6th Class Graduation

6th Classes graduated today. We held two socially distanced ceremonies! Pupils listened to the wise words of Mr. Courtney and to speeches from their peers. They were presented with a graduation book and a special graduation pin.

After the ceremony it was back to the class for a brunch of fresh orange juice, sausages, bread buns and donuts. Then they went to the church for a final blessing from Fr. Coughlan.

They also managed to fit in a surprise ceremony for Mr. Courtney’s retirement.  They recorded the lovely tribute  below and played it for him

More about the surprise. ceremony tomorrow.

We want to wish out graduates well on the next stage of their journey. We are proud of each and everyone of them.

Touch Typing

Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS)

Individuals who struggle with a learning difficulty can benefit from touch typing, particularly in the case of Dysgraphia which makes writing by hand painful. Students with Dyspraxia often have trouble with fine motor skills that can make holding a pen difficult and forming letters impossible. In both cases it is often recommended that writing be done on a computer using a touch-typing approach.

People with Dyslexia may also find touch typing beneficial. Dyslexia impacts on reading, spelling, and writing abilities and makes it difficult for individuals to split words into their component sounds. Taking a typing course like TTRS entails repeated exposure to language and involves muscle memory in learning the spelling of high frequency words. The TTRS program further exercises phonics skills through visual and audio prompts.

This year has further underscored the benefits of learning to touch-type. Students need typing skills to communicate with teachers about schoolwork, complete online work, and participate in virtual learning activities.

As so many students have completed the course this term,  a limited number of places will be available on the course next term – resuming 6th September.    While it is still not safe to hold classes after school, I continue to deliver this valuable course via Zoom using Breakout Rooms.  Class size limited to three students.  If you are interested in learning how TTRS can help your son/daughter build self-esteem, learn how to touch-type while improving their reading and spelling, contact Carol Pitcher on 087 2868910 – castleknockttrs@gmail.com for details.

6th Class on Tour

6th class went on tour today to CP Adventures in Blessington lakes. They were all SOOOOOOOOOO  excited to go on tour after enduring two lockdowns,  social distancing, pods and bubbles during this their school year. They have given up so much and never complained. We hope they are having a memorable and fun day.  More pictures will follow !

Summer Camp

 

We are delighted to announce the Summer Camp for pupils from Junior Infs  to 6th class will go ahead this year.

It will run for 7 days from Thursday July 1st  to Friday 9th.

Application forms and further information will be given to all pupils next week.

Due to Covid  numbers will be restricted  so please  return the application form as soon as possible.

School Calendar 2021.22

The dates for the.school closures for the coming years 2021/22 have now been decided.

SCHOOL CLOSURES 2021 / 22

Term 1

Re-opening:  Tuesday August 31st, 2021

October:  Mid Term: Closed Monday, October 25th to Friday, October 29th inclusive (1 week)

Christmas Holidays: Closing at noon on Wednesday, December 22nd.            Re opening : Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Term 2

February Mid Term: Closed Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th (2 days)

St. Patrick’s Weekend: Closed Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th (2 days)

Easter Holidays: Closing at noon on Friday, April 8th   Re-opening: Monday 25th April

Term 3

May Bank Holiday:  Closed Monday 2nd May

June  Break : Closed Monday, June 6th to Friday June 10th inclusive (1 week)

Closing for Summer at noon on Thursday June 30th   2022