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!
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
4 small rubber bands, to tie up ends
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.
The boys in Senior Infants completed their very first project – it was about their Grandparents. They found out about their grandparents lives when they were little. They discovered what their favourite treats were and then made them. Here is one of our families making and delivering handmade brownies in hand-decorated packaging to their grandparents.
Covid 19 restrictions have necessitated a lot of changes around the school, but that didn’t stop Mr O’Flynn and the boys in 5th class!
They had a Visitor by Zoom, Charles Spencer. You can find out about our virtual visitor from Charlie and Ross.
You can read the account here.
On Friday we held a Zoom assembly and a socially distanced getogether in the school yard to say farewell to Mr. Frank Concannon as he retired after long years of service to St. Joseph´s. Having started here as a class teacher in 1984, Mr. Concannon has in recent years been part of the special education team. Present and past pupils will remember him as the “medals man” on sports evenings, for organising the football league in the VEC grounds and for his successful “Green teams” which raised awarness of environmental issues and achieved seven Green Flags for St. Joseph´s over the last 20 years. He will be missed by all of us and we wish him a long and happy retirement.