Month: November 2017

Senior Infant’s Aistear, November

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November’s Aistear theme was ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’.  Our topics were ‘Superheroes’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

In the Home Corner, the children worked as superheros in the ‘Superhero Rescue Lab’ going on missions and saving the day. They also reenacted the stories of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’,  ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, taking it in turns to play the different roles.

At the Art Table the children made Superhero street scenes from paint and coloured paper which depicted themselves as the superheroes. They made a self-portrait on the ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall’ which can be seen at the Art and Wine evening and they created a silhouette of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf from coloured paper. They also made ginger scented salt dough from which they created Christmas decorations.

In Small World they designed and built superhero rescue mobiles. They also built the settings  from the stories of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and they played out the stories with puppets. They also made Grandma’s Cottage from wooden blocks.

In the Construction Corner they built a superhero rescue mobile in which they went on missions in, they built the castle from  ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ after learning the names of the different parts of a castle  and the built the wood from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

At the Sensory Table they made gingerbread people from playdough.

We also had Georgie’s mum, Gillian in to talk to us about her job with the Hilton Hotels group. The children loved hearing all about what she does and they were thrilled with their Hilton  goodie bags. Thank you Gillian!

There was also great excitement when our GAA coach Stephen brought the Sam Maguire cup in following Dublin’s win!

 

Aistear: Junior Infants October

This month our theme was ‘Fairytales and Fantasy’.

In the Construction Corner  the Junior Infants worked together as a team to build a pirate ship  then they had an adventure in their ship. The children also build a castle and re-enacted the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

In Small World the children created an island and pirate ships from lego.They built the Three Bears Cottage using lego and blocks. The children also used’ The Happy Architect’ boards to build the setting of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and re-tell the story.

At the Sensory Table the children explored a desert island and played with toy pirates. They used playdough  to make models on ‘ The Three Bears’ playdough mats. Each child planted a broad bean seed and learned about what plants need to grow.

At the Art Table each child created an island treasure map during ‘Pirate Week’ and they drew what they would like to find in a treasure chest. They made a clay bowl for one of the three bears and also made a clay hedgehog as we were continuing with our discussions on autumn and hibernation. The children made paper plate pumpkins and a picture of the witch on her broom for Hallowe’en.

In the Home Corner the children took on the ropes of the 3 bears and Goldilocks and played in The Three Bears Cottage. In our Hallowe’en week the children were in role as wizards and witches creating potions in ‘The Potion Lab’. They certainly had great fun at this activity.

The stories we focused on this month were: Cats ahoy; Jack and the Beanstalk; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Room on the Broom.

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Fourth class on TV!

Wow- fourth class were on TV today, talking about Team Hope’s Christmas boxes campaign. Well done to our wonderful students, we are proud of you!

https://www.rte.ie/player/us/show/news2day-30001385/10800347/

Mrs Senior’s blog- December

We have had a rather active month. We are working on our Global Citizenship Flag. Towards this we collected shoeboxes for Team Hope. This has become an annual event. A wonderful display of over 150 shoeboxes arrived into school on 8th Nov. They were covered in Christmas Paper and families in the school had gone to great lengths to fill them over the midterm break. It is lovely to see the children thinking of others at this Christmastime and also to see the great enjoyment and satisfaction it brings to everyone.

Thinking of our own local community we collected items of non-perishable foods for Harvest this year. We delivered this to the local association SOFA (Shankill Old Folks association). Each member went home armed with a bag of goodies from the school. The produce also helps with occasions and festivities held in the centre over the next few months. Again a time of giving, remembering those worse off than ourselves. We at Rathmichael are particularly lucky and are in a positon to help others and so we should when we can. A good thing for children to learn.

We held a Dress Up Day at Halloween which was a lot of fun. Staff and children entered into the spirit of the occasion. The PTA held a bake sale, also dressed up, joining us with our theme. Sometimes it’s just good to feel good and have some fun!

Mrs Senior’s blog- November

Some of our children entered the handwriting competition for the Community game on behalf of Shankill earlier in the summer. Ruby Geelon, Charlie Geelon and Daniel Murphy won medals for their respective categories in the Dublin Finals. They were sent forward to represent Dublin in the National Finals at the end of August. Ruby Geelon took the silver medal for all Ireland. We are very proud of them all.

5th Class entered a competition run by the local Gardaí. This was to celebrate and promote Social Inclusion. We are delighted that Alannah Jackson was a winner and was presented with a medal in Dunlaoghaire Garda Station. Well done Alannah!

The Sponsored Walk took place on Sunday 8th October in Carrickgolligan Wood. It really is a lovely event and the children love running around the well supervised course. Well done PTA for your superb organisation. Lovely to see so much support and happy faces.

At the Rathmichael Church annual Harvest our junior choir sang beautifully. The school enjoys being part of this occasion. Coffee and a sale of goods were held in aid of Christian aid following this service.

Mrs Senior’s Blog- October

Welcome back to a new school year. Teachers and pupils have all changed classes and a new positive energy is in the school. It is a time for us all to settle. Thank you for everyone’s support on this matter.

I am pleased to announce that our football team of 2016/2017 won both the school’s League and the Cup. A huge effort goes into our after school games by our coaches and leaders and we must remember that most of this happens due to their commitment. Well done all those who took part over the year. Even if you didn’t play on the day you were part of the journey.

A hockey match took place on our pitch between the parents and 6th class. This was great fun and enjoyed by all. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. There was a lot of competitiveness. Amazing to see the skills we have both with the parents and the children. I even saw one or two teachers out there giving their all! It was fun.

The most loved event of the year for the children took place in June. That was the Summer Dance. The children arrived all glammed up and ready to dance. Sam Stott, a previous youth leader with us, led the music and he was kept on his toes by the children. The dancing never stopped and cool pops were a necessity. Well done to the PTA for organising and supervising this.

Sport’s day took place and as usual went smoothly with a barbeque organised again by our PTA. We had great weather and were well supported by our parents.

Our annual Rathmichael Fete took place with numbers well up above normal. The good weather brought everyone out including many we haven’t seen for a long time. Let’s hope they make it a tradition for the future. Well done to the organisers. A fabulous social occasion all of Shankill look forward to.

Now to 2017/2018. Look out for all our news!

Caroline Senior