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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

September Aistear, Junior Infants

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Junior Infants were learning about ‘The Farm’ this September in Aistear. They learned about the many different jobs a farmer has to do, how most of the food we eat comes from the farm and what produce the different farm animals and crops provide us with.

In the Home Corner the children took on many roles. They were farmers in ‘The Farmyard’; vets , secretaries or nurses in ‘The Veterinary Surgery’ and customers and shopkeepers in ‘The Farm Shop’.

In Small World the children built tractors from Mobilo; made lego farms and played with the animals in the wooden farmyard.

At the Art Table the children painted a scarecrow face and made hats out of a variety of fabrics. They also made paper plate farm animals and created ‘Junk Art’ tractors.

In the Construction Corner the children built a tractor in which they played. They created play dough farms and ploughed fields at the Sand Table.

As it is now Autumn we also discussed the many signs and seasonal changes of Autumn .We made our own Autumn trees by tearing paper and cutting out leaves.

The children focused on many stories this month.’The Pig in the Pond’; ‘The Little Red Hen’; ‘The Three Little Pigs;’ ‘Farmer Duck’; and  ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’

 

September/October Aistear:Senior Infants

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September and October’s Aistear theme is ‘Holidays’. We learned  about preparing and packing  for holidays, different types of holidays, where Ireland is on the map of the world, weather conditions travel and transport and what we do on holidays.

In the Home Corner the children played in role as workers and holiday makers in ‘The Travel Agency’, ‘The Airport’, ‘The Ice-cream Parlour, ‘The Zoo’ and ‘The Hotel’. They also made ‘weather-testing machines’, did weather experiments and told the weather forecast in ‘The Weather Station’.

At the Art Table the children made weather charts, clothes for teddies who were out in a variety of weather conditions, passports, beach scenes,  animals from ‘Dear Zoo’  and different modes of transport from junk art.

The children made items from playdough to do with the seaside and travel and transport. At the Sand Table they played on the beach and at the Water Table they played at the pool.

In the Construction Corner the children built a campsite, an aeroplane, a cruise ship and many other modes of transport. They played in these when they had finished buiding them.

In Small World the children built a campsite, an airport,  a zoo, a fairground and a beach from Lego. The made modes of transport from Mobilo.

Thanks to Dave Caffrey (Rhy’s dad) who came in to talk to us about his job with Aer Lingus. We loved having him as a guest speaker and we learnt a lot. Thank you for all the toy planes too!

Leinster interpro hockey

Congratulations to our past pupils, Ben Hickmott, who represented Leinster this weekend at under 16 level, bagging a number of goals……

…..and to David Cole, coaching the Leinster under 18 boys, who won the interpro tournament. We are proud of you guys!

School and Parish Fete!

Saturday 2nd Sept from 12 noon to 4 pm.

 Something for everyone – toys, books, cakes, jams, white elephant, clothes, plants, refreshments, games, children’s fancy dress competition, grand raffle and lots more

Congratulations to our past pupils Stephen Cole and Alan Sothern- part of the ‘Green Machine’, Ireland Hockey, that qualified for the Hockey World Cup 2018 in India. 

http://m.bbc.com/sport/hockey/40694875

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