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Christmas 2015


Christmas is such an exciting time of year and we love the annual preparations in school during Advent.

We would like to thank Father Finbarr for such a lovely school Mass, celebrated in the school hall on Thursday 17th. With parents, grandparents, families and friends gathered together it’s always a special occasion.

Nollaig Shona

Every child had an individual role to play in the ceremony and celebrations. The Senior Class had particular responsibility to lead the congregation with readings, prayers, commentaries and music. We are amazed each year at the incredible talents of the senior pupils.

Rhian Dawkins performed the most beautiful Christmas song, for which she composed the music and wrote the lyrics herself!



Afterwards, the Junior Classroom performed a Nativity Play – with a few twists! We loved seeing some really super young talents. They captured the spirit of Christmas and a few had us in stitches too.

We hope  – and know – Santa Claus will be very good to the boys and girls this year. We are always so proud of their behaviour and how they rise to the big occasions.

Here are some snaps from around the school this season. We wish all of you a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Nollaig Shona dhaoibh go léir.

 Mary and Joseph

Mary and Joseph


 Well done to all the boys and girls!

Well done to all the boys and girls!


2015 Classroom door


A lovely community atmosphere for the “cupán” afterwards!


Chilly little penguins




Filip in Rang 6 made this wonderful tree for 2015


Fiona created some beautiful windows this year


Liz Hurley created a warm welcome in the school corridor


The senior class marked each week of Advent


Advent is the first season in the Church Calendar


And we’re all waiting with excitement for Santa!!


Old Bear

The children in the Junior Room were enjoying a story recently called “Old Bear” by June Hissey.  



It tells the tale of how Old Bear was put into the attic for safe keeping when the children were small. but now the children are older the other toys wonder if there is some way they can rescue their old friend. 




The toys hatch a plan to build a tower to the attic. They look around the bedroom and get busy with everything and anything they can get their hands on. So we did too! We had 10minutes to see which group could build the tallest tower, and it had to support our very own Little Bear.

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Because Little Bear is the smallest he was chosen to go up to the top of the tower. Did the toys’ plan work? Well – you’ll have to read the book!


We went out to the yard for a break and when we came back – the teddies were reading the story for themselves!!!!


Surfing on the teacher’s laptop!













Little Bear was reading the story to the other teddies.


We started talking about all our own Old Bears. Some of them are reeeaaalllly old – like the same age as ourselves! We brought some of our oldest and dearest friends in to school. Some had their ears chewed from years of teething. Some were missing threads from their noses and some were worn smooth from thousands of hugs. But that is exactly why we love them so much. We had a lovely afternoon talking about our old bears and sharing memories and stories of why they mean so much to us.


 We loved showing our teddies to all our friends.

We loved showing our teddies to all our friends.





Local Historian Visit

We were delighted to have local historian Barry O’ Mahony to visit the school recently. He came and entertained us all with wonderful Cork history. We were amazed to learn about the Kinsale Giant, Patrick Cotter. He was born in 1761 and when he was fully grown he was 2.5m tall! Come into the classroom to see more of the work we’ve done to follow up on this amazing biography.


 Imagine a real giant walking into school!

Imagine a real giant walking into school!


Barry had a life-size drawing done to give us an idea of how tall Patrick Cotter would be if he walked into the class. Can you see the photo of a hand in the picture? That’s a real-life size photo of a model taken from a plaster cast of the giant’s hand. It was huge! Here’s a close-up of the hand:


 It's hard to believe this is the true size of someone's hand!

It’s hard to believe this is the true size of someone’s hand!


Barry also told us the story of Anne Bonney, one of the real Pirates of the Caribbean. She was from Cork too! Here is the flag of Captain Jack Rackham, on whom Jack Sparrow was based. Jack Rackham’s nickname was “Calico Jack” and he and Anne had many pirate conquests in the waters around Jamaica. She was a tough woman by all accounts!


 Captain Jack's pirate flag.

Captain Jack’s pirate flag.


Number Games to build 10

Here are some interactive number games we’ve been using in school to build ten and use 10-frames.

Visualising numbers this way helps children consolidate their grasp of number quickly and helps them with mental maths strategies for addition and subtraction.

Click on the pictures to play each game.


Use base 10 cubes or 10frames with dots



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Identify and build 10frames with this game.

Road Safety Awareness Week

While it may not be Road Safety Awareness week Nationally until October 5th, we were delighted to get a delivery of High Visibility Vests in school this week. So we all did our Road Safety lessons and practised the Safe Cross Code. It is so important to be seen on the road, especially when walking in country areas now that the evenings are getting shorter. We were also visited by Garda Declan Lynch, our Community Garda, who was invited to the school to put the pupils through their paces!! All passed with flying colours.