Junior & Senior Infants

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Teacher: Ms. Balfry

Christmas Show 2022

After two years of a hiatus, we were delighted to be able to bring back Kilcornan National School's annual Christmas show. Pupils from Junior Infants to Second Class put on a nativity based musical called 'Whoops A Daisy Angel', while pupils from Third to Sixth Class performed a selection of Christmas songs and songs from their upcoming Peace Proms performance. We are incredibly proud of all the pupils!

Thank you to the staff for their hard work in ensuring the pupils were extremely well prepared for the shows. Thank you to the Parents' Council for organising the raffle and providing refreshments for both shows. We are very grateful to the community centre for the use of the hall and to Mike O'Connell for all his work preparing the stage and providing lighting and sound. Thank you to everyone who supported the show, prepared the pupils and helped with staging and costumes.

Please find below a beautiful selection of photographs by Mary O'Shaughnessy. DVD's will be available in the new year from Fergal Nash.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to Kilcornan on Thursday 5th January!

Christmas Show Photographs

Junior & Senior Infants Christmas Update

Hello from Junior and Senior Infants! We have been so busy this term and Ms. Balfry is very proud of how hard we have all been working. We had great fun during Science Week. Senior Infants collaborated with Mrs. Gleeson’s Senior Infants to carry out their science experiments including invisible writing, ‘explosions’ and snow making! Juniors had their first experience of skittle rainbow colours, volcano explosions and washing up liquid and milk reactions using food dye. They drew pictures of and wrote about their experiments.

We learned lots about bullying during ‘Anti Bullying Week’ in school and how to be kind to each other. We watched videos about bullying and learned that it is important to say something if you see someone being bullied.

This term we also got to be part of our first Christmas Show in Kilcornan! We got special parts: the Junior Infant girls were angels, the Senior Infant girls were snowflakes and the boys were shepherds. We had great fun learning our songs and lines and practising them every day for weeks leading up to our show. When the day came, we were all so excited! We dressed up in our beautiful costumes and went up on stage to perform for all our friends and families. They were so proud of us!!

After performing in our own show, we then got a little treat where we were able to sit back, relax and watch another show. We went on a bus to the University of Limerick to see the panto ‘Peter Pan’. It was some of the pupils ’first time on a bus and some of the pupils’ first time at a panto! We had great fun dancing and shouting at the characters throughout the show. Captain Hook did not like people from Limerick!

Thank you to Catherine for helping us everyday in our classroom and to Ms. Quinn and Ms. Wallace for helping to teach us this term. We learned how to say Happy Christmas in our Gaeilge lessons so Nollaig Shona Daoibh go léir!

Check back in with us in the new year for more updates from Junior and Senior Infants. Slán!

Junior & Senior Infants Mid-Term Update

Happy Halloween from Junior and Senior Infants! We have had a very busy first two months in school. Junior Infants have settled into school very well and have made lots of new friends. Senior Infants have matured so much and are setting a great example for all the new Juniors. Everyone is remembering their kind words, kind hands and kind feet.

We have learned lots this half term. Juniors are working on their Jolly Phonics’ sounds and have started learning sight words. Seniors are developing their reading skills by working on reading fluency. Senior Infants have revised lots of Maths and have begun learning their number story of 6. Junior Infants have learned lots about matching and opposites as well as new characters from the world of Wandsville. We love learning and playing games using the interactive board in our class.

We have really enjoyed our art lessons and using our imaginations. We loved colour mixing, pumpkin printing and creating autumn crepe paper trees so far. We also had great fun visiting third class for the first time and seeing their amazing bird feeder projects.

Senior Infants have been thoroughly enjoying Aistear with Mrs. Gleeson’s Senior Infants and exploring the themes of Myself, The Airport and Autumn/Halloween.

We love dancing and love taking our Go Noodle movement breaks in class. They are good for our minds as well as our bodies! We had the best fun in our skipping workshops with Lee and are really enjoying using our new P.E equipment.

We have been learning about taking care of the environment in school and how our school got its’ green flags. We are trying our best to recycle, separate our rubbish in our classroom and make a difference in our world.

We had great fun celebrating Jersey Day and wearing our Halloween costumes to school this month. We are looking forward to a well-earned week off and the exciting months ahead. A big thank you to Catherine for her help in our room everyday and to Ms. Quinn.

Check back with us again for more updates. Slán from Junior and Senior Infants!

Junior & Senior Infants Summer Update

Happy Holidays from Junior and Senior Infants! We are so excited to be finishing our first and second years in Kilcornan National School! We have had a very busy, but very fun last term in school.

We took part in ‘Bike to School Week’ in May and we cycled and scooted and walked to school. We know all about how important it is for the environment when we use cars less.  We have learned so much about the environment this term and how to take care of it. We learned about the importance of pollinators and encouraging bees on the school grounds. We learned about buying fresh, local and seasonal produce. We did projects on bees and made seasonal calendars. We also looked after the fruits and vegetables planted by the green schools committee in our classroom. We are looking forward to continuing this work next year.

After all our hard work helping the green schools committee in the school, we were so excited to hear that we had received our 10th green flag!! We had the best day at the flag raising ceremony singing ‘What a Beautiful World’ that we had learned and watching Declan Hannon raise the flag. Declan was very kind and signed autographs for us. We then got another surprise when an ice cream van appeared! Thanks to the Parents’ Council for this. When we thought the day couldn’t get any better, Peter Nash arrived with the Liam McCarthy cup and we all got our pictures with it. What an amazing day!

We went on our first school tour this month also. We went to Arena 5 and enjoyed Jump Lanes and soft play there. We had a yummy feast of pizza, chicken nuggets and chips. Even though it was raining, the rain stopped just in time for Mungret playground on our way home. We had such a great day!

Thank you so much to Ms. Mullane and her Sixth Class for organising a sports day for us. We played games with a parachute, had 3 legged races, potato and spoon races, funny dress up races and hula hoop games and activities.

Míle buíochas to Catherine who helps us in our class everyday! We are very lucky to have you helping us. We want to end by extending an extra special thank you and slán to our Principal, Mrs. Wixted on her retirement. Mrs. Wixted has been in our class all year helping us. We will miss her so much! Thank you Mrs. Wixted for all your help and kindness. Happy Retirement and we look forward to you coming back to visit us soon!

Wishing you all a safe and happy summer. Slán from Junior and Senior Infants!

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