P7 STEM Ambassador Visit

 

P7 were recently treated to a visit from Frances Weldonwho works with Almac GroupFrances explained the kind of work that an Analytical Chemist does on a daily basis and set up a range of experiments for the children to take part in. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thanks to Frances for volunteering to facilitate the workshop and to W5 who run the ambassador programme. It may possibly inspire a subject or career choice for some of our pupils at some point in the future.

KS2 Fund Raiser

Dear KS2 Parents,

On Friday coinciding with the Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, KS2 are planning a number of “teddy themed activities” to raise money for the U14 Camogie Team who have qualified to take part in the Feile, in Cork in June. As well as many past pupils, the team includes 10 of our current P7 class. They need to raise around £6,000 to fund their travel and participation in the event. So on Friday,the KS2 classes: P5, P5/6, P6/7 and P7 will take part in fun events including:

Sphero Races– can you keep your “Sphero” on track and navigate it around your bear and back

Teddy Relay– a twist on a relay race but using Teddy as a baton

Teddy Tucker Sale– cake + bun sale

“Selfies” with your Best Bear-

Pair the teacher to the bear competition

As well as Spot Prizes for: “Best Dressed Bear” and “Best Co-ordinated Bear and Owner”- (To facilitate this, it can be non-uniform for KS2, but we recommend clothes suitable for taking part in outside activities.)

We are asking pupils to make a donation of £3 to take part in all the activities, this includes a £1 to spend on goodies at the Cake sale.

We are looking for donations towards the cake and bun sale, home baked, bought… we don’t mind. They can be dropped off with Miss Mulkerns, tomorrow or Friday morning.

We hope if we have enough goodies to cover all KS2 Pupils, to then open the sale to everyone at the 2 o clock pick-up.

Thank you for your help with this and we extend our best wishes to the girls and their manager for June.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

This Friday, 17th of May we are having our Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic, lunch for all classes. So, if you know any well behaved Teddy Bears who would like to come to school for the day, please bring them along. We are expecting good weather so make sure all Teddies and owners are suitably protected from the sun with a sun hat and sun-cream please!

STEM Ambassador Visit

Thank you to Liz, who visited P6/7 this afternoon as part of the STEM Ambassadors’ Programme. She spoke about her job as a Medical Rep, explaining how medicines are manufactured: the stages of development and different jobs involved in the process.

From Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings of 500 years ago to patient specific treatments, P6/7 recognise that great advancements have been made in the field of medicine. Perhaps some of our class will be inspired to think of a career in Science or medicine and will make their own contribution to the development of medicine!

P7 Parents

P 7 Parent,

A reminder to return the reply slip which was attached to a recent letter, indicating the time you wish to attend the “Boundaries Transition Programme” . This programe is being offering to all P7 pupils and parents in preparation for P7’s moving on to their secondary schools next term.  A copy of the information is included below, in case of its having been mislaid…

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Dear P7 Parent,

We are delighted to offer you and your child a place on an exciting programme – “Boundaries”  which will provide you both with the opportunity to explore the possibilities and pitfalls that occur at this both, exciting and anxious time, as pupils prepare to transfer to their Secondary School.   

The programme takes the form of 2 Workshops as detailed below:

Workshop 1 – Parent & Child- Wed 5th of June- @ 1.30 pm or 7.00 pm –(Please choose which session you wish to attend)

This workshop aims to provide information and knowledge to children and parents to ensure a minimum stress transition to secondary school.  We explore the new environment and terms that children may not be familiar with, suggest structures that can be put in place to assist with the changes, discuss rules and boundaries and how all our actions have consequences.  

Workshop 2 – Children Only- Wed. 12th of June @ 9.30 am

This workshop is for the children only in their class groups and explores friendships and peer pressure, how to communicate effectively with the people around them and how to understand and deal with stress, anxiety and depression.  Online safety awareness and the potential consequences of inappropriate behaviour online is part of the Workshop.

When we have been able to offer this Programme before, feed back from Parents was very positive and both Parents and Children found the tips given very useful.

We ask if you could please indicate on the reply slip your preferred time for the Parent and Child Workshop. We will try to accommodate everyone, but with 40+ in P 7 this may not be always possible.

 

P7 STEM Workshop

 

P7 recently welcomed Kathleen Gregory, an environmental engineer, to our class. Kathleen came in to talk to the children about the Water / Bridges work that they completed with student teacher, Mr Duffy. Thanks to Kathleen for taking the time out of her schedule to support our pupils out with their project. Thanks also to Sentinus who run the ambassador programme.

 

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Update

The Easter breaks sees the conclusion of a busy spell for our school football teams. There have been many matches and blitzes taking place this half-term and over forty girls and boys have experienced wearing the school jersey in a competitive fixture. We hope that the children continue to work hard in school training, at the club and at home with the aim of developing their skills and representing their club teams this summer and long into the future. Thanks to Mullaghbawn CLG for the use of their facilities for our games and also to Frank, Tracy and the senior players who continue to assist with after-school training on Thursdays.

NWP Compost Donation

Many thanks to Natural World Products who donated a pallet (50 bags) of compost to the school this week. On hearing the pollytunnel  that our school shares with the Ring of Gullion group had been vandalised over the St Patrick’s break, NWP stepped in to help us. It was a wonderful gesture and much of the compost has already been put to use in the new Nursery garden.