Star of the Week 15/10/21
At today's assembly, Eugene informed us that today is the International Day of Older Persons. We shared stories of how important older people are in our lives, how much they help us and how much they care for us. Eugene reminded us to put a smile on the face of an older person we love by telling them 'Thank You!".
Have a look below to see our Stars of the Week!
Another week has flown by in St. Peter's National School. Eugene came back to visit us this week and he had a very important message for this week's assembly. He was talking all about the environment and how we all can make a difference and all can play a roll in keeping our environment healthy and happy! He told us a story about a Star fish which we loved. The story taught us that we all can do a little to make the world a better place!
This week we were every happy to announce our Star's of the Week! Have a look below to see our shining starts this week!
We have missed Assembly so much! We have not had a school assembly since just before the school closure in `March 2020.
Although we have seen Eugene lots throughout the last 18 months we haven't had the chance to have a proper assembly with him. We had intended to have an outdoor assembly today but the weather was not on our side!
Instead Eugene visited each of our classrooms and spoke to us about the importance of words and how what we say can have a big impact on the people that we speak to. He told us that during lockdown he was learning German and that he loved learning a new language. We talked about kind words and how being kind can really help us and our friends have a great day!
We are so excited to have assemblies back and a big part of our week on a Friday!
Alison helped us all to understand the meaning behind Lent while pupils from 4th - 6th engaged us in a call and response chant.
Rev. Alison spoke to us about Salt. Salt is used for many things including adding flavour to food and for setting dye in clothes. Alison spoke about being the 'salt of the Earth', a phrase from the book of Mathew. She told us about the importance of bringing 'flavour' into our lives, thoughts and actions. So important!
She left us with the question, 'Do you add flavour to the world'?
2nd and 3rd class treated us to a glimpse of their Greece travel brochures. The children worked hard to research various topics such as climate, cuisine and sports. Well done!
Reverend Eugene led our assembly this week and he taught us all about St. Brigid in preparation for St. Brigid's Day on the 1st of February.
4th, 5th & 6th Class helped us usher in the new Spring season with a rousing rendition of 'Raindrops keep Fallin' on my Head'.
This week we had Alison come and deliver assembly to the classes. She talked about spreading the good news and read the story of "Fishers of Men" from the bible where Jesus calls on the disciples to join him in spreading God's word to the people. Junior - First Class gave a display on what they have been doing with Ms. Regan over the past two weeks based on the topic of "Clothes"
Rev. Eugene greeted us with a warm welcome this morning and wished us all a Happy New Year. Today, he spoke about doors. He told us that each new adventure we face is like a new door to open. Each will present different challenges and things to learn but that every one is of equal importance!
Léígh Rang a Dó agus Rang a Trí an dán 'Ní Maith Liom an Bháisteach'. Tharraing siad pictiúir do gach abairt i mbeirteanna. Is ealaíontóirí agus filí iontach iad. Maith sibh!
Alison welcomed us all back after our Christmas break! She told us the story of the 3 wise men and the importance of the feast day of the Epiphany. Junior - 1st Class took to the stage to recite their Irish poem "An Teilifís" We also gave out certificates to the pupils who have achieved full attendance since Mid-term. Well done to all!
Alison reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas and taught us a new song 'Jesus Christ is Coming to Town' sang to the tune of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'.
Members of the Active Schools Committee presented a PowerPoint detailing all of the work the committee has undertaken to date in our efforts to renew our Active Schools Flag.
Miss Coyle's Junior, Senior and 1st class shared with us their rendition of 12 Days of Christmas. Both the singing and the actions were fantastic! Amazing work!
Alison opened our assembly by telling us about Advent and the meaning of Advent. She shared some stories about Advent, in particular, the Advent wreath and the meaning of the candles.
Our school Christmas fair took place today. There was lots of excitement as each activity took place. There was a raffle for an art hamper. the name of our teddy was revealed (It is Oscar!). We had lots of guesses for our sweet jar...the final count was over 200! Finally, our staring contest was a big hit this year too. It was very tense but great fun was had by all.
Rev. Eugene treated us to a fascinating insight into the history of our church, St. Peters. Not only did we learn the full name of our church, St.Peter and Paul, we learned of the two previous churches on the site as well as the purpose of the tower that still stands on the church grounds. We marvelled at the design of the church, inside and out. Make sure to ask the children how many windows are in the church and who crafted the stone plaques inside.
Ms. Blennerhassett was so impressed, Rev. Eugene received a Homework Award!!! Head over to our Star of the Week page to see Rev. Eugene together with all the other children who received an award this week.
4th, 5th & 6th Class recited the poem 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost which they had learned off by heart. They did a superb job and shared some of their beautiful artwork inspired by the poem.
Rev. Eugene delivered our assembly today. He told us all about the history of the Church of Ireland and how it was established. He has promised to share with us the history of our own church St. Peter's at next week's assembly so we'll look forward to that! The theme for Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class this month has been Water, linking in with our Green Schools Flag. At assembly we performed the poem Water, Water Everywhere! and showed off our wonderful Water posters illustrating the poem.
This was our first week back after the mid-term break. Rachel from Team Hope came in to share with us the story of Team Hope, the shoebox appeal and how much of an impact these small tokens make on the lives of children around the world. Thank you to all of you that have brought shoeboxes in so far. We are still taking them in until next Friday so do consider taking the time to make one.
This week, 2nd and 3rd shared their Counties of Ireland projects with the class. Take a look at their page to see the projects in more detail. Well done 2nd and 3rd!
At assembly today we were treated to a spooky rendition of Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble as well as fascinating facts all about Hallowe'en traditions across the world from Ms. Flynn's groups. We also celebrated all the children who won the Credit Union Art Competition. Well done everyone!!
Parents and family members were invited to join us in celebrating harvest at this week's assembly. Reverend Alison lead us in prayer and all the classes entertained us with a lovely selection of songs and poems.
Rev. Eugene delivered a very important message on the theme of faith at this week's assembly. He referenced the mustard seed in his talk about how having even the smallest bit of faith in God being there for us no matter what will ultimately help us in life's journey.
Junior and Senior Infants and First Class took to the stage this week to perform the song "I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow" and they were fantastic at singing and performing the actions! Well done!
Alison gave an uplifting talk about angels in assembly today. We were reminded that we all have a guardian angel taking care of us. We were treated to 4th, 5th & 6th Class singing 'Caravan of Love' by The Housemartins, an inspirational song about love and solidarity.
In assembly this week, 2nd and 3rd class performed a lovely rendition of Lily Allen's 'Somewhere Only We Know'. They did an amazing job. Have a listen to the original song below.
On Friday Rev Eugene delivered a great assembly based on the theme of listening. The pupils learned about the importance of listening to those who are important to us and he explained through the story of the calling of Samuel about the importance of listening to God. The Junior and Senior infants took to the "stage" this week and performed the Irish song "Ag dul ar scoil." The children did really well in their first performance in front of the school. Well done!
Alison led us in a wonderful assembly today. We celebrated all the new faces in our school this year and talked about the many ways we can make sure everyone feels welcome. Friendship and kindness are central to life in St. Peter's NS!
4th, 5th and 6th class entertained us all with an active recital of the poem "An Seilide" which was also a new word Junior, Senior Infants & 1st Class learned this week!
Today we had a lovely Assembly! We had lots of things to celebrate today as the children had such a wonderful week. This week we hit a record number of 'Stars of the week'. The children received these awards for many different reasons: handing up beautifully presented homework, being kind to their friends, demonstrating great teamwork on the football pitch and being very helpful in the yard. Well done everyone! Have a look on our Stars of the week page to see our stars this week!
We have been working towards our Bishops Medal Competition over the last few weeks. We have been focusing on the story of Noah's Ark. Junior and Senior Infants led our assembly this week. They sang a fantastic rap song all about Noah and the animals on his Ark. It was absolutely brilliant!
All the children have been busy designing a logo for their school houses. The teachers all had a very difficult decision as they were all AMAZING! However, we finally came to a decision and found a winning logo for each house. Have a look at the winning designs below for each house: Blue Whales, Yellow Cheetahs, Red Pandas and Green Turtles. Well done everyone! The winners will now complete the final logo design which will be displayed at the end of next week!
Another week has flown by in St. Peter's National School and what a lovely sunny week it has been! Alison came to Assembly this week. We had a great chat about all of the wonderful Mums in our lives. Mothering Sunday is this Sunday and it is a fantastic time of the year to reflect and appreciate all of the brilliant things our Mothers do for us! We realised all of the wonderful things our Mums do for us! We talked about all the ways we could say thanks to our Mums and show them we are grateful. Sometimes, it is the small things that mean the most - giving a big hug, writing a homemade card, or even tidying our bedrooms! Thank you Mums!
The Active Schools Committee led our Assembly this week. They launched our Run around Europe challenge which is taking place over the month of April. The Infants will be running the equivalent distance to London, 1st & 2nd will be running the equivalent distance to Paris, 3rd & 4th will be running the equivalent distance to Brussels and 5th & 6th class will be running the equivalent distance to Monaco. This is a fantastic challenge for us all and we can't wait to get started. Keep an eye out on the Active Schools page on our website to see all the up to date pictures of our Active School events.
3rd and 4th class really 'wowed' us all this week with their fantastic performance of their drama 'Florence Nightingale. All of the children embraced all of their characters really well and did a super job. We were all very impressed! Well done 3rd & 4th class!
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!
In Assembly today we had two visitors from Team Hope, Michelle and Caoibhe. They told us all about the wonderful work they do at Christmas time for the Shoebox Appeal in order to help vulnerable children overseas. Giving a shoebox to a child less privileged is a fantastic thing to do. Last year, Team Hope managed to send 264,636 shoeboxes to children in countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. This year, St. Peter's National School would like to help and raise this number so even more children can have a nice present to open at Christmas.
Michelle and Caoibhe explained to us the type of things we could put in the shoebox - including the four W's - something to 'Wear', something to 'Wash' with, something to 'Write' with and something to make the child go 'Wow'. They brought in lots of sample shoeboxes to show us. Many of the things in the shoebox we all have lying around our house - we don't need to buy new things to fill our shoeboxes. The leaflet with all the information will go into every child's schoolbag on Monday. Please make sure to have a look and see if this is something you might like to take part in. All shoeboxes are welcome to be stored in the library in school from whenever they are ready. The shoeboxes are going to be collected by Team Hope on the 9th of November - so this should give you something to keep you busy over the Midterm Break!
Finally, today was the last Assembly before the Midterm Break as next Friday is the Spooky Walk! So, today we celebrated our Attendance Awards. Many children in each class have achieved 100% attendance between the 30th August and today! This is a brilliant achievement and should be celebrated. Each child with 100% attendance received a certificate - have a look below. Well done to all!
Have a great weekend!
This week we welcomed back Alison, our Parish Curate. Alison spoke to us about the 'impossible.' We listened to Mark 10: 25-27
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
Alison reminded us that prayer can help us to focus our minds on what we really want and with focus we can make 'possible' what once seemed to us 'impossible'.
It was 5th and 6th class turn to show us what they have been learning. They performed a brilliant poem 'as Gaeilge' for us. Every single member spoke clearly and remembered all the words. It was fantastic for the older children to showcase to the younger children where their Gaeilge language learning can take them in just a few years!
5th and 6th class also took part in their first Orienteering event this week. They had a super time and represented our school brilliantly. Myself and Ms McGovern were very proud with the determination and positive attitude the children displayed throughout the day. Brilliant work 5th and 6th! A quote from a child in the class 'It was great, we had no phone, no technology, just our brains!' I think that brilliantly sums up the positivity of the day! Have a look at the 5th and 6th class page for pictures of the event!
It was also Goal Jersey Day, all the children were invited to wear their favourite Jersey to school and donate 2 euro to Goal. We took a fantastic photo of all the children delighted in their Jerseys! Currently, the final amount raised for Goal is being counted - we will let you know how much we raised! Well done everyone!
We have been working really hard on our listening skills in St. Peter's N.S and this week in Assembly you could have heard a pin drop! Well done everyone! Rev. Eugene told us the story of the Good Samaritan. Eugene reminded us to be kind and helpful to everyone and to think of those who may need our help. The children were brilliant at coming up with lots of different ways of showing kindness and helping others. Joanna was in with her guitar this week, which was great! The children are brilliant singers and lifted the roof of the Oak Centre this week!
It was 3rd and 4th class turn to showcase their work in assembly. They taught us all so much! The children showed us the different lines and angles they were learning about in Maths, the Ancient Eqyptian Sarcophagus death Masks they designed in Art and learned about in History aswell as Ancient Eqyptian Hieroglyphics. We all heard a synopsis of the story of Tír na n-Óg which they had been learning about in History and performing Drama activities on also. 3rd and 4th class had also been learning about different native and non-native trees, they showed us some of the leaf rubbings they had made and also presented Winnie with a tree for the garden! So lovely! 3rd and 4th class put a lot of work into showcasing their work in assembly. It was really impressive to see their organisation and team work in ensuring they had all the props they needed. Well done! Have a look at their blog page for more pictures of their work!
We have enjoyed another great week here in St. Peter's NS. As always our weekly assembly is a lovely way for the school to come together and celebrate the week gone by.
This week it was Junior and Senior Infant's turn to stand up and show everyone what they had been learning about in class. Although they were a little bit nervous at first, they were absolutely super! 4 weeks into school and they are already superstars!
It was fantastic to see them sing their song, all about our 5 different senses and what they do. We need sight to see the sun, our ears to hear the ding, ding, ding, our touch to cuddle our teddies, taste to enjoy delicious treats and our smell to smell the lovely flowers!
They didn't stop there though - and sang another song As Gaeilge! Everyone did such a fantastic job and they got a big clap from the whole school. They were brilliant!
Junior and Senior Infants weren't the only ones to get up and speak to our assembly for the first time, as today Alison, our new curate, did her first full assembly for us and she was brilliant!
Alison spoke to us all about 'salt'. She explained that salt is used to fix colours into fabric, to make plastic, and to help to turn animal skin into leather for belts and even for sofas! Alison explained that we all have 'salt' in us, that we all have our own unique flavour and therefore we all can be a good influence on those around us and add our own 'flavour' to the world.
It was brilliant to have Alison with us this week and we look forward to many more Friday mornings with her!
Our singing in Assembly is quickly becoming one of the highlights of the school week. This week we all got up on our feet and sang one of our favourite songs 'We Our Marching!' It certainly gave me that Friday feeling!!
Wishing you all a great weekend,
We have had the most wonderful week in school this week. All the children have been super!
Last week in Assembly, 5th and 6th class read poems to us about bullying. The poems spoke about how bullying can make us feel. We talked about what it means to be a good friend and how to be a good friend to everyone. We reminded ourselves that it is always a good decision to ‘choose to be kind’. In St. Peter’s NS playground it is wonderful to see the power ‘choosing to be kind’ has on everyone, with lots of smiles and happy faces everywhere.
In this week’s Assembly 1st and 2nd class continued to talk about friendship. They sang us a wonderful song ‘You’ve got a friend in me’, from one of my favourite films ‘Toy Story!’ They were absolutely fantastic and did a super job!
Rev. Eugene was also in Assembly this morning and he spoke to us all about peace, as today is International Peace Day. He explained that peace can mean ‘quiet’ or ‘calm’ or even a ‘nice cuppa tea!’ The UN founded International Peace Day in 1981, to help foster peace between peoples and nations. Eugene reminded us that just like the Tesco slogan ‘every little helps’ we all matter and count towards making the world a happy and peaceful place.
Assembly was also very exciting this week as we heard all about the silver medallists in the World Equestrian Games, in North Carolina. A Mum in our school was a member of the team! A big ‘Congratulations’ to everyone involved! This is fantastic news! We heard all about ‘Rocket’ the horse who is described to be ‘Rocket by name, Rocket by nature!’
Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful weekend.