Welcome back Tommy!

For National Active Schools week, 1st and 2nd classes were delighted to welcome back Tommy O’Mahony , Gaelic Promotions Officer from our local Faugh’s hurling club.   As restrictions have eased slightly, Tommy is now coming to our school on Monday and Tuesday taking 2 classes each day in a safe and socially distanced manner.  The boys had great fun! Thank you Tommy!

National Active School Week

As usual we celebrate Active School for 2 weeks in early June but we also do our part for National Active School Week.  We have just completed our design for  our school walkway and for this week we will try out some of  the  ’30 Ways to Use Your WALKWAY’ booklet.  We will most definitely cover the following thanks to Ms Tynan and her class for their hard work getting all sorted for us:

▶ Walkway Orienteering
▶ Walkway Addition
▶ Walkway Multiplication
▶ Walkway Sentences
▶ Walkway Alphabetical Organisation
▶ Walkway Handwriting
▶ Walkway Reading Suggestions
▶ Walkway Dictionary Search
▶ Walkway Mindfulness
▶ Walkway Quiz

— we intend to get very  creative! We will be  sharing your Walkway photos and videos here and on Twitter @stjosephsbns

Marine Week has come to an end!

What a week!  We finished our Marine exploration today with videos on octopuses, a rather sad video on face masks in the ocean made by a secondary school pupil and a final video on plastics in the ocean, which is more  uplifting! Thanks to all for their efforts – some of which you can see below!  We are all looking forward to brighter sunny  days when we can visit some of the beautiful beaches around Ireland.   Enjoy our sea shanty!

Mr Brennan’s Class and their (Virtual) visit to Microsoft Dreamspace

At the start I was excited to go to Microsoft Dreamspace but because of Covid we unfortunately were not able to go. Instead we had to do a zoom. I thought it wasn’t going to be good but it turned out to be really fun. DreamSpace was a really cool coding experience and I learned a lot about coding  and I recommend it to anyone who is into coding. At the beginning of the Zoom they showed us the massive building and the Dreamspace room was based on Minecraft. It was awesome. I would love to work there some day when I get a job. They showed us a really cool digital waterfall with LED lights. It was incredible. There were loads of shops and cafés and the food was super cheap. We got to make our very own video game on their cool website. The people that showed us around, answered all of our questions and were super nice. The video games turned out really well and I made an awesome video game out of code while learning at the same time.

 

By Charlie & Sam  (Mr Brennan’s 6th class)

 

Happy Earth Day

As part of Marine week, we are celebrating ‘Happy Earth Day’ – we have to celebrate the small things in life. Today we  celebrate through Art – we have  a 5 minute draw along tutorial to complete, and  through Science while we  research all types of fish  and below our infant boys are completing a litter marine colouring sheet just as we post this!  The boys also went under the tree in our front garden to check its girth and they gave it a big hug for Earth Day!

Marine Week and Water Safety

We are celebrating Marine Week from April 19-23.  We are going to cover everything to do with the sea!  Now that we can travel outside our 5 km limit, our boys can’t wait to visit the beaches and waterways around Dublin in the next few weeks. Our Green School team will guide the classes as they learn about types of Jellyfish  and other sea life in Ireland. We will also be looking at solutions to microplastics pollution and at what we can do to be better global citizens.

Our active school team will lead our classes in taking part in the Aquatics strand of the PE Curriculum.  We can’t get back to school swimming lessons yet but we can learn about Water Safety.  We have started the PAWS programme on water safety in all our classes.