WORLD BOOK DAY 2021

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY EVERYONE!!! One of our favourite days of the school year. This year we decided to challenge you all to recreate your own book cover, and we were honestly amazed and blown away by the response from you all. Sit back, relax and have fun looking through these amazing creations…. WELL DONE EVERYONE who took part, you are all so creative and talented – we hope you had lots of fun!!! 😁😁

Fr. O’Reilly’s Retirement

On the morning of Thursday 11th February, Fr. O’Reilly celebrated his final mass in Piercestown. He was joined by Fr. Aodhán Marken and handed over the key to the church during the ceremony. Many parishioners and members of school staff joined in the celebration remotely. The following day was his official retirement day. Ms. Walsh arrived at his doorstep and presented him with a book full of good wishes from the whole school community. It was a lovely way of marking the day, especially in the absence of a ‘big send off’ which unfortunately is not possible at this time. Fr. O’Reilly was truly touched by the gesture and commented on how, for the first time ever, he would have plenty of time to read the book! Once again, on behalf of our whole school community we would like to thank Fr. O’Reilly for his many years of dedicated service and wish him the very best of luck in his retirement.

WORLD BOOK WEEK

GUESS THE BOOK…..

DAY 5:

Apologies for the delay uploading these…technology was not my friend this morning 😊

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!!!!! Here is the final challenge of the week, can you guess which books are being read today???

WINNERS ANNOUNCED TODAY AT 4:30pm on our blog – GOOD LUCK!!!!

Ms. Sinnott’s, Junior and Senior Infants:

1st – 3rd class:

4th – 6th class:

DAY 4:

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY EVERYONE!!!!! Here it is, one of our most favourite days of the year!!I hope you have all enjoyed your week so far and that everyone is safe and well. I was blown away with the response to the ‘guess the book’ challenges this week and we had so much fun putting it all together. Take a look at today’s videos for world book day and see if you can crack the mystery book title. Best of luck everyone – today is your second last chance to enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning a HOMEWORK PASS for the night of your choice!! HAVE FUN!! 😁

Junior/ Senior Infants and Ms. Sinnott’s Class:

1st-3rd class:

4th-6th class:

DAY 3:

WELL DONE everyone, we have had a huge response to our “Guess the Book” competition so far this week, we will be picking the names out of a hat and announcing the winners here on the blog on Friday afternoon. Keep up the great work everyone!!

Here are today’s challenges, have fun!!

Junior/ Senior Infants and Ms. Sinnott’s Class

1st-3rd class:

4th-6th class:

DAY 2:

HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!!!!!! A huge well done to all who participated in yesterday’s ‘Guess the Book’ activity – we had a huge response!!! All correct entries have been entered into a hat and a winner will be chosen from each level to win a HOMEWORK PASS for the night of your choice!!! WELL DONE!!!

Just a little reminder about our competition to recreate the book cover of your choice – all participants entries will be posted on our blog this Thursday to celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY!!! We have received some FANTASTIC entries so far and look forward to sharing them all with you – why not give it a try if you haven’t already, have fun!!

Here are today’s clips….can you guess what books our staff members are reading today?? HAPPY GUESSING!!

Junior/ Senior Infants and Ms. Sinnott’s Class

1st, 2nd and 3rd class:

4th, 5th and 6th class:

Please see Aladdin message on how to enter 🙂 GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

DAY 1:

Hello everyone and HAPPY MONDAY!!! To kick World Book Week off we have a little challenge for you.

Can you guess which popular children’s books these members of staff are reading??? 

Take a look at the videos below and see the whole school Aladdin post from this morning to see how to enter. 

Best of luck everyone, enjoyyy!!! 

Junior/ Senior Infants and Ms. Sinnott’s Class

1st, 2nd and 3rd Class:

4th, 5th and 6th Class:

PT Young Scientist Week 2: Engineers Week

Hello everybody,

This week for our PT Young Scientist we are going to be putting on our engineers hats and designing and planning various STEM activities this week. An engineer is a person who designs and builds complex products, machines, systems, or structures. Engineers want to know how and why things work. They have scientific training that they use to make practical things to make things better, safer or more efficient. This week I am challenging you to get involved and to become an engineer too. Just like last week you can pick any of the activities from above and you can watch the helpful videos below for ideas, explanations and links to help with the activities. Best of luck Junior Scientists!

PT Young Scientist

Hello everybody,

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.

PT Young Scientist & Technology 2021

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. You can do any 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 bmurphy@piercestownns.com 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.

Art Competition: Piercestown NS Crest

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.

Throwback Thursday

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:  

Going GAA GAA for Mid-Term!!!

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.

Virtual Open Night Link

Welcome to our Virtual Open Night 2021.

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.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at piercestownns@gmail.com.