St. Peter's National School
This week we welcomed Alison back to our Assembly. This weeks Assembly continued to focus on last week's 'Stay Safe' theme 'Touches'. We remineded ourselves of all the touches we do like: shaking hands, high fives aswell as the ones we don't like: punching, kicking, hitting. We discussed that bad touches make us feel uncomfortable, intimidated, uneasy and unhappy. The message was loud and clear 'Say NO, Get Away and Tell.'
It was 1st and 2nd classes turn to perform for us this week. They have been learning all about Castles in class. They taught us a few facts they have learned about the different types of castles. The children in 1st and 2nd class have also been working really well together in creating collaborative art and designing their own castles. Have a look below at the fabulous work they showed us in Assembly!
This week we also found out what school 'houses' we were in. There are four school houses in St. Peter's National School: Yellow Cheetahs, Blue Whales, Red Pandas and Green Turtles. We loved finding out about our house and which house we are all assigned to. Look how excited we are! We also can't wait for the house challenges to come!
Today is the 1st of March and it was a beautiful sunny day! We were delighted to welcome back Eugene today!
Today's assembly was all about 'Touch'. Our assemblies have been following the themes of the Stay Safe programme. This weeks theme was 'touch'. Eugene spoke to us all about the positives associated with 'touch' - we can give each other high fives to show support or praise or to congratulate someone, we can give each other a hug to say hello, to cheer someone up or to show we are happy, we might shake hands to welcome someone, to say hello or as a formal handshake. We listened to the bible story Luke 8:43-48. In this story a woman was very sick, she had spent her whole life seeing doctor's and trying to find a cure. One day she saw Jesus in the crowd, she came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak. Jesus looked around and asked 'Who touched my cloak?' The woman was worried and came forward, she declared it in front of everyone. Jesus explained, you are cured and your faith has made you well. Eugene's message was clear - our touch can be comforting to others in need of a hug, a high five or some of our time and God's touch can be healing to all.
Junior and Senior Infants were the performers this week. They had been reading the book 'Elmer' in class - Miss Coyle's favourite story. they wrote reports on Elephants and taught us some wonderful facts they had learned. We were all super impressed!
Have a look at our star of the week wall to see who this weeks stars were in St. Peter's N.S.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Another super week in St. Peter's N.S! This week we have been busy preparing for our Come and See Day which will take place on the 15th of February. We look forward to seeing you all there!
5th and 6th class gave us a wonderful performance of George Ezra's 'Shotgun'. They had a very clear message for us about the importance of looking after your own well-being, about self-love and being kind to yourself. We were very impressed with their singing this morning!
This week we also rewarded our 'Star of the week' Awards! Have a look and see who got this special award this week! These awards were awarded this week for showing kindness, putting special effort into their work and being very helpful to their teacher! Great work everyone - keep it up!
Today is St. Bridget's day, which is traditionally marks the beginning of spring in Ireland. Hip, hip hooray, it's Spring! Let's hope the weather gets a bit warmer!
We are doing the Stay Safe programme in school this term. The children are talking a lot about friendship and what it means to be a good friend. Our assemblys are following the themes of the Stay Safe programme too so we can discuss the important messages as a whole school community. Today's assembly was on the theme of friendship.
Rev. Alison asked us the question 'How good a friend are you?' We talked about what makes a good friend and how we can be a good friend to each other. Alison told us the story of 'Ruth and Naomi' from the Bible, which tells a great story of friendship and strength. We reflected on our own friendships in school.
This week in Assembly 3rd and 4th class performed a poem for us all about the counties of Ireland. We were all very impressed with their memories! Super job!
All the staff in St. Peter's N.S feel it is important for us to celebrate children's achievements and positively affirm good behaviour. This week we started 'pupil of the week' awards. These awards can be given by any member of staff for nice manners, good behaviour, great effort or anything we feel we would like to positively affirm and promote in our school. See below the children who were awarded the first pupil of the week awards. Well done to you all!
What a treat we had this week! Junior Infants and Senior Infants treated us to a wonderful performance of 'Cuigear Fear' this week. They used rhythm sticks and their wonderful voices to impress us all. They were absolutely fantastic!
This week we also awarded the children who attended school every day between Midterm and Christmas. All the children with full attendance received their excellent attendance certificates.
Have a look at all the children with super attendance last term. Hopefully we can keep this up and continue to improve this term!
Happy New Year everyone!
It was really fantastic to see all the bright, smiling faces returning to school after the Christmas Holidays. All the children seemed to have a wonderful time over Christmas and had lots of wonderful stories to tell. It seems Santas was good to all!
This Friday we welcomed Alison back to our Assembly. Alison spoke to us all about new beginnings, forgiveness, asking for forgiveness and Baptisms. She explained to us all about Baptisms, how they can happen at different times in people's lives and what Baptisms mean.
We also discussed the significance of the beginning of a new year. We all have lots of new years resolutions however as we discussed these we realised that many of our resolutions surrounded the idea of trying new things. We realise that when we try new things sometimes they don't always work out the way we hope they would first time and therefore we can often make mistakes. We all shook each others hands, wished each other a happy new year and hoped we would all make lots of mistakes in 2019! At first we thought this was very funny and there were lots of giggles!! However, we realised that mistakes can be a good thing as they help us to learn and to grow.
5th and 6th class performed for us in our first assembly of the year. They have been busy learning about World War 1 and they learned a poem as part of their lessons on the topic. Although they only had 4 days to learn the poem (and it was quite long and tricky!!) they did an amazing job and we were all super impressed! Well done 5th and 6th class!
Wishing you all a very happy, wonderful New Year.
We have had an extremely busy week in St. Peter's N.S. and it has been full of generous 'giving' from all the children. Firstly we had a session with Goal - earlier in the year the children raised €150 for Goal on Jersey day. This is a great amount of money from our small school. Big thanks to Ms. Coyle who arranged the talk from JI-2nd and the workshop from 3rd-6th for this week. Have a look at the post below to see what the children got up to! During Assembly, the younger children taught the older children what they had learned in their talk with Goal and the older children explained some of the activities they did in their workshop. It was lovely to see them reflecting and learning from each other!
Secondly, Wednesday was our final day for bringing in the Team Hope Christmas shoeboxes. Our little school has made a massive donation of 65 shoeboxes to the Team Hope this year! This is a fantastic achievement and means that 65 more children will receive a present this Christmas thanks to the children's generous donations. They should feel very proud!
In assembly Rev. Eugene spoke to us all about WW1 and the importance of remembrance. There is an exhibition in Dunboyne Library 'From Dunboyne to the Trenches' running from the 10th-23rd of November. It sounds like it is really worth a visit.
It was Junior and Senior Infants' turn to showcase some of their work in Assembly this week. They taught us all about Owls, showed us the story 'Owl Babies' (one of my personal favourites!), the lovely owl artwork they created and taught us about when owls sleep and what they eat. They also worked together to say a fabulous poem all about Owls. The children in Junior Infants and Senior Infants were super brave this week as they each said a fact about Owls on their own. It can be a bit scary to speak in front of Assembly so we are all very proud of them! Well done!
Mura Tierney from GOAL came into St. Peter's National School today to show us the good work that GOAL does across the world. She gave a slideshow to Junior Infants to 2nd Class showing all the different things GOAL provides to countries that are struggling with weather disasters or war such as shelter, food, medicine, education and food. She did a workshop with 3rd to 6th class to show the causes and effects of global hunger and focused on the country of Ethiopia. The children had great fun role playing different scenarios that people there face on a daily basis.
Such a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the Midterm Break! A big well done to 5th and 6th class who managed to decorate the Church grounds with their very own Pumpkins, making the whole affair a whole lot more spooky! A big 'Thank You' to the PTA for providing the sugary goodness! Have a look below to see all the spooky characters that came to school on Friday!
It has been a very busy week here in St. Peter's N.S. as it has been Maths week. We have been doing lots of different Maths activities this week and looking at Maths in a different way.
On Tuesday 5th and 6th buddied up with Junior and Senior Infants and played Maths games in the hall. The older children helped the younger children to solve the problems. It was brilliant to see how patient 5th & 6th were and how helpful they were in explaining to the infants what to do and how to do it!
On Wednesday 1st and 2nd went to the hall and completed some NRich puzzels - they were quite tricky! But, by working in teams they managed to solve the problems. Well done 1st and 2nd class.
3rd and 4th class also played numerous Maths games in the hall including higher and lower with giant playing cards, chess and calculation stations.
On Thursday 5th and 6th and Junior and Senior Infants returned to the hall to make shape art! They used lots of different art materials to make strange and wonderful creatures. They are fantastic! Ask your child to tell you about their creature and what shapes they used to make it!
1st and 2nd class took Assembly this morning and showcased all the fun work they have been doing all this week for Maths Week. Well done 1st & 2nd class.
All of these activities were extra to the already on-going Maths lessons and extra Maths challenges set in class by teachers this week. Such a great fun! We have some fine Mathematicians in our midst in St. Peter's National School - that's for sure!