The pupils in Mr Ryan's 3rd Class have spent the last few weeks working on creating stories using Scratch. They planned which backdrops and sprites they were going to use in their stories and, working in pairs, spent time creating them using the school laptops. They included sounds and motion in their projects too. When the pupils were finished their stories, they showcased their projects for their classmates in the computer room. Great work boys and girls!
The boys and girls in Room 7 have been making beautiful cribs in the run up to Christmas. They used recycled cereal boxes, crepe paper, cotton wool and other materials to decorate the cribs.
The children can bring their cribs to any of the masses in St Thomas the Apostle Church this weekend (the 3rd weekend of Advent) to have them blessed. Lovely work - well done boys and girls!
Thank you so much to all of the families who so generously donated to our St Vincent dePaul food appeal this morning. Because of you many households struggling at the moment will have a brighter Christmas.
Thank you to the Parents' Association for coordinating and organising the appeal.
Santa wants to deliver his presents....but there's just one problem! Read on to find out more!
We hope you enjoy the Christmas comic book we have created.
by Asher Oziegbe, Ciaran McLoone, & Jason Omodayo in Room 20.
Thank you to Ms Egan who was involved in coordinating the visit, as well as Ms Lenihan who acted as MC for Ciarán's visit in the school hall.
Many thanks to our teachers - Ms Fitzgerald, Mr J. Gurhy, Mr N.Gurhy, Mr O'Mahony, and Mr Ryan - who work with our pupils to develop GAA skills in the school.
As part of our ongoing efforts to be a Green School, we make our school newsletter available online only. You can read our latest issue of the newsletter by clicking here or the picture above.
The pupils in 5th Class recently took part in a project on global citizenship, learning about what it means to be a good citizen for the world. Working alone or in groups, the children chose someone whom they admired and described what he/she had done to make the world a better place. The variety of figures chosen was very interesting, including politicians, activists, musicians and ordinary people who stood up for themselves and others in difficult situations.
Well done to all the pupils for their excellent work on these projects, and a special congratulations to the overall winners of the competition; Sheila, Amélie and Robyn in Room 18, Sarah, Goda and Charlie from Room 19, and Ciaran, Áine and Charlotte in Room 20.
Thanks also to Jennifer and Lauren from Trócaire who visited the 5th Classes to tell them about Trócaire’s work to improve the lives of people less fortunate than us.
Children who are due to start school in September 2017 must be aged 4 by the 30th of April 2018 as per current enrolment policy which can be found here.
On the day, please bring original:
- Child's Birth Certificate
- Child's Baptismal Certificate (if applicable)
- Child's PPS Number
- A recent utility bill and one other listed document as proof of residence (mobile phone/waste bills are not accepted)
Parents must come in person to enrol their child. Applications for Junior Infant enrolment will be dealt with strictly in accordance with Scoil Thomáis enrolment policy for 2018.
We tried out the new Lego© WeDo kits in Room 19 this week. Lego© WeDo is a fun way of learning about engineering and coding.
First, we split into groups and worked together to build racing cars. Then, we had to connect the motors to the iPad app and programme them to move. We had quite a few ‘technical difficulties’ that required a bit of patience to solve, but we got there in the end!
We then investigated some of the factors that influence the speed of the car - by using different sized wheels, changing the power of the motor, and adding a weight to the car. We looked at some pictures of fast cars like Lamborghinis to see if we could spot some of those features.
We learned a lot working with the Lego© kits, and we can’t wait to use them in class again!
On Thursday 16th November, three classes from Scoil Thomáis participated in the Intel Mini-Scientist Exhibition which took place in the school hall. Mr Doherty's, Mr. O’Connor’s, Ms. Flynn’s and Ms. Glynn’s 5th Classes worked extremely hard both at home and in school over the past few weeks preparing for the event.
All the boys and girls as well as their teachers were very proud of their final projects and displays. Intel, who judged the event, provided a goody bag and certificate to every student. All the visiting classes and Intel judges were blown away with the standard of work.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, but especially to Aoife Kenny, Hannah De Leon and Rebecca Tansey, from Ms.Flynn and Ms.Glynn’s class who won first prize with their project ‘Ready, Set, Grow’. Congratulations also to Conor Hughes, Michael Kelly and Ryan Habibi, from Mr.Doherty’s class, who won second prize and to Claudia Hanrahan and Robyn Reilly, also from Mr.Doherty’s class, who won Third place.
Aoife, Hannah and Rebecca now go on to represent Scoil Thomáis in the Mini Scientist Regional Finals which will be held on December 8th in IT Blanchardstown. Wishing them the best of luck!
As part of science week 2017 activities, each First and Third Class attended a LEGO® Challenge workshop in the school delivered by Young Engineers Ireland.
The main goal of Young Engineers is to give pupils a hands on experience on the basic principles in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using motorised LEGO® bricks and other methods that produce motion. The pupils enjoyed building their very own LEGO® washing machine models and conveyor belts.