January and February can be wet dreary cold months but despite the storms and wet windy weather, we had a great half-term in St. Joseph’s. The art work by the boys demonstrates some of the themes and topics we covered such as the seasons with Winter about to end and Spring coming soon. The signs of nature awakening with bare trees sprouting buds, and early Spring flowers beginning to appear alongside swans nesting were demonstrated by the boys through their art work. Themes of Space and our Solar system and planets were also explored which led to construction with recycled materials. Art work using fabric and fibre was to be found everywhere. The Minions and Spider man featured a lot. Special days and celebrations like St. Valentine’s day where we showed love to one another and brought clay pieces and crafty gifts home to our loved ones, and the Chinese New Year where 2022 is the year of the Tiger were celebrated and explored through the joy of arts and crafts.
What a delightful performance by our senior infant boys. In music lesson today, they were able to memorise the words and learn how to sing Pink’s song ‘Cover me in Sunshine’. The boys sang so beautifully and with such emotion. They are a very talented group and we look forward to their next performance. Great voices, great timing and great actions – we loved it!
Our school was feeling the LOVE today – lots of quizzes and word searches on the history of St Valentine and flowers of all descriptions were carried into and out of school today. Beautiful cards and crafty bundles of love wrapped up with glue, paper, wool and clay were carried home carefully to loved ones. The boys in 3rd class gave a secret Valentine card to a class mate with a well chosen compliment for the receiver. A day of enhanced wellbeing for all.
The school senior football teams have returned to training and on Thursday we played our first match in two years against a very strong St. Pius team. There will be a short season of matches over the next few weeks and we are hoping hurling and athletics will resume after Easter.
It was great to get back out on the pitch this week with the schools Gaelic football teams. Boys from both 6th classes braved the elements this week in Terenure College. Ms. Byrne, Mr. O’Doherty, Mr. O’Brien, Ms Hahessy and Mr. Kelly will coach the teams this year, while Mr. Ring will oversee all proceedings. We are hoping for a fun filled season where the boys can get back to competitive games and a bit of normality. The GAA teams are open to all boys in sixth class at the moment. All boys in sixth class are more than welcome to get involved and play a few games this year. If anyone wants to join, please speak to any of the coaches or Mr. Ring.
A month on, we remember Ms. Ashling Murphy, her heart broken family, her pupils in Durrow National School and her colleagues and friends. The boys in Mr O’Flynn’s class recite a lovely poem as a tribute to Ms Murphy.
Having fun rapping as gaeilge for feel good Friday!
Senior Infants were working on their fundamental movement skills today. They were controlling a ball using various body parts. Developing manipulative skills at an early age is so important. Well done boys!
The Green School Team was very pro-active in taking the next step with the acorns we gathered in the Autumn. It was decided that we would conduct an experiment with these acorns; those that had been put into the fridge in sealed bags with dampened kitchen paper would be planted out in black pots whilst those that had spent the last couple of months buried in sand outside would be planted in pots that were not black. We will be keen to see which lot of acorns will put out green shoots first.
Boys from 1st class up brought in pots and soil. On Jan. 31st we planted the acorns out. It will be exciting to see how many oak trees emerge!
Our boys enjoy performing with no pressure – just feel good vibes.