Well,Hello everyone.Its great to be back again at School ,especially after the long absence since March.Thankfully everyone in Oak class is in good health and really enjoying being back in the classroom among friends. After a few days learning the new rules to keep us all safe, we all got back into the swing of things and got busy catching up on work. Importantly we made sure to let each other know how we were feeling every morning using a chart we put up on the wall. We did some art using the 'Pointillism' technique and as we got further into autumn we created some autumn scenes. Hallowe'en is nearly upon us and we have been doing some Halloween art of 'witches cats'. During breaktime, Conor had time to build an engine from meccano parts. A budding mechanic on our hands!
The pupils from Oak class went to the Errigal Hotel to have their Leavers Christmas Dinner for those who are moving on from the school after this year. Rachel and Fidelm also went to join in the fun and everybody had a great time. A big thanky you to the Errigal Staff who looked after everyone so well.
That time of year again and Oak class has been very busy making craft for the Old bridge craft sale. All the pupils got involved making Sweet cones,Christmas logs,Christmas cards,Gnome doorstops,Cakes,Buns,Truffles ,ooh and all sorts!! after all that we loaded all our goodies and headed of to Monaghan to the Farmers market. It was a great success and some of the pupils really got into the role of salespeople ,explaining to the public what we had and giving them the 'hard sell' !
A well earned dinner in the Westenra Hotel after that was just the ticket . It was back to school then and to get ready to do it all again in the White Star the week after.
The pupils went on a trip to Our Lady's High School, Castleblayney, to take part in sports inclusion day with the pupils there. The Pupils were divided up into international teams and it got very competitive with activities taking part inside the P.E. hall as well as on the field outside. Delighted to announce that some of Oak class were part of the winning team. Then onto the Iontas centre next door for a well deserved lunch.
Big thank you to staff and pupils of Our Lady's school for all their effort in organising the day and looking after the pupils.
Senior 6 had a spooktacular October. We enjoyed a fancy dress day and had lots of ghosts and ghouls turn up to our party. The interactive white board game 'what am I?' kept us guessing about various halloween items and we enjoyed making funny faces on our pumkins. We listened to a hollween poem called Jack lantern and had great fun carving out our own lateran.
We had a busy time in Senior 6 as we all prepared our new classroom for the year ahead. It was great to see everyone after the summer break and we enjoyed sharing our news and getting to know each other. We worked on Autumn art and enjoyed social outings to the Diner for lunch and the library and had some lovely sensory walks in the dry Autumn days.
On June 16th our class went to Cavan to visit Eileen, the dog behaviour therapist. She brought us into her workshop where she trains the dogs.
She explained to us the importance of caring for your dog, the importance of the food they eat and how important it is to have a healthy, happy dog.
She told us the reasons why dogs bark, chase, dig, beg, sniff etc.
We heard about how Mary our Home Economics teacher took her dogs to Eileen and Geraldine to be trained.
She then showed us how well behaved her own 3 dogs are. We got to do some commands with the 3 dogs.
The most amazing thing we saw was how Pippa the dog can count.
As part of our level 2 learning program we are working on a short course called 'Grow it , Cook it, Eat it'. We had to grow some items before cooking. We decided to make a sensory garden the whole school could enjoy. With lots and lots of help from Paddy Mc Aloon, Marty and the parents association the garden is now finished and is being used by all the children in the school. We visited the garden centre to research all the plants we could use for each sense. We are all so proud of our garden and we enjoy visiting it and watering the plants. We will be using some f the herbs and vegetables in our Home Economics kitchen.
The completed garden