At the start of the month we celebrated World Book Day and enjoyed hearing about some of the new book releases and interesting authors the children have come across. All students completed a book project and presented their work in front of the entire school. The children also got very creative and wore some fun costumes related to their projects and favourite book characters. We had all sorts of characters joining us in school on this day including Hagrid, Wednesday Adams, Peter Rabbit and even a couple of Farmers from the Farmers Journal. We had prizes for best overall project and best costume in each classroom, with the winners receiving an Easons gift card.
At the start of March, we also started back at GAA coaching with our new coach Robert Dowley. We have really enjoyed the new drills and skills we are learning which we are putting into practice during our matches. We have started with Gaelic football but hope to also do some hurling and camogie training in May. We also look forward to playing some organised matches against other local schools next month.
During the month of March, we celebrated Coicíse na Gaeilge and took part in some fun activities to mark this. We enjoyed Irish dancing lessons with Carmel Lawrence and learnt the Walls of Limerick and the Siege of Ennis. On the Friday of Seachtain na Gaeilge we also had a “Lá Glas” on which we wore green to school and made an extra big effort to speak as Gaeilge to recognise and celebrate our Irish culture and heritage.
In SESE and Aistear this month, the junior room learned all about different types of homes around the world. The junior and senior infants carried out a STEM challenge to design a house for the Three little Pigs. They used straws, lollipop sticks and blocks in their designs and made predictions as to which house could withstand the wrath of the “Big Bad Wolf” ie. Mrs Carroll`s hairdryer. We also read “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs” in class and the 1st and 2nd class enjoyed taking on the role of the Wolf`s attorney incorporating both drama and literacy, in attempting to prove his innocence.
On the day of the Easter Holidays the children from both classrooms took part in an Easter Escape Room and STEM creation morning organised by the senior room. The third and fourth class designed an egg holder to support and prevent an egg cracking when dropped from a height. We had some very creative designs and enjoyed experimenting with this. Ms Hogan and the senior students helped facilitate the escape room for the junior students before completing their own difficult challenge. Following clues around the classroom the children had to break the codes in order and be the first group to escape. We had great fun working together and completing these challenges. Thankfully we all managed to escape just before we went home to enjoy the holidays.