Off to a good start!
Book Week 2018
.As you are aware, we are celebrating our annual Book Week from Monday May 28th - Friday June 1st. We are in the process of organizing author visits, library trips, write a book project and many other book related activities. In Our Lady of Mercy we place huge emphasis on the whole area of reading and we try and encourage the girls in whatever way we can to become interested in and to foster a love of reading. On Friday last we took part in a Nationwide DEAR(Drop everything and Read) initiative and felt that this was a good starting point for our READATHON. We have an active library committee in the school and the members of that committee agreed that we should do something extra to promote reading in the weeks leading up to Book Week. Every child in the school will go home with her Readathon Reading Sheet. We have five weeks leading up to Book Week and during these weeks we are asking the girls to set reading challenges for themselves. We need you to come on board with this project, to engage with your daughters and to motivate them to achieve their targets. We expect the older girls to set their own goals but the younger girls will need your help. The sheet should be signed by you on each Thursday night and the teacher will follow by signing on every Friday. The teachers will explain to the girls in school tomorrow what is expected of them. Their goals should not include the reading that is set for them as part of their homework but should be in addition to that. With the younger girls it can be "Shared Reading". With the older girls it can be any type of reading material. All those who work hard at achieving their targets will be included in a raffle for a Book Token - one per class. In addition, those classes where all the girls work towards achieving their stated goals will get a night off homework during the week following Book Week. Happy reading everyone!
Monday May 26th
We really did get off to a good start when author Alma Jordan visited the school. Alma represents Agrikids and is passionate about farm safety. She has written storybooks for children which are based around the whole idea of safety in and around the farm. Alma was full of energy and enthusiasm and the girls absolutely loved her presentation. She did three sessions and all the girls from Junior Infants up to third class got to hear her.
Story time in the Library - We love it!
During Book Week the girls from Junior Infants to first class get to go to the library for a Story Reading session. We are very fortunate to have very supportive parents who help us out with this initiative. Not only do they read to the girls but they also help them to pick out books so they can spend some time reading quietly to themselves in our beautiful library.
Meeting Don Conroy In Dubray's Blackrock
What a beautiful day the girls from first and second classes had for their walk down to Dubray's in Blackrock. on Tuesday. They were very excited at the prospect of meeting Don Conroy, author and illustrator. They were not disappointed! They all thoroughly enjoyed the workshop with Don and returned to school exhausted but very happy! Thank you again to our parent volunteers who accompanied the girls on the walk down and back.
Eileen Casey -Writer and Poet
The girls in second, third and fourth classes met with Poet and Writer Eileen Casey. She was very interesting to listen to. She explained to the girls how, by using a stimulus, one can create a story. Of course one must be creative and imaginative too.!!
Meeting Catherine Foley, author and journalist!
The girls in fifth and sixth spent a very enjoyable afternoon in the company of the lovely Catherine Foley. Catherine has written her memoir - "Beyond the Breakwater - Memories of Home". In her book, she chronicles her family's journey from Waterford to the Gaeltacht in 1970 and she monitors the shifting times of each successive decade, recalling individuals, relations, friends and communities she has known. The girls listened attentively and had plenty of questions to ask and comments to make. Catherine left a copy of her beautiful book with us - Happy reading!
Author of the Mollie Books
The girls in fifth and sixth really engaged with author Anna Carey. Many of them have read her Mollie Books - "Mollie on the March" and "The Making of Mollie"Mollie is a suffragette! Well sort of. Mollie and her best friend Nora have been bravely fighting for women's rights - even though no one else really knows about it. But when they hear a big protest is being planned. They know they have to take part!
Shared Reading and DEAR time
in the hall.
On Thursday all classes got a chance to go to the hall where every girl in the school had her own book on display. It was so nice to sit and relax and enjoy each other's writing. The older girls were wonderful reading to the younger girls and also listening to them reading their own books. The teachers were amazed at the standard of the books. We definitely have some budding authors in our midst!
Meeting Nigel Quinlan in
Fifth and sixth class girls got to meet one of their favourite authors Nigel Quinlan in Dubray's Blackrock. Nigel is author of "The Maloney's Magical Weatherbox" and "The Magic Maloneys and the End of the World". Nigel once again gave a very lively and interesting workshop which the girls thoroughly enjoyed. His enthusiasm for writing and Books is evident and he certainly keeps his audience engaged.
Meeting Jackie Burke!
The girls in third, fourth and fifth had a fantastic hour with Jackie Burke- a firm favourite in Our Lady of Mercy. Jackie is author of The Grindlewood Series and is always amazed at how engaged the girls are with the whole idea of reading and writing.
Book Week Award Winners
Winners of "Get Hooked on a Book!
Our Book Quiz Teams
Our Book Week Coffee Morning - the end of a great week! Thank you to all who helped make it such a wonderful success!
Memories of Book Week 2017
Junior Infants were treated to story time in the sensory room and library, two lovely spaces in our school for listening. Fifth class girls too off on the dart to Dún laoghaire where they visited the Lexicon for the launch of "The Silent Books Exhibition". Sarah Spain, Eva's mum, read from two books written by Eva's great granny Máirín Creggan. Máire Lambertini, who is also a grandaughter of Máire Creggan, shared the reading. The visit was made more special as Séamus, Maire Greggan's son attended. His wife Roberta, a news journalist, also shared her expertise. The first book "Old John" was translated into Gaeilge and published as a school text in the 1930s. This book was read and discussed with second and third classes .Her second book "Rathina"was translated into seven other languages and won the Downy children's book of the year prize in America. Sixth class was treated to excerpts from the book and were very interested in the history behind the book. Go raibh míle maith agaibh to Sarah, Máire, Séamus agus Roberta!
First and second classes were delighted with the visit of author Joe O'Brien. They have thoroughly enjoyed reading some of his Alfie books. Joe read excerpts from some of his books, answered lots of questions and signed bookmarks for everyone. He was great fun!
On Wednesday the Junior and Senior Infants were treated to a visit from Alma Jordan. She is the author of "The Tree Swing" and "The Brown Bull" and brought these tales from "riverside Farm to life. Who better to tell the story than the author herself? The children thoroughly enjoyed the stories and learned all about farm safety in the process. They are really looking forward to "The Red tractor" which is the next book in the series.
DEAR time in the hall!
What an achievement! Every girl in the school produced a book for Book Week and my goodness, the standard was very high! Thank you to all the teachers and parents who helped and encouraged the girls in their efforts. It was wonderful to see the excitement and pleasure the books gave to all. We all wanted to stay longer in the hall reading and reading.....................
Niall de Búrca - Storyteller
On Thursday we were all entertained by storyteller Niall de Búrca. My goodness, what a fuuny fellow! He had us all in stitches!!
Benji Bennet, author of the Adam books visited on Friday.
The girls really enjoyed Benji's visit. He read from "Adam's Amazing Space Adventure and entertained us with his singing. Thank you Benji for donating some of your beautiful books to the school library. We all love reading them and the illustrations are so beautiful!
Book Week Award Winners
Coffee Morning in the Library
Thank you to those who joined us for our coffee morning in our beautifully refurbished library. It was a wonderful opportunity to see our fantastic stock of new books while enjoying a cuppa and a nice slice of cake!
A great end to Book Week - Our annual Book Quiz!
There was great teamwork at our book quiz which was a fitting end to what has been a very successful celebration of all that Book Week. Thank you to all our volunteers who gave of their time and expertise to help make Book Week 2017 an exciting event.
A special word of thanks to Ms McGovern for organising a terrific Book Week for us here in the school. A huge amount of time and effort went into organising and planning the week's events with visits from authors, story tellers, trips out to the Lexicon Library in Dunlaoghaire, Coffee Morning in the Library, the Table Quiz and the final day dress up event. The girls went go to great lengths to dress up as their favourite characters and really add to the atmosphere and success of the whole week