Newsletter No.28 - Summer Break
Nine years ago on the 1st of September 2008, 23 little children arrived at the doors of Thornleigh Educate Together School for their and our very first day! Throughout the years that followed we welcomed many more children into our school and now the time has arrived to say goodbye to them. On the 29th June, 2017 the children celebrated with their families and staff the final part of their journey in Primary School. Through song, dance, drama and poetry recitals sixth class waved goodbye. They may be gone from Thornleigh but we will always hold them dear in our hearts.
During those eight years we have watched these children grow together as a ‘family’ academically, holistically and socially in many and varied ways. We celebrated with these children and their families a very momentous time in their young lives. One door closing with lots of memories and another door opening to create new memories. From myself and all of the staff in Thornleigh we wish them heartfelt success in all they do in the future and to know that they will always be welcome at Thornleigh. It has been my humbled privilege to have acted as their Principal. Thank you to you the parents for entrusting your children to myself and the staff of Thornleigh.
Paula Ní Chearballáin
Miss Anne-Marie - Junior Infants Teacher
Time flies when you're having fun! In room 7 we can’t believe we are finished Junior Infants and ready for Senior Infants. We have all worked so hard this year making new friends and learning lots of things. This last term has been a really fun term, we had our sports day, multicultural fair, our school tour, our teddy bears picnic and so many more fun activities! We have all worked so hard in power hour where we read lots of new books. After all our hard work we are ready for our holidays so that we can have a rest and enjoy the summer. We hope everyone has a great holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone in August. From Anne-Marie, Sara and all the Junior Infants in room 7
Miss Ellyn – Junior Infants Teacher
Hello from Ms. Ellyn and Ms. Teresa’s Junior Infants. It is hard to believe we are finished Junior Infants already. We have achieved so much this year and we have all grown and matured. This term we enjoyed power hour and we all got to read lots of new, exciting books. We loved our Aistear theme ‘At the Seaside’, where we worked in the ice-cream parlour, tested out objects to see if they float or sink, made a mini seaside, made boats and got to play with the sand tray! We went on our first school trip to Newbridge farm. We loved the playground and all of the farm animals! We really enjoyed the multicultural fair where we tried lots of new foods from different countries. We celebrated Tomás Téidí’s 5th birthday and had a teddy bear picnic outside. We are so excited to move on to Senior Infants. Enjoy the summer holidays everyone!
Miss Elaine - Senior Infants Teacher
We can’t believe we are finished Senior Infants already! Term 3 has been a really busy and fun term. Some of the highlights were Sport’s Day, the Multicultural Fair, our Minibeast Hunt and our school tour. We had ‘the best day ever’ at Imaginosity and luckily the sun was out for our trip to the playground in Marlay Park. We loved the high rope climber! We’ve been busy in the garden centre and at the beach in Aistear. We made lovely plant pots and fish and learned all about working in the garden centre and staying safe at the seaside. After such a great year learning, having fun and making new friends we are looking forward to the holidays and we are excited to start 1st Class. Have a great summer everyone!
Miss Aoife H – Senior Infants Teacher
It's hard to believe that Summer is here and that Term 3 is complete. Miss Aoife's Senior Infants have been working very hard in preparation for 1st class! We learned all about frogs and butterflies! We carried out experiments on 3 sweet pink flowers and we know that all plants need water and light to grow! In Aistear we have been very busy in the Garden Centre and Under the Sea! We sold and bought all sorts of garden equipment in our Garden Centre. We made a Woodies Garden Centre, Giant gardens and Jurassic World using the big blocks. We planted our very own flower in a plant pot we designed ourselves and we watched them grow from a seed to a seedling. We created our very own beach in the classroom and we played with the sand pit.
Our Sports Day, Skipathon and Yoga was so much fun and active. We had such fun on our school tour in Imaginosity and Marley Park too. We would like to thank Miss Ashling, Miss Siobhan and Miss Sian for helping us with our learning this year. We had so much fun. Have a wonderful summer everyone! Miss Aoife and Senior Infants
Miss Eva – Senior Infants Teacher
What a busy final term we’ve had in Senior Infants. We can’t believe the year is over and we’re on our way to 1st class. We were thrilled to start Aistear again in term 3. This term we explored the themes of the Garden Centre and Under the Sea. We really enjoyed Active School Week and loved doing yoga with Ms. Sian. The skipathon was also a lot of fun but our highlight of the week was sports day. We tasted some new and delicious foods at the Multicultural Summer Fair. We had a brilliant school tour to Imaginosity. We also went for a picnic and to a huge playground in Marlay Park. We’ve worked hard all year and since Power Hour in term 2 we love choosing our own books to read from the classroom library. We’re all very much looking forward to 1st class in September. We hope all the boys and the girls in Thornleigh and their families have a lovely summer.
Miss Laura - First Class Teacher
Congratulations to all of the first class pupils on a very successful year!! Every single student has worked so hard this year and made fantastic progress in all our subjects, especially maths and English. In total, we have read a combined 1,052 books as part of power hour and homework reading!! Our assembly performances are a great example of our wonderful musical talent and all children will have brought home a great collection of artwork for the summer holidays! We have had a very exciting term three with a walk around Applewood, a trip to the playground, our active schools ten days and our school tour!! We have worked so hard this year and had so much fun together, the time has flown in. Well done first class, thank you to all the parents and families for your continued support throughout the year. Wishing you all a very safe and happy summer holiday!! Laura McCann
Miss Lisa - First Class Teacher
What a year! Congratulations to all the boys and girls on finishing first class. We have worked very hard, learning a lot and having even more fun. This term has been very busy with preparations for our end of year show. We also learned about jungle animals before we had our lovely day at Dublin Zoo. Active week was very exciting with sports day, the skipathon, the multi-cultural fair and visits from parents to tell us about keeping fit. (Thanks again to Brian and Gabor). During this term we spent a lot of time outside in the sunshine hunting for mini-beasts and planting vegetables in the garden. A huge thank you to Ms. Gillian for all the help she has given us and a huge thanks to all the children for making this year so great! As our favourite author this year said;
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”– Dr. Suess
Best of luck to all the children in the future. Lisa.
Miss Fiona – Second Class Teacher
What a fun and busy last term in second class we have had! We can’t wait to be in third class next year. We enjoyed Multicultural week, sports day and of course our school tour this week. It has been such fun working with Mouse all year and we all loved the tour, especially getting to taste mealworms…. yummy!
All of the children have worked very hard this term and we have been lucky to have such fun activities as the maths recovery groups and mini beast project. Thanks to all of the SET teachers who worked so hard to make sure these were a great success.
We are all ready to enjoy the summer and have lots of fun along the way. Fiona and all of second class hope everyone has a lovely, restful summer.
See you all in August!
Miss Gráinne – Second Class Teacher
Time really does fly when you’re having fun! We have had a busy term 3 and all of the children in second class have made great progress. We have covered a lot of material and have gotten the opportunity to participate in many fun projects.
We recently had an action packed sports day involving basketball, water races, hockey, welly throwing and much more. We worked very hard throughout term 3 to achieve a full marble jar which saw us get an ice cream party which we really enjoyed!
All the children in second class should be proud of the work they have put in this year.
Thank you to the parents for their support and their volunteering throughout the year. Your dedication has not gone unnoticed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know such a positive and enthusiastic group and I hope that you all have a very enjoyable Summer holiday!
Miss Aoife Farrell – Third Class Teacher
Term 3 in 3rd class has been a very busy term indeed! We really enjoyed working in groups creating projects and beautiful art based on the Vikings and Space. One of our aims for this term has been to improve our fitness. We had exercise activities for homework every evening and we also took part in the skipathon and the school sports day. It was great fun! We are really looking forward to visiting Awesome Walls, Finglas and partaking in a workshop in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. We hope you have a great summer holiday and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon for more learning and fun!
Miss Maurette – Third Class Teacher
They say time flies when you’re having fun, so we must’ve had lots of fun in 3rd class this year! We made great leaps in Maths, taking on multiplication and division for the first time. It wasn’t always easy, but we worked hard and stuck at it! Active Week, as always, was so much fun and Sports Day was one of the highlights of the school year. Many thanks to all of the SET Team teachers who gave us extra help with our English and Maths and organised our Power Hours for us. Thanks also to Wendy, our SNA, we loved having her in our classroom.
Finally, thanks to the children for being such a great class, I hope you have a fantastic summer! Ádh mór i Rang a 4!
Miss Aideen – Fourth Class Teacher
We can’t believe it’s the summer holidays already and the next time we’re back in Thornleigh ETNS we’ll be in 5th Class. The year in 4th Class has gone so fast, there was so much to do, we have really enjoyed the last term in 4th Class but we are definitely looking forward to our holidays and a well-earned rest. Sports Day was definitely one of the best days we loved looking at all the photos afterwards, we’d love to have had another Sports Day in 4th Class. Our school tour into Dublin was great fun, we would recommend ‘The Viking Splash Tour’ even the rain didn’t bother us although we are looking forward to some sunshine over the summer. We hope everyone has a fantastic summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in August.
Miss Alice – Fourth Class Teacher
We've come to the end of a super busy year. Fourth Class have worked so hard and are ready for a well-deserved break. We've had a very interesting and active year. Sports Day was a big hit as was the food fair at the end of Active Week. We really enjoyed our school tour where we did the Viking Splash Tour and visited the Natural History Museum. I'd like to wish all the boys and girls in 4th class a very happy summer break, see you all in September.
Miss Carla - Fifth Class Teacher
I have really enjoyed my time with 5th class. They really are a wonderful class. The third term was filled with lots of activities and learning. We really enjoyed our trip to St. Finian’s to experience a day in the life of a secondary school student. Our sports day and school tour to the Natural History Museum and Viking Splash were so much fun. Fifth class also participated in the school play of Mary Poppins and displayed a wonderful array of acting skills. I wish all the students of 5th class the very best of luck as they move on to 6th class and experience their last year of primary school here in Thornleigh Educate Together national school.
From Ms. Carla
Miss Avril, Sixth Class Teacher
The end of the school year is almost upon us and it is particularly special for 6th class as it is also the end of their primary school education. We have had a great year, with lots of learning and lots of fun times too, including the RDS Science Fair, the school tour and the up and coming graduation, to name but a few. It is great to see how the boys and girls in 6th have grown and are now ready for secondary school! I know they will all do very well and I know the school staff will join me in wishing them every success. It has been a real pleasure to teach them. I hope you will all have a great summer and an exciting journey ahead! Best of luck!
Múinteoir Paddy - Sixth Class Teacher
6th Class have had a brilliant year to end their time in primary school. They have all worked as a team to ensure they succeeded in all areas of the curriculum. This year they have made huge progress in Maths and English. Hard work really does pay off! Also, 6th class have focused on improving their presentation skills this term, which are first-rate. The 6th Class final class tour was a great success and I am pleased to say they represented the school impeccably. The future is very bright for the Thornleigh class of 2017. I know they will continue to have great achievements in the years to come.
Múinteoir David – Home School Community Liaison
This term like all the others was full of activity. We had an excellent Active School’s week with lots of parents coming in to watch the Sport’s Days. We also had 3 dad’s (Gabor, Woijech and Brian) visiting the classes talking to the kids about being active and healthy. A big thank you to Boglarka who ran a great Sport’s Club this term the children really enjoyed it. Not forgetting the Summer/Multicultural Fair which was successfully run by the Parent’s Council and thank you to all the parents and children who cooked/donated food. I would like to thank Anastasija and Adriana for doing a great job on the Class Photos. Congratulations to everybody who supported the Bake Sale and the Student Council who organised it you raised over €500 euro. Finally this will be my last piece for the Newsletter as your HSCL. I would like to thank all the parents of the school for making my time as HSCL an enjoyable experience.
Miss Antionette – SET Team Co-ordinator, Miss Pamela, Miss Aoife B, Múinteoir Andy, Miss Emily, Miss Siobhan R, Múinteoir Matt, Miss Catriona, Miss Siobhan D, Miss Ashling
The SET team have had a lovely 3rd term in Thornleigh. We have been very busy with power hours in Junior Infants and 2nd class. The children from 2nd class also took park in a very interesting mini beast project. The children from all of the different groups have worked very hard this term, we also really enjoyed going with you on all of your school tours. Have a lovely summer and we will see you all in September.
David – SNA
The year has really flown. I have been impressed by how they have all "knuckled down" and worked hard. Miss Carla has really worked her magic here !!! It was nice to see them enjoying themselves on Sports day and on the Viking Splash tour. I know they will bring this enthusiasm to 6th class !!!. I wish them all a fun filled summer and look forward to seeing them all in September. All the best SNA David
Sara – SNA
It has been such a wonderful experience to work with the children of Ms Anne-Marie's Junior Infants. The children have come on so much since September, everyone has worked extremely hard. Our trip to Newbridge Farm was a huge success, it was wonderful to see the children enjoy it! I hope everyone enjoys some sunny days this summer!
Gillian – SNA
What a super-fast third term it has been!! First class have been so busy & have grown up so much this term. We had Active week which was great fun. We had two dads Gabor & Brian from first class who came to the school & showed the children their trophies from their sporting achievements & talked to the children about the importance of keeping fit & finding a sport that they enjoy even if they have to try a few before they find the one that suits them.
Multicultural day was a great success we sampled food from different countries, everyone tried something new & delicious.
We had a wonderful school tour to Dublin Zoo, the children had a fantastic time & learned all about the different animals & their habitats.
I hope you all have a fantastic summer & see you all in September. Gillian SNA
Olu – SNA
It has been a busy yet exciting third term here in Thornleigh ETNS. Everyone has respectively worked hard in 3rd and 6th class. The 6th classes have really done us proud and have shown us that they are ready for secondary school.
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe summer holiday! Looking forward to seeing you all in September.
Wendy – SNA
What a great last term we've had. It's been wonderful to see the children grow and mature over the course of the year, and to get to know them, especially the children in 2nd and 3rd class. We've had lots of fun this term with a multi-cultural fair, school tours and a bake sale to raise funds for charity in amongst all of the hard work.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and come back refreshed and ready for another school year. For the children in 6th class, the very best of luck to you all as you move to secondary school.
Here's hoping the sun shines for us until September.
Sian – SNA
It's been a busy and exciting final term in the lead up to the Summer holidays. We've been really lucky to have such beautiful weather, allowing us spend time with each other and to learn outside.
Thornleigh ETNS had a very productive week in May promoting Active Schools Week and creating Mental Health Awareness. Together we joined in activities, such as, sports day, a school skipathon, yoga, gardening, Qigong and daily relaxing meditations to begin our day.
Junior Infants children enjoyed learning how to read their new books and write their first sentences in Power Hour. They should be very proud of all their hard work and achievements.
Senior Infants children had a fantastic school tour to Imaginosity and to the Marley Park playground for a picnic. Earlier in the month we went to the school garden to look for mini-beasts. We shook off any fear we may have had of bugs and had fun collecting loads of tiny creatures to examine before setting them free again.
For 6th class students, WOW! How you've grown! Congratulations on finishing primary school. I'd like to wish each of you only the very best as you journey into secondary school and this new phase of your life. It's been a pleasure to work in your class and to get to know you all. You will be greatly missed.
Have a super Summer everyone, enjoy spending time relaxing and being with your family and friends and long may the sunshine last.
Miss Kim & Miss Laura – The School Office
We cannot believe that it is the final term of our first year here in Thornleigh. Thank you to everyone who has helped us settle in, you have all been very welcoming to us. We wish you all a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you all back at the end of August along with the new junior infants. Hope the sun shines for you all over the holidays.
School starts back on Thursday 31st August, 2017 at 8.20am.
A Warm Welcome
A very warm welcome to Sebaga Koboyatshwene who joined us in term 3, we hope you have settled in well with your teacher and are enjoying school.