The Christmas season is a very special and enjoyable one in St. Joseph’s. We have Nativity Plays, Carols, Toy Sunday, Cake Sale, Christmas Shoebox appeal, visit of Santa Claus, etc. A special word of thanks to the Garda Band who visited us yesterday. Click on this link to see some photos(including some amazing art and craftwork!).
More Carols Click here to see Christmas Newsletter.
Ms. Bleahene’s Rang a 6 were lucky to visit the new Microsoft campus in Leopardstown this week. As part of the visit they had to predict what the world would be like in 2050. You can read their submissions and an account of the visit here.
On Wednesday, we (Calum, Conor, George and I) went to the Intel Mini-Scientists Leinster Regional fair (held in Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown) after we were one of two groups selected to represent our school. Prizes were given to sixteen groups out of approx. 90 from all over Leinster. Our winning project was on the school towels’ hygiene. This idea was thought of at first as a joke by one of our members: Calum, when we realised it wasn’t a bad idea, this joke turned out for us qualifying in the Intel Mini Scientists National final 2019 in February…… We can’t wait!
by John(Rang a 5)
After a wet week mainly spent indoors, the sun shone on Friday morning and 72 boys were happy to get a good run-out in the magnificent grounds of Terenure College. Out of four boys’ races we had three winners with Cillian, Ben and Gareth all winning their races. What a great achievement! Unfortunately, despite a great all-round effort by Ms Tynan’s and Mr. Brennan’s classes we were just pipped by St. Mary’s for the team event as they had more top 10 finishers than us. There will be more cross country events coming up after Christmas and every boy from 3rd to 6th will get a chance to represent the school so keep active everyone!
Today was Blue Friday in St. Joseph´s as Evan Comerford visited with the Sam Maguire Cup. Evan is the young sub goalkeeper with Dublin and played in two matches this year when Stephen Cluxton was injured. Sam was on his sixth visit since 2011, all witnessed by our present 6th class boys, some of whom were also happy to show off the Geraldine Cup they won recently. The boys who played in the 3rd & 4th class league and the successful school junior team, managed by Ms. Byrne & Mr. Hallinan were presented with their medals by Evan. More photos here (& a look back to 2011!).
On Monday the 19th of November we attended the Dublin City Council Comhairle na nÓg A.G.M. in Croke Park for 12-17 year old children. Comhairle na nÓg is an amazing organisation that gives children a say on problems around the world and how we can tackle them. Last year’s topic was on mental health. We were given positivity boxes for our school whereby boys can choose a positive affirmation from the box whenever they feel they might need one. One of the things we looked at this year was global warming. We discussed how pollution from factories and cars goes into the atmosphere but a forcefield blocks it from developing into any dangerous substances. However at the rate we are building factories and cars, the forcefield will not be able to regenerate, therefore leading to our planet getting destroyed. We really enjoyed our day as we got to make new friends and we learnt a lot of interesting facts.
Yesterday we held an ‘In-school Science Exhibition’ of all
the projects entered in the Intel Science Competition. All the classes got
to see each research project and talk with the boys about it. It was a fun
morning! Click for more photos.
We would like to thank Skippy John for teaching the boys individual, partner and team skills/techniques in skipping. Our boys loved learning how to do crossovers, double unders, link skipping, cluster skips and double dutch skipping. ‘Keep the pot boiling’ was a particular favourite with teams as big as you like. The challenges set by Skippy John are aimed at improving self-esteem as they are not competitive, the boys just aim to beat their own PBs, (personal best). It was a wonderful opportunity having the Skipping4life workshops. The workshops finished with ‘A Whole School Show’ which incorporated all they had learned and gave a few boys the opportunity to demonstrate each technique to the whole school. Brave energetic boys! Thanks to all who assisted in any way in bringing Skippy John to our school.
Congratulations to all of the boys from 4th, 5th and 6th classes, who entered a project for the Intel Young Scientist Competition. The idea of the competition was to encourage our students to work scientifically and to learn by investigating and working together as a team. Niamh, the judge from Intel was very impressed with the amount of boys who took part, and she was equally impressed by their knowledge, listening skills, presentations and projects. The winning groups each received a red goody bag and all the pupils who entered the project received a blue goody bag. Thank you Intel!
These are the results of the competition:
In 4th class – Two projects were highly commended
1) How effective is brushing your teeth using mouthwash? By Charlie, Mick and Daniel
2) Does the temperature of a phone battery affect how long it lasts? By Joe, Harry, and Azfar
The winning project for 4th class was researched by Ryan and Willem “Can magnets power cars?”
In 5th class – Two projects were highly commended
1) In room 10 the boys was praised for their class project on lightning and for their enthusiasm
2) Josh, Sean and Harry were commended for their project on ‘What colour gives most light for energy?’
The winning project for 5th class was called ’ School Towels’ by Conor, Callum, John and George.
In 6th class – Two projects were highly commended
1) ‘Alternatives to present day building materials’ by Alex, Ellis, and Francesco
2) ‘Keeping Flowers Fresh’ by Fionan and Finn
The winning project for 6th class was titled ‘What do plants need to grow’ and researched by Tom and Luca
The 2 overall school winning projects selected to go forward to the regional finals are the ‘ Can Magnets Power Cars?’ and ‘School Towels’ projects.
See more projects here.