First/Second Classes

June 22nd 2017

Choose Time Treat


Early yesterday morning it looked like the good spell of weather was over but thankfully by 11am the sun had come out. There was no one happier than the boys and girls from our second classes because the good weather meant that they could walk to the town park as their end of year 'Choose Time Treat'! As you can see from the photos below, the children had a wonderful time.

choose time treat


June 20th 2017

Learning about Poland


What better way to learn about another European country than to speak to a person from that country. Today, the boys and girls in Ms Kiernan's Second Class had a very special visitor. Kasia Lachowska, mum to Karol from Ms Kiernan's Class and Jacob from Mrs Shiel's First Class came to talk to the children about her home country Poland. Kasia, who has been living in Ireland for ten years, told the children many interesting facts about Poland. Some were surprised to learn that although Poland is a member of the European Union, they have a different currency called Zloty. In 2017, the population of Poland was 38.5 million, which is considerably greater than Ireland's 4.7 million. The Polish climate also differs hugely to Ireland. The highest temperature recorded in Poland was 39.9 Celsius in August 2012. The lowest temperature was -38.8 Celsius recorded in January 2017. Other topics such as the history and geography of the country, tourist attractions, animals native to Poland, food, celebrations, the flag and school were all discussed. There were quite a few shrieks of astonishment when the children learned that if they were attending school in Poland instead of Ireland, not only would they have homework from Monday to Thursday, but they would get twice as much on Friday as they have the weekend to get it done! To finish up her presentation, Kasia brought some traditional Polish sweets for the boys and girls to taste. Ms Kiernan and the children would like to thank Kasia for taking the time to share her extensive knowledge of Poland with them.

learning about poland


June 16th 2017

Visiting Athlete

Today, the boys and girls from our second and third classes were happy to welcome Maurice Looby to the school. Maurice has been involved in athletics and running in particular for over 30 years. He spoke to the children about many aspects of health and fitness. The children shared the sports that they favoured but Maurice was quick to point out that even if you're not a member of a team sport, you can still keep active and healthy in your daily life. He asked the children if they like to run in the yard. Of course the answer was a resounding yes. This is the first step to all sports they may encounter in their lives. You have to run in soccer, gaelic, tennis and basketball to name but a few. So running around the school yard is an excellent start to a fit and healthy life.

Maurice then invited all four classes to the Bishop's Field. He kept the children busy for the next 30 minutes with several activities. The fox and hound game, tug of war and relay races were enjoyed by everyone. The boys and girls and their teachers would like to thank Maurice for taking the time to visit and for sharing a little of his sporting expertise with them.

visiting athlete

visiting athlete b


June 15th 2017

Getting Penalty Ready

One part of Active School Week that all students look forward to, is 'Penalty Shoot against the Principal'. I'm not sure it's the high point for Mrs Garvey though. When she is hard at work, classes are practicing in the green areas. Today Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Deane's Second Classes took to the green areas to pick their representatives. Two of our sixth class students helped out as stand-in goalkeepers and the second class boys and girls practiced with gusto. I hope Mrs Garvey is ready because these young penalty takers mean business!

getting penalty ready


June 13th 2017

Relax Kids

As part of Active School Week we had a visit from Fiona Foy this morning. Fiona gave the boys and girls from our first classes an introduction to 'Relax Kids'. The children practiced some breathing exercises and yoga and felt totally 'chilled out' when they returned to class!

relax kids

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