December Newsletter
 
Mr. R. Ryan
This month we were focusing on the theme of Christmas- we are learning some Christmas songs in both Irish and English. We read a story that was set in Dingle, Co. Kerry entitled Christmas. It was set over a hundred years ago. We gained an insight into what life was like in the past. We are also currently constructing models of Roman villas in groups. We continued our study on maps and mapping in Geography and compared plans to maps. We examined a plan of a town and a map of a county and discussed the features of both. We are also busy preparing for our Christmas tests. We were also responsible for the sacred space display based on a remembering the dead theme during the month of November. 
 
 
Miss A. Horan
We are preparing for the festive season. We've learnt a beautiful Irish song called 'An Chéad Nollaig' and many well loved carols. We have decorated our classroom with our art work. Rosphilo brought in a Christmas tree and we painted ceramic decorations to hang on it. We also made beautiful 3 D Christmas cards from gold and silver bun cases and green glitter card. In Geography we are learning about different Christmas traditions and customs around the world and in History we are looking at how Christmas was celebrated long ago in Ireland. Even though we are all looking forward to unwrapping our presents on Christmas Day we are careful not to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.
 
Ms. M. Flanagan
This month in 1st class we were learning a lot through the theme of Christmas.  We learned the story of Christmas in Religion and all about Advent and did a lovely crib scene in Art.  We learned some Christmas poems: Long, Long Ago, When Santa Claus Comes and I'm a Little Snowman.  In Irish our poems and songs included Daidí na Nollag ag teacht, Seo é an Leanbh Íosa and San Nioclás.  We really enjoyed dressing up as Santa and the reindeer for our Irish and for our Five Little Reindeer song. Our parents came in to hear us playing the violin and hopefully enjoyed it! We looked at Christmas traditions and interviewed our parents about toys and games in the past.   We made some lovely Christmas Trees and Snow globes in Art also.  We were very excited when Santa wrote a letter to our class!  He must have been watching all our hard work!  We played a board game all about recycling and investigated a range of materials in Science.  Our theme in P.E. this month was Dance and we looked at a disco-dancing Santa and copied some of his moves too!  We are all looking forward to Christmas now!
 
This month, senior infants have been busy preparing for Santa’s arrival. We’ve decorated our classrooms beautifully with bright Christmas colours and made some lovely Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeers in art. Senior infants also made an Advent wreath to show the final four weeks leading up to Christmas. We’ve looked at Santa’s journey from the North pole and read lots of lovely Christmas stories like ‘Twas the night before Christmas.’ Senior infants were also busy in science when we learned of all of the things that need electricity to work like televisions and lights. The children now know of the importance of being safe around electricity in school and at home, especially around this time of year. All of the children have their letters to Santa sent and are looking forward to the festivities that lie ahead!
 
Ms. E Reilly
December has been a very exciting month in Ms. Reilly's second class. We have been really busy preparing for Christmas and learning all about the season of Advent. We made beautiful Advent wreaths and they are in display in our sacred space...each Sunday/Monday we light another candle...soon all 4 candles will be lighting and we will celebrate the birth of Christ. We are using an advent calendar too to count down the days and we are doing a good deed of the day each day. 
Our classroom has also become very festive with decorations and a little tree. We have been doing lots of lovely Christmas art too. This month we learned lots of songs and poems in Irish and English...our favourite has to be 'The 12 Days of Christmas' and we are excellent at remembering all the words!!! We had our Christmas violin concert and it went really well...our parents were really impressed at how much we have improved...we will keep up the hard work in the new year :) Merry Christmas everyone and a happy new year to you all....Ho ho ho.....hope Santa is good to you all :)
 
Ms. S. Molloy
 This has been quite a musical month in Ms. Molloy's 3rd class! On the 14th of December all of the mums and dads came to watch our violin class with Ciara. The children played many pieces for them including Silent night, Paganini and Tribal Lament. They were very impressed with our progress so far this year. We love to sing and this month we have been doing a lot of that ...and not just in English either! Merry Christmas Everyone, The Advent Song, An Chéad Nollaig and Silent night in French and German to name but a few of our favourites. This month is dance month in PE, and we have been working on our rhythm and coordination while creating and enjoying a variety of music and dance. Of course we have been working very hard too! We have been problem solving in maths, using Mighty Mike's Golden Rules to help; have learned about money and lines and angles. In History we discussed the Stone Age and learned that Newgrange, Co. Meath was built even before the great Pyramids of Egypt! We are still wondering, however, how they managed to put the large stone on top of the dolmens without any machinery! In Geography we studied the Water Cycle and used an atlas to find and name different oceans and seas. We have really been enjoying Science for fun too - thank you again to all of the parents who volunteered to come in and help us. In English wrote lovely Christmas stories and winter poems. What a busy month! 
Merry Christmas...Nollaig Shona Duit!
 
 
Ms. S. Moore 
This month, the children got settled with their new teacher, Ms Moore. It was a big change for them, however with the fantastic work carried out by Ms G. Flanagan, they were well equipped. Second Class pupils have finished up their term of Power Hour and would like to thank the learning support team for their fantastic work completed everyday since September. The pupils of second class enjoyed learning and singing along to well-known Christmas songs both in English and as Gaeilge. They delved into Christmas poetry and also wrote their own short creative Christmas narratives, including 'The Silly Snowman' and 'Santa's Busy Day'. The children explored the cultures and traditions of Christmas around the World in our SESE lessons. On Monday December 14th, parents were invited to attend our pupils violin lesson. The children performed a number of excellent pieces of music taught by Ciara, the violin instructor, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. During our Art lessons, pupils created Santa Claus decorations, Christmas tree decorations and Christmas cards. Second Class would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to a new year in January. 
 
 
Ms. A. Quinn
This December we have been very excited in the run up to Christmas. We really enjoyed learning about Advent and the real meaning of Christmas. Every day in December we have been opening a star on our class Advent calendar. Behind each star is the name of a child in the class and we have said a special prayer for them on their day. In gaeigle we have really loved learning about "An Nollaig". We enjoyed pretending it was "Maidin Nollaig" (Christmas Morning) and asking our friends "Cad a thug San Niochláis duit?" (What did Santa give you?).
Christmas crafts are always great fun and we have loved making our own cribs, Santas and elves. Sometimes we like to sing Christmas songs such as "Mary had a baby" and "Daidí na Nollaig ag teacht" as we do our artwork.  In history we looked at some Irish myths and legends and enjoyed learning about some of the old Christmas traditions. Science was great fun as we learned about sound and made our own drums!  We have had a lovely first term and are looking forward to learning lots of new things in 2016. On behalf of Ms Quinn's First Class I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Ms. A. Ryan
During the month of December, 4th class have been learning about what makes objects float and sink. We studied terms such as density and buoyancy and conducted various experiments based on this topic. We observed that an unpeeled orange will float whereas a peeled orange will sink. This is because the rind of an orange is full of tiny air pockets which help give it a lower density than water, making it float to the surface. Removing the rind (and all the air pockets) from the orange increases its density higher than that of water, making it sink. We studied World War 1 in brief and focused in particular on the sinking of the Lusitania of the coast of County Cork which triggered the entry of the United States into the war. We have been learning some festive tunes on our tin whistles including Silent Night, Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Away in a Manger. We are looking forward to performing at the Christmas concert!
 
The Junior Infants have been very busy this month in preparation for their Christmas Nativity Play ‘Whoops-a-Daisy Angels’.  Everyone had been given very important roles in which they had to learn the various lines, sing songs and perform the actions throughout their rehearsals and play on the night, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  Well done to all our ‘Little Stars’ in the making! Throughout December, the infants have looked at our well known festive bird ‘the Robin’.  They have examined its physical features, its habitat and what types of foods they like to eat.  They enjoyed listening to the story of where the ‘robin’ got its name.  The theme of Christmas played a huge part this month throughout the curriculum.  In Gaeilge, the infants enjoyed taking part in the lessons which showed wonderful animations of ‘Daidi na Nollaig’ throughout each lesson in our Bua na Cainte programme.  In Music, the parents were invited in to see our violin class performances.  Each and every one has made great progress since September.   Many thanks to Ciara for her great work. Many songs have been taught e.g. the Christmas Alphabet, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is coming to town, Merry Christmas Everyone, Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer and the Reindeer Pokey Pokey, which is our favourite.  Finally, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 
 
 
Ms. S. Mulhall
We have finished reading our class novel "The Magic Finger" by Roald Dahl and we found it very enjoyable to read. This month we have also been very busy revising the spellings and tables that we have learned throughout term 1.
We have also started using iPads in first class to support the practice and learning of our addition tables during maths class. This was great fun for all the students and we can't wait to continue with this in the New Year. 
 
 
Ms. A. Carroll
In December in English poetry, we explored riddles.  We tried to solve a number of riddles and then we created our own ones.  Here's a great riddle by Rheanne:
Good or bad,
We all have one,
Writing stories, drawing things, reading books with no pictures,
Believe it or not, we use it all the time; daydreaming, creating poems.
What am I?
 
In P.E, in dance, we learned how to jive and we learned how to 'line-dance' to the song 'Cotton-Eyed Joe'.
Nollaig shona daoibh agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh!
 
 
Ms. M. Beirne
Third class had great fun during the month of September doing Science for fun with the four parents who kindly participated in the programme. They learned all about how magnets work, how to make a rocket, how and why certain objects float or sink and even how to make their own toothpaste! In English they read up on lots of interesting animals that have adapted to life in the Arctic including polar bears and Arctic hares. During maths they used concrete materials to make right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles and they also learned about money so they are ready to do their Christmas shopping! They have been making lots of different Christmas decorations in Art and learning Christmas songs. They gave a wonderful violin recital for the parents who came to hear them perform in the hall.
 
 
Ms. M. O’Brien
In Fifth class this month we have been busy preparing for our Holy Confirmation. We have been learning the Ten Commandments and have begun creating our special Confirmation booklets. In Geography and History, we have been learning about the location and history of important buildings and monuments in our city such as the GPO, the Spire, Nelsons Pillar, Glasnevin Cemetery, Daniel O'Connell Statue, The Gaiety Theatre and Trinity College. Well done  to Tomas and Zuzanna who went to the local library and brought in some interesting photograph books to share with the class with historic images of Dublin city. We have also learned about some famous monuments around the world such as 'the Leaning Tower of Pisa' and 'the Statue of Liberty'. Thanks to Ruby for doing in some research work of her own, including bringing in photographs from home of the statue being assembled and erected after it arrived to New York. We have been getting into the Christmas spirit by learning some Christmas songs and poems and also making some festive Christmas cards.  
 
A word from the Principal…..
Dear Parents/Guardians,
As the festive season approaches and the year draws to a close, on behalf of the staff, ancillary staff and pupils of St. Peter’s N.S., I want to wish you all a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas and good health and happiness for 2016.
Thank you all so much for your kindness, good humour and support over the course of the year, let’s all look forward to wonderful things and some brilliant educational adventures in the coming year.  Remember, if we aim for the stars we should be at least able to hit the roof!!!
Joan Quinn  -  Principal
 

 

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