Newsletter No.29 - Christmas Break
Dear Parents, guardians and friends of Thornleigh,
A message from the Principal
As the end of another year and term draws near and the season of goodwill is upon us, I would like to encourage you to instil in your children the gift of giving and citizenship this season.
Around this time of the year the expectation can be one of ‘what will I get’ instead of what can I give? The ethos of our school encourages ‘citizenship’ and taking care of others needs as well as our own. For example in December the children gave the ‘gift of happiness’ to the residents of Tara Winthrop when they sang like Angels. They also brought in gifts of food for those less fortunate than themselves to give to St. Vincent DePaul to distribute in your neighbourhood. Another event was Funky Shoes Day when the children donated €2 to help those suffering from mental health issues. They also raised over €500 for the neo natal unit of the Rotunda Hospital. Today the Choir sang for all the people returning home for Christmas at terminal 2 Dublin Airport.
Please encourage your children to give a little of themselves this season. They can;
Help a neighbour
Set the table
Help you tidy the house
Give time to the community
Endless ways exist in which to help out and give some of your time to others. This is a priceless gift. Sometimes just paying a visit to someone who lives alone can brighten up their day more than we know.
Enjoy a read, walk through the life of Thornleigh on the next few pages!
Happy holidays and every good wish for 2018.
Ms Paula Carolan - Príomhoide
Miss Ellyn - Junior Infants Teacher
What a great first term we have had in Junior Infants! We have made lots of friends and have achieved so much since we started school. We have really enjoyed the different things we have been learning about and we have enjoyed all of the wonderful things that have been happening in the school such as Science week! We have worked really hard with our reading, writing and phonics and we have read lots of books. We have loved doing story circles where we tell our friends a story which then goes into our very own book! We have loved learning lots of new things in Aistear. We learned all about the hospital and what it’s like to be a doctor. We were also working in Santa’s workshop getting ready for Christmas. We did so well practicing for our winter performance ‘Shine Star, Shine’. We have all worked very hard and are very proud of ourselves. Happy holidays everyone! J
Miss Ashling – Junior Infants Teacher
It’s being a wonderful first term in Junior Infants. We have made lots of friends and now we all walk into school by ourselves. We are doing our best in Junior Infants and our work is getting better all the time. Aistear was one of the high lights of our week and our topic was ‘Doctor’s Surgery’. We built hospitals, made hospital equipment and pretended to be doctors and patients.
During Science Week we learned about plants and animals and did some interesting experiments. We really enjoyed the six weeks of Yoga, it was great fun and it helped us to be relax. We had a fantastic time when we went to see ‘Aladdin’ in The Mill Theatre. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and see you in the New Year !!!
Miss Sharon. - Senior Infants Teacher
Nollaig Shona ó Naíonáin Mhóra. The class have had a very busy Term 1! In Aistear we learned all about Autumn and Halloween traditions in Ireland. We made beautiful Autumn pictures and hedgehogs. We also loved learning about Space, sang the ‘Planets’ song and made Rockets and Space pictures. Most recently we have been leaning about the Post Office and the journey of a letter at Christmas time. We have been busy writing and delivering letters and constructing Post Offices. We also made some lovely candy cane pictures and clay decorations.
In October we all enjoyed Maths week and Maths for Fun activities. In November we did lots of fun experiments during Science week, we even made rainbow milk! Throughout the first term we also loved being active in our yoga classes and everyone had lots of fun in Drama. Last week we all went to see the Aladdin Pantomime, which was brilliant. Lastly, we have been very busy rehearsing and look forward to our own Winter Performance in school this week.
We would like to thank Miss Aoife for all her great teaching in Term 1 and wish her well on her maternity leave. Also, we’d like to thank all the Support Teachers and Miss Olu for helping us with our learning this term. Have a lovely winter break everyone! Miss Sharon and Senior Infants.
Miss Eva – Senior Infants Teacher
We had a great first term in Senior Infants. We’ve been very busy and have been working hard since September. We loved Aistear where we explored the themes of autumn, Halloween, space and the Post Office. We really enjoyed Soup Day in September and thought the soup made with vegetables from the school garden was delicious.
We learned lots during Science week when we visited a planetarium in our school hall and we loved doing experiments in Science for fun.
We had a super school tour to the Aladdin Pantomime in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum. We all thought the panto was fantastic.
We want to say thank you to Sharon, Alice and Lorna who helped us with our reading and writing in term 1. We hope all the Thornleigh boys and the girls and their families enjoy their holidays and we look forward to seeing all our friends again in January.
Miss Catríona - First Class Teacher
Well it has certainly been a busy first term! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know every student. We have made huge progress in our English writing skills and our listening skills as we had Power Hour for 11 weeks. We also enjoyed lots maths for fun. We completed art work for Mental Health awareness and ‘Under The Sea’ which was our theme for Science Week. We got to hold shark’s teeth and dolphin skulls! We loved our drama classes. We have grown so much in confidence and have improved immensely in our oral English skills. For the month of November we won the punctuality prize of pizza and a movie. We enjoyed pepperoni pizza along with Christmas movies. In the month of December we went to the Christmas Panto ‘Aladdin’ which was enjoyed by all. Have a happy and safe Christmas! From Ms. Catríona.
Miss Laura K. - First Class Teacher
What a fantastic first term we have had in First Class. In September, we had two new students join our class and all the children made them feel very welcome. Now we are all friends and have been practicing being kind and helping others. I am so proud of the kind words and actions I see the children using every day.
We had our literacy power hour in Term 1 and the children have all worked so hard and made great progress with their reading and writing.
In maths we have been working on our addition and subtraction skills. We also got the chance to practice our mental maths skills during maths week when we did maths trails, maths games and made animal tessellations.
The children really enjoyed science week when we learned all about marine mammals. The whale and dolphin watch visited the school to give us a talk and we even got to hold a real shark tooth! We wrote about our favourite marine mammals and learned the catchy song ‘The marine mammal boogie’.
One of the highlights of this term was going to see the pantomime ‘Aladdin’. We all had so much fun singing along to the songs. We then got the chance to put on our own show where we sang some Christmas songs in the hall.
Thank you to the parents for their support this term. I wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas, I hope Santa is good to you all!
Miss Aisling - First Class Teacher
We have been very busy in Miss Aisling’s first class this term. We have been working hard trying to make our hand writing really neat and we reward our ‘Hand writer of the fortnight’. In maths we’ve been learning addition, subtraction, money and length and we even got to measure the length of the Basketball court! We really enjoyed maths week as we got to play lots of maths games for fun and we went on a maths trail. In S.E.S.E we were learning all about our bodies, animals and the seasons. We are enjoying drama on Wednesdays and we have made some great art pieces. This week we went to see ‘Aladdin’ in the Mill theatre which was really fun. We had our first assembly about ‘Hanukkah’ last week which was great as we got to show our families how good we are at drama but our new favourite thing is Gaeilge! We LOVE Gaeilge this year; we speak it in class, on yard, at home and even on school trips! This month we had a special visit from ‘Elfie Snowflake’ and he makes sure we behave until the holidays when we will take a well-deserved rest.
Miss Siobhan D. – Second Class Teacher
We have had a great term in 2nd class. This year our classroom is upstairs and we have grown up so much. The class have been working really hard on lots of different topics. Mouse came into our class and talked about different animals.
We put our name onto our own nut and hid them in the school garden. Hopefully we will find them in spring! We have a real flair for Art in our class, we have made penguins, snowflakes and winter scene pictures in the past few weeks. Mata Sa Rang is nearly over and we have improved so much at our Maths. Thanks so much to Ryan, Kathy and Andy for coming into our class. We never realised that Maths could be so much fun. Science week really was a highlight. A giant planetarium came into the hall. We went inside and were taken out of this world! We look forward to next term and I hope everyone has great winter break. Ms.Siobhan
Múinteoir Sean – Second Class Teacher
Hello Everybody! What a busy first term we’ve had in 2nd class! Everyone has worked very hard and learned lots of new and exciting things! A highlight has been the visits from Mouse every month where we have been learning all about Irish wild animals. We also went outside and hid some nuts! We will see if we can find them in 2018! A big thanks to Mouse for coming into our class. We also really enjoyed Science Week where we discovered lots about sharks, dolphins, and whales’ Marine life. We also visited the Planetarium which took us into Space! Our Mata sa Rang is coming to a close and we have really excelled at Maths! Thanks to Aoife F, Sharon and Fiona for coming in to help. In December we had our trip to the Christmas panto - “Rapunzel”. A fantastic day was had by children and teachers alike!
A word of thanks to Miss Fiona and Miss Emma for their help over the term.
Finally I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Miss Avril – Third Class Teacher
With Christmas fast approaching and a certain 'Elf on the Shelf' causing all sorts of mischief, 3rd class are busy preparing for their Christmas performance. This brings a busy first term to a close, with lots of hard work and fun activities behind us. Science and Maths week, a trip to the National Concert Hall and our annual panto at the Gaeity to name but a few. I hope the children have a well deserved rest over the Christmas holidays and return all refreshed in the new year. I wish you all a very happy holiday season and look forward to meeting you all again in 2018!
Múinteoir John – Third Class Teacher
What a fun filled first term we have had here in third class. We have done lots of fun things this term. We travelled to the national concert hall and learned all about music and science, made our own instruments, played lots of interesting instruments and made wonderful music. We have been making even more music on Thursdays with Ciaran, our Samba drumming teacher. Our class was also visited by Trocaire who spoke to us all about water and drought for science week. We had a fantastic time when we visited the gaiety theatre to see the Aladdin pantomime and later even put on our own Christmas performance. We have had an excellent first term in which we have worked really hard and had lots of fun. We are very proud of the work that we have done and cannot wait to do more in the New Year.
Múinteoir David – Fourth Class Teacher
It has been a very busy term in fourth class. We have been very lucky to have had so many exciting things to enjoy this term. We had a great trip into the Dead Zoo, where we learned about Irish Mammals and animals from around the world. Our trip to the National Concert Hall was a great day out and we got to make our own instruments as well as learning about music and science. The bonus to these trips was we got to see lots of the Dublin Landmarks we had been learning about like the Spire and Trinity College. Last week we visited Swords Castle and got to experience a little of what life was like long ago. We hope that all the children and their families have a Happy Christmas and New Year!
Múinteoir Matt – Fourth Class Teacher
It has been a very busy term in fourth class. We have been fortunate to have had so many things to enjoy this term. We loved learning about Irish mammals and mammals from around the world in the Dead Zoo. Our trip to the National Concert Hall was a great day out and we even got to make our own instruments all while learning about music and science. In December we visited Swords Castle and got to experience a little of what life was like long ago. We also really enjoyed our drama lessons all term. Our budding actors loved the Rapunzel Pantomime which was produced by the Gaiety Theatre. We hope that everyone has a great holiday and look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
Miss Pamela & Miss Carla - Fifth Class Teacher
Well we have come to the end of Term 1, and what a busy term we have had here in 5th Class. We have all been very dedicated to our work and have been busy learning and working hard. We have participated in so many activities this year; Marathon Kids where we completed a full Marathon, a National concert hall trip, a visit to Fingal Library, the Pantomime Rapunzel in the Gaeity theatre to name but a few. Also we have enjoyed Maths week and Science week. We look forward to 2018 and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday over the festive period.
From Ms Pamela/Ms Carla and all the pupils in 5th Class.
Miss Maurette - Fifth Class Teacher
Season’s Greetings! What a busy first term it has been in 5th class! We started doing long division and we have become dynamite dividers! In English we have written, recounts, reports and narratives. We did some really fun activities this term. We had a trip to the National Concert Hall for Science Week to learn about the science of sound. We took part in the Marathon Kids programme in which we incrementally ran a Marathon over 8 weeks and learned how important exercise is for our well-being. We also became Samba Superstars during our 6 week Samba drumming course with Kieran. Be sure to go to the school website, where we have lots of photos posted of things we’ve been doing in school. Many thanks to all the teachers who worked hard to organise all the fun activities for us this term! We hope that everyone has a happy and peaceful Winter Break.
Múinteoir Peter - Sixth Class Teacher
It’s been a very busy but enjoyable first term in 6th class. We have been busy with a number of projects including “I’m a scientist get me out of here” where we had an online discussion with some scientists. We have also completed projects on World War 1 and France. We have also had numerous class trips including a trip to DIT for maths week and The National Concert Hall for Science week. The class have had a very productive first term and I look forward with anticipation to term 2. On behalf of 6th class I would like to wish you all the best for the holidays and look forward to working with you all in 2018. Peter
Múinteoir Paddy – Home School Community Liaison
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term as HSCL Co-ordinator. It has been wonderful to get to know so many families in Thornleigh and work closely with the Parent’s Association. What a dedicated group of parents! Our first task was to organise and deliver the Soup Day. On the day, the Parent’s Room was buzzing with volunteers and all the healthy vegetables were prepared in a flash! A big thank you to everyone, and of course our three chefs – Das, Michel and Simon – who made the soup day a great success. The Parent’s Association also delivered The Halloween Fair and the Winter Fair this term. Both events were very well attended by everyone in the community. Thanks to the hard work of the Parent’s Association over €1000 was raised at each event and 10% of the money raised from the Winter Fair will be donated to the Chernobyl Project. Also, a big thank you to the families and local businesses who supported these events this year. We had great participation of parents for our Adult Classes this term, in particular Child Development, Improvers English and Spanish. I would like to thank Adriana who continues to be our expert Spanish teacher. Finally, thank you to all the families who continue to get their children to school every day on time whatever the weather. It isn’t always easy but this creates the foundation for a lifelong journey of learning and development. Happy Christmas everyone!
Miss Aoife B – SET Team Co-ordinator, Miss Aoife F, Múinteoir Andy, Miss Fiona, Miss Emily, Miss Siobhan R, Miss Alice, Múinteoir Gearóid, Miss Sharon, Múinteoir Ryan, Miss Kathy, Miss Emma
It is so hard to believe that term 1 of the school year 2017-2018 is over already. It has been such a busy term for all of us involved in SET. In September, we started our Reading Recovery Power Hour in 1st class which was a great success. We also completed Mata sa Rang in 2nd and 3rd class where the children learned loads of new maths concepts and brushed up on their Maths skills. We had Maths Week in October, which unfortunately was cut short this year due to Storm Ophelia. However, each class still had the opportunity to complete their Maths trials and art. The senior end of the school participated in the Thornleigh Tables Challenge, with the final being held during assembly. Junior and Senior Infants have really enjoyed Ready Set Go Maths this term. The cookery group made all types of dishes from soups to stews and pasta. The gardening group made some lovely planters from recyclable materials. The HOTS groups explored and created a Georgian terrace using a variety of skills including problem-solving and team work. Everyone has worked really hard this term on their literacy skills, numeracy skills, social skills and language skills, so well done to all! We hope everyone enjoys the well-deserved winter holidays and come back to school rested and ready to begin term 2 in January.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All from everyone on the SET team!
David – SNA
It’s been a very busy term with Halloween Fairs, Christmas plays, Panto’s and much much more. Though I have been spread around the school, I have particularly enjoyed working with the Junior Infants. It’s a credit to their teachers that they have settled in so well. I know they are excited for Christmas and I wish them all the best for the holidays.
David, Santa’s No 1 Elf
Sara – SNA
It has been a pleasure to work with all the children in Ms. Siobhan's Second Class. Everyone has been working so hard! It has been a great term filled with singing, dancing and the occasional visit from our Nature Studies Expert - Mouse.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Sara Rice, SNA
Gillian – SNA
What a very busy first term it has been here in Thornleigh. Sixth class have done such great work and are busy preparing for Secondary School. We visited the library for Science week and learned all about the solar system. We visited DIT College for Maths week and the children had fun solving maths problems. We had a wonderful trip to the National Concert where we learned about Quavers and Quadratics for Science week. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy 2018!
Olu – SNA
What a great and fun 1st term we have had in Senior Infants. We have learned so much. The greatest highlights were science week with our visit to the planetarium in the hall, maths week, tour to Aladdin and Jasmine Pantomime in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.
We have really worked hard with our reading and story writing. We also learned new things in Aistear, we learned all about Neill Armstrong (the space). We worked in the fancy dress up shop at Halloween, we also worked in the post office this December to make sure Grandma’s card is delivered in time for Christmas.
Thank you to all the teachers who have been helping us with Maths in our Ready-Set-Go Maths and our story writing.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas, safe and prosperous new year!
Best Wishes, Olu (SNA)
Miss Kim & Miss Laura – The School Office
It’s hard to believe that our first term here has ended and we are looking forward to our Christmas Break. Thank you to all the children who are so polite to us here in the office. We love all the lovely pictures they give us for our notice board, it brightens our day!
Enjoy yourselves and have fun with your family and friends during the holidays. See you all in 2018, Miss Kim & Miss Laura
School starts back on Monday 8th January, 2018 at 8.20am.
A Warm Welcome
A very warm welcome to all the new pupils who joined us this term. There are too many to mention all the names but we hope you have settled in well with your teachers and are enjoying school.