St. Oliver’s N.S. News

 

Everyone in St. Oliver’s N.S. has lots of fun as we learn in school.

Below you’ll find our blog with lots of pictures and news of what we have all been up to throughout the school year. Use the menu above to find our more information about our school and our school community.

 

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Mindfulness Practice for pupils to continue at home with Parents-

Mindfulness Techniques from ‘Paws.b’
 
The 6 themes are as follows:
1. Brain Training – this is the neuro-scientific part of the programme where the children learn about 4 main areas of the brain & what they do & how they can be developed through mindfulness.
2. Puppy Training – teaches how the mind is like a puppy – it constantly wanders/doesn’t stay still & brings back thoughts we didn’t ask for.
3. Finding a Steady Place – about how we sometimes ‘wobble’ emotionally & 
techniques that we can use to help us when this happens.
4. Dealing with Difficulty – about how we ‘react’ in difficult situations because of our ‘Amygdalae’ – the part of the brain responsible for our fight, flight or freeze reaction. Mindfulness can train you to ‘pause’ in a trigger moment & let you chose how to respond rather than react. A snow globe/glitter ball is used here to demonstrate how different emotions can make us feel ‘all stirred up’ but we can use our Paws.b (Meditations) in these times to help calm and settle our minds, so we can see things clearly. The children learn how important it is to look after themselves and treat themselves the way they would a good friend.
5. The Story-Telling Mind – how it is our ‘thoughts’ that actually control our mood – how we perceive a situation and make assumptions. One little thought can easily snow-ball into a big worry, so we need to ask ourselves if our thoughts are telling us the truth.
6. Growing Happiness – all about how happiness is contagious & how gratitude and kindness can enhance your own happiness. Children learn that Mindfulness practice – awareness of your body and mind, and practicing their ‘Paws.b’ (pause be) meditations can help change the structure and functions of the brain – train the brain to become more present. Awareness of the body and mind leads to self-care/self-nurturing. The children also learned the ‘Loving Kindness Meditation’ which instills compassion for oneself and others. Practicing the Paws.b meditations daily (regardless of how we are feeling) will work on making the very beneficial changes to the brain, and practicing the Paws.b in times where we feel ‘stirred-up’ or if we are having a ‘wobble’ will help to calm our minds and bodies so we can skillfully deal with challenges. 

Our facilitator would encourage parents to ask the children to ‘teach’ them the meditations and if the child is happy to do so, then practicing together an be helful. If you notice your child is wound-up, or is in a state of high emotion – remind them what they are having is a ‘wobble’ & we all wobble sometimes. Remind them that their ‘Paws.b’ could be of benefit here. 
 
There is no discipline attached to mindfulness practice so a child is never forced to do a practice – they can be reminded it is there for them to use. 
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3RD PLACE IN HYMN SINGING IN NEWRY FEIS

Congratulations to all the children who took part again today. You were fantastic and all in St Oliver’s are so proud of your amazing singing and wonderful positive attitude. What a musical TEAM! We are back to school with yet another trophy!

 

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Easter Cooking

 

To Celebrate Easter, the pupils in 5th/6th class made delicious pancakes and decorated them with fruit so that they looked like Easter bunnies. We had a great morning cooking together.

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March Assembly

Senior Infants presented on Freedom during our March Assembly.

Our school choir treated us to another wonderful performance during Assembly.

Finally, some of our fantastic pupils were presented with Excellence Awards for their outstanding behaviour and attitude during the month.

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2 Fabulous Feis Wins

Congratulations to all the members of the St Oliver’s Fun Choir- the choir by choice . All the children performed with such amazing enthusiasm and  energy in both competitions today that they came 1st place in both “The Action Song” and “Fireside Singing”. Their behaviour, presentation and manners were outstanding and highly complemented by audience members and the adjudicator. A proud moment for the children and teachers involved.  Well Done to All!

We just love to sing and perform for fun. Please read our wonderful feis reports.

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Great Growing!

It has been over two weeks since all the pupils started their planting. Since then, some of the items that were planted have been in the classrooms. Pupils have carried out great work making sure they were watered and taken care off.

Today, the plants were ready to be transferred outside. As you can see from the photos, there is great progress and growth already. The pupils are very excited and proud of their planting.

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Thomas Darcy Magee Project

This term, 5th and 6th class pupils have been learning about ‘The Great Famine’. They focused on Thomas Darcy Magee who was born in Carlingford. They carried out research and learned a great deal about this famous figure in history. They were very lucky to receive a visit from Anthony Russell and Tommy Fegan. To end our project, we visited the exhibition on Thomas Darcy Magee in Carlingford. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Easter Art

5th/6th class created their own bunny during art this week using a variety of designs. They really enjoyed contrasting the different patterns. 

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Future book hits!

5th/6th class really enjoyed celebrating book week. Each pupil designed their own book cover. Some of the covers were very intriguing and I am sure they would be future hits as books!

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