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Science Week

We did an amazing experiment for Science week. We placed skittles around in a circle on a plate and then poured warm water over them. It created a beautiful rainbow when the skittles dissolved.

Then we tried it on our own. Teacher gave us each a plastic cup and a skittle. We put the skittle in the cup and poured warm water on top. We were amazed to see the water in the cup change colour.

Icing buns

We iced buns today. Teacher brought in icing sugar and we mixed it with water to make icing. We had to mix it for a very long time. Phew! Then we put it on top of the buns with a smartie to decorate. As soon as the icing was dry, we were able to eat our buns. Yum, yum!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

We had so much fun carving our pumpkin.

We discovered that pumpkins have seeds inside. We’ll plant these and hopefully they will grow. (Fingers crossed everyone!)

Look at how proud we are!

We have mini pumpkins also that we will carve in our classrooms and bring home to our families.         

 

Club Ceoil

On the 12th of December some of the teachers from Club Ceoil came in to play some Traditional Irish Music. We had a really enjoyable morning and got to listen to Abby on the violin, Paul on the concertina and keyboard and Jim on the guitar! We also heard Maurice playing the banjo and Ryan played the bodhrán for us! We thank Ryan’s dad again for a wonderful morning! Big happy birthday to Niamh and Oisín who turn 12 today!!!  Enjoy the pictures below!

 

6th Class WWII Project!!

On Friday the 1st of December, 6th class presented their WWII projects to a few other classes and to the parents. Each pupil chose a topic they were interested in and presented it as seen in the pictures below. Thank you again to Ryan’s dad for visiting us and helping us with our projects as seen in one of our previous blogs. Please enjoy the pictures below!

Thank you to Ryans dad!!

            On Thursday the 16th of November our class had a really enjoyable morning with Maurice Dineen who is Ryan’s Dad. We have been learning about the World Wars and Maurice spoke to use about his family members who took part in World War I and 2.Maurice brought in an amazing amount of historical items and we were all fascinated by his stories. We heard of Ryan’s three great gran uncles who died in World War I and looked at their death certificates, mortuary cards and other paraphernalia including their war medals and we even got to see a soldiers small book belonging to Ryan’s great gran uncle John Roche. We were also fascinated to see a little tin box which the Queen gave as a present to the soldiers filled with either cigarettes or chocolate. We had such an enjoyable morning and learned loads. In fact we have been so inspired that we decided to do a class project on World War II and we would like to invite parents and relatives of our class to come to the halla next Friday December 1st to have a look at all our hard work.

            Thanks so much to Maurice and Ryan. Looking forward to seeing lots of you on Friday!!

Thank you to Lee’s Dad!

On Friday the 17th of November we had another great visitor to our class. Lee Murphy’s Dad visited us and he brought a huge variety of creatures for us to see. He told us all about them and we really enjoyed holding the animals and learning all about them. We saw a number of really cute bunnies as you will see in the photos! We also saw turtles known as terapin and lizards including a Chinese cave gheko and Bearded Dragon. Our classroom honestly resembled a pet shop and it was a very enjoyable and informative morning. Thank you so much to Lee’s Dad for taking the time to bring these into us. In the next few weeks we will be concentrating on report writing in our class and we will write about our favourites. We will put these on our blog so watch this space!!!

Hope you enjoy our photos!

Happy Halloween!

What a lovely last day we had! Bhí drama deas againn as Gaeilge. Lee and James got the rings from the barmbrack. We really enjoyed the jazz band especially Afrin and Iffat from our class! Well done girls!!!

Thank you!

Thanks so much to Reece’s Mum Kathy for the beautiful home baking!! We really enjoyed it!

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.