We are really looking forward to getting back to our local sports’ clubs. The boys in 5th and 6th class did a survey for the Active School team. As you can see, we have very active boys!
For the past 2-3 weeks as restrictions have lessened, we are delighted to be getting back in partnership with our local clubs.
Thank you Kevin, our local GAA Templeogue Synge St football club coach who trains all of our infants in ball skills one day a week.
Thank you Tommy from our local GAA hurling club Faughs who teaches hurling to our 1st and 2nd class boys for 2 days every week.
Thank you Fintan from Cricket Leinster who trains our boys in 5th and 6th class mid week.
And finally, we are delighted to welcome Gareth back next week, to teach tag rugby to our 3rd and 4th class boys. Gareth is the community rugby officer for DCC South Central.
We are very grateful to our local clubs for being in partnership with us in St. Joseph’s BNS.
We are also looking forward to getting back to our swimming lessons in Templeogue Swimming Pool, but we will have to wait until the public health guidelines let us know it is safe to do so.
Well done to all our classes who during National Active Schools Week (from infants to sixth class) ran everyday and visited all the places mapped out for this challenge! We are so proud of our boys. We want to thank Ms Tynan and the Active School Team for the motivation to keep going! Certificates and homework vouchers were presented to all.
Our new school walk way is a huge hit! Designed by our boys but judging by the usage today perhaps we should have called it a run way! Tomorrow we will use the walk way stations for different exercises and curricular activities.
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
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)
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!
The boys in our senior classes are delighted that the cricket coaching sessions have started up again. Our coach is Fintan McAllister who is the DCC Cricket Development Office with Cricket Leinster. It is great to have Fintan back with us and he reckons we have some great talent here!
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.