We went to Airfield on a self-guided walk and saw the Jersey cows producing milk. The milk came out of the cows udders. There are two ways of milking, by hand or by machine. Sophie and Seán
The fact that there were 24 hens in the small space amazed us and we thought it was cool that the colour of their ears is the same as the eggs that they lay. Liam and Orest
Near the walled gardens we saw a yew tree. Yew trees have poisonous leaves if eaten raw but can be made into medicine that treats cancer. Lily and Alex
We were able to see how the gardeners make rhubarb taste sweeter and grow longer. It is done by the Airfield farmers, it’s called Rhubarb Forcing. They put a special black cover over it. It works because the rhubarb grows towards the light at the top. Rían and Stefan
In Airfield, we also saw the huge Sequoia (Giant Redwood) tree. The tree was humongous, in fact it is the biggest tree in Airfield. It is the biggest species of tree in the world. Zach, Jacob, Finn and Jason
On the trip to Airfield we tasted fresh milk from the cows. It was delicious, creamy and had bits of fat in it. It had been pasteurised before we tasted it which means that it had been heated and cooled quickly to kill some of the bacteria. Conan and Mindaugas
The trip to Airfield included going on a silent nature walk. We walked over a wooden bridge going across a pond. We stopped in the middle of the bridge and closed our eyes to listen to nature’s sounds other than the traffic and noise in the distance. Divisha, Eva and Lola
We saw tropical plants under a piece of plastic which kept the heat in. There were different sized plants, some were cactii. Patrick and Shane
Some of the animals on our trip today were young. We saw piglets resting, calves playing and we also saw many fully grown animals such as goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and cows. We had lots of fun in Airfield. Freya and Rijin
There were some brussel sprouts growing. They grow on a tall green plant with a lettuce shaped top. On the stem of the plant, there were little green brussel sprouts. Lola, Eva, Divisha
Near the end of a lovely walk we got to play in a playground. We all went on the zipline. The animals and farms were beautiful and we all had a great time. Anna and Katie
As the Winter set in we did “10 at 10”, ten minutes exercise at ten to ten, on wet days. (That’s a lot of counting by 10.)
We had lots of fun carving the pumpkin, making pictures and baking “báirín breac”.
On a beautiful Autumn day, we set of in search of “Leafman”.
“A leafman has got to go where the wind blows. “
Developing the skill of observation and drawing.
“Every child is an artist”
“Oh the places you will go!”Dr Seuss
In term 1 we explored 2D shape, number patterns, ordinal number and fractions. We learned about these new concepts and developed our Maths skills in lots of fun ways.
Look at this fantastic writing from one of our students in Ciara’s class. The next JK Rowling or Roald Dahl?
The Write-a-Book Project is coming soon. Why not spend some time over the break developing your story ideas?
Not to be left out of Thursday night’s Winter Disco fun, our children from Junior and Senior Infants had their own disco on Friday, 20th December. DJ Rob (Katie and Georgia’s dad) got the party started and the children had a fantastic time breaking out their moves to celebrate the end of term!
Each of the children created a beautiful lantern to add to our light spiral in celebration of the Winter Solstice. The whole school gathered to walk the spiral, sing songs about winter and to learn about the upcoming solstice.
Thank you to Caroline, Elaine and all our parents and teachers who worked so hard to bring this celebration to life (and light!)
Sixth Class have been embracing the cold winter days and have been using their creativity and imaginations in many different areas of school life. In P.E., they tried a Human Winter Tree relay race. The object of the race was to decorate their team’s winter tree with as much P.E. equipment as possible, in the fastest time. There were also points awarded for creativity and collaboration! It was good fun and helped to keep us warm!
We have been learning about food (bia) in Irish recently and instead of simply reading a recipe (oideas) on how to make fresh fruit salad (sailéad Torthaí úra), what better way to learn our new words (ár bhfocail nua) but following the recipe and making our own fruit salad! We worked together to wash (nigh), cut (gearr) and mix (measc) apples (úlla), bananas (bananaí), pears (piorraí), oranges (oráistí) and grapes (caora finiúna). Béile blasta a bhí ann!
Anna’s 2nd Class wrote their own fantastic story books with exciting plots and beautiful illustrations. The children shared their books with Yvonne’s Senior Infants during a buddy reading session. Both the authors and listeners really enjoyed the experience!
James, teacher Laura’s dad came in to help us to bring our new lobby space to life. Our PTA funded James’ work to fill every corner with beautiful planting. Children in each class have taken on the responsibility of watering and caring for the plants. Thank you James and the PTA!
Playworks is back! Playworks aims to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be active and engaged during their yard breaks. Everyday our volunteers from 4th and 5th Class set up and run our Playworks stations in the yard. Yard equipment including skipping ropes, netball games, tennis rackets and balls and stomper pots are available in the Playworks section and the racing and skipping games stations are always very popular.
In the coming weeks, we will look to add new stations and equipment to the Playworks yard programme. Thank you to Tamasine and our tireless Playworks volunteers who give of their time every day to make our yard so much fun!
Some of 4th Class visited the European Headquarters of Facebook a few weeks ago. This was organised by Susan, an aunt of Alex in 4th and Dougie in 5th. The journey to the city centre and swapping trams on the Luas was different than a regular school day! We walked across the Liffey noting historical sites and buildings and then we arrived at the headquarters which seemed like a very secure building, more like an airport! We saw what the inside of a technology company looks like for the employees and it seemed like the staff enjoy all of the perks that the job comes with. We also learned about the very high number of active users of Facebook there are in the world which is approximately 2.5 billion. That means that one third of the worlds population log on to Facebook most days. It led to interesting discussions!
Aongus’ 4th Class were lucky enough to visit the UCD Science Department last week as part of the college’s outreach programme. The children got a tour of the UCD campus getting to see in to lecture halls, tutorial rooms and the different types of laboratories there. After the tour the children took part in a lecture especially prepared for them about ‘The Eye’. We got to do different experiments where we were trying to find our blind spot and find out some quirky features of our eyes. Interestingly, the staff at the college use Zebra Fish to find out more about human eyes. Because of that the children experienced working with pipettes and petri dishes to move around the tiny Zebra Fish. They also got to see close-up images of tiny shrimp through a microscope. We would like to thank Alex’s mother Imelda for helping to organise this trip.
During Science week and in the week after it, the children in 4th Class had lots of opportunities to learn through science and technology. One of those opportunities was when both classes took a trip to the Mill Theatre to take part in a Bricks4Kidz workshop during which all enjoyed making and adapting robots. Here are some photos from that trip.
1st Class were learning all about Outer Space for the last couple of weeks. During Science week we visited the Planetarium in the Mill Theatre and got a sense of what it might be like to really blast off into space! We read the picture book, “The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield and enjoyed some of Hadfield’s videos about life on a space station. We also learned about Neil Armstrong’s visit to the moon.
The children created amazing art work of the solar system. Using marbles and paint we created some colourful paper which we used to make the planets in the solar system.
To consolidate all this learning the children engaged in some space themed play and construction activities. The children most certainly had a blast! Have a look at the photos to see some of our creations!
Welcome to B.E.T.N.S. Skipathon 2019! From the photos you can see just how much fun we had last Friday whilst at the same time keeping ourselves fit and healthy. We all had a good go at skipping and in Aongus’s class they even carried this fun on into their Numeracy lesson, where they used their Maths skills to calculate their total number of skips. Their final score was an amazing 30823 skips in just half an hour!
Thank you so much to everyone who generously donated towards our sports fund and supported the children. We have raised over €3500 which is going towards a six week block of gymnastics lessons for all classes and our Sports for All Week in the last term.
Watch this space for photos of the gymnastics in the new year and remember to, keep skipping!
Our first term of After-School Activities is coming to an end. We hope that the children have enjoyed participating in all the activities; soccer, chess, yoga, ukelele, art, science, book club, multi-sport, mindful drawing and colouring, lego club, tennis and drama. Please see below the dates of the last session for each group.
Our coming term of After-School Activities will commence at the end of January. Information about activities and sign up will follow after the winter break.
Junior Einsteins Science will take place every Friday in school for a 12-week term commencing on 10th January. Places for Junior Einsteins Science in Term 2 will be filled on a first come first served basis through the company’s own sign up link. Please look out for an email from Órla coming soon with the sign up details.
Drama: Monday, 18th November
Art: Tuesday, 19th November
Lego: Tuesday, 19th November
Multi-sport: Tuesday, 19th November
Movie Book Club: Tuesday, 19th November
Ukelele: Tuesday, 26th November
Tennis: Wednesday, 27th November
Soccer (3rd/ 4th): Wednesday, 4th December
Chess: Wednesday, 4th December
Science with Ann: Thursday, 21st November
Drawing and mindful colouring: Thursday, 28th November (no class on 21st November)
Yoga: Thursday, 21st November
Soccer (5th/ 6th): Thursday, 21st November
Junior Einsteins: Friday, 13th December
Clodagh and Nessa’s dad organised for a very special visit to 2nd and 3rd classes from the ESB Scribble Bots! We had a great time learning about how to make our own scribble bots using a motor and we even got to take our bots home with us. Thank you to Joey and Niamh and all the team from ESB for visiting us during Science Week. We can’t wait to learn more about electric circuits.
Lisa’s 1st Class were very busy in Term One. You can see a selection of photos of their art work and activities here.
After enjoying the story of Fantastic Mr Fox the children drew their very own fox using oil pastels. Didn’t they do a great job?!
During the autumn months we collected all types of leaves, sketched some of them, made leaf rubbings, made leaf creatures and much more!
We enjoyed the Enormous Turnip story and followed this up with a sequencing activity which involved lots of team work. Then the children created their own little turnips and pumpkins using some orange play dough.
Halloween was lots of fun in 1st Class this year. The outfits were super! As part of our morning meeting, 1st class had a super spooky spider web greeting on the last day of term. It was quite tricky to untangle at the end!
In Junior Infants we have been having great fun during Literacy stations. We are listening to stories and nursery rhymes, playing Hairy Phonics on the iPads, looking at picture books, playing phonics games with Joanne, learning our ‘Tricky Words’ using play dough and practising our handwriting with Tamasine. Here we are enjoying ourselves!
Órla had some very happy visitors from First Class sharing their preparations for Science Week in November. First Class have taken on the theme of Space this year. Look at this incredible space helmet that one of our students made at home!
Instead of learning about the history of Hallowe’en this year, 4th Class decided to look at costumes and some problems which can be seen from costume companies and shops.
We began by taking a look at a variety of costumes online and noted any stereotypes, bias and assumptions from the costumes made for girls versus the costumes made for boys.
We noticed that nearly all the costumes the girls were dressed in were ‘sweet’ or ‘cute’ brightly coloured clothes which often included skirts or dresses. In contrast, most of the costumes for boys were ‘scary’ or ‘strong’, had dark colours and only offered trousers.
We were also shocked that all of the boys were standing in powerful or tough stances whilst many of the girls appeared to have their arms firmly stuck to their hips or their necks strangely tilted to the side!
We also looked at Cultural Appropriation and how it can make us feel when people think our culture is their costume.
We had a lengthy discussion and walking debate on the possible effects this harmful marketing could have on children and how they act or view themselves.
We then came up with ways in which we could help stop the effects of stereotyping in costumes and clothes and make sure that dressing up is fun, empowering and respectful for everyone!
Using multi-coloured Autumn leaves collected around the school and from home we each made an owl collage in 4th Class. First, we practised sketching owls with pencil and then we decided on a final outline. Afterwards, we used glue and leaves to fill in the owl shape. During the art activity we learned about photosynthesis, why leaves are green and why they lose their leaves at this time of year.
During October, 4th Class went for a short nature walk around our school and collected some acorns. We tested the acorns in some water to see if they were healthy by doing a ‘Float Test’. We have now planted them and we hope to keep the conditions suitable for germination over the next few months. We might get to take home an oak seedling in 2020.
On the 25th of October Senior Infants dressed up as their favourite book characters. We had great fun discussing our favourite books and characters!
Happy Hallowe’en to all. We saw out Book Week with our ever-popular Dress-up day on Friday, 25th October. Lots of our favourite book characters visited us (with a few ghosts and goblins joining in the fun too!).
Our school lobby is festooned with costumes looking for new homes!
This year, we are inviting parents to drop off any pre-loved costumes in the school lobby outside the book fair. There you are welcome to choose some costumes to take home with you! Donations are welcome but not necessary. Please don’t be shy – every costume deserves another day in the sun (or night trick-or-treating!) We hope that our costume drop n’ swap will support our school community in reducing waste.
We are excited to welcome back the Scholastic Book Fair for our annual Book Week. The book fair is taking place in the school hall all week and is open to parents every day at the drop-off and collection times (8.15-8.35, 12.50 – 1.10, 1.50 – 2.10). The children have been enjoying visiting the fair with their teachers.
This Friday, 25th October is our annual dress-up day. A collection of pre-loved costumes are available for our ‘Drop ‘n Swap’ in the school lobby. We welcome all costume donations and invite you to come and take a costume or two. Thank you to our PTA for organising the Drop n’ Swap.
We have already had an amazing response to the Bags2school clothing drive. All donations will be accepted until this Thursday, 24th October and can be left with school staff at the doors at drop-off and collection times.
This term our children from Third Class entered the Festival of Inclusion art competition. One of our boys was chosen as a winner for his beautiful piece on the theme of Family. He was invited to an award ceremony and his artwork is now hanging proudly in Nutgrove Shopping Centre! We are very proud of him.
This morning we had our first visit from the ‘Everyone Counts’ team.
We had Sorcha, the programme co-coordinator from UCD, Sharon who is a designer from the National College of Art & Design and Aoife a Mathematician and Astrophysicist visit our classroom.
Today was mostly about introductions and the children filled in a questionnaire for the team. They also answered some maths problems. Next week, we will start investigating some other, more interesting maths problems. We are excited about the upcoming sessions over the coming months.
The PTA will host a coffee morning for all parents in the school hall this Friday, 11th October at 8.15am. This will be an opportunity to get to know the parents in your child’s class and in the wider school community.
There will also be a meeting for all parents interested in learning about the school cycle bus. This meeting will take place at 8am on Friday morning in the school hall. All parents welcome.
4th Class have begun their violin lessons with Elizabeth from Music Generation. They have been paying very close attention during the lessons so far and have been learning to play notes as well as how to handle the violins correctly.
Ballinteer Educate Together’s winning table quiz team have generously donated their winnings to our yard equipment fund. The children from Fourth and Fifth Class carefully selected sports and games equipment on which to spend their €200 prize fund and have now donated this brand new equipment to our Playworks yard programme. We are very proud of you all!
The Churchtown Residents Association has generously donated €500 to the Students Council fund raising effort for our new school library! Vincent, Helen and Gerry visited us today and presented our Third Class Students Council representatives with a cheque to help us to furnish and stock our library for the coming year. The children learned about the work of the Residents Association and were able to tell our visitors all about the Student Councils’ plans for our new library. Fund raising will continue with all donations from this Friday’s Pyjama Day also going to the library fund.
We are very grateful to the Churchtown Residents Association for supporting our school. We can’t wait to share photos with them of our new school library in the coming school year.
Across the school we have been taking some barista lessons. Our classes have looked at various coffee machines and decided to draw some plans and making our own specially designed coffee machines. We have designed machines with built in cream frothers, milk jugs and double coffee cup holders. The children invented so many wonderful coffee machines it is exciting to see what happens when we put our minds to it.
Drawing the plans.
The baristas in action in Costa Ballinteer.
Photos and videos of our wonderful Spring Ceremony. Thank you to all our parents who came to work in our classrooms this week to make this project happen.
Last month, First Class were learning all about weight so what better way to test out our knowledge and skills than baking cupcakes?!
In groups, we weighed out the butter and sugar, before mixing it together in the mixing bowl. Next we carefully cracked the eggs into the bowl, making sure no shell went in to the mixture (imagine crunching on eggshell in your cupcake! Ew!). When we had mixed the eggs with the butter and sugar, we weighed the self-raising flour were and gently mixed it in to the batter.
This helped our buns to rise and be lovely and fluffy when they were cooked.
We then placed the mixture into bun cases on a baking tray, before putting them into the oven for 20 minutes. When they turned golden-brown, we took them out and got to make yummy icing to decorate our buns. The best bit was definitely getting to taste our iced buns. They were absolutely delicious!
The Write-A-Book Merit winners attended a prize giving ceremony last Monday the 1st of April in the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney. It was a fantastic event, where the winners had the opportunity to meet authors from other schools and to celebrate their great achievement. Well done to all the pupils in Ballinteer ETNS who took part in the Write-A-Book project and a special congratulations to Noah, Cian, Maia, Lily, Belle and Alison!
Second and Third Class were visited by a string quartet in April. This is part of our involvement in the Music Generations Programme.
The aim of Music Generations is to provide access to high-quality, subsidised and sustainable performance music education for children and young people in Ireland. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.
As part of our involvement in Music Generations, our Infant classes are taking part in The Early Years Primary programme with experienced music educator, Eimear Lacey. Eimear will visit each class weekly to lead them in a fun-filled, movement and song based programme, with an emphasis on child-led group music-making through play within the classroom. This Orff style approach encourages the use of percussion instruments, improvisation and movement to music.
Percussion, string and voice workshops are being organised for some of our other classes in the coming term.
We had a very exciting day in Senior Infants today, we met Otto. Otto is a highly trained ‘task specific’ golden retriever dog. He is assigned to a wonderful child and he helps keep him safe and calm during stressful situations. He walks very well on a lead and helps him with day today tasks.
He follows directions and stops when asked. We learned the importance of not disturbing assistance dogs when they are working. We can tell Otto was working when he is wearing his blue vest.
We had lots of fun getting to know Otto today and learning how certain animals can be trained to do special jobs for people.
Otto uses a special lead that is attached to the person he is walking with and they can hold Otto using another lead. We want to thank Otto’s family for bringing him into our class today and helping us learn more about assistance dogs and Autism.
We (Tamasine’s class) went to Dundrum Library last week. We were taught how to use the library by Yvonne the librarian. We even borrowed a book! It was so much fun!
Third Class welcomed visitors from the Korean embassy this week. We learned all about South Korea. We explored the culture and were given the opportunity to try on traditional clothes. We also learned about Korean food. We explored the meaning of the Korean flag and also practised some phrases in the Korean language. We even had a chance to play some Korean games. It was very informative and lots of fun!
As part of our Coicís na Gaeilge, all the classes learned an Irish ceili dance and performed them for the whole school!
Infants learned ‘Shoe the Donkey’
First and Second learned ‘Ballaí Luimní’,
Third, Fourth and Fifth learned ‘Ionsaí na hInse’
As well as learning a dance, each class performed a poem (dán) or song (amhráin) or both for the whole school to enjoy.
Second class have been learning all about their local area and about Ireland. As part of this theme, we are becoming familiar with our local environment. We read a story about a magpie who cleans up his environment and then we had our Science class outside to hunt for materials in our own school. We foraged out beside the tennis courts to see what materials we could spot. We found twigs, soil, rocks, flowers, feathers and we felt their texture.
Last Friday, our school gathered in the Churchtown Hall and our principal Orla led us in an all Irish assembly. We learned some songs as Gaelige and we celebrated the last day of a very enjoyable Coicís na Gaeilge. We even began to learn our national anthem ‘Amhráin na bhFiann’!
The winners of the write a book were honored in front of the school alongside our winners of the Credit Union Table Quiz.
7th March 2019
Thank you to all our parents who joined us at the National Parents Council of Ireland Anti-Bullying Talk yesterday evening. It was a fantastic turn out and speaks to the commitment of our school community to ensure that our children are happy and safe in school.
If you have any questions or concerns about bullying please do not hesitate to talk with your child’s class teacher or with Órla or Muireann.
Our review of the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy will conclude next week and will then be available on the school website. Further information and support can also be found at www.tacklebullying.ie. The National Parents Council operates a helpline at 01 8874477 or email@example.com.
Senior Infants took a trip to Airfield Farm to look out for all the signs of spring. We looked at the daffodils and all the other flowers that are beginning to bloom. We learned all about chickens and watched the eggs being collected. We even got to see the cows being milked. We finished off our visit with a trip to the play area. We had a great day and were all very tired after the long walk back to school!
The Ballinteer Educate Together team have advanced to the All Ireland Final of the Credit Union Table Quiz!
Our ‘Red Team’ of students from Fourth and Fifth Class came first in the Chapter Division Final on 3rd March to earn their place in the final. They will join teams from all around the country in the RDS on 7th April.
The Ballinteer Educate Together were very impressive at the Chapter Division finals and won individual prizes as well as €200 for our school. We could not be prouder of their achievement!
A few weeks ago we received an email from 6th class at Donabate Portrane Educate Together inviting us to join them in a March for Climate Change. We began to look into the issue of climate change and discovered that Ireland ranked the worst in the EU for performance on climate change – we were shocked! We researched the many ways we can make small, sustainable changes that can have a positive impact when trying to protect our planet and reduce our carbon footprint – buying fruit and veg without plastic packaging, walking or cycling to school and sharing lifts with friends to live close by, charging electronics only when they need to be charged and plugging them out once they are fully charged, using sources of energy such as solar and hydro power being some examples. Although every little helps and we will now make an effort to be mindful of our carbon footprint, we need the government to prioritise climate action and implement initiatives and incentives to ensure these steps are taken nationwide. Engaging in this research inspired the children to join the March for Climate Change and use their voice to inspire climate action in Ireland.
The march took place on February 13 in front of the Dáil. The children made fantastic signs to bring to the protest. From the moment we left the school grounds the children did an amazing job of raising awareness. Duncan Stewart attended the protest and spoke to the children about the significance of their participation. Eamon Ryan, Catherine Martin, Senator Grace O’Sullivan and Ciarán Cuffe all of the Green Party were also there and expressed how impressed they were with the children and the importance of youth activism. We were so very proud of the children.
We really enjoyed taking part in Wellness Week this week in 5th class. We kicked it off with a breakfast morning on Monday which was great fun. We chatted about our weekends while eating a healthy breakfast together – with one or two nice treats! We had some really great talks throughout the week – Claire spoke to us about essential oils and positive affirmations, Geraldine and Liz did mindfulness sessions with us and we had yoga with Jen. The children tried to do one thing (non screen related) for wellness after school too and there were some lovely experiences including baking, running, head massages and horse riding.
This week First Class were describing how houses and homes can be different, before drawing and labeling pictures of our own homes.
In our table groups, we then had to work together to build houses out of Lego. We were given a brief of what our houses must include (a door, windows, 2 storeys and a roof). At first, this seemed like a very challenging task but the amazing architects, brilliant builders, perfect problem-solvers and enthusiastic engineers of First Class powered through and every single group successfully completed the brief.
To celebrate Chinese New Year last week, the children in 1st class had great fun learning all about China. We read the story of the Chinese zodiac animals and discovered in which year we were born. Some of the children were born in the Year of the Rabbit, others were born in the Year of the Tiger or the Dragon!
For SESE, the children carried out some stations activities based on the topic of China. They played a fact matching activity game, they tried the “Chopstick Challenge”, they completed a fact file on the country of China and they also attempted to build the Great Wall of China out of Lego!
During Art class the children made some Chinese style fans using paper plates, lollipop sticks and paint. They turned out fantastic! We also made some paper lanterns to decorate the hallway.
Happy Chinese New Year!