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.
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!!!
The New York Brass Band treated us to a workshop followed by an amazing performance in the school hall. Members of our school band played with the New York Brass Band. So proud of them! What a way to start the Cork Jazz Weekend.
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!!!
Thanks so much to Reece’s Mum Kathy for the beautiful home baking!! We really enjoyed it!
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 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
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!!!
We have been exploring the season of Autumn. We have been learning about Autumn colours and watching the leaves change on the trees in our school garden. On Friday we used autumn colours to paint Autumn Trees. First we used our handprints to make the tree trunk. Then we used cotton tips to print Autumn leaves falling off the trees. As you can see, we are really proud of them.