The Annual School Dance took place last weekend. Thank you to the many sponsors who helped make it such a great night…. starting with the prosecco at the reception to the steaks at dinner and the wonderful prizes in the raffle. Everyone seemed to have really enjoyed the night.
Junior Infants have just begun BUDDY READING . We have used buddy reading in Junior Infants for the last number of years and we love it! Each child is paired with an older buddy from 5th class who comes down to their classroom and listens to them read and talk about their book every day.
Some of the benefits of pairing a younger child with an older one are
Build confidence – The buddy reading builds confidence in the child as they read aloud to their buddy.
Builds cognitive skills – in a child and thus increases attention and motivations for the tasks. Interpersonal and social skills are developed . The skills of the older students also are passed on, as the younger students follow their peers.
Positive Attitude – Classroom practices build a positive attitude towards literacy and help the young student blossom into better students who are confident and can read better. The students are more responsive to the reinforcement and feedback provided by their buddies.
Learning made fun – Buddies have a lot of fun together and thus learning is made a lot of fun and interesting. The buddy makes reading fun and makes the children look forward to it. The buddy reading makes the reading more enjoyable and once the liking is there at both ends, both look forward to many more such sessions.
Benefits for Older Buddies
When an older child acts as a reading buddy, he reaps benefits as well. Having a younger child look up to him as an example can help the older child develop a desire to be a good role model. Whether this results in better reading habits, better grades or better behavior, it’s a winning situation all around. In addition, taking a step away from books on his own level and spending time with easier reading can motivate the older child to read more on his own.
The annual book fair takes place next week, Monday 3rd April to Thursday, April 6th. Teachers will being their classes to the hall so the children can select a book they want to order.Opening times are
Wednesday 9- 3
Thursday 9-10 only .
Parents are welcome to visit on Tuesday and Wednesday .
The school receives a percentage of free books for the school library so we really appreciate your support. Click the image to view the brochure.
School is closed on Thursday ( 23rd) this week for teacher inservice day.
Taking place on Tuesday 21st at 7:30pm for parents of 5th and 6th class pupils .
Ms. Dooley’s class went on a nature walk today and visited the school garden . They drew pictures of everything they found. You can see them searching the pond for Jonah, our really big white Koi fish.
Ms. N. Fay’s 5th class have been learning about France over the last couple of weeks and to celebrate their wonderful research they had an afternoon sampling some French food including baguettes, croissants, brioche, French cheese, meringues & macaroons.
Everyone enjoyed sampling the French cuisine!
Dance tickets are flying out the door but are still on sale until this Thursday 16th .Please see the PTA in reception at 8:50, 1:30 and 2:30p.m to get yours!