Thank you to all who took part this week in our PT Young Scientist. I was amazed and delighted with the amount of pupils who got their scientific hats on and took to solving the various questions I set out for the week. As well as that other classes through their amazing teachers completed more STEM activities rather in class, over zoom or through projects. Pupils planned and created hot wheel highways, nests that any bird would be proud of, houses that the three little pigs or a mini-beast would love to own, amazing science with skittles and many, many more. A huge well done to all this week and have a look at our amazing scientist hall of fame below and some amazing videos too showing off their experiments. Keep an eye on the blog next week for some more amazing STEM challenges for engineering’s week and also some using technology.
Hello everybody and welcome to Piercestown’s Young Scientist & Technology 2021. Over the coming month we are going to be putting on our lab coats each week and becoming scientists. Every week a list of fun and interesting STEM activities will be allocated to the class groupings found in our school. If you can complete two a week you will be added to our PT Science Hall of Fame upon returning to the school. These experiments are based around items you would find in your household so no need to shop.
Each week I will explain the ideas, questions and how to get started behind that weeks STEM activities in a short video that you and your child can watch. Youcandoany of the STEM activities from any of the class groupings. However we do recommend starting with your own child’s class group.
Any photographs or short videos of the experiments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to be shown on the blog over the coming weeks.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through STEM, students develop key skills including: problem solving, creativity, independent thinking and many more important skills.
Thank you so much for everybody who has taken part in our schools Art challenge. We are going to continue to run the competition for another week where we would love you to design a school crest for Piercestown NS. It can be as creative as you like it to be but remember to try and think about what makes our school and area special which may include local landmarks or even the various sports to be found in the area. So think of chess, GAA, athletics, science blasts, maths week and lots more that make our school so special. There will be a junior and senior winner of the competition which will end this Friday the 26th.
Well, just like that… dare we say it… our mid-term break is nearing an end and many of us are headed back for a new week of remote learning on Monday. We would like to take this opportunity to wish the students in Miss Sinnott’s Class, together with their teachers and staff, the best of luck returning to school on-site next week!
Although it has been different start to our new year, with many challenges, we still have lots to celebrate and wonderful things to appreciate. We the staff, are so proud of our remarkable pupils who have overcome so many obstacles – and its only February!
We would like to take a moment to reflect on our collective achievements and thank you all for your support as we have taken our school online, as well as look ahead towards the next steps.
Each Thursday – we hope to post some #Throwbacks of our magic moments of 20/21 until we are reunited again face-to-face!
To begin, let’s shine a spotlight on our Jerusalema Dance Challenge we successfully opened our Virtual Carol Service with, back in December:
Hi everybody, great to hear so many pupils are back out hurling and kicking football over the past week. We are lucky to have a special message from Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald about how important it is to keep practicing over the break. I also have two more challenges for you to try with Kilkenny All Ireland winner Grace Walsh showing and Armagh football captain Rory Grugan. Special mention to Sam Scallan in 5th class too for a very impressive set up and skills shown this week.
We hope you find our virtual welcome just as warm as if you were physically in our Junior Infant Classroom on Open Night.
We look forward to meeting you all as soon as it is possible, but in the mean time, we hope the video below will give you an insight into what school life is like at Piercestown National School. We hope that it answers many of the questions you may have as prospective parents to our school.
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Finally we have reached an end. Thank you to all who took part over the past 4 weeks and the tremendous effort each family put in.
Congratulations to our winners The Coopers for their amazing physical and mental strength seen in the various challenges. To our winning family a voucher of €50 will be waiting for you on return to the school as well as a certificate announcing you as the first ever Piercestown Fittest Family.
For our other families who finished up in the top 5, congratulations as well for the effort you all put in to every challenge. Upon returning to school, prizes will be awaiting for you as well. To everybody who took part in any challenge or activity, you will receive a certificate of completion when returning to school.
Prizes also will be awarded to winners of our weekly challenges and photo competitions upon our return to school.
I would also like to say a massive thank you to the 70 + celebrities who also took the time to participate in each of our challenges and to set impressive times for our families to beat.
And with that, I can happily announce that, as promised, this is the end of the weekly family challenges… until next year (Maybe).
While we will miss the opportunity to meet you all face to face, we would like to invite all parents, family and friends of prospective pupils to view a virtual open night presentation about our school; Piercestown National School, this Thursday (11th February 2021) at 7pm.
The video link will be available on the school blog and/or via email.
Please do not hesitate in contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any queries.