Last week was designated maths week in all schools. There was a special focus on maths activities in St Joseph's where all pupils were enabled to develop maths concepts through hands on activities. The following examples give an flavour of the range of activities enjoyed by the pupils.
Senior 4 went on a maths trail around the school. In the course of the trail the pupils were required to use a variety of maths skills such as counting, classification, computation and measurement.
Junior 3 pupils are shown below exploring shapes and completing worksheets.
Senior 5 pupils are shown here engaged in 'crack-the-code' activities.
Last Friday night the pupils finally got to perform their music and dance routines in public. After weeks of rehearsal in school they couldn't believe that the big moment had come. The acts went very well. First on for st Joseph's was the band -The Rhythm Thieves- playing along to the soundtrack of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'.
Later our second act was a dance routine inspired by Micheal Jackson's ''Thriller'. The dancers looked great in their costumes and makeup and the monsters lurking at the back looked realy scary.
Below are some photos taken back stage which give a flavour of the level of enjoyment the pupils got out of having a chance to show off to a packed house.
Thanks to all staff who helped at rehearsals and back stage.
We started our swimming programme today in Leisureland. 51 of our students have signed up for swimming lessons which will run every Friday for the entire year. We have 40 Transition Year students from Coláiste Iognáid (known in Galway as the Jes) helping out in the pool.
There was great excitment today when our pupils met this years group of helpers. Already many of the TY students have been partenered with pupils from St Joseph's. They will have an opportunity to work with the same person each week developing their swimming ability while at the same time building a personal relationship.
This programme is always a great sucess which is reflected in the numbers of our pupils who learn to swim confidently. Today there were 15 pupils swimming lenghts and another 13 developing their skills in the deep end of the pool.
Parents, families and friends are welcome to come to Leisureland on Friday mornings (11.00-11.45) to observe the session.
St Joseph’s is a special school under the patronage of the voluntary organisation Ability West. Education in all aspects of the primary school curriculum is provided for pupils between the ages 4- 18 who have moderate general learning disabilities. Programmes are designed to meet individual needs so as to enable pupils to reach their full potential.