Activites & Sports
Incredible Years Programme
This year we are delivering The Incredible Years Programme. This evidence based programme was devised in America by Dr. Carolyn Webster Stratton and aims to enhance social and emotional skills in children. The programme is delivered through the child friendly format of “DINA SCHOOL”.
Molly and Wally & Dina the dinosaur are puppets that visit the Junior and Senior Infant classroom and also the 1st & 2nd class classroom every week with Mrs. Culliton for Dina School.
Dina school strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic skills such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practising friendships and conversational skills, and good classroom behaviour.
Maths week 2012(October 15th-19th)
Thanks to all the children who participated in the paired maths activities this week.
This follows the same format as shared reading where older peers interact with younger children using structured mathematical games and develops a positive attitude to mathematics through the use of stimulating activities and materials.
This year we also have the added benefit of our fantastic new technology throughout the school with the children completing activities on the interactive whiteboards, laptops and i-pads.
ACTIVITIES 2012>>>>>>>>>>>>>Update June 2012
Swimming and Drama classes are both finished for this year, with 2nd up to 6th classes having completed six weeks swimming lessons and our annual school concert proving a huge success on 30th of May in Roscrea.
Our parents association help to fund these lessons every year, in order to keep costs down for parents and giving amazing value for money. The pupils shone on the night, with many giving performances that show great talent and promise for the future.
Jared Madden, our drama teacher, comes every week to do speech, drama, mime, games and acting lessons with every class.
Every year the standard gets higher in these productions, and this year promises to top even last years amazing show. Again, our parents association help greatly in the organising of this annual concert, and the money raised goes back into helping to subsidise swimming and the drama lessons and for other activities which every pupil in the school benefits from.
Activities in Our School
Some of our playground games are Tag, 40/40, hurling, camogie, football and hopscotch.
Pupils in classes from 2nd to 6th get six weeks every year to improve their swimming by attending lessons in our local swimming pool in Roscrea Leisure Centre.
For P.E. the school is well equipped with sports equipment which we are adding to every year. Some of our P.E. favourites are the parachute games, dodge-ball and the activities for circuit games.
This year we have been awarded our 4th Green Flag, which is based on learning about ways to save energy in the area of transport.
Every Friday we hold an assembly in the hall. A child from each class is picked for a pupil of the week certificate in recognition of their efforts throughout that week.
Every Easter we hold a school raffle with Easter eggs as prizes and the money is given to Bothar to send goats or other animals to Africa. Some classes hold mini raffles on Fridays in their classrooms.
We have a long tradition of taking part in the Write-a-Book project every Spring. This is co-ordinated by Laois Education Centre, Portlaoise.
All classes in our school take part in hurling and football training with David Fitxpatrick. Classes from 2nd up take part in swimming lessons between February and June every year also.
We have drama classes once a week from January until May, when we put on a concert in the Abbey hall, Roscrea, under the guidance of our speech and drama teacher, Jared Madden. This is a very successful show and the money raised from this goes back into funding resources for the school
Sports in Our School
Our school is very involved in different sports throughout the school. The boys and girls take part in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions every year. In 2010 the girls’ team won out their group in football and also won the final. They played Rath N.S. in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.
The hurling and camogie season takes place in the springtime. All children from 3rd to 6th class are welcome to take part in these events.
The school has been involved in a regional blitz in soccer which is run by the F.A.I. A boy’s and a girl’s team have attended these blitzes in recent years and have gotten to two finals.
The local GAA club have been very helpful and supportive to the school . The club have helped with coaching, equipment and transport. They also help us by part-funding a GAA coach, David Fitzpatrick, who calls on a weekly basis to the school.
Our parents’ association has been a tremendous help with our activities. Their latest venture was to purchase a set of jerseys for the school in partnership with Roscrea Credit Union.
There have been a number of occasions when various cups and trophies have been brought to the school. These have included Borris teams winning county finals, Kyle as county champions and Jackie Tyrell, who brought the Liam McCarthy cup after he had captained Kilkenny to glory in 2008. Jackie is the nephew of Fr. Jackie Robinson, our local P.P.
At our school in Borris-In-Ossory we have three green flags. For each flag we took on fun new projects and worked very hard to earn the flag.
Litter & waste- we managed to reduce our rubbish from 6 black bags to 3 black bags each week. Each classroom has a ‘Froggy’ bin for compost, small bin for paper towels and a bin for clean, dry recyclables. We have green zone press also for old odds and ends, newspapers, wool, buttons, cartons etc than can be used for art and craft throughout the school. We have a litter team that check the classrooms everyday and on Friday the scores are announced at assembly. At the end of the month, the class with the highest score keeps the litterbug trophy. 3rd-6th class had litter teams that check the yard for any litter after each break.
Energy Conservation- this was great fun as it tied in with the power of one campaign nationwide. For our action day, we had a smoothie bike. We used pedal power to operate the smoothie maker and enjoyed tasty smoothies afterwards. We had Guzzler floor puzzles and the older classes made up a drama about visiting earth in the future and looked at how our world would be then. We sent home surveys to parents to monitor how well they were doing at home, turning off switches, closing doors and using natural sunlight. We redid this survey later in the year and found a great improvement.
Water- This was our most recent flag. We did an audit of the school to check for leaking taps. 3rd & 4th looked at countries that have huge water shortages and countries that are flooded often. It just so happened that last year, Ireland also experienced water shortages and flooding so it was easy for children to be made aware of how important it is to conserve water. Our care taker built a water collector to collect rain water. Each family used this to fill a 500ml reused plastic bottle and placed it in their cisterns to reduce the amount of water being used flushing the toilet.
Transport- we have just achieved our new transport flag project.. Each class has a laminated picture of a tree in their room. The green school committee check each day to see how many people have used a smart way to travel to school, a leaf will be put on the tree to represent the class with the most of amount of ‘smart’ travel. At the end of the month the class with the most leaves gets to keep the ‘golden boot’ in their classroom.
Ms. O'Leary, Green Schools Co-ordinator.