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7 Mar

The Green Schools Committee have been hard at work in picking litter each week.  We have noticed a distinctive decrease in the amount of litter which has been collected.  We have been allowing enthusiastic non-members to join our litter picks in preparation for the National Spring Clean which will be happening in Early April.

Litter beware!!!

Our worst blackspot 🙁

Taking our litter picking to the next level 🙂

We are very excited to be welcoming a visitor to the school later this month.  We will be learning all about composting and how we can use this as a way of decreasing the amount of waste we produce in the school.  Exciting times ahead at st. Peter’s 🙂

6 Mar

We’ve been very busy in 5th Class for the last while – here’s what we’ve been up to!

We have some new friends in our classroom! We got a fish tank and got help from our friends at Bray Sea Life to set it up!

We had great fun naming our new fish!

(Can you guess what day it was when we named him?)

This week we’re taking part in Engineering Week – and had a special project!

For our challenge we joined forces with 4th Class for our project – to build a Lego car and see how far it could travel using a hairdryer.


Afterwards we all discussed what we had learned about our designs!

We were very busy taking part in the Write-A-Book project again this year.

It was very satisfying to see the finished products!

We were delighted with the awards we won!

In our English class we read the book ‘Trash’ – so we visited the local recycling centre to find out more.

On the 1st of February we kept up our tradition of making St Brigid’s Day crosses for the rest of the school.

And on the day before Ash Wednesday, Pancake Tuesday, we had a special breakfast!

In Geography we made our own volcanoes and clouds to figure out more about the world around us!

We also learned about the recent history of Ireland and the reasons why so many people have come to, and left, the country.

We kept in touch with Baby E during our Roots of Empathy classes!

We were still busy limbering up doing school gymnastics and keeping active, inside and outside of the classroom!


Even our friends in Japan were watching us do our handstands!

In all the other subjects we kept up our morning routines with mental and morning maths!

And in the middle of it all we still found some quiet time to read and take in some more of the world around us!

In other words – we were really busy!

We’ll talk to you all again soon!

5th Class

10 Feb

As part of Operation Transformation we decided to get the whole school involved and take part in the 10@10. This involved getting students and teachers taking part in 10 minutes of activity at 10 o’clock on the 10th of February. As you can see from the photos and videos we all had great fun and will be introducing it as a regular event in the school!

10 Feb

Welcome back to another exciting edition of “St Peter’s All Star Attenders Awards.” At the end of every month children with full attendance for the month receive a certificate and have their name put on the Wall of Fame. The class with the greatest attendance each month also receive a class prize and all students with full attendance get named “All Star Attenders”.

All our winners so far have opted for the Indoor Cinema Experience as their prize and were delighted to be ushered to their seats after visiting the “Cinema Shop” to pick up their treats.

Winners so far:

September: Junior Infants

October: 1st Class

November: 4th Class

December: 5th Class

I am delighted to announce that the winners of January’s Attendance Prize are Ms. Drislane’s 1st Class who have opted for a walk to the beach for ice-cream or hot chocolate next week. This is the second time that 1st Class has won best attendance this year.

Check back each month to see who has won the class prize for best attendance and check if your name has made the All Star Attenders List.

Well done to 1st Class and to the following “All Star Attenders” from each class for January;

Junior Infants

Robyn Cheevers

Fia Clucas Keogh

Oisin Clucas

Aaron Cosgrave

Samuel Daniel

Anthony  Delaney

Kaiden Hipwell Millichip

Jessica Jin

Leon McAuliffe

Ella Jayne O’Sullivan O’Carroll

Amber Plunkett Power

Tyler Sweeney Kearney

 

Senior Infants

Maja Bessler

Aaron Chumakson

Joey Chumakson

Heidi Clucas Keogh

Jasmin Coogan Moorehouse

Izabel Devics

Ben Douglas

Oliver Duraj

Lauren Hipwell

Noah Johnston

Oskar Matysiak

Max Murray

Avaleigh O’Hagan

Zuzanna Siakala

 

1st Class

Carl Barry

Daniel Byrne

Jake Clucas Murphy

Kristana Anna Daniel

Tobias Farrell

Cameron Martin McAteer

Kurina Mason

Lauren McCann

Cian McDermott

Lauren O’Brien

Sophie O’Connor

Anthony James O’Neill

Aysha Simpson Murray

Elif Standage

 

2nd Class

Ellie Byrne

Carla Cheevers

Alice Maire Delaney

Tiana Doyle

Liam Mullen

Daniel Murphy

Kyra O’Shaughnessy

Brooke Sweeney Kearney

Haylie Treacy

Ned Wall

 

3rd Class

Benjamin Bessler

Jamie Cowap

Dylan Hackman

Craig Hipwell

Dylan Lawless

Liam Mason

Tadhg McDonald Hemp

Ruairi McFarland Bolger

Jack Roche

Adem Standage

 

4th Class

Tristan Byrne

Tadhg Cahill

Madeleine Farrell

Jerry Wall

 

5th Class

DOMINIK BESSLER

BROOKE  CAREY

KAYDEN CLUCAS

CASEY CRINNION

DEAN DOUGLAS

CAITHLIN FARRELL

KIA FARRELL

DYLAN FITZPATICK

ROWAN MCFARLAND BOLGER

CODIE SWEENEY KEARNEY

DEAN THOMAS

BILLY TREACY

 

6th Class

LAUREN CHEEVERS

LEX FARRELL

ABBIE FITZPATRICK

LEANNE KEALY

 

  1. FOLEY’S CLASS

ARTURAS RATKEVICIUS

Oisín Kenny

Michael Connors

1 Feb

We are continuing to work hard on keeping our school litter free.  Today 3rd class volunteered to take on the challenge during their lunch break.  They did a fantastic job.  Who said cleaning couldn’t be fun??

Carefully making sure the litter is put into the correct bins

16 Jan

We loved writing and performing our little sketch so much. Here it is, so we can look back and remember the funny lines forever! WELCOME TO THE CLUB!

16 Jan

In December we were so busy!

We had a lovely ‘Secret Santa’ morning!

We had the BEST time performing our class and school plays!

We were excited to receive our Christmas annuals!

We sent thank you tweets and messages to friends and followers!

We helped to decorate our school with every other class!

We watched our little brothers and sisters in their Christmas performances!

We really got into the Christmas spirit!

We updated our portfolios.

Our Roots of Empathy times were so precious…

We also finished Matilda, and watched the film. We LOVED IT!

A special visitor paid someone a visit too!

We completed our unit of work on WW1!

We earned hundreds of ClassDojo points too!

Meanwhile, on the first week back…

We’re studying some really cool topics in music!

There is no such thing as a boring or sad January here! We have already celebrated some birthdays!

We’re getting back into a keep-fit groove though!

There is a January Sale on in our Class Dojo shop!

Our first Student of the Week for 2017 was awarded!

We’re also back to the Roots of Empathy mat to see what more we can learn in our latest module!

We’ve started a new book too!

Our group work got off to a great start in January.

Our new morning stations routine is going brilliantly. We have eight activities that we get through. It’s so busy! We love to get to school on time and get going into our activities.

Phew! I think 2017 will be a busy year!

16 Jan

The green schools committee got down to business by picking litter around the school last week. This will continue to be done every week as we are committed to keeping our school clean and green and getting our first green flag which is based on the theme of litter and waste!

13 Jan

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We are delighted to be taking part in the First Lego League competition again this year.

There are 3 main elements to the competition – The Project, Core Values and The Robot Game & design

Salesforce Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Picture Conor McCabe Photography

  1. The Project:

There are three main parts to our project; Identify a problem, Design a solution, Share with others. This year’s challenge was to look at how animals and humans interact, find a problem with one of these interactions and develop an innovative solution.

After weeks of research & brainstorming we finally decided to focus on bees for the Animal Allies Challenge! We started our investigation about bees and we discovered that bees are pollinators.  This means that bees carry pollen from one flower to another.

Pollinators like bees are REALLY important to make sure we keep growing healthy and delicious foods like Strawberries, Apples, Pears, Pumpkins, Beans and Blackberries.

Unfortunately, our hard working bee is in danger of disappearing forever.

Why? A big factor is due to their interactions with humans. The bees are becoming extinct for number of reasons. Some of the main ones involve humans:

  • The destruction of bee’s habitats e.g. gardens, grasslands, sand dunes, bogs, woodlands
  • People use pesticides and chemical farming systems when growing crops. These pesticides and chemicals are killing our bees.
  • Climate change, if the climate starts to change this can cause big problems for bees. If the warm weather comes too soon, bees will wake up early from hibernation and because flowers have not yet come out the bees will go hungry with no food to eat.

The solution

We knew we couldn’t solve the problem for the whole world overnight.

So, we decided to focus on something we could do and try to help the bees in Ireland.

Our solution has two main elements raising awareness in schools and the creation of a website.

  • The first element was in relation to schools. We came up with the idea of contacting all the schools in Ireland by sending them a letter with information about how important our bees are.
  • We explained how to create a bee friend a bee zone in their schools by planting some flowers and plants for the bees to eat.
  • We designed a package for seeds to send to each school to encourage them to create a bee friendly zone.

The second part was the website. We created a website using Weebly called Be Friend A Bee.

The address is www.befriendabee.weebly.com.   The website is designed to give people information about how important bees are. It gives facts about bees and tips on how we can help save them.

Share our solution

The third and final part of the project was to share our ideas with others.

This is how we did it: Our befriend-a-bee website, we sent letters to schools in the area with packets of seeds to sow, we made posters about bees and stuck them up around the school and we contacted Bray town council and told them about our project.

2. Our core values:

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3. The Robot Game & Design

The third and final part of the competition is the Robot design and robot game. This involves programming the EV3 Lego mindstorm to complete missions around the Lego table. This year’s challenges are  how animals help us. We found the missions challenging but really enjoyable.

Salesforce Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Picture Conor McCabe Photography

We are travelling to Galway next Saturday 21st January to take part in the competition in the Radisson Blu Hotel. We are super excited to show off all our hard work!

 

Salesforce Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Salesforce Picture Conor McCabe Photography

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30 Nov

Here is a snippet of some of the work completed with Ms. Wemyss so far this year! What a busy few months it’s been….

Random Acts of Kindness

We have been working really hard to be kind to each other inside the school and outside the school. We were tired of hearing all the negative news and sad stories in the world so we decided to spread some joy! Each week we record something kind that we have done to add to our wall! We call ourselves ‘The Kind Kids’

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Weaving

We have really been enjoying our weaving. It takes good concentration and hand-eye coordination. We want to make a beautiful piece of artwork to hang in the hall of the school.

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Mind Mapping

We are working hard at making mind maps to help us plan our writing. We are taking inspiration from Tony Buzan. He is the man who invented the mind map.

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Worry Balls

We created wonderful worry balls to help us relax and stay calm when we are feeling worried or stressed. We made them by putting flour into balloons. We give them a quick squeeze to help us feel better. 🙂

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Beautiful Oops

We also learned that it’s OK to make mistakes! We read the story Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. We made beautiful art from old scrap paper that we had made mistakes on.

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Scissor Skills

We love practicing our scissor skills to create colourful collages! We cut up paper and then glue it to an outline.img_1490      img_1301      img_1492

 

We look forward to filling you in on all the exciting things that we have planned for December!