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Here you can read all about the activities that keep us busy. To download a photo, click on the icon 'Open image in new window' in the upper right-hand corner beside the photo, then right click on the image and choose 'Save image as'. Go to the news archive in the right navigation for the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 school year activities.

June 2018
Our final month before the well earned summer holidays. We were very busy as usual, lots of activities. We enjoyed Sports Day; the egg and spoon race, the sack race, the three legged race and best of all, the bouncy castle. Thank you to the Parents Council who arranged and paid for the bouncy castle. We all had great fun on our school tours, Kia-Ora Farm and Pirates Cove. We helped plant the window boxes, they help to make our school look beautiful. We had great fun at the GAA Fun Day in Spellman Park, Kildavin. Enjoy the holidays!
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May 2018
We had a fantastic month of May with lots of fun, laughter, learning, and plenty of sunny days. In Maths we were learning about Weight and Capacity. We had fun estimating the weight of objects before checking their actual weight. You will also see pictures of us playing with our water pool. Here we were checking to see how many small cups of water it takes to fill the bucket. In Art, we made a cool hand and foot print on material. We framed our material paintings so that we will have it for years to come. We also made a poster with our Name in the centre of it. We are continuing to exercise with Craig three times a week. We really enjoy his sessions and we’re feeling stronger already. It was a really busy month with the Music Generation Concert taking place and one of us making his first Holy Communion. Both were a huge success.
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April 2018
My name is Ms Redmond and I will be teaching in the Junior ASD unit until the 19th June. As a past pupil of the school, I am delighted with the opportunity to come back here and to teach. In the past, I have experienced an array of diverse learning styles in the classroom. I always endeavour to adapt my teaching to the learning styles of the individual child. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the unit to date and I look forward to the next couple of weeks.

April was a very enjoyable month for us. We identified and discussed the first signs of spring. We looked at a variety of flowers such as snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses, primroses, and bluebells. With flowers and sunshine in mind, we decided to create crepe paper flowers to hang above our playroom. We also made bleeding crepe paper art. To do this, we covered an A3 page in different coloured crepe pieces and covered the sheet in water. Overnight, the crepe ink leaked out onto the sheet leaving a beautiful pattern.

 

 

We learned about sound in Science and we decided to go on a sound walk where we identified a variety of sounds in our environment. We began the Stay Safe programme this month. The Stay Safe programme is a personal safety skills programme designed for use with primary school children from junior infants through to 6th class. The programme seeks to enhance children’s self-protective skills. In Irish, we learned the names of some body parts through singing an Irish song ‘A-roo-cha-cha’. In music, we are learning the song ‘My bonnie lies over the ocean’. We really love taking turns to strum the guitar after we sing our new song. In maths we have been working hard on the topic of Money. Finally, we were very excited to meet Craig Coffey for the first time this month. Craig visits our classroom three times a week providing us with a fun exercise programme. Throughout the next eight weeks of Craig’s exercise intervention programme, we hope to improve our social skills, behavioural skills and academic performance.
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March 2018
The month of March started off very cold with lots of snow. We made snow pictures with chalk. More of our tulips blossomed. We measured length with informal units. We made Mother's Day cards. We prepared for St Patrick's Day by having a Lá Glas. Everybody wore something green to school, we listened to stories about St Patrick, we made glittering shamrocks, and coloured pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. We had a special assembly where we got to see everyone's outfit and we listened to Irish songs and poems. Senior Infants and First class learned about the life cycle of a butterfly in Ms Brooks’ class, and made cool pictures of the different stages. We worked hard to make special Easter cards, getting the chick's beak to pop open was tricky. The Easter Bunny was very generous and surprised us with chocolate eggs. We went on a treat hunt and found lots of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks.
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February 2018
February 1st was St Brigid's Day; we listened to stories about St Brigid. Our school is named after Saint Brigid. The Oak tree is mentioned in some of the stories about St Brigid. This is one of the reasons Clonegal NS uses the image of an Oak tree in our school crest. Tuesday, February 13th was Pancake Tuesday. We examined the ingredients used to make pancakes: flour, milk and eggs. We helped mix the ingredients together and watched while our teacher cooked lots of delicious pancakes. We really enjoyed eating them. We made some pancakes from play dough and tried tossing them. The day after was Valentine's Day, we made special cards for our parents. On Tuesday evening, February 20th the pupils from Second Class received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was a wonderful occasion. Our tulips have blossomed, they look and smell wonderful. In science this month we investigated magnets. We went around the classroom investigating which objects would stick to the magnet. As part of our RSE programme we looked at a video about baby animals. We looked at photographs of us as babies and as toddlers; we have changed so much in only a few years. We looked at pictures and discussed the different stages of life for people: baby, toddler, child, teenager and adult. We all helped to give Isabelle, the doll, a bath. We tested the water with our elbow to make sure the temperature was just right. We dried her, dressed her and held her gently.
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January 2018
We have continued to look after our plants in the classroom. We were delighted to see the daffodil flowers appear. We prepared for Grandparents Day. We brought in photographs of our grandparents to share with the class. We made a poster with the photographs and hung it in our Sacred Space in the classroom. We were very excited to attend the Prayer Service in the church and afterwards welcomed our grandparents into our classroom where we brought them on a guided tour. We found a really cool website 'askaboutireland' that showed us lots of photographs about life when our grandparents were children; the clothes they wore, the toys they had, the games they played, what their homes and schools were like. The site also had some interactive games which were fun to play. In Maths we have been working on capacity. We always estimate first and then measure. We made a collage in Art class. We tore strips of coloured paper into tiny bits, then used glue to stick the bits to make beautiful textured pictures. On Wednesdays we love to join Anita for Music Generation where we sing songs, listen to music, play percussion instruments and dance.
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December 2017
After many rehearsals in November; December finally arrived and we got to perform our Christmas plays on stage in Clonegal Community Hall. We enjoyed watching the other classes perform their very entertaining plays. We decorated the Christmas tree in the classroom and had fun with our Christmas art. We listened to the story of the first Christmas and enjoyed finding the characters in our Advent Calendar. We were delighted to receive so many awards for our art from the Credit Union. We made a special card to say goodbye to Mrs Cosgrave and good luck in her retirement. We have been taking good care of the daffodil and tulip bulbs, we can see the shoots peeping through the top of the compost and the roots growing out through the bottom of the pots. We enjoyed the Christmas walk to Huntington Castle. They had a really interesting Nativity scene and a spectacular Christmas tree. Thank you to Santa for coming to visit us here in Clonegal National School and giving each of us a selection box of delicious chocolate. We got to see and pet the goat we helped purchase through Bóthar to help a family in need in Africa.
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November 2017
We have spent a lot of time rehearsing our Christmas plays: 'Ralph the Reindeer', 'Whoopsy-A-Daisy Angel' and 'Elves on Strike'. There were lots of songs to learn and costumes to try on. We became familiar with being on stage and we were very excited about performing for our families. We planted daffodil and tulip bulbs. We enjoyed feeling the cool, soft compost. We took great care to put the bulbs in the right way up and cover them with a warm blanket of compost. We gave the bulbs water and put them in a safe place on the window sill. We said good bye and good luck to Mrs Sheppard in her new job. We made lots of pictures with leaves: we used crayons to make leaf rubbings and paint to make leaf prints. We all worked very hard on the posters for the Christmas trees. We want to say a very big thank you to a very generous family who gave us lots of costumes for our dress-up box. We have great fun being Batman, Mr Frog, Spiderman and many more. We love using the hoppers in the blue room, lots of fun and great for our co-ordination.
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October 2017
This month we have enjoyed working together and working independently at many activities. We did take time out to relax reading a book in the library area. Some of us joined Mrs Sheppard's class making apple crumble, yummie! We celebrated a birthday with chocolate cake and candles. We eagerly awaited Halloween. We decorated our classroom with witches, ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and spiders. We worked hard on designing faces for our pumpkins. We all helped prepare the pumpkins by scooping out the inside with a spoon. We were very happy with the finished pumpkins. We all dressed up on Friday the 27th, we looked great in our costumes. The whole school walked to Huntington Castle and enjoyed a scary walk through the interior, thank you Alexander and Claire. We hope you enjoy our photos.
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September 2017
Welcome back to all our students, you all look very rested after your holiday. A big welcome to our two new Junior Infants, who have settled in so quickly. We availed of the lovely weather and spent some time exercising and playing outside. We visited the apple tree and picked some apples. We brought them back to the classroom and washed them. The apples tasted so fresh and delicious. We also found strawberries in the garden; they looked and smelled really nice. We washed them and enjoyed eating them. We were delighted to hear we all won a group prize along with Mrs Nolan's class in the Tullow Show. We also won individual prizes for our spectacular Art. We went along to the Tullow Community School to collect our plaques and medals. We have enjoyed lots of activities and work in the classroom: singing, listening to stories, drawing, painting, reading, number work, water play, dressing up and lots more. On Wednesdays we sing and dance with Anita from Music Generation. We hope you enjoy our photos.
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