The Lismullen AGM took place on Monday 23rd of Sept 2017. A new Parents Association Committee was elected during this event. We would like to welcome the new members and wish them every success in their new roles. The members list can be found on the P.A. page. Click here. Please support the committee so we can achieve a successful 2017/2018. More help is always welcome and there are many opportunities throughout the year to help at the different events. If you would like to contact the P.A. please contact one of the members or use email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We had great fun at Newgrange Farm. Enjoy the pictures below!
Paddy Madden, from The Heritage in Schools Council, opened the minds of junior infants to the world of nature. On our nature walk we identified trees in our school and learned some interesting facts. We discovered that the leaves of the beech tree are asymmetrical, elderflower cordial can be made from the flower of the elder tree and that the wood of the hazel tree is very flexible. Enjoy the pictures below.
The beautiful summer weather and artist, Wayne Thiebaud, inspired the ice-cream artwork below. Enjoy!
We are enjoying the marvels of nature and watching our pea plants grow. Scooping up the compost, placing the seeds in the pots and pouring the water all take fine motor control and strength. After planting their seeds the children became curious about what will happen next and are enthusiastically monitoring the plants progress each day. Thank you to Ms Galligan for providing us with all the supplies required.
Junior infants worked very hard when organising their words, in the correct order, to make some sentences. Well done girls and boys.
Friday 2nd June 2017
4 Person Team Event
Royal Tara Golf Club Bellinter, Navan, Co. Meath
Tee times available from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Great Prizes to be Won
How to support this event?
- Enter a team of 4 – €200 per team (18 holes of golf plus 3 course dinner in golf club restaurant). **Junior players require official GUI handicap.**
- Sponsor a Hole or Tee box – €100.
- Donate a prize.
To book your Tee time/Provide Sponsorship or Donate a prize
Anneline on (087) 2059052
This blog post from Maths Ireland was written for parents of children at secondary level but I think it will be of interest to all. It was written by Georgina Murphy, Deputy Principal of a school in Kilkenny.
Early education experts stress reading to children every day, and maths should be part of a daily regimen as well. Since most parents use maths in some form every day, they should be able to help their children develop mathematical reasoning without going too far out of their way to design lessons or learn more maths themselves (although this certainly helps if parents have the time). Here are a few ideas:
Estimate, estimate, estimate
When grocery shopping, estimate how much all the groceries will cost. When driving, estimate how long it will take to get to your destination. When you’re on a road trip and you can see the road miles or kilometres ahead, estimate how many miles/kilometers away the furthest point is (and use the odometer (milometer) to check your guess). You can make this a contest; whoever is closest to the actual amount gets a prize!
Read the news
The news is filled with statistics, all of which must be taken in with a critical eye. Students should know the source, year, sample size (if applicable) and methodology used to find these statistics. This isn’t to say students should conduct a research study of each news article, but they should at least be aware of these vital pieces. This also helps them remain up to date on current affairs and become informed citizens and critical thinkers.
Be financially savvy
When you’re grocery shopping and there are multiple brands for the same product, look at the price per ounce / gram (usually in small letters at the bottom of the price tag). Ask them to work out which of competing items is the best value. What does 3 for the price of 2 mean? What is 50% extra free? Is it better to buy a big jar or two small jars?
Get them to do personal budgets – track their mobile phone bills and usage. Open a savings account. This way they start learning financial responsibility (arguably one of the most crucial application of maths!) and are forced to regularly practice estimation (always be aware of how much is in their bank account), percentages (spending/saving) and basic arithmetic.
Chess, card games and Monopoly are great games for developing mathematical thinking. In chess, there are many options for where to move. Players need to predict their opponent’s best moves and calculate responses. As players get better, they think several moves ahead. (Grandmasters can think more than twenty moves in advance!) Chess helps with calculation, prediction, strategy and analytical thinking. Card games such as poker are great for developing a sense of probability. Calling, raising, folding, bluffing are all decisions that should be based on the probability of the player’s cards being better than the other players’. Monopoly is a fun simulation of real estate investments and also allows for good arithmetic practice.
These are just a few suggestions, but mathematical opportunities arise everywhere, all the time. Parents and students should always keep their eyes out for a chance to utilize math concepts. When doing any calculations, avoid using calculators (unless a mathematical problem involves a complex decimal, square root or other calculation that can’t be accurately derived or estimated in the head).
Turning everyday occurrences and household tasks into lessons not only helps students with their mathematical reasoning skills and sense of applied math, but prepares them for adulthood.
Georgina Murphy, Deputy Principal, Duiske College, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
Look what Harry found on his walk – phonics really are everywhere! Well done Harry.