Official Opening of our Sensory Corridor
Over the last few months, we here at SS Peter and Paul JNS have been busy creating a sensory space that can be used and enjoyed by all of our students.
Sensory spaces can improve skills such as balance and hand-
In order to achieve the ideal space that would benefit all our students, one of our talented teachers, Mrs Heffernan, together with our fantastic Student Council, brainstormed ideas. It was decided to transform a plain, white hallway into a jungle themed sensory corridor. Our Student Council, which is comprised of students from Junior Infants up to Second Class, came up with the idea and Mrs Heffernan immediately got to work to make it a reality. They wanted the area to become more colourful and child friendly so, firstly, our caretaker, Pshemeck, painted all the doors in bright, vibrant colours. This enables the children to easily identify the location of the various classrooms.
Sensory equipment was then added such as dome mirrors, a bubble lamp and fine motor wooden games.
Work then started on transforming the bare walls. We were extremely fortunate to have local artist Alison O Grady sketch and paint the jungle scene onto the walls, then both herself and Mrs Heffernan painted lots of jungle creatures to bring the scene to life.
The last task was to create a sensory pathway on the floor. We employed a local company "Retink Graphics" to print and install our design, which beautifully compliments our jungle themed walls. The sensory pathway incorporates a range of gross motor activities which enable the students to get moving whilst also having fun.
Once completed, we had an official opening on Monday 17th June. Representatives from the Local Council, Board of Management, Parents' Association, St Molagas', members of the Student Council and our own staff were all in attendance.The principal, Ms Whelan, thanked everyone for coming and thanked Mrs Heffernan and the Student Council for all their hard work.
The only thing left to do was for Mrs Heffernan to cut the ribbon, which she gladly did and welcomed everyone in to the Jungle to explore it for themselves!
We look forward to our new Sensory Corridor capturing the imaginations of all current and future students in the years ahead.
A BIG thank you to all our Student Council members on all their fantastic ideas to make the school a happier place to be.
Ms Whelan (Principal) thanked all the staff for working so hard this year and officially opened the new corridor to everyone.
Mrs Heffernan together with student from SS Peter and Paul JNS got ready to cut the ribbon!
3, 2, 1...and it's open!!!
Student Council help design Sensory Corridor
We are delighted to have our very first Student Council in SS Peter and Paul JNS. The children were chosen by their peers to represent their class and express their views on how we can improve our school.
The first cohort of 8 were chosen for the month of February, they represent Ms Ní Mhaonaigh's Junior Infants, Ms O Regan's Senior Infants, Mrs O Connor's First Class and Mr Gallagher's Second Class. The members will then be rotated every month to represent all the classes.
For the month of February the Student Council were asked to give their thoughts and share their ideas on how we could improve the hallway in the Senior Infant building. They came up with some amazing ideas. The first thing they all agreed on was that the area needed more colour!!! So we chose the different paint colours and Pshemeck, our fantastic caretaker, painted the classroom doors over the midterm break. The next thing we will be looking at is how to make the walls and floor more child friendly. So watch this space everyone!!
February Student Council Members
Our February Student Council members are:
Alex McCoy Perry, Abbie Donnelly, Eli Behan, Kacie-
Our freshly painted colourful doors!
March Student Council Members
For the month of March, Mrs Adderley's Junior Infants, Ms Donnelly's Senior Infants, Ms McNamee's First Class and Ms O Donnell's Second Class were represented.
Our March Student Council members are:
Prince Jamie Ibezim, Amber Larkin, Olivier Wolak, Eimear O Leary, Jacob Behan.Ruby Hammond, Grace Bassett, Michael Dunne.
The next thing we will be looking at is how to make the walls and floor more child friendly.
The Student Council decided it would be great to have some toys in the hallway to play with, so we chose some fantastic sensory toys to put on the wall.
More Sensory Toys
We then decided to add some sensory lights to bright the space up.
For the months of April/May, Ms Feeney's Junior Infants, Ms Moore's Senior Infants, Ms Meehan's First Class and Ms Knowles' Second Class were represented.
They were continuing on the great work of our previous months' Student Councils and were asked of ways to help improve our sensory corridor. They thought painting the walls was a great idea and loved the "Jungle" theme. Here they are with our fantastic artist Alison O Grady. She is doing a wonderful job painting the walls to create our Jungle themed corridor.
Our April/May Student Council members are:
Joe Casey, Ellen Murphy, Evan Reilly, Emily Coll, Adam Mellows, Mollie Marie Coyne, Fiadh Crowley Smith and Liam Lynch.
Our Jungle corridor is really coming together now.
Alison started off by drawing sketches on the all with chalk.
She then started to paint the trees.
She then started to bring the trees to life by adding foliage and grasses.
Once the trees and plants were painted the animals started to appear.
May/June Student Council members
For the months of May/June, Ms Harrington's Junior Infants, Ms O Brien's Senior Infants, Ms Manions' First Class and Mrs Cummins' Second Class were represented.
Our May/June Student Council members are:
Maria Groza, Jonathan Silva-
They are the last cohort of the year and their job was to help finish creating our Sensory Corridor. The last task was to design the sensory pathway on the floor. We wanted it to involve a range of gross motor activities and also to tie in with our Jungle theme. So we brainstormed a range of body movements such as jumping, hopping, crawling etc and used these in our pathway. We were very fortunate to get local company called ReTink Graphics (Balrothery) to work with us. They set about creating and printing our ideas.
As we decorate our corridor with beautiful images of butterflies and dragonflies we remember our dear friend and colleague
who passed away in August 2010.
"Even though you flew away, in our souls you will forever stay"