May 2, 2024

Making the most of the Snow Day

Although the children may have been a little disappointed this morning that they had to come to school and weren’t on a snow day at home, the children made the most of the situation as they built a snow castle and a snow wall. There was impressive team work skills on show and it was a joy to watch the pupils co-operating and supporting one another outside the classroom.

Soccer Tournament

This week, six of our senior pupils went to Shiven Rovers, Newbridge and played in a 5 a-side soccer tournament. Unfortunately the team came away defeated after a number of matches against some tough opposition but the children really enjoyed the outing. The students were thrilled with our new jerseys and we look forward to using them again in the near future.

History Workshops

Over the last six weeks, the pupils in the senior room researched their family trees using the census, Irish genealogy and land registry websites. We welcomed historian Martin Curley as he worked with the children investigating the historical evidence in the village of Aughrim. The pupils also got the opportunity to learn alongside some of their peers, the 5th/6th class of St. Catherine’s N.S. The two schools visited the local churches, graveyards and the townpark with Martin and their teachers. It was a very enjoyable and informative experience for all involved.

Valentines Letters

The children in the Junior room decided to post their Valentines letters this year with a trip to the local post office and shop. They got a lovely treat from the shopkeeper which made the delivery of the letters even sweeter. We hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day<3

WOW Wednesday for February

For the month of February, every Wednesday the children and staff have been increasing their steps. The school is taking part in WOW Wednesdays for the Green Schools Travel Flag. Before school the children meet at the village park and walk/run a few laps and get some vital fresh air into their lungs. We then all walk back to the school to begin our learning day. The weather so far has been very kind to us and we look forward to completing our month rain free.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Visit

The National Parks and Wildlife Service visited the school recently to educate the students about Irish nature and encourage interest in and respect for the environment and our natural heritage.

Liz and Claire presented and discussed with the students topics such as Biodiversity, Habitats, Irish Mammals and Irish Birds. The engagement in the nature themed powerpoint presentation followed by a show and tell segment with stuffed animals and other props was very impressive. We really enjoyed the experience and look forward to another visit in the near future.

Christmas Wishes

December has been busy preparing for our Christmas Concert that we were so happy returned after two long years. The children worked very hard in their roles, learned the songs and actions and did a fantastic job on the 16th December when parents came in to see the play. The staff were super proud of the children on the day, and as a community, it was lovely to chat and mingle in the school. The Parents’ Association provided tea and coffee and light bites which went down a treat. Thank you also to all the parents and staff who contributed beautiful raffle prizes that were won on the day.

We also held Ballinasloe Christmas Jumper Day on December 9th and very proudly raised one hundred euro for Galway Hospice and Ballinasloe Social Services.

Well done to all the children, we hope you enjoy a well deserved break and look forward to see what 2023 holds for us here in The Glebe. Wishing you all the best!

Nollaig Shona Daoibh!!

Ballinasloe Credit Union Art Competition

Congratulations to two of the younger pupils in the school who won prizes in the Ballinasloe Credit Union Art Competition recently. We are very proud of you both!!

 

Shoebox Appeal

We are very proud of the pupils here as many of the children and families decided to get involved in  Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal this year. It is an annual campaign that delivers gifts straight into the hands of children affected by poverty.

Happy Halloween

There was great excitement in the school today as the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Every year the school hosts a Children’s Health Foundation Trick or Treat Party to raise much needed funds to support sick children in Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly hospitals. Everyone made a great effort and we really appreciate the donations made by all the families.

We decided as part of homework this week to have a pumpkin decorating competition. It was a very difficult task to choose the overall winners in both classrooms as everyone did such a great job!!

Today the children were given the task of creating their own Halloween costumes in groups using only black plastic bin bags and other various materials. Didn’t they do a fantastic job!

The children also took part in a Halloween kahoot quiz and did some minecraft coding in the afternoon.

We would like to wish the children and all the school community an enjoyable midterm.