A huge thank you to all the pupils, family members and staff who got out and got active at home for Active Week 2020. We were so impressed by the photos and videos received! Please keep up your daily mile over the summer and we look forward to coming up with loads of fun and exciting ways to get active together in September.
Check out our highlight reel of a great week,
The Active Flag Committee
February in Katie’s Fifth Class
February was a very busy month in Katie’s Fifth Class. ‘Pop Art’ was the focus of our Visual Arts lessons. We looked at the art work of both Andy Warhol and Jim Dine and discussed artistic elements of their work. The children designed pop art based on onomatopoeia (Andy Warhol). They also created tissue bleed hearts using vibrant colours (Jim Dine).
Friendship Week took place in our school from the 10th – 14th of February. Each class completed various activities relating to friendship – secret friend, pass the compliment, friendship games, etc. On the last day of Friendship Week our class created friendship bracelets to give to their secret friend. The week highlighted the importance of showing kindness to others and how even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference.
The boys and girls worked hard to improve their léitheoireacht Gaeilge over the month. They have been reading a variety of different stories and playing different word games to help with their word recognition. The class are becoming confident young readers as Gaeilge!
St Andrew’s Athletic Club, Ashbourne
We are an Active School and encourage all our pupils to take up sport in order to get their recommended sixty minutes of physical activity every day! We’d like to help link our pupils with local sporting opportunities and to this end Michelle from St. Andrew’s Athletic Club in Ashbourne came in to speak to boys and girls from Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes today.
Michelle explained they train in all weather on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8pm and new members are welcome. Children who’d like to try out athletics are welcome to give it a go and have a free week of sessions before deciding if they’d like to sign up and join. Children can train once or twice or three times a week and opt to compete if they like but Michelle explained the emphasis is on fun.
The club also do a two kilometre run in Ashbourne on Sundays and are hoping to establish a junior parkrun in Ashbourne. Junior Parkrun Info
Families interested in running and fitness could plan a day of athletics with their upcoming 2k race for children and 5k and 10k options this April. St Andrew’s AC 2/5/10k
December was a very busy month in Katie’s Fifth Class. Our Maths lessons began with long division. Through hard work and using anagrams, the children became very confident in their abilities to solve long division problems. Weight was another area of Maths that we all enjoyed. We made Rocky Road and Marshmallow Treats to show how we can apply our knowledge of weight to real life situations. As part of Visual Arts and Maths we painted symmetrical snowflakes. The children created some beautiful work.
In Learn Together lessons we learned about palm oil and the impact illegal palm oil production has on the environment. The class created posters to promote an awareness of illegal palm oil production. We completed drama lessons to show the destruction of rainforests.
This year our school took part in the MS Readathon. The aim of the MS Readathon is to encourage children to engage with reading and to take enjoyment out of the worlds they delve into whilst at the same time raising funds for MS Ireland. The children learned about Multiple Sclerosis and how it impacts the lives of people in Ireland.
Katie and Síofra’s fifth classes, Sally’s fourth class and Róisín and Marcella’s third classes took part in the MS Readathon. The children in these classes spent one full month (from the 11th of October to the 11th of November) reading as many books as possible and collecting sponsorship money for MS Ireland. All classes were very enthusiastic and engaged wholeheartedly with all aspects of the MS Readathon.
We were delighted when we took the final tally of sponsorship money collected, which amounted to €2,378.29, all of which was sent on to MS Ireland to help all those who suffer with Multiple Sclerosis.
We are so proud of all the children who took part in the MS Readathon. All certificates and prizes will be awarded in February 2020. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated money to this very worthy cause.