Sixth class have been learning about ancient buildings and ruins in Ireland. We read about the most famous ruins, such as Glendalough and Trim Castle and we recreated them using Lego. We then went for a walk to see an unusual ruin in our locality! This ruin is called ‘The Bottle Tower’ or ‘Hall’s Barn’. It was built in the 1740s during a year of intense famine in the country. It is a miniature replica of The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip.
Fifth Class have been so delighted to use our outdoor classroom over the past few weeks. Here we are using it as our debating teams prepare for their formal debates!
In Fifth Class, we went for a Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk. We took photos of different things we found along the way, and then we came back to the classroom to share our nature photography. Have a look at some of the beautiful, well framed shots we took!
The Student Council arranged some fundraising activities for Daffodil Day March 2021, and we were so thrilled and delighted to see so many people getting involved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for their generous donations!
The Student Council sent this letter earlier this week.
“Dear parents of BETNS,
As this Friday, the 26th of March is Daffodil Day, we will be fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society. Our target goal is €800, which is an average of about €2 per person, but you can donate as little or as much as you like.
We will collect online and with pots that we will leave in the classrooms on Friday. The students are encouraged to wear yellow or something Daffodil related on Friday. Throughout the week, there will be Daffodil Art and the children can bring in Daffodils to decorate their classroom if they want.
The Student Council “
We will update this post with new photos and the amount we raised when it is all counted.
Since October, the children in Graham and Muireann’s fifth class have been engaging in the Writing Workshop once or twice a week. This is a time where the children can write about any topics of interest to them, and can practice their creative writing (narrative, poetry, diary entries) at their own speed. There are Five Stages of the Writing Workshop.
Prewriting is when you are thinking about and planning your piece of writing.
Drafting is the first time you write it.
Editing is when you read over it again and correct your mistakes.
Revision is when the teacher corrects it for you, and finally, when all that is done, the children move on to publish their final work into a book!
Muireann and Graham’s fifth class were learning all about the counties, rivers and lakes of Ireland! We integrated our Geography work into our Art and we created topographic maps of Ireland using salt dough. We moulded the mountain ranges, and painted them using the colours of a physical map : Green for low lands, yellow for higher land, brown for the tops of mountain ranges. We then added in a few rivers and lakes. We included the Shannon, Lough Neagh and the Three Sisters (The Barrow, The Nore and The Suir!)
In Fifth Class we were looking at native and non native trees in our school environment. We went on tree identification walks and we used leaves, twigs, grass to make some nature art!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In December, our student council organised and ran a very successful bake sale. The council voted to share 45% of the money raised with the Laura Lynn foundation. One of our teachers volunteers with them, and after hearing this, our fifth class representatives suggested we donate the money to them. LauraLynn is a children’s hospice, and do some amazing work to help support children who are unfortunately very ill.
You can find out more information on the amazing work that LauraLynn do by clicking here : https://lauralynn.ie/
Earlier this week, three representatives from our Student Council visited Laura Lynn to present them with our donation. They were extremely grateful and told us that they could not keep doing the work they do without the generosity of people like our school community.
Thank you to all for families for donating so generously to the December Drive for Focus Ireland. Over twenty boxes of useful items were donated for families experiencing homelessness this winter. Thank you to Lisa (Rory’s mum) for squeezing this all in to your car for the trip to Focus Ireland!
During December Ballinteer Educate Together would like to support the work of Focus Ireland. We will be asking for donations of useful new items from each class that the school will then donate to Focus Ireland to support families experiencing homelessness in Ireland this winter.
At this time of year, Focus Ireland is also looking for donations of vouchers for supermarkets and toy shops. This is so that families living in emergency accommodation can buy their own toys, gifts and clothes for their children. By doing this it empowers families to make decisions for themselves and gives them choice.
The children will be learning about the themes of homes and homelessness in their Ethical Education lessons. Fifth Class will lead our December assembly to share all that they have learned.
Children can leave all donations in the box in their classroom.
This week is Science week in Ballinteer ETNS and our topic is SPACE! We were so lucky to have Justin (Eliza’s dad) come into us and demonstrate how a rocket launches. Each class gathered on the astro turf and were delighted to see the rocket shoot up high into the sky. Thank you so much to Justin who made the beginning of our Science Week extremely memorable! You can even re watch it the rocket launch on the video below.
Ballinteer Educate Together would like to invite our parents and families to our first Art Exhibition! The exhibition will take place on Tuesday, 27th November in the Notre Dame school hall with framed artwork from every child in the school from Junior Infants to Fifth Class on display.
The children’s masterpieces (and framed prints) will be available to buy and would make wonderful presents for all the family for the season that is nearly upon us! This year we hope to use the money raised to fund the purchase of additional maths and music equipment for the school so your support would be greatly appreciated.
The PTA are already planning to make this an evening to remember and an opportunity for our parents and families to meet and celebrate our talented students after all the hard work of the first term. We hope to see you there!
The Book Fair will open every day from Monday to Thursday this week at drop-off and collection times for parents. The last opening will be on Friday morning. Enter by the Finsbury Gate and follow the signs. Come, browse and buy! Every year the fair raises much needed funds for new books in our school. Please come and support us.
The children will be visiting the fair with their teachers throughout the week. More photos of the fun at the fair to follow.
For the past few weeks, students from First to Fifth Class have been on the campaign trail! We held elections in each class to vote in two representatives from each class to join this years student council. All of the students who participated must be commended and the school walls were filled with campaign posters alongside excellent ideas for improving our school!
On Friday , the newly elected representatives from each class met for the very first time, shared their ideas and decided among themselves what to prioritise. Already the student council will be writing a letter filled with ideas to the PTA, to the staff in our school on the yard committee and they also have a few pressing questions for our principal Orla!
Jessica and Muireann, the teacher facilitators, would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new student council and we can’t wait for an excellent year ahead!
On Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of May, athletes from our school travelled to the Cuman na mBunscoil Athletics Competition in Santry. The children from 3rd and 4th Class have been training hard for the past few weeks and we had competitors is a variety of categories.
We are so proud of our team of athletes, who, through sheer determination, won 13 medals for the school. All medals were richly deserved and the winning athletes had to pass through qualifying heats before competing in finals in their respective categories, they really persevered.
A huge congratulations to all!!
We competed in :
- U11 Boys Hurdles : Franko (4th)
- U11 Girls Hurdles: Julia (4th)
- U10s Girls Long Distance 600m: Katie (3rd)*
- U10s Boys Long Distance 600m: Joseph (4th)
- U10s Girls Sprint: Katie (3rd)*
- U10s Boys Sprint: Mark (4th)*
- U11s Boys Sprint : Franko (4th)
- U11 Girls Sprint : Anca (4th)
- U10s Girls Relay : Maia, Erica, Mariam, Maggie, Katie (4th) *
- U10s Boys Relay : Michael, Raveesh, Conrad, Luke, Mark (3rd)*
- U11s Girls Relay : Carla, Hailey, Aimee, Georgia, Anca (4th)
- U11s Boys Relay : Joseph, Kuba, Liam, Daniel, Franko (4th)
* medal winners
The students have had a great time celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. We have been making a special effort to speak as Gaeilge as much as possible over the past fortnight. The classes have all learned lots of Irish songs and poems. Sarah has been teaching all of the classes some céilí dances and the children have really enjoyed it. To end Seachtain na Gaeilge, we celebrated with a Lá Glas. The children dressed up in green clothes and we had a céilí and ceoilchoirm in the hall. Each of the classes performed a song or poem that they had been learning. Junior infants, Senior Infants and First Class performed the traditional céilí dance ‘Shoe the Donkey’. Second class danced to the Walls of Limerick and our Third and Fourth classes danced to the Seige of Ennis. We had some amazing Irish dancing performances by Lily, Maja, Alisa and Eva from Second Class. We were wowed by the musical prowess of some of our Fourth Class students. Joseph played the banjo, Kian played the violin and Carla played the flute. Bhí craic agus ceol againn!!
The school will reopen tomorrow following last weeks storm. The grounds and surrounding main roads are clear, the pathways remain snowy so please take care when walking to and from the school gates. We hope you all enjoyed the snow !
Third Class were delighted when Zainab from News2day, the RTE News station for children, got in touch with them and asked them to showcase all the fabulous work they were doing for Chinese New Year!
Micheal and Zainab came in to film and interview them with cameras and microphones, and it was so exciting.
Third class, along with the rest of the school, learned poems and songs and stories about Chinese New Year, along with creating some beautiful art work!
You can watch our fabulous third class on the news by clicking on the link below.
We are delighted to announce that the new equipment for our sensory room has arrived! We have ordered balancing boards, a cosy cave, fun lights, texture blocks, balance beams, Threading Beads, Swirl Balls, Chunky Shapes, Linkits, Active Rainmaker, Simple Slider and Tangle.
When we add this to our yoga and balance balls, bean bag mats and projector lights – our sensory room is changing into the calm and transformative space that will be of such benefit to all of our students.
|A sensory room is a designated space containing lots of sensory stimuli, including light, object, colour and texture. Sensory rooms are excellent for children with any type of sensory need, and act as a safe space where children can come to help restore calm. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the PTA for their fundraising effort for the sensory room. It has had a positive impact on so many of our children with additional needs, who are finding it much easier to remain alert, calm and attentive in class, and equally for their peers who also benefit from a calmer learning environment.|
On Monday 18th December, we were delighted to welcome Donal, our esteemed GAA coach from the Dublin team, to our school for our assembly. They brought with them the Sam Maguire cup, which Dublin won in the All Ireland Final in September.
We all dressed in blue and made headbands and flags for their arrival. We learned Molly Malone and sang this for the players. Aongus then invited up a number of children to ask the players questions about thier sport, the cup and their training. We were delighted to see the Sam Maguire Cup!
To celebrate the end of our book fair, and our mid term break, the children are invited to dress up and come into school as any character from any book.
We had some excellent costumes this year! We had a Mr. Twit, with all the food stuck in his beard, we had Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the whole cast of characters from Harry Potter, ranging from the dementors to Professor Lupin.
We saw the BFG, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Billionaire Boy and Matilda, Diary of a wimpy kid and many many more.
There were even a few adult sized Where’s Wallys. I wonder did you see any?!
On Friday. October 27th, our school gathered together in the hall for our very first assembly. Junior Infants sang us a song they have been learning called ‘Five Little Pumpkins’ and First Class sang ‘Winnie the Witch’.
It was great to gather together and to see our whole school in the one place. The children were excited to see their siblings and the other children with their excellent and creative costumes.
On Thursday, October 10th, our very first elected student council met. We would like to offer our huge congratulations to the two children, one boy and one girl, from each class who were elected by their peers to represent them. Student council elections took place in all classes from first to fourth throughout the week. We had speeches, campaign promises, and our fourth class even elected their representatives using proportional representation!
Our first meeting saw the creation of a five point plan, filled with ideas that this first student council would like to achieve over the coming year. After much sharing of ideas and discussion, the council settled on the following 5 items.
This year, the council would like to :
- Improve the yard
- Organise fun classroom activities
- Help other children
- Work with adults to bring about positive change
We are delighted to be able to showcase our beautiful, newly refurbished, spacious, clean and bright classrooms that will be the home of many happy experiences and memories over the next school year.
You will be able to see your child’s classroom during the parents meeting at the end of this month. Until then, here is a preview of each of the classrooms – not forgetting our huge astroturf!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped us get our classrooms organised and ready for a calm and successful start of the term.
Senior Infants went for a wonderful walk in the sunshine to Balally Park today. They played in the playground and had a picnic on the grass. Look at all the fun they had!
Look at some of our new science equipment! Thanks to the hard work and fund raising by the PTA this year we have been able to order over €600 worth of new science equipment for our school! Second Class have already been exploring and experimenting with our fantastic new electronics equipment.
Thank you to all the parents who organised and attended the table quiz that made this possible.
All the children and teachers in Ballinteer ETNS would like to thank the PTA for all their fundraising work on our behalf! We recently received 15 new ipads, giving us a total of 27 ipads all together. The children have been using the ipads to work on their literacy and numeracy in a fun, interactive way. The children have also been using the ipads to take photos, make videos and document their work. The ipads are an amazing resource and we all really appreciate them! Thank you!
Senior Infants have opened a new airport in Aisling’s room. The children have been inspired by the stories of Amelia Earhart and the Wright brothers so they are inventing new methods of air travel, as well as operating a commercial airline!
Flights are departing daily to Canada, Norway and Spain (among other places). Security is tight so make sure to check your belongings for sharp objects before passing through our metal detectors. Our flights are strictly hand luggage only, which must be placed in the overhead bins or under your seat. Listen closely to the safety instructions and keep your seat belt securely fastened. Enjoy your flight!
Senior Infants have been learning all about gardening and minibeasts over the last few weeks. They loved exploring nature through play when we were doing ‘The Garden Centre’ in Aistear. The children then made their own minibeats using clay. They experimented rolling, pinching, scratching and stretching the clay. They used some of our art supplies to add eyes, wings and legs. Have a look at some of our fantastic results (before they were even painted!)!
We were delighted to welcome the Peace Run Team to our school today. This year the Peace Run is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Galway has been chosen for the European opening ceremony as the most Western point in Europe. The runners from many countries will be represented. The President of Ireland has been invited to welcome the runners. We now have the details confirmed for the team’s schedule while in Ireland and the schools are a large part of this initiative. They try to visit as many schools as possible in every country, so we were really lucky!
You can find out more information at www.peacerun.org
The motto of the Peace Run is “Peace Begins With Me!” – stressing the importance of how each individual can make a positive contribution to creating a happier and more peaceful world.
The Peace Runners visited 2nd and 3rd Classes for a presentation and then our whole school gathered together to touch the Peace Torch and make a wish for world peace.
We here at Ballinteer ETNS were not happy to hear about the unfair treatment of the girls soccer team by the FAI. It made us angry and cross, so we put our heads together, and every child in our school wrote a letter to the head of the FAI.
We like to think our collective influence had some impact on the positive outcome!
Senior Infants have been learning all about the sun recently. We made shadow dinosaurs to help us discover what caused shadows. We did an experiment to see if we could make the shadow puppets larger and smaller. We used torches in our investigations. Then we went outside and used the light of the sun to play with our puppets. We played shadow tag and tried to make different shapes with our shadows – it was a lot of fun!
The space station has shut its doors in Senior Infants. A new garden centre is opening instead. The garden centre will be selling flowers, seeds, tools and equipment so make sure to pay us a visit for all your landscape gardening needs! Have a look at our garden centre assistants and gardeners hard at work today.
Senior Infants are learning all about Space this month. We have loved learning all about Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. We have been designing space aliens in art and writing about our aliens in English. We have been reading a variety of factual and fictional books about space. We have been singing songs about the planets and learning poems about going to space!
During our play, we have been designing space rockets in construction and making sock aliens in junk art. We have been constructing alien homes on the moon in the sand area -as well as acting out the moon landing and making the astronauts footprints! Aliens have been appearing in our play dough area and there have been several UFO sightings in the socio-dramatic area! The astronauts working there have even made contact with some friendly space creatures!
Senior Infants have been practising their Irish dancing this month. They have all really enjoyed doing their 1, 2, 3 ‘s and listening to Irish music. Today we even got to do a céilí dance ‘The Walls of Limerick’ / ‘Ballaí Luimnigh’ . Have a look at our video to see us doing some of our moves at the end of the céilí!
We also learnt the ‘Haka Gaelach’, which is based on the famous pre-match Haka of the All Blacks! We really tried to use our scary faces while we were performing!
To finish off our day, we coloured some beautiful shamrocks and even got keep a piece of real shamrock – after giving it a rub for good luck!
On Thursday March 2nd, we celebrated World Book Day! We paired up the classes and our older students travelled through the school to the younger classes. They brought exciting books along with them, nestled in beside their new partners, and the two school mates read to each other. Everybody seemed to really enjoy the experience and we hope to do it again soon!
We love reading in Senior Infants! Today was World Book Day and we have been doing a lot of fun activities in Senior Infants to celebrate. All week we have been having visits from ‘Secret Readers’ who have been sharing their favourite books with us. We have heard stories about Rosie the engineer who made contraptions that could fly and Natalie who had a pig up her nose! Thank you to all our Secret Readers – we have loved listening to your stories!
Today we brought in our favourite books and read them with Aongus’ Second Class. We had factual books about dinosaurs, animals and history. We had fictional books about fairies, gingerbread men, mermaids and much much more! They were all very interesting and we enjoyed every minute of it!
This month Aisling’s class have been learning all about the zoo, during their Aistear hour of play. We have been designing habitats within the zoo for animals, building rescue centres for ill or endangered animals, creating animal masks using fabric and fibre, making animals and animal food out of playdough and pretending we are zoo keepers and vets in the zoo. We have had an exciting few weeks, with lions escaping, baby animals being born and people falling into the animal enclosures! We are very sad that the zoo will be closing soon, as we have had so much fun! Have a look at our gallery to see a snapshot of our exciting month.
The children in Aisling’s Senior Infants read the stories ‘The Runaway Pancake’ and ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ in school today because it is Pancake Tuesday! We discovered the ingredients needed to make pancakes, and we discussed our favourite toppings. Nearly everyone loved lemon and sugar!
But sadly we do not have a hob to cook pancakes on in school. We brainstormed cooking our pancakes over a fire or over birthday candles – we even thought about eating the batter without cooking it!
Instead we decided to make pretend batter and bring it to the staff room – where it magically became real! Aisling brought the real pancakes back into the classroom and we devoured them with lemon and sugar. We were all stuffed and very happy!
In Ballinteer ETNS we have all been helping out at home this month. In Senior Infants the children have been tidying up toys, emptying dishwashers, folding clothes and even helping with babies nappies! Have a look at our video to hear all about our hard work!
This month, as part of our Ethical Education, the children are working really hard to be more aware of their personal environment and how they can help out at home. Our mantra for this month is “Can I help you?”.
The children are completing their own social responsibility challenge at home by trying to go above and beyond their usual household chores.
In school, we are encouraging everyone to keep their classroom clean, neat and tidy, and to help others keep their desks clean and neat too!
We want to foster a sense of social responsibility in the children and to develop their independence in fulfilling tasks that are beneficial to everyone.
We appreciate your continued support at home, and we hope the children are using their magic words with all of you!
We have been learning all about the weather in Aisling’s Senior Infants. We have been reading factual and fictional stories based around the topic of the weather. When we read ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ we knew it must be fictional – there was food falling from the sky!
We then pretended we lived in Chewandswallow (the town in the story) and we drew our favourite dinner falling from the sky! Have a look at our video to see what we would like the food weather forecast to be!
Aisling’s Senior Infants are learning all about An Aimsir (the weather) this month. We will be exploring different ways to measure and predict weather, reporting the current weather and recording the weather.
Here are some of the phrases we are practising:
Cén saghas lae é? (What sort of day is it today? )
Tá an lá fuar, te, fluich, tirim, gaofar, scamallach. (It is a cold, hot, wet, dry, windy, cloudy day. )
We have also been listening to some orchestral pieces based on the weather. We then decided to compose our own musical symphony based on rain. Click on the link to have a listen!
Aisling’s class have been learning all about the animals that live in the Arctic this week! We have been on adventures finding out about the animals during our hour of play. We have seen polar bears, Arctic hares, snowy owls, seals, Arctic foxes and much more! Some penguins even came from the Antarctica for a visit! Have a look at our video to see what we have been doing!
On Thursday December 1st, Senior Infants to Third Class headed off on the bus to UCD Sports Centre for a day of fun activities.
We had so much fun!
On Tuesday November 29th, our star performers made their way to the Mill Theatre for their theatrical debut!
Our theme this year was Fairytales and we had lots of excellent shows!
- Junior Infants dazzled us with their version of Goldilocks! We are so proud of how well they did, after only attending school for two months!
- Senior Infants had a fantastic take on Little Red Riding Hood.
- First Class showcased The Jolly Postman for us.
- Second Class delighted us with The Three Little Pigs.
- Third Class took on a musical version of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Jack and the Beanstalk!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Barry and Kate and all the staff of the Mill Theatre. We are also very grateful to our parent volunteers; Peter McGuire, Philip Broadberry and Vincent Broderick.