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Drama


Christmas plays each December:
Each December, the school is a hive of activity. Preparation for Nativity plays and choral performances get underway, before parents are invited in for a special show in the gym. 
Classes generally put on a Christmas play every second year.

An Ghaeilge

Scríobh Leabhar agus Seachtain Na Gaeilge Scríobh Leabhar:
Senior classes annually take part in the project Scríobh leabhar run by Kilkenny Education Centre. Pupils must plan, write and illustrate their own stories as Gaeilge! Their stories are then swapped with those from another school. Each class then pick their favourites for prizes and award winners are invited to the Watershed in Kilkenny to attend a special awards ceremony.  .

Seachtain na Gaeilge, Lá le Pádraig

Is breá linn an Ghaeilge a labhairt ar scoil agus bíonn seans iontach againn i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge i mí Márta, ár gcultúr a chéiliúradh le chéile. Bíonn ceol, dánta, rince agus drama ar siúl sa halla.
This is a great opportunity for Junior Infants to 6th class to showcase songs, poems, drama and dance in Irish. This concert - or ceolchoirm – is held just before St Patrick’s Day.

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Discover Primary Science


Classes each year work towards gaining another Maths and Science of Excellence award. We hold an
annual Science Event in school, during  last term.
Check our photo gallery to see Design and Make activities, experiments and more.


Baking


Girls from 2nd – 6th class bake in the lovely, refurbished kitchen each year, sometimes under the guidance of outside instructors. They make a selection of treats, and decorate them, as you can see from the photos.
Classes make pancakes in our kitchen on Shrove Tuesday. Weighing, whisking, sieving, flipping and eating was such fun!



Green School


We recently achieved our 6th Green Flag for Biodiversity. Here’s a taste of what we did to achieve this:

Looked again at how well we were doing reducing litter and waste in our school

Had an annual Spring Clean Day

Used our compost to nourish our fruit and vegetables and shrubs 

Invent a bird feeder competition

Walk on Wednesday and Feet First Friday Trophy

Spring Clean Day with Community School in April

Mural painted on wall of the bicycle shed in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council.

In the Garden: we watched out for

New apple and pear trees to blossom

Butterfly bushes to sprout

Daffodils and tulips to appear.


Choir


Our school choir performs at communions and confirmations, Christmas shows and other events such as the Peace Proms in Cillín Hill and Hallelujah Chorus in the R.D.S.

Literacy interventions: Peer Tutoring and Reading Recovery

Peer-tutoring is at work in our senior classes, and this intervention, all have found, is highly beneficial to pupils, both academically and socially. Both teachers and pupils enjoy this reading lesson and Ms Landy has been most effective and supportive in establishing it in our school and helping to secure the resources.

Reading Recovery

We have been extremely lucky to secure a place on a high quality literacy training programme known as Reading Recovery, offered through Kilkenny Education Centre. Reading Recovery is an early intervention designed to reduce literacy problemsearly on in an education system. It provides intensive, individual help for children who after a year or two of schooling have not responded to classroom teaching in reading and writing. Our Learning Support teacher, Valerie Landy, is receiving training in the Reading Recovery methods and procedures and in the course of the training, the school will receive access to high quality literacy resources. We applied for this programme as part of our whole school literacy plan. Reading Recovery procedures and methods will be a fantastic tool in our quest to more accurately meet the literacy needs of our children

Numeracy interventions:Maths Week


Maths Week was held during November. Downstairs classes got busy measuring the classrooms and corridors, looking at patterns and shapes in the floor tiles and windows. Throughout the year they love to use hands-on activities and maths games on the interactive whiteboard. Senior classes examined maths in the environment also, and made colourful posters for all to see.

Book fair

Book Fair: Our school holds an annual book fair in March every year to coincide with World Book Day events run by Khan’s books, Kilkenny.  Every year Khan has on display, a very interesting and exciting array of books that are sure to suit all ages and tastes.

 

School tours

Pupils and teachers alike enjoy school tours during the Summer term.   
We like to vary the activities of tours from year to year, to include activity-based days out, as well as places with an educational focus.  Check out our photos to see what fun we have.

SPHE:First Aid;Friends For Life;

 First Aid Course: Senior pupils learn basic First Aid .
 Not only does this make them better and more vigilant playground friends, they will learn skills to carry with them in life. See February 13 newsletter for all the details.


Also under SPHE Junior Achievement Programme: This is run with 1st class annually, in conjunction with Castlecomer librarian, Mary Morrissey. The programme introduces pupils to the world of work, and volunteerism. It integrates really well with Geography and SPHE and develops oral language skills. It’s a most rewarding initiative.
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