English lesson: Reading and Writing – all you need is a good book
and a Twinkl book review sheet – it is that easy!
English and Art & Crafts: All you need are some pegs, glue, varnish, patience
and a Twinkl project sheet to record how you did it!
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.
We went on a class trip to the Pearse Museum. We read a class novel about a boy called John Joe who went to St Enda’s School (which is now called The Pearse Museum in memory of Patrick and William Pearse. Our tour guide, Marian led us around the building. She was a great tour guide. It was really fascinating looking at all of the history in the building. We saw Patrick Pearse’s office, the dormitory in which John Joe slept in in our class novel, the main entrance hall, the auditorium-where some of our classmates got to play the piano, the dining room and the art gallery. After all of that, we went down into the basement and saw many historic items belonging to the Pearses. We also watched a short film with no audio about O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral, where you could see the only remaining video footage of Patrick Pearse (who was giving a speech). Shortly after we made our way out of the building and went to the garden, where you see one of Patrick Pearse’s poems, The Wayfarer, etched into the pavement surrounding a fountain. The Wayfarer is thought to be his last ever poem, written before he was executed by the British. You can see in the poem that he knew he would be executed shortly. The class thought that it was a great trip, and everybody enjoyed it.
PJ and Ryan 5th Class, Ms Molloy.
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Well done to our 5th and 6th class boys who were awarded merit certificates for their entries into the Book of Kells Creative Writing Awards in Trinity College Dublin recently. A special congratulations goes to Conor who came 1st in the Primary School Section which had competition entrants from all over the world.
Next week, Oct 14th to 18th, we have the Scholastic bookfair visiting the school hall. You can check the books available by clicking here. Many of the books are in the Accelerated Reading book system which all classes from 1st to 6th follow. Boys may visit with their parents from 0830 to 0850 every morning. Classes will also be timetabled to visit the fair with their teachers during the week. Boys should consult the catalogue in advance and bring no more than €10 to school. Our thanks to Bean Uí Loinsigh who has organised this and to Pauleen McTague whose help has been indispensable.
Maths ‘Week’ takes place this year October 12 – 20. This is a time for pupils to explore the Maths environment, both at school and at home. There will be lots of fun activities going on in school throughout the week. On Mangahigh boys can compete with other ¨mathletes¨ from around the world with the scoring going live from 7am on Saturday 12th! Any Maths homework given will focus on solving problems, as well as developing an awareness of Maths all around us … Shapes, Money, Measures, Ratio, Symmetry etc. We hope every child will benefit from Maths Week 2019. Sample puzzle-If each girl in a family has an equal number of brothers and sisters but all the boys have three times more sisters than brothers, how many boys are in the family?