Shrove Tuesday 16th February – Pancakes galore!

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the day before Lent begins. It is the most wonderful Tuesday of all, for we are given free rein to pile our plates high with pancakes thick and thin, slathering them with a selection of sweet and savoury spreads and toppings. Our boys have spoken and their favourite toppings include chocolate spread, lemon and sugar, banana, strawberries and some of you like pancakes just the way they are – without any toppings. By the volume of photos and videos of ‘flipping good fun’ we know you all had a great day. Hope the tummies were not too full going to bed!
Here’s a very tasty photo of a pancake creation – worthy of any food magazine sent in by one of our sixth class pupils. Well done indeed.

Saint Valentine’s Day

Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards?

Well rumour has it – teachers do!

Just look at the fabulous digital artwork by our infants above. Below see the beautiful roses and chocolate brownies made by our 5th class boys for their loved ones!

Thank you boys for all the lovely cards, kind words and pictures – we send you all our sweetest, happiest wishes.

Chinese Lunar New Year 2021

Our infant classes learned about the Chinese New Year, which is also called the Spring Festival.

Among other Chinese New Year traditions is the thorough cleaning of one’s home – Jerry our caretaker, and our cleaning staff have been very busy this month, maintaining, deep cleaning, painting and freshening up our classrooms, cubicles and corridors – we are ready to get back to school soon – we can’t wait to see you all again!

St Brigid’s Day

The 1st of February is the feast day of St Brigid and many of our boys learned about Brigid’s life, how she acquired her saint title through helping the sick and poor. Some classes created story boards with illustrations, and others made Saint Brigid’s crosses to hang in their homes. It’s believed these crosses will keep us safe and well – a note of hope for us all in 2021!

How to Make a St Brigid’s Cross
Materials:
9 rushes/reeds/straws
4 small rubber bands, to tie up ends
Instructions:
Hold one of the reeds vertically and fold a second reed in half.
Place the first vertical reed in the centre of the folded second reed.
Hold the centre overlap tightly between thumb and forefinger.
Turn the two reeds held together 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the second reed are projecting vertically upwards.
Fold a third reed in half and over both parts of the second reed to lie horizontally from left to right against the first reed. While holding the centre tightly, turn the three reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the third reed are pointing upwards.
Fold a new reed in half over and across all the reeds pointing upwards.
Repeat the process of rotating all the reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise, adding a new folded reed each time until all nine reeds have been used up to make the cross.(Add to the right, turn to the left)
Secure the arms of the cross with elastic bands. Trim the ends to make them all the same length. The St Brigid’s Cross is now ready to hang.

Children’s mental health

The first class boys in Room 9 took part in daily activities to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, 1st – 7th February.

Mindful Monday – The boys got a taste of mindfulness in our Mindful Monday activity.

Thankful Tuesday – Next up was Thankful Tuesday where the boys explored reasons to be grateful for things that we experience each day.

Wellbeing Wednesday – The boys designed and wrote their own acrostic poems using words we each associated with “WELLBEING”

Thriving Thursday – the class reflected on different activities and things in our life that help us to thrive, give us energy and motivate us.

Feel-good Friday – the boys finished Children’s Mental Health week by summing up things that we were proud of, what we enjoyed and what went well for us this week.

We are so proud of our first class boys for the amazing effort they put into their work this week and their positive attitudes and outlooks are something to be admired.

National LEGO day January 28th 2021

Research shows that construction toys such as LEGO can improve a wide range of mental aptitudes in children, such as spatial intelligence and hand-eye coordination. LEGO is used to make toy buildings, vehicles, creatures, machines, anything imaginable – and these little plastic bricks can be taken apart and put together as often as you’d like. That means endless creative, fun and educational play. One of our sixth class pupils took some time out from his books to build this fine machine to celebrate National LEGO day.