Animation as a Fun Learning Tool

Ciarán’s Shark Attack stop motion animation. Made with Stop Motion Studio on an iPhone 5 using Lego.

 

The above simple animation was created by Ciarán in 2nd class using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio (which is easy to use and can give instant results), a few pieces of Lego™ and a reading light. Stop Motion Studio is just one of many apps and programs that are available to allow children to make their own movies.

There are numerous educational benefits to using animation as a learning tool, not least the development of planning skills and problem solving skills. Children can also use these projects to develop communication skills through storytelling, build bridges and empathy through group collaboration, use their imagination to increase their self-expression whilst all the time growing their technical and presentation skills.

From all this they will develop pride in their work and show an increase in self-confidence in their abilities to engage with complex tasks.

Visit to Santa!

The junior children enjoyed a wonderful trip to see Santa who stopped off in St. Tiernan’s Secondary School for a brief visit. All the children received a drink and treats from Santa. Thank You Santa, we really had a great time!

First Holy Communion

Sunday18th May was a very special day for Ms. O’Loughlins Communion Class. The class, along with their parents, family members and friends gathered together in the Church of the Miraculous Medal, Bird Avenue Clonskeagh. They took part in a special mass during which they received the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Their teacher, S.N.A. Mrs Chester & parents, as well as the Church Community of Clonskeagh Parish along with Fr Kevin had helped to prepare them for the occasion.

A very special word of thanks to Mrs. Eileen Dunne, the parents’ representative who co-ordinated the preparations for the class. Thanks also to Mrs Collins and the choir and accompanists Mr Heneghan, Clare Walsh & Dou Dou Sheng. We congratulate all concerned and especially the girls and boys: Tegyn-Rose Butler, Demi-Leigh Curtis, Francine Dadivas, Oisin Derwin, Emma Dumie, Henry Fottrell, Charlie Murphy Leech, Sophie Maguire, Fionn McGovem and Jack Weadick.