The children's in Ms. Mongan's EAL room have been learning all about environmental issues such as where electricity comes from, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, climate change and climate justice, renewable forms of energy and sustainability. They would like to share their learning with the rest of the school. They have been working really hard to create giant displays and posters which will be put up in the assembly hall shortly. Check back soon to see their progress!
Here are photos of the 6th Class students who were recently confirmed in St. Patrick's Church nearby. The children, teachers and the School Choir had been preparing for this special day for many weeks and months with the help also of Fr. Liam. All the hard work, preparations and rehearsals paid and the ceremony was a very memorable occasion for all the students, teachers and priests involved.
Following the creation of a fabulous Christmas tree from re-used plastic bottles by Ms. Kelly's 3rd Class, Glanmore Foods invited all the 3rd Classes to their factory for a tour and fun activities. Glanmore Foods were very interested to hear that RTÉ had paid a visit to our school to film the children discussing how they had re-used so many bottles in the run up to Christmas. The children had a great day as they toured the factory!
The whole school was in for a collection of treats this year with humourous Christmas plays, assorted performances, songs, dances, poetry, the school choir and a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. All in all, it provided a very festive atmosphere and ensured that everyone was feeling the spirit of Christmas! Many thanks to parents, grandparents and siblings who came along to support the children in the 3rd & 4th class concert and also the 5th & 6th class concert!
Ms. McDonell and Ms. Mongan took some children to the school kitchen recently so that they could try their hand at baking some festive gingerbread men. The children measured out, whisked, rolled, cut and iced and also helped with the cleaning up afterwards! Some of them even had a dance to the tunes of Christmas FM!
The choir of St. Patrick's Senior School certainly turned heads recently with their beautiful singing and performance of well-known Christmas Carols. They sang in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre where they provided a lovely festive atmosphere for the shoppers. They also raised some money for our school and there was great support from parents and grandparents alike. Many thanks too to the teachers, Ms. Mulderrig, Ms. Duignan and Ms. McAuliffe, who have been helping the children in the choir throughout the year.
Our students were very lucky recently to have been invited over to the FZ Forza Irish Open in the National Indoor Arena which is part of the nearby National Sports Campus. The children got to see international badminton players in games of singles and doubles. Some of them even spotted Irish professional Scott Evans arrive to watch one of the matches. We are really fortunate to have such wonderful amenities so close to our school.
The annual Christmas Bazaar was again a huge success. in the run-up to the day, parents, teachers and students had been bringing in anything they were finished with at home as a donation. The Bazaar was full of previously loved toys, books, games, dvds, bags, ornaments and much more. The school hall was alive with the sounds of children buying Christmas presents and the smells of baked goods. There was also a raffle with fabulous prizes. By the end of the day, the bazaar had raised €1413 in total! This handsome sum was evenly split between three worthy causes: The Girl Guides, LauraLynn and our school. Many thanks to all involved who donated items for sale and who also donated their time in running and organising the Bazaar.
On the 29th of April, we had an inspector in from the Active School's Flag initiative to assess our school's progress in our application for the flag. He was highly impressed with our school's participation in a wide variety of sports across the six strands of athletics, games, aquatics, dance, gymnastics and orienteering. Our new initiatives such as the Slí na Sláinte around our Astro pitch with the "walk and talk" rule and the 6th class children participating in Playground Leaders with the 3rd class children on big yard left the Active School Flag assessor over impressed. We showed him that we here at St. Patrick's SNS are indeed an Active School!
There was huge interest in joining the Craft Club this year. It ran for 5 months as an after-school activity and in that time the children made friendship bracelets, learned to weave and knit and also made Christmas snowmen and Easter page markers. Some children also made hot-air balloons with woven baskets.
Over the Easter holidays, Ms. C. Kelly and Ms. N. Kelly ran a movie making camp for the children in our school. Firstly, children in the camp worked in groups to storyboard their ideas for their film. They then filmed, edited and created movies using iMovie on the iPads. On the last day of camp, there was a special red carpet event where the children who attended the camp got to showcase and premiere their masterpieces in front of all their friends and family. Some groups even made trailers for their movies.