14 December 2012

Week 14 - Only one week to go to the holidays!

Take a look at some of the Christmas artwork around our school at the moment.

In Ms Brophy's 3rd Class this week, we painted our salt dough Christmas tree decorations and hung them on our tree. Scríobhamar scéalta beaga faoin Nollaig agus tharraingeamar pictiúir leo freisin. We also designed Christmas crackers to get in the festive mood!

7 December 2012

Week 13 - Loads of news this week! (click all images to enlarge)

This week, all of the boys in the school made decorations by recycling materials they found in their homes. The results were fantastic. Take a look at our Christmas tree, decorated entirely with recycled materials! Thanks to Ms McCabe and the Green Schools committee for driving this competition.

The 6 decorations were short-listed for prizes. Here are the 6 winners with their decorations (not in any particular order).

Here are examples of more decorations that were submitted for the Christmas tree.

The school is on it's way to winning it's 4th consecutive Fai-To in Mangahigh. We are competing against Aberfoyle Park High School, Adelaide, Australia.

'Power Hour'
For the last number of weeks, Ms Finn's 2nd class (Room 3) have been using a 'Power Hour' initiative to improve all-round literacy among the class. This involves the use of small, easy-to-manage groups at stations, each focusing on a different aspect of literacy. The boys attend each station in the hour and so their literacy skills get a good "drive" every day. This initiative lasts for 6 weeks.

The school reached the milestone of 300 Twitter followers this week.

Our new YouTube channel
The school has a new YouTube channel. Take a look here and in the blue bar at the top of the website. Keep up to date with all AV projects carried out by the school on this page.

Doodle4Google 2013 - 'My invention...'
For the last number of weeks, each class has been participating in the annual Doodle4Google competition. We published a special blog post about it lately and you can see it here again. 
The first picture shows the staffroom wall where all short-listed entries were displayed. All staff members then voted on what they considered to be the best 6.  The 6 entries with the highest number of votes were chosen to represent the school in the provincial and national judging and they are reproduced at the bottom of the page. 
Best of luck boys!

Pawel M (5th)
Daniil M (6th)
Jack W (5th)
Filip G (3rd)
Harry D (5th)
Darragh R (6th)

30 November 2012

Week 12 - 3 months gone...

Our school took part in the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal recently, bringing Christmas boxes to less fortunate children throughout the world. Read more about this initiative here.

 Recently, our 5th and 6th class pupils got a visit from Brother Kieran McCormack who gave them a short history lesson on the life of Edmund Rice, who was born 250 years ago. He also told us about the Edmund Rice 250 Appeal which is a year-long initiative to raise awareness and funds for the vital international work of the Christian Brothers and followers of Edmund Rice today and into the future. The website can be found here. There are videos and more to read about the work of the Christian Brothers throughout the world. 

Some of the boys bought these bracelets which were made in Edmund Rice schools in Africa. The money raised will go towards the vital work of the Christian Brothers abroad.

Take a look at our current Mangahigh trophy cabinet!

The school now has a Youtube channel! Take a look here.