Swimming session on Tuesday

As you were informed in Ms Georgina’s e mail, on Tuesday the children will have the opportunity to play water games and to swim in the pools set up in the school grounds for summer school.  Below is a summary of what you need to know:

1.  The children need to come to school wearing their bathing suit beneath their school uniform.  Since the children are young, to the contrary of what was originally stated in the e mail, girls may come in a two piece bathing suit since it makes it easier for them to access the toilet.

2. You need to send in:

  • Ready blown up armbands
  • A towel
  • A t -shirt for the children to wear while swimming (compulsory) – either a swim top or a normal t shirt
  • A sun hat –  recommended since they cannot apply sun block before entering the pool
  • Footware (flip-flops, crocks or sandals)
  • A pair of underpants to change into after swimming
  • A plastic bag to put the wet items in before sending them home.

Please ensure that everything you send in is clearly labelled.

3.  An ice cream van will be visiting the school that day and the children will be allowed to buy an ice cream.  If you would like your child to have a ice cream, please sent in Euro 1 in a labelled envelope.  If you would not like your child to buy an ice cream please inform me via a note in the notebook so that I will know what everyone’s decision is.

4. Sun cream may be applied at home before the children come to school.



Last Friday was the last day that I sent out the library books except for one group of 5 children.  All the children in the class except of these 5 have had 4 reading books sent home for the children to read.  The other 5 have read only 3 and I will be sending out one other book for them this Friday to be returned by the following Tuesday.  No other books will be sent out.

Workbooks sent home

Today I sent home more workbooks and craft items to be kept at home.  I still have quite a bit to send back and it would really help me if each time that I send items back, you would return to red folder to be refilled.

Thanks for your help.

Swimming outing

Please note that the deadline for handing in the forms for the swimming outing was today.   Could those people who have not sent in the forms please do so by tomorrow at the latest as Ms Karen needs to send in the order for the food?

Just a reminder that amounts due are:

  1. Euro 2 if a parent is attending but not ordering any food.
  2. Euro 6 if a parent is attending and ordering pizza/wrap and water
  3. Euro 6.50 if a parent is attending and ordering pizza/wrap and juice


Our visit to the dentist

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Preparations for the visit to the dentist started off the day before the outing.  I read out the book “Going to the Dentist” by Roderick Hunt.  This helped me explain to the children what would be happening at the dentist the following day.

The day started off with a short wait for the coach to arrive and getting stuck in lots of traffic so that by the time we got to the dentist the children were about to burst with anticipation.  Never have I seen such enthusiasm for a visit to the dentist.  The children were divided into two groups and seen by two different dentists and the children in my group were all crowding round the dentist and trying to see in each other’s mouths.  There were some children who were a bit apprehensive but nearly all made it into the dentist’s chair.  Apart from checking the children’s teeth, the dentists also showed the children how to clean their teeth.  They also gave the children a toothbrush and a note giving the outcome of the check up which we will sending home today.

After the visit to the dentist we stopped at the park in Tigne for the children to eat their lunches and play a little bit.  It was quite hot and we kept on giving the children water breaks and “shade breaks” in which we told them to sit in the shade, cool off and shelter from the sun before going off the play a bit more.

I would like to thank you for your patience as you waiting for the children to return to school due to the fact that we were caught up once again in terrible traffic.  Thanks also for your help to ensure that all the children were safely handed over to their respective parents.

Here are some photos:

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Outing forms reminder and clarifications

Just a gentle reminder that the outing form for the dentist outing is due to be sent in tomorrow.  For this outing, it is very important that the consent form is filled in as well.  Children not having a signed consent form will not be able to be seen by the dentist.

Also a clarification re the parent and child swimming outing.  Just to summarise Ms Karen’s information re payment, you do not need to send in money for the children’s transport, food and swimming session as this should be covered by the lump sum paid at the beginning of the year.  If a parent will be attending, you will then need to pay for the transport and food (the food is optional) and you need to send in the payment with the completed form.  Payment will need to be as follows:

Parent – transport only (not eating) = Euro 2

Parent – transport, food and water = Euro 6

Parent – transport food and juice = Euro 6.50

I hope that this helps.  It is important that we get the food orders for both children and adults by the deadline set in Ms Karen’s letter (14th June) as the catering establishment prepares the food just in time for our arrival.

Workbooks and crafts sent home

I am in the process of sending back all workbooks and crafts completed during term 2 and 3.  Before sending them home, I am trying to ensure that most of the pages missed our on due to sickness or other absence from school are completed.  In the case of letter and number writing pages, I am not asking the children to complete all pages but only to practise until I think that they have grasped the formation to the best of their abilities.  So, if a child would have missed out on all three letter writing pages for a particular letter, if the child completes the first page and writes the letter well using the correct letter formation, then I am not asking him/her to complete the other 2 pages.

You will also note certain terminology written or stamped on the pages.  Starting off in the writing books I sent home and then more consistently in later booklets, the second and third letter/number writing  pages were marked as either “learning objective achieved”; “working towards your learning objective” and 2 stars and a wish.

You've Achieved Your Learning Objective Pre-inked StamperYou're Working Towards Learning Objective Pre-inked StamperMy Wish is' Pre-inked Stamper

If the work was stamped as “learning objective achieved” it meant that the letter/number was written neatly using the correct formation.  I used the  “working towards your learning objective”, stamp for those children who used the correct formation when writing letters/numbers but whose fine motor skills need to develop a bit more in order to enable their writing to be smooth. The last stamp is the two stars and a wish stamp that I used when there was something specific to improved eg. remember to start from the dot or not to write outside the box.  This last stamp proved to be very effective and I would read the wish to the child at the beginning of the next writing session to remind them what was expected of them and most times, they rose to the occasion and adjusted their writing accordingly.

Please remember that your children are in Pre-Junior and do not expect all your child’s work to be marked as “objective achieved”.  What is most important at the moment is that they learn and remember the correct formation.  Also, please remember where your children started off from.  I have been looking through all the workbooks one more time before sending them home and I am very happy with the progress of each and every child.

People who help us – wardens

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Last week, we talked about wardens and their roles in the community. We saw how wardens enforce laws by ensuring that  everyone is driving safely, parking properly and seeing that towns and cities are kept clean.  They manage traffic when the roads are busy, or when there is something blocking the road e.g. a big cranes. They are called out when two cars bump into each other.

We listened to a story about Officer Buckle which can be found on the e learning site (https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/People+who+help+us).  For the purpose of our lesson, we called we changed the officer’s name to Warden Buckle.  The story was good to illustrate that the rules enforced by wardens are there for our own safety and therefore we must obey them at all times, not only not to get a fine but in order to keep ourselves safe.  We concentrated mainly on the rules that affect the children’s lives at the moment – using appropriate car seats and seat belts in cars and the fact that children should never sit in the front passenger seat in a car.  I hope that this topic may help you ensure your children’s compliance in obeying these safety rules.

The last session of this topic, I asked the children to imagine that they were wardens and to suggest a few rules that we should observe for our own safety.  This is what they came up with:

  • Do not hit, punch, pinch or fight with others
  • Obey your mummy
  • Always wear a seat belt
  • Be careful when walking near a road
  • Don’t stand on a swivel chair (this came out of the story); don’t jump on sofas or beds
  • Play gently
  • Look left and before crossing a road and cross at traffic lights if possible
  • Don’t drive fast

The literacy link for this topic was letter w for warden. We also counted up to 18 – we added 18 musical notes to a picture of a warden who had to whistle 18 times because he had seen 18 situations where safety rules were not observed.