On Friday we held a Zoom assembly and a socially distanced getogether in the school yard to say farewell to Mr. Frank Concannon as he retired after long years of service to St. Joseph´s. Having started here as a class teacher in 1984, Mr. Concannon has in recent years been part of the special education team. Present and past pupils will remember him as the “medals man” on sports evenings, for organising the football league in the VEC grounds and for his successful “Green teams” which raised awarness of environmental issues and achieved seven Green Flags for St. Joseph´s over the last 20 years. He will be missed by all of us and we wish him a long and happy retirement.
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!
On Tuesday evening we bade farewell to the Class of 2020. It was strange not to be able to say goodbye in person, but we’ll hopefully see you all again when it’s safe to do so!
Over a hundred boys from the school wowed a huge audience last night at Córfhéile in the National Basketball Arena. Ms. Maher, Ms. Tynan and Ms. Rooney were delighted with the beautiful performances of their classes. Our special thanks to Ms. Maher who is one of the main organisers of the event which goes on all week with hundreds of schools involved. Click for more photos. Judge’s report.
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.
Congratulations to the boys from Rang a 6 who received the sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Eamonn Walsh yesterday. A special word of thanks to the choir led by Ms Molloy and Ms Byrne.
Nollaig Shona! Happy Christmas to everyone!The Christmas season is always a very special and enjoyable time in St. Joseph’s. We have Nativity Plays, Carols, Cake Sale, Christmas Shoebox appeal, visit of Santa Claus, etc. A special word of thanks to the Garda Band who visited us yesterday. We even had some Christmas Gardening this year as Ms. Maher’s class planted amaryllis bulbs in October to flower at this time. Click on this link to see some photos(including some amazing art and craftwork!) and on the video to see some of our classes singing.