A huge "Thank you!" to all who supported out Christmas Fair! It was hugely successful and on so many levels.
The Cake Sale and Coffee Morning tables were beautifully decorated by our talented staff, while the walls of our hall were colourfully embellished with our boys`artwork. Our staff and parents supplied an abundance of cakes and confectionery for the Cake Sale.
A team from the Parents`Association manned the coffee dock and this aspect of the morning was particularly enriching as so many people gathered to sit and chat to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy our school.
Meanwhile, over at our Hamper Stall, Ms Brennan and her team of helpers had assembled a fabulous array of hampers for the afternoon`s raffle. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supplied goodies for these hampers and to businesses in our community who donated prizes, hampers and vouchers.
Our Students`Council learned the fine art of selling with their supplies of biscuits and squash. The profits from their stall go straight to their fund for improvements they have voted for in our school. The Erasmus Club also profited from the sale of their Newgrange inspired pottery and from sharing their knowledge about our UNESCO sites with interested visitors to their stall.
In total the day`s profit was just shy of €3,500. This money will fund classroom resources, our Aistear programme, library stick and musical instruments.
But, really, best of all is having our whole school community coming together to work on this annual event. We are especially grateful to parents Eimear Donnelly, Ruth Sherry, Alexia Davis, Gillian Malone, Gemma Carton, Emma-Joy Phelan and Fiona McDonald for giving up their morning to work with us. Thanks also, to all our staff who baked and bought so many goodies for the day and also devoted their time and talent to this event.
Warm yourself over our turf fire, try your luck with our fabulous hamper raffle, and catch up with old friends and new ones at our Christmassy coffee dock. Yes, tomorrow is the Big Day, when our Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale will see the doors of our hall opening to everyone at 10 am.
The whole school have worked hard to turn our hall into an inviting space for everyone. The tables are beautifully decorated with table cloths and with Mrs Byrne`s Christmas centrepieces. Meanwhile, the walls are adored by artwork which has been inspired by such painters as Pollack, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Matisse, Warhol and Munch. Oh, there are other artists too and it is an education for all of us to take a good look around and get a great sense, from each boy`s work of the artist`s unique style.
This is a great place to meet and greet one another. Our wonderful Parents Association will be on hand with coffee, tea, biscuits and lots of chat. Our Students`Council will also be on hand to sell orange and biscuits to the little ones. And our Erasmus Club will sell their neolithic inspired crafts while informing you all about their exciting project.
Ms Brennan and her helpers have an array of hampers is on display, ready for despatch to the lucky winners of our raffle in the afternoon..
Raffle tickets are still on sale. €2 for one strip of five tickets. €5 for three strips. And every class will have a chance to visit the hall tomorrow morning to select some goodies for themselves.
Looking forward to meeting you all!
The Great Bake Off is underway all around Mornington and beyond, as we get ready to host our annual Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale!
With Christmas music, our beautifully decorated hall and coffee dock area, we are also hoping that you will come and meet one another on this really special occasion.
This year we will build up our Aistear supplies, our Library stock and classroom resources along with investing in some musical instruments for our school.
The Coffee morning runs from 10-12noon. Our Students`Council will be on hand to serve orange and biscuits to the little ones. The Erasmus club will display their craft work on a very special Neolithic theme. And, if you get here on time, you will see the gingerbread men which our Cookery Club made to sell on the day.
We will welcome all baked or bought goodies. Maybe it`s a chance for the budding bakers in your family to make rice krispie buns for this very special Christmas celebration. Label all tins and boxes with your child`s name and class if you need them to be returned.
We`re looking forward to meeting you there!
Once a month our whole school gathers in our school hall to celebrate the achievements and efforts of our pupils. This assembly is run by our assembly committee, Ms McWeeney, Mrs Quinn, Mrs Lohan and Ms Milne.
Every month we have a theme for the individual awards.
Last week we celebrated our November theme: Science. Boys from every class was chosen to receive certificates for their efforts in developing science skills. Boys from Fourth class also gave a presentation to the school on their learning in science and on their work during Science Week.
Assembly is a great time to remind ourselves of the values we hold dear in our school:learning, creativity, co-operation and caring for ourselves and for one another. Our Students Council, our Erasmus club, our early morning hurlers, along with boys who volunteered to help around the school all got a special mention during last week`s assembly.
Tristan, in Mr. Duffy`s class was the recipient of two awards: one for his efforts in Science and another for learning Spanish and Irish in recent months. It is wonderful to see such delight in learning.
The theme for our December assembly is Art. Every class is learning about a particular artist and will decorate the hall with their representations of that artist`s particular style. We will surely be surrounded with colour and creativity for our next Assembly!
Great news from UNESCO this morning! Hurling and camogie have joined the ranks of cultural activities that have attained UNESCO status. As UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) is charged with keeping peace between nations and ensuring that their educational, scientific and cultural treasures are looked after, it`s good to see hurling up there as a tradition worthy of preservation.
This status now means that our government must engage in good safeguarding practices for the game. Is it too optimistic to hope that the Department of Education might throw a few bob our way for some hurling equipment? At €70 a pop, those all essential hurling helmets are expensive and a good hurley costs €30.
Luckily, we`ve got a superb team of in-house coaches on board who give their time for free. And a band of parents who are committed to ensuring that they boys are in school around 8am for hurling training.
Here in our school hurling training has commenced this week and is open to anyone from fifth or sixth class once week.
It is said that the first recorded game of hurling took place between the ancient Irish tribes of the Firbolg and the Tuatha de Danann two thousand years ago in Co Mayo. We`re doing our bit to keep this great game alive!
As part of their scientific investigations last week, Ms. Mullen`s Sixth Class made parachutes. Using material, string and some unsuspecting toy teddies, the boys predicted the effects of a range of variables on the motion of their parachutes.
Would longer strings improve flight?
What effect would a change of fabric have on the parachute?
Would the size of the parachute sail make difference?
Like all good scientists, they carefully measured each variable before predicting what the outcome might be.
Then, it was time for a test flight. Our double height stairwell proved an ideal testing ground. Assembling around the stairwell, the unsuspecting teddies were attached to their parachutes and released for the test flight.
And the results? The scientists concluded that the parachutes fared better if made from a heavier material. The best parachute shape was rectangular rather than square or circular. Eight strings were better than six. Medium length strings were best and finally, the bigger the chute the better.
Best of all, no teddy suffered during this experiment, apart from mild trauma on take off!
And the class will create the ultimate parachute this week, using all the evidence from their investigation.
Junior Infants investigated breathing during Science week. And made pictures out of their results.
They know how to take great big rainbown breaths in their yoga practice. They know that they breathe using their lungs in their bodies. They investigated just how far they could blow paint in art using a straw, their great big rainbow breaths and paint, of course.
The results were some very scary monsters!
Being a scientist is great fun!
We are lucky enough in our school to have a parent who can give us access to an electron microscope. The Hitachi microscope was in our school for the past two weeks. So we made sure to make as much use as possible out of it for our Science week.
This microscope measures objects in microns. 1 million microns in a metre and 1 Billion nanometers in a metre! So the average width of a human hair is 80 microns.
Our pictures here show one of our third classes during their visit to our Science room to see the electron microscope at work. Ms Campbell set up the microscope to show a highly magnified spider's leg and the boys set to work capturing the image with their drawings and recording what the various parts of the leg were.
The marvels of the natural world were presented in an entirely different perspective with this microscope. One which will hopefully inspire our scientists in the months and years ahead.