Both Second Classes, along with their teachers, Ms Smith and Ms Callan, celebrated Roald Dahl day yesterday with a host of Oompa Loompas, Willy Wonkas, Charlies, Twits and Jameses! And, indeed, the author himself!
The boys also brought along their projects on Roald Dahl. It was evident from reading the projects that the boys really enjoyed learning and reading about Roald's life and work.Quentin Blake`s illustrations also inspired some lovely portraits of the writer and his characters.
Well done to all the Mams and Dads who had the unenviable task of finding or devising costumes for the boys! They showed a high degree of creativity and added to the magic and drama of the day!
Mr Lynch`s and Mr Culligan`s classes are currently enjoying their stint of Guided Reading. This methodology involves the class breaking up into groups to have specific instruction with teachers and independent work at various stations.
Reading, and talking about the text are at the heart of every Guided Reading session. Strategies, such as contextual analysis and pre-reading are used to help tease out more challenging vocabulary.
Everyone is expected to engage with the story, thinking critically about the plot, visualizing the story, predicting the outcome and making connections with other stories or their own experience.
Another really important aspect of Guided Reading sessions is that the books are taken home, to be enjoyed again each evening. We really appreciate our parents' involvement with this wonderful work.
Guided Reading is an evidence based strategy for meeting pupils`individual literacy needs and improving their reading skills. And, best of all, our boys just love it.
The spirit of the Cooney Cup prevails as we embark on another year of gaelic football. Our teachers were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the boys as forty five boys turned up for the first early morning training session last week.
The chance to grasp another trophy for the school, and a glory year for them, is the glistening prize to be fought for,
Being on the winning team will take commitment and a long run ahead. A healthy diet, attendance at training, and a commitment to their school work and fellow classmates are all they need. Along with a little talent and a lot of luck, of course.
Today saw their first match of the season. This was on home turf, against Dunboyne Senior School.And it was a lesson in how to lose. Dunboyne fielded two excellent teams. And while our lads battled manfully, it was not their day. Missed chances at the goal posts left them floundering.
So they have a challenge. Each of them has to put in the work and make the commitment. Eat well, work well, train well and be a respectful team player. All of those skills will take them to the matches, take them to the big prize and further into the future.
Let's have another great GAA year!
A few notices for your attention...
The Family Resource Centre in Bettystown have courses scheduled for this term which would be of interest to all parents and guardians. See the photos here for more details and contact the centre on 041 9812230 or 087 6443364.
CPR training has been organized by Colmcille's GAA club and the Irish Heart Foundation for this Saturday 14th Sept in the girls' school hall. The training is FREE! Each session is one hour long and runs at 10am, 11.30 am and 1 pm. Please register your interest here if you wish to book a place on one of these sessions. The course is for adults only.
Our Parent Teacher Meetings will take place this year on the 20th and 21st November.
Staff training is scheduled for the 22nd of January. Our school will close that day to facilitate this. The training is part of the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum.
Confirmation in our parish will take place in the Star of the Sea Church on March 5th at 3pm. As before, both the boys and girls schools will work together in preparation for the Sacrament but, with growing numbers in both schools, and the need to accommodate families in the church, the girls will be confirmed at an earlier ceremony that day.
Well done to all the Mams, Dads, Grannies, Grandads and carers who bravely bid farewell to their little ones, as they made the move into Big School yesterday. A few tears were shed and we even heard muffled sobs. But, to be fair, most of the adults were very brave.
And, thanks to our Parents' Association, they enjoyed a very pleasant cup of tea in our hall before galloping back to see their little ones again.
As for the children, they're really enjoying all the games they've played with Mrs. Martin and Ms. Rice. They love lining up and walking along the corridor as they head out to play in the Infant yard. They love drawing on huge sheets of paper and colouring with twistables. They sing and dance and listen to stories. And they are making lots of new friends.
They're looking forward to meeting two new classmates next week. And to a longer day from 9.20-12pm.
The big boys in sixth class help them out in the yard and from next Monday morning the sixth class boys will meet them at the steps and bring the little ones around to the yard in the morning. Of course, Mams, Dads and carers can take them around until they're feeling brave enough to let them go!
Mrs Martin and Ms Rice had a really lovely surprise for each of their boys this afternoon. Because they were so good and brave on their first two days, they each got a tube of bubbles! And every tube bore a very special message:
" Mrs Martin and Ms Rice are bubbling with excitement to teach you all this year!" How true!
What could be better than outdoor games with your friends, sunshine, ice-cream and fun?
Have a great summer holiday everyone!
Looking forward to meeting you all again on Thursday 29th August!
Our school reports are near completion. In advance of that I want to remind you of our new system for you to receive those reports. You have received a text some weeks ago about the Aladdin Connect system which also linked to
this post on this blog.
Aladdin Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school's communication with parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child's education by:
- Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
- Keeping parents apprised of their child's attendance
- Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages
- Allowing parents view their child's approved report card
ng with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school from September 2019 by:
- Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child may have currently missed, along with late arrival and early leaving information.
- Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
- Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
- Keeping parents up to date on what library book their child is currently reading and if it is due/overdue to be returned
- Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post
- Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent
You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.
In the next few days, you will receive a text/email message containing your registration link. There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text/email or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward.
Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is essential to enhance both the parent and school's Connect experience.
By default both parents will have access to view their child’s contact information. If for any reason you do NOT wish to share your own personal contact information within the family circle or if you have any concerns regarding your particular family setup please contact the school in confidence to discuss or have this facility restricted.
In preparation for this please let the school know if your email address or phone number has changed recently.
We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. Please welcome any queries you may have via email to our office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday was a day of mixed emotions for our Sixth Classes as they bade farewell to their primary school years, to one another and to our school.
But, thanks to a merry band of volunteer parents, they had a great party enjoy and lots of fun.
And, of course, there is much for them to look forward to: a long summer holiday, starting off their post primary education and making lots of new friends along the way.
Here`s a lovely memory of all of those primary school years for the boys. With thanks to Ms Gerrard and Ms Mullen for putting it together.
Treasure those years!
Representatives from our Board of Management, our Parents`Association, our former principal Mr Ó Conghaile and several of our classes, all gathered around our new handball wall for one very special match.
The handball wall was gifted to us by the Parents Association. And it`s been the scene of many a long match, a great Sixth class handball league and a whole lot of fun already. Thank you, PA!
The handball league itself was the brainchild of teacher and handball coach Ms Smith. She worked through her lunch breaks with the boys of Sixth Class, honing skills and encouraging their sportsmanship this term.
And it all culminated in yesterday`s final.
Cormac and Dino were the competitors and boy, could they compete! They thrilled the assembled audience with their ambidexterity, their flexibility and their athleticism. The match was very closely fought, right up to the end. But end, it had to and with Dino declared the winner.
But well done to both boys! We hope they will be encouraged to continue with this fantastic sport.
And we hope to bring more boys to the sport in the future. Let`s start this summer boys, with a blank wall and a ball. Have fun and build you fitness and skills!
Our whole school gathered for our final assembly of the year today. Boys in every class were awarded for being most improved, for making their best effort and for being the class student of the year.
The boys were also reminded of the wonderful achievements they had all made in their various clubs and class groups throughout the year-Discover Science and Maths Award, the Garden Level Five award, and of course taking home the Breagha Cup and Cooney Cup for hurling and Gaelic football. Along with that the work of the Students Council, Erasmus Club and Creative Arts Group was noted.
In fact, its been a bumper year for awards at Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara! What a talented bunch of pupils we have!