Trip to Athlone Castle

Ms. Reid’s class entered an art competition for the library entitled ‘Our Cultural Heritage’ which inspired them to take a trip to Athlone Castle.  We’re very lucky to have the River Shannon and the Castle so close to our school.   

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School Excellence Fund Science Fair

This year we were delighted to be chosen as one of 10 cluster of schools nationally to take part in the School Excellence Fund. The School Excellence Fund is an initiative in the Programme for Government, pioneered by Minister Bruton to encourage and recognize excellence and innovation in our schools. It aims to work towards improving student attitudes to and attainment in all curricular areas.

The principals of our four schools St. Paul’s N.S., St. Peter’s Girls School, Dean Kelly Boys School and Coláiste Chiaráin discussed the proposed pilot and decided on Science as a focus area. The learning and pedagogy of Science in our schools is an area that fits well with our cluster and is very much in keeping with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Children and teachers from St. Paul’s N.S., St. Peter’s Girls School, Dean Kelly Boys School and Coláiste Chiaráin worked together over several months to complete several science experiments. These experiments were displayed at a Science Fair which was held in our school hall last Friday. There were 11 classes involved from the 4 schools ranging from Senior Infants to First Years. The 11 teachers planned their lessons together and shared their expertise and resources.

The cluster also formed links with Athlone Institute of Technology and explored the development of links with local businesses working in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

We were delighted to welcome all the parents of the participating classes , Board of Management members, representatives from Roscommon and Westmeath COunty Councils, Parents Association members and all the pupils from the 11 classes involved along with all the invited guests. Mrs Anne Connaughton, Principal of St Paul’s NS welcomed everyone. Mrs Darina Dolan, Principal of St Peter’s GNS outlined the initiative for everyone present. Minister Denis Naughton formally launched the initiative and Mr. Aengus O’Rourke, Mayor of Athlone closed proceedings.

The Athlone West School Excellence Fund Cluster is a three year pilot project and we look forward to progressing with it over the next few years.

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Summer Gardening

Mrs. Connaughton, Gráinne and Lorraine were busy planting flowers in the front of our school this morning.  Ethan, Martin, Lucja, Abbie and Arminas were kind enough to help out.

 

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Making Banana Bread in Ms. Reid’s Class

It was a very exciting afternoon in Ms. Reid’s class last Friday.  The children with Ms. Reid and Lorraine (who is our very own Masterchef!) went to the staff room to bake banana bread.   While the bread was in the oven they wrote out the list of ingredients they used and the procedure they followed.  The best part, of course, was when they got to taste the banana bread.  I think they all agreed that it was delicious! 

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Running Initiative Weeks 4 and 5

Our running initiative continued this week with all the classes doing their best to get their laps in despite the wet weather.  The class with the most laps this week was Ms. Glennon’s class .  The children who made the best effort were Borislav, Karina, Sophie and Alex.  Over the 5 weeks we ran 963 laps which is an amazing 96 kilometres!  Well done to everyone for taking part.

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Fun with clay in Junior Infants

The Clay strand of the Visual Arts Curriculum is always a popular one.  The children in Ms. Curley’s class, with the help of Mr. Garvey, had great fun sculpting with it.

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