Please see the PDF below - a message from the Education Minister.
Within the ICT Department this year we have been making great strides in developing our levels of equipment and improving our skills. We have invested heavily in ensuring all classes have at least two computers and two iPads as well as a teacher iPad. We have also a batch of iPads ready for any group activities that classes may wish to undertake.
We were delighted last year to be partnered with the AMMA centre here in Armagh, and entered into a number of collaborative projects in the use of Green Screen and apps such as Garage Band and ChatterPix.
As a follow up to this we have also invested in our own green screen frame and backdrop which classes will be able to use for their own projects in the future.
More recently, we were delighted to be approached by Loughgall and District Improvement Association who worked on our behalf to access a grant offered by ABC Council, to help with the purchase of equipment to aid any pupils that may have to self-isolate or learn from home due to Covid-19. We were delighted to accept a cheque which will be used to purchase iPads and other equipment. We welcomed Arnold Hatch from LAIDA & the recently appointed Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council, Alderman Glenn Barr for the cheque presentation.
On Friday 4th June we held a Summer themed Play Day. All the pupils were thoroughly engaged in a range of play activities and it was great to see all of the classes enjoying the great weather outdoors.
'Play is the highest form of research' - Albert Einstein
In Lisanally we are committed to the well-being of our pupils and aim to promote happiness and relieve stress. Mindfulness is a beneficial practice which encourages pupils to focus and engage in the present. We celebrated Mindfulness and Well-being Day in our school with a variety of special activities which supported pupils in developing awareness of their own senses, feelings and emotions and taught them calming techniques and relaxation exercises. It was a great success!
On Monday 24th May we celebrated our Roald Dahl Day in school. The boys and girls had a fun filled day with lots of activities. Many of the pupils were very excited to come to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl characters. We had Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Mr Willy Wonka to name but a few. The pupils had the opportunity to make some delicious treats that certainly went down well. They also participated in completing a wide variety of Art and messy play activities as well as pre writing and themed Numeracy tasks. I think it is fair to say that a great day was had by all!!
On Friday 14th May we celebrated Maths Fun Day. We did a lot of practice on our measuring skills through a variety of activities. We completed a worksheet with numbers which are significant to us; our height, date of birth, shoe size, house number and so on. Some of us used a tape measure to find out how tall we are while others lay down and drew around our bodies and then measured from head to toe. It was great fun! We measured out ingredients to make Oreo cupcakes which were delicious! Our artwork had a mathematical theme of course! We made our very own watches and did some lovely symmetry paintings. We cut out and stuck together templates to make robots. We did some emoji addition and subtraction activities also. The weather allowed us to take part in an outdoor Maths scavenger hunt. Much fun was had by all as you can see in the photos below.
All pupils and staff had the opportunity to participate in a whole school virtual Zumbathon, on Friday 28th May. Our theme was Colourful & Funky. All pupils and staff had great fun.
On Thursday 27th May we had a dedicated day to ‘Road Safety.’
Road Safety plays an important role in shaping the attitudes and behaviours of children and young people – ensuring they become responsible passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness about traffic rules and ultimately to keep our pupils safe while they are out and about.
All classes throughout the school got involved. Some classes explored the topic through play, some classes did art lessons and some classes even baked.
Have a look at our fabulous photos.
Walking Challenge for Action Cancer
On Monday 10th May – Friday 14th May, all pupils took part in a five-day walking challenge. We decided to set ourselves a goal to walk 40 miles which is 84,480 steps (the distance from Lisanally Special School to Belfast City) in 5 days! It was a perfect activity to celebrate National Walking Month in May and raise money for Action Cancer. Each class kept a log of steps they walked during their Daily Mile for the 5 days.
At the end of the week all classes had a combined total of 159,355 steps. As a whole school community, we managed to raise £310 for Action Cancer. Well done and a massive thank you to all involved and for the kind donations.