June 11 2018

St. Anne’s Talent Show!

Hello, hello, and welcome back to St. Anne’s news!

Today, I will be informing you of the latest exciting event here in St. Anne’s…….The Talent Show! It was organised and run by the Student Council. It was a fundraiser for the student council who are interested in buying new yard equipment.

Everyone with a special talent was able to present it to the whole school. Many amazing performers took part and hearty congratulations to everyone who did. I was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview from one of the performers Ima Nwozu and one of the many organisers of our Talent Show Hannelie Foley from the Student Council!

Ima says her favourite thing about doing the talent show was the practices and seeing all of the amazing talent from all the participants. She sang “Way too good at goodbyes” while her partner Jennifer O’Dwyer amazingly danced ballet to perfection, to the melodious voice of Ima. She said that she would definitely take part again. She has benefited from the talent show because she is more confident now and in one word she described the experience as ‘amazing’!

Hannelie has enjoyed preparing for the Talent show, as she found it fun. Her favourite part was watching everybody perform. She hopes there will be another Talent Show next year, and in one word she describes it as ‘productive’. Thanks for Reading folks! 😊

By Ava, Media Team

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June 11 2018

A Trip to the Zoo for Fourth Class!

On Friday the 27th April 2018, Mr Allen’s, Ms Kelly’s, and Ms Travers’ fourth classes went on an educational visit to Dublin zoo. They were transported there by bus and when they got there they were split into two groups.

They saw a lot of animals such as different types of monkeys and big cats like tigers and lions. They also saw lemurs, a real panda, orangutans, sea lions and penguins.

After that they went to the African plains and met a tour guide who brought them around and showed them lots more animals and told them lots of interesting facts. She showed them gorillas, chimpanzees, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, water hogs and some other species. Then they had lunch and after lunch it was time to head back to the bus. They had a great time and learned lots. Big thanks to all the staff involved.

By Aisling, Media Team

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June 11 2018

3…2…1…Blast Off in Third Class!

In school, we did a balloon rocket experiment. It was great fun. We watched a video of it on the Whiteboard and then we got started. If you ever want to try this at home, here is what you will need:

  • a balloon
  • tape
  • straw
  • string
  • something to hold it up with (we used a chair and a door handle.)

What to do:

  • Thread the string through the straw;
  • Blow up a balloon but don’t tie it;
  • Tape the straw (with string running through it) to the balloon;
  • Let the balloon go and it will shoot down the string.
  • Then, watch the magic!

I would definitely recommend this as I had a lot of fun and so did my class.

By Teagan, Media Team

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June 11 2018

Alison’s Shop!

Hello! My name is Pranav and I write for the St. Anne’s Media Team.

My story is about Alison’s Shop. Alison’s shop was a place where you could get stationary. You could get cool pencils, rulers and much more. The shop started in Ms. Travers’ class and in two weeks everyone knew about it. Without Noreen, Alison and Ms Travers the shop wouldn’t have existed.

In a month it became a trend. All the money went to Trócaire and again it was thanks to Noreen, Alison and Ms. Travers. We raised €420. Fifth class also raised money for Trócaire. As a result, we were able to give Trócaire a large cheque that will support people to live with dignity and independence in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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June 11 2018

Success in Santry!

St Anne’s Athletics squad took part in the Cumann Na mBunscoil Athletics Competition on May 28th in Santry.

We had 8 individual sprinters – under 10, 11, 12 and 14 boys and girls. Eoin stole the show with gold in the 100 m final beating off opposition from extremely fast runners. We had 7 relay teams – 4 girls’ teams and three boys’ teams.

The girls under 10 team won a large trophy for coming first in the final.

The under 14 girls won silver in the relay final. Well done to all and many thanks to Aine Murray for helping Ms.Travers with coaching and to all the boys and girls for being such a sport in taking part. We are all super proud.

                 

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May 9 2018

April was an Eggciting Month in Senior Infants!

What a busy month we’ve had in Senior Infants! Our monthly theme was ‘The Sea’ and we had great fun exploring this topic.

In English we read the stories, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson and discovered that Julia is a big fan of rhyming words just like we are! We love ‘Rhyme Time’ in our class each morning! We found some very interesting words for our word wall and we liked writing our own adventures for the Snail and the Whale. We also wrote about a time when we went to the seaside (real or imaginary!).

In Maths we had great fun learning about capacity. We sorted different sized containers and estimated and measured how much water, sand and different materials could fit into them. We also decided which containers would be best for holding different materials. Ms. Olson played a trick on us in our last capacity lesson – she poured water from a small container into a larger container and asked us if the containers had the same amount of water in them or whether they were different! Ms. Olson managed to trick quite a few of us (hehe!).

We had great fun in S.E.S.E this month. We learned about ‘The Titanic’ and constructed our own Titanic models in Art. We investigated different materials from the seaside including sand, pebbles, stones, sea glass, driftwood and even seaweed. We were able to touch the materials and feel the difference that water had on them. For example, when the seaweed was dry it felt quite crunchy and hard and when wet it was slimey and slippery! We also did a floating and sinking experiment and made predictions about which objects would float and which would sink. We learned about some interesting sea animals too. Did you know that an octopus has blue blood? We were very lucky to receive a Big Grow package from our friends at Innocent. We grew some lovely cress, spinach and peas and made sure to water them everyday.

In Music, we learned the song Apusski Dusky and performed it for the Junior School at assembly. We also listened and resonded to songs from The Little Mermaid – ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Part of Your World’. In Art, as well as our Titanics, we made jellyfish mobiles and newpaper sharks and in Drama, we helped ‘The Rainbow Fish’ decide what to do with his shimmering scales.

                                  

We had great fun in our Aistear stations this month, in particular, we really enjoyed our time in ‘The Pirate Ship’. We also loved our time at the water and sand play station. We love getting messy!

However, perhaps the biggest news we have from Senior Infants this month is: We welcomed four beautiful ducklings into the world! We incubated the eggs for 28 days and on the 25th and 26th April 2018 we welcomed James Pond, Smash, Sir Quacks-a-lot and DJ Tiny into Senior Infants. At two weeks old, they are now too big to come to school anymore and they are off to a lovely new farm home in Enniskerry to be with some other ducks. We’ll miss their little chirps in the classroom!

That’s all from us here in Senior Infants, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog post!

 

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May 9 2018

An Interview with Ms. Aivalikli’s Class

On Tuesday March 13th four students from Clonkeen College, including two past pupils of St Anne’s visited Ms. Aivalikli’s class. The Clonkeen students are taking part in a competition called the ‘Consat’.

The day started with a presentation to explain how they made and launched a water rocket and a parachute. The parachute was made from a plastic polyester in the school colours black and amber. The rocket was made from a plastic bottle and a pump.

After the talk everyone went outside to see if the rocket could be launched. They all waited eagerly. There was a great excitement when the rocket took off.

What an exciting day for everyone!

Written by Ella and Eoin, Media Team

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May 9 2018

Sixth Class Confirmation

On the 14th of April, the two 6th classes (Ms. Kett’s and Ms. Aivalikli’s) officially made their Confirmation.

A few weeks prior, they had the Service of Light, in which their parents handed their baptismal candle to them, passing on the light of guidance in the next step of Christianity.

Then they had rehearsals for the big day. They had confession and lots of preparation. Many people had prayers and readings to prepare.

On the day, they all wore robes/albs, which the teachers put pins on, saying their Confirmation names. That morning everyone was bubbling with excitement. The ceremony in St. Anne’s Church was beautiful. The 5th class sang many lovely songs too. Bernie and others from the parish did a great job helping them prepare for the occasion. St. Anne’s church was filled with artwork from the 6th classes.

The parents, teachers and children were beautifully dressed in shirts and dresses. We would like to thank our priests: Monsignor Enda Lloyd, Father Jamie and Father John. We would also like to thank our photographer John Coveney. At the end of the ceremony we got class photos. We all then went back to the school for a party. We all had great fun.

After the school party many of the children went to a hotel with friends and family for a meal.

We would like to thank our teachers and principal, all the people working with the church and our parents and friends for a lovely day, thank you very much.

Written by Eoin and Kate, Media Team

 

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May 9 2018

Aine’s Sensory Room

Our new Sensory Room, ‘Aine’s Sensory Room’, is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of school life. When creating the space, we had a vision in mind of a space that provided comfort and calm that our children could use. The room has many wonderful elements including a bubble tube, infinity tunnel, trampoline, ball tent and a warm comfortable seating area. The room is painted in a soft tranquil blue colour and our projector radiates a lovely marine scene on the wall. Our children have had the opportunity to explore the room and they all agree it is a wonderful space. Some children have even said it’s their favourite room ever. It is fantastic to see the children of St Anne’s school enjoy the room and we are very lucky.

Sincere thanks to the members of staff who made this all possible!

By Hannah, Media Team

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May 9 2018

An Interview with Maria!

Hi my name is Pranav! Alex, Fionn and I from 4th class did an interview with Maria.

Maria has  worked as a secretary for 15 years in our school. She loves working with children. Some of her hobbies and interests are Tai Chi, music and reading. Her previous job interest was to be a nurse. Her favourite colour is green.

Maria said she loves all parts of her job, especially when she is busy. Maria does the after school with the junior and senior infants. This can be helpful for parents who have children finishing at 1:30 and 2:30. It is a time for total play she said. They do things like lego, football and all things fun. She said the best part of her job is working with all the interesting children, her friends and finishing at 3 o’clock. Maria said her job is always interesting because she gets to meet a lot of people. Maria’s plans for 2018 are to go on holidays, play a lot of golf and to win the lotto.

Thank you, Maria, for your time.

By Pranav, Alex and Fionn, Media Team

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