Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
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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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JUNIOR INFANT INTAKE 2018
The closing date for applications for Junior Infants is February 1st. Already we have 120 applications
for 78 places so it is a year that will prove difficult. We have 3 classes leaving the school this year and
have no further capacity to reorganise classes internally.
The Board of Management will be determining places in strict accordance with the Intake Policy. In the
case of oversubscription places are allocated first to children in Category 1 which includes children
living in the Parish of St. Nicholas, siblings of children in the school and children of staff members
starting with the oldest children. We will almost certainly be allocating places on the basis of age this
If places remain after this they are allocated by lottery to those outside of the previous criteria. It is
highly unlikely this year that any places will be available to anyone in Category 2.
Mr. O'Donoghue's Primary Science Team
The School will be closed for Curriculum In-service Wednesday, 11th April 2018. (Rescheduled after Storm Ophelia)
PRIMARY SCIENCE FAIR
Children from Mr. O’Donoghue’s 5th Class exhibited their research on growing food in space at
the Primary Science Fair. Inspired by the movie and book ’The Martian’ the children researched and
replicated experiments in growing seeds in controlled conditions. Using rapidly germinating Brassica
Rapa seeds they investigated phototropism and with the help of a Clinostat, constructed and coded
using the Lego Mindstorms, examined the effects of microgravity on plant growth. All the seeds were
grown in Agar Agar– a solution made from algae. A very detailed observation log was kept by all the
children throughout the investigation.
Dr. Siobhan Moane and Dr. Peter Downey from LIT came to talk to the children about the scientific
process and how LIT are working, at a very advanced level, on growing food in microgravity
The children’s work was on display in Mary Immaculate College on Thursday, 18th February.
Wire Sculpture In Mr. Foley's 6th
RSE TALK FOR PARENTS
In preparation for teaching the sexuality element of the Relationships & Sexuality Education
programme in 5th and 6th classes a talk will be held for parents of children in 5th and 6th classes on
Monday, 29th January at 8 p.m. when the material to be covered will be outlined to parents.
We emphasise each year that what we teach can only be a starting point for an ongoing conversation
between parents and children which should take place over the next few years.
It is vitally important to children’s well being and sense of themselves that parents continue this
conversation through the teenage years.
3rd Class January Assembly
Sincere thanks to the very many parents who have contributed to the Scoil Ide Maintenance Fund.
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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
¨ Mr. Foley’s 6th are planting extra blackberry plants in the Outdoor Classroom. Last year’s fruit planting proved very successful.
¨ 6th Class are working on their Irish partly through an internal competition to give the best commentary– as Gaeilge a la TG4 Rugbai Beo– on a passage of play in a match.
¨ We’re gearing up for our Viking Longship Challenge in 4th and the Bottle Rocket Challenge in 5th. Classes will be working on these in February concluding in Engineers Week.
¨ Fourth Classes are swimming this term as part of their PE programme. We are fortunate that we don’t have to add in the cost of buses for swimming as the children can walk to Grove Island. Swimming is the only thing we teach that can save your life so it is really important that all children take part.
¨ Watch has begun for frog spawn on the pond in the Outdoor Classroom. We’re wondering if the mild weather will see it appear sooner than the normal mid-February.
¨ Literacy Lift Off is in operation in Senior Infants boosting reading abilities.
Ms. O’Connor’s 5th have been working on the Dell sponsored VEX Robotics Project since before Christmas. The class were divided into teams dealing with engineering, materials, building, programming , PR and design.
The class were given great assistance by Mark Quigley and Declan Moran from Dell. They will be taking part in the Limerick Finals in early February.
Our Annual Monster Raffle will take place on Friday May 4th this year as Easter is so early. The funds
raised by this and other fundraising go to adding to the extra educational programmes and equipment
that would not be possible if we relied on Dept. of Education funding.
Rugby action v Willow Park
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,
Community Spirit or Effort.
Well done to our December ACEs.
VI:Nolan: Ava Collins & Rory McDermott
VI:Heaney: Molly Flanagan & Cian Kelly
VI: Boland: Scott Callaghan & Ellie McCarthy
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS
These are awarded to the highest scoring child in each class in our 5ths and 6ths at Christmas and the summer.
Congratulations to the following for their hard work.
V Kavanagh: Rory Specht
V Keats: Lucia Hernandez
V Bronte: Erin Hayes
V Frost: Jack Hannon
VI Boland: Cian Mulcahy
VI Nolan: Tana Mulqueen
VI Heaney: Ella Bolger
February 2018 mid-term break: Closed Thursday 15th February 2018 and Friday 16th February 2018.
Closed Monday, 19th March 2018- Public Holiday
Easter 2018: School closing Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12.15 p.m. Reopening Monday 9th April 2018.
Closed for Curriculum In-service Wednesday, 11th April 2018. (Rescheduled after Storm Ophelia)
Closed Monday 7th May 2018 – Friday 11th May 2018 Inclusive.
Closed Monday, 4th June 2018 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 29th June 2018 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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