Last month, our ‘Free Pre-School Year’ class finished for the Summer. Some of these children will be moving onto primary school in September. Jenny (Dolphin room Class teacher) has been preparing them for this transition. To celebrate the children graduating … Continue reading →
Our Senior Summer Project attendees are having a ball this Summer. So far, they have taken part in Laser Tag, Horse Riding, a Scavenger Hunt and many, many more activities. Check out the site for regular updates.
Volunteer Appreciation Night – ‘Ozanam House Volunteer Dinner Party’ – June 14th in Ozanam House Last month, we are celebrated all of the great work of our volunteers by throwing a ‘Dinner Party’ here in Ozanam House. We cooked some delicious … Continue reading →
We have had an exciting World Cup so far with some great matches. As we head into the semis, the competition is really hotting up. However the real competition is in the Ozanam House World Cup Forecast.
Want to see how you are doing? Head on over to the Leader-board to find out. The winning prize is still up for grabs as well the lucky dip prizes.
This is our collage of the stones we created for the Poverty Stone Project. In April of this year, our parent’s Breakfast Club met with Together In Dignity and we had an interesting discussion about poverty, its impact and how we need to work together to solve the crisis.
The children love trains so we visited Connolly Station and to take a train journey to Dun Laoghaire;
Recently, the Meerkat and Koala preschool classes have been really interested in trains. They began by building train tracks to play with and looking at trains in books. Because of this interest, we visited Connolly Station to look at the trains and the tracks and how we buy tickets.
The following week, all of our children and their parents came with us for a trip on the train to Dun Laoghaire. It was so exciting we even thought we saw a shark as we passed through Sandymount! We spent a lovely couple of hours in Dun Laoghaire and then travelled back to Connolly Station, tired and happy.
We’d like to thank Iarnrod Eireann and the staff at Connolly Station for their help in making our day out so much fun and such a success.
Every month, our aim is that the Active Retirement Group goes on an outing. Since Christmas, we have had some great trips.
On the last Friday of the month, 22 of our group met in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar for their monthly Wild Strawberries movie – for a very generous €4.75 the IFI offers a cinema ticket and a tea/coffee to senior citizens on Friday mornings at the end of every month. We started our morning with a beverage at 10am accompanied by a finger of lemon drizzle cake and took our seats before the movie started at 11am. The film this month was ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, a quirky warm hearted tale from New Zealand – highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.
We met at 10am in the Silk Road Café in the Chester Beatty Library for a cuppa and a scone before our pre-arranged guided tour of the collections in the Chester Beatty Library. Afterwards, we strolled to the Powerscourt Centre and attended a lunch time play in Bewleys Café Theatre (currently residing on the top floor of the Powerscourt Centre). The play was called ‘Looking Deadly’ and told the tale of two feuding funeral directors.
Our starting point was Ozanam House at 10am. We strolled to the new Luas stop on Parnell Street and took the tram all the way to the Dundrum Shopping Centre. We then had a cuppa before some browsing in the shops. This was followed by a game of crazy golf in the Rainforest Adventure Golf venue. We had a small bite to eat there after our game, a toastie with a cuppa. We had some time for more window shopping before meeting up at 3pm to get the Luas back to the city centre.
Once a year, the Active Retirement Group join with groups from other areas to attend a social event organized by ‘Third Age’ in Summerhill, Co. Meath. The afternoon started with a tasty two course lunch after which the Frank McDonnell band (ex Joe Dolan band) took to the stage. They played and sang an eclectic bunch of old favourites. The dance floor filled quickly and was hopping until finish time. An enjoyable and active afternoon was had by all.
In February, we celebrated the Chinese New Year by having a meal in Lee Kee restaurant on Parnell Street. The people there were so nice and welcoming. Our preschool class made the journey down to bring in the Year of the Dog.
This is part of our community learning. We like the children to engage with their local community and make it their own. A big part of what we do is exploring. This involves visiting shops and restaurants and getting to know what is around them. Luckily, the North Inner-City is a vibrant place and there is plenty to explore. It’s all about getting out there and embracing what it has to offer and at the same time having fun. It also builds confidence in the children and it is important for them to know they are part of their community.
Afterwards, we joined the other gclasses and had a party celebrating the Chinese New Year and heard a story about a young boy from China. This is all part of embracing all cultures in the centre. The parents are an enormous part of this and we try to involve them as much as possible.
Our Active Retirement Group and our Childcare PreSchool Classes come together to share an Easter tradition in Ozanam House:
One of our traditions in the centre is the knitting of the Easter chicks. The Active Retirement Group spend a lot of time making these and much care and attention goes into the process.They then present these to our other chicks – our childcare pre-school children. This is a great way of getting our most senior and most junior members together. The joy on the children’s faces as they collect their chicks has long been one of our highlights of the year. The Chocolate Egg’s inside probably have something to do with this!
After the children received their chicks, we had a sing-song with Old McDonald’s farm ringing through the hall. A truly great morning for all of us.
Health and Food Awareness
We have been learning about our bodies and how to keep them healthy and happy. Part of taking care of our bodies is healthy eating so we decided to prepare our own dinner.
The children chose veggie burgers as a healthy dinner to make. We learnt a lot from preparing our vegetables and making dinner! Some of the areas covered were numeracy, science, turn taking, independence and most importantly how our bodies work!
Last week, we competed in a Scavenger Hunt around the building, but first, we had our traditional circle time. We discussed our energy levels, our moods and what our favourite activity at the beach was. Some of our favourites are counting crabs, throwing stones into the sea and snorkelling.
After learning the rules of the Scavenger Hunt, the children were on their way exploring. The Scavenger Hunt took place in many different rooms in this old Georgian house. The goal of the game was to crack the code and count the number of objects hidden around the rooms. These were pictures of slush puppies, ice creams, etc. They had to be quick though, they had five minutes to count all the objects and break the code.
This activity helps develop a number of skills in the children. The groups have to cooperate as a team to complete the different tasks. It also creates healthy competition as they had to complete the objectives within the time-frame, although everyone was a winner. Something that is very important and something we always try to do is to get the children familiar with Ozanam House itself. Using the entire house for different games is a great way of getting the children comfortable with their environment and their community.