Newsletter November 2013
The pupils in the senior room are busy learning about New Zealand and the Maori Culture. Pupils are learning to sing “Irelands Call” and the New Zealand “Haka”. The 5th& 6th class maths set are learning decimals and the 3rd & 4th class set are learning about subtraction.
The senior pupils constructed famine ships from recyclable materials. We tested the ships to see if they could float and all were successful.
The junior room are enjoying showing each other their favourite book in show & tell. They are busy learning how to use dictionaries to find the correct spelling and meaning of words.
They are learning all about homes and comparing them to homes in the past.
Pupils will be making & designing their own mosaics. Second class is starting to learn their prayers for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Teresa Melia, our diocesan advisor, will visit the classes on Wednesday 27th November, on behalf of Bishop Jones.
Science Week 2013
The pupils visited AIT on Tuesday 12th November to attend a Science show. The BOM paid for the bus. Dr Ken Farquhar entertained both teachers and pupils with his juggling and circus activities, whilst teaching the pupils about gravity and forces.
Suzanne Dempsey visited our school on Wednesday 13th November to carry out “Wacky Water Experiments” with all classes. The pupils learned about water quality and water density. The pupils carried out various experiments and investigated creatures from a local river.
Dates for Diary
First Confession will take place on 26th March @7:30pm in Rahara church.
First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday 4th May @10am in Rahara church.
School Self Evaluation
We are targeting oral language this year.
We are building our vocabulary and learning how to give oral presentations. Pupils will be assessed in Nov/Dec by way of special interest talks. Pupils have been learning how to structure and plan an oral presentation.
Cyber Bullying Talk
The gardai will host a talk for parents on the issue of cyber bullying in Culleen Hall on Tuesday 19th November @ 8pm. All parents are welcome and I would recommend that all parents attend.
The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success. Pupils engaged in reading for pleasure. The school will get €224 worth of free books for our library. Thanks to all parents who supported last week’s book fair.
There will be a non-uniform day tomorrow Friday 15th November, to raise fund for GOAL, who are assisting in the rescue efforts in the Philippines. Pupils may bring a donation for GOAL to school.
Ms Costello will be taking parental leave in December. Ms Duignan will be teaching the senior room for December. Ms Malone will be returning to Rahara on Monday 18th November.