We are delighted to announce that we have started coding classes in the Meelick school for the first time. Classes from 4th 5th and 6th have started a set of 10 lessons and are really enjoying learning computer coding in a fun way! These lessons are provided by Whizz Kids – a company who specialise in opening up the world of computing to boys and girls from 8 years upwards.
A reminder to parents that our school will be closed on Wednesday 10th January 2018 as staff will be attending a professional development programme for the Primary Language Curriculum.
Our Christmas concert will take place this year on Friday 15th December for parents and friends starting at 11.00. Rehearsals are well underway and the teachers and children are very busy getting ready for the big day. It is always well supported and is a fantastic day for the parents and pupils. Thank you to the teachers who put in such hard work in preparing the children so well. We hope you will join us on this very special occasion!
Our timetable for the concert is as follows:
Ms O’Looney’s Junior/Senior Infants 11.00 Jump if you love Christmas!
Ms Coloe’s 1st and 2nd Class 11.30 The Night Before Christmas.
Ms Jordan’s 3rd and 4th 12.00 Lights, Camel, Action!
Ms McMahon’s 4th and 5th 12.40 Oliver Twist.
Mr O’Donnell’s 5th and 6th A Suitably Happy Ending!
Our school will be closing on Wednesday 28th June for the Summer Holidays and we wish parents and pupils alike a happy and safe summer!
Our tin whistle concert is on Tuesday 27th at 9.30 am and all are welcome to attend. Following the concert Ms Jordan is launching a book that her class worked on collaboratively together. We look forward to hearing all about it!
Many classes are currently taking part in new teaching initiatives. This follows recent training undertaken by teachers in Scoil Mhuire provided by the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) in the area of Mathematics.
In Junior and Senior Infants an exciting new programme “Ready Set Go Maths” is almost ready to start. This is a hands on programme where children work in groups using concrete materials and playing maths games to consolidate learning.
Station teaching in maths is also being introduced to 1st / 2nd classes. Teachers target areas of difficulty and provide many opportunities for children to work in small groups using concrete materials and play specifically targeted games to reinforce learning of specific areas.
SGLI (Small Group Literacy Instruction) is also taking place from 3rd to 6th Class in this term. This is a follow on from our very successful Literacy Lift Off programme run from Juniors to Second class. SGLI is a period of up to 1 hour focusing on all aspects of literacy. Children are grouped and read books targeted to their level as well as working on other activities such as writing, comprehension and word work.
Literacy Lift Off will resume in the last term for Junior and Senior infants.
Teachers in the senior end of the school recently took part in 2 days training in the “Friends for Life” programme. This is an evidence-based intervention programme for children that teaches cognitive behavioural skills and behavioural skills to reduce anxiety and promote emotional resilience. The World Health Organisation cites “Friends for Life” as the only evidence based programme for anxiety in children that is effective at all levels of intervention. 4th, 5th and 6th Classes are currently having lessons on this programme as part of our SPHE curriculum.
4th, 5th and 6th Classes recently completed three training sessions with Munster rugby. Some members of the classes will be attending a blitz on Wednesday 22nd February.
Also we are delighted to announce that Peter Casey and his coaches of Clare GAA will be coming in each Wednesday to provide hurling training to all classes. We are delighted to have him back as the children really benefit from this very high quality coaching. Training will start on February 15th.