We would like to create and environment where children will acquire and develop the necessary knowledge and skill to become independent, confident learners – where they will develop their self-esteem to enable them to express and achieve their full potential. We will endeavour to broaden each child’s experience to help them become spiritual, well-balanced and tolerant individuals with a respect for themselves and others.
Congratulations to all the 6th Class children who had their graduation yesterday. We wish you all the best of luck in secondary school! Please watch the video that Ms. Antonakis has made to look back at some memories of your time in Divine Mercy SNS: https://vimeo.com/567907673/40370748b0
Dear Parents/Guardians, A big thank you to all of you who supported our book fair at the beginning of June. We are delighted to let you know that from the proceeds this year we have acquired €1,600 credit with Celtic Books to buy both class novels and library books for the next school year. Míle buíochas aris!
Last Friday on the 18th of June, I came extra early to school so I wouldn't miss the funfair. I walked happily to school and I waited outside the gate with my friends and we chatted about the funfair. I only realized now when writing this that we went through the front door instead of the back door, that’s how excited I was. We all chatted for a bit in class before we went outside. We couldn't go on the rides yet, we had to do some activities first! As we walked out onto the yard, everyone's eyes, including mine, shot wide open, as we stared at all the rides, amusements and everything! Our first activity was a target-shooting game. I didn’t really want to take part in this activity so I just relaxed and chatted with my friends instead. Next, we played Hook-a- Duck. I played this by just picking up the fish and flicking them back into the water with a big splash. The last activity was the best one and it was fun. Basically, we had to knock over ten cans with a bean bag. When my friend’s turn came up, she threw the bean bag and ended up hitting one of the boys in the class. Fortunately he wasn't hurt and we all had a laugh about it. Now, the whole reason we went outside was to get ice-cream and slushies. We finally got our ice cream and slushies and my slushy tasted so good! Just after our food we had a photo shoot beside the ‘Funder and Lightning’ poster. We got to use props and inflatables to make ourselves look silly. Afterwards, we headed back inside the classroom for break time. While inside, our teacher organised some games for us to play. We were allowed to bring in our Nintendo’s and our teacher brought in his PlayStation 4. We played games like Fifa 17 and Rocket League on the PS4, while others played games like Minecraft and Animal Crossing on their Nintendo’s. It was really cool to be able to play these in school! Soon it was time to go back outside. Now it was our turn to go on all the rides! I was more excited than ever because it was the first time I had ever gone on amusement rides. The first ride our class went on was the Spinning Teacups. I went on it and was going around in circles and spinning at the same time. I felt extremely dizzy when I got off the ride! Next, there was the Chair o’ Planes. They were the biggest ride in the funfair. I hopped on a seat and I got a fright when I started going around. I was expecting it to be quite scary but it wasn't at all once you get used to it. I really liked the breeze and teacher took pictures of everyone while he was riding on the Chair o’ Planes as well. After that, we played Crazy Golf. My friends and I managed to complete eight holes before we had to move onto the next ride – the carousel. The Carousels were great! Everyone put their hand out to clap each other’s hands as we spun around. It was a slow ride, but still enjoyable. Lastly, we went on the mini Chair o’ Planes. They were good, but I have to say the bigger Chair of Planes were way more fun to ride on. After the last ride goodie bags were given out to the class as we went inside again for lunchtime. The class played on the PS4 for a while, before we were called out for a ‘surprise’. We had no idea what it was though. I went out with the class and sat on our line. Then, out of nowhere, Ms. Halpin, the principal, is riding on a motorbike across the yard, dancing and clapping to songs from ‘Grease’ the musical. Who could imagine a principal doing such a thing! Then, the Mayor of South Dublin arrived, talking and taking pictures with the teachers. Ryan Andrews was there too, getting everyone hyped up with his dancing and bringing an awesome end to the day. Time flew by quickly and it was soon time to go home. It was the first time I didn’t want school to end. I walked home with my friends and took some pictures with them. When I arrived home I felt really tired. I have to say that was the most exciting and enjoyable school day ever!
Many thanks to Fatin in Mr. Breen’s class who made this brilliant canvas picture at home and has donated it to the school. Today he presented it to Ms. Halpin and also to Mr. Dooley and Emma who were members of the organising committee and ensured that the day was a great success. Thank you Fatin!
Room 12 have been working hard making videos about World War Two using the school's green screen. They have spent the past month learning about the topic, preparing their speeches, choosing their backgrounds and recording their videos. Check out the videos below: https://vimeo.com/566579716 https://vimeo.com/566588716 https://vimeo.com/566601888 https://vimeo.com/566602813 https://vimeo.com/566604330
Well, what a day! Funder and Lightning will definitely go down in the history books of Divine Mercy SNS! After the last few years the children deserved something magical and the organising committee certainly delivered! To create a fairground in the yard with an ice cream van and DJ was unbelievable and huge thanks go to them for all their hard work. Now, sit back, relax and try to count the smiles! https://vimeo.com/565664640
On Thursday we met Sandra. Sandra spent the day teaching us about biodiversity. We learned all about the plants and animals we can find in our school garden. We learned about all the amazing little birds we see everyday and barely even notice. We covered a range of topics from flora and fauna to pollution in our environment. After that, We had the chance to head outside where we looked for plants and animals that we’d like to sketch. Have a look for yourself! https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1405615918449934340?s=21
Boys and girls, We are sure that you are looking forward to the great day planned tomorrow! To help the day be as much fun as possible please remember these things: * It’s a non uniform day * Bring your own hand sanitizer if you have it * Be prepared for the weather - sun cream may be needed * Be in school on time - the activities begin at 9:00 * HAVE FUN! Take a look at the video children in Mr. Butler’s class made: https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1405491370765262849?s=21
On Wednesday we spent our day working with Joan. We discussed how important flowers are. How they may look so small and fragile but really they are strong and resilient. The dandelion story inspired us to make the best of every situation. We then used recycled materials to make our own dandelions. Lennon explains it all in this video. Enjoy! https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1405246013816905735?s=21
Here are a few more of the interviews the children in 6th Class did with teachers in our school for the National Cumann na mBunscol Week. Take a look at interviews with Mr. Forde, Ms. Hill, Mr. Butler and Mr. Moran here: https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1404786204323811329?s=21 https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1404791059784388621?s=21 https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1405161945829888005?s=21 https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1405163870952558594?s=21
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), As previously announced, we are delighted to be hosting our very own funfair this Friday June 18th in Divine Mercy SNS. We are aware that a large number of children have not paid their book money for the current academic year (2020-2021) and as a result are not covered by the school insurance as the first €6 of the first €50 payment is the insurance premium. At minimum this €6 needs to be paid for your child to participate in the Funder and Lightning funfair. If you have not paid please do so as a matter of urgency. This can be made by sending the money into the school or paying via Aladdin Connect. If you have any problem making this payment please contact the school. To make the day run as smoothly as possible, we would like our students to be aware of the following for the day: • Have the permission slip signed and returned to class teacher • Be weather aware – sun cream/rain gear needed on the day • Inform teacher in advance of any dietary or medical needs • Packed lunch and lots of water • Non uniform day The school day will run as normal. Fifth and Sixth classes will start at 08:50 and Third and Fourth classes at 09:00. We would advise for them to arrive promptly as the day will begin straight away. The school day will also finish as normal with Fifth and Sixth classes finishing at 14:30 and Third and Fourth classes at 14:40. We would like to once again reassure you that we will be following all COVID-19 guidelines on the day. The final countdown is on for ‘Funder and Lightning’ and we can’t wait! Regards, Regina Halpin, Principal
On Tuesday we worked with Joan and Bryan. The theme of the day was history and map making. We learned so many interesting facts and then got the chance to create our own maps too. We learned about the history of the IMMA building and a little about the Vikings who sailed up the Liffey to make what is now Dublin. Check out the video here: https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1404764075838656516?s=21
We thought we would begin the National Cumann na mBunscol Week by showing you a few interviews the children in 6th Class did with teachers in our school, finding out a bit more about their involvement in GAA and how they got started playing. We will be putting a few of these up every day this week so remember to check them out and take a few tips from some great hurlers, footballers and camogie players! We started with interviews with Mr. Dooley and Mr. Lynch. Take a look at them here: https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1404454503928242184?s=21 https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1404456384519933957?s=21
This week room 7 will be showcasing the work we did during IMMA week. On Monday we spent the day learning all about IMMA, what a museum is, who works there and how important they are. We did so much work during IMMA week that each day needs its own video. Our IMMA series is hosted by Lennon Metzger. We hope you enjoy it! See you tomorrow for the first video!
Well done to everyone who designed a poster for the upcoming Funder and Lightning funfair. The standard was very high and you will be able to see the winners here. A special congratulations goes to Edward in 6th Class, Sabira in 5th Class, Ellie Sue in 4th Class and Brooke in 3rd Class who were winners in their year group.
We are looking forward to taking part in the National Cumann na mBunscol Week next week to celebrate 50 years of Cumann na mBunscol. Keep checking the school app, Twitter or Facebook for some fun videos and photos to see how important GAA is in our school!
The children in 6th class had the opportunity to watch a live-streamed theatre performance from the Ark today. We watched “What did I miss?” By Shaun Dunne. It was about missing out on events, such as confirmations, graduations and birthdays, due to the global pandemic. The children really enjoyed the performance.
Don’t forget that this year's Book Fair is going ahead tomorrow and Friday. We are holding it in the hall where we will have plenty of room to enable social distancing and all involved will be adhering to all the procedures we have in place regarding hand sanitising, face coverings etc... As well as being a wonderful opportunity for your children to purchase reading material for themselves over the summer, it is also our best fundraiser to provide class novels to all our students. We hope you will support us with it again this year. Please find attached a catalogue with examples of books on sale to look over with your child at home and how to place orders. Also note that all children will have a chance to view the full library on display prior to any purchase. Thanks in advance for supporting our Book Fair! Kind regards, Regina Halpin Mary Hyland https://46e3625e15194b53c961-8365ff1b68cff7311e5feb688cd32bc5.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/4128_20210602140912.pdf
All of the the children have been asked to design a poster to promote our upcoming Funder and Lightning funfair! We are looking forward to showing you some of the class winners over the next few days. Well done to the children in Mr. Dooley’s class who made this brilliant display!
Dear Parents/Guardians, Please note that there is no increase in your child’s Book Rental Fee for 2021/2022 and your child will receive all school books, stationery, insurance, art & Craft materials and D.F.L. materials for €100.00. This must be paid on or before this Friday (June 11th). Cash payment can be sent in to the current class teacher or Rental can be paid by debit/credit card in the office to Bernie. We also have an online payment facility to accommodate parents/guardians who would like to pay online through the Aladdin Connect app. Thank you for all those who support the Book Rental Scheme in our school and we look forward to providing this important service to your child again this coming school year. Kind Regards, Regina Halpin, Principal.
Last week we had the most wonderful opportunity to work with the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Our class spent the week creating and curating wonderful pieces of art as part of the space to learn program with IMMA. Have a look at some of the amazing things we got to do this week. We can’t tell you how much fun we had. We are currently using our schools green screen to create a wonderful video to showcase all that we got done.
All of the boys and girls in Ms. Dee’s class have been busy learning all about Lámh! Lámh is a manual sign system used by adults and children with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Click on the link below to look at our video to see some of the signs that we learned! https://twitter.com/dmsnsbalgaddy/status/1398205358720552963?s=21
Congratulations to Hayden in Room 16 who selected the name for our eagerly anticipated funfair - “Funder and Lightning!” This unique experience is on Friday 18th June and it will be a fantastic way to end the school year. Permission slips were sent out yesterday and payment can be made via Aladdin Connect or sending the money into the school.
Parents/Guardians FYI: Adamstown Cricket Club is based in Corkagh Park with two pitches and new training net facilities. They are also developing a pitch in Adamstown. This is your closest cricket club to your school and they would love to have your children down to play. Please contact 0863556814 or 0860474230 for more information on training times for your child's age group. Parents also more than welcome! All ages catered for!
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