Yoga in the Nursery

We had a wonderful morning in the Nursery with our new intake enjoying a yoga session with Karen Bennet – the first of many weekly sessions.  From the start the children were  fully engaged, listening and following Karen’s direction.  The classroom was a haven of calm and we noticed the benefits for the rest of the day with the children being very settled and productive.  Thanks Karen for offering this service and providing our class with strategies to calm and self-regulate while improving balance and posture.  As you can see from the clip below the staff really enjoyed it also.

 

Damaged school equipment

The new climbing frame in the Nursery is not a public play park facility.  After working so hard to purchase this apparatus it is very disappointing to see that parts of it have been broken already.

The climbing frame should not be used unless there is a staff member present.  The school does not accept responsibility for any accidents that may occur outside of school hours including pick up times.  Any damage to equipment will incur a fine.  Furthermore entering the Nursery garden without permission or staff supervision will be deemed as trespassing.

We ask all parent to respect this matter.

Grow your own picnic ~ part 2

The Nursery had an extremely busy morning over at Finnegan’s Garden Centre today.  Firstly  we checked the progress of  the potatoes that we planted on our previous visit.  Then we went on a sensory exploration discovering the taste, textures and smells of various garden flowers, herbs and plants.  There was great excitement as we got up close to very friendly snails.   We finished our visit by planting pumpkin seeds and lettuce.   Thanks again to the staff for such a well-planned learning experience, the children really enjoyed it.

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Exciting times ……

Today was such a special day in the Nursery as our new climbing frame arrived.  I really think the staff were more excited than the kids.   I’m sure you will agree the new apparatus really has that WOW factor.  Our sincere thanks to Peter McParland for his creativity, his skills and most importantly for giving up his time to plan and create the frame.  Today he was assisted by Noel McParland, our thanks to Noel for all he has done for the Nursery.  We are indebted to these gents for their interest and support.  For years we envisaged having an outdoor area that would challenge the children and provide hours of fun, well now we do !  In the current financial situation the Education system is in we could never have achieved this, it was the support given to us from the community during our recent fundraising efforts that made this possible.   We are so appreciative.  This is phase 1 of our project, there is much more to come.

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Fruity Friday fun

Today all the children brought in fruit and we made a huge sharing platter.  We discussed food origins, textures, smells and had great fun sampling the various fruits.  Earlier in the week we had a parent/child exercise session hosted by local fitness instructor, Shaundelle Marks from Top Marks fitness.  Our sincere thanks to our past pupil, Shaundelle for giving up of her time.  Her enthusiasm was very contagious, the adults and children loved the energetic, fun class.  

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Grow your own picnic

Today the Nursery class spent a very enjoyable morning in Finnegans Garden Centre.  It was part of their new schools initiative which aims to give children practical hands on experience of growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.  It broadens their knowledge of the growth process through fun and interaction.  Over the next three months we will visit the garden centre to observe changes in what we planted today.  Today we planted, sweet pea, potatoes and strawberries.  The project is called “Grow your own picnic”, we will enjoy a tasty picnic at the end of June.  The children’s behaviour, manners and engagement were exemplary – great little ambassadors for St Mary’s.  Thanks to the staff of Finnegans for making us feel so welcome, we are looking forward to our next visit.

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