Note from the Headmistress
15th November 2019
Notices and dates for your diary
• Senior Boys Rugby v St. Columba’s College Wednesday 20th November, Home 2.15pm
• Parent Teacher meeting Junior Infants Thursday 21st November 12.30pm to 2.30pm
• Parent Teacher meeting Senior Infants & I Form Friday 22nd November 11am to 1pm
• Parent Teacher meeting Lower V on Friday 22nd November from 11am to 1pm
• Exams week Week beginning 26th November
• Senior Boys Rugby v St. Conleth’s Tuesday 3rd December, Home 2.15pm
• Senior Girls Hockey v Royal School Cavan Tuesday 3rd December, Away 1pm
• Lower V Play Friday 6th December 2.00pm for a 2.30pm start
• Senior Boys Rugby v St. Gerard’s Tuesday 10th December, Home 2.15pm
• Senior Girls Hockey v St. Gerard’s Tuesday 10th December, Home 2.15pm
• Carol Service Friday 13th December 11.00am, followed by End of Term
• For further information on upcoming parent teacher meetings, matches etc please check this link to our website calendar on a regular basis https://www.headfort.com/calendar/
We have lots of opportunities to be lights: when we say something kind to someone, when we share what we have, when we include someone in our lives. Each of us has the chance to be a star in the universe! I shared this poem with the Junior and Senior Infants and the 1st Class children on our return from the Halloween break.
A poem called ‘Be the Light’ by Vijaiya Ramkissoon.
You are a precious gem amongst stones.
You are a star shining most brilliantly
In the darkness of the night.
Be that star and hope that you can serve
As a beacon of hope and light the path
For those around you.
Be a shining example of beauty and divinity
Leading the way and leaving a trail
For others to emulate.
Live so that others may look up to you,
And follow the path of goodness and nobility
Which you thread upon.
When situations seem tough at times
And circumstances are beyond control
Don’t stop shining.
Remember that stars glitter most brightly
And shine with all their exquisiteness
In the darkest of hours.
So be the light, be the brightest star
And continue being who you truly are . . .
This week the Junior and Senior Infants performed their interpretation of the symphonic fairy tale written by Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf. It was lovely to see how the children interpreted each character as the music played.
As you can see from the pictures, they have been enjoying Science Week too.
The skittle rainbow science experiment
During science week the infant children really enjoyed observing the skittle dye and sugar dissolve in the water and create a colourful rainbow in the skittle rainbow science experiment. They also planted their own seeds which they will now observe as an extension to The lifecycle of a Plant lesson plan.
As you know, since the start of the academic year we have focussed on behaviour, expectation and values in the Senior School. Last week the children learnt about the French writer and Philosopher , Albert Camus and how he reflected on what life is all about. He wrote about true friendship, trying to understand how best to be a friend and how best to be with a person in difficulty.
This week, I have asked the children to reflect on the words of Robert Louis Stevenson and his Pattern for Living.
This week we have celebrated our science focus week with a number of activities. Mr Sepulveda and the pupils spent some time working out the sugar content of various drinks, sweets and bars. As you can see the results were very surprising.
The theme this year was ‘Climate Change’ and the children have been busy investigating the causes and effects of global warming. The main focus this week has been on a project entitled ‘Where does our Food come from?’ The children have been mapping out the origin of different foodstuffs, working out how far some foods travel to get to our table and calculating how much carbon dioxide is produced during transit. The results of this project, when completed, will be entered into the ‘Science Blast’ Exhibition in the RDS early next term. The Art Department have also been busy producing some super Climate Change posters.
It has been another busy fortnight, filled with Hockey and Rugby fixtures. The Rugby Team have played twice since half term. Firstly against St. Columba’s College where they produced an encouraging display of open running rugby. Unfortunately they were pipped at the post by a late Columba’s try. Last Tuesday they travelled to St. Gerard’s in Bray where they faced a much larger and more experienced team. They struggled in the first half to contain their hosts but bounced back magnificently in the second half and completely dominated the game. They are gelling nicely as a team and are looking forward to the visit of St. Columba’s for the return fixture next Wednesday.
Monday saw our girls compete in the AIJS hockey blitz at Mount Anville School, Dublin. An annual tournament that offers a fantastic opportunity to play other schools. In true Headfort style all the girls stepped up to the challenge of playing on a different surface, astroturf. With some of the team only picking up a hockey stick for the first time since September there was a wonderful display of individual and team play. Not only a great day of fun was had by all, everyone came home with a medal!
The senior girls 1st XI hockey team played their second league fixture on a very cold and damp Wednesday against Wilson’s Hospital. After successfully travelling to Loreto Mullingar the week before and confidently winning 8-0, the girls were delighted to be back on home turf. It wasn’t long before Headfort began dominating on the grass, scoring 5 goals by half time. Wilson’s came out fighting in the second half, adapting to the challenges of playing on a different surface. However, with resolute defending and lovely passages of play through the midfield Headfort went on to score 2 more goals.
Well done girls on two super performances and we look forward to welcoming St Gerard’s in a friendly on Tuesday 10th December.