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11 Feb

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Congratulations to this great girl on her full star jar! She got all her stars for being so well behaved in class, working hard and being kind to others! Well done!

9 Feb

Phew! What a busy few weeks in 6th Class!

We’ve been rapping in Maths….

We’ve been getting our code on!

We have started our life skills classes… first up? How to tie a tie!

We have developed our ohBot project from the RDS Primary Science Fair!

We’ve been working hard with Clay and Frida in our Bray Drugs Awareness course.

We had a really informative session with the Road Safety Authority.

We celebrated Safer Internet Day 2016.

We shared some resources too…

As per usual, our interactive whiteboard is working overtime!

Our 1916 projects are going really, really well.

Jack B was in the paper!

We’ve been chatting about the election, and why it should matter to us.

Rang 6 ceiliúradh an tús an earraigh le crosa Bríde!

We had out entrance exams too…

Ben made an animoto video!

Busy, busy, busy!

9 Feb

January-Clipart-Free-11The New Year got off to a flying start in St. Peter’s Primary School! Festina Lente came to visit with beautiful miniature horses. The junior classes were allowed to pet them and they asked lots of questions on how to look after them. The new Board of Management met in early January and discussed all of the important issues relating to the school. Sixth class took part in the Primary Science Fair which runs in conjunction with the BT Young Scientist. They created and programmed a talking robot called OBOT. They had a great time in the RDS and really impressed all of the visitors to their stand. Mr. Foley’s class visited the newly re-furbished Lexicon library in Dun Laoghaire. They studied bus routes and timetabling in Maths prior to the trip. Students from fourth and sixth were up early on Saturday, the 30th of January. They met at the school at 6:30am and headed off to Galway to compete in First Lego League. Their team called ‘Smash the Trash’ came 12th out of 26 primary and secondary school teams. In addition to that, they brought home an ‘Against all Odds’ award. It was a tremendous achievement and we followed them on twitter and on a live stream all day. We celebrated ‘100 days of learning’ on the 29th of January where all of the students took part in music, dance, art and sporting activities. Students with excellent attendance were given an extra reward. I attended the Principals’ conference at the end of January and came back full of ideas. The new build is starting to take shape and we are all looking forward to getting new classrooms and offices. The main corridor normally looks quite bare in January when all of the lights and Christmas decorations have been taken down. Fifth class have been very busy over the past few weeks during their lunchtime art club, where they took the theme of ‘Under the Sea’. We now have beautiful sea creatures dangling from the ceiling all along the corridor. All in all it was a great month. Thank you so much to all of the students, parents and staff for their hard work and commitment. I look forward to seeing what February has in store for us all!

Emer Whyte

Principal

9 Feb

Today is Safer Internet Day!

Here in St Peter’s, we’re very conscious of Internet Safety. While it’s important to have general rules to prevent cyberbullying and to protect ourselves online, it’s even more important to develop skills and attitudes to help us to respond to any situation.

On the blog, we’ve covered Internet Safety for ‘Wednesday for Parents’ twice. This is an idea of what we recommend! This post was the first ‘Wednesday for Parents’ of 2014 and suggested Digital Resolutions to improve Internet Safety for families.
Today, to mark Safer Internet Day, some of the younger classes watched videos to teach us about Internet Safety. Older classes watched the coverage of Safer Internet Day on news2day here.

6th Class also explored Webwise, particularly these lessons from the ‘My Selfie’ resources to help us learn about internet safety.

We tweeted out tips for Safer Internet Day!

We also now all know the Safer Internet Day Rap, ‘Cause I Like it!’ Watch it here!

Anti-Cyber Bullying Rap – I Like It [Official Music Video] from PDST Technology in Education on Vimeo.

4 Feb

Hi Everyone,

When we came back in January after our Christmas holidays we began learning all about the weather because of all of the flooding that occurred over the Christmas.  We learnt all about the different types of weather that occur in different countries.  We compared the climates of Norway and Egypt.  We then made our very own windsocks to tell us which direction the wind was blowing.  We made our own relief prints on our windsocks and they look beautiful hanging in our classroom

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We have also been learning all about the Vikings and we have had lots of fun researching different topics about them such as; settlements, ships and where they came from.

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We were also really busy getting ready for the Wicklow Schools GAA Championships which were held in Loughlinstown.  Many thanks to Paddy for all of the training sessions beforehand and to Ms. Olson for coming with us on the day.  We had a great time and played matches against lots of other schools.


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We also had a fun art lesson with some people from 6th class.  We used marbling inks to create cool out of the window art.  We also finished off our clay pots too!

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In maths we have been learning how to multiply, divide and all about decimals. We have also made huge improvements in our daily scores which is GREAT!

That’s all for now,

3rd class 😀

2 Feb

Well done to Jack B in 6th Class who had his picture featured in an article in the Irish Independent! The article was all about the RDS Primary Science Fair.

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You can see the image here.

You can read the full article here.

28 Jan

In January, we’ve been working with Mr McAdam to learn all about Australia. As part of our work, we’ve been creating questions for one of Mr McAdam’s friends, Lara, who lives in Australia. We used Vine to record our questions! Here they are:

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28 Jan

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We all had an amazing time at the First Lego League in Galway. It was such a wonderful experience and we were so grateful to The First Lego League, Debbie, Bernard and all of the volunteers from SAP who made it such a wonderful day.

We presented our work to the judges and represented our school and Co. Wicklow with pride. Our team ‘Smash the Trash’ not only won medals but we also received a trophy for all our hard work. We are looking forward to next year already!

Check out some pictures from the day:

 

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We are so excited to be heading to Galway tomorrow morning. We are taking part in the First Lego League in the Raddison Blu Hotel with 28 other schools from around the country.  Ms. Whyte told the whole school about our trip during Assembly. She said it’s the furthest the school has ever gone on an outing ever!

We have been working hard in Lego Club for the past few months in order to prepare for competition.

There are four parts to the competition:

  1. The Robot Game
  2. The Trash Trek Challenge
  3. Robot Design
  4. Core Values

The theme of this year’s competition is “Trash” and finding new ways to look after our environment.

For the robot game we have used Lego software to write different programs to make our Lego Mindstorm complete a number of missions to help protect our environment e.g. using a composter, a sorter in the recycling centre, etc.

For the project element we focused on the problem of Junk mail.

We picked junk mail as our problem, because we thought it was hurting the environment. It took us weeks to come up with an idea for the Trash Trek Challenge.

 

Our solution was to make a website for junk mail where you could pick what mail they want to end up reading rather than rubbish they don’t. The name of the website is Smash the Trash. Why not check out our sample website on smashthetrash.weebly.com and let us know what you think.

 

As part of our project we also interviewed an Environmental Officer for Wicklow County Council called Moira Byrne. Moira was able to explain to us all about recycling and what happens to junk mail that people throw away. She said she thought our idea was great and wants to hear more about it as we continue to work on it even after the competition.

 

We also interviewed Debbie Merrigan who is from the First Lego League. Funny thing is her phone and her car had a conversation in the middle of the interview. She was a great help explaining exactly how the competition will run on the day and giving us lots of encouragement.

Check back with us next week and we’ll tell you all about our trip to Galway.

25 Jan

Junior Infants met some miniature horses. We learned how to brush a horse. We learned some safety rules around horses.

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The ladies were so very nice!

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Great brushing!

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Thanks for coming in to teach us about miniature horses!

25 Jan

Last week, Mr. Foley’s class went on a day trip to Dún Laoghaire

Ben made a video on Animoto using all of the photos taken on the day.

Would you like to see it?

Well done Ben. 6th Class are very proud of you.