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Uisce the Bear visited our school today along with Hannah and Ryan.
This team of water safety instructors from Kildare Water Safety came to the school to teach the Primary Aquatics Water Programme, also known as Land PAWS.
The children had a safety talk to ensure they are aware of the dangers around beaches, lakes and rivers. They learned about the safest places to swim and showed that they were able to correctly identify the meaning of each of the water safety flags that our lifeguards use. There was also an opportunity for the children and teachers to try out throwing a life buoy at a target. This took lots of practice!
Well done to all to the children who achieved certificates of Land Paws 1 or 2 today. They were all given an information leaflet, pencil and stickers to help them to spread the water safety message.
Thank you to Kildare Water Safety for this timely and important safety lesson!
Imelda from ‘Walk in my Shoes’ visited the school today to talk to the senior room 4th-6th about positive mental health. She has visited 5th and 6th class across the country this year to spread the word about how to look after yourself in association with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Hospital.
Imelda gave the children a tool kit full of support ideas that they can dip into when they are finding it hard to cope. They had a lot of time to ask questions and the advice given was clear and meaningful.
Thank you Imelda.
Garda Tom and Garda Aisling visited the school today.
They kindly showed the children all of their equipment, even allowing them to try it on!
All of the children had the chance to sit in the Garda car. They got to see how the lights worked and even try out the siren.
Garda Tom and Aisling emphasised how the Gardaí are our friends who are here to help in times of trouble.
Thank you for taking the time to visit us and to talk to the children.
Our first stop was St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Here Andrew, Niamh, Ciara and Riley treated us to a tour of this 800-year-old building, built in Norman times. Over 600 people are buried within the walls. 6th class heard how King William III had visited after winning the Battle of the Boyne. They also saw a grave from one of the soldiers who fought in the Siege of Limerick, hanging over it was the cannon ball that killed him!
In groups the children designed and made stained-glass windows. We were allowed to bring them home and we hope to put them on display in the school soon.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral offered us this tour and workshop free of charge as part of their school’s outreach programme. They also grant funded €300 towards the cost of our tour bus for the day, an extremely generous offer which we are very grateful for!
Next, we had a short bus trip to the Astro Park in Coolock. Just in time for our big-lunch break!
Here we were divided into two groups. Andrew and Stewie took a group each for a range of exhilarating activities.
In the first section, we had a variety of bouncy castles. Here Andrew organised relay races for the children through the obstacle course, indoor bouncy castle soccer matches and three different types of target practise: basketball, rugby and soccer.
The second section was the warzone. Here each child was equipped with safety goggles, a nerf gun and plenty of ammo. There were several team games including Capture the Flag, Zombies and Soldiers and Bang, You’re Out!
The most popular part of the day was the bubble soccer game. Not only was it fun to play, it was also fun to watch as the children had plenty of opportunities to bounce around, flip over and knock each other down as they competed to get the ball in their goal!
Before we left we had one final section to try out. It sounded simple enough, a penalty shoot-out. However, try hitting the ball (never mind hitting the target!) with your very own pair of hallucination goggles!
There was just time left then to jump on the bus for the very long journey back to the school (not helped by Dublin traffic!). Luckily the children were happily tired and many of them enjoyed a nice snooze on the bus on the way home.
What a great day!
Our Cycle Safety Training sessions have now finished. A huge thank you to Don and Ritchie who ensured that all of the children made great progress during their lessons.
The senior class finished their training with two sessions out on the road, cycling as a group.
Junior and Senior Infants have enjoyed cycling on balance bikes and bikes with no stabilisers.
Every child’s confidence has grown!
The children in the Senior Class have completed Stage 1 of the Cycle Right Training Programme and will receive certificates at our end of year awards ceremony.
Thank you to the Green School Programme, An Táisce and Athy Tidy Towns who helped to make this possible.
Our Fire Safety Officer Claire visited 1st -3rd class on Monday morning for her annual Fire Safety talk.
Claire spoke to the children about what to do to prevent fires in the house and about the work of Fire Officers.
Thank you Claire!
Congratulations to Seán, Conall, Kenny, Lewis, Fionn and Mateusz who received the Sacrament of Confirmation today in the Church of the Assumption, Castledermot.
Congratulations to Mateusz! We are so proud of him.
Yesterday he travelled to Dublin with his family to represent County Kildare in the Leinster Final of the Eason Spelling Bee at the Spencer Hotel, Dublin.
He performed brilliantly through ten rounds of brain testing complex spelling challenges. Imagine being asked to spell “eidolon” on stage, in front of a large audience!
Mateusz came joint second overall, a fantastic achievement.
Well done Mateusz!
Our parents held a book sale recently and the proceeds were used to purchase new books for the classroom libraries.
We were delighted to receive the new books today. The children are very excited to start reading them. Thank you to all who supported the book sale!
On Thursday we held our end of month assembly. Junior and Senior Infants showed us their mindfulness colouring and talked to us about how much they enjoyed this activity.
Conall, Kenny and Lewis showed us the Senior Boys’ Cumann na mBunscol Trophy which the Grangenolvin school’s team has won. They spoke about their matches and the part they played in the final. There were lots of cheers from the school.
The winners of this year’s Write a Book competition were announced.
In 6th class 1st- Mateusz 2nd – Ayomide 3rd- Lewis
In 5th class 1st- Erin 2nd- McKenzie 3rd- Ryan
Each winner was presented with a medal and all of the participants received a certificate, a pencil and Kildare Education Centre wrist band.
Our school was full of happiness and smiles today!
As part of our effort to achieve an Amber Flag for promoting positive Mental Health, the boys and girls had a jam-packed day of activities.
They began their Friday with the usual visit to Graiguecullen pool for swimming lessons – the exercise woke up their bodies and minds and they were in great form arriving back in school. After little break, they all enjoyed an Art class – drawing a picture of what makes them feel happy whilst listening to some relaxing background music.
Afterwards, we were delighted to welcome J.J. Grace, a Youth Officer worker to our school to speak to all the classes about our mental health. His key message was to be happy in yourself every day, try your best to make others happy and sharing happiness will make our world a better place. We need to smile and laugh each day at school with our friends and at home with our families.
Following big lunch, the boys and girls got their dancing shoes on for the outdoor disco – there was lots of laughing and some great dance moves on display to songs from Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and many more artists.
After such an energetic activity, it was time to come back indoors from the sunshine and wind down with some relaxing meditation, mindfulness colouring and buddy reading.
A fun and happy day was had by all – Well done boys and girls!
Huge congratulations to the Senior Boys GAA team who are the division champions!
The team played against Kildangan today at Moorefield GAA club in blistering heat. It was an intense match with only three points separating the team at full time.
Well done to Kenny, Conall and Lewis who represented our school and to coach Eileen Bergin.
Thank you to Killeen NS and Mr Lynch who organised a fantastic tag rugby blitz today for the senior classes in several local schools.
The children played alongside pupils from Killeen, Arles, Ballylinan and Barrowhouse as they were sorted into teams representing countries from around the world. This gave them an opportunity to make new friends and to put aside any school rivalry or competition, focusing instead on the sport.
After a blitz of matches we moved into Killeen Hall, here the children got to see the Rugby World Cup. Made from silver, it is rarely handled. Ireland will be fighting to keep it in our country this June as the World Cup matches take place in Ireland!
Conall, Seán and Fionn represented The Green School Committee in The Helix, DCU to receive the school’s fourth green flag for Travel.
They had a lovely day and they enjoyed the experience immensely!
Well done to all who have helped us achieve this award!