The Junior Room took part in the National Drop Everything and Read Challenge @12pm on Friday 27th April. Work was put down, computer screens turned off, and everyone was encouraged to pick up a book and to read quietly for 20 minutes. The main focus of the DEAR challenge was to remind children on the importance of reading for pleasure. The children then created their own front cover designs on a DEAR Photo Frame.
The children in the Senior Classroom had the opportunity to learn about Internet Safety. We were delighted to welcome Paul from Monaghan Garda Station who gave us a talk on internet safety and the benefits of the internet for schoolwork. He also called into the Junior Room to say 'hello' and the children were delighted to share their news with him.
The children in the Junior and Senior Classroom examined the amount of sugar content in some of their favourite drinks and treat food by looking at the food labels. They displayed their results in the lunchroom for the entire school community to remember to look at those food labels when buying drinks and treat food in the future.
The children worked in pairs to learn how healthy eating can be fun. We discussed The Food Pyramid in detail and how a healthy lunch should include foods from the four main shelves of the food pyramid. The children talked about their favourite fruits and during our Visual Arts lesson that week we created our own Healthy Fruit Bowls.
As part of our HPS initiative Máirín McInerney, Oral Health Education Officer with the HSE visited our school and provided training to staff in relation to delivering The Mighty Mouth Programme in the Junior Classroom and Looking After Your Teeth in the Senior Classroom. As part our Aistear, the play corner was transformed into The Dental Surgery and over the next few weeks the children learned how to look after their teeth. Máirín returned to the school a few weeks later to speak to pupils on the importance of Oral Health for children and the value of good dental care as part of children’s overall health and well being. The children received certificates for brushing their teeth properly and choosing foods and drinks that are tooth-friendly.