This week is Maths Week. We are doing lots of fun, interesting maths activities in class. We were lucky enough to have some of the 6th Year girls, from Our Lady's Grove, come and do a Maths Workshop with us on Monday.
In October, both 3rd classes went on a trip to Airfield. We got the Dublin Bus there and back and spent around 3 hours on a guided tour. The children learned about the animals, flowers, food grown on the farm and the history of Airfield House. We were lucky enough to get to feed the hens, collect eggs and watch the cows being milked.
We started off the school year with some super gardening workshops given by Patrick Hunt. The girls in Third, Fourth and Fifth Class had the wonderful opportunity to explore our school garden after the summer months. We found some lovely plants, flowers, herbs and even bugs!
Patrick took us on a tour of the garden reminding us of the many varieties of trees, plants, flowers and herbs that are growing in it. We saw all kinds of trees including the beech, ash, sycamore and horse chestnut tree.
In the herb section, we saw thyme, fennel, mint, chives and sage. We even got to taste some fennel!
In one of the flower beds, two beautiful flowers were bobbing their heads in the soft breeze. Patrick told us their names in Latin. They are the Verbena Bonarienis and the Pensteman.
After our garden tour, Patrick let us pick a flower, leaf, herb or plant of our choice. This was very exciting! We put all our samples on a table and Patrick named and explained each one to us. It was so interesting. Then we took our samples back to class, sketched them and wrote a short description. We really enjoyed the workshop, learnt a lot and had great fun. We are looking forward to the next workshop!
As part of 'International Fairtrade Fortnight', we all took part in a huge fairtrade assembly organised by Ms Sharkey. Fourth class introduced the assembly and spoke about fairtrade. Then pupils from each class presented a selection of their work to the whole school. Infants painted and drew fairtrade logos and some pupils even designed their own. First class designed and coloured in fairtrade fruit baskets with fairtrade fruit only! First and Second class designed fairtrade posters with brilliant slogans. Second and Third class researched fairtrade farming and designed very artistic posters with slogans. Fourth class wrote fairtrade recipes with fairtrade ingredients and made a recipe book! Fifth class researched fairtrade, designed powerpoint presentations and performed very informative dramas on fairtrade.
Sixth class researched fairtrade fashion companies and shops that sell fairtrade clothes. Their presentations were most interesting and gave us all lot to think about before we buy again. The assembly concluded with a lovely song composed by Ms. Sharkey entitled.....Ceannaigh agus díol fairtrade! We all really enjoyed the assembly. Remember to look for the fairtrade logo and .....buy fairtrade. Enjoy our fairtrade slideshow.
On March 15th we celebrated Proclamation Day as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Take a look at our school community enjoying the day!
To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Government has tasked Óglaigh na hÉireann with delivering a National Flag to every Primary School in the country. This is a key part of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme.
Our Lady's was delighted today to welcome two members of Óglaigh na hÉireann, who formally presented our school with the National Flag. They read out the 1916 Proclamation and presented our school with a copy of the Proclamation. We were also given a poster of Amhrán na bhFiann, our national anthem. The officers taught our pupils about how the National Flag should be cared for and the protocol that surrounds this symbol of our nation.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this very special event in our school and we look forward to further events this year as part of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme.