News from the Boys’ School

A busy few weeks!

This school year has been just flying in and the boys have all been so busy learning and having fun!

Senior Infants

Senior Infants have enjoyed taking part in Maths stations. During stations each group spends 10 minutes on an activity and when the time is up they move to their next task. This month they have been practising their numbers with playdough, playing maths games on the iPad, cutting and sticking pictures to make patterns and practising number facts in their Maths Books.

1st class

1st class are taking part in Lift-Off to Literacy this term.

Literacy Lift-Off is a whole-class intervention aimed at increasing each child’s competency in oral language, reading and writing. Diverse activities are essential for extending literacy processing power. Hence, the pupils work in ‘stations’ to carry out a number of activities in reading and writing, over the course of an hour, under the guidance of 4 teachers.

During each Literacy Lift-Off session, children experience five activities:

  • Oral Language
  • Familiar Reading
  • Word Work
  • Writing
  • New Book

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Look at our lovely new extension!

Our large Special Educational extension is progressing well and should be in use after Hallowe’en. This building consists of one large room, two smaller rooms, toilets and storage downstairs (funded by the Department of Education) and one large room and a storage room upstairs (funded by the Board of Management and Parent’s Association). This building will have a range of uses including Special Education teaching, team teaching, station teaching (e.g. Literacy Lift Off) and other activities e.g. music lessons, projects involving digital technology and meetings.

 

 

Dates for Diary

Wednesday 22nd May:   Finn Valley athletics

 

Friday 24th May:           European and local elections,

School closed.

 

Monday 27th May:         New Language Curriculum,

School closed.

 

Friday 31st May:            Transfer tour 6th class

 

Mon & Tues

3rd &  4th June:             School closed, June Bank Holiday

 

Mon 3rd – Fri 7th June:  Gaeltacht (6th class pupils)

 

Thursday 6th June:        Fan the Flame, Celtic Park, 6th Class

 

Tuesday 11th June:        Sports Day (weather permitting)

 

Monday 17th June:         5th & 6th Class Tour

 

Tuesday 18th June:        Junior & Senior Infant Tour

 

Thursday 20th June:      1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class Tour

 

Thursday 20th June:      6th Class Graduation

 

Wednesday 26th June:   Summer holidays

Open Day

St Patrick’s Boys’ School Open Afternoon, Thursday 14th March 1.30 -2.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and visit our school to see the infant classroom and our facilities and to meet some of our pupils and staff.  Alternatively contact the school at 0749374136 or stpatsboyscarn@eircom.net to arrange an appointment.  Enrolment forms are currently available and should be returned by Thursday 28th March.

An egg-citing project!

Mrs Doherty’s Senior Infants and 1st Class have some very special visitors in the classroom. They received some eggs in an incubator and they are beginning to hatch! The boys were amazed to watch the little chicks pecking their way out of the shells today. So far we have three yellow chicks and one black chick.

    

Thursday, 12th April 2018

We came in to school today to see that another chick had hatched during the night. We now have five chicks.

Introducing:

Cutey

 

Coco

 

Loch Ness Monster

 

Spider Chick

 

Midnight

February Fun!

Safer Internet Day

All classes engaged in discussions and activities about being safe online on Safer Internet Day (6th February 2018).

Debating Team

Well done to the debating team who travelled to Scoil Naomh Aenghus, Bridgend to oppose the motion “People should be fined for not recycling”. The boys were excellent but the motion was carried by a very strong team from Bridgend. It was noted that our team were great ambassadors for the school. Comhghairdeas!

Senior Infants and 1st class

Mrs Doherty’s Senior Infants and 1st class visited the local library on Tuesday 13th February. They really enjoyed their tour with Gerard, the librarian and had an introduction to how the library works. Their visit concluded with a fun quiz on facts about the library and free pencils and bookmarks for all pupils (and teachers!).

2nd Class

Mrs McCandless’s 2nd class created some lovely artwork for Mother’s Day. Doesn’t it look amazing!

 

5th Class and 6th Class

5th class and 6th class have been working on Scratch in class with Mrs Clifton. Scratch is a programme to teach computer programming skills. We hope to set up a coding club which will run one lunchtime a week in the future to allow they boys to further develop these valuable skills!

 

A Very Busy January

All classes have been very busy since they came back to school in January – what a great start to the new year!

Senior Infants and 1st Class

Senior Infants are taking part in Lift-Off to Literacy this term.

Literacy Lift-Off is a whole-class intervention aimed at increasing each child’s competency in oral language, reading and writing. Diverse activities are essential for extending literacy processing power. Hence, the pupils work in ‘stations’ to carry out a number of activities in reading and writing, over the course of an hour, under the guidance of 4 teachers.

During each Literacy Lift-Off session, children experience five activities:

  • Oral Language
  • Familiar Reading
  • Word Work
  • Writing
  • New Book

Grandparents came into Mrs Doherty’s Senior Infant and 1st class room to celebrate Grandparents Day on Wednesday, 31st January. The boys enjoyed spending time talking to the Grandparents, showing their work and finding out about how different school was in the past.

2nd Class

Pupils from 2nd class are taking part in Fun Maths sessions with the help of their parents/guardians. The sessions are proving very enjoyable for all involved!

5th Class & 6th Class

As part of Catholics Schools Week 5th and 6th classes made St. Brigid’s crosses on 31st January. As this was also Grandparent

 

December News

Christmas Plays/Concerts

All classes are very busy rehearsing for their Christmas Performance. Photos of these performances will follow before the holidays.

Folens Colouring Competition Winner

Congratulations to Paul Farren 2nd class who won the Folen’s Colouring Competition which his class entered recently.  This is a national competition and we are very proud of Paul’s amazing achievement.  He won a toy voucher for himself and a Christmas annual and pencil for every boy in his class.  Well done Paul!

Hi-Glow Silver Certificates

2nd class recently received certificates for taking part in the Hi-Glow Silver safety campaign. They learned about the importance of high visibility clothing when out walking or cycling as part of this campaign.

 

 

 

Reading Buddies!

Our Junior and Senior Infant boys have been working alongside our 5th class boys in our reading buddies scheme. The boys really enjoyed being part of our ‘Reading Train’. We also went on a walk to visit the Carndonagh Public Library.

School Tours 2017

5th & 6th class 

The boys in 5th and 6th class went to Finn Valley on their school tour this year. They enjoyed a fun-filled day of swimming, athletic activities, soccer, basketball and an inflatable obstacle course.

2nd, 3rd & 4th class 

The boys enjoyed a day out at W5 Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast. The boys explored the various discovery exhibitions and enjoyed taking part in a science workshop where they made their own slim.