We recognise that for many of our families, children may be facing additional challenges through this period of school closure. Our SEN team have therefore devised the following Padlet to support our families and learners, specifically in SEN – but could be applied to all learners in our school. To visit the Padlet, please click here.
The Padlet include ideas, information, advice and practical support on the following areas:
· Literacy Resources
· Numeracy Resources
· Speech and Language
· Fine and Gross Motor Skills
· Social Skills
· Regulation Resources
· PEC’s, Visual Schedule and Visual Aids
· Fun Activities
· Supports for Parents
by Room One
Mrs Gibbons’ Class, Ms Smith’s Class and Ms Galligan’s Class walked to the Fire Station on Tuesday.
When we got there we had to wait at the wall. We met Firefighters John and Phillip.
First, we went to the locker room and we learned about what starts fires.
Next we went to the fire truck. We saw the things that firefighters need when there’s a fire and we got to go into the fire truck. We got a blast of the siren as we left.
It was so much fun.
Junior Infants have been very busy creating our classroom garden. We first started by planting seeds for our windowsills and each group, The Bees, The Butterflies, The Owls and The Frogs planted sunflowers. We also wanted to create an outside garden. Here we planted bedding plants and bulbs. Everyone took turns in the planting process. We now have the big responsibility of looking after and tending to our garden. Each day a student is picked as ‘Head Gardener’ and has the job of watering the flowers. We are looking forward to watching our garden blossom and grow into something beautiful.
Seachtain na Gaeilge is a national celebration of Irish language and culture. St Mary’s NS celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023 from Friday 10th to Thursday 16th March. A committee of dedicated and enthusiastic staff organised an exciting lineup of events.
Bhí imeachtaí taitneamhacha ar siúl gach lá – ‘Seanfhocal an Lae’, comórtas ealaíne, Tráth na gCeist, cluichí sa chlós, rince gaelach, cluichí biongo, ceolchoirm thriadisiúnta, toraíocht Gaeilge sna cónraí, Lá Glas agus an paráid.
Throughout the week, children were trying their best to use their cúpla focal. Tugadh amach neart duaiseanna i rith na seachtaine ar ndóigh. Bhí atmaisféar croíúil, spraíuíl le brath thart timpeall na scoile. Is cosúil gur bhain gach duine taitneamh as!
Ceiliúradh iontach a bhí ann. Maith sibh gach duine a ghlac páirt.
We would like to wish our whole school community a lovely Easter. Have a look below at what has been happening within our school this term.
World Book Day
As part of our drive to maintain, promote and engage pupil interest in reading, the school marked WORLD BOOK day on Thursday 2nd March by having a whole school “book swap”.
“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini
To mark World Down Syndrome Day, our school celebrated with an Odd Socks/ Lots of Socks Day on Tuesday 21st March. The main concept was simple: everyone wears bright, colourful, funky, socks – these can also be mismatched/odd! It was a visual celebration of individuality and what makes us all unique. Also, chromosomes under a microscope look a bit like socks. A person with Down Syndrome has 3 copies of the 21st chromosome, or an extra funky sock!
It was a really fun day with plenty of classes taking part in informative activities. All money raised from the day went to The DEN, our special needs class.
Thanks to all who contributed and for everyones continued support. Special thanks to Room 2 who provided us with our pictures below.
On March 18th, our 6th class celebrated their Confirmation. It was a great occasion and all present were extremely impressed with the beautiful ceremony. Our students were central to the ceremony with beautiful readings, prayers, dressing of the altar and the Confirmation Rite itself. The ceremony was accompanied by the school’s magnificent choir, our superb trad group and of course, led by the wonderful, Ms Jordan.
A great day was had by all.
As we celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge this week, our whole school have been working hard with their gaeilge and showing it off to the rest of the school in the form of video performances. We are celebrating our Irish culture through language, song, dance and music.
Today, every class will be shown the Ceolchoirm of all these performances through Gaeilge in what is a thoroughly entertaining collection of videos. We hope you all enjoy these too.
Recently, 6th class have been looking at area and perimeter of composite shapes. To put this into practice in a real life experience, the pupils went to the hall and created complex shapes with masking tape. After working out their own shapes area and perimeter, they moved to other groups shapes to do likewise using only a measuring tape and their maths copies.
A really fun, collaborative and interactive lesson.
St Mary’s Ultimate Magazine
The students of 6th class set up a magazine group in early October 2022. We spent our break times creating the school magazine in Room 16 for around 6 weeks. McGinn printers printed it. The magazine went on sale in early December. After covering printing costs, we raised €250 profit for The Jumping Jelly beans club in Virginia.
Jumping Jelly Beans is a club created by Laura Skelly and her son Declan. The club is for children of all abilities to meet, play games and have fun. Laura got the unique name from a group in Kildare and she said she loves jelly beans.
By Aoibhe Bradshaw and Nevaeh Geraghty.