwriting has been the focus of our School Self Evaluation process for the past two years and we will be encouraging all pupils to have the correct pencil grip as well as to make an extra special effort to improve their cursive handwriting.

Star Pupils for Organisation and Readiness
Senior Star Pupils

This month’s Aistear theme was the Safari. All four infant classes learned about the various animals that you would see on Safari. They created little Zoos in the small world station and went ‘On Safari’ during role play. The children also did lots of art inspired by the animals with Ms. Bohan’s class making clay models of the animals.

On Safari
Clay Safari Animals

At the Vets during Aistear in Ms. Ralph’s class

The children are really enjoying our Alternative Homework initiative each Thursday night. This week in particular was an activity that seemed to get special attention from many pupils and families as pupils were challenged to make a parachute. We were delighted to see on our parent’s survey recently that over 90% of parents are very satisfied with Alternative Homework and we look forward to this initiative continuing next year. Here are some of the highlights of the parachute making!

Ms. Gleeson’s class testing their parachutes

One of the suggestions made on our parent’s survey was to share an image of the snacks available from the School Lunches Scheme. Due to Covid, our choices this year have been restricted slighty but Glanmore Foods hope to be back to full capacity next September. Here is a sample of the current snacks that are provided every day. We have also recently allowed children to change up their order. We have encouraged them to select more fuit and dairy from the menu. Over 92% of parents expressed satisfaction with the scheme and we were grateful for the suggestions that were made to help improve it.

School Snacks

Our Senior Infants classes have been learning about the life-cycle of the Butterfly. Both classes are enjoying watching 5 caterpillars as they grow from little eggs to nice chubby caterpillars. We are hoping that they will each begin to build their chrysalis shortly before transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

Here are all the photos from the week gone by. We now have only 19 school days remaining before the summer holidays!! There is lots to look forward to over the next month as we prepare for Active Week and Sports Day. We also hope to be in a position to organise local school tours and virtual graduation ceremonies. It certainly has been a very different school year but the joy of teaching and learning continues each school day.

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