Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Comhairgeas: Congratulations

 Don aisteoir is our best actor
 agus na naíonáin is fearr san Fhéile Drámaíochta
and the best infant class in the Féile
Maith sibh go léir
Well done, we are all so proud of you

Learning about long ago

We had a lovely surprise today.
One of the lovely grannies from our class came in to tell us about life long ago.
It was really really interesting.  We heard about life in school and at home when Eileen was a little girl.  We think it would have been very strange to have no electricity or indoor toilet (although she was lucky enough to have had both).  Life long ago sounded very busy.  Eileen had to help her mum milk the cows, bake and pick potatoes and vegetables for her dinner every day after school.  In the evening she had lots of fun with her family, playing cards and board games like Scrabble and Monopoly.
Eileen's school doesn't sound much like ours.  The children had to bring in sods of turf so that the stove could heat the classroom (we are so lucky to have nice warm radiators in our class).  It was a small 2 teacher school and they had no whiteboard or indoor toilets (how would we manage without?)
The thing that surprised us most was the fact that there were no supermarkets, just small shops and a travelling shop that came once a week, and sold tea, flour, sugar and SWEETS!  Everything else they could get at home: meat, potatoes and vegetables from their farm, and tarts, bread and biscuits from their own kitchen.  Ice cream was a real treat (for after first communion and other really big occasions), since they had no freezer or even fridge in her home.
We really enjoyed Eileen's visit, and we learned such a lot about life when granny was a child.
Thank you so much Eileen for your wonderful visit.  Come visit us again any time.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Money matters

We are learning lots about money.  We may even have a real (pretend) shop in our class once we get good at working with money.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Goodbye Mrs. Treacy

Mrs. Treacy is retiring today.  We will miss her a lot.  She has been a wonderful teacher in our school for the last 20 years.  We wish her every health, happiness and good wishes for her retirement.

Junior First LEGO: WeDo session 3

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine's Day treats

We had a lovely surprise today.  One of our girls has a dad who is a chef.  He makes really nice things.
Today she brought in a gorgeous home-made cookie for every person in the class!
They are absolutely delicious and they look so pretty.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Magnetic madness

Friday, 10 February 2012


A hearty Congratulations to Ms. Conneely's class Na Trí Mhuc drama and to Ms. McLoughlin's class Cairde Learaí for representing Scoil Chaitríona Junior so well at the Féile Scoildrámaíochta in Connemara last Tuesday.  
Wonderful News:  Both of these classes go on to the Provincal Finals in Connemara in March.
Comhairgeas Mhór do rang Ms. Conneely agus rang Ms. McLoughlin a bhí ar an stáise ar an Mháirt.  Bhí sibh iontach ar fad. Fuair an dhá dhráma ainmniúchán chun páirt a ghlacadh i gCraobh Chonnacht i mí Márta.

A special "Well Done" to Ms. McLoughlin's class for winning the infant category, and to our wonderful Learaí for winning the "Best Actor" award in this category.   We are all so proud of you!!!
Comhgairdeas mhór freisin go rang Ms. McLoughlin a bhuaigh an Commórtas Naíonaín agus do Learaí a bhuaigh an aisteoir is fearr!!

Maith sibh go léir

Monday, 6 February 2012

Japanese good luck

In Japan February 3rd is "Setsubun no hi".
Children dress up as monsters and stand outside the door, hoping to bring bad luck into the house.
The rest of the household/class throw beans at them saying
"oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi".  This means "bad luck stay out, good luck come in".
We tried this in our class today, hoping to bring good luck to our class for the year.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Gardening in Spring

Na Trí Mhuc

Chuaigh muid chuig an halla inniu chun dráma Naíonáin Bheaga a fheiceáil.  Bhí sé ar fheabhas ar fad.  Maith sibh.  Go néirí an tádh libh i gConnemara ar an Mháirt seo chugainn.

We all went to the hall today to see Ms. Conneely's class perform the Three Little Pigs.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Well done to everyone.  Best of luck to you all in Connemara next Tuesday.  You will be great!

Dino's letter to us all

Dino had lots of fun in Molly's house.
Here is a letter he wrote to us in Molly's house.