Room 11 have been learning about the harmful effects of littering on our planet. Dropping a water bottle in Rathmines could end up harming the ecosystem in the oceans!
We decided to get our gloves on and grab some rubbish bags and clean up Rathmines Green. We also wrote letters to our Taoiseach expressing our concerns.
Room 10 are learning about city planning as part of the Junior Achievement Ireland program!
As we prepare for Easter this Lent we are trying to Make a Difference in St. Louis. We are Celebrating Kindness by recording some of the kind things people do for us and giving ourselves a pat on the back by recording some of the kind things we do for others too. We are also making more of an effort to notice the things in our lives that make us happy; the things we a re grateful for. We’re recording these on our Sacred Space too.
Some people are trying to give up sweets, technology, meat, palm oil or some bad habits this Lent. Others are taking up new routines by spending more time playing outside, with their family, doing the things they love to do and practicing their skills and talents.
“If the only prayer you ever said was Thank You; that would be enough” Meister Eckhart
Some of our students in Room 6 are very passionate about persuading students, teachers and families to be aware of the consequences of Palm Oil production. They have created an S.P.O Group (Stop Palm Oil) and have written he following and requested that it be posted on our school blog. We love to see students passionate about causes that they believe in:
“Hi everyone! Have you heard of Palm Oil? Well; of you haven’t we will tell you. It is a type of oil that comes from Palm trees (hint in the name).
Palm Oil production…is destroying animals homes. It has been reported that Palm Oil production is responsible for destroying 40% of the world’s rainforests; that’s 40% of certain animals homes like the orangutan, rhino, gibbon, cotton top monkey, chimp, sun bear, cassowary tree kangaroo and elephant. It is therefore threatening their very existence. There are less than 275 Sumatran rhinos, 500 tree kangaroos and 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
You may think this has nothing to do with you but palm oil is actually in a lot of the foods that you eat; Nutella, skittles and peanut butter for example along with some brands of butter. You can avoid plm oil by checking the ingredients before you buy. Palm oil is in some kinds of shampoos and conditioners also. It is hard to give up pal oil but is IS possible. Many people in the S.P.O group here in our school have given it up. You need to be very carfeul; companies are trying to huide palm oil in the products by calling it palm fat or palm shea. Vego is a very nice and chocolatey alternative to Nutella. Meridin peanut butter is palm oil free.
If you join the S.P. O you can help to spread the word and saves the lives of many endangered animals.
The boys and girls in Room 15 went to the St. Vincent De Paul charity shop in Rathmines to drop off the last of the food donations from St. Louis.
We have helped so many families this year. Well done to everyone who donated.
The boys and girls in St. Louis were very generous this year and donated a massive 70 boxes of non-perishable food to families in our community.
It is great to know that there are generous pupils, parents and teachers in St. Louis.
We hope it makes a big difference this Christmas.
Room 11 were learning about gender stereotyping, and RTE News2Day came into our class to find out what we thought! Gender stereotyping is when some people think that certain characteristics or jobs belong only to boys or girls. We loved learning about how the filming, editing and producing happens.
Have a watch to see what we think!
https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/news2day-30001385/10967278/ (PS, We start at 05.05!)
Today they celebrate Thanksgiving in America so in Room 15 we decided to think about all the things in our lives that we are thankful for.
We talked about it as a group and then made these lovely posters that we will hang up at home to help us remember just how lucky and grateful we all are.
On November 20th all of the pupils in St. Louis celebrated World Children’s Day.
We wore in blue clothes and donated money to help UNICEF children’s charity.
When we did the shoe box appeal we collected 23 shoe boxes in room 17. Somethings we put in the shoe boxes were clothes, toys, brushes and skipping ropes etc. We hope the children we gave the presents to are happy.
By Alex Plesca & Darragh O’Brien