News from the Boys’ School

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.

Sports Day 2017

Congratulations to all the boys!!

Thank you to all who supported our annual coffee morning. We raised €270 which will be donated to  Muscular Dystrophy.

Summer is here!

First Holy Communion

2nd Class had their First Holy Communion Prayer Service in the G.P room on Wednesday 17th May 2017. They did a really good job and everyone enjoyed it.

We wish the boys all the best on their First Holy Communion Day on Saturday 27th May 2017. We wish the boys and their families a wonderful day.

 

  

 

Engineer’s Week

During engineer’s week, 5th class worked very hard to design, build and test their own bridges. They worked in groups to decide on what materials and structures they thought would work best. They gathered the materials, constructed their design and used weights to text their strength and stability.

 

Animation Workshop

5th class have also been working very hard with Paul Kelly on developing their own animation. Working in teams, the boys had to draw and colour the various aspect of their scene and the characters needed for their animation based on the theme of sustainability and climate change. In the coming weeks, the will work alongside Paul, using his equipment to make these animations come to life.

 

Our School Garden

Some of our 6th class boys have been working very hard revamping our school garden. They have planted many different vegetables, shrubs and various types of flowers.

 

Finn Valley

27 pupils represented out school in Finn Valley on 24th May 2017. Ciaran O’Kane (5th class) returned with a bronze medal. Well done to all the boys who participated.

 

National Handwriting Competition

Congratulations to Bobby Lafferty on coming runner up in the National Handwriting Competition.

 

3rd class

During the month of May 3rd class have been learning about a non-European country – Egypt. Firstly we located Egypt on the map and discovered that it is actually on two continents; Africa and Asia. Secondly we investigated what life is like for people living in Egypt nowadays, discussing food, weather and climate, games children play, religion and writing. The importance of the River Nile was also investigated and we examined what it is like to live in the Sahara desert like the Bedouin tribe of people do. We also learned about life in Ancient Egypt, about how the Ancient Egyptians believed in many different gods and about how they used slaves to build the pyramids as tombs for their dead Pharaohs. We used out new Ipads to research more about the life of Tutankhamun, the boy king and how he became ruler of Egypt at 9 years of age! Wouldn’t that be great!!

During Art we drew pictures of Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus and decorated necklaces like those gold and silver ones worn by the rich Egyptian women.

 

Spring is in the Air!

The school has recently received six new iPads. It is hoped that the children will gain greatly from using these iPads for range of activities to support learning and to further their ICT skills.

Miss McDaid’s 1st class used the iPads during their Maths stations and they really enjoyed some apps to practice addition!

2nd class have been busy making a beautiful spring Art display. Daffodils were made using toilet rolls. Spring lambs were created using paper plates and cotton wool. Nesting birds among new leaves complete the spring scene.

The whole school has been engaging in activities to promote Fairtrade fortnight. This kicked off with a presentation by Mr Patsy Toland from Self-Help Africa. Pupils attended talks in the Colgan Hall about food waste and conservation. We designed posters for display in a local cafes and shops, had quizzes, debates and discussions in class, social media campaigns, as well as hosted a coffee morning for parents using Fair Trade products.

Our school garden is doing very well after some hard work by the boys in the autumn. We have daffodil, crocus, primrose and hyacinth flowers as well as a selection of herbs at present.

 

Grandparent’s Day

Miss Mc Daid’s Granny Lucy came to visit the boys in Senior Infants and 1st Class. She told them all about school and life long ago when she was a little girl. The boys really enjoyed the visit and learned lots of interesting information.

Some Grandparents came into 4th class and the boys interviewed them about a range of topics. They talked about technology long ago. The boys were amazed when they were told the steps that needed to be taken to make a phone call from Birmingham! The person had to go to the phone box and call the operator who would transfer you to the operator in Liverpool, who would transfer you to Dublin, who transferred you to Donegal, who connected you to White’s Solicitor in Carndonagh. They would find out who was needed on the phone and hang up. Somebody then had to run and fetch the person that was needed on the phone and the call would have to be made all over again!

The boys also learned about life at school, first jobs, transport, sweets, toys and games and holidays long ago. One of the best topics of conversation was the mischief that the grandparents got up to when they were young, but that information is strictly confidential!!

Grandparents also helped many of the classes to make St. Brigid’s crosses. The staff and pupils would like to thank everyone who attended the school to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.

Fun with Maths

2nd Class are currently taking part in a four week ‘Fun with Maths’ programme. The children in 2nd class in St. Patricks BNS and GNS meet on Thursdays to play Maths games with the help of their parents. Any parents willing to help can come along from 11:15-12:15 on the following dates:

Thursday 26th January – St. Patrick’s GNS

Thursday 2nd February – St. Patricks BNS

Thursday 9th February – St. Patricks GNS

Thursday 16th February – St. Patricks BNS

A Very Busy January!

Peace Proms

The school choir is participating in the Peace Proms program. Peace Proms is a choral education program which impacts 20,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This programme is recognised as Ireland’s most valuable Arts Education initiative. Dr. Helen Haughey has been working very hard to prepare the choir for this event.

On Tuesday, 24th January, the school choir travelled to the Ulster Hall in Belfast for a workshop in preparation for the concert.

The choir will also take part in the Peace Proms concert in the SSE Arena on Sunday 26th February. It should be a memorable occasion for staff and pupils!

 

Literacy Lift Off

Senior Infants are taking part in the Literacy Lift Off programme at present. 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 four activities:

  • Familiar Reading
  • Word Work
  • Writing
  • New Book

Station 1: Familiar Reading


Pupils read previously seen PM+ Readers. Purpose: Development of enjoyment, fluency, comprehension and speed.

Station 2: Word Work


They use magnetic letters on the whiteboard to make and break words. Purpose: To show children how words work, so that they can make a fast visual analysis of their reading.

Station 3: Writing


Pupils write sentences based on a poster that they have discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to encourage children to focus their thought so that they can create a concise well-formed sentence based on the poster that they have just discussed as a whole class at the beginning of the lesson .

Station 4: New Book


Encountering new texts each day challenges the pupils to discover new ways to go beyond their current operating ability and lift their literacy processing. Purpose: Pupils learn to use strategic activities to read new texts.

Junior and Senior Infants

Aistear

This month’s theme focused on fruit and vegetables. A fruit and vegetable shop was set up in the class. Children engaged in role play as customer and shopkeeper. A game called ‘Shopping List’ was taught to the boys. This is a memory game which focused on language development and turn-taking. This month’s theme was integrated with Gaeilge and SPHE. Healthy eating and taking care of our body was discussed in SPHE.

The Ravenous Beast

       

Junior and Senior Infant’s enjoyed the story ‘The Ravenous Beast’. The boys came up with wonderful ideas explaining what else the Ravenous Beast might eat! Ideas included giants, boats, cities and even the school! The children enjoyed exploring the language of the book, and amazing drawings and paintings were created by all!

 

Senior Infants and 1st class

                    

Senior Infants and 1st class have been learning all about polar bears and the chilly Arctic landscape that they come from! They wrote detailed reports based on what they learned about the polar bears. The boys made some lovely polar bear art work using different coloured paper and chalk. They also painted winter landscapes with a focus on perspective and cold colours.

 

Third Class

This month Third Class were examining communication methods.  We learned about how people used to stay in touch in the past by using methods such as the Pony Express and how carrier pigeons were used during World War 1 when travelling became difficult.  We also listened to some Morse Code and tried to decipher it! We then looked at how scientific advancements have made it much easier to communicate with people, even if they are on the other side of the world. We made a string telephone and listened to messages from people on the other side of the classroom.  It was great fun!

In history we examined the Middle Ages and learned how a town crier was used to spread news among the people.  We also learned about what life was like in this era, how craftsmen came together to form guilds and how people who broke the law were put in stocks and had rotten eggs thrown at them!  We then used clay to design and make our very own medieval castles – definitely fit for any king or queen!