It has come to our attention that some children in 3rd class have mobile phones. Please see the school Smart Devices Policy attached (it is also available to view on the school website). According to the policy;
Smart devices should be switched off and kept out of sight and in the school bag at all times, from point of entry to the school site until exiting the site. Teachers may decide to collect smart devices and return them to pupils at the end of the day. Smart devices should not be used during lessons or while moving between lessons. Smart devices should also remain switched off during break and lunch.
In line with other classes in the school, any 3rd class child who brings a smart device to school will need to hand it to their teacher in the morning (switched off). It will be stored in a safe place and returned to the child at home time where it can be switched on once they are off the school site.
The policy also states that;
Where any disruption to lessons is caused by a smart device, or if a smart device is seen by a member of staff, or it is being carried in a pocket, the student responsible will face a sanction. This will include confiscation of the offending device until the end of the school day. Should the student concerned be in breach of this for a second time the smart device will be confiscated and parents / carers will be asked to collect the device from school. A detention will be given in both instances. Any further infringements of the Smart Devices Acceptable Use Policy, may result in other appropriate sanctions being imposed, in line with the school’s Code of Behaviour.
The 3rd and 4th class concert will be held in the halla on February 14th. Parents are warmly invited to attend - time will be confirmed but will likely be at 1.30 approx.
Bhí seó faisean againn inné sa halla. Bain na páistí alán taitneamh as! D’fhoghlaimíomar a lan phrasaí faoi teama eadaí.
The 1st of February will be World Read Aloud Day! We have some very exciting things planned in school - watch this space!
We have started our new class novel, Shadow. We will be using the book to develop comprehension skills through applying, 'Building Bridges of Understanding'. Please look at the Reading section of our blog to learn more about 'Building Bridges' and how you can help at home.
The CETNS debate team will be competing next week in the 2nd Round of the Cork Primary School Debating Competition. To help the team research for the debate, 3A have been holding our own debates using their motion 'Cars should be gotten rid of'. The quality of the research, presentation and enthusiasm on show has been amazing and we are all really enjoying the debates. I'm certain we have future debate team members in 3A! The winning team will get to be in the audience to watch the CETNS team in action next Friday.
Over the break we had lots of fun completing the Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge! Today we had our hot chocolate reward complete with background cafe jazz music and plenty of book talk. There will be another exciting reading event coming soon...
The class voted to adopt Roma! It was very close between Roma and Mary who are also the best of friends (a bonded pair in the animal world). There were lots of great reasons to adopt many of the donkeys but Roma won over the most people with her sparkling personality and cuteness! We look forward to learning more about Roma over the next year. If you visit the Donkey Sanctuary keep an eye out for her!
Today we looked at the amazing work of the Donkey Sanctuary. They rescue and care for neglected and injured donkeys from all over Ireland. They are based in Liscarrol in North Cork (about an hours drive away) and is free to visit. Our class is such a nature-loving and caring class that we are going to 'adopt a donkey'. The children are all writing about which donkey they would like the class to adopt. We will post the results tomorrow! For more information on the sanctuary visit their website on
We are 3rd class A (rang 3A). My name is Catherine and I am delighted to be teaching this class! The children will update the blog regularly to keep you all up-to-date with the exciting things they will be doing this year.