In First Class, our Christmas concert was called ‘Christmas Around the World’. We learned all about Christmas in other countries like Brazil, China, Australia, Spain and Italy. In Australia, they have a barbecue on the beach on Christmas Day!
In art, we made beautiful Christmas stockings and baubles to decorate our Christmas trees. We also made some winter snowmen. We wish all our families a Happy Christmas!
3rd class had a very busy December preparing for our Christmas Concert, ‘Ralph the Reindeer’. We performed two amhrainní as gaeilge – Oíche Ciúin agus Bualadh Bos. We then treated the audience to a tin whistle recital of Jingle Bells. Next came the production of Ralph the Reindeer with everyone in 3rd class playing important roles – narrators, reindeers, elves, Santa Claus, Rudolph and of course Raplh the Reindeer. We has great fun preparing for the concert and it was a great success!
We also engaged in lots of Christmas art. We used the skill of drawing to create a rudolph picture. We designed our own Christmas jumpers and created festive Christmas Cards.
Junior Infants were very busy in the month of December. We worked very hard rehearsing for our Christmas concert. We enjoyed our Christmas Aistear and Christmas Art activities. Our teachers and parents were very proud of our performance. Happy Christmas to everyone!
This month Senior Infants were focusing on learning about Winter and Christmas.
In Art we learned about Vincent Van Gogh and discussed some of the techniques he used in his paintings. We created our own version of “A Starry Night.” We explored using chalk pastels to create a snowman. We identified warm and cool colours. We made snow globes by painting using cotton buds.
In S.E.S.E we learned about Florence Nightingale. We made a timeline of her life and wrote about what we learned.
In Aistear, we imagined that we were working in Santa’s Grotto. We designed toys, built them from playdough and blocks and wrapped presents. We built Santa’s Grotto using wooden blocks. We also wrote letters to Santa. We designed our own Winter hat and played Winter bingo.
We took part in a Christmas concert. We worked really hard at rehearsing our songs, poems and actions and really enjoyed the performance.
An Aluminium tree “The Tree of Life”.
Cork artists Eithne Ring and Liam Lacy designed and constructed the “Tree of Life” which is hanging in the main corridor of our new school. It is a cast aluminium tree depicting the River Shannon with twelve circular cast aluminium panels with images relating to the school’s ethos and local history. Included are the local scenes of the Meehambee Dolman, St. Peter and Paul’s Church, and Athlone castle. The children and staff have really enjoyed recognising and relating to these panels. We in Cloonakilla N.S. feel very privileged to have this amazing piece of art work and are sure many generations of people will enjoy it for years to come.
A Mosaic “The School in the Meadow”.
Dublin artist Elaine Prunty designed and constructed the beautiful mosaic titled, “The School in the Meadow” for the outside wall of our new school. She used thousands of pieces of hand-cut glass to create a mosaic that represents our school children. The children’s own art work is incorporated into the clothes design. The children are positioned life size with a mirror face to reflect them as they grow and progress through our school. All the flowers are individual –no two are the same.
2nd class have had a busy Winter so far. In SESE we learnt all about Space and the Space Race. We also learnt all about Sound, Homelessness and Christmas in the Past.
We learnt about symmetry, fractions and money; to name a few things, in Maths.
We wrote really interesting narrative stories ensuring we included interesting characters, settings, a problem and a resolution. We can recite lots of new poems: This Winter I went Sledding and Melinda made a Snowman are two of our winter ones.
We created beautiful Winter tree scenes, Santas and Snowmen in Art.
We have talked about Advent and preparing for Christmas. We have started attending our ‘Do this In Memory’ Masses in preparation for First Communion. We performed our Christmas Nativity Play ‘Rock the Baby.’
We have worked very hard this term and are looking forward to an exciting Christmas holiday.
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir!