TG 4 An Ríl Deal

TG4 is looking for the next big thing in the world of Irish dancing. Irish dancers of all ages and traditions will battle it out head to head, all hoping to be declared An Ríl Deal

Some girls from Saint Brigids  who danc3 with  Scoil Rince Cabe took part. See their performance at 2:57 below. They were brilliant but the competition was strong and they didn’t make it through. What an experience though !  well done girls.

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Castleknock College Band

It has been all go at school this week and today was no exception. After the second Carol Service, we were invited to go to the hall to hear the Castleknock College orchestra play some Christmas songs. We  had a great time and were delighted to welcome back lots of our past pupils.

Festive Friday

Wear something festive today Friday to celebrate Christmas ….  it could be a hairband, a hat, a jumper or a piece of tinsel…. we would love a 2 euro donation for the Hospice movement.  Happy Christmas !

Visit to Mount Hybla

On Tuesday last a group of 40 children travelled to Mount Hybla to perform a short concert for the residents. Four pupils from 6th class, Aveen, Matthew, Louis and Laura  invited some very talented pupils to  take part in a variety show. Some of the acts included Irish dancers, a fiddle player , a cellist, guitars, a comedy act, a nativity reading to name but a few.  Some children even brought buns and cakes to share. Unfortunately we ran out of time and we could not stay for refreshments. We promised to return after Christmas to take part in another exciting and worthwhile initiative. Well done to all who took part and behaved beautifully,  representing our school so well.

Buddy Reading in Room 1 and 17

Last Friday as a special treat for her class, who were working really hard, Ms Ni Fhearghail brought her class over to Room 17 to visit Ms. Dooley’s 3rd. Each Junior Infants picked a story and it was read to them by a 3rd class buddy.  They really enjoyed their visit. Buddy reading is also used later in the year with Junior Infants and 5th class.

 

 

Some of the benefits of pairing a younger child with an older one are

  1. Build confidence – The buddy reading builds confidence in the child as they read aloud to their buddy.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Santa Visit’s to Infants

On Tuesday last we had a very special visitor all the way from the North Pole. After parking his reindeer on the roof at Lidl, he jumped over the wall and made his way into the school.  Ms. Mooney got a big surprise when she saw him at the door . On his way in,  he had  a quick peek at the beautiful crib display and then he settled in the library. Luckily the PTA  had a lovely chair waiting for him. He met all the children in Junior and Senior Infants and even had a small gift for each one.