Sports & Fun Day 2017
Senior 4 had lots of fun experiencing and participating in various stations on St. Joseph's Sports & Fun Day! We all really enjoyed the photo booth station, where we all dressed up and took photos! The pupils also loved the obstacle course station and the circus skills station. Be sure to check out our pictures below to see the wonderful day both pupils, staff and parents had! Thanks to all the parents and siblings who joined us for the day!
Race Day @ Dangan Race Track
Senior 4 enjoyed doing 500m and 100m races at Dangan Race Track. They also took part in throwing bean bags. It was great day, the pupils had lots of fun with their friends, despite getting absolutely drenched in a bad shower on the way back to school!
Baking Birthday Buns
Senior 4 baked fabulous birthday buns for a certain pupil in the class who's birthday falls in May. They achieved many Preparing for Work leaning outcomes including using an electrical mixer safely and storing all equipment correctly.
Preparing For Work: Woodwork
Senior 4 have been busy on their social Outings. They enjoyed a walk in Barna Woods, a shopping trip to Aldi (our favourite) and a cold treat in Cafe Link.
Senior 4 say Hello to Summer 2017
Senior 4 enjoyed art outdoors, exploring drop and throw painting techniques using pom poms and paint. It was messy, but fun! We also enjoyed using bikes and wearing a helmet to keep safe as a part of PE and Physio Programmes. We also enjoyed drawing each others body shapes with chalk, while enjoying the sunshine. Senior 4 are delighted Summer is finally here!
Fun with Capacity
Grow, cook, eat!
April Clean Up
Senior 4 participated in a school clean up, picking up litter and tidying their designated area! They used the equipment correctly and safely, including gloves and pickers, achieving a Preparing for Work Junior Cycle learning outcome. They also achieved some Living in the Community learning outcomes! Well done Senior 4 :)
Familiar Places in the Community
Heinz: Grow your own tomatoes!
Senior 4 made egg-cellent Easter Bonnets in art and participated in an Easter Bonnet Parade at assembly. The pupils also took part in an Easter Egg Hunt which had clues based on work done so far this year as part of their Junior Cycle L2LP.
Familiar Places in the Community
Senior 4 visited the library and Garda Station as part of the PLU Living in the Community. The pupils were delighted to discover they could take out books for free in the library! A pupil also recalled visiting the Garda Station for a passport form to be signed.
Double Birthday Celebrations
Senior 4 celebrated two birthdays in the same week! We were delighted because that meant not one but two parties :) We made a sponge cake in Cookery for the parties. The birthday pupils were very happy and enjoyed blowing out all the candles!
Wonderful Window Boxes
Senior 4 visited Dangan Garden Centre to search for flowers for window boxes, the pupils looked at the different colours and types of flowers available and chose the flowers they liked. They filled a window box with soil and planted the flowers using their hands. Each week a pupil is chosen to water and care for the window box. This activity falls into the Priority Learning Unit Preparing for Work whilst also covering Science (What do plants need to grow).
Senior 4 took on the Junior Cycle Level 2 Element:Taking Part in a Work Related Activity as part of their Preparing For Work PLU. They researched the preferred hot drink of staff in St. Joseph's (Our pictorial graph will show the clear result). They typed an email to get permission from the principal to serve the hot drinks. They practiced pouring the hot drinks and asking questions clearly and lots more. The pupils did extremely well with the task of serving tea, they impressed the staff and made me very proud :)
Exploring Rooms in Houses
St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans
Galway Arts Centre
Senior 4 pupils and a pupil from Senior 5 enjoyed a tour of an interesting art exhibition in the Galway Arts Centre. The pupils looked at sparkling light installations, they really liked the starlight installation. They saw a piece involving a certain four legged friend, see if you can guess the animal from the pictures below. The pupils identified light and dark colours in several paintings and looked at pieces of sculpture. Big thanks to Galway Art Centre for all their support in making this visit happen, we will be back again! :)
Building Site Signs
Spring is here!
Senior 4 visited Rusheen Park and Bird Sanctuary on a particularly windy day in February. We almost got blown away! The pupils identified different types of birds and enjoyed a brisk, breezy walk. We also cut some rushes to make St. Brigid crosses for St. Brigid's Day.
A shriek of delight erupted in Senior 4's room when pupils discovered they would making pizza in cookery, little did they know they would be the healthy kind. The pupils followed visual instructions from a you tube clip to make these simple delicious mini pizzas!
World Compliment Day 24th January
Senior 4 put their chopping skills to the test again, this time with vegetables. They used their knives very carefully (Preparing for Work) and made delicious soup.
Senior 4 are focusing this month's cookery classes on all things healthy. New year, new us :) We started off with a yummy fruit salad and practiced our chopping skills (Preparing for Work: Using knives correctly and safely). Watch this space for further healthy food inspiration from Senior 4 :)
Happy New Year
Senior 4 welcomed in the new year with a firework science experiment involving oil, water and food colouring! Watch the video below to see the fireworks, and further below to see the steps of the experiment.
Visit to Galway Cathedral
Senior 4 went on a bus outing to the Galway Cathedral. They lit candles for relatives who had passed away and said some prayers for the New Year ahead. It also was a part of our priority learning unit Living in The Community: Using local facilities and Personal Care: Being able to Manage Stress.
St. Joseph's Christmas Concert Stars
Senior 4 pupils had several roles in the Nativity including: Mary, a king and an angel. A special and very talented pupil was chosen to be a reindeer called Prancer and another pupil got a chance to showcase their circus skills. We were all very proud and impressed by these budding performers.
Christmas is Coming!!
Senior 4 visited Mc Gaugh's Garden Centre's Christmas Wonderland. They completed a Christmas picture checklist (Communication and Language) and identified characters in a nativity set. A great bus outing!
Art- Sweet House
Science Week Experiments
Smoothie- Materials and change Experiement
Again coinciding with the Junior Cycle Level 2 PLU (Priority Learning Unit): Preparing for Work, we visited a local employer: Cafe Link's kitchen on Sandy Road. There we saw where they served and prepared the food. We also looked at the clothes they wore in the kitchen. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and invited us back again!
I want to be a/an..........
As part of the Junior Cycle Level 2 PLU (Priority Learning Unit): Preparing for Work, we explored the jobs we would like when we leave St. Joseph's, we talked about our interests and strength, then picked a job according to these!
Senior 4 purchased items for cookery, see if you can guess what we made from the ingredients we bought?! It was a particularly cold winter day so we went for a hot chocolate as a treat also :)
Hairy Scary Halloween Activities
Senior 2 followed pictorial instructions to make Spooky Jelly in cookery and participated in the annual Halloween Parade at assembly. They also used clay to create creepy creatures and magnificent monsters.
Baboró: The Secret Lives of Suitcases
Senior 4 enjoyed being a part of an audience in an Taidhbhearc for this wonderful performance with props, puppets and magnificent lighting. It was a real treat :) We will review the show as part of our Communicating and Literacy element: using writing forms to express opinions. Thanks very much to all in Baboró for their help with organisation!
Maths Week 2016
We went on a number hunt with number flashcards and the i-pad. We used an application called skitch, so we could use arrows and text on our pictures. Here's the resulting pictures!
All things Halloween
Senior 4 have been very busy reading Halloween stories, making spooky spectacular art (Communicating & Literacy) , playing interactive whiteboard games (Numeracy), going on scary but fun outings and decorating the classroom (Living in the Community/Preparing for Work)!!!
Who are you going to call????!!!!!!!!
Senior 4 have been practicing their formal communication skills by making mock phonecalls to various people! It is part of our priority learning unit: Communicating and Literacy. Here are a few pictures of the pupils in action!
Mountbellew Agricultural Show Prize Winners
Senior 4 students won a first prize for their cupcakes and a highly commended trophy for their class made birthday card!!!!!
Senior 4's Prize Winning Cupcakes
Senior 4 students were in the kitchen again, this time they made yummy cupcakes! Students located equipment using a visual list and also located the necessary ingredients in a similar way. They mixed, cracked eggs, sieved flour and operated the oven (with supervision). When the cupcakes cooled, we iced them in class and brought some home too. Six of the best cupcakes were entered in the Mountbellew Agricultural Show Competition, and we won first prize :)
Making Music and Working Up a Sweat
Senior 4 participate in a Music Therapy lesson with Cormac and a PE lesson with Karen once a week. The students really enjoy these lesson and the link to the new Junior Level 2 Learning Programme beautifully: Using expressive arts to communicate (Communicating and Literacy) and developing a healthy lifestyle (Personal Care).
Cooking Up A Storm
Cookery is an important aspect of the Junior Cert Level 2 Learning Programme, it teaches students about a healthy lifestyle along with developing good daily personal care. It also fosters independence and prepares some students for work related activities! This week we focused on the basic tea and toast, students took oral instruction well and everybody did their share of work!
Senior 4 visited Cappagh Park, a local facility in their area. They enjoyed a brisk walk and some students even braved the very long slide! After the pupils used an ingredient list they wrote to collect items in Joyces for our cookery lesson, see if you can guess what we made :)
Busy at Work
Senior 4 helped label their new classroom, so now we all know where important items are kept, such as art materials! We also managed to squeeze in some art :)
The junior cycle is the final phase of compulsory education
and it covers a critically important period in the lives of all
young people. It is a time of change, of growth and
development for students as they move from childhood
towards early adulthood. While recognising that young
people in junior cycle can display different degrees of maturity
and rates of progress, preparation for adult living often
occurs implicitly. The students of Level 2 Learning
Programmes need programmes that explicitly identify and
develop the key areas of learning needed for adult living.
These areas are set out as five Priority Learning Units (PLUs).
Communicating and Literacy
Living in a Community
Preparing for Work
Senior 4 will work on these PLUs (Priority Learning Units) and keep a portfolio of their best work!