Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Student of the Month February 2012




CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING STUDENT OF THE MONTH
* Improvement in or good grades
* Good attendance or improvement in attendance
* Character
* Behaviour
* Attitude toward others/learning
* Classroom participation
* Demonstrates responsibility
* Respectful to peers and teachers



Junior Room:
James Glynn

Middle Room:
Adam Mulroe

Senior Room:
Elaine Walsh

Friday, February 24, 2012

Peterwell Supports Fair Trade Cotton Shoelaces 2012

This is a selection of what we did with our Fair Trade Shoelaces.These Photo's can be viewed in Supervalu,Gort next week...









Thursday, February 23, 2012

Establishing a School Garden Feb. 2012

All parents are requested to attend a meeting in the school on Thursday Feb. 23rd at 1.30pm to establish a school garden.

Imagine a student planting a seed in your school's garden, and just days later seeing a tiny leaf pushing up through the soil. Tending to new plants teaches children responsibility and teamwork. It provides an opportunity to bring science, maths, social studies, and language and visual arts to life through hands-on learning. Vegetable gardens let children taste the wonders of fresh food. Plus, parents, students and teachers can all enjoy the growing feeling of community that comes from sharing a new adventure. Here are just some of the many benefits of adding a garden to your school.

Nature as Teacher The experience of seeing seed, soil, water and sun come together to transform into a tiny plant is a lesson in itself, and one not soon forgotten. Learning to appreciate the wonder and power of nature is the core of an environmental education. Planting a seed teaches students about the need to protect our natural resources, since clean soil and water are necessary for the plants to grow. Children learn that we need to preserve open land for food crops, trees and enjoying nature. By tending the garden and taking care of their environment, they see that they are helping nature make the magic happen.

The Law of the Land Responsibility and Teamwork The fundamental rule of farming is that it takes responsibility and teamwork. If you don't water your garden, your plants will die. If you don't weed the garden, the weeds get worse and you have to work harder later to get the job done. Children learn how to be responsible by taking care of something and seeing the consequences when they don't do the work. Gardens also provide a wealth of opportunities for teamwork. Students need to work together to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the plants and stay on top of the weeding. These opportunities to take responsibility and work with others can build students' self esteem, and watching their garden grow is the sign of their success.

Hands-On Learning Gardens provide a wealth of opportunities for kids to get their hands dirty while learning lessons in many different areas of curriculum. Students can study plant anatomy and botanical life science, and those are just the beginning.

Sneaking in Nutrition Education A vegetable garden gives your school all the benefits mentioned above, with the added reward of valuable nutrition lessons on the importance and joys of eating fresh foods. New reports continue to show the alarming rise of nutrition-related health conditions such as diabetes and obesity in children and adults across the U.S. And yet, with severe budget cuts in education and increasing demands on teachers, the amount of nutrition education being taught in schools continues to decline. Many teachers simply lack the time and the resources to add another content area to the existing curriculum. In this are, the garden is a double blessing. It lets you enrich your curriculum lessons while also providing an opportunity to teach nutrition when students sample their harvest. Children are much more likely to taste a vegetable they have grown, and vegetables always taste better straight from the garden.

Confirmation 2012

A meeting for Parents will take place in the school on Thursday 23rd of February 2012.All parents please attend.

You Shall Be My Witnesses

You Shall Be My Witnesses is a parish-based preparation programme for Confirmation. It is a resource designed to encourage active partnership between those involved in parish leadership, parents and members of the wider parish community as they help children to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Over the course of five one-hour sessions the prorgramme offers parents and members of the parish community the opportunity to share their faith with the candidates and hopefully create a space where all can learn from each other.

You Shall Be My Witnesses explores the themes of belonging, believing, being, becoming and beginning again as full members of the church.

The programme requires two adult leaders. One hour-long session takes place each week for the four weeks before Confirmation. The fifth and final session is a joint session with all candidates and parents, and it takes place after Confirmation. Adults who volunteer to be leaders are given training in the content and structure of the programme.

Student of the Month for January 2012

CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING STUDENT OF THE MONTH
* Improvement in or good grades
* Good attendance or improvement in attendance
* Character
* Behaviour
* Attitude toward others/learning
* Classroom participation
* Demonstrates responsibility
* Respectful to peers and teachers



Junior Room:
Darren Farrell

Middle Room:
Lena Fahy

Senior Room:
Paul Massey

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

FAIR-TRADE:

Fair-trade Fortnight from 27 February - 11 March 2012.Watch this space for more information.

ANNAUAL FUND RAISING WALK:

The annual fundraising walk will take place on May 17th 2012

Stringendo Violin Project

The pupils in 2nd Class are taking part in a pilot project. As part of this, children from 3rd Class in Crumlin N.S. near Athenry spent a morning in our school .They performed jointly for our school

The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People, 2011 - 2020

The Minister for Education and Skills has asked that Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: be brought to the attention of boards of management. Literacy and numeracy are among the most important skills taught in our schools. They are fundamental to a person’s ability to succeed in education, to gain fulfilling employment and to lead a satisfying and rewarding life. The national strategy emphasises the important roles that schools, teachers and parents play in fully developing these skills. Pending the adjustments to the existing recommended timeframe by the NCCA and with effect from January 2012 all primary schools will be required to:
• increase the time spent on the development of literacy skills, particularly in the first language of the school, by one hour overall for language (Irish and English) per week (i.e. to 6.5 hours for infants with a shorter day, and to 8.5 hours per week for students with a full day)
• increase the time spent on mathematics by 70 minutes per week to 3 hours and 25 minutes per week for infants with a shorter day, and to 4 hours and 10 minutes per week for students with a full day.

County Heritage Awards



Peterswell School were Runners Up in the category for Best Schools in the Galway County Heritage Awards recently. This award (a beautiful piece of bog oak and a certificate) was presented to students in the Meadow Court Hotel. The award was for our DVD on Brueghel’s Children’s’ Games, where our Middle Class students dressed in traditional costumes and played games depicted in the painting. The Heritage Awards are presented to community groups, schools and individuals who play their part in preserving our culture and heritage.

Quiz Team 2012

Congratulations to Elaine Walsh, Jamie Finn, Colin Fitzgerald, Paul Massey (Senior Team) and Caolainn Feeney, Abigail Stone, Oisin Flannery and Chantelle Prendergast (Junior Team) who represented us in the Credit Union Quiz and will represent us in the Lions Club Quiz end of February.

Grandparents Day 2012






On St. Bridget’s Day, February 1st, Grandparents came to visit our school for Grandparents' Day. The visitors gathered in the large classroom. Their Grandchildren welcomed the visitors. We organised a display of photographs of grandparents who have passed away or who could not make it on the day. We sang songs and hymns, read poems and had a prayer service for them. Many thanks to the pupils, staff and parents for organising this special event. A big THANK YOU to our grandparents for coming to our school. All our visitors enjoyed refreshments in the lobby afterwards.