The boys in Junior Infants planted sunflowers today. Each child will hopefully grow three sunflowers which will start growing in the classroom and they will be able to transplant them at home in a few weeks time.
Earlier this year in the spring, they sowed grass as ‘Grass Heads’ and from this they remembered that plants need soil, water, air and sun to grow!
Bows, wands, ribbons, hairbands, skirts, dresses and shawls… were all to be seen today as the boys in 4th class got into character for their production of ‘Alas in Blunderland’. This is a play, which was written by Peter Gunning, when he was a teacher in St. Joseph’s NS in the 1980s. He has since written other plays and novels, which are studied in schools.
The play was entertaining, witty and thoroughly enjoyable. Mrs. O’Mahony and their class teacher Ms. Thompson must be commended for directing such a wonderful performance. The boys got into character and enjoyed every minute of it.
It was made all the more special by the guest appearance of Peter Gunning who spoke to the boys and audience at the end of the play. He has promised to return to the school for another visit in the coming weeks.
The master piece that was the cake made for the Holy Communion class, was sliced for the children today. It was as delicious as it looks!
The boys in 4th and 5th Class spent a day with local rapper GMC Beats recently. During this highly enjoyable workshop the boys learned about song writing, recording and producing music. They then put these skills into practice and each class wrote and recorded a catchy rap song. The teamwork, creativity and enthusiasm shown by the boys was fantastic!
Eight boys from 4th Class recently attended Cork City Hall to receive their trophies for coming in 3rd and 4th place in the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2018. All of the boys in 4th Class worked extremely hard on their projects and this work was recognised by receiving a Certificate of Commendation. Well done to all of the boys, we are very proud of you!
Mrs. O’Mahony has worked as the Speech and Drama teacher in St. Joseph’s NS since 1987. She made the decision to retire at the end of May. Mrs. O’Mahony has taught every boy who has passed through the school since ’87.
She is instrumental in the choreography of the infant concerts at Christmas. Every year she works closely with the 4th class teacher to put on a play for the parents in the Mardyke House. This is always a very enjoyable experience for pupils, parents and teachers.
Mrs. O’Mahony has a kind, patient and calm disposition that has an immediate positive effect on the boys that she comes in to contact with. Under Mrs. O’Mahony’s guidance it does not take long for the boys to perform with confidence in front of their class. This confidence then transfers to other areas of their lives.
Mrs. O’Mahony will be missed by the school staff as she has been a pleasure to work with. On behalf of the whole school community we would like to wish her well.
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