20th June 2020
As we draw to the end of the month and the end of the school year, I would like to thank you all for your commitment and dedication during our time of ‘distance learning’. I know it hasn’t been easy, but I thoroughly enjoyed receiving your emails and looking at your wonderful photographs and projects each week. It has been a year to remember!
This week, we had our first ever ‘Virtual Sports Day’ which appeared to be a great success. Well done to everyone who participated in the ‘Darragh Foley GAA Hand Pass Challenge’. You can head over to our Sports Day page on the website to see a video of our FEMALE WINNER – SIENNA MAE CONNOLLY and our MALE WINNER – DÁIRE BYRNE!
The Padlet has been updated with some bits and pieces for the final week – Padlet Link
As sixth class pupils all now know, the Confirmation is provisionally set for Saturday, 22nd August 2020. I will be in touch during the summer with further details about organising a day to get together and practise before the special day. I would be grateful if you could all have a look at the resources/videos on Padlet relating to Confirmation if you haven’t already done so. We also hope to have our ‘send-off’ for sixth class pupils in conjunction with the Confirmation preparation day.
As always, feel free to email me anytime with any questions and I will do my best to answer them for you – firstname.lastname@example.org.
To my fifth class crew, have a wonderful summer break. I will see you all in September (hopefully)! And I look forward to seeing all the sixth class pupils again in August.
Finally, here are a few photographs that you have sent me over the past week or two. Well done again on all your hard work!
Take care and be good,
3rd June 2020
Here’s a little look at some more of the amazing work that you have been completing at home. Thank you for your emails and don’t forget to keep them coming over the next couple of weeks!
Well done and take care,
7th May 2020
Here’s a little look at some of the amazing work you have been completing at home. I am immensely proud that you are all trying your best and staying busy during this time! Well done and take care,
Eureka Science Festival a “BLAST”
Our 5th and 6th class students travelled to the Institute of Technology Carlow on Wednesday 13th November to attend the popular Eureka Science & Technology Festival, which is ran in conjunction with National Science Week. The festival was established to pro-mote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathe-matics) topics, subjects, and career opportunities to various demographic groups. St Joseph’s students attended the Energy K’NEX’ Activation workshop which was facilitated by the Institute’s mechanical engineers. It was a great opportunity for the group to visit their local third level institute and take part in this great event.
Final Blitz of the year
St Joseph’s NS senior boys & girls teams competed in their final football competition of the year in the Gemma Hanlon Memorial Blitz in Donard. One could be forgiven for thinking it was a mid-winter’s day rather than the 12th of June but despite the cold conditions our teams, particularly our 6th class in their final games, put on a splendid display of football for the good turnout of parents who braved the conditions. Despite not making it to the final in a very competitive competition everybody was really happy with our positive performances . Special mention must go to William (Willo) Doyle who made an extra effort to make it to the blitz and put in a ‘man of the tournament’ performance. Well done to everybody in 6th class and we hope to see you all in the Clonmore and St. Bridget’s colours for years to come.
Defeated by a single point in the final of the Coughlan Cup
Congratulations to our boys team on taking part in the Coughlan Cup held in Baltinglass on Wednesday last. After some fine performances we made it to the final of the cup and played against our local (friendly) rivals Knockanna. The final was a sporting game played in good spirits. Unfortunately we were defeated by must a single point. Well done to Knockananna on the win.
St Joseph’s NS Girls on fire at GAA Blitz
Huge congratulations to 5th and 6th class girls on their successful participation in a GAA blitz held in Baltinglass. Dispite the unkind weather conditions they won three matches, drew one and lost one. Well done girls, you did our school proud! #gaa #girlpower #stjosephsns
St Joseph’s dominate at West Wicklow Football Blitz
Our school team competed successfully in a West Wicklow Blitz in Baltinglass on Wednesday, February 27th. We won four out of our five games and played some scintillating football throughout the competition. Our excellent attitude and ability to support each other with a great team ethic was the hallmark of this group of players.
Our defenders were excellent throughout. William Doyle and Conor Forde played intelligently throughout winning great tackles and immediately setting up attacks. Luke Kelly, Nathan Flynn & Tadhg Johnson stuck to their markers like glue and were tough tackling when needed. Around midfield Daire Byrne and the Weekes brothers, Cian and Jack, were in command all day long. Up front our forwards were in super form. Aaron Byrne gave an exhibition in long range point kicking whilst also working non stop. Oran Keating got some lovely scores including one excellent effort off his left foot. Our young guns from fourth class, Rory Doyle & Josh Kelly also chipped in with some cracking points and showed their potential for the future.
The football was fantastic but just as importantly the attitude, work rate and respect our team showed for their opponents, the organisers of the competition and the referees was just as enjoyable to witness.
Congratulations to Bill Hurney – 2nd in the Eason Spelling BEE 2019
Huge congratulations to 6th class student, Bill Hurney, on making us all proud here at St. Joseph’s by coming 2nd in the regional Eason Spelling BEE. Bill beat off stiff competition from schools across Carlow to bring home the prize to our school. Well done Billy.
Over €275 raised in aid of Feileacain
Well done to Emily Heffernan and her class mates on organising a fundraiser for Feileacain (Stillbrith and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). As part of the fundraiser students has a no uniform day and all donated €2 each.
Fifth and sixth class have been extremely busy lately preparing for our Christmas play but we’ve also found some time to study some of the historical, geographical and political background of the U.S.A. Each pupil in our class researched and created an individual project on a state of their choice. There were some excellent and really interesting factual presentations produced. We also looked at the American War of Independence and Boston Tea Party in a little more detail. A number of our class sketched some fantastic pictures of British Redcoats and major American political figures such as George Washington which tied in with these topics.
Baltinglass Credit Union
Huge congrats to the U 13’s team who came 2nd. A great reward for all their hard work!
The handballers receiving their medals.
The infamous Cecil Whelan joined us in Carlow Lawn Tennis Club in order to prepare for our first Handball Tournament.
Thank you to Mr.Corcoran for organising the lunch time school competition in order to choose the pupils who qualified to compete, to Cecil Whelan for coaching us voluntarily, to C.L.T.C. to providing a coaching venue, to the pupils who refereed the matches, and of course to parents who drove children to both training and the competition itself. Well done to those who participated at such a high standard, having never played before and with great success!
On Tuesday we travelled to Carlow to partake in an engineering workshop. We were very impressed by Michael’s demonstration and found it very interesting and informative. He showed us how engineering has progressed through the ages, moving from levers to pulleys to truss bridges. He then demonstrated the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics . Our favourite part was when Michael demonstrated how an AK47 works.
Next we moved to the Carlow Museum where John guided us through the interesting local artefacts on display there. We saw the trapdoor used in Carlow Gaol, a quern stone , an ancient printing press and got to examine handcuffs and pistols used by the RIC.
Following lunch we had the opportunity to explore The Playground Project in the Visual Centre and visit Carlow Castle.
We recently studied the brain and completed group projects on the topic . Having researched the topic thoroughly the next step was to get some hands-on experience with the brain and other vital organs . We examined a pig’s brain, heart, kidney and tongue. We were surprised by both the size of the brain and how fragile it was compared to the other organs .
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global initiative to introduce children to computer science, it is the largest learning campaign in history. In one hour, students learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages. Below are some examples of the games we have coded over the past few days.
- Lauren Mc Grath
- Lauryn Quigley
We are currently studying rivers , specifically erosion and deposition . We created our own rivers to examine the effects of erosion and deposition on the landscape.
On Wednesday we visited IT Carlow as part of Science Week. We met several scientists and witnessed a number of experiments. Feel free to quiz the pupils on how ‘elephant toothpaste’ and dry ice were formed before our eyes. We also had a tour of the Sports Science Department and took part in a sprint and jump test.
I would like to commend the students on the fabulous projects they presented today. Many students presented their projects across a variety of mediums e.g. models, Powerpoints, Prezis, posters and folders. I was also extremely impressed with the level of maturity the students exhibited when dealing with the younger students and explaining their projects to them. I am very proud of you. A special thank you also to the family members who helped the students. The winning projects will be announced on Monday .
We recently travelled to the Omniplex Carlow for a private screening of ‘Everest’ . The students really enjoyed this experience and learned a lot from the film.
The 1916 Rising
During September we studied ‘The 1916 Rising’ in some detail. Each student created profiles relating to one of the signatories and worked collaboratively to create posters chronicling each day of the rising. We were delighted to use our work to decorate the hall for the National Flag Presentation. Special credit goes to Alex Bowes and Marty Walsh for their dedication and attention to detail while creating the ‘Irish Republic’ banner.