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.
We´ve had some great fun with the last two weeks- we had our Active Week, Art week and Biodiversity Week where the local plants and wildlife were explored and many boys have developed gardening green fingers. One boy was missing school so much he made his own school with Lego! Finally we had our bakeoff and Mr. Reale has just announced that Charlie from Ms. Tynan´s class is the winner with his “Social Distancing” Cake!! Well done everyone!
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.
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.
We´ve just had a great week of fun learning activities as part of Maths week (an all-island celebration of all things Mathematical!). Maths trails, Maths puzzles competition (Monday is the closing date for entries) and an online blitz of mangahigh.com were the highlights. Check out some photos here.
We also embarked on a road safety campaign for the past few weeks – where
we had poster competitions and talks by our traffic wardens about being safe
on the footpath and crossing the road. Other areas such as bike and scooter
safety were covered too and some of the younger classes received high-vis
vests, high-vis arm bands, stickers, pencils and rulers.
Our 1st class pupils focussed on the Seatbelt Sherriff’s message which is to
buckle up in any vehicle they are travelling in. Our 2nd class pupils
created posters – their glow in the dark posters were very effective and
remind everyone to be bright day and night when out walking, or cycling.
Our 3rd class pupils created a dance and made a simple video for our
younger pupils to teach them ‘The Safe Cross Code’. Bn Ui Loingsigh’s class
also enjoyed dancing to the older version of ‘The Safe Cross Code’ that some
mammys, daddys and grandparents may remember!
Check out our gallery of safety posters here!