We recently invited Karen from Coder Dojo Kilkenny group to come and speak to students and teachers about the work they do in their coding club. Our school prides itself on our capabilities in ICT and we have been coding in our school for the past number of years. Karen showed us new approaches to delivering coding lessons and demonstrated new coding software. She provided the school with a huge amount of new coding resources and ideas. We all really enjoyed it. Thanks to Karen for giving up her morning to deliver this workshop. There are some big coding events taking place this year. Please see the links below for further information on these events.
Christmas Play – “Cinderella”
On Tuesday 19th of December, the school held the annual Christmas Plays. This year the Senior Room did “Cinderella”. Everyone performed brilliantly on the day. Thanks to all of our parents for their help in getting ready for the big performance. A special thanks to Deirdre Dunne who came in to help with rehearsals.
Visit From Author “Olive Mooney”
We had a very interesting and exciting morning with author of “The Chronicles of Cadaver College” – Ms. Olive Mooney. The children got to listen to some of her writing and asked questions about being an author. She also gave us some very useful tips for our own writing. Thanks to Olive for taking the time to visit us.
Well done to two of our brilliant students in the senior room who recently won bronze and gold medals in gymnastics and swimming.
Procedural Writing and Making Smoothies
We are doing procedural writing in the senior room this month. This week we wrote procedures on how to make different smoothies. We had great fun and our smoothies were delicious too.
Field Trip to Kildangan Stud
On the 22nd of September, the senior room went on a Field Trip to Kildangan Stud Farm in Kildare. We learned a lot about how a top class stud farm is ran. We got to explore all of the facilities, learn how to shoe a horse, meet some world class stallions and as part of our Green School’s project we looked into how the farm handles all of its waste water. We would like to thank Aimee who is a parent in our school for arranging this fantastic field trip for us.
Engineering Week – Lego Mindstorms
To celebrate ‘Engineering Week’ this week, we started a new type of coding/programming called ‘Mindstorms’. We have been using ‘Scratch’ coding for the past few weeks and this has been a great help in preparing us to use ‘Mindstorms’. The children built their own robots as part of the project and came up with there own codes which they used to control their robots. This was great fun and we aim to spend time every week improving our coding skills and building our robots.
World Book Day – 2nd March 2017
The boys and girls in the Senior Room dressed up as characters from their favourite novels for World Book Day. They also did a book report and character sketches of the main characters.
Saint Brigid’s Crosses
This year the Senior Room made St. Brigid’s Crosses on the 1st of February to celebrate the feast day. Thanks to all who collected the rushes. We certainly had great fun making them.
Letter From Malawi
Tadhg in 5th class received a lovely letter from a little boy called Puaa from Malawi who was given the Christmas Shoebox which Tadhg sent away with the school’s Shoebox collection last Christmas. It was really brilliant to see first hand from the letter what an impact our annual Christmas Shoebox collections are making. Well done to Tadhg and all our pupils who contribute to this charity every Christmas.
Our confirmation class have their masterpieces ready for their big day on Sunday 8th of May. Best of luck to all our candidates. Wishing you all a very enjoyable day!!
Speech and Drama
The senior room are really enjoying their Speech and Drama lessons with Deirdre Dunne every Friday. A big thank you to Deirdre for all that she is teaching us.