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Physical Education is taught by the class teacher for 1 hour each week. The children are very fortunate to have other coaches and experts visit the school to teach soccer and basketball. We also attend swimming for a period of 8-10 weeks in the Summer term.

A Busy Autumn in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our first 2 months back at school have been busy as always. The Senior classes have worked hard in all subject areas for both Ms. Wilson and their student teacher, Mrs. Meally.

Below are some photos of various activities!

At the start of September, the children engaged in Optical Illusion Activities in Art and Science and created their own Optical Illusion using their hands and the first initial of their name!

The children completed a traffic survey at our school gates and recorded their results onto Bar Graphs in Maths! On the day of the survey, silver was the most popular vehicle colour to pass through Castlecomer!

In Art, the children created their own Autumn Wreaths using leaves from our school environment.

On Friday, 8th October, the school supported Goal’s Jersey Day and we all enjoyed wearing our sports jerseys into school for the day!

In SPHE the children created their own Mandalas as a symbol of their own uniqueness and self identity. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

Drawing a self portrait with a twist was another art activity the children engaged in!

Members of 6th Class helped plant some daffodil and tulip bulbs around our school and parish grounds.

In Religion, the children designed their own Harvest Picture for the Harvest Service in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 24th October.

The children designed their own Anti-Bullying Poster in response to all that they had learned on the topic of Bullying in SPHE.

To celebrate Kilkenny Day on Sunday, 10th October, the children very creatively designed their own Pangur Bรกn!

On Thursday, 21st October, the whole school visited the Community School and got to run or walk around the track for 2km to raise money for our school and to support Joyce in her efforts to raise money for both our school and the ICU in St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny.

Well done to all the children for all their hard work at training in advance of the day as well as their great performance on the running track too!

The children donned their Hallowe’en costumes on the day of their Hallowe’en holidays. Well done to you all for such creative and scary costumes!

To get into the spirit of Halowe’en, the children played a game outdoors called Hallowe’en Run

and they engaged in some collaborative art to create some very funky looking pumpkins and spooky looking bats!!

Well done to 4th, 5th & 6th Class for all your great work over the past 2 months. Thank you to Mrs. Meally for all her hard work during October in the Senior Classroom. Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Hallowe’en to everybody!!

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Fun Run and a Marathon!!!

Date posted: 25th October 2021 | Category Blog, Fundraising Activities, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom |

We have been very active in Wandesforde National School this week! As part of our fundraising efforts over the past few weeks, we have been training hard to comfortably run 2 km. On Thursday, 21st October, our efforts and training paid off and the whole school walked to Castlecomer Community School to use the running track and complete our 2 km challenge. The children did a wonderful job and achieved their goal on the sunny, chilly morning. Here are some photos from the day!

The Infants were the first to complete a lap of the 440 metre track and they absolutely flew it!! The rest of the school cheered them on and then the favour was returned!

The Middle room and Senior room were up next to complete their 5 laps! Staff joined in too!

We were delighted to have a surprise visit from Joyce Byrne who came to cheer us on too! The children wished her the best as she was preparing for her Marathon run on Sunday!

On Sunday, 24th October, the sun was shining once again as lots of people gathered early in the morning to cheer Joyce off on her 42.2 km run in aid of St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit and Wandesforde NS.

Joyce set off at 9.30 am and had plenty of support and cheers along the way as she managed to pass many of the children’s houses along the route!

There was a great crowd to welcome Joyce home after completing her run!

Joyce, well done and thank you for doing this and raising so much money for the ICU and our school. We will have a total soon! We are so proud of you!

Thank you to all the children, parents, staff, members of the community and everyone else who has sponsored our 2 km challenge and Joyce’s Marathon. The school appreciates your support so much!

Date posted: 25th October 2021 | Category Blog, Fundraising Activities, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom |

Farewell to a Wonderful 6th Class and Sports’ Day 2021!

Date posted: 21st June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports |

Last Thursday, we had fantastic weather for our annual Sports’ Day in Wandesforde National School! The day started off with simple races such as sprints and hurdles!

The egg and spoon race was a lot of fun!

We then had a few challenging and fun races that resulted in a lot of giggles and falls!!!!

We had some chips and ice-cream to eat on the day!

We had a graduating ceremony for our 6th class pupils. Each child was presented with a card with special messages and a Bible presented by Rev. Edna Wakely.

We had some delicious chocolate cake!

Each child in the school received a gold medal for their efforts on Sports’ Day!

Awards were also presented to 6 pupils, 3 boys and 3 girls, for their sporting abilities, positive attitude and teamwork!

Congratulations to these two 6th class pupils who are our “Overall Best Achievers” for outstanding work and effort throughout the year!

We wish all our 6th class pupils the very best as they leave Wandesforde National School after 8 years! You will all be greatly missed! Wishing you all the best as you begin a new chapter in your lives in the various secondary schools that you will be starting in very soon!

Have a wonderful Summer everybody!!

Date posted: 21st June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports |

A Warm Welcome Back From the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

The first 6 weeks have flown by and the Senior Classroom have settled back very well to life in school with all its new practices and procedures!

In SPHE, we have been learning about Covid 19 and how we can help control its spread. We designed our own face masks in response to all that we learned

In Art, the children enjoyed creating their own Autumn Leaf Mosaics using coloured card and leaf cut outs.

We explored the theme of Autumn some more and wrote our own Autumn Sensory Poems in English!

The children enjoyed learning about the life and work of an American Street Artist called Thank You X in Art. In response to his work, they each designed their own cubes with pictures, shapes and patterns which we put together to create our own Collaborative Cube Mural

During September, we discussed the topic of Harvest in Religion and following this we drew our own Harvest Pictures to celebrate this very important time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got active in P.E. each week learning both hockey and hurling skills. We were fortunate to have GAA Coach, Brian Riain, back for 2 weeks to teach us some hurling drills ๐Ÿ™‚

The children have been learning lots of new phrases and vocabulary in Gaeilge since returning to school. They drew their own pictures in response to some common phrases we met.

In Science, we studied the Reproductive Parts of a Flower and Plant and labelled the parts on our worksheets.

In History, we studied buildings and monuments in our local area. The children learned about the 1798 Monument just outside our school grounds which was erected to commemorate the Battle of Castlecomer, the last battle of the 1798 Rebellion

They also learned about the history of the Creamery House which dates back to 1750 and was unfortunately damaged during the 1798 Rebellion. Did you know that the Creamery House was once a Perambulator Factory where baby prams were made?!

In Art, the children expanded a small cut out scene to create their own imaginative landscapes

Finally on Friday, 9th October, the whole school participated in GOAL Jersey Day to support Goal’s work with vulnerable communities around the world.

We took out our hurls and practised our hurling skills in our jerseys!

Well done Senior Classes on a great start back to school after all our time apart ๐Ÿ™‚

Date posted: 11th October 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Hurling, Irish, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

February fun in the Junior Room!

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |

Another month has flown by in the Junior Room and we have been busier than ever! In Art we made St Bridget’s Cloak using different fabrics. We also made x-rays as we were learning about ‘The Hospital’ in play and we learned about warm and cold colours and used what we’d learned to create colourful pictures like the artist Kandinsky!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we created heart collages for our loved ones.

In play our topics we learned about were ‘The Hospital’ and ‘The Zoo.’

A baby’s bed from the hospital made in Junk Art.
Thermometers, medicine and a drip made in Junk Art.
Lions and a panda from the zoo!
Play doh flamingos and penguins in the zoo.
Building a hospital in Small World.
Building a zoo in Small World.
Role playing in the Hospital.
Building animal enclosures at the zoo in Construction.
Building a zoo in the sand
Visiting the Zoo!
Buying our tickets to the Zoo

We are having lots of fun learning dance from Michelle on Wednesdays!

In S.E.S.E. we read the story of Town Mouse and Country Mouse. We sequenced events in the story and followed the path the mice took. Also in S.E.S.E. we learned some facts all about Ireland such as what the capital city and longest river are. We also took a virtual tour of Dublin and saw some famous landmarks. We drew a local famous landmark, Kilkenny Castle.

We also learned what equipment a doctor uses and what we might find in a hospital.

We spent some time learning what school was like for boys and girls long ago, it was quite different to today!

We were delighted to welcome local historian Michael Moylan to Wandesforde! He told us lots of stories about Setanta and The Giants Causeway. Afterwards we got to dress up in costumes he brought along!

On Pancake Tuesday we all went to the Assembly Hall and had some pancakes with our friends.

During the month we looked after some eggs in an incubator and three chicks hatched out! Our class decided to call our chick Rosie!

Finally Senior Infants are continuing to learn their Tricky Words for reading.

Date posted: 28th February 2020 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, English, Geography, History, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Science, Visual Arts |