Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
Junior Infant 2018 Applications closed. Closing Date for Applications was 1st February 2018. Other Classes 18/19 Apply on-line using Enrolment Application Form under 'About' Tab.
On This Day 21st February 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London
Thought for the Week: A jewel will not shine if it is not polished. - Japanese Proverb
Weather Watch: Lowest temperature so far autumn/winter 17/18 was -2.3°C at 02.00 on Dec 11th.
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THE BUDGET & SCHOOL FINANCES
We hoped in vain that increases in grants to primary schools would be part of this year’s budget. Our income from government and parents is €50,000 less on average than it was 4 years ago. We have tried as best we can to maintain the things that impact directly on teaching and learning in that time. Despite much talk in the media of school being free the truth of the matter is that we and most other primary schools would be closing for parts of the year if it was not for parental funding. Without the money that parents pay towards school supplies to classes each September we could not supply classrooms with the requisites they need every day. Even at that teachers regularly supplement these with their own money.
Heat, light, cleaning, water and insurance account for over €95k of our Capitation Grant of €134k. That leaves less than 30 cent per child per day for everything else– books, printing and paper, educational equipment, IT equipment, buildings maintenance etc.
We had hoped IT funding to buy 16 additional laptops would also be issued but that too has vanished and to maintain our IT integration in lessons we still need to purchase them.
Our Maintenance Fund Appeal will issue after the mid-term break. We really need your financial support to continue giving your child the modern education they need and deserve.
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,
Community Spirit or Effort.
Well done to our October ACEs.
VI:Nolan: Keelin Murphy & Killian White
VI:Heaney: Jack Flanagan & Ciara de Klein
VI: Boland: Craig Coughlan & Sophie Ryan
Our BBC micro:bit Pilot Project began in September 2016 in Pat Butler’s 5th Class. We had been following the development of the micro:bit with great interest and noted that where there is a genuine interest in developing STEM and technology in schools that investment follows. BBC with corporate support provided over 1 million of these free to 11 year olds in UK schools.
A corporate sponsor came on board to buy us 35 on condition they remain anonymous.
The Micro Bit was designed to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media. It has been designed to work alongside other systems, such as the Raspberry Pi, building on BBC's legacy with the BBC Micro for computing in education.
Work began in Pat Butler’s class and the children, through familiarity with Scratch programming, began using the Block programming.
Our intention is that the children will get to take them home and continue to program using mobile devices and Bluetooth. A world of projects can be found at https://www.microbit.co.uk/ and the only limit is your imagination.
If the project is successful we will consider them for all 5th classes next year with the micro:bit appearing on the booklist.
JUNIOR INFANT APPLICATIONS
The closing date for applications for Junior Infants September 2017 is the 1st February. Applications are made through the Scoil Ide Website. Places will be offered during the first week in February.
It is really important that parents apply before the closing date to avoid missing out on a place as has happened. If your neighbours have children ready for school please let them know.
6th have been working on 'forced perspective' in Art
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
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1) The Wetlands Project continues in Neil Foley’s 6th. Follow their discoveries at
2) Aistear is providing great and appropriate learning experiences in our Infant classes.
3) The coding language Scratch is now taught in a structured way from 2nd to 6th with ScratchJr taught prior to this. Interesting that the Min. for Education intends to introduce coding from 2018.
4) 6th Class Students’ Council members attended the awarding of the Kindness Flag to Ard Scoil Mhuire. We will be participating in the project this year along with St. Munchin’s College and LIT with the help of Ard Scoil Mhuire.
5) Michelle McKeon Bennett of LIT spoke to 5th Class about her work with NASA during Space Week. Great to have women in science talk to the children.
6) 5th Classes are also taking part in our annual K’Nex Bridge Building Project. The bridges are all tested to destruction. As we are going to print Ms. Murphy’s are leading with one of their bridges carrying 28 kg. School record is 34.5 kg.
7) Violin classes for all 1st class children have begun. Thanks to parents’ funding we bought over 30 violins a number of years ago. Some of the first children to get these lessons are now starring in our Orchestra.
8) Lots of classes in the Senior Building are recording and representing data– a vital Maths skill. Data as varied as the temperature in Barrow Alaska and the water temperature in the pond is recorded and graphed daily.
9) Monthly Assemblies for classes 3rd to 6th continue each Friday and it’s great to see so many parents and grandparents join us to celebrate and reflect on the passing months.
10) Literacy Lift Off classes are continuing in 1st. These are intense reading instruction with 4 teachers working in each room and the children working for set periods on reading, phonics and writing.
11) Rugby squads had their first outing of the season in St. Munchin’s pitches on Sat, Oct 1st vs CBC Prep School from Cork. Great to see so many boys taking part and again great parental support. Thanks to our Teachers who give so much of their time to coaching this and other activities after school.
For the last few weeks many Sixth Class parents have been attending secondary school open days to assist them in making up their minds about which school to apply to. Applications must be sent to the first choice secondary school before January 16th. 9 choices must be filled in on the form. If parents have decided on their first choice school they should send in the form to that school as soon as possible. If you wish to discuss your options with the Principal or class teachers please ring the School Office for an appointment.
LAUDATO SI’ PROJECT
Our 6th Classes are working with Mary Imm. College students who are taking a module on Christian Anthropology. The students are interpreting Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, which deals with how we treat our world, for the 6th classes. The physical condition of our world is something that older children are acutely aware of and it concerns them greatly. We’re sure it will be a great learning experience for both children and students.
School Closed Monday, 31st October to Friday, 4th November 2016 (incl)- Mid-term Break
Christmas Holidays: Closing Thursday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 9th January 2017
Closed Monday, 20th February - Friday , 24th February 2017 (incl)- Mid-Term Break
Closed Friday, 17th March 2017- Public Holiday
Easter Holidays: Closing Friday, 7th April at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 24th April 2017
Closed Monday, 1st May 2017 -Public Holiday
Closed Monday, 5th June 2017 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 30th June 2017 at 12.15 p.m.
Scoil Íde is used as a Polling Station so we will be closed for any Elections/Referendums that may be called.
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