Category Archives: Curricular

Book Fair 2022

After almost 4 years wait, the book fair came back to St. Joseph’s.  Our school hall was turned into a reading zone, welcoming all of our boys from infants to 6th class.

Each class was assigned two time slots to peruse the books, discover new authors and perhaps to read books they wouldn’t necessarily have even thought of opening before.  It was a time to share stories with friends, to relax together and to enjoy the warm atmosphere that settled over the hall for the week.

It was wonderful to welcome parents from infants to 2nd class into the school and to hear the buzz around the school as the boys gave their parents a ‘sneek peek’ into their classrooms.

It was with a tinge of sadness that we closed up the book trolleys and rolled them out of the school this week, however, we know that the culture of reading is embedded in the school and that thanks to the support of all the parents, our classroom libraries will be re-stocked with new titles very soon.

One Million Trees Campaign

St. Joseph’s  participated in the One Million Tree Planting Campaign this year and raised €175 to plant additional trees in Africa.

In total  870 of our trees were planted in Africa and that is a fantastic contribution in the global fight to combat climate change.

The tree species and geo-locations of the trees planted this year in our school’s name can be found at the links below.

Tree Species Planted: Calliandra calothyrsus

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Tree Species Planted: Grevillea robusta & Calliandra calothyrsus

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The future is very bright with students like ours taking action against climate change, and you should all be very proud of your achievements. Enjoy the upcoming summer holidays,

Celebrating Bloomsday!

What is Bloomsday?

Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world.

Bloomsday celebrates  the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses was published 100 years ago in 1922. It was set in Dublin on 16th June 1904.

With 2022 marking the centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses, our boys had fun marking the day in their own way!

Entrepreneurial Leadership Excellence Award

Congratulations to the boys from Ms Molloy’s fifth class for receiving an award from Sam’s Business Bus – Driving Expectations.

The boys learned about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. They learned how to write both a mission statement and a vision statement for a business, how to set out a business model, look at a budget and how to set goals using the SMART acronym: (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timed).

Well done to the boys and we look forward to reading about all your entrepreneurial ideas in the Business Post in the years to come.

 

Gardening News

What a busy term we had in the garden! We harvested our rhubarb and from ‘Farm to fork’ the boys in 3rd and 4th class used their cooperative skills and  Maths’ skills to cook rhubarb crumble.

6th class did a great job cutting back old growth to make way for the  new.

Spring is well and truly here! Third classes were busy planting potatoes and tomatoes. Mr Kelly’s 1st class got help from Mr O’Doherty’s 6th class  to plant their lettuce seeds.

Hoping for a bumper harvest later as courgettes and chard seeds were also  planted in 4th class.

Infants planted onions and sunflower seeds and enjoyed getting handling the soil and getting grounded.  All calming rewarding activities.  We hope you all try these at home too.

Enjoy this little video of our endeavours!

Talking to Children about War.

With news of the war in Ukraine dominating the headlines, many children will have been exposed to information about the conflict. Children do not always talk about what is worrying them but they may be trying to make sense of the information by themselves and in the absence of factual information, imagining situations to be far worse than they are. Every child is different and while some may be feeling scared others may not be worried at all.

Below are some strategies that we use at school and you may use at home for talking to children about the current situation that will help to ease their concerns:

Our boys have been having discussions in class about war at their appropriate age level and especially in relation to the children who have been displaced by the war in Ukraine. 5th class have worked on a project that depicts a poem written by their class teacher, Mr O’Flynn. The boys put together the back drop images and Cian and Reuben recite it below: