The Blackmore family got busy over lockdown with this project. It's a model of the crannóg in Cragganowen in Co Clare.
Crannógs were man made islands usually built on lakes and on which people built their houses during the Iron Age.
The Blackmores went to an incredible amount of detail with their model with both boys and their Dad involved in modelling various aspects of the build. Boats and beds were made from márla, the base from two pieces of timber and fire cement. Locally collected branches became trees. They even fashioned an ancient oven or fulacht fia was out of the sand and PVA surface, and a spit.
And all those woven fences demanded a huge level of patience and dexterity, as did the look out tower.
Best of all, the Crannóg has been presented to our school by the Blackmores.
We are delighted to have this model for our school. It has pride of place in our library at the moment and will be a treasure and an information point for many years to come.
Thanks to the Blackmores for their very kind donation!
The boys in Mr Duffy's class are all making their Christmas cards for residents in Moorehall Nursing home. They're enjoying colouring their cards and also writing to let the recipients know just about what life is like for a typical eight year old these days.
Yes, the cards will be quarantined before reaching the residents. And the hope is to build on the connection between the generations-we have so much to learn from one another.
Meet the boomwhackers! The boys in Ms McWeeney's class are making music together. Each length of pipe is tuned to a particular note in the scale. The trick is to whack it hard- and at the right time!
Ready boys? "Joy to the World...."
Hurrah for footpaths! We can walk down to our parish church now! On this crisp winter's morning we enjoyed our 2.48 km ramble past the old red brick school and met Mornington playgroup on their morning walk!
We got a glimpse of Beaulieu House on the other side of the River Boyne and passing Mornington Park, Donacarney Woods and Glen Boann we finally arrived at the Star of the Sea Church.
The boys went to see the crib there and to look around the church itself. They met another surprise visitor on their way-long time veteran of Donacarney school caretaking staff Patricia Black.
All agreed that it was a tour worth taking. And yes, that footpaths can keep us all connected.
Mr Ryan's class are in full flow as they trot around the footprints in our backyard every day. Inspired by the Daily Mile Initiative, our track consists of .25 of a kilometer of painted footprints.
And instead of running a mile, the boys take four laps to run at least one kilometre every day. Walking is permitted too of course!
The main thing is to get out there and have fun!
We hoisted the Daily Mile Flag yesterday along with Olivia Bennett, Board of Management representative and Cilles Athletic Club member. Olivia is a veteran of four marathons and presented each boy with lovely medals from Cilles for all their regular running efforts.
Also in our photos is Mrs Eimíle Byrne, Assistant Principal, who led this initiative from 2018. We have lots of keen runners in our school but also a commitment to fitness for everyone.
Let's keep moving!
Best of luck to Andrey in the European Chess Championships! Andrey won the Leinster League this year and of course the finals will be played online for the year that's in it!
Indeed, our Chess Room lies silent this year as we stick with the rules which keep us safe.
But we're looking forward to scenes like this again in 2021 when Andrey and his companions can join in the fun, strategic thinking and concentration which this great game demands.
Best of luck in the European Finals Andrey!
The European Chess Final is over and Andrey came 19th out of 72 competitors! Well done Andrey on a magnificent performance. Now, all we need is to get the whole school back playing chess again!
This season of Advent is the time for waiting. We await the celebration of Jesus's birth on 25th December and all of the joy, sharing and giving that goes with that.
In preparation for that, our school is happily festooned with our Christmas art and decorations.
And we are also preparing little celebrations of the season in every classroom. Normally we would have our very popular Christmas Fair and also our Christmas Concert at this time of the year. Instead, we will share mini concerts, projects and plays online with parents via Google Classroom and See Saw.
But we are eagerly looking forward to Christmas too. Our celebrations will be quieter this year but all the sweeter for us getting to the end of this term safely. We are so grateful to be together here in school, grateful for parents respecting the rules which keep us safe, and to our boys and our staff who have whole heartedly adapted to the new routines demanded of them.
Let's wait now, prepare for a great Christmas and keep one another safe.