For the last week, we have been celebrating Friendship Week in St Molaga’s. Each class studied poems about friendship and made a special effort to be nice to one another! Some classes made friendship chains and friendship bracelets, while others wrote poems about friendship.
Throughout the week, the children collected Friendship Tokens when they were seen being friendly and polite. Everyone made a great effort to win as many tokens as possible. Here are the children who received a certificate for being the most friendly and courteous in their class.
Third classes are a frenzy of wings, sunhats, drums, stars and candy canes this week as all the children and teachers sing their hearts out and prepare for next week’s performances of “Children of the World”.
Looking forward to seeing lots of parents and grandparents at our shows on
Tuesday (Ms Geraghty/Ms Brennock/Ms Kiely) and on Wednesday (Ms Carmody/Ms Sullivan/Ms Kiely).
Even though it’s cold outside (even colder than our prefab) we still go out for a run twice a day almost every day. On Monday mornings we have P.E. but every other morning we go at approximately 10:10 and every afternoon at 2:15. If it’s really cold or raining we wear our coats. If it’s lashing rain we stay inside and do a ‘bizzy’ break. That’s only happened twice so far.
We have the choice to run a full lap or a half lap and we can go at whatever pace we like. Mr. Gorman only runs a half lap but most of the class run a full lap. Anyone who has been in every day and ran a full lap will have run approximately 50 km by Christmas.
The amazing thing is that it takes less than 5 minutes from the time we leave our desks until we’re back at work again. We know because we’ve timed it.
Here are some comments from our class.
Laps clear my mind and after running I feel calm. Juwaria
Laps let me express my feelings and clear my mind but finally it is fun for me and the class. Senan
Sometimes when the astro is closed we do them around the yard but there still a lot more fun than doing work in class. Ellen
I like laps and I always beat Mr.Gorman. Mark
I like doing laps because it clears my mind and it is great fun to do laps. Sean
I like to do laps because it wakes me up and it’s really fun. Sam
I love doing laps because they are fun. Amy
I love laps because they help me get ready for the next subject. Caitlin.
I love laps because they keep me active. Tadhg
I like laps because you get a break from work. Daniel
I love laps. I am glad that we do laps. Hannah.
I love doing laps two times a day. Rhys.
Laps are so fun and they make you happy. Jack.
Laps are and cool but they are very tiring. Donal
I like the laps because it helps me get fit. Ava
I love laps because it gives me fresh air and helps me get fit. Cillian
I like laps because they’re fun to do. Sophia
I like laps because its fun. Niamh.
I love laps because its nice to get outside. Max
I like laps because I beat teacher all the time and it’s nice to have some fresh air. Austeja
I love laps because we get to go on the big astro and it gives you fresh air. Jake
Laps are for life because we get fresh air and it helps us to get fit and it’s great fun. Bartosz
Even when I don’t feel like going out I still do, because it give’s me and all the class energy and it helps us to concentrate. Mr. Gorman
On Friday, we joined a Puffin Virtually Live presentation. We were able to draw along with Adam Hargreaves – son of Roger Hargreaves, who continues his father’s popular Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children’s books, and this year has illustrated the Dr Men Series.
We created comic book characters with Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of Diary of Wimpy Kid.
We were inspired to create our own superhero by Ali-A, who’s been inspired by his new graphic novel Game On1!, illustrated by Alek Sotirovski.
We heard the author of Wonder, R. J. Palacio, talking about using technology to create illustrations.
One of the best sections was looking at the wonderful illustrations in Malala’s inspiring new picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil illustrated by Kerascoët. We have read this book in class and we love it.
We had two Math Quizzes in the hall on Thursday as part of Maths Week. The teams were all mixed, with children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th all being on teams together. Ms Geraghty, Ms Donnellan, Ms Ferguson and Mr Brown’s classes took part in the first quiz. Ms Carmody, Ms Walsh, Ms McNicholas and Ms McMahon’s classes took part in the second quiz. Everyone had a great time!
Our sixth classes took part in the Active Ireland “Taking on the Teachers” challenge. We did basketball relays, tug of war, a penalty shoot out and golf (which everyone found hard!) At the end of the challenge, it was a draw but sixth class won after a basketball shoot out. Everyone was delighted, especially when they got a night off homework as a prize!
In even better news, we just learned that our school, along with another school in Donegal, won the competition so we have won €150 of sports equipment for the school.
We are a healthy and active class. At least once once a day we go out to the All weather pitch (“the big astro”) for a run. The children choose whether to run a full lap which is approximately 440 metres or a half lap. In September the class ran a total of 489 laps.