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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May 9 2018

Throwback to Our Trip to the Irish Heritage Park!

Our class and the other 3rd class went on a tour to the Irish Heritage Park, Wexford. We learned lots about the history of Ireland. We were brought back to the middle Stone Age, when the first people came to Ireland. Then we made our way up to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, Early Christian Ireland and then the Vikings! We had learned lots about Early Christian Ireland and the Vikings in class.

On the tour we learned that they made homemade cement out of not very pleasant things and that the people hunted animals for food and wolves and bears for their skin. We saw houses from the middle Stone age, Iron age and the Viking era. All of these homes were quite similar in that the roofs were made of mud and straw and the walls of wattle and sticks. There were only one or two rooms inside where lots of people and the animals lived. The Viking houses had a hole in the roof for the smoke from the fire. There were fires lighting outside all of the houses and there was a strong smell from them. The people did not live very long lives in those days.

Our tour guide was called Corinne and she was dressed like a lady from Viking times. She showed us things like brooches, landmarks, ancient burial sites, a crannóg and much more. We also went on a longship but it didn’t go in the water for safety reasons. The tour was all outdoors. We went around different parts and there was a little house with a monk inside it! We had lots of fun and saw lots of things. I would go back again.

By Teagan, Media Team

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December 13 2017

Super Swimmers in 4th Class!

We interviewed Mr. Allen’s 4th class. It was their first time doing the class swimming lessons in Loughlinstown Leisure Centre. The class did it for forty minutes every Wednesday for eight weeks. Once at swimming, the swimming coaches put the children into small groups.

Group 1 were the strong, high-level swimmers. They learnt to do all 4 strokes. The strokes they learnt were freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Group 2 did 3 strokes – freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Group 3 learnt to do the front crawl. Group 4 were the beginners. During the 8 weeks, they learnt to swim. Well done!

I interviewed a boy in Mr Allen’s class. He didn’t do the first few weeks of swimming as he was nervous but after getting encouragement from his class-mates, teachers and coaches he gave it a go. He is so pleased he tried to swim.

Thank you for reading our interview about Mr Allen’s 4th class swimming lessons. Finally, Mr. Allen is so kind – he gave each child 50c for the lockers!

Written by Eoin Mulligan and Eoin Mac Dermot – from the School Media Team

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November 27 2017

An Interview with Our Chairperson

Greetings everyone and welcome back to St Anne’s News. It’s Ava and Teagan and we have another great interview for you this month (God we love this job!) Today we had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Justin Kilcullen who as most of you will know is the Chairperson of the Board of Management here at St Anne’s.

Mr Kilcullen lived in Mount Merrion, Dublin, as a child where he attended St Theresa’s Primary School and went to secondary school in Oatlands which is an all-boys school in Stillorgan. From there he went to UCD. He currently lives in Shankill and has three grown-up children. He is delighted to be the Chairperson of the Board because his children attended this school and he has had a connection with this school for a long time. Being Chairperson in a way is like saying thank you to the school. He has been on the Board for two years now and Chairperson for one year. He retired from Trocaire a few years back where he worked for thirty-two years – twenty years of this was spent as Director.

He is very busy as Chairperson of the Board. As well as working with Mr Fingleton he enjoys visiting us in our classrooms and the school yards. He loves coming into the school because everyone always seems so happy here. Mr Kilcullen is a grandad to two children that he loves dearly and he also loves children. We asked him why he thought he was selected for this very important job and he believes it’s because he was available due to the fact he  is retired and he is very reliable. He is very impressed with the great atmosphere in the school. He also admires the dedication and commitment of staff as they care for and teach all the children.

He did say that everything that is good can still be improved on and he believes in years to come this school will be even more amazing! He described the role of being Chairperson in one word as “enjoyable”.

Until next time people, keep your coats on, Santa hats too because it’s NEARLY CHRISTMAS! Bye for now folks.

By Ava and Teagan

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November 14 2017

Interesting Activities in Ms. Kett’s Class

So in Ms Kett’s class the class have been doing a project on the American States. The class have also have been writing short stories on Halloween in Irish, as a 4th class student I would imagine this to be very hard to do! On Mondays they have been doing cricket. In maths they have been doing trend graphs.

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November 14 2017

History and Narrative Writing in Ms. Aivalikli’s Class

I visited Ms. Aivalikli’s sixth class today. They have been learning about Georgian Dublin this month. They have focused on the architecture and history of the time. Students have been doing PowerPoint Presentations and Reports on either the Four Courts, James Gandon or Georgian Homes. They are going into Collin’s Barracks to look at Georgian furniture and clothing and will be sketching the Four Courts.

In English they have been working on Narrative writing, creating tension and using descriptive words. They will be writing their own stories soon.

By James

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November 14 2017

News from Ms. D’Arcy and Ms. Ní Mhurchú’s Class

This class have been very busy since the start of the year. They have been completing lots of art projects and self-portraits for their class door. They have been learning about Greek Mythology, Comic Strips and Constructing a Norman Castle.

They have designed Dia De los Muentos masks for Halloween. They have been doing creative writing stories and poems for Autumn. Their geography knowledge increased this year as they have been learning all the counties, lakes and rivers in Ireland.

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