Welcome to the 6th Class Page
Confirmation: Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their Confirmation yesterday. We hope you had a lovely day! Thanks to the choir for all your help.
Easter Holidays: Students finish for Easter holidays at 12:00 tomorrow Friday the 23rd March.
Irish Dancing: We finished our term of Irish Dancing with Carmel Connolly. It was very emotional. The students made great progress and Carmel presented all, students with a beautiful trophy for taking part in Irish Dancing during their time at St. Francis N.S. Pictures to follow!!!
Seachtain na Gaeilge: We had a great week for Seachtain na Gaeilge and took part in a céilí and tráth na gceist. Pictures to follow!
Pancake Tuesday: We enjoyed pancakes with the toppings of our choice for Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.
Ceremony of Light:
As part of our Confirmation we will celebrate the Ceremony of Light on Wednesday the 21st of February at 7:30 pm in St. Fursey’s Church Haggardstown. Well done to all the students who took part in last Sundays Mass, you were excellent.
Green Schools: Poster Competition based on the theme “Saving Water” to be completed on A3 paper. Closing date Monday 26th Febuary.
Homemade Soup: 6th class made homemade soup with Mrs Lawless and Mrs Sweeney last Thursday and we used the vegetables harvested from our School Garden. It was absolutely delicious and it was very enjoyable to make. Masterchef here we come!!!
Our class will have their second preparation Mass for Confirmation on Sunday February 11th at 10am in St. Oliver Plunkett’s Church. This Confirmation Preparation Mass is another step on our journey for preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation which will be celebrated on Wednesday 21st March. Please ensure all students are seated by 9:50 am
This week for Internet Safety week we focused on why we use the internet and ways of using the internet safely.
Our class are taking part in a Green Schools Poster Competition. The theme is “Saving Water” and is to be completed on A3 paper. The closing date is Monday the 26th of February.
- Well done to all students in 6th class who completed their entrance exams for Secondary School on Saturday. I’m delighted you got on so well!!
- Irish dancing with Carmel Connolly continues tomorrow Tuesday. I am looking forward to seeing the progress. We will takes videos and photographs this week.
Assessment Tests/Entrance Exams
Best of luck to all students who are sitting their entrance exams tomorrow. You are all well prepared and will do very well. Relax and enjoy getting to see your new school. Don’t stress, just try your best.
We had a lovely day today celebrating Grandparents Day. It as lovely to have some Grandparents in our class to share their stories and memories. It was also nice to remember those who weren’t with us today. Thank you to all involved. Once again the 6th class students were superb helpers and were fantastic today.
Reminder: Students finish at 12 on Monday 5th of February due to staff planning.
St. Brigid’s Day: We celebrated St. Brigid’s Day today by making St. Brigid’s crosses. It was lots of fun and the children were very capable.
Credit Union Quiz: Well done to the two members of our class who took part in this year’s Credit Union Table Quiz. As always we did very well and the standard was very high. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it through to the next round. However, we are very proud of all those who spent their time practicing.
Harvesting: Some of the girls in 6th class have been very busy harvesting our school vegetables during their break-times. take a look at what they found.
Yesterday we had a great time getting back to our Irish Dancing. We practiced three different dances: The Walls of Limerick, The Bridge of Athlone and much more. Pictures and videos to follow next week.
Some students have taken home a brochure for the Gaeltacht. Check out www.colaistecholumba.ie for more information.
- Assessment Tests: All schools will be holding their entrance exams/assessment tests on Saturday the 3rd of February.
- IRISH DANCING: Irish dancing with Carmel Connolly starts tomorrow and will run for the next 6 Tuesdays.
Assessment Tests: The Secondary Schools are in the process of sending letters to inform your child of the date of their Assessment/Entrance Tests. We are currently preparing for these at school. All students have received a folder in which they will receive some sample tests and some sheets which will help them to prepare. As part of their homework over the coming weeks, your child will be asked to complete various elements. Please keep an eye on the homework diary to keep up to date with the homework changes. Thank you!
P.E.: Our P.E. day for the next number of weeks will be Tuesday. Students will be starting Irish Dancing on Tuesday the 30th of January.
Navan Education Centre: We have posted our entries for the Poetry Competition ran by Navan Education Centre yesterday. We can’t wait to see if some of our poems will be entered into their publication.
Grandparent’s Day: As you know, we are holding Grandparent’s Day in School on Friday the 2nd of February. We are looking forward to having many of our Grandparents with us on the day. It is also going to be a day when we remember those loved ones we have lost. In class we are going to be looking at our memories with our Grandparents. Please if possible, could your child bring in a photograph of themselves with one or more of their Grandparents. This will enable us to share some of precious times with our Grandparents. Thank you!
Maths: Last week in Maths we explored Tangrams. Take a look at some of the images we created: swans, cats, horses, houses, etc.
We had a great day yesterday to finish up our first term. Many of the students in our class got awards for full attendance, maths week, art competitions and Gaeilge.
Well done to all students on working hard this term, keep it up!! Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Take a look at some of the pictures from our party yesterday.
Friday 22/12/17: This Friday is a half day, please remember to collect at 12. Students can wear their Christmas jumpers and bring in a treat. We will be having a Christmas party/disco, so if students want to bring in a board game they like, they are more than welcome!! (no electronics)
Christmas Cards: We emptied our Class’ Christmas Postbox today!!
Buddy Reading/Peer Teaching:
Today we had a reading workshop with Miss Reynolds and Mrs Sweeney to help teach us how to slide words and use slow articulation when reading with the younger classes. After Christmas we will be helping students to read during their morning activities. This type of peer teaching/reading will be very beneficial for both the younger students and older students as it gives the students a different audience to read for , students receive more time for individualized learning, direct interaction between students promotes active learning, peer teachers reinforce their own learning by instructing others and students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a peer.
We have set up a class account on Khan Academy to practice and push ourselves with Maths. We will be using this in class and feel free to use it at home. Every child in 6th class has a unique username and password which they can use.
You can access this site using the following link : https://www.khanacademy.org/
TENNIS: I have uploaded 3 videos of 6th class students playing tennis in the P.E. Hall. Well done!!! Great matches!! Click on the blue links to watch the videos.
Monday 18th December 2017:
Sixth class have been busy practicing for the Christmas Concert, Playing Christmas Songs on the tin whistle and presenting our SESE projects. Well done everyone!!!
Rugby: Our rugby coaching with Andrew Naylor from Leinster Rugby has come to an end. It was great fun and we have made huge improvements, especially trying to stay onside. Here are a few pictures and videos from our last session with Andrew last Friday. It was cold but the sun was shining!! (click on the blue links to watch the videos)
SESE Projects and presentations: We completed our group projects last week and began to present them to the class. We look forward to doing our next projects.
Tin whistle: Well done to all for their hard work and for practicing the tin whistle. Click on the blue link to watch the video and have a listen to us playing some familiar Christmas tunes on the tin-whistle.
Away in a Manger
Joy to the World
Well done to all 6th class students on doing such a good job at the Mass last Sunday. You were a credit to yourselves and your parents.
Christmas Concert: 6th class are working hard to perfect their Acts for the Christmas Concert. All students are asked to wear their Christmas Jumper for the show and bring a small battery operated tealight (where possible).
Tin whistle: We have been practicing very hard in class. Please continue to practice a little each evening. The songs we can play are: Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and we have started The Little Drummer Boy.
SESE Projects: During our History and Geography lessons, students are now working on group projects which they will present to the class next week. There are six groups working on topics such as: Europe, The Reformation, Native Americans, Saints and Scholars, etc. We will publish pictures of our projects and presentations when they are finished. SO keep an eye on this page.
Credit Union Art Competition Winners: Well done to all pupils from 6th class who took part in the Credit Union Art Competition. Special mention to John, Megan and Rose who won prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for their fantastic Art.
ART: Take a lot at some of our Snowy Scenes which we finished recently and have displayed outside our class. Also we created our own snow globe pictures, they are very eye-catching.
MS READATHON: Well done to all who took part in the MS Readathon during the months of October and November, the money you raised will be of great help to those suffering from multiple sclerosis. Great effort to those children in 6th class who raised a total of €475.30.
Our class will have their first preparation Mass for Confirmation on Sunday December 3rd at 10am in St. Oliver Plunkett’s Church. This Confirmation Commitment Mass is the first step on our journey for preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation which will be celebrated on Wednesday 21st March.
PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS: Just a short reminder that Parent Teacher Meetings take place next Wednesday the 22nd of November and students will finish at 12.00
RUGBY: Rugby coaching with Andrew Naylor from Leinster Rugby started today Friday the 17/11 and will continue on Fridays. Please ensure your child is wearing their PE gear on Fridays.
MS READATHON: Well done to all who have brought in their sponsorship so far, four students have raised €211.50 so far. Please remember to bring your forms in next week.
ART: We have been working on Winter Art – painting and mixing colours.
CHRISTMAS ART COMPETITION: Haggardstown and Blackrock Parish Christmas Colouring Competition
Parent Teacher Meetings: Notes are being sent home today. Can you please respond to the note ASAP so I can arrange a time and date with you. Looking forward to meeting you all soon.
Christmas Concert: Our annual Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday 20th December. 6th class will hopefully perform some Christmas Carols on the tin whistle and a Christmas Song. Please ensure every student has their tin whistle in each day over the coming weeks.
Recycled Decorations: Every year we encourage pupils to make a recycled Christmas tree decoration to be displayed on the Christmas trees in the school. Please ensure your child’s name is on theirs (clearly labelled). The deadline for bringing in the decoration is Friday 24th November. Decorations may be brought in before this date also.
MS Readathon: Well done to all who participated in this year’s MS Readathon. Please try to have your sponsorship collected and back in school by Wednesday the 22nd of November. Thank you very much.
Write a Poem 2018: 6th class as part of their English Poetry lessons are writing a poem based on the theme “My World” for the Navan Education Centre Poetry Competition. We are looking forward to completing our poems and illustrations.
Tennis: We attended a tennis tournament last Thursday the 9th of November in Dundalk Tennis Club. Here are a few pictures from the day. We played against Dillonstown NS.
Credit Union Art Competition: Just before the mid-term break we entered the Credit Union Art Competition. The theme was “Set Your Imagination Free”.
2 months into six class. Can you believe it?
HALLOWEEN FUN AND GAMES IN 6TH CLASS
SPOOKY STROLL: We are had our SPOOKY WALK today at 11am and helped the younger students to walk around, get exercise and frighten some of the residents in Blackrock along the way.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL: the first Christmas Shoebox for 6th class has arrived. Well done!!
SOCCER BLITZ: 7 lucky students from 6th class got the chance to join a number of students from 4th and 5th class at Oriel Park to represent our school in the FUTSAL soccer blitz. They did very well and won many many matches.
GRAMMAR SCHOOL MUSICAL: 4th, 5th and 6th class attended the Grammar School MUsical “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”. It was absolutely excellent and gave us lots of inspiration for our SUmmer Show with Mrs. Reynolds.
READATHON REMINDER: Well done to all who are participating so far, at least half the class are doing the READATHON. It is such a good cause. Keep reading over the Halloween Break. Everyone should finish reading on the 14th of November.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TALK: Garda Damien Welby spoke to 5th and 6th class about the dangers around Halloween. He reminded us that Fireworks are illegal and that we should stay well away from Fireworks over the Halloween Break. He showed us some pictures of how dangerous they can be. Garda Damien spoke about his role as Garda in Blackrock and showed us the equipment he uses. Thank you Garda Damien.
CHRISTMAS ANNUALS: The educate.ie Christmas Annuals are now on sale at €2.50 per annual. If you would like one, please send in your money and order form to the class teacher or school office.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: As a result of all the hard work and for all the books bought during last year’s Book Fair, we have raised money to buy 6th class a class set of novels “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”. Thanks to everyone!!
‘BUDDY READING: We regularly work with Senior Infants and the younger students to help them with reading or keep them safe on walks. On Tuesday we did Buddy Reading in our School Library, it was great to see the smiles on so many students faces. The Senior Infants have made great progress. Well done to all!!!
- Readathon Reminder: The Readathon started on the 14th of October, it is almost a week into this worthwhile competition. Well done to all who are keeping track of the books they have been reading both at school and at home. Keep it up!!! Remember everything you raise goes to a great cause, every little helps!! We are starting to keep track of how we are progressing on a chart at school next week.
- Research: As part of our homework we have been researching for Writing Reports. We have researched hurricanes in light of the recent Hurricane Ophelia which hit Ireland this week. Keep up the good work, we will be writing the reports in class next week.
- Grammar Show: The Dundalk Grammar School presents the musical Beauty and the Beast next Monday the 23rd of October. We are really looking forward to attending this show.
- Movie Night: This Friday the 20th of October we have our Halloween Movie Night. I wonder what the movie might be. Get your onesies and pillows ready.
- Shoebox Appeal: The yearly Christmas Shoebox Appeal leaflets were sent home. Who will be the first person in 6th class to bring in their shoebox? Mrs. Sweeney better get finishing hers off 🙂
- Maths Week: This week the 16th to the 20th of October is MATHS WEEK. We have had lots of fun so far and plenty more fun to be had. On Wednesday we took part in a Senior Maths Quiz with a special Halloween themed round and also in our Daily Mental Maths time. Today, we helped the Senior Infants and First Class to do fun maths stations (shapes, symmetry, time, money, patterns, etc.)
SENIOR MATHS QUIZ
FUN MATHS STATIONS
We had a great day today at Dundalk Rugby Club. We were coached by Leinster Rugby and then took part in a blitz with other teams: Crossmaglen, Kilkerley, Kilcurry, Bellurgan, St. Nicholas N.S.
Our 6th class were great representatives for our school. We won 2 matches and drew 5 matches. We had a great day out!! Thank you to all who made it happen!!
Can you believe our first month in 6th class has come to a close? What a busy month it has been! October looks like it is going to be another busy month!
Tomorrow Friday the 6th of October our class are attending a Rugby Blitz and coaching session in Dundalk Rugby Club. We are very excited about this! Please ensure your child is wearing his/her P.E. gear and they can bring in their football boots and an extra drink.
On Monday the 9th October a number of girls from our class and 5th class will be representing our school and playing two Gaelic football matches against Dromiskin and Dillonstown. THe team will be chosen tomorrow. Could all girls playing ensure they have their gumshield and football boots with them on Monday. They may be home at 3.15- 3.30 at the latest.
We wish them the best of luck!!
Next week for homework we will make a small change to our English written work.
Instead of putting our spellings into interesting sentences we are doing some research for writing REPORTS. Students have been asked to choose one of the following topics for their report: a town, a city, a country, one of nature’s wonders, a famous person who you admire. Each night students should aim to write at least 4 facts in relation to their report topic. Use the internet, magazines, books or encyclopedia to find information. This will enable them to have the relevant information to complete their report at school. Many thanks Mrs Sweeney.
GREEN SCHOOLS DAY OF ACTION:
Yesterday October the 4th, our day began with Mass for St. Francis Day. St. Francis being the patron saint of our school. Following this we assembled in the hall to find out about BIODIVERSITY. The students on the Green Schools committee shared their knowledge and gave us information about the spotter cards which we used on our trip to the park. 6th class were split into groups with children from all other classes and they looked after the younger students and helped them to find items on the spotter cards. Unfortunately, the rain cut our event short but we still managed to find all the items for our BIODIVERSITY DAY.
Packs for the MS Readathon were distributed last week. The READATHON begins in 9 DAYS. Our class are encouraged to take part in this competition. To find out more about this competition click here.
3rd October 2017
Lá breithe shona duit (Happy Birthday!) to our school principal, Mrs Lawless. We had a surprise assembly for her this morning and every class performed a song, poem or drama sketch. Here is the 6th Class contribution – many apolgies for the poor sound quality. They were amazing!
- Homework: Please continue to put effort into your homework tasks, make your writing as interesting as you can. Could all parents/guardians please ensure that homework diaries and reading is signed. Thank you. Well done for the great effort so far!!
- MS READATHON: Packs for the MS Readathon have been distributed. Our class are encouraged to take part in this competition, it takes place from the 13th October until the 13th November. To find out more about this competition click here.
- School Calendar Photographs: Students participated in the school calendar photographs today and looked great coming into school in their costumes and their favourite clothes. We can’t wait to see these pictures
- Speech and Drama: keep working on you Reports for next Wednesday the 4th October
- School Mass: Our back to school Mass for St. Francis Day will take place next Wednesday the 4th of October. Some students have been asked to read at this Mass, please make sure you have been practicing.
- School Garden Tidy Up: Yesterday (Monday) we had some class bonding in the garden, where we tidied up for the school photographs and sorted out the willow arch, etc. Everyone worked so well together.
Our class have been very busy, please take a look below at some of the activities we have been taking part in and some of our work.
SPEECH AND DRAMA:
Speech and Drama with Patricia Reynolds started back on Wednesday the 13th of September. We are very excited as this year as part of our final year in Primary School we may be getting ready for an end of year play.
Currently, we are learning the poem Remember Me by Ray Maher and we might be performing this as a choral verse. We have also played word tennis and practiced for our School News. At the moment we are focusing on News Reports and we are writing our own reports to perform for our class.
Over the past few weeks we have focused on Drawing in Art. We have been busy exploring different techniques including: cross-hatching, scribbling, two-tone, shading and grey scales.
This year we have started the Writing Workshop, where every student is writing in different genres at their own pace. After students have a couple of pieces of writing ready, they can conference with their peers and then choose a piece to publish and share. It is still early days but here is a picture of a few of the pieces our class have completed.
well done to all students who have been making a fantastic effort with their Irish writing both in class and for homework. Keep it up!!!!
We are just about to complete the unit on MÉ FÉIN and moving onto BIA. We took part in drama, interactive games, talk and discussion, etc.
English and art:
A letter was sent home today to parents of pupils in 4th, 5th & 6th classes regarding the DGS show “Beauty and the Beast” on Monday 23rd October. Please return the permission slip and remittance by next Friday. A copy of the letter can be here.
Welcome back! We are very excited about starting our new year in Sixth Class!!
It is such a big year for us and we hope to make ourselves, our class, school and parents proud!!
Once again this year we will be focusing on presentation and our handwriting.
We will also be preparing for: Our Confirmation, Entrance Exams, the Transition to Secondary School, etc. So please keep an eye on this class page to keep up to date.
Thank you very much for your co-operation. Mrs. Sweeney
- Tuesday: Rugby
- Wednesday: Speech and Drama
- Thursday: Tennis
OUR CLASS REPRESENTATIVES:
Green Schools Representatives: Anna and Callum
School Council Representatives: Matthew and Cora
The focus of our homework this year is on quality not quantity. We hope that students push themselves and use their imagination and creativity when completing their English and Gaeilge homework. Homework will consist of: Reading, English spellings and writing (sentences or paragraph), Gaeilge spellings and wiritng (sentences or paragraph) and Maths work focusing on many different areas. From time to time students may be asked to complete some Religion homework as part of their Confirmation preparation or they may be asked to research topics for History, Geography or Science. Please keep an eye on this page for further details and/or their homework journal. Please ensure homework journals are signed.
Two members of our class and their dance crew came first in the over 16s category of the Spectrum Dance Competition. Huge congratulations!!! Well done!!
Every Friday we earn Golden Time as a reward for hard work and good behaviour. Students play games on the computers, cooperation games, Jenga, construction, drawing, etc. during this time.
Andrew Naylor from Leinster Rugby will be coaching 6th class tag-rugby for 5 Tuesdays beginning next Tuesday the 19th of September. We will be partaking in a Rugby blitz at the end of the 5 weeks in Dundalk Rugby Club.
In Geography we are learning about natural features. Today (Monday the 11th of September) we had fun trying to estimate the height of mountains and the length of rivers.
GREEN FLAG RAISING CEREMONY:
We were very lucky to be invited to Blackrock Park for their official Green Flag raising ceremony last Friday the 1st of September. Our whole class were lucky enough to be chosen to go the event, as we participated in the Eco Tribe Project towards the end of last year in Blackrock Park. We got our picture taken for the paper and attended a reception in the Blackrock Community Centre afterwards. Thank you to the Blackrock Tidy Towns for making us feel so welcome and for the treats on the day.
Over the next six weeks we will be taking part in tennis coaching with Gus Kresa. At the end of the six weeks a tournament will take place in the Dundalk Tennis Club, were we will be given the opportunity to play against different schools. We are looking forward to training for the event and the challenge. Even the teachers will have to play!!!