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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PAY IT FORWARD AWARD
We were delighted to be awarded the Kindness Flag by Pay It Forward Limerick at an award ceremony in our Hall on Wednesday, 22nd November. Our Students’ Council led the school towards the Award over the past year, since we were invited to participate by Ard Scoil Mhuire– the first school to be awarded the flag.
They were re-awarded the flag and ourselves and St. Munchin’s College received our flags. The idea behind the Award is simple– whatever kindness you receive, pay it forward to somebody else. As our coordinator, Ray D’Arcy, said at the ceremony it was an easy concept to develop in Scoil Ide as common courtesies and good manners can be seen every day in the school community. The Students’ Council deserve great credit for bringing the message to the entire school and being exemplary in their own dealings with children and adults. The Pay It Forward Challenge was passed on to 9 other schools for the coming year.
Sincere thanks to the many parents who responded so promptly to our Maintenance Fund Appeal. Your support means we can continue to renew class novels, fund music lessons and provide expensive Maths & Science equipment among other things.
ANALOG DEVICES -’WOMEN IN STEM’ VISIT
We hosted a visit by the Analog Devices Women in STEM group recently. All major engineering firms are concerned about the number of STEM graduates and in particular the number of female graduates coming through. The group are interested in what companies can do to encourage interest in STEM subjects. We gave them an overview of our STEM programme in the school from Junior Infants to 6th Class and they saw the programme in action. We made a number of suggestions about the support we and other schools need in this area.
We were glad to be able to do this and were happy to see one of the big local employers looking at what’s actually needed for schools to encourage STEM interest in children.
We are pleased to be taking part in two national Curriculum Development projects under the aegis of the NCCA. We are currently piloting aspects of the new Junior Infants to 2nd Maths Curriculum. The Maths curriculum, when completed , will shape the teaching of Maths in schools for the next 10 years or so.
We will also be involved in working with NCCA on the new Coding in Primary School Initiative. Richard Bruton, Minister for Education, is keen to see coding introduced at an appropriate level in primary schools and has instructed NCCA to work on this. We are glad to have the chance to tell how and what we teach in coding throughout the school.
INTEL MINI SCIENTIST COMPETITION
Roboball: Humans v Computers
is the title of our Intel Mini-Scientist Project which will take part in the area final in early December. Conor Mulcahy, Eva Donnelly, Ben Sheehan and Cian Mulcahy are the team members who came up with the project and designed, built, coded and refined the project through many iterations. The team have put in many hours during breaktimes and using BBC micro:bits have created an actual game where a human can play Roboball to try score against two autonomous Bots.
The team even designed, coded and built goal-line technology that can judge scores. We wish them the best in the final. They have worked with teachers Pat Butler and Mark Gleeson in developing the skills necessary to complete the project themselves.
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: Patryk Rejkowicz & Tana Mulqueen
VI:Heaney: Ralph Fitzgerald & Emma Quinn.
VI: Boland: Nicky Ryan & Cathal Glynn
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
1) 3rd Classes took part in a Skype call with the Irish Embassy in Beijing, China. The call was organised by teacher Aidan Hennessy and diplomatic staff in the Embassy answered a lot of the children’s questions about life in China.
2) Our Orchestra are preparing for a Christmas performance for the residents of Corbally Nursing Home.
3) Local TD Jan O’Sullivan called to Mr. Burns’ 4th Class to answer questions the children had about climate change and our response to it as a country.
4) Our Rugby squads hit the road at 6.15 a.m. on Saturday, 11th November to play in Blackrock College against Willow Park.
5) Lots of activities were undertaken for national Science Week 2017 but we prefer to think that in 2017 every week should have some science!
A statement of accounts for 2016/2017, approved by the Board of Management, can be viewed on www.scoilide.ie under the News tab.
Our Bird Feeders are back in action with the coming of winter and Mr. Foley’s 6th have taken on the responsibility of topping them up. The birds at the feeders give the classes great scientific opportunities for observation, recording and graphing of bird species, feed amounts and frequency of feeding as well as taking joy in watching nature close up.
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS
We operate a wide ranging games programme for pupils after school. We would be unable to do this without the generous giving of their own free time by teachers. We ask parents of children who take part to remember that games are dependent on weather conditions and can be called off at short notice. As school sports are not a child minding arrangement on our part parents need to be available to pick up children if games are cancelled. Children are always allowed to phone home in such circumstances and when possible we will text in advance.
THE JESSE TREE
One of our traditions in the school is the decoration of the Jesse Tree in preparation for the season of Advent. This year 4th Classes have been given the task of preparing and decorating the Jesse Tree, which has symbols and stories of the ancestors of Jesus. The Jesse Tree will be placed in the main corridor on the 1st December.
MUSIC IN SCOIL ÍDE
Music is taught in every standard in the school but we make extra provision in certain classes. All children in 1st Class are taught violin by our Orchestra Director Marian Ryan. If children are interested in continuing with the violin we suggest individual lessons after this. Recorder is taught by a specialist music teacher Deirdre O’Flynn to every child in the 3rd classes. Children are then chosen to join the Junior Ensemble, which practises once per week and performs twice yearly. The Wind Ensemble is also part of the Scoil Ide Orchestra.
As children move up through the school we encourage them to go to music schools for individual tuition or to join our Orchestra. Private classes (Fee Paying) in violin are available after school.
The Scoil Ide Choir practises and performs regularly and is directed by Grace Burke and Hilary Phayer. The Scoil Ide Orchestra is conducted by Marian Ryan and is made up of strings, wind and percussion. The Orchestra rehearses on Friday evenings after school.
The discipline and challenge of learning a musical instrument/singing in a choir is of huge benefit to children, not alone in terms of musical enjoyment, but also to their academic ability.
Christmas Holidays: Closing Friday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 8th January 2018
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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