We at Piercestown NS would like to announce Parks Tennis Summer Camp returns to St. Martin’s this year for 4 weeks from July 5th-30th. Children from the age of 6-13 can be booked in for 2, 3 or 4 weeks and is catering for both beginners and improvers. So pick up a racket and give it a swing and see how much enjoyment you can have.
On Friday, the 28th of May, Ms. Taylor and all of her wonderful Junior Infants were joined by fellow staff and pupils of Piercestown N.S., in celebrating and raising awareness for the Prader Willi Syndrome Association of Ireland. We all wore our orange to celebrate and the Junior Infant class even had an orange themed party to mark the occasion. Why not take a look at our photos below to see some of the fun we had on the day. More information on PWS can be found online at https://pwsai.ie/
Confirmation was due to take place on Thursday 28th May. To mark the day, the children went to mass at noon, accompanied by Pat Quigley, Ms. Hearne and Mrs. Corrigan. The ceremony was quite special as the children had not been to Mass in person, together as a class, for such a long time. They were involved in the readings and offertory procession and afterwards, Fr. Marken gave them each a goodie bag to take with them. He praised them for their exemplary behaviour, not only at Mass that day but overall, and said that they were doing a great job in setting the tone for the rest of the school. Maith thú Rang a Sé! The afternoon was spent watching a movie and Ms. Walsh (on zoom) and Mrs. Corrigan dropped in to say hello and treat the children to chocolate bouquets. The children will have a retreat in the coming weeks as part of their preparation for Confirmation which has been rescheduled for Saturday 10th July.
World Autism Day took place on Friday 2nd April. As this date was during our Easter holidays Ms. Sinnott and her team sent parents and children in their class a special video to mark the day. Click on the link to have a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N00jFqGXVlA
Piercestown NS chose to celebrate World Autism Day on Friday 16th April. Our school was a sea of blue to mark the day and many of our classes did special activities such as art and baking.
There was an exciting rounders game in 6th class as Pat Quigley (SNA) joined with the boys team to play against the girls with Ms. Hearne and Ms. O’Connor joining their team.
Ms. Sinnott’s VIPs went to the shop to buy blue slushies and even had blue lollipops! Have a look at the slideshow below to see the fun that was had!
Teachers also took the opportunity to talk about Autism and how we can all help to make our community more Autism friendly.
The children in 1st class, Senior Infants, Junior Infants and Ms. Sinnott’s class are very much enjoying their Stretch ‘n’ Grow lessons every week with Nicola. Luck has been on our side so far with regard to the weather, as these lessons take place in the safety of the outdoors and we haven’t had to postpone one yet! Long may it last! Many thanks to parents for their contribution towards the cost of providing these lessons (€2 per lesson). Check out the video below to see some Stretch n Grow in action!
Tuesday 16th March saw everyone donning their Irish colours and celebrating all things Irish for our Lá Gaeilge. With the sun shining and the tricolour flying high above them, the children danced their hearts out at the front of the school for our Céilí Mór. Even the staff could be seen stepping it out with a reel or a jig! Check out these videos showing some of our Seachtain Na Gaeilge activities and our Céilí Mór!!!
In Piercestown N.S. we pride ourselves on being an inclusive school where everyone feels valued and differences are celebrated. We strive to lead by example, teaching children to become accepting of one another, to treat others with respect and to show kindness to all. Here are some events that took place throughout March and April to raise awareness and celebrate diversity and individuality.
World Down Syndrome Day – 21st March
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated annually on the 21st March. It is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD is always the 21st day of the 3rd month, as people with Down Syndrome are born with an extra copy, a 3rd chromosome 21. Click here for a video which gives you more information on the origin of WDSD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6L7SgvFPgQ
In Piercestown N.S. we participated in WDSD by holding our annual Odd Socks Day, with children and staff wearing odd socks, and the brighter and more colourful they were the better! There were balloons and the children in Junior Infants and 4th class also made special treats on the day to celebrate. Teachers took the opportunity to talk to their classes and show videos, helping the children to see people with Down Syndrome as valued members of society who are striving to achieve their goals and pursue their passions, just like everyone else!
Epilepsy Awareness Day – 25th March
Purple Day took place nationwide in Ireland on Thursday 25th March to raise awareness of epilepsy. Click on the following link to find out more about this https://www.epilepsy.ie/content/purple-day-2021 In our school many of the children and staff wore purple to mark the day. There were purple balloons and the children in 1st class even had special treats with purple wrappers – Freddo bars!!! Once again, teachers took the opportunity to teach the children about epilepsy and help them to understand, at an age appropriate level, what can happen during a seizure.
Autism Awareness Month – April
April is World Autism Month when we celebrate people with Autism, try to raise awareness of the everyday challenges they face and learn how we can all play a part in making our community a more Autism friendly place to live. AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, are running a campaign to encourage people to say Yes to Autism Acceptance – Yes to employment, Yes to education and Yes to community inclusion. For more information see https://asiam.ie/world-autism-month-daily-actions-autism-friendly-ireland/#
Friday 2nd April is the day when we celebrate World Autism day. This year it fell during our Easter holidays but this did not stop Ms. Sinnott and her team from marking the day for her class by sending a special video message to the parents and children. Next Friday 16th April our school will celebrate World Autism Day. We are inviting all children to wear blue on the day in recognition of people with Autism and those who love and support them.
During school closure the Piercestown Parents Association ran a fun art competition for all children. As masks have now become part of our daily dress code, the children were asked to tap into their creativity and design their own mask! There was great excitement on Friday 5th March as the winners of this competition were announced! Congratulations to the prize winning artists – Kate Power, Saoirse Field, Ella Redmond, Eva O’Mahony, Seán Power, Olivia Ponzi and Mathew Philips O’Connor. Congratulations also to the children in Ms. Sinnott’s class who all received a prize for their entries. Well done to everyone who participated and many thanks again to the PA for organising this fun event. Have a look at the fabulous entries received!
Piercestown became Hollywood last week with our boys and girls becoming film makers using some cúpla focail. The entries all showed a fun and engaging way to use Irish and technology. A huge bualadh bos to all who took part. Some prizes will be given out Friday to celebrate our Oscar winners.
Best picture and most creative goes to Aoife Crosbie in 6th class with her superb use of Gaeilge and Lego to recreate a scene from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Best Male Actor went to Tom Mageen McGuire with his amazing trailer to the next Batman film as Gaeilge. Best Female Actor went to Estelle Gooden for her heartfelt ‘Slán’ to Jack in the Titanic. Best Director went to Cora Roche for her superb work in keeping a shark under control in Jaws. Best Costume went to sisters Gracie and Cara Murphy giving Piercestown their own version of Anna and Elsa from Frozen as they sang ‘Lig é dul!’. Best Singer went to Amara Duffin for a lovely rendition of ‘Lig é dul!’ as she channelled her inner Elsa. Best Dancer went to Zoe Szabo for her amazing teamwork with her mother to show an Irish jig using some tin whistle music. Finally Best Superhero went to Ashton Duffin for his truly super Batman, proving Piercestown is safe while he is around. Well done to all who took part it was tremendous to see such effort put in.