Our infants experienced all things musical today – they performed, played percussion, danced, and got creative with the classics!
The first class boys in Room 9 took part in daily activities to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, 1st – 7th February.
Mindful Monday – The boys got a taste of mindfulness in our Mindful Monday activity.
Thankful Tuesday – Next up was Thankful Tuesday where the boys explored reasons to be grateful for things that we experience each day.
Wellbeing Wednesday – The boys designed and wrote their own acrostic poems using words we each associated with “WELLBEING”
Thriving Thursday – the class reflected on different activities and things in our life that help us to thrive, give us energy and motivate us.
Feel-good Friday – the boys finished Children’s Mental Health week by summing up things that we were proud of, what we enjoyed and what went well for us this week.
We are so proud of our first class boys for the amazing effort they put into their work this week and their positive attitudes and outlooks are something to be admired.
We´ve had some great fun with the last two weeks- we had our Active Week, Art week and Biodiversity Week where the local plants and wildlife were explored and many boys have developed gardening green fingers. One boy was missing school so much he made his own school with Lego! Finally we had our bakeoff and Mr. Reale has just announced that Charlie from Ms. Tynan´s class is the winner with his “Social Distancing” Cake!! Well done everyone!
We were delighted and honoured to have Holocaust surivor Tomi Reichental visit the school today to speak to boys from Rang a 5. When Tomi was a young boy in Slovakia, his family were rounded up by the Nazis and taken to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. It is estimated that over 50,000 people(including Anne Frank) died in this camp.
Last week was Internet Safety Week. The boys have been using the Be Internet Legends Scheme to look at how we can stay safe when using the Internet. This teaches children to show proper respectful behaviour when online and how we can block and report people who are being abusive online. We also learned about how we should keep our personal information secure and how we can make a secure passwords. We also learned about appropriate sharing of information. Our senior classes used Mentimeter.com to record our thoughts about internet safety – see an example of this are below. Parents may also consult webwise.ie for more on this topic.
We went on a class trip to the Pearse Museum. We read a class novel about a boy called John Joe who went to St Enda’s School (which is now called The Pearse Museum in memory of Patrick and William Pearse. Our tour guide, Marian led us around the building. She was a great tour guide. It was really fascinating looking at all of the history in the building. We saw Patrick Pearse’s office, the dormitory in which John Joe slept in in our class novel, the main entrance hall, the auditorium-where some of our classmates got to play the piano, the dining room and the art gallery. After all of that, we went down into the basement and saw many historic items belonging to the Pearses. We also watched a short film with no audio about O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral, where you could see the only remaining video footage of Patrick Pearse (who was giving a speech). Shortly after we made our way out of the building and went to the garden, where you see one of Patrick Pearse’s poems, The Wayfarer, etched into the pavement surrounding a fountain. The Wayfarer is thought to be his last ever poem, written before he was executed by the British. You can see in the poem that he knew he would be executed shortly. The class thought that it was a great trip, and everybody enjoyed it.
PJ and Ryan 5th Class, Ms Molloy.