On the 9th of October 2015 we welcomed some very special people into the school. Grandparents of the pupils in the school were invited to visit the children in their classrooms and were treated to songs and poems. They enjoyed a cup of tea in the hall where artwork from all the classes was also on display. It was a really enjoyable day for all!
To raise awareness of the importance of safety on our roads the whole of Oatlands Primary school donned our high-vis jackets and walked to Stillorgan Shopping Centre and back again on October 7th 2015.
We practised the safe cross code for crossing roads; looking left and right and always listening for traffic.
We had a very exciting day in Oatlands on Friday 18th September 2015. We achieved our fourth Green Flag for Travel and Transport from An Taisce and all gathered to celebrate and watch the flag being raised high in front of the school.
Our scooter parking area was opened by Independent Councillor Deirdre Donnelly.
We would like to thank our Green Council members and DLR CC Felicity Gill, Ally Menary from An Taisce, RSA representative Justine Trautt, and the parents and staff who helped make this a very memorable day.
Due to New County Council Parking Restrictions on Woodlands Avenue and Woodlands Drive there is NO PARKING available outside the school. Parking is NOT PERMITTED in The Beaufield Mews or on the school grounds.
We would ask that parents NOT DRIVE UP WOODLANDS AVENUE EITHER IN THE MORNING OR AT SCHOOL CLOSING. There is ample parking in Stillorgan Shopping Centre car park and the overflow car park.
We expect full co-operation from all parents in this regard
Grandparents Day took place on Friday March 13th and it was a fantastic success! Grandparents from all over the world flocked to Oatlands Primary School to see what the children of our school have been getting up to. The grandparetns were treated to tea and scones in the hall to thank them for all that they do for us. They then had the opportunity to go to their grandchild's classroom to see all the lovely work that is going on there. The children had prepared lots of questions to ask and also sang songs, recited poems and showed off their fabulous art work to the grandparents.
The RSA came in to the school to talk to the children about getting to and from school safely. It was a very interesting presentation. Please visit www.rsa.ie for more information and ensure your child knows The Safe Cross Code
On Wednesday 4th March, Oatlands Primary School had a day of fun filled action to try and earn our Travel Green Flag for the Green Schools Programme. Children and parents have been making a huge effort to leave the car at home and either walk, scoot, cycle, car pool or park and stride to school. Lots of classes in the school did travel based projects and learned a travel song. Each class had an activity to do on the day with Junior Infants playing a game in the hall and all the rest of the school walking a kilometre around the school (some classes even managed two!)
All classes in the school are currently taking part in a healthy eating initiative to encourage children to eat fruit and vegatables as part of a balanced diet. Children who eat their portions of fruit and vegetables get rewarded with fantastic prizes. The children are all really excited and enjoying the Food Dudes Programme. Please continue to encourage your child to eat healthily and always pack a healthy lunch for school.
All classes in the school took part in the drumming workshops and as usual they were a fantastic success. Neil, the drummer, took each class for a half hour session and the children got the chance to experiment with different instruments. Neil would demonstrate a rhythym and the children would have to copy and they also got the opportunity to make their own rhythms.
A big thank you goes out to the parents council for contributing towards the cost of the workshops.
100 Day Party! Ms. Walsh's 6th class enjoyed celebrating their 100th Day in school on Wednesday 4th February. They had been counting the days since the first day of term and had helped think of the various activities for the 100 Challenges. They really enjoyed the activities!
Ms. Walsh's 6th class wrote Christmas stories and illustrated them. They read these fantasic stories to the children in Ms. Keane's Senior Infants class. Ms. Keane's class loved these stories so much and realy enjoyed listening to the children in 6th read to them.
Well done to Ms. Walsh's class. You should all be so proud that you are authors.
In conjunction with Media Scene, all the children in Oatlands got a free game of bowling in Leisureplex, Stillorgan.
Junior Infants went bowling on Friday, the 14th of November while Senior Infants to 6th class went bowling on Thursday, the 20th of November. It was a fantastic experience and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
A huge thank you to Lorraine Mayland and all the staff in Leisureplex for having been so accommodating to all of our staff and students.
As tradition would have it, every pupil and teacher in Oatlands dressed up and took part in our annual Halloween Walk On Friday, the 24th of October. We walked from the school to the shopping centre and paraded around the centre for everyone to see. This year we decided to raise funds for a very worthy cause - Habitat for Humanity for Zambia. We raised approximately €461. Thank you to everyone who made a donation. Thanks also to our 5th and 6th classes who assisted with the Junior and Senior Infants on the day. As you can see, we all had a great day.
Cycling Safety Workshops have been organised by An Taisce in conjunction with the Green Schools Programme and are currently taking place every Friday here in Oatlands. It is run by the Dublin School of Cycling Safety, it is held for one hour a week over 6 weeks and is conducted on the grounds of the school. Children from 5th and 6th class are taking part.