Over a hundred boys from the school wowed a huge audience last night at Córfhéile in the National Basketball Arena. Ms. Maher, Ms. Tynan and Ms. Rooney were delighted with the beautiful performances of their classes. Our special thanks to Ms. Maher who is one of the main organisers of the event which goes on all week with hundreds of schools involved. Click for more photos. Judge’s report.

St Joseph’s B.N.S. is striving to achieve a physically educated and physically active
school community. With help from our teachers, students, parents and wider community
we hope that in 2020 our school will be recognised as an official ‘Active School’. As
always, when the school community puts our minds to something we can achieve big
things. We set up our Active School Committee with members from every class.
A key part of the ASF process is finding ways to encourage less active children to
ENJOY physical activity more. Therefore, it is essential that the voice of less active
children is represented alongside the voice of more active children on the ASF
Committee.
We organised a poster and slogan competition for the whole school. Each child from 1st to 6th class designed an active poster with an active slogan somewhere on their poster. A winner was picked from each class and an overall winner was chosen from the whole school. The overall winner was Aaron from 6th class. Our new Active School slogan is ‘Climb, Jump, Swim, Run…..Make your fitness number one!’. Everyone had great fun doing the competition. Here are some photos of the winners and the overall winner accepting his prize.

Well done to our athletes from 5th and 6th class who competed with thirty other schools from as far afield as Mayo and Clare at the magnificent National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown yesterday. Every class in the school is now doing regular running as part of our Active School initiative. There will be more cross country events in the next few weeks so hopefully everybody is getting up to peak fitness!
Photos Click here for video clips.

 

The Student Council organised a road and bike safety poster competition to coincide with Road Safety Week. The boys from 1st to 6th classes were given a month to design a poster covering different themes. The results were amazing and the winning poster was sent to AA Roadwatch. The top three entries and the runners up were presented with prizes by Ms. Mc Cabe. All of the individual class winning posters can be seen on the windows you face as you enter the school. Congratulations to all 350 boys who entered the competition but there could only be one winner, Ryan from 5th class, whose magnificent poster can be seen below. We would like to remind the boys to be extra safe on the roads especially when crossing the roads with the lollipop ladies and men and when cycling to and from school.

 

 

We were delighted and honoured to have Holocaust surivor Tomi Reichental visit the school today to speak to boys from Rang a 5. When Tomi was a young boy in Slovakia, his family were rounded up by the Nazis and taken to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. It is estimated that over 50,000 people(including Anne Frank) died in this camp.

Last week was Internet Safety Week. The boys have been using the Be Internet Legends Scheme to look at how we can stay safe when using the Internet. This teaches children to show proper respectful behaviour when online and how we can block and report people who are being abusive online. We also learned about how we should keep our personal information secure and how we can make a secure passwords. We also learned about appropriate sharing of information. Our senior classes used Mentimeter.com to record our thoughts about internet safety – see an example of this are below. Parents may also consult webwise.ie for more on this topic.