… 2016/2017 is already a good few weeks old.
This is our first update since the summer holidays. The new children have settled very well and everybody in the school is quite busy with a lot of exciting activities going on. As usual, please check on the activity pages for an overview and also some new pictures.
During summer some improvements have been made to classrooms, new carpets were added in parts, old carpets were cleaned, boards, doors were painted. In our usual hands-on approach a lot of this work was done by ourselves. This type of background work is often not seen in the everyday run of things. Nevertheless it is quite essential to maintain a feeling of well-being in the school.
Two new teachers are involved in the school since September: Katie Walsh (Resource Teacher) and Chloe Nairn (General Allocation). The children have warmed to their presence already.
Following last year’s success the children of Deirdre’s class have begun guitar lessons with Dave Flynn again. We are very grateful for Music Generation for giving us this opportunity but also to the Cranmore Regeneration Program that has partially funded the program for us.
The children decided to declare Thursday to their Banana-Cake-Day. To find out what that means, look here.
The school garden gets a general overhaul and children take turns working with Robert outside. So far hedges and trees have been cut back, the rhubarb was moved to a new area, a raised bed has been started in the centre of the garden. Over the coming weeks we’ll shape the pathways between the beds anew also.
Chess was introduced for the children as the latest addition to their learning program.
The weekly school meeting takes place every Friday morning and the children have already made a number of plans for extra activities:
The Halloween Party will take place on Tuesday, 25th of October.
On Friday, 28th of October a pet day is planned. The idea is that on this day parents/guardians would bring the children’s pets into the school at 1.45. The children would see and learn about other children’s pets as well as having the opportunity to show their own pet to the rest of the school. (The children have already decided that dogs must be on a lead in case they try to chase the cats!)
In November the annual Cake Sale will be organised by the older children.
The Winter Performance is scheduled for the 16th of December.
Envisaged for later in the school year are a trip to Mitchell/Curley Park (March), participation at a Chess tournament (April), a trip to Knocknarea (May), the Family Fun Day and our school tour (June).
SSP takes part in the Primary Colours art program this term. The introductory session took place on the 21st of October in the Yeats Building.
Last not least we wish to show you a snapshot of a recent encounter in the school. We found it on the camera, not knowing where it came from nor where it went. We have tried hard to find out but it still remains a mystery to us what exactly we should make of it. If anyone out there has an idea, please write to us!