Enjoying After School Sports Again!

The senior boys played their first soccer match in the schools’ soccer league for 2022 yesterday and came home with a win. They played against St Pat’s and had a comfortable win. We want to thank Larkview FC for the use of their all-weather pitch. It was great to see the smiling faces – supporters included.

Also we are very proud and happy with the performances and dedication of the boys during the Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic football season which finished this week. We wish to thank the teachers, Mr. Kelly, Mr. O’Doherty, Mr. O Brien, Ms. Byrne and Ms. Hahesy who have helped with the training and supervision.
Many thanks to the parents for their co-operation with drives to matches and training.

Hurling and athletics will take place after the Easter holiday.

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Craic agus Ceol: cuid a dó!

Thar aon rud eile, cuir am ar leataobh gach lá don spraoi! We love to make time for fun each day! Seachtain na Gaeilge has provided us with a chance to experience our first live music event together in a long long time. We had a ball! Mile buíochas to our musicians and to our wonderful dancer – we were blown away with their performance.

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Céilí agus Ealain: Cuid a haon.

We are celebrating, ag ceiliúradh all things Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Inniu we had a céilí where we learned a few steps, cúpla céim and had a great time together. Bhí spraoi iontach againn. There is also a few snippets of the art work, piosaí ealaíne, that the classes have been working for the past few days.

Talking to Children about War.

With news of the war in Ukraine dominating the headlines, many children will have been exposed to information about the conflict. Children do not always talk about what is worrying them but they may be trying to make sense of the information by themselves and in the absence of factual information, imagining situations to be far worse than they are. Every child is different and while some may be feeling scared others may not be worried at all.

Below are some strategies that we use at school and you may use at home for talking to children about the current situation that will help to ease their concerns:

Our boys have been having discussions in class about war at their appropriate age level and especially in relation to the children who have been displaced by the war in Ukraine. 5th class have worked on a project that depicts a poem written by their class teacher, Mr O’Flynn. The boys put together the back drop images and Cian and Reuben recite it below:

Engineering Week part 2 – problem solving at its best!

Science experiments were to be found in every classroom as the boys problem solved and experimented – coming up with some pretty mind blowing conclusions.

Our 4th class boys worked on protecting an egg from a drop. They created a design, did a controlled test and then wrote up about their investigations.

Engineering Week 2022

STEPS Engineers Week 2022 is taking place this week until Friday 11 March. During STEPS Engineers Week-themed lessons were taught in our classrooms to help boys discover the exciting world of engineering in Ireland. We engaged and created many of our own engineering themed activities.

The boys have been learning how engineers design products that are essential to our health, happiness and safety. To meet these needs the boys learned how engineers often look to nature’s examples of efficient design solutions. The natural world provides us with creative solutions and inventions such as cats eyes, flippers, sonar, flight and even velcro!

Our infants in Ms Murtagh’s class below went on a sunny nature walk in Bushy Park and who knows – the inspiration and fun of it all may have been the first step leading to a love and interest in engineering.

Exploring pond life!

Our infants in Ms Harte’s class were very concerned for the health of Rapunzel and spent a few class sessions brainstorming and designing escape routes from the tall tower using very inventive methods and materials such as marshmallows, spaghetti and toothpicks. Engineering at its best!