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1st & 2nd Class

Welcome to Ms. Brigid O’Donnell's 1st & 2nd class

Welcome to our classroom!

Here is a copy of the school calendar for 2022/2023:

School Calendar 2022/2023

The booklists for 2022/2023 can be found here:

Booklists 2022-2023

Our Classroom News!

School Re-Opening 2022

Looking forward to seeing all our students on Tuesday August 30th at 8.50 am.

Some gentle reminders as we return to school:

  • Our school day is 8.50 am – 2.30 pm. Infant home time is 1.30 pm. Our breaks are 10.40 – 11.00 and 12.30 – 12.50.
  • The children in Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon until Friday September 9th. From Monday September 12th, they will go home at 1.30 pm.
  • Parents are reminded to drop and go in the morning time.
  • The school opens for children at 8.50 am. Official teaching time begins at 9.05 am. Please ensure your child is on time for school. It is important to establish good routines from Day 1!!
  • Please ensure that your child has their books and copies with them on Day 1 (as per booklists issued). All items should be clearly labelled.

Please follow this link to complete school payments for art, craft, photocopying and insurance fees:

https://www.aladdin.ie/p/6180051006521344

Please click on the link below for a copy of our school calendar:

School Holidays!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely summer break. As always, thank you very much for your support this school year. It is very much appreciated.

A special word of thanks to our wonderful staff here in Mount Hanover. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of people who always go above and beyond for the children.

Enjoy the summer holidays everyone!!!

School Mural

Just in time- we finally finished our school mural! Thank you so much to the painters- Megan, Aran, Lucy, May and Frieda. It will look wonderful on the GP room wall. Happy Summer Holidays everyone.

Ms. McGinty

School Tour 2022

This year we went to “The Crystal Maze” for our school tour. It was such a fun day out and we were blessed with the weather. Here are some pictures from the day.

Graduation 2022

Congratulations to our 6th class children who graduated today.

We all wish you the very best in the years ahead.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out with today’s ceremony. It is very much appreciated.

Student Corner

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Notes & Reminders

The School Day:

8:50:  Drop Off

2:30: Collection

General Notes:

Tracksuit to be worn on PE day only

Healthy Eating Policy:

At Scoil Cholmcille, we have a healthy eating policy. The children are encouraged to eat fruit and veg. Sweets, chocolate, biscuits and crisps are not allowed in school.

As Scoil Cholmcille is a NUT FREE SCHOOL, we would ask that parents do not give their children nut products for lunch.

Reading Corner

The Importance of Reading

It cannot be underestimated the influence that children’s ability to read has on their experience of school. Children’s success in reading positively influences all other aspects of the curriculum as it is the basis of many other curricular areas.

It is natural for parents to be enthusiastic about children’s reading as they make the first tentative steps to master the printed word. In general, parents of children in junior classes tend to read more to their children and listen more to their children’s reading. However, the need to listen to children reading does not diminish as the child advances through the school. Just because a child “can” read does not mean that every opportunity should not be taken to allow the child to read aloud. Reading to an adult at home allows the child to consolidate what the child is practising at school. It also allows the child to consolidate the key reading skills of fluency, clarity and reading with meaning. Reading a little , but often, is much more beneficial than reading a lot, but rarely. Children should develop the habit of reading aloud to an adult at home each night for 8-10 minutes whether reading homework is given or not.

Extra Information

Reading Tips for 5-8 year olds

Make reading fun! Be Positive: Praise your child for trying hard with their reading. Let them know it’s all right to make mistakes.

Reading Environment: Turn Off the TV! With no distractions, you can concentrate properly on the reading and enjoy the reading together.

Give Them Time: Let them make a guess before you tell them the word. Encourage your child to sound out the word.

Use the Pictures: Take time to look at the pictures first. See what clues are in the pictures. Encourage your child to make predictions after spending time discussing the pictures.

Point with a Finger: Encourage them to follow the words with their finger until they become more confident readers, model how to follow with your finger.

If the text is too hard – you read to them. Always promote a positive attitude towards reading, encouraging your child to develop a love of reading.

Let Them Read Their Favourites: Don’t worry if they want to read the same books over and over. It’s good practice.

Ask Lots of Questions About the Story: Check they understand the story they haveread by asking them questions about what has happened. See if they remember what they read last time. Discuss the cover page of the book and try to predict what the story will be about.

Start Writing: Encourage them to read back their own writing.

Don’t Read for Too Long: A good ten minutes is better than a difficult half hour!

Make it Regular: Ten minutes every night is much better than an odd hour once in a while.

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