Junior Room Blog

September

This month as we settled back to school we welcomed the new infants to Kiltiernan N.S. We had to get used of our new surroundings and as part of this Ms. Forde brought us on an autumn nature trail outside. We spotted different signs of autumn in our environment like leaves changing colour and falling from trees, conkers, nests etc. We brought a bit of nature into the classroom when we used leaves to design hedgehogs.

As part of learning about ‘myself’ we made timelines of the different stages of our lives using photos.

            

      

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

This month we went to see a Babaró show called “How to Catch a Star”. It was on in Galway city. We had read the story in class before we went and we were very excited to see the show. We were amazed at how real the puppets looked. We also got to meet the producer of the show afterwards. He was very impressed with our hand puppets.

               

                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

Our Nativity

December is always a magical month, especially in the Junior Room as the children prepare for their Nativity Play.  Their hard work, dedication and confidence at that age is inspiring! They had a lot of fun performing and don’t they look just wonderful!

 

January

Write A Books

It was that time of year again and Write A Book season was upon us! This is a project enjoyed by all and the pupils in the Junior Room are no exception. The children were so excited at the thought of writing their own books and calling themselves authors. The children had fantastic ideas to write about and it was lovely to see their imaginations come alive through writing. Here is a picture of the children presenting their finished books.

Well done to Síofra in Junior Infants and James in Seniors who were awarded Highly Commended places for their books. They attended an awards ceremony in the Salthill Hotel, Galway.

 

February

This month we have had the Garden Centre in our role-play area and we have learned lots about plants. We know that plants need soil, air, water and sunlight to grow. We decided to do a bit of gardening ourselves and so we planted flowers in our school window boxes. We had to make sure to leave enough space between each flower so that their roots would have space to grow. We will make sure to water them every day. Now that we have got green fingers, we can help with the gardening at home!

                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

We had Book Week this month and we are already looking forward to the next one! Ms. Fenlon organized an author to come and visit us. His name was Rab Fultan and he was from Scotland. He read us a great folk tale about two sisters living on a mountain. We loved his Scottish accent and joining in with different parts of the story. He was very funny!

 

                                 

                                    

We enjoyed reading with our Senior Buddies all week. They’re very kind to us and help us to pick out interesting books to read.

 

And as the rhyme ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ goes…

We had a lovely surprise one morning when lambs came to visit Kiltiernan School! We got to hold them and some of us fed them with a bottle of milk. We had to be very gentle as we didn’t want to scare them.

                

 

 

 

 

 

April

We were very busy in April getting everything ready for our STEM Showcase Day. Over the past while the whole school including the Junior and Senior Infants had been working on exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Projects and they were so excited to show their parents what they had been working on.

They did lots of experiments, worked with technology, designed and made water wells using a pulley lever, made geodesic dome structures, designed models of the Butterfly and Frog Lifecycles using salt dough and lots more.

They presented their finished work to all the parents and everyone was very impressed!

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

This month we had the Hairdressers as part of our Role play area. The class loved styling each other’s hair and looking after their clients in the hair salon.

 

Halloween Dress Up 2018

Halloween Dress Up 2018

The pupils of Kiltiernan gathered in the halla for an assembly in October and the principal told everyone that there would be a Halloween dress up competition on the last day of school before the holidays! 

Sadhbh, Katie, Gabriel and Róise were some of the winners. My favourite costumes were the bookworm, the Rubik’s cube (Eimear), the fairy pirate (Róise) and last but definitely not least, ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ (Erin, 5th Class). Every year the children dress up in their costume feeling proud on stage with their class and as a pupil, I can safely say this is the highlight of our Halloween.

Our Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair was held on the 9th of December 2018. There were lots of preparations for the fair weeks beforehand. Before the fair officially opened, our choir walked down to the church and we sang a few carols to encourage everyone at Mass to follow us back to the hall. The fair had many stalls including baking, slime and books and there was an area where you could do some art with the help of Orla, who had been coming to after-school for a few weeks to give art lessons. The fair also contained a kids area where you could make a donation and get your face painted, you could get your nails painted and there was also a sweet shop. There was also a Christmas fair raffle which took place by the stage of the hall. There were also guessing games such as how many sweets are in the jar. Overall, the Christmas Fair did extremely well this year. We raised a total of €11,887 for our school. Our raffle netted €5,295 and our Christmas Fair on the day netted €6,592. The Christmas Fair was a great success and it was lots of fun to help out with the 6th Class Baking Stall.

By Eimear, 6th Class

Senior Infants Booklist 2018-2019

Senior Infants Booklist 2018-2019

 

Irish: Abair Liom B (Senior Infants)

 

Maths: Planet Maths Senior Infants

Master Your Maths Senior Infants CJ Fallon

 

English: New Wave (Pre-cursive) Prim-Ed Senior Infants

              Just Phonics Senior Infants

              Just English Senior Infants (Published by educate.ie)

 

             

Religion: Grow in Love Junior Infants

 

SESE: What a Wonderful World Senior Infants

 

Music: 1 Scrapbook (Use last year’s book please)

 

Visual Art: €10

 

Miscellaneous Expenses: €20 (Self Assessment and Learning Folder, Testing- MIST,NRIT, Drumcondra testing, personalised homework journal, worksheets, etc)

 

€7 Personal Accident Insurance

 

Total monies payable in September €37 + €2 weekly family raffle (Parents’ Council)

 

 

1 A3 Art folder

1 Hardback Copy (A4, lined at side)

1 Handwriting Copy (Learn to Write B2)

1 10mm square Sums Copy

2 Project Book 15 Copies

1 Plastic A4 folder

Well stocked pencil case with contents labelled (no biros necessary)

Crayons /Twistables

 

 

 

 

 

If you are unsure of any of the textbooks please do not cover or write on them as it may need to be exchanged in September. If there are any further tests/materials required during the school year you will be notified.

 

Uniforms can be purchased in Pat Smyths ,Gort and the National, Schoolwear Centre,Tuam Rd., Galway. Trousers and polo shirts, without logos, can be bought on the High Street.

 

Books from this booklist may be obtained from Gort Educational World, Bridge St., Gort, First Chapter, Market Hall, Gort, Books ‘N More Bookshop upstairs in the Oran Town Centre, Oranmore or ABC Bookshop Tuam Rd, Galway.

 

The Parents’ Council will hold a raffle every Thursday as a fundraiser. Cost of tickets will be €2, which can be paid weekly or at the start of each term in full. Each family will be given a raffle number in September which will be their number for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Sports day and ice Cream day 2018

On Friday, 22/6/2018 sports day and ice-cream day was held in Kiltiernan N.S. We were instructed to bring in a sack, spoon and potato, tights and hurls if you wanted to participate in púc fáda. All  children from Sunflower Montessori to 6th class pupils in Kiltiernan  participated in a eventful sports day.

We started off the day with a eager 60m sprints from the junior infants to sixth class. As soon as Ms.Leech blew the whistle we saw the hopeful looks on all girls and boys faces as they sprinted for the finish line! After that we had some fun races including sackrace , egg and spoon race (but yet we used potatoes) , three legged races, wheel barrow races and also piggy back races.

After a few races we had a little break and we were told that you could get our two euro for the fundraiser for down syndrome Ireland, so when we got our two euro we all went to get ice-cream in the hall . It was a really nice award from all those races we ran and we raised one hundred and 85 euro for Down Syndrome Ireland!

Without delay the break flew by and we were back in action. Tug of war took place then and lots of students took part. We started with the lower classes and reached are way up to the older classes as the rivalry grew. Shortly afterwards we stared up relay races. All ages could take part. We had an over dose of fun. Suddenly it was 2:00pm and children started to go home early. There was only an hour left of school and 10 pupils left. We began a round of Púc Fada. After Púc Fada we played hurling and lots of soccer.

Unfortunately Sports day had to come to an end and we went home wondering would are school tour be as exciting as today sports day!

 

Thursday Raffle

We have lots of exciting prizes for our next 2 raffles and all envelopes for the last 3 draws will be included in our draw on Thursday 21st December. Prizes include vouchers from Q Beauty, Rafterys Rest, Busy Bees, Afternoon Tea at Dillisk on the Docks, Paul Hewett bracelet from Hartmanns. Lucky dip for the children, chocolates and treats galore! Please Support.

 

Coffee Morning

Coffee morning

On the 21st of September Kiltiernan N.S held their coffee morning for the Galway hospice. We had loads of sweet treats such as buns, cakes, cookies and many more. Pupils were asked to bake and bring in as many cakes and buns as possible. My nana and I baked treacle cake. It was delicious. Lagan Construction supported us all the with the coffee morning. Outside the gates of the school we had ‘a coffee to go’ table so if you didn’t want to come in you could stop get a coffee and hit the road fast! At the end of the busy day all our pupils got little goody bags full of jellies and crisps. We raised about 900 Euro for the Hospice which is a great cause. By Adam 6th Class

Senior Infants Booklist 2017-2018

Senior Infants Booklist 2017-2018

 

Irish: Abair Liom C (First Class)

 

Maths: Planet Maths Senior Infants

 

English: Just Handwriting (Pre-cursive) Senior Infants

              Just Phonics Senior Infants

              Just English Senior Infants (Published by educate.ie)

 

             

Religion: Grow in Love Senior Infants

 

SESE: Unlocking SESE Senior Infants

 

Music: 1 Scrapbook (Use last year’s book please)

 

Visual Art: €10

 

Miscellaneous Expenses: €20 (Self Assessment and Learning Folder, Testing- MIST,NRIT, Drumcondra testing, personalised homework journal, worksheets, etc)

 

€7 Personal Accident Insurance

 

Total monies payable in September €37 + €2 weekly family raffle (Parents’ Council)

 

 

1 A3 Art folder

1 Hardback Copy (A4, lined at side- last year’s book if possible)

1 Handwriting Copy (Learn to Write B2)

1 10mm square Sums Copy

1 Project Book 15 Copy

1 Plastic A4 folder

Well stocked pencil case with contents labelled (no biros necessary)

Crayons /Twistables

 

 

 

 

 

If you are unsure of any of the textbooks please do not cover or write on them as it may need to be exchanged in September. If there are any further tests/materials required during the school year you will be notified.

 

Uniforms can be purchased in Pat Smyths ,Gort and the National, Schoolwear Centre,Tuam Rd., Galway. Trousers and polo shirts, without logos, can be bought on the High Street.

 

Books from this booklist may be obtained from Gort Educational World, Bridge St., Gort, First Chapter, Market Hall, Gort, Books ‘N More Bookshop upstairs in the Oran Town Centre, Oranmore or ABC Bookshop Tuam Rd, Galway.

 

The Parents’ Council will hold a raffle every Thursday as a fundraiser. Cost of tickets will be €2, which can be paid weekly or at the start of each term in full. Each family will be given a raffle number in September which will be their number for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer in the Junior Room

Summer in the Junior Room

Summer is fast approaching and we’re as active as ever in Kiltiernan. While 1st Class were swimming for the first time in Kilcornan, Junior and Senior Infants were brushing up on our Water Safety knowledge and we’ve learned so much. Sarah and Mary’s dad Rory will be coming in on the 28th of June to do a Water Safety Workshop with the whole school so we will learn even more then. Thanks Rory, we are looking forward to it.

All of the testing is over and we’ve worked hard. The Infants had a lovely trip to Kilcornan walled garden while the others were swimming. We played with Frisbees, soccer and all joined in some parachute games. Poor Miss Broderick got captured by some Junior Infants who used the hula hoops very creatively!!

We are still working on our Biodiversity Green Flag and have learned lots about the school habitats and some animals living near our school. We look out for Song thrush, robins, bluebells, thistles, nettles and butterflies all the time now.

We had some new arrivals in Kiltiernan this month. Jack’s dad John brought in an incubator. We set it up in the Resource room where the eggs were kept safe and warm for three weeks. John and Jack checked the eggs regularly to make sure the temperature in the incubator and water levels were at optimum levels.

Around day 13, John brought in a box and torch so we could do some ‘candeling’. Here, we saw the shadows inside the eggs. We could see that one egg had a line of bacteria in it and so the chick didn’t develop in that one. In others, we could identify blood vessels and an eye developing. We had pictures to compare the development in each day in the three weeks incubation period so we knew what to look out for.

We got a wonderful surprise when we came back from the bank holiday weekend. We had eight healthy little chicks surrounding broken eggshells in the incubator. They were taken home to be reunited with the hen and she took to them very well.

John brought the hen and chicks back in for the day so we could see them all together again. The children and staff learned a great amount during this whole process.

Thank you so much John and Jack, it was a great experience and we loved having the chicks in our school. Matthew’s dad Pat has uploaded a video of the chicks onto our school YouTube channel so take a look at it. Thanks Pat!

Our school tour will be on the 23rd of June. We are going to Athenry Castle where we will dress up in medieval costume, partake in archery and hide in the maze. We may need to put a few people in the stocks so beware!!Afterwards, we will head to Busy Bees so we can run off some more energy!

First Class have started to do hurling training with Cian Walsh and Eoin Bermingham every Thursday mornings and are doing well. Keep hurling over the summer everyone.

Congratulations to Emily and her family who welcomed baby Colin this month and also to Matthew Quinn and his family who welcomed baby Rachel. Best of luck to Sheila and family who make the move to America this summer.

Happy birthday to May and June boys and girls- Emily, Amelia, Marlon, Matthew H. Also, a big happy birthday to the summer birthday dudes Ella and Sophia in July and Martha and Nathan in August. We’ll give you a spin on the chair in September!

We welcome the new parents to an induction meeting at 2pm on Friday the 16th. The new infants will come into our room for a few hours on Monday the 19th from 9.20 til 11.20 to sample how life the big school.

We are getting holidays on Friday the 30th of June.

Thanks to all the mums and dads for your great support in teaching your children this year. We’ve had a wonderful, fulfilled year. They’re the best!!!

Have a wonderful, safe and happy summer to everyone. See you in September.

Junior Room Blog

Since the start of 2017, we in the Junior Room have been as busy as little bees. In January, we had birthday spins on the chair for Sophia, Emma, and Sarah. We recovered well from Christmas and really enjoyed performing our Nativity in the church. If you have not seen it yet, it is available thanks to Pat Heffernan on the following link:
http://tinyurl.com/j72e22p
We had visits from Maura from the Order of Malta and a lady from Trocaire who filled us in on the important jobs they do for the community.
Our Fab February birthdays are Eoghan and Daniel. Our Write a Books were sent off to another school and we read some books written by Junior and Senior Infants from different schools. We had lots of fun writing our books and are delighted to be able to call ourselves published authors once again. We are very proud of our books and we learned a lot in the process.
Already in March, we have been as busy as ever. We had a taste of Europe in our classroom with food from Italy, Spain and more. We nibbled on breadsticks and crackers from Italy, had mango and pomegranate and of course, some Madeira cake which sounds like it should come from ahem, Madeira! Yummy!
Thanks to Rory Divilly, Gerry Fahy and Matthew Cunningham for coming in to talk about their work for Engineering Week.
We have a visit from Mary Dillon who is doing a Heritage Workshop with us in March and we will be continuing to learn about Biodiversity in our school habitat.
Book Week is from the 13th until the 16th of March. We will see local author Pauline Scully and her daughter Meghann who writes blogs and DJs on Spin South West so we will be full of questions and new information.
We also are looking forward to our drumming workshop which is a planned activity in Book Week. Our favourite part of Book Week is the Buddy Reading which we do every day. It is a great way for us to get to know the older boys and girls in Kiltiernan and the buddy reader is always a buddy to us.
Senior Infants will have their Early Intervention Testing (formally known as MIST) in Maths and English at the end of March. First Class will be tested in May.
Happy birthday to our mad March Hares Matthew, Sheila, Grace, Keelyn, Cian and Síofra.
Happy Easter everyone!