Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, Mardi Gras….Whatever you call today, the staff and students of Scoil Mhuire call it Terrific Tuesday as Mary and Geraldine battered, flipped and served over 500 pancakes to all of us. From early morning scores of students and staff members filed into the staff room for these delicious treats complete with a variety of toppings. I hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday flipping your own pancakes at home! Thank you Geraldine and Mary, from all of us!
Today was Grandparents’ Day and to mark this special occasion the pupils of Ms. Delaney’s first class have been learning about toys that their parents/grandparents played with long ago! Lots of teddies and dolls featured, but not too many computer games! They talked about what toys are the same as long ago and what ones are different and why. Here are some of the toys brought in by the boys and girls that they borrowed from their mammies and daddies, uncles aunties and grandparents. Teacher brought in her toy telephones and her teddy!
Ms. O’Keeffe’s second class celebrated Grandparents day by writing beautiful Acrostic poems.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our Green Flag initiative. We are now working towards obtaining our 6th Green Flag and this year’s theme is Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste. You have most likely heard your child talk about all the activities which have been going on throughout the school such as our Global Citizenship Day last June (such a huge success!), our Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal, the hygiene packs for Syria, our Food Dudes, our Multicultural Christmas performance, Daltaí as well as our regular reduce, reuse and recycling efforts. If you are looking for further information about any of these, please check out our website of the week www.greenschoolsireland.org. For this initiative to truly work, we would hope that our pupils would carry these ideals into their homes and community.
Some photos of just a few of our Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste activities. Thank you for all your help!
Here is a super photo, from Tullamore Parish, of all the local schools, including Scoil Mhuire (that’s our red banner front and centre!!) celebrating Catholic Schools Week together. Thank you to all those who made the mass extra special. It was a really lovely day.
Doodle 4 Google has become an extremely popular competition, with the winner receiving the much coveted opportunity to have their art displayed on Google Ireland’s Homepage for an entire day. The winner will also receive a scholarship of €5,000 towards future studies and a Chromebook!
Over 4,000 entries were received and only 75 artists were shortlisted. Among these chosen few is our very own past pupil Nicole Tighe, who is now attending Gallan Community School in Ferbane. Nicole’s artistic gift did not go unnoticed during her tenure here at Scoil Mhuire, and many of her masterpieces continue to adorn the walls of our school.
The theme for this year’s competition “Ireland is….” played perfectly to Nicole’s strength and her love of nature. Members of the public can vote from February 7th for their favourite Doodle on http://www.google.ie/doodle4google. The five most popular doodles – one from each age category will be put through the final! So please share this link and support our wonderfully talented Nicole!
Here is a sneak peak and her stunning Doodle!! Amazing!!!
Our website of the week is http://www.scratch.mit.edu. From here you can download an offline version of this fantastic, FREE programming tool for children.
Every Thursday in our Computer Club, children get to use Scratch. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
For further information for parents, you can also go to – https://scratch.mit.edu/parents
The entire town seems to be out in force walking and getting healthy. The students in Ms. O’Keeffe’s class have been learning about the importance of being seen while out and about. After a tough competition on the significance of wearing reflective clothing Kinga and Kayleigh have been selected to take part in a poster competition to show what they have learned.
Before Christmas the girls also had a party to celebrate winning best attendance. They decided on hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies followed by a disco. Keep up the great attendance girls.
There are so many ways to teach maths and procedural writing- but possibly the most enjoyable method to learn both is by baking yummy goodies!!! Ms. Ryan’s class took measuring and following instructions very seriously when creating delicious Rice Krispie buns! Sadly there were only enough for the class…next time!!!
The students of Ms. Murray’s class are currently working on posters for The Green School art competition. They are learning how to conserve water for a greener, cleaner environment. There will be plenty more posters added from the around the school in the coming weeks.