St. Joseph's N.S. Ballymitty

An Choill

An Choill

Welcome to An Choill's Class Blog!!

Scroll down to have a look at what we get up to in our rooms.

June

Sports Week
We had such a brilliant last week in school taking part in lots of fun races and active tasks. We got to see the staff beat the 6th class at rounders. Jaime, Tyrese and Teegan played a fantastic game. Teegan even got a home run. Well done boys!!!
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Cooking
For our final cooking session of the year we got to make and decorate cupcakes. It was the best cooking class yet. Big thanks to Síona for supplying us with the ingredients. They were so yummy.
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Fun day
We were so lucky in An Choill to have a fun day recently. We had ice cream and slushees from an ice cream van. We were also kindly given treats and drinks from the Parents and Friends Group. We didn’t have to do any work and played lots of fun games outside.
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Birthdays
A big happy birthday to Erica in An Choill Mhór who will be celebrating her 12th birthday on the 30th of July.
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Time to say Goodybye
Congratulations to Jaime, Teegan and Tyrese from An Choill Mhór who graduated from 6th class on the 25th of June. We had a very special graduation ceremony on the last day to say well done and farewell to our lovely 6th class pupils. Jaime, Teegan and Tyrese we are so proud of all you have accomplished in school and in An Choill. We will miss you so much next year but know that you will thrive in 2nd level. You are fantastic boys and we can’t wait to hear about the brilliant and wonderful things you will get up to on your next journey. Please come back to visit us soon.
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Finally a big thank you to the parents and guardians from all of the staff in An Choill. The support and kindness you show us doesn’t go unnoticed. It was a tricky year but we made it through and made some lovely memories along the way. We hope you all have a great summer and we look forward to working with all our An Choill pupils again in September.
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Happy holidays,
Ms. Kenny, Ms. Casey, Síona, Mel, Edyta and Amy
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May

Inclusion and Diversity week

We celebrated Diversity and Inclusion week in Ballymitty from the 17th- 21st May. We created really cool diversiTshirts and made a beautiful piece of Art celebrating how we are all unique. We also read some very interesting books about diversity in families.

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Cooking

In An Choill this month we made some very tasty treats...

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Art

We were very busy in May creating these wonderful pieces of Art in An Choill and our mainstream classes.

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First Confession

Well done To Alex in An Choill Mhór who made his First Confession on the 12th May.

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Birthdays

A big happy birthday to Jake in An Choill Bheag who celebrated his 6th birthday on June 6th!!

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Green Fingers

Well done to Ms. Franey, The Green School Committee and Erica from An Choill Mhór who did an amazing job planting new flowers at the entrance to our school.

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The new toys on yard have proven to be very popular with our An Choill pupils!

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Finally a big congrats to Amy in An Choill Bheag who got married at the end of May. We wish you and your husband Mark a very happy life together.

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April

Welcome to An Choill...

In April we welcomed two very important members to the An Choill classroom....George and Baby Alexandra, our class goldfish!! All the pupils in An Choill are in charge of feeding our fish twice a day and cleaning the fish bowl every two weeks. Each pupil has shown great responsibility and care in looking after our two fish. A huge thank you to Wexford Pet Supplies for kindly donating the fish, fish bowl and food etc. to our class.

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Birthday Celebrations

A big happy birthday to Eve in An Choill Mhór who turned 12 on April 21st.

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Cooking

We made some very tasty dishes in An Choill this month.

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Oreo Milkshakes😋

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Nachos😍

Art

Check out all the beautiful art work we've completed in An Choill and our mainstream classes this month.

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Autism Awareness Month

We celebrated Autism Awareness month in our school this month. On Friday 23rd April we had a non- uniform day fundraiser. We raised €464 and donated the money to the Autism charity AsIam. Well done everyone!!

A huge congrats to our An Choill Bheag SNA Chris who had her baby this month. She had a beautiful baby girl called Katie. Enjoy this special time.🥰

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March

After spending January and most of February at home online learning, all the pupils and staff of An Choill were delighted to return to school on the 22nd February.

We've been super busy the past few weeks in An Choill. Between celebrating Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day, World Book Day and Easter we've been flat to the mat!!

Cooking

This month we made sweet kebabs and quesadillas. They both were extremely tasty!!

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New Equipment

We were very lucky to receive some new P.E equipment in An Choill this month. We also got some new furniture for both our classrooms which will be in our rooms after the Easter holidays.

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Art

With all the special days to celebrate this term we've had a very artistic and creative March in An Choill. In An Choill Mhór we made beautiful Mother's Day posters, we painted Cherry Blossom trees and drew our very own Leprechaun's for St. Patrick's Day. For Easter we painted clay egg containers to keep our yummy chocolate eggs. The boys in An Choill Bheag were super busy also. Check out their beautiful Art below.

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Planting

The boys and girls in An Choill Mhór planted some sunflower seeds with 2nd and 3rd Class. Each pupil has now been given their own pot to look after. Let's hope they grow to be big beautiful sunflowers. Big thanks to Ms. A. Foley for letting us join in.

Easter Scavenger Hunt

We had a very exciting Easter Scavenger hunt on the last day of term. We had to solve the clues to figure out where the tasty chocolate bunny was hidden. Our hunt took us all over the school building and grounds. We definitely worked up a great appetite for our yummy chocolate bunnies.

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Easter Games

We played lots of fun Easter themed games.

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Easter Prize Giving

Well done to our three Easter Prize Giving winners from An Choill.

Ben O' Neill- Friendliest Pupil

Erica McCarthy- Artist of the Term

Tyrese Snyman- Maths Star

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A big Happy Birthday to Larry in An Choill Bheag who celebrated his birthday in February!😁

World Autism Month

In April we celebrate World Autism Month. April 2nd will be World Autism Awareness Day. As we will be on our Easter holidays for World Autism Awareness Day we will instead have a 'Dress in Blue' fundraising day on April 23rd. There will also be lots of activities provided in each class all month which will aim at increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

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Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter,

Ms. Kenny, Ms. Casey, Síona, Amy, Edyta and Mel

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December

December has been a super busy month for An Choill. We have been celebrating everything Christmas in our rooms.

For the An Choill Prize Giving please click here

For our very special Christmas Lámh performance click here

As we have 12 pupils in An Choill we wanted to mark it in a special way. Click here for An Choill's 12 days of Christmas.

Christmas Pallets

As you may have spotted on route to school...each class transformed some very ordinary looking wooden pallets into some Christmas masterpieces. An Choill Bheag designed the beautiful Northern Star. There were also a few special guests who helped the boys in An Choill Bheag. Thanks Alannah and Darren😃. An Choill Mhór tackled the main man himselfSanta!I think you'll agree the kids (with a little help😉) did a fantastic job.

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To get ourselves in the Christmas spirit we hosted our annual an Choill Christmas dinner at the end of this week. The turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings went down a treat. A massive thank you to Paddy in The Saucy Butcher who kindly donated the meat for our dinner.

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We made Santa pancakes a few weeks ago. They were super tasty and obviously super healthy also.😆

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Santa Letters

The pupils in An Choill Mhór wrote and then posted a letter to Santa Claus this week. They have been stamped and addressed and are currently making their way to the North Pole.

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Advent Calendars

An Choill Bheag made this very creative Santa calendar as a countdown to Santa’s arrival.

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Our Santa Walk

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Art

Have a look at some of the beautiful artwork that we have been working on in An Choill and in our mainstream classes.

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Horse Riding finished this week in An Choill. We thoroughly enjoyed every lesson and would like to say a big thank you to Railway Gallops for making it such a positive and enjoyable experience.

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Conn will be celebrating his 8th birthday on the 28th of December. Happy birthday Conn and we hope you’ve a great day.

Finally, all of us in An Choill would like to say good luck and farewell for now to our wonderful SNA in An Choill Bheag, Chris. She will be finishing up next Tuesday to go on Maternity Leave. We wish her well and cannot wait to hear of the arrival of her bundle of joy.

Thank you for all your continued support and kindness. It never goes unnoticed. We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all in An Choill. We look forward to another exciting school term in 2021.

All the best,

Ms. Kenny, Ms. Casey, Mel, Chris, Síona and Edyta.

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November

It has been another busy and exciting month in An Choill.

Have a look at all we have been up to.

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We’d like to give a BIG An Choill welcome to our new pupils, Jake in An Choill Bheag and Erica in An Choill Mhór. We wish you the best of luck in Ballymitty N.S.

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We returned to our lovely friends in Railway Yard Gallops for horse riding. This year, as well as practicing jumps and trotting on the horses we are also learning how to care for the horses and their equipment. We go every Monday, and it is the highlight of our week.

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An Choill Mhór have been continuing their E- Twinning project with a school in Norway. This month our pupils made a PowerPoint presentation about themselves. We also received a lovely video presentation from each of our Norway ‘pen pals’. They were great fun to watch. They have very similar interests to us.

Over the next few weeks, we will be learning a Traditional Norwegian dance and our buddies in Norway will be learning the ‘Walls of Limerick’.

We will keep you posted on our progress.

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We have celebrated a few birthdays in An Choill over the past few weeks. Happy Birthday to Harley who turned 6, Ben who turned 7 and Alex who turned 10.

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An Choill Mhór have started Lego Therapy with Ms. Moloney. It’s a great way of learning to work together as a team.

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This month we made vegetable soup and a very special turkey shaped treat to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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We’ve been very busy doing Art in An Choill and in our mainstream classes.

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Well done on another great month everyone!

Ms. Kenny, Ms. Casey, Mel, Edyta, Chris and Síona

October

To the parents and families of our An Choill pupils,

It has been an un-BOO-lievably busy and productive half term in 'An Choill', so it was really lovely to mark the achievements and hard work of all of our pupils yesterday with a prizegiving ceremony, which was held in An Choill Mhór. Three of our pupils received special awards for the term - Teegan, Conn and Eve - and Alex was crowned best dressed pupil for our 'Halloween Dress-Up Day'. Ms. McCarthy was also in attendance. She took the opportunity to commend all of the pupils of An Choill on their great work and she praised everyone on how well they have all adapted to the new school routines this term.

Click here for our prizegiving video!

We had SO much fun after the prizegiving ceremony at our 'Spook'-tacular Annual An Choill Halloween Party! We played games like Zombie Eyeball Toss, Ghost Bowling, Poke the Pumpkin and Witches Hat Hoop Game and we also created a little dancefloor and BOOgied away to some ghoulish songs and music!

The 2020/2021 Annual An Choill Halloween Party

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Here is a little taster of some of the things we have been up to in An Choill since September...

Stretch 'n' Grow

We have just finished a super fun four-week block of Stretch 'n' Grow. We would like to thank Nicola for all of her amazing ideas and energy. Our pupils loved every minute!

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eTwinning with Norweigan pupils

As part of the eTwinning Project, where schools across Europe connect, the pupils of An Choill Mhór took part in a video call this week with a school in Norway. It is a very small school with only 19 pupils in the whole school! This class has 6 pupils. Each of our pupils from ACM spoke to a child from that class. We found out lots of interesting things about them.

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We are planning a fun dance project after the Halloween break where we will show the pupils in Norway a Traditional Irish Dance. They are going to show and teach us a traditional Norwegian dance also.

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We have covered themes such as Autumn, Friendship and Halloween this term. Take a look at some of our fabulous creations!

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After the mid-term break we are all very excited to be returning to Railway Yard Gallops, for horseriding lessons with Martina! These will begin on Monday 9th November. We will send home a letter with permission slips on Monday 2nd November.

Happy Halloween everyone!

From Ms. Casey, Ms. Kenny, Chris, Síona, Mel & Edyta

September

Happy Friday everyone!!

The pupils of An Choill Bheag (a.k.a. 'The Funky Bubbles') and An Choill Mhór (a.k.a. 'The Cool Bubbles') have now completed their first full week of the school year 2020 – 2021! Well done to you all!

There have been a few changes to the way that we do things in school but a lot of things have also stayed the same.

We welcomed Larry to An Choill Bheag and Alex to An Choill Mhór. It is great to have new An Choill pupils and we look forward to getting to know Larry and Alex even better over the coming weeks. Larry and Alex have both settled really well into our school.

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Here are a few photos of just a few of the activities that we got up to during the week -

Chair Yoga with Tina

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Circle Time in An Choill Bheag

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Birthday Party Games in An Choill Mhór

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The Funky Bubbles and The Cool Bubbles cooking up a storm.

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Well done everyone on a really fantastic week in An Choill!

Ms. Casey & Ms. Kenny

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