Autumnal Acrylics

 

Our autumnal trees

We had great fun in our Art lesson recreating autumnal trees inspired by a Canadian artist, Melissa Mc Kinnon.   We experienced working with acrylic paint on textured paper.  We used the primary colours with black and white to create colourful autumn scenes.  We are very proud of our work and we hope you like them too!

 

We love Technology

We love using these in class

Last year our school bought ten new laptops, that are used for projects and a fun computer coding system called Scratch. The laptops are also used for creating PowerPoints, which we love doing!

We also bought monitors that we use in every classroom. The monitors are a great help for the teachers as they are touchscreen and can be hooked up to your computer as well as being clear and easy for the students to see.

Show & Tell with Mr. Colreavy

Mr Colreavy speaking about the bow

 

Did you know the Mr. Colreavy does Archery!!!

Well he does and he came in to our room to show us all a real bow and arrow.

This was such a wonderful opportunity for us to get up and close with such an interesting piece of equipment.

Here he is talking about the arrow

He talked us through the safety procedures of getting

the bow ready….it doesn’t look easy!  Next he showed us the arrows.

They looked so cool, we even got to hold them.

 

Finally he showed us how to hold the bow and draw the string back.  We each got a turn, even Mrs. Muldoon tried it.  It ain’t easy but it was great fun.

We would love to try it out for real!  Fingers crossed our wish may come true.

 

We love Sport

GAA Coaches

Every Thursday we do G.A.A skills with Pat and Anthony. We really enjoy going out with the coaches every week. We love all the games and drills. In particular, we love the possession games.

Athletics Fest

On Thursday 20th September our school participated in athletics. There were Junior and Senior teams who competed at the Sligo I.T. All of the athletes ran brilliantly and represented our school with great pride.

GAA Training

The campaign begins!! Our boy’s Gaelic training began on Thursday 20th September up in the Owenmore Gaels pitch.  It was a super session and Mr. Higgins was delighted with how it went.  We can’t wait to start playing in the upcoming competitions.

 

Our School Garden

The new patch

Our school garden is on the move!

We are moving our garden to the back of the new school prefabs.

It is a much bigger and better space.

These are on the move

We are going to move our raised beds and then get them all ready for the year ahead.

Watch this space… or should we say patch!

 

 

 

 

Launch of our website

Eoin and Martyna ready to press LAUNCH

On Friday the 30th September our school website was launched.  The Senior School gathered in the school yard at lunchtime with all of the teachers.

Mr. Colreavy brought out his laptop and two pupils were chosen to press the launch button, Martyna (6th class) and Eoin (5th class).  It was so exciting. We all counted down from 10, like a rocket launch countdown!!!  We are now LIVE…..Yippeeeeee!

 

Keyboards are cool!

Nickie teaching us for the first time

On the 11th of September, Music Generation came to our classroom. Our tutor is excellent, fun and very creative.  Her name is Nickie Wingrove.  She is teaching us to play the keyboard. So far, we have learned how to play the notes C, D, E, F and pulse/rhythm. Also we love playing the game ‘Staff Wars’ because it helps us learn the notes in a fun way! We are looking forward to what else she has in store for us!

Keyboards we are using

 

October 2018 Newsletter

School Website  

The new school website was launched on Friday 28th September.  The address is www.smaicollooney.school – a text message went out last week to advise that we will be uploading photos of school activities in the coming weeks & if you don’t wish for your child’s photo to be on our website please let Stacey know.

Book Fair

The scholastic Book Fair will arrive to both the Junior & Senior schools tomorrow (Tuesday 9th).  As is the usual practice, pupils will be allowed to view the books with their teachers during the week & purchases can be made from Friday 12th October.  The Book Fair will depart on Tuesday 16th October.  The school receives commission of 50% of total sales to invest in our own school library.

Parent/ Teacher Meeting Scheduler

The Aladdin Connect system that we are currently using to communicate with parents have released a new Parent/ Teacher Meeting Scheduler application.  We are going to test it out this year for our P/T meetings that will take place on Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th November.  The time slots will be released to parents before the meetings & parents can pick an appointment time that best suits them. The parents that cannot make afternoon meetings still have the option of a morning meeting.  Please contact Stacey if you wish to schedule a morning appointment – availability will be limited for these.

NB: School will finish for pupils from 1st – 6th class at 2.30pm on both of these days to allow teachers to prepare for the meetings.  Junior & Senior Infants will go home at the usual time of 2pm.

Thank You!!

A massive thank you to John McKeon of Petstop who kindly sponsored brand new football kits for the boys’ & girls’ teams.  They are a fabulous design & we are very grateful to John.

Thumbs up for Mr Higgins who worked on the colour & design with the supplier!

 

Music Generation

Music Generation is being well received by the pupils that have already started their classes.  Parents are welcome to pay the music fee in a block payment if this is more convenient – however payment of €2 per week is perfectly fine.  Junior Infants will start their 14 week block in January.

 

  • Junior Infants – 2nd class will have a 14 week block costing €28 in total
  • 3rd class – 6th class will have a 26 week block costing €52 in total
  • The ASD class will have a 20 week block costing €40 in total
     

School Photos

Closing date for photo orders is this Friday 12th October.


Lost Property

There are a large number of coats in the Senior School that were left behind before the summer holidays.  If you are missing any items for your child pop into the school office & have a look.  We will recycle all the coats that haven’t been claimed on Monday 15th October.

 

Parents Association

Please see the About section on the website for the names and roles of the various parents including Class Reps on the Parents Association. Your attendance at the monthly meetings will be greatly appreciated.

Book Money

Just a reminder to settle up book fees as soon as you can.  Thank you to the parents that have already paid.

 

Mid-term Break

School will finish up on Thursday 25th October to facilitate the Polling Day on the 26th & the Mid-term Break.  Classes will finish at the usual times. School recommences on Monday the 5th of November.

 

As usual, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school.  Thank you for your support.

 

Paul & Staff

Welcome To 6th Class!

Fáilte and welcome to our 6th class blog.

This is going to be a  year we will never forget.  On our blog you will be able to see all the goings on, in and out of our room.  Oh and of course you’ll see all the learning we are going to get up to this year!

We would like to tell you about our super class.  There are twenty – seven pupils, two of which are new to our room.  One is Hungarian and the other is  Polish. They have settled in really well, it’s like they have always been in our class!

We are so proud to have reached our FINAL YEAR in Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf.  Already we have done soooooo much in 6th class and you’ll be able to read all about that very soon.

We have had great fun already putting this blog together and we feel that it is going to be a year to remember.

See you all very soon.

 

 

Welcome to our fifth class blog!

After a great, fun-filled summer break, we have settled back into school and are ready for an exciting year  ahead.

We hope you like our new school website and we feel very lucky to have our own fifth class blog section.

Over the course of this school year we will be updating our blog once a week. We will be sharing information, news, images and upcoming events with you, about our class, school and local community.

Check in again soon for more posts and make sure to spread the word.

Catch you soon,
Slán, Grazie, Dziekuje 🙂