Nollaig Shona! Happy Christmas to everyone!The Christmas season is always a very special and enjoyable time in St. Joseph’s. We have Nativity Plays, Carols, Cake Sale, Christmas Shoebox appeal, visit of Santa Claus, etc. A special word of thanks to the Garda Band who visited us yesterday. We even had some Christmas Gardening this year as Ms. Maher’s class planted amaryllis bulbs in October to flower at this time. Click on this link to see some photos(including some amazing art and craftwork!) and on the video to see some of our classes singing.
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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?
Yesterday in the beautiful Santry Demense park we had our first run of the year in the Clonliffe Harriers schools cross country. 45 boys from 4th, 5th and 6th classes represented St. Joseph’s and all ran very well especially the boys from Mr. O’Flynn’s class. The 5th class boys were 3rd in the team event with Ben finishing 5th and Cillian, Eoghan and Sean all finishing in the top 25 against around 200 boys from 20 other schools, including some from as far away as Armagh and Belfast! There will be several more of these cross country runs during the school year and every boy from 3rd to 6th will get an opportunity to run so get out running and get fit! Photos here.
Today we celebrated tomorrow’s All Ireland final replay by having a county colours day with the proceeds going to the Peter McVerry trust. Several different county jerseys were to be seen but blue, of course, was the predominant colour. However quite a few green and gold Kerry jerseys and even a Kerry Teddy Bear sneaked in to the delight of our deputy principal Bean Ui Loinsigh.
The Christmas season is a very special and enjoyable one in St. Joseph’s. We have Nativity Plays, Carols, Toy Sunday, Cake Sale, Christmas Shoebox appeal, visit of Santa Claus, etc. A special word of thanks to the Garda Band who visited us yesterday. Click on this link to see some photos(including some amazing art and craftwork!).
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On Wednesday, we (Calum, Conor, George and I) went to the Intel Mini-Scientists Leinster Regional fair (held in Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown) after we were one of two groups selected to represent our school. Prizes were given to sixteen groups out of approx. 90 from all over Leinster. Our winning project was on the school towels’ hygiene. This idea was thought of at first as a joke by one of our members: Calum, when we realised it wasn’t a bad idea, this joke turned out for us qualifying in the Intel Mini Scientists National final 2019 in February…… We can’t wait!
by John(Rang a 5)