We went on a tour of our school and found some fantastic pieces of art work from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
We selected a few of our favourite pieces and recreated them in our classroom. Van Gogh would be proud of these wonderful interpretations!
The girls in Ms. Meenagh’s Senior Infants class were learning all about toys for one week. We met Ms. Meenagh’s old teddy Dogger, and read the story Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We saw lots of pictures of toys from the past and even looked at some old toys in our classroom.
Each girl also brought in a toy that was very special to her and told everyone about it. While our toys were in school we drew them. Here are some of the fabulous drawings beside our special toys!
On the 21st of September we took the bus into town to visit the Natural History Museum. We met Catherine who showed us various animal skulls as part of a workshop called ‘Skullduggery’. We learned how to identify animals as predators or prey, as well as what type of food they ate. It was a great day out – apart from getting caught in the rain on the way home!
We were really lucky to have a visit from a famous poet this week. Tony Curtis came in to talk to us, show us his poems and and he even recited one of Shakespeare’s sonnets for us. He was really impressed by all the poems we could say and songs we could sing for him.
The drum is an instrument that appears in every culture. In Ireland, our drum is called a bodhrán. The word ‘bodhar’ means ‘deaf’. Can you figure out why a drum might be given that name? Other countries have bongo drums or kettle drums or other types of drum. Our pictures show the girls enjoying a drumming workshop.
The ancient art of puppetry was on show today when the Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre came to Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). The children really enjoyed the puppet shows. The costumes, scenery and music were wonderful. The Juniors were treated to an environmentally-friendly version of Little Red Riding Hood and the Seniors enjoyed the exploits of Micilín the Leprechaun! There was terrific audience participation and a wonderful time was had by all. Puppets are a very old form of theatre in many cultures of the world and today’s shows were in that tradition. A great experience for the children.
Tony Curtis is an Irish poet who paid a visit to the children in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) today. Tony is a great communicator and has a terrific way with words.
From Shakespeare to Bob Dylan (and others in between!) there was lots of singing, clapping and laughing from the children as he sang songs and recited poems for and with them. The children joined in enthusiastically and they really enjoyed the visit.
See Tony’s website tonycurtisirishpoet.com for examples of his work.
On Monday 18th January, the girls in 5th and 6th Classes will have a real treat! The wonderful play, Me, Mollser, will be coming to the school. The Department of Education and Skills, in conjunction with The Abbey Theatre (the National Theatre of Ireland), is supporting the performance of this play for children in 5th and 6th Classes around the country, as part of the 1916 Commemoration Programme. We are very fortunate that we have been chosen as one of the schools where the Abbey Theatre will perform. The play is a re-telling of The Plough and the Stars by Seán O’Casey through the eyes of the youngest character, Mollser. It is set in the notorious tenements of Dublin around 1916 and promises to be a memorable performance for the children. Be sure to ask your daughter all about it when she comes home on the 18th!
Today, 1st February, we celebrate the feast day of St. Brigid, Lá Fhéile Bríde. St. Brigid is one of the foremost saints in Ireland.
She is associated with spring and new growth. She was a wise and courageous leader and was renowned for her hospitality
and her kindness to those in need. Her most famous monastery was in Kildare – Cill Dara – the Church of the Oak Wood.
There are many stories about St. Brigid, the best known of which is St. Brigid’s Cloak. This tells us how she acquired land to build her monastery.
She is the patron saint of our school, Scoil Bhríde. Visit our outdoor performance space where you will see some lovely mosaic panels depicting the life and works of St Brigid.
The raising of our Blue Flag in September was a cause of great excitement. Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) was awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of the great work on Europe done by the children in every class during the last school year. The children learned about many aspects of European life today and throughout history. We had visits from Ministers Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar who spoke to the older girls about the workings of the European institutions (like the European Parliament). The children:
- learned how decisions made in Europe affect us –and how we can influence the decisions that are made!
- became aware of the rich body of work by European musicians, poets, authors and painters
- explored European languages and the connections between them
- did projects on European countries.
Their work was displayed throughout the school over the course of the year and the children presented their findings to each other.
In this way, every child learned many new things about Europe and they enjoyed themselves in the process