October 🎃🍂🧪

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At the beginning of October, we went to Ballyroan Library for an illustration workshop with children’s author and illustrator Alan Nolan.

We appointed our committee members for the year. Congratulations to our Student Council presidents, Eli and Kirsty, our Green Schools members, Ciara and Lily M, and our Active School members, Josh and Tessa-May!

We went shopping at the annual Book Fair.

We had a Science workshop with Mr Joyce all about acids and bases.

It was Maths Week and we did lots of Active and Outdoor Maths.

Some of us attended the Diocesan School’s Service in Christ Church Cathedral. We went early and explored the Crypt first!

We decorated the classroom for Halloween!

We designed Christmas cards.

Our hoodies arrived!

We marked Black History month by learning about the Black Lives Matter movement and the danger of stereotypes. We also celebrated black stories by completing a film study of the movie ‘Soul’.

We did lots of Halloween activities in class.

We dressed up on the last day of term! 👻🎃

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September 🍯🏏🏆

Welcome to the Sixth Class blog!

We’ve been enjoying using the new Outdoor Classroom and getting back into the Pupil Library!

We learned about Growth Mindset, which is the belief that our abilities can improve through hard work and perseverance. We completed challenges in class and even led a whole-school Assembly about this.

We also learned about Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, proving that ‘intelligence’ doesn’t just mean one thing and that everyone has their own individual intelligences.

Vann brought in some honey from a honeycomb for us all to try!

We’ve been doing lots of active Maths, including body angles, coordinate Battleships, and an Escape Room!

We had a Cricket taster-session and have also started Multisport and Drama lessons each week.

To top it all off, we won Class of the Month!

Check back next month for our October blog post!

June ☀️🎉🎓

In June, we started prep for our Graduation. This included painting our memory boxes and writing compliments about each other.

We displayed our favourite pieces of Art and work for Open Morning.

The bottle top mural was finished and, one day, we went outside with our sketchpads to draw it.

We did a Science Workshop with Eve Prendergast and got to use microscopes!

We did a Study Skills Workshop with Ms. Brown.

We had our Green Schools Flag Raising Ceremony and Juliet made a speech. Well done on all your Green Schools work this year, Juliet and Jack!

We had our annual Sport’s Day!

Past pupils from last year’s 6th Class spoke to us about their experience of secondary school and answered our questions.

For Active Fortnight, 5th Class set up Active Stations for us.

The Mini Fair took place. We worked on the cake stall and brought the Junior Infants around.

We went to Marlay Park for the day and even got a chance to buy treats in the Café.

Sixth Class battled against the teachers in our ‘Teachers vs Students’ competition and 6th Class won! It was also Random Act of Kindness Day that day and the whole school got ice pops.

We got pizza as an end-of-year treat!

We had our Graduation and BBQ!

Mark won the Gillian Butler cup for outstanding sportsmanship!

We went on our end-of-year trip to Petersburg Adventure Centre in Galway. Check out the video here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7JdEEG2SNPcWbUsW6

We’ll all miss you here in Whitechurch but hopefully you’ll come back and visit us! Wishing you the best of luck in your new schools – I know you’ll all go far! Ms. Masterson 🙂

May 🚌🏛🎬🍿

In May, we went on an amazing school tour to Leinster House. We got to watch the Dáil and the Seanad in session, and even got to have a soft drink and a treat in the Dáil bar. Thank you to our brilliant tour guide, Eoin, and to Neale Richmond for inviting us!

We also visited the National Archaeology Museum that day and explored the Ancient Egypt exhibition.

We used a range of Augmented Reality apps this month. Firstly, we used Merge Cubes to explore various educational objects, and then we used the Quiver App to make our colouring pages come to life!

We’ve been helping to assemble the Bottle Top Mural and can’t wait to see it displayed in the yard!

We had a ‘Book Tasting’ in our class where we set up a restaurant to ‘taste’ different types of books!

We partook in a Grammar ‘Escape Room’! 🔐

We had the premiere screening of our Panto, ‘Superstan’. Thank you so much to Mark Magennis, Sandra Younge, Nichola Kinch and the 5th Class Parents who provided food, decorations and help on the night!

We made our own gummy bears in Science.

We’ve been doing lots more learning, too, and have been enjoying using the courtyard to work outside when it’s sunny.

April 🐣🍫

At the start of the month, 5th and 6th Class went to Christchurch Cathedral for the book launch of the Living Faith, Living History Project that they completed last year.

5th and 6th Class also went to Marley Park for Leinster School’s Orienteering. You can read Percy’s account of this in the next Newsletter!

We had an Easter Egg hunt and raffle on the last day of Term 2!

Gwen Williams from Creative Schools came in to do some creative activities with us and to find out what creative activities we’d like to see in Whitechurch. See the next Newsletter for Erin’s write-up about this!

We had a Zoom workshop with the Museum of Literature Ireland. Luke wrote about this for the Newsletter so check it out!

Tristan, Mark, Juliet and Róisín attended the NCCA Beacons Event to help shape the redevelopment of the Curriculum. You can read more about this in the April Newsletter.

And, of course, we filmed our Panto, Superstan! Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/705693983 and some photos here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1l2b8pjc8eq7KZeJCFcl3SvuMHN2imKKa

March 🎥🥞📚🇺🇦

Take a look at what 6th Class got up to in March:

We learned about and celebrated Pancake Tuesday!

We filmed our Panto, Superstan!

We ran the Bake Sale in aid of Ukraine and raised nearly €2,000.

We have been learning Italian with Salvo, who is the father of two pupils in our school!

We marked World Book Day by creating bookmarks, dressing up, and reading in some very unusual places! We also got a lot of new books for our class library thanks to the great recommendations from 6th Class! Our class librarians have been busy checking these books in and out of the library by scanning them on our new library app.

We visited the site across the school where an 400 year-old human skeleton was found recently. Read more about this in a piece written by Adam which you’ll see in the next Newsletter.

We ran the Siopa Gaeilge. All of the classes came to 6th Class to buy items from the shop and only Irish was spoken!

The 5th and 6th Class Boys’ Hockey Team won the Leinster Division 1 League! Congratulations, we’re all so proud of you!

February ☘️

Every Wednesday in 6th Class we do ‘Caint Céadaoin’ where we try to speak as much Irish as possible! We were only allowed to speak Irish during football so we wrote all of the phrases we needed on wristbands to help us!

Tuesday 8th March was Safer Internet Day. We did a lot of work in class about staying safe online, but our favourite activity was playing the internet safety game ‘Interland’.

You may have seen that we had a Zoom call with Ms. Masterson’s cousin from Australia last month. Based on the information we learned, we did the projects below.

We were learning about positive and negative numbers in Maths so Róisín and Lily-Rose drew a number line outside that we could stand on to help us learn!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day!

We also marked Black History Month by learning about the Black Lives Matter movement and discussing ways in which we can be more accepting of diversity. 

We’ve been doing a lot of rehearsals for our Panto and we can’t wait for you all to see it! We also visited the younger classes ‘in character’ and they really enjoyed it. The infant classes came to watch some rehearsals, as well!

January 🎬🎨

We started off January by leading a whole school assembly. Our theme was Epiphany, specifically the Three Wise Men. As you can see below, each pod worked on a different aspect of the story, creating art work and a script. We then recorded voiceovers on top of the artwork. Check it out here (and feel free to skip through the hymns!): https://photos.app.goo.gl/RP4JqoA9aCN5RdLn7

We also made bracelets this month.

We painted the backdrop for our upcoming Panto, Superstan!

We created structures out of Air Dough and painted them.

We had a video call with Ms. Masterson’s cousin, Ellen, from Sydney. She answered all of our questions as we are learning about Australia in Geography. Mark’s account of this will be in the next newsletter!

This week was Well-Being week. We had a Senior Assembly with Ms. Brown about our 5 Ways to Well-Being: Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice, Give and Connect. We did some mindful eating in class and, for homework, we made sure to do something every day to look after our well-being. We also had a video call with Ms. Barry where we wrote compliments about each other and explored gratitude and Growth Mindset.

December 🎄❄️

During December, onomatopoeia and long division were among the things that we learned about! We also made great use out of the new Chromebooks to do some writing as gaeilge.

Martha, Matthew and Juliet won this year’s selection box raffle!

November 🎨🚀

For our first school trip of November, we went to Christchurch Cathedral to look at the local studies projects we had done in 5th Class.

We also went to Ballyroan library for a Space-themed workshop. We learned loads about the planets in the Solar System and even got to make our own constellation projectors and rockets out of recycled materials.

Mr O’Leary, who comes into our class to teach writing during English Stations, held a procedural writing competition. Róisín, Alice and Juliet were the three winners!

We attended a virtual talk with meteorologist Joanna Donnelly. She even answered a couple of the questions that we had sent in!

Our Sixth Class hoodies arrived. Thank you to Nichola Kinch for organising these!

Some of us tie-dyed our hoodies:

We are pen pals with 6th Class in Kill O’ The Grange NS and we received our first letters from them! 

To end the month, we had a debate about Black Friday, discussed what we were thankful for on the day that Thanksgiving is celebrated, and got excited for the Toy Show by watching the best bits from over the years!

Stay tuned for our December blog post! 🎄