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Jack the Guide Dog

Jack the Guide Dog!

Written by Julia and Lisa.

On Friday the 13th, we received a visit from Tony who is part of the Irish Guide Dogs Association. Our school decided to support the Guide Dogs along with a fundraiser with the Barrs Club. They brought in a dog called Jack who was absolutely gorgeous! Tony told us that Jack was too playful and energetic to become a guide dog. Instead he is used to go to different schools and colleges to show what a guide dog is and to relieve stress from students before major exams. We learned that it takes about €40,000 to train a guide dog. The entire business costs about €5 million to run each year and about 85% of this is covered through fundraising. It takes about 3 weeks for a blind person to learn how to use a guide dog in the centre. It takes only one week for the parents of an autistic child to learn. The Association are currently looking for dog walkers to play with the dogs in the evening. Tony asked us to remember a few important points mainly to always keep the path clear of wheelie bins and not to park cars on the footpaths. Being vigilant of our surroundings is really important for blind people and is known as sight saving. We hope to do a fundraiser later in the year to help the Guide Dogs with their amazing work. Remember to visit the Irish Guide Dogs Website for more information.

 

 

Lord Mayor!

Lord Mayors Visit

On a cold Monday morning our school warmly welcomed Tony Fitzgerald, the present Lord Mayor of Cork for his annual visit.

The first thing the school did was sing the National Anthem, as the Lord Mayor requested. He then proceeded to talk about becoming healthier and eating healthy food. The school also learned that the golden chain the Lord Mayor wears is 230 Years old! After that the Lord Mayor began to hand out certificates for the best attendance. Afrin and Iffat from our class both received certificates! The Lord Mayor then announced that we had no homework and we were thrilled!! Lastly we said our goodbyes to the Lord Mayor and lots of people got to shake his hand!

Written by Damian

Elizabeth Fort!!!

Our trip to Elizabeth Fort

On Thursday the 28th of September the two sixth classes went on a historical trip to Elizabeth Fort in Barrack street.We were very lucky that the weather was gorgeous and everyone was very excited. Plunkett Carter a local historian and volunteer in our school showed us around Elizabeth Fort. While we were sauntering down Barrack street, Plunkett told us about the oldest house in Cork which was built in 1698. He also told us about the oldest pub in Ireland which was built in 1609. The first thing we saw was a post-box with a crown on it. Plunkett told us it had a crown because it represented England. The next thing we saw was the guillotine! My favourite part was the view we could see from the bridge. My all-time favourite was the spectacular view of St.Finbarrs Cathedral. Plunkett told us a legend that one day an angel will blow a horn and the whole world will abruptly end. Afterwards we went down to where the cannonballs were made. After having a quick look at the moulded cannonballs we moved on to the guillotine. We took funny pictures with everyone from both classes inside of the guillotine. It was great fun especially as our teachers said there would be a homework pass for the best person who looked most scared!!

 

Written by: Afrin and Niamh x

Hope you enjoy the pictures we took!!!

  

 

 

U.C.C. Tour!!!

On Tuesday the 14th of March 5th and 6th classes went on a very enjoyable tour of U.C.C. Firstly we were delighted to each be given a gown to wear for the tour as when the university first opened all students wore those gowns! We felt a bit like we were in a scene from Harry Potter!! We learned lots of history about U.C.C. We particularly enjoyed visiting the Aula Maxima where we saw all the really old books and the portraits of the presidents of U.C.C. We also visited the Honan Chapel and enjoyed looking at all the fabulous stained glass windows! We heard all about the Quad and we visited the observatory. We particularly enjoyed opening up the roof (see photos!) and seeing the roof turning on tracks!! To finish we all received our U.C.C. certificate and got our photos taken. We had a fantastic morning and look forward to being  students there in the future!!! Thanks U.C.C. for the goodie bags!!20170314_112950 20170314_114840 20170314_120047 20170314_120832 20170314_122630 20170314_122639 20170314_122939 20170314_123155 20170314_123230 20170314_125143

Art!!

We all had so much fun making these art pieces and we hope you enjoy our pictures!!!! 20170207_142039 20170207_142119 20170207_142157 20170207_142208 20170207_142241 20170207_142303 20170207_142312 20170207_142421 20170207_142501

Afrin’s birthday!

Afrin’s Birthday!!!!!!

 

On the 9th of February it was Afrin’s 11th birthday!!!!! Her parents brought in a big cake. Everyone including our teacher, Rachel and Michelle had a slice. The cake was so delicious, some people asked for seconds!! We all had so much fun and Afrin had a great time on her birthday.

 

We hope you enjoy some of the pictures!20170209_131455 20170209_131459 20170209_131537 20170209_131542

 

Junior Achievement Ireland!

Today we were delighted to have a visit from Aidan who came from Gas Network Ireland. He is an engineer. He will be visiting us for the next five weeks as part of Junior Achievement Ireland.

Today we learned about resources. We also played a really enjoyable board game about the different ones!

We are already looking forward to next week where we will learn about entrepreneurs!!

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