NEWSLETTER 30.05.2014

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS: Our school enjoyed Thinking Time today – we pondered this question

“What happens to numbers when you stop thinking about them?”

Please read all about it on our THINKING TIME BLOG.

The children are learning “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles. Check it out Karaoke style HERE. Bonus points for naming which Beatle wrote this one.

NEW JUNIOR INFANTS: We had a great day welcoming the new junior infants 2014 into our school this week. The building was buzzing and we are very excited to welcome all the children and families into our new school. We will be having our parents meeting next month and shall be in touch regarding details of this soon.

DONATIONS: We had a very welcomed visitor this week; Sorcha Nic Mhathuna who generously donated fantastic teaching resources. Go raibh maith agat as do chabhair Sorcha.

HOLIDAYS: The school is closed this bank holiday Monday and also on Tuesday – so we will return on Wednesday. Please keep your eye on the calendar for our days off. We will have the calendar for 2014 / 2015 next week.

GALLERY Have a look at some new photos in the Gallery.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Yard Creativity

What Happens To Numbers When You Are Not Using Them?

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The children from PETNS discussed this question at Thinking Time today, and we followed on with some artwork to explore our ideas further. Students are welcome to leave a comment to develop the discussion on this blog. The following multiple choice question may inspire deeper thought -

a. Nothing happens to them, 2 + 2 always equals 4, whether people think about it or not.

b. The numbers vanish, because numbers only exist when people think about them.

c.  As soon as numbers have been thought of by human beings they exist by themselves, even when no-one is thinking about them. 

 

Our discussion was very rich today, and we would like to share some of our thoughts on this.

 

If you don’t remember numbers then you do not know timeJunior Infant,

They go out of your mindJunior Infant

You stop thinking about them, but they are still there – they are everywhereSecond Class

I don’t know where they go! - Junior Infant.

It is like they are underground, and you cannot see themJunior Infant

People know numbers – so they should write them down so they do not forget themJunior Infant

You could forget numbers if you do not use them. They are not anywhere – they are in your mindJunior Infant

They go into your brain and help you think – Second Class

They go into someone else’s brain - Junior Infants

They go into a different part of your brain - Senior Infants

They go into your brain – Senior Infants

I remember numbers by pushing them into my head - Junior Infants

Sometimes you do forget things. I never forget numbers. - Second Class

If you are reading you forget sums. They just go out of your mind.First Class

 

NEWSLETTER 22.05.2014

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter -

ETHOS – The whole school have been discussing social norms and rules during thinking time this week.

We have started the Stay Safe Programme this week, as you will have seen in the homework.

OUT AND ABOUT – We are going to No 29 Fitzwilliam Street tomorrow for a tour of a restored Georgian house. On foot as usual. Thankyou to all the parents who will be coming with us.

GALLERY – Please find more photos on the Gallery (Tuesday – Active Schools Week)

DONATIONS – We are appealing for old dress-up costumes and any fancy clothes suitable for our dress-up box – (for the children!) Please send the donations into the class teacher.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT – The Board met on 15th May 2014 and the Principal provided an update regarding enrolment and the school curriculum. The Board reviewed and approved the draft drama policy. The Treasurer provided an update regarding the school finances, and the Board agreed to the appointment of an auditor to certify the accounts, as required. The Board noted the significant levels of parental involvement in a number of activities, in particular the really successful and enjoyable Active Schools Week. Thanks to all! The Board discussed the anticipated school move to Basin Lane and parents will be provided with an update regarding the arrangements shortly when all details have been finalised.

Have a nice weekend.

Dermot.

NEWSLETTER: 16.05.2014

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thank you all for participating this week. It really made Active Schools week so special for the whole school community. We are all looking forward to this annual event.  The application form has been emailed so hopefully we will be successful and achieve Active Schools status.
This would not be possible without all your support. Particular thanks to the parents who led the activities on Tuesday and Wednesday; Ross, Tom, Cecylia, Enagh, Cormac, Marie, Irenie, Diana, Jennifer, Mya, Sinead and Dion.
Thanks to our expert football coach Ross who started the week on Monday.  Thank-you to everyone who came to our active disco this morning, especially the parents who led the disco moves. Please email in photos of this event - we were too caught up in the dancing to take any.
Finally … Fiona & Sonja who drove this initiative - Thank-you so much for organising such an amazing week. We have updated our gallery with LOTS of photographs of each day. HAVE A LOOK!
Enjoy the weekend,
Dermot.
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ACTIVE SCHOOLS WEEK – Friday – Outdoor Disco

ACTIVE SCHOOLS WEEK – Wednesday – Wilton Park