Grandparents Day

 

On Friday 16th March, we welcomed grandparents from far and wide to our school.  The junior and senior infants opened with a song for their Grandparents, ‘Today is for You!’ 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class recited a poem and showed us the beautiful art work they had created for their grandparents. 4th, 5th and 6th Class sang the traditional irish songs, ‘I’ll tell me Ma’ and ‘Molly Malone’. The Grandparents then participated in a question and answer session with the children. The children learned that some grandparents had to walk to school, bring sticks for the fire and some even learned how to knit and bake at school! The children learned a great wealth of information from this discussion! Sr Pauline concluding the celebration with a blessing of all our grandparents and also by remembering those who could not be with us on the day, especially those in heaven.

Thank you to our Parents Association who provided and served refreshments to our very deserving grandparents on the day!

 

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Dioscó Gaeilge

Ghlac daltaí Scoil Naomh Lorcáin páirt i ndioscó amuigh faoin spéir Déardaoin seo caite, 15 Márta. Cuireadh an dioscó seo ar siúl mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge.  D’éist na daltaí le leaganacha Gaeilge de roinnt amhrán cáiliúil le bannaí ceoil ar nós Picture This agus The Coronas. Bhí rath mór ar an ócáid agus bhain na páistí agus na múinteoirí ar fad an-taitneamh as.

 

 

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Garda Visit – Cyberbullying Talk

 

We welcomed Garda Seamús and Garda Conor to our school today. They talked to the boys and girls in 4th, 5th and 6th class about the topic of cyber bullying. The children have learned a lot over the last month about ‘Bullying’ through their Stay Safe class lessons and this knowledge was demonstrated from the answers Garda Seamús received to his questions. Our visitors explained the impact cyber bullying behaviour can have on individuals and how important it is to recognise the need to develop strategies to prevent and deal with cyber bullying.

We appreciate Garda Seamús and Garda Conor taking time out of their busy schedule to come and talk to the children today.

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Eason Spelling Bee

We are so proud of Erin from 6th Class who represented Scoil Naomh Lorcáin at the Kildare Finals of the Eason Spelling Bee on Wednesday the 7th of March in Crookstown. Erin came in 7th place out of over 30 pupils.

Erin did so well getting through rounds of spellings, that even her teacher would find tricky! She received an Eason Spelling Bee, a t-shirt and a special certificate in recognition of her achievement.

Well Done Erin!

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Spar FAI 5 a-side Soccer Day

Well done to the children from 4th-6th class who had an enjoyable day at the Spar FAI 5 a-side soccer games in Athy Community College today.

Two teams represented Scoil Naomh Lorcáin – One played in the boy’s competition and the other team played in the girl’s competition.

The children had great fun displaying their soccer skills!

     

   

 

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Up and Moving in the Classroom!

It’s been an energetic month for the 4th, 5th & 6th class children! They have been up out of their seats participating in daily 10 @ 10 sessions – ten minutes of movement every morning at 10 o’clock.

The boys and girls have enjoyed following the exercises demonstrated by Gráinne and Micheál on the classroom interactive whiteboard. They have shown us that movement breaks each day can make a big difference to our fitness, mental health and concentration levels in school.

With exercises that can be done in the classroom, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside!

  

  

   

    

 

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Gymnastics Fun!

The children have enjoyed participating in Gymnastics lessons during P.E. over the last few weeks. 4th, 5th & 6th class have practised forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, symmetrical partner sequences and balancing movements on our gymnastic mats.

Have a look at some of their skills!

      

     

    

    

                      

             

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Credit Union Quiz 2018

Well done to the children who represented the school in The Credit Union Quiz on 26th January in Scoil Naomh Íosaf, Baltinglass.

Scott, Aodhán, Caoimhe and Jenna formed the junior team.

Mc Kenzie, Erin, Ameila and Kate formed the senior team.

Thank you to all those who provided lifts to and from the venue on the night.

Well done boys and girls!

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Buddy Reading

All children from Junior Infants to 6th Class are taking part in ‘Buddy Reading’ sessions to experience the enjoyment that reading and sharing books brings to everyone, no matter what age you are.
We look forward to hearing the sound of voices reading and discussing books every Friday afternoon over the next four weeks.

    

   

   

   

    

 

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CSI Forensics Workshop

      

      

      

      

The children in 4th, 5th & 6th class enjoyed their visit to Athy Library recently. They participated in a ‘CSI Forensic’ workshop in recognition of Science Week.

Christina the co-ordinator showed the children two experiments: how to test ink and how to test powder. The boys and girls then took part in a murder mystery scenario. They had to listen carefully to Christina describe the suspects involved in the murder of the singer ‘Margarita’. They used the ink and powder experiments to find out who the culprit was. They really enjoyed this ‘hands on’ workshop and some may even have careers as detectives in the future!

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Mental Health Talk

            

We welcomed Brigid and Noelle from Kildare Youth Services to our school today. They spoke to all the classes about the importance of looking after our mental health.

In particular, they discussed the topic of feelings – where in our body we experience different feelings and how we deal and cope with the feelings we experience every day. The children enjoyed watching a short clip from the film ‘Inside Out’ which explores feelings.

Brigid and Noelle also explained how important it is to have support around us to cope with our feelings and thoughts. The children came up with a long list – family, relatives, friends, teachers, God and even animals can listen to us and help us feel more positive.

A problem shared, is a problem halved.

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Green School Committee 2017

Well done to Éabha, Hayden, Aodhán, Freddie, Jenna and Erín who have joined the Green School Committee. They join Quinn, Seán, Malachy, Amelia, Kate, Ryan and Ms Morrin.

We look forward to working on the theme of ‘Biodiversity’ this year.

Below are the newly elected members with their winning entries. Well done to all!

 

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Halloween 2017

We had an enjoyable and wonderful day recently for our annual Halloween Hike.

Junior and Senior Infants went on a walk around the terrace. 1st to 6th Class took a 5km walk around the local area. Parents, friends and siblings joined us for this exciting day. Thank you to those who left out treats along the way.

Thank you to those who sponsored the children and also to those who ‘kitted’ out the children for this special day.

Take a look at the pictures below to see the wonderful costumes!

 

 

 

 

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Garda Tom visits the school

Garda Tom visited the school recently.

He spoke to all the children about safety at Halloween. He reminded us to stay away from fireworks and bonfires and to take care when out ‘trick or treating’.

Some of the children even had the opportunity to sit in the Garda van and turn on the sirens!

Thank you Garda Tom for visiting our school.

      

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Mental Health Awareness Week

The children in 4th, 5th and 6th class have participated in mindfulness activities this week to acknowledge the importance of positive mental health in their daily lives. Mindfulness colouring, yoga & meditation and online guided dance activities (‘brain break’ time) were some of the activities they enjoyed.

On Friday, the whole school went on a mindfulness walk. They took time out of their school day to chat with their friends on their journey and take in all the sights, sounds and smells from the local environment.

The senior classes will continue these activities throughout the school year.

     

Yoga and Meditation time

       

Mindfulness Walk

       

Mindfulness Colouring

       

 ‘Brain Break’ – Guided Movement through Dance

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