Archive for 5th & 6th room

County Finals Day

Our group-winning team from the previous FAI tournament were in action again today in the county finals. Everyone put in great performances and there were plenty of skills on show. Our team won two games out of three in the league but unfortunately lost out on a place in the final by goal difference. Well done to everyone who took part in both tournaments and special thanks to Graham Mills for his support at the event.

 

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FAI Soccer Blitz

On Tuesday some of the boys and girls in 5th and 6th class competed in the FAI soccer blitz in Cootehill. We had two teams entered in what was a very competitive tournament. Both of our teams performed very well with one of them qualifying for the county finals on April 25th. Everyone enjoyed the day and there were numerous excellent performances on both teams. Many thanks to Graham Mills for helping out on the day.

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Cookery Demonstration

A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and funding a very interesting and worthwhile cookery demonstration. The children had great fun taking part. They made delicious, healthy brown bread and salmon fish fingers. Thank you also to Pauric  and Irene from the Forge restaurant for providing a very engaging and interactive cookery demonstration for the children. (More photos to follow!)

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Wellbeing Posters

3rd -6th class pupils created posters in groups based on the Mental Health ‘Little Things’ slogans. The following slogans were used as stimuli for the posters:

-Problems feel smaller when you share them!

-The more you move the better your mood!

-Boost your mood with healthy food!

-Do things with others there’s strength in numbers!

-Add friends to your tea!

-If a friend seems distant catch up with them!

-8 hours sleep make the other 16 easier!

 

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World Book Day

Our World Book Day dress up was a great success with lots of colourful and creative outfits on show! Well done to all the pupils and parents for putting such great effort into all the outfits! We presented prizes on the day to pupils in each classroom! However, you are ALL winners for having fun and taking part!!!

 

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Thank you to the Parents’ Association for their generous donation to Billis

The Board of Management, Staff and pupils of Billis NS would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association, and of course all the parents who supported their fund raising efforts, for their generous donation of two exciting pieces of equipment for the pupils in Billis NS: BeeBots and Lego WeDo.

Both of these pieces of equipment introduce children to coding and programming, initially at a basic level but their skills can be built upon over time.

Bee-Bots are exciting little robots designed for use by younger children. These colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robots are a perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put the Bee-Bots through their paces. Directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands which send Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right. Pressing the green GO button starts Bee-Bot on its way. Bee-Bot blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow Bee-Bot through the program they have entered and then confirms its completion with lights and sound. Children want to use Bee-Bot over and over and are inspired to enter ever more creative and complex command sequences.  Bee-Bot moves in 6″ steps and 90 degree turns. Compact size and durable materials make Bee-Bots child- and classroom-friendly and boosts enthusiasm for experimentation and learning wherever it is used.

Lego WeDo

Lego WeDo 2.0 strengthens students’ understanding of the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling, prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

It develops students’ competencies through hands-on projects covering key science topics such as physical-, life-, earth- and space sciences, engineering and technology. Improve problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and integrate the use of relevant digital tools to improve computational thinking skills.

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Junior Cycle Information for Parents of 5th and 6th class pupils

Please see below a letter from the Department of Education and Skills and a leaflet explaining the new Junior Cycle for parents.

Junior Cycle Information

Junior Cycle Information leaflet

Junior Cycle Information 2

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Carol Singing

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class visited St.Joseph’s Nursing Home after school on Monday 18th. They sang a selection of Christmas carols for the residents, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On return to school, the boys and girls had some refreshments before being collected by their parents.

Thank you to Mrs. Edna Smith for coming along and to the management and staff of St.Joseph’s for their kindness to us.

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Carol singing in St Joseph’s Nursing Home Monday 18th December

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class are going carol singing to St Joseph’s Nursing home on Monday 18th Dec, after school. Please make sure you have sent in a permission slip if you want your child to go along. If you cannot find the slip please request another one.

Remember to collect your child from Billis NS at 4:40pm sharp, as they will go back there for treats afterwards. If you wish to collect them from the nursing home instead, please send a note to their class teacher.

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Credit Union Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to all our Credit Union Poster competition winners. The prize giving was on Friday 8th December. Even though there can only be a few winners everyone who took part is a winner. The judges must have had a very hard time choosing as all the pupils put a lot of work and effort into their poster. Well done to everyone.

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