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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YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION
‘How does touch screen technology work’ was the question our Young Scientist Exhibition entry sought to answer. Through experimentation with different materials the group, representing different senior classes, was able to demonstrate that the electrical charge in our own bodies when picked up by capacitive touch sensors is what enables touch screens in smart phones and tablets. To demonstrate this they connected fruit to the sensors and the sensors were connected to a Raspberry Pi—a mini computer. They wrote code using Python ( a computer language) which played a different musical sound each time the fruit was touched. After experimentation with different materials they choose fruit because its high water content made it a good conductor.
The children really enjoyed the whole process which began in the last school year. We are deeply grateful to teacher Pat Butler for sharing his expertise in guiding the process and his unstinting generosity with his time and also to all the teachers who helped with supervision and transporting material. We also want to thank parent Mark Burkley for his assistance throughout the project.
Although we regret the loss of our beautiful Lime Tree in front of the Senior Infant Rooms we couldn’t have envisaged the transformation of the stump to the beautiful piece of art it has become. Following Storm Barney it became necessary to remove the tree for safety reasons. Having seen some ‘chainsaw art’ in the People’s Park from previous storm remains we contacted chainsaw artist Will Fogarty to see what he could do with the stump.
Will, working on the theme of creatures local to the area, has carved an owl. heron, salmon, kestrel, badger and a squirrel from the stump at the time of writing. The project has garnered huge interest both locally and through social media where our Facebook page had a ‘reach’ of over 10,000 people.
The tree sculpture is expected to last over 30 years and we hope many children and parents will go on to enjoy it.
Many businesses and industries, particularly those in the STEM areas, have increased the support they give to schools in the past couple of years. Although we have received some support, because there are no industries local to Corbally we can often miss out on funding or outreach programmes.
If you work in a company or business please check if they offer support to schools and feel free to apply on our behalf. We have seen clear benefits for the children from the increased STEM focus we have taken on in the last few years but the costs of maintaining and developing these areas are large.
Many organisations and state bodies continue to emphasise the importance of STEM subjects and research shows that developing an early interest in these subjects is vital– so much so that exposure to a rich STEM curriculum at primary level is essential. We hope, with the help of parents, to tap into companies and bodies that will support this at ground level.
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 class on Monday, 1st February 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.
LONGSHIPS & ROCKETS
4th and 5th class projects for this term include the Viking Longship Challenge (4th) and the Rocket Challenge (5th). The fastest longship over our 3 m course will be the winner as will the rocket that travels the furthest from the launch pad. The run offs will take place to coincide with #engweek 15. Children will also be expected to keep a Learning Log detailing the planning , testing and improving of their designs. These have run in previous years and are immensely enjoyable learning experiences for the children encompassing many curricular areas as well as working with their parents and peers.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Food has become quite an emotive issue in modern society. We do not have a policy in Scoil Ide about children’s lunches because it is beyond our power to enforce. We also believe strongly that feeding children healthy food is a parental responsibility and duty. A focus on school lunches also takes away attention from what children are eating the rest of the time– which is most of the time. Good eating habits start and continue at home. Reasonable advice on what is healthy food is widely available.
A number of parents, particularly in Infant Classes, have expressed concern about the amount of ‘treats’ or party favours that are given to teachers to distribute to the class. While a very generous idea it does put added pressure on parents who have their own very clear ideas about what they want their children to eat. Therefore we ask that parents do not hand in whole class treats as we cannot distribute them.
Many thanks to the parents who have supported our Maintenance Fund Appeal which is vital in keeping our additional educational programmes such as STEM and Music instrument teaching in place. A reminder will issue shortly to those who have not responded to this year’s appeal. Funding to primary schools remains at its lowest ‘cuts’ level while all costs have continued to rise so your support would be greatly appreciated.
JUNIOR INFANT PLACES
The Board of Management will allocate places in Junior Infant classes 2016 shortly. The closing date for applications is February 1st.
In future we will be accepting applications only in the year prior to the child starting school. All applications are now online through our website.
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: Jakub Konopka & Íofa Campbell
VI:Heaney: Eoin Price & Anna Shaw
VI: Boland: Jack McLoughlin & Kayleigh Cremin
Academic Excellence Awards for the term’s work were presented to:
Fiona Ryan VI:Nolan
Patrick Mitchell VI:Boland
Nicole Ryan VI:Heaney
February Mid-Term; Closed Thursday, 18th & Friday, 19th February 2016
Easter Holidays: Closing Wednesday, 16th March at 12.15 p.m. Re-opening Monday, 4th April 2016
May Mid-Term: Closed Monday, 2nd May to Friday, 6th May (incl.)
Closed Monday, 6th June 2016 Public Holiday
Summer Holidays: Closing Thursday, 30th June 2016 at 12.15 p.m.
The school will also be closed for the General Election— date yet to be announced at time of printing.
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