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The Late Late Toy Show

It’s that time of year again. Thanks to everyone who supported the PA fundraiser and bought a Toy Show bag. We hope it lasts until the show!!

COMPUTER Donation

Thanks to the PA and to Jonathan Kenneally for organising the donation of 10 laptops to the school. They are much appreciated and will be put to good use.

Fire Drill

We had a fire drill today. We just managed to get in before the hailstone!!

Wow Wall

Take a look at this weeks Wow Wall. We are great workers in this school.

WOW Wall

Well done to our wonderful Wow Wall students this week. Everyone worked really hard on creating their best work in class.

WOW WALL

Well done to all our Wow Wall heroes this week. They are shining examples of the best our school has to offer.

Bike Rack

Thanks to the PA and the class of 2022 for our bike rack. It took a while to get here but it was worth the wait.

Happy Halloween

Everyone made a huge effort today to dress up today. Well done to all. We had a parade around the yard to show off our efforts. We hope everyone has a restful and happy Halloween.

Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to everyone who got involved with our shoebox appeal this year. We collected almost 40 boxes. They were collected this morning and will be taken to Fermoy to be checked before being sent to some very deserving kids. A special thanks to Caroline for collecting the boxes today and for talking to us about … Read more

Book Fair

Thanks to everyone who got involved in our Book Fair last year. Thanks to your generous support we had €1400 to spend. Who doesn’t love a brand new book?!

winter Window boxes

Look at the winter window boxes our 2nd and 4th class Green Schools members created last week. Also a big thank you to Ms. Roche for spray painting them too. They are outside Ms. Flynn’s office.

Student Council

Congratulations to our new Student Council. Well done to everyone who entered. Apologies to those who didn’t get in. We could have filled the council 4 times over. Looking forward to getting to work and letting our pupil voice be heard.

Pumpkins

Thanks to these wonderful boys and their fantastic parents for gifting us these giant pumpkins again this year. It’s becoming a tradition!!

You’re my Wonderwall

Welcome to our Wonderwall. Each week this wall will display the best of what the kids have to offer from all the classrooms. It may be a subject, an act of kindness or some good news. Look out for your childs name on it over the coming months.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to our friends, colleagues and teammates in the Sciath na Scol final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh tomorrow. Curraglass and Ballynoe will play against each other. We are so proud of you all for getting this far. Whatever the result, it’s a win for St Catherines GAA, girls in sport and the whole … Read more

Garda visit

Gary Crowley came to visit us today to have a chat about Halloween safety, fire safety, vandalism and anti social behaviour. We also talked about the pros and cons of social media and the importance of privacy online.

Vaccinations

Thanks to the wonderful team from Tallow Medical Health Centre for coming to us today to administer the flu vaccination. See you all again next year!

Handball

We really enjoyed handball today in the hall. Looking forward to it again next week.

Halloween

It’s beginning to look very spooky around here.

Clothing collection

Thanks to everyone who donated clothes and to our wonderful PA for organising the collection. We collected 992kg of clothes!!

Under 13s Albert Griffin Cup

Well done to our under 13 boys who won the Albert Griffin Perpetual Cup in Ballynoe on Wednesday night. They played against Killeagh in a tough match, winning by more than 2 goals. Well done buachaillí.

Shoebox Appeal

We were delighted to welcome Caroline to school to talk to us today about the Cope Foundation shoebox appeal. She told us all about the 4 Ws for the boxes. The Fermoy branch collected 3639 shoeboxes last year. They all went to the Ukraine. If you don’t want to fill a shoe box, just send … Read more

East Cork Cross Country

What a fantastic day at Fr. O Neills pitch in Ballymacoda. Our athletes did us proud not only with their running skills but also by displaying the type of sportsmanship that makes us proud. We have a great haul of medals after the day but better than that is the pride we have in our … Read more

St Colmans/Loretto Blitz

More than 20 pupils from 5th and 6th class participated in the St Colmans and Loretto Blitz when it made its welcome return on Friday. The boys played hurling and the girls played football. Hopefully next year our numbers will be bigger, and we will be able to enter some of the girls into the … Read more

Conna Show

Well done to everyone who entered Conna Show at the weekend. We came home with a mountain of prizes. Special congratulations to Kate who won best in show.

Condolences

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon, Denis and the extended family of David McDonnell on his very sad passing. It is a devastating loss for his family, friends and community. David is a past pupil of the school and is remembered very warmly by all who knew him here. Rest in peace David.

Shoe Box Appeal

We are collecting shoe boxes for the Hope Shoe Box Appeal again this year. We know the costs of filling a shoe box can really mount up so we are collecting items from the 4Ws and will make some boxes in school. Please feel free to send in your filled shoe box or some items … Read more

farewell to 6th class

All the best to our amazing 6th class. We wish them every happiness in the future. Exciting times ahead for you all!! Have a great summer break everyone.

that holiday feeling

The excitement of the holidays was intensified today when the ice cream van turned up at 10am!! Thanks to the Board of Management for organising this treat.

Graduation

Class of 2022 We thoroughly enjoyed graduation on Tuesday night on the top yard. Fr. Billy said mass before the children performed a variety of poems, songs, music and dance. We then enjoyed tea and cake on the bottom yard in the sunshine. Thanks to all our families for coming out in huge numbers to … Read more

class of 2022

We celebrated our 6th class in school today with graduation on the top yard. There was music, singing and dancing. We had ‘most likely’ awards for both students and staff. the pupils of 6th class treated the school to a bike rack which we are delighted with! They also treated all the kids to some … Read more

Active Flag

We are delighted to have achieved our Active School Flag this year. The committee put a lot of work into it. We were swimming, played tennis, walked, ran, skipped and much more. A big thanks to Ms Sheehan and Ms Rice for guiding us on our journey.

UCC

We had a wonderful trip to UCC today. We got a little glimpse into what it would be like to be a student. We were given a tour of the campus and learned all about the history of the college. We even got to taste campus food! Thanks to Paul and Erin for showing us … Read more

Lismore opera festival

Children from 3rd to 6th went the see Orfeo ed Euridice in the grounds of Lismore castle last night. It was a spectacular production and was very much enjoyed by all. We are incredibly lucky to have such an event happening so close to us. Thanks to the Lismore Opera Festival for the free tickets … Read more

Family Fun Day

Thanks to everyone who came along on Friday May 27th to our Family Fun Day. The children performed their Scór pieces, Zumba dances and circus skills. We also had some very talented singers and musicians to finish things off. The PAs coffee van went down a treat, as did the various fun stalls. We hope … Read more

Scór na bpáistí

Students from 4th to 6th class participated in the East Cork Final last Sunday in Watergrasshill. It was a fantastic day and we won Best Overall School!! The children worked so hard preparing and all their hard work paid off! We are so proud of them all! Check out the Avondhu for even more photos!

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chromebooks

Last week we got a very special delivery of over 30 chromebooks. They had their first use in the classroom today. 4th and 5th class were the first lucky kids to try them out. We intend to make good use of them before the school year ends!!

Cork City Sports

It was fantastic to get everyone out today to compete for Cork City Sports. There were lots of happy faces and a few disappointed ones too. We are sorry we can’t send everyone! Well done to all who ran today. You were amazing compeditors. Best of luck to the finalists. Cork City Sports will be … Read more

Scór na bPáistí 2022

Well done to everyone who participated in Scór na bPáistí over the weekend. We are so proud of the huge effort you all made. It was wonderful for us to get together on Friday to watch the rehearsals. Well done to Ms. Joyce and Ms. Nagle for all their efforts. Also a big thank you … Read more

GAA match

We had such a fantastic day today in Ballynoe pitch where we played two brilliant games of hurling and camogie against Ballynoe! All the children were delighted to see all of their St. Catherine’s teammates. We will have two more games next week! We had 38 pupils who togged out today and well done to … Read more

easter bunny

The junior classes got a lovely surprise today when the Easter Bunny came to visit. Thanks to the PA for sponsoring the bunny!!

the book fair

The book fair is in town. Please visit us Friday between 2 and 4 or Sunday between 11 and 1. Thank you for all your support. The school will benefit with new books from it.

St Patrick’s Day

Here is some drone footage from our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Irish dancing is very impressive. Go hiontach gach duine.

stand with ukraine

Thanks to everyone who donated today. We raised a whopping €633. We will donate this to UNICEF Ireland who are working with children in Ukraine.

First penance

March 14th 2022 We are so proud of this lovely bunch of kids. They made their First Penance with Father O’ Donnell in Conna church tonight. It was a lovely service and the kids were very supportive of each other. Special thanks to Ms Power for preparing them so well. Well done parents, you must … Read more

mini Marathon

We got the new year off to a healthy start by running a mini marathon!

Mini Marathon

We got the new year off to a healthy start by running a mini marathon!

pancake Tuesday

We are all enjoying pancakes in school today!!

Computer Classes in tallow

St Catherines Ladies Football St Catherine’s ladies need your help. St Catherines Ladies Football

Readathon

Lots of prizes were given out to all the children who raised money for the MS Readathon. It was a fantastic success and we can’t wait to do it all again next November.

open night 2022

We held our open night for our new Junior Infants last night from 6:30pm – 7:30 pm. We had balloons, lego and lots of treats for all the families. It was a fantastic night and the school looked amazing. Thanks to The Lunch Bag for sponsoring the night. We are accepting enrolment forms now and … Read more

We visited the Crib at Conna Church

Swimming

We are so excited to be off swimming today. A little bit of normality finally!!

Laura Lynn

Thanks to everyone for their generosity for our Christmas Jumper Day. So far we have raised €691. This is an incredible amount of money especially considering the €1840 you all donated towards the Parents Association raffle. You can still donate through this link www.idonate.ie/ConnaNS143. If you want to see where your money is going follow … Read more

Christmas Show

Happy Christmas everyone!. We hope you enjoy our Christmas performances.

Enrollment 2022

We are now enrolling for September 2022. Forms are available under the enrollment tab on the website or by contacting the office on 05859440. Please pass this information on to anyone you may know that might be interested!

Storm Barra

We are still standing after the storm!! The yard is a total mess but Superman aka Pascal is on the job today and the place will be all ready to welcome everyone back tomorrow morning.

Parents Assocciation Raffle

The Parents Association is organising a Christmas raffle. They have some great prizes. many of which have been sponsored by local businesses. Please support the school by buying your tickets online using the link below. Tickets start at €5 and the more you buy, the cheaper they are!! The closing date for the purchase of … Read more

Readathon

We participated in the MS Readathon for the month of November. It encouraged many of the children to take up reading as a hobby and we also raised money for a great charity. So far we have €2765!!! That’s an incredible achievement for a school of our size. Well done to everyone!!

Thank You Cora

A fond farewell to Cora who is finishing up with us tomorrow, Friday. She has kept the school in great order over the past few years under exceptionally difficult circumstances. Thank you for all your hard work. We will miss you around the school in the evenings!

Fire Drill

We had a fire drill today. The kids were amazing. The school was empty in 3 minutes. Well done everyone!

Christmas lights

We held our first annual Christmas lights switch on today. You will all have to come back in the dark to see them. Looks like a lot of people were in the attic last night hunting out the Christmas bling!!

Christmas Jumper Day

Please support our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Laura Lynn on Friday December 17th. You can donate in school or through our iDonate page www.idonate.ie/ConnaNS143

The lunch bag

Our free samples have arrived. We will be able to order lunch on the app from today. Our first delivery will be Friday.

folens annuals

It’s that time of year again to order our Christmas annuals. We have sent out a form today to all families. Price of annual is €2.50 each.

Christmas SHoebox appeal 2021

A huge well done to all the students who created a shoebox for Team Hope this year, this is an annual campaign that delivers gifts straight into the hands of children affected by poverty. We hope that they bring some joy and excitement to the children that receive them.

Shoe box appeal

They are on their way. Thanks to everyone who donated!!

Halloween Dress Up Collection

We raised €320 for Barnardos when we dressed up for Halloween on October 22nd. WELL DONE TO US!!!

Shoebox mountain

Thanks to everyone for the shoeboxes donated so far. They will be a very welcome gift this Christmas. We have extended our collection date to Monday November 8th. If you haven’t sent one in yet please consider putting one together over the weekend for this very worthy cause.

Happy halloween

Thanks to everyone for the huge effort made today. We had a parade in the yard to celebrate our costumes.

take over

At this stage we almost have the numbers for another teacher! The cats are taking over!

Farewell to mr mulcahy

Mr Mulcahy has served Conna N.S. for 26 years and has been teaching for 43 years. Today we said an emotional farewell to him. We had a lovely send off on the yard with staff and pupils. We wish him a long, happy retirement with the best of health. He will be sadly missed by … Read more

Parents assocciation

Thanks to the Parents Assocciation for their presentation to Mr Mulcahy to mark his retirement. The Parents Assocciation is hugely important in any school. We are very lucky to have such great parents!!

Clothing collection

The Parents Association are holding a clothing collect on Wednesday October 13th. This raises much needed funds for the school and your children. It’s also a great excuse to declutter!! Please support. See the attached leaflet for details.

communion

We celebrated our communion in style today. Thank you Father O Donovan for such a lovely service and thanks to Mr. Clancy and our parents for getting us ready for the big day. If you need us we will be on the bouncy castles for the rest of the day!!!

Communion

We are really excited for Communion tomorrow at 10am. Best of luck to everyone. Double trouble Meet Garfield and Jennifer!! Our yard kittens.

Confirmation

Congratulations to our sixth class pupils and one special guest who made their confirmation today. You made the school, your families and yourselves very proud. Sincere thanks to Ms. Joyce for all her hard working in preparing the children for the sacrament and for preparing the art work for the church. Thanks to Father O … Read more

Singing in the rain

Massive thanks to Rory from the Fermoy Concert Band for visiting us today in the rain!! We learned about several brass instruments and heard some lovely music. The weather wasn’t in our favour but we made the best of it. All in the name of art! Thank yyou parents assocIATION Thanks to our fabulous Parents … Read more

Clothing collection

The Parents Association are holding a clothing collect on Wednesday October 13th. This raises much needed funds for the school and your children. It’s also a great excuse to declutter!! Please support. See the attached leaflet for details.

communion

We celebrated our communion in style today. Thank you Father O Donovan for such a lovely service and thanks to Mr. Clancy and our parents for getting us ready for the big day. If you need us we will be on the bouncy castles for the rest of the day!!!

Communion

We are really excited for Communion tomorrow at 10am. Best of luck to everyone. Double trouble Meet Garfield and Jennifer!! Our yard kittens.

Confirmation

Congratulations to our sixth class pupils and one special guest who made their confirmation today. You made the school, your families and yourselves very proud. Sincere thanks to Ms. Joyce for all her hard working in preparing the children for the sacrament and for preparing the art work for the church. Thanks to Father O … Read more

farewell to 6th class

We said farewell to our 6th class today with a guard of honour in the yard. We wish them all the best in the next chapter of their lives. We are so proud to call them our past pupils. Happy holiday everyone. We hope you stay safe and happy during summer. We look forward to … Read more

6th class graduation

The sun was shining for our graduation ceremony today. We had plenty of practice and were ready for the ceremony to go live. Jason was on camera and Mr. Mulcahy on the microphone. We said a sad farewell Conna NS and all it’s staff. There was singing, music and poetry. The school also says farewell … Read more

Sports Day

Junior Infants to 2nd class had our sport day in the school today and what an amazing day we had. We had great fun with games, yoga, dance, water and the parachute. The highlight of our day was when the ice-cream van came to visit! Third to 6th class walked to the pitch for fun … Read more

Wellness Wednesday

Between now and the end of June we will be celebrating Wellness Wednesday in Conna NS. We know the academics are important but above all we value our mental health and the wellbeing of pupils and staff. You might catch us taking a stroll around the yard to chat to our friends or enjoying a … Read more

Crow-vid-19

There was caws for concern this morning when a crow flew into Senior Infants. We had to get a crow-bar and some vel-crow to remove him…he must have thought he was in CAWlege!! Thankfully he returned to his pals safe and sound before the children arrived in.

Happy Easter

We had a very egg-citing day in school today. The Easter Bunny came to visit with Easter eggs for everyone. He bounced in to every classroom. He told us he has been in quarantine for the past two weeks. Thanks to the Parents Association who sponsored him!!

Odd Socks

THANKS EVERYONE. WE RAISED A WHOPPING €294 FOR DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND. Thanks to everyone for supporting our odd socks/lots of socks fund raiser for Down Syndrome Ireland. We had lots of fun showing off our socks. We will put up the total amount raised next week as it is still rolling in!!

St Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our wonderful families. We had a wonderful Teddy Bear Parade in the sunshine today. Some teddies were big, some were small, some were bald but all were welcome! Enjoy the day off school tomorrow. See you all on Thursday. https://youtu.be/RbveMOvk0WE St Patrick’s Day Parade Junior Infants to 1st https://youtu.be/llxLkjZ4yHQ … Read more

Open Night

Welcome to our online Open Night. We hope you find it useful!! Hopefully we will meet our new families later in the year.

Welcome back to school…..again

We are delighted to be welcoming Junior Infants to 2nd class back to school on Monday March 1st. We are also looking forward to seeing the senior classes on March 15th. Hang in there parents, we know it’s been a very challenging year. You have all done amazing work, the end is in sight!

Shrove tuesday or pancake tuesday

Yay for pancakes. We hope you will all be attempting to make some pancakes on Tuesday. Top them with lemon and sugar, Nutella and ice cream or cream and fruit to mention a few. The following day is Ash Wednesday which marks the first of 40 days of lent. Below are two pancake recipes. The … Read more

Valentines

Happy Valentines to all our wonderful pupils. May your day be full of love and chocolate. Here are a few videos that you might find interesting. https://youtu.be/JdKZepHMFWE Some information on St. Valentine https://youtu.be/mLdfVgWJ_yk A Valentine’s Song https://youtu.be/eeCvcMs-p0g Valentine’s Day Facts https://youtu.be/b-XuzuXbfVo Valentine’s Jokes https://youtu.be/whska4M2Egg More Jokes https://youtu.be/AzUIKh7rP0o Valentine’s Science-sensory bottle https://youtu.be/gjGS_tTi6RE Three easy science experiments … Read more

ART CORNER

If you are in need of some art inspiration, why not Make and Do with our very own Mary Fitzgerald. Ms Dillon will post some art ideas for you regularly. Peacock February 22nd https://youtu.be/jRu9eZ0OA_o 1 https://youtu.be/55UjcRLb2v0 2 https://youtu.be/xiA1gZCv5cs 3 Valentines Day Cards February 9th https://youtu.be/7rLVGvj2Q4A 1 https://youtu.be/3e54sHRl1_U 2 https://youtu.be/O-3_ffFV2nY 3 https://youtu.be/nZW-NSg3bKM 4 Spring Umbrella February … Read more

Reading

WE LOVE READING IN CONNA NS. If you find all the emails, videos and Zoom calls too much then give yourself a break and just read to your child, especially if they are in the lower half of the school. If they are older, encourage them to read for 15/20 minutes every day. Let them … Read more

School Closure

As per department guidelines the school will be closed for the month of January. Learning will continue online. We hope you are all staying safe and well. If you need to contact a member of staff or the school office please email us. You can find all email addresses under contacts on the main website … Read more

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Wishing everyone a peaceful and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Conna National School. Here is a little message from all the boys and girls. https://youtu.be/c-5DAEnl7AI

Happy Halloween

Thanks to everyone for the huge effort that went into all the costumes and face paint today. We had lots of fun and games in school and also raised lots of money for a great cause, Pieta House. In total we raised a whopping E435 so far. Have a fantastic break. We look forward to … Read more

Discover science and maths award

Our school has achieved the SFI Discover Science and Maths Award for the 2019/2020 academic year. We will receive the plaque of STEM shortly. Well done to all the students, staff and parents for their very hard work both in school and at home during the lockdown. The school provided evidence of children’s engagement with STEM in the following … Read more

u12 County league winners

Massive congratulations to our under 12 County League winners. We are very proud of Ronan, Shay, James and Eoghan who all played on Saturday in Ballynoe. They beat Sarsfields 5-10 to 3-6 after extra time.

Contact us!!

We miss the quick chat at the gate or the catch up in the yard with our parents and guardians. Instead you can now contact each teacher on their personal school email if you have any queries or problems. Ms Joyce- mjoyce@connans.com Ms O’Brien- aobrien@connans.com Ms Quigley- equigley@connans.com Ms Power- lpower@connans.com Mr Clancy- rclancy@connans.com Ms … Read more

School entry and exit

Here is a little video to show you where to go on Monday morning. There will also be plenty of staff around to help you. See you then.

Back to school

We can’t wait to see you all on Monday. Things may look a little different than normal but we are very excited to see you all again.

Here is some useful information for getting back to school.

First Holy Communion Congratulations to our 16 students who are receiving their First Holy Communion tomorrow. We hope you and your families have a wonderful day. We are very proud of you all here in Conna National School. We are looking forward to hearing all about it in a few weeks time!!

Graduation We had some famous friends wishing our 6th Class of 2020 the best on their graduation from Conna N.S. You can view them in the links below. Christopher O’Sullivan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DFMFhmbGis Jake Carter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLped0RTOyo Joe Schmidt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppR6vqJ3Pqc Kieran Kingston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bco2ItTrGOw Norma Sheehan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVFqtPJ2H68 Nathan Carter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtF5F62OYiU

holidays!!!! Happy Holidays Everyone!!! We should all be skipping out of school today excited for the next 8 weeks!! Enjoy the summer everyone. Remember to read every day and play outside. Be kind to yourself and others. Help your parents a little, give them a little holiday too. Looking forward to seeing you all on … Read more

Graduation Massive Congratulations to all our 6th class pupils and their families who had their graduation tonight. We had a fun Zoom party and a trip down memory lane. We wish you all every success in Secondary School and beyond. Never forget how proud we are of you all. Be The Best That You Can … Read more

Virtual Sports Week The Summer 2020 Target Table is designed to engage children in collecting their own data and seeing if they can improve(with practice!) over the summer of 2020, on dates of their choice. The children could choose what aspects of their own sporting ability they would like to improve or perhaps pick a … Read more

Virtual Sports Week Have you ever measured your reaction time? There’s an easy way to test reaction times using just a ruler. Reaction time is the time taken for a person to respond to a stimulus. For example if you touch something very cold, there is a slight delay between you touching it and moving your hand … Read more

Virtual Sports Week Design and make your own crazy golf course, either indoors or outdoors. Use whatever you have available. Get the whole family involved. Here is some information to help you. https://pdst.ie/sites/default/files/Design%20and%20Make%20Indoor%20Golf.pdf

Virtual Sports Week Take a look at hurling from a different perspective. Analyse it with your maths and science eyes. https://pdst.ie/sites/default/files/HurlingSTEMEyes.pdf

Virtual Sports Week Have you been improving your fitness during lockdown? Would you like to represent Ireland in The Olympics in the future? Or maybe your are just mad about maths and sport! If any of the above is true then take a look at this fun activity to see how your fitness compares to … Read more

Dublin Zoo-The Eco Explorers Club Dublin Zoo have launched The Eco Explorers Club. It features educational videos, Draw with Don Art Class with Don Conroy, Imagination Children’s Yoga and Virtual Eco Explorers Tour at Dublin Zoo. https://www.dublinzoo.ie/the-eco-explorers-club/

Air Hockey If you would like a new game to play then why not try air hockey. You can play it indoors or outdoors. Use old bowls, plant pots, tins or anything else you can think of to hit with. A beanbag or pair of socks will do as a puck. Use some pieces of … Read more

seaShell Collage If you were inspired by the Nautical School yesterday then try a seashell collage. Glue your shells to some wood and then paint with some watered down paint. You could stick to ocean colours or use a rainbow theme. Alternatively you could paint some shells with old nail varnish. Add glitter or stickers. … Read more

Scoil na Mara-Nautical school The Cork County Council Environmental Awareness Team have an online educational resource called Scoil na Mara. It is comprised of a series of videos exploring and celebrating the Irish seashore biodiversity and highlighting the importance of the ocean. They also have news and quizzes on their Facebook page. You will find … Read more

fort Building Ikea Russia has shared instructions for fort building using furniture, pillows and blankets. There are six structures in total. https://www.cnet.com/news/ikea-shares-instructions-for-building-comfy-homemade-forts-and-tents/

Raised salt painting This is a fun painting activity that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy. All you need are a few basic tools and off you go. Here is a video tutorial of what to do. Have some messy fun!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcXwGfTyTPE

GAA Don’t forget to check out the GAA website regularly. They are issuing weekly lesson plans, physical activities and competitions. https://learning.gaa.ie/primary-school

Sardines Are you as tired of playing hide and seek as I am?!! If so why not try playing sardines, this is hide and seek in reverse. One person is designated to hide while the others count. If you find the hidden person, you join them. Last person to find them loses. Hours of fun!

DIY Do you have any broken toys or appliances at home? If so why not let the kids take them apart and see how they are made or if they can be fixed. It’s a great STEM project and fantastic for fine motor skills.

Kitchen Roll Colouring Patterns This is a perfect activity to keep big and small people busy! Look at a sheet of kitchen roll and notice the tiny indented dots on it. Use pens or markers to dot some colour on each to make the patterns bright and colourful.

lego steamathon Cork County Council are running a LEGO building competition with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) theme every week. It is open to all ages. See the poster for full details.

Julia Donaldson Calling all Julia Donaldson fans! Julia Donaldson and Friends are live every week with one of her books. There is reading, singing and illustrating. You will find her on the Gruffalo Facebook page every Thursday at 4pm.

Maths Challenge This is a great activity to help children learn their 2D and 3D shapes. It’s the same as the headband game but with shapes. How many questions will you use to guess the mystery shape? Follow the link for full instructions. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity34Geometryyesnogame

Heritage in Schools Competition The following is an email from The Heritage Council. They have a really interesting site for anyone interested in nature and the environment. They are also running a competition but the closing date is June 2nd so you only have a week if you are interested. Good luck!! The Heritage Council, … Read more

Maths challenge-Become a magician Maths and magic are more closely linked than you may think. Why not learn some magic tricks and entertain your household. Follow the link below for a good starting point. Just remember- a good magician never reveals their secrets! https://www.mathsweek.ie/2017/puzzles/the-magic-of-maths-2013-become-a-maths-magician

Maths Challenge-Quadrant Sampling This activity will have students apply their maths skills of measure and statistics to monitor biodiversity (the variety of life around us). This activity is more suited for older children but you could simplify it for younger kids by using a hula hoop and throwing it down randomly in the garden. Find … Read more

Maths Challenge-Bird Survey A bird survey is a fantastic way to become aware of the many species of birds around us. Birds love singing at dusk and at dawn, mainly to mark their territory and let everyone know that they are here. To us, the songs of birds sound like songs of joy and together … Read more

Dino Dig – Melting Ice with Salt and Water If your child loves dinosaurs, this Dino Dig activity will be a big hit. It’s easy to set up and will have your child melting ice with salt and water to free toy dinosaurs and other treasures from a frozen block of ice. Science, water play, and … Read more

Today is World Bee Day!!! To celebrate World Bee Day, here is a symmetry activity which brings maths and art together. If you have water-based paint, paper, and a scissors you are ready to go. There is also lots of very interesting information on bees and maths here. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity31BeeSymmetry Look up some information on bees … Read more

Getting Active Exercise is so important for both our physical and mental well being. Put away the school books, forget about the housework and get outside for half an hour. Safe Food have a great interactive game where you spin the wheel to select an activity. The whole family can get involved. Unfortunately Marty Wheelan … Read more

Giant Wordsearch Create a giant word search on a large glass window or door using a white board marker. Alternatively use some old wallpaper, a large box or chalk to create one. Alternatively you can make one online. You can play online or print them off. Here is just one site. There are loads. https://thewordsearch.com/maker/

Calling All Harry Potter Fans You can now enroll at Hogwarts and take online magic classes. They are completely free. The site is run by a group of passionate Harry Potter fans. Just follow the link below. Happy wizardry!! https://www.hogwartsishere.com/

Maths Challenge This quick maths activity can be played many times throughout the day and will keep young children’s mental maths ticking over. In a twist of usual events, students will be given the answer to a maths problem and they will have to think of lots of different possibilities for what the question might … Read more

Blind Man’s Bluff If you don’t know this game your parents probably do! The person who is “it” wears a blindfold and tries to tag the other players. Be sure to play this in an area safe from obstructions and other hazards. It’s best played in a small group. All you need is a scarf, a … Read more

Drawing Try drawing with your eyes closed. Start with some simple shapes and then move onto something a little more complex like your pet or your favourite food.

Maths Challenge-Place Value Battle This two-player game will have participants thinking logically about where to place the digit cards – the player with the largest number will win the battle. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity24placevaluebattle

Letter Hunt This is something for the smallies. Look at the letters in your name and then go around the house or garden and take pictures of some objects that start with that letter. Move onto the letters in brothers, sisters or parents names.

 Agamograph Art An agamograph is a series of images that change at different angles. This work is named after the Israeli sculptor, Yaacov Agam who was born in 1928 and is still living today. Can you work out what age he is? You can create you own agamograph with some paper, colours, a ruler, glue and scissors. … Read more

Maths Challenge Shapes are everywhere! Use this activity sheet to locate a selection of 2D shapes in your home and/or garden. If you cannot get outside to search for these shapes, then you could search inside or look through a magazine or newspaper. You can then expand the activity to area, perimeter and 3D shapes. … Read more

Maths Challenge- 3 in a Row A mathematical twist on the game BINGO, where participants practice their maths skills of counting, addition and subtraction. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity3inarow

Party Time! Why not have a party for a pet or a teddy if nobody in your house has a birthday this month. We celebrated our cat turning 15. We had to write out party invites, make a birthday card, decorate banners, bake a cake and arrange the (teddy) guests in order of size and … Read more

Maths Challenge Wonderful magic squares! These are great for children of all ages. You can make them more complex for older or more skilled children. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity22magicsquares https://nrich.maths.org/magic-square-intro

Make your Own Projectors Use some toilet rolls and a torch to make your own mini projectors. If you are feeling really adventurous make a bigger one to watch a film on. However you will need a magnifying glass. https://mcm.org/make-your-own-projectors/

Cloud Dough If you don’t like mess look away now!! This is a lovely sensory activity that involves just flower and oil. https://tinkerlab.com/cloud-dough-exploration/

Maths Challenge If your kids are looking for something to really challenge them then you will definitely find it here. There are some very difficult puzzles. Look away now if you are feeling dull from the lockdown!!! https://mathpickle.com/organized-by-grade/

Maths Challenge- Towers of Hanoi This is an ancient puzzle that requires your child to problem solve. If you don’t have the towers there are lots of practical alternatives you can use. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity21towersofhanoi

Grow a rainbow Use some washable markers to make some dots at the two ends of some kitchen roll. Place both ends into some shallow water and watch your rainbow grow.https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/grow-a-rainbow-experiment/

Maths Challenge Monster Calculations. This is a great way to practice addition and to learn about chance. It can be adapted to practice multiplication or division. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activitymonster

Lego or Duplo Fun Make some fun games from the lego or duplo that’s lying around. Tic tac toe, a maze or a ring toss are just a few ideas in this clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQMxPspueZI

Maths Challenge World Cup Puzzle There are 6 teams in a group. Each team plays every other team twice. How many games are there in total?

Maths Challenge Space Mission A rocket blasts off from Earth heading for Mars, getting faster as it travels. In fact, the rocket’s speed doubles every week that it’s in space. If the rocket lands on Mars in week 12, in which week was it halfway there?

Maths Challenge World Cup QualifiersThere are 6 teams in a group. Each team plays every other team twice.How many games are there in total?

Straw Pick Up Game Cut out a variety of coloured squares. Mix them up and grab some straws. Have a competition to see who can pick up all their squares first by sucking on the straw and transferring into a bowl. If you have no-one to play with then try and beat the clock.

Maths Challenge The classic puzzle of getting the farmer across the river with the animals and grain without the animals eating the grain or each other! There is a further extension for older kids involving the members from U2 crossing a bridge to get to their concert on time. Definitely worth a look. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity17river

Shadow Drawing Try drawing your favourite toys by placing them on a sheet of paper and casting a shadow on them with either the sun (fingers crossed!) or a torch. All you have to do is draw around them and then colour in. Can you make your picture bigger or smaller by changing the angle … Read more

Maths Challenge Today’s challenge is for older kids. It’s called A Triangle with a Difference. Its available here https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activity15triangle. Can you arrange the numbers 1-15 on cards so that each card is the difference between the two cards immediately below it? Have fun!!

Rainy Day Fun On a wet day why not take a virtual tour of Dublin Zoo. Find it here https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/. Alternatively National Geographic have lots of safari videos on You Tube and they have a great website, https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/, with animals, science, history, crafts and much more.

Maths Challenge Can you work out how many days we have been off school? How many hours did you spend on devices yesterday? How many hours outside? How many minutes did you spend doing homework yesterday? How many seconds since you had a fight with someone in your house?

Cosmic Kids More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. There are lots of ideas on her website https://www.cosmickids.com/. Its great for kids of all ages and very engaging.

Maths Challenge Practice addition and subtraction of 10 for younger kids. Increase the target number for older kids and use multiplication and subtraction. Find the instruction here. https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home-activities/#activitymaketenagain

GAA Challenge The GAA are running a competition this week. You are asked to design and build your own stadium from materials of your choice or on the computer. The closing date is Friday, May 1st. Find all the details here. https://learning.gaa.ie/sites/default/files/Issue%202%20Primary%20edit.pdf

Maths Challenge Dastardly Diagrams. This is a great challenge for older primary kids. Follow the link below.

Our Very Own Toy show!

Today was such an exciting day in Junior Infants! Each child brought in their favourite toy/game/teddy or doll from home. They sat in the WOW CHAIR and told us why it was their favourite. At playtime, the children got to share their favourite toys with each other!

Our very Own Christmas Toy Show!!

Today was such an exciting day in Junior Infants! Each child brought a toy, game, teddy or doll from home. They sat in the WOW CHAIR and told us all about their favourite toy or game. At playtime today, the children played with their favourite toys with their friends!!

Composting

We empty our compost bins every Wednesday and Friday. We put pencil pairings, apple cores, bananas skins but NO orange peelings allowed!!