January In Mr. Lacey’s Class

January in Ms. O’ Keeffe’s Class

Happy New Year  and welcome back to a new school term! It’s hard to believe that January is almost over already. We quickly settled into the new term as January got off to a flying start. In sporting news – Hurling training continues each Friday afternoon for 5th and 6th class pupils. We have also been very lucky to have two coaches join us on Mondays to teach us how to play rugby. 

The pupils began some coding work using Scratch 3.0. Using Scratch they are learning to program their own interactive stories, games and animations. The pupils are learning to create digital stories, games and animations, ranging from very basic to more complex. They have been creating some fantastic scripts and have come a long way in a short time. They are working really hard and are learning to create and problem solve.

Well done to Seán who was one of the worthy winners of a recent art competition. The Active School Flag Committee asked the older pupils to design a poster based on our Active School Slogan – ‘In St. Paul’s  we want to get fit, everyone is doing their bit.’ Seán was thrilled that his entry was successful. Well done too to Dale who was chosen as our representative on the student committee for the Active School Flag. 

December in Mr. Lacey’s Class

December in Ms. O’ Keeffe’s Class

December was a rather busy month and passed so quickly. 5th class was a hub of activity as we took part in the 12 Days of Christmas. Activities ranged from the Christmas door competition, each pupil designing their own star for a whole school collage, odd sock day, the Santa Run, hot chocolate day, Christmas jumper day and much more. There was plenty of festive art too. We made some beautiful 3D baubles and added some festive cheer to our corridors and classrooms with our wonderful art pieces. Well done to Wojciech who was the lucky winner of the art competition. He designed the winning Christmas Jumper entry in our classroom. In the midst of the 12 Days of Christmas activities we were also keeping a keen eye on the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Noah was the lucky overall winner as Argentina defeated France 4-2 in the penalty shootout. 

We were also busy rehearsing for our concert which was a great success. 4th, 5th and 6th classes sang together and did a fabulous job. The 4th class boys were fantastic on the recorder. Some of our 5th and 6th class boys showed what they have learned on their instruments and were outstanding on the flute, saxophone and clarinet. As ever, we were delighted to have Danny Pullman put the finishing touches to our musical pieces. Huge thanks to both Mr. Dunne and Danny for adding to and enhancing our concert.

November in Ms. O’ Keeffe’s Class

November has been such a busy month and it has passed so quickly! The children completed their five – week Cycle Right course with Donal and Ollie. The Cycle Right course was a fantastic opportunity for all. Some learned to cycle from scratch which is very impressive. Well done to all involved. As always, it was a pleasure to have Donal and Ollie visit our school over recent weeks.

In the classroom we’ve been exceptionally busy. We had Science Week from November 14th – 18th. Science Week was an opportunity for us to celebrate science and discover more about science, a subject that teaches us about our world, nature, animals, planets and much more. In the course of the week, we carried out some experiments, we had a daily Super Scientist and fun fact of the day and the children completed a brief project on a scientist of their choosing. In Art, we designed funky folders for all our art pieces. They made some fantastic characters from blobs of paint and we also started a unit of work on the work of Romero Britto.

November 20th marked the beginning of The Fifa World Cup in Qatar. The sweepstake was both tense and exciting. Brazil was one of the final teams to be picked and it was bagged by the teacher!! Who has the lucky team??? Only time will tell! November ended with The Late Late Toy Show and then the December madness is ready to begin.

October in Mr. Lacey’s Class

In October we have had numerous activities and events occurring in school, We recently started Cycling lessons with Donal and Ollie, whereby some of the experienced cyclists have been learning safety features and tips for cycling on the road, while others have been learning to cycle a bike for the first time.

Our school football team put in an impressive effort, but were defeated by Portlaw in the semi-finals. Well done to all involved! 

We have also started our Spanish lessons each Friday. The boys have enjoyed learning some of the basics of the Spanish language and about the Spanish culture. 

In Art, we tried to emulate Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ painting while adding in our own unique brush strokes. Also, we designed some haunted houses using the step-by-step instructions which turned out well for our Halloween display.  

The children also completed their first ever project as part of their homework which was entitled ‘All About Me’. They wrote 3 paragraphs about themselves, their families and their interests while also adding a picture. They all put in a great effort. The project tied in to our SPHE lesson where the children identified their own unique features. In Maths, we learned about tessellations, and we tried to create our own tessellations. On the 25th, we went to St. Paul’s secondary school to watch the secondary students perform High School Musical. It was a thoroughly enjoyable show. 

October in Ms. O Keeffe’s Class

We have started the Cycle Right course with Donal and Ollie. Cycle Right is a 4 week course that teaches the boys how to cycle safely following the correct rules of the road. They learned about the 3 essential checks: The helmet, clothes and bike check. The Cycle Right course is a fantastic opportunity for cyclists of all abilities and we are delighted to welcome Donal and Ollie to work with 5th class over the coming weeks. 

In PE, we continue to work on Sports Education with Mr Lacey’s 5th class. We have enjoyed games of Basketball and Olympic Handball, while working on our team building skills. Points are awarded not only to the winning team but also for the best referee, warm-up coach, skills coach, showing respect and fair play and for being the most organised team. 

In the classroom, we’ve been busy working on the theme of Halloween. In Art, the children learned how to draw vampires and also designed and made their own monsters. In Music, we completed a unit of work on spooky music with tracks taken from Hocus Pocus – I put a spell on you, Ghostbusters and The Addams Family theme tunes to name but a few.

We were delighted to have Danny Pullman and Music Generation perform for us in the school hall. We are already looking forward to their next performance! What a talented bunch. We were also thrilled to be invited to St Paul’s College to see their production of ‘High Street Musical’. Such a lovely occasion and a delight to see some of our past pupils take to the stage and excel.

Wishing all 5th class pupils and their families a Happy Halloween and a well-earned midterm break.

September in Ms. O’ Keeffe’s Class

Ms. O’Keeffe was delighted to welcome 5th class back to school on August 31st. They have had an incredibly busy September catching up with their friends and settling back to school. It has been full steam ahead!

Many of the children joined the Gaelic team and have represented their school in the U13 Roinn B against Scoil Lorcáin, Ferrybank and Faithlegg. While they’ve been unlucky on the score board, they have worn the St Paul’s jersey with pride. We have also been busy training after school with Mr. Jones and Mr. Lacey and have had some Gaelic sessions on Tuesdays with David Robinson.

In the classroom we’ve been busy getting to know each other and have quickly settled into our daily routine. In art classes we have been working with bright and vibrant colours, paint and pastels and have learned some great pastel techniques when creating “The Wandering Elephant.” Our most recent creations were some abstract paintings and their fabulous names in bubble writing.

We were thrilled to hear that Danny Pullman is returning to continue music lessons with the boys. Some of the 5th class children are learning clarinet, flute and saxophone and have resumed their Thursday lessons. We look forward to hearing them perform for us soon.

October promises to be a busy month too with lots of things to look forward to – our cycling course, all things Halloween, more spooktastic art and our midterm break.