April newsletter

Monday 4th April: Final swimming session today. 

Wednesday 6th April: Good luck to all the boys and girls playing in the FAI 5-a-side football event.

Thursday 7th April: Final PTA after-school art session with Roisín Markham today. (Parents are invited to call in at 2.20pm.)

Friday 8th April: Please return any School Photograph orders by today. Class photos are on display on the hallway by the staffroom. (A whole-school photo should also be available in the coming weeks.)

Friday 15th April: End of Term.  Classes finish at the usual times.  School reopens Tuesday 3rd May.

Conclusion of our ‘% for art’ project: demonstrations & workshops; installation and unveiling of 8 ‘Magical Reality Boxes’ (4 holding the artist’s embroideries and 4    holding interchangeable children’s work) and 2 ‘Illusion Walls’ (including projections of the children’s work)  Monday 4th – Thursday 7th April.

Parent helpers needed Wednesday 8.50-11.30 – the hand stitching and machine stitching workshops for 1st & 2nd classes.

Parents: call in on Thursday morning (or afternoon) to view the finished pieces.

The children in 1st-6th classes should bring an old glossy magazine with pictures (for a stitching activity.)

Over 500 comments were posted on the project’s on-line forum (pupils and the artist discussed and shared photographs & images. The children selected the imagery for 4 embroidered artworks.)

The Magical Reality Boxes transform artwork into ‘miniature worlds’ for the children to explore. The children’s artwork in 4 of the Boxes can be changed, giving a great many children in the years to come the opportunity to see their work magically transformed.  As some of the boxes are portable, we can also look into displaying the children’s work in local art galleries. 

The Illusion Walls are made from Fresnel magnifying lenses that refract the light into a kaleidoscopic myriad of images, large and small, drifting in and out of focus and shifting orientation as the children move around them. They are playful pieces with a holographic quality that confuses the eye and invites exploration.

Funding for the project was provided by the Department of Education & Skills.

Congratulations to 3rd and 4th classes, Regional Winners in the ‘Fit Factor’ project.

What the judges said: ‘Gorey Educate Together gave us a brilliant DVD with a video diary. Pupils set themselves a target at the beginning of the programme and we followed their progress over the weeks. We read their logs and recipes in a folder and were impressed by the efforts made by the children to be involved in the whole development of the    project…. Over 20,000 3rd and 4th class pupils took part in Fit Factor, so well done to all Regional Winners for getting this far.

Help us to grow our €1000 sports prize into an even bigger National Prize!  Vote for us on the www.fitfactor.ie website.

Overall winning school will be chosen based on: 40% number of votes cast online and 60% impartial judging panel’s decision. One vote per email address is permitted. 

Expression of sympathy and   solidarity with the people of Japan

Well done to all the pupils, parents and staff   involved in the making of our 1000 paper cranes. Wanted: family (or families) to deliver the cranes to the Japanese Embassy in Dublin. Please contact the school office.  (The Embassy is in the Merrion Shopping Centre,   Nutley Lane, opposite St Vincent’s Hospital.)

‘An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.’