2nd class have a busy day

On Thursday, 2nd class had a very busy day. We visited Tallaght Library and met the author and illustrator Mo Willems. Mo had come all the way from the United Sates to meet us today. He told all about the books he had written. The children had a chance to ask him some questions about his books and find out what inspired him to begin writing books for children. He also showed us how to draw pictures just like him. One of our pupils had a birthday today so Mo presented her with a special picture of a pigeon! To prepare for this event the children in 2nd class had read many of his books. This event brings to an end Children’s Book Festival 2013. Our classes had some wonderful trips to the local libraries in Tallaght, Ballyroan and Castletymon and we even had the mobile library service come t visit our school.

After our visit to the library today a special visitor came to meet our 2nd class. Mayor Dermot Looney called in to say hello and brought us all on a tour of the county council chambers. We all got to be councillors for the day and found out all the important work that the council does. Every child had their own microphone and had a chance to talk about what they were dressing up as for Halloween! Elaine who manages the council offices gave a great presentation on the work of all the sections of the council and then the children questioned the Mayor about his role on the council. The children had some great ideas on how South Dublin County Council could do a better job helping people. We all headed back to school with a bag of treats after a fun day out at the library and council offices.

Bulbs not Bonfires

This year St. Dominic’s supported the Bulbs not Bonfires initiative organised by South Dublin County Council. We raised awareness this week in our school around safety at Halloween. We had our local community Garda, Pat Courtney in to talk with the children and we viewed a DVD from Dublin City fire service. We then applied through the Social Credits Scheme for a reward for our efforts. This week several hundred daffodil bulbs were delivered to our school. They were all planted today and we hope to see some wonderful colour around the grounds next Spring. Thank you to Ms Brady, Ms Hickey and the young gardeners of 2nd and 6th class for the hard work!