Things were a little different this year due to Covid and instead of a Christmas party and the usual Santa visit to Killurney Hall, we welcomed Santa into our classroom using the power of zoom on the 22nd December. The children really enjoyed this and they couldn't believe how much Santa knew about each and every one of them.
During the month of December the children also experienced a block of 4 Forest School lessons with Joanna.
All children from Junior Infants to 6th class swapped their runners for their wellies and boots and braved the elements to walk to our local forest. The children engaged in a wide variety of lessons including den building, lighting a forest fire (and learning how to safely extinguish it!), toasting marshmallows, building bird feeders using biodegradable materials, making Christmas decorations and identifying various trees.
Also this month, we learned that our school had been selected to participate in the Creative Schools initiative and all of the children met our Creative Associate, Muireann. Muireann will work with the children and the staff over the next two years as we develop and achieve our Creative Schools project. The school will also receive a grant totalling €4500 to help us with this project and achieve 'Creative School' status.
On the 11th December, all children and staff wore their Christmas jumpers to school to fundraise for Crumlin Children's hospital. We were delighted to raise just over €300 for this very worthy cause.
We also held our annual Christmas raffle and thanks to all of your kind donations raised a total of €860. This money will be used to purchase equipment for our outdoor classroom space! Congratulations to the winners of our 11 hampers!