The boys in Ms Carragher`s and Ms Smith`s classes have been working very hard on their Titanic projects. We are fairly certain that a lot of the Mams, Dads, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties have been working hard on the projects too!
The standard of the passenger liners sailing into our school is second to none.
All week, they have been sailing in, some replete with icebergs and oceans. One liner even has its very own Jack and Rose standing on deck!
The boys are so excited about their project. They know all about the ill-fated voyage in fine detail. The have followed her journey from the Harland and Wolff ship making factory in Belfast, through to Southampton and onwards across the vast ocean towards America in 1912.
They have learnt some interesting facts about the Titanic. It was lit by approximately 10,000 lightbulbs. There were four lifts on board. And two dogs were saved before the ship went down.
Some of the boys visited the Titanic Museum in Belfast over the mid term break and got even more information there. Sounds like a fun day out!
Mark McCabe from the Skip `n Rope company kept us all on our toes last week with his fantastic skipping workshops. Every boy in the school got an opportunity to watch Mark demonstrate some really cool moves with a skipping rope. And then the fun really got started!
Each class took their turn to troop to the hall and practise skipping rope in a variety of fashions. Skipping has terrific benefits...
It was great to witness so many boys make a superb effort to try out different moves with their ropes and to really improve their skipping. Lots of boys also purchased ropes on the day and there has been a huge upsurge in boys skipping out in our yard, so much so that we have allocated sections of our yard just for skipping. Some of the boys have become super speedy and super skilled skippers already!
Great to see!
Thanks to Ms Brennan for organizing this and to Mark McCabe for his superb workshops!
Our boys took on Scoil Bradáin Feasa last week in a Cooney Cup Gaelic Football league match. Piltown GAA grounds were the venue, and the glorious sunshine put a spring in the step of all of the boys as they tore around the pitch in search of some vital points.
Our goalie was under serious pressure from the opposition and by half time we were one point down. The boys in both teams played their parts well in search of victory. Both sides displayed a great combination of determination and sportsmanship and encouraged their team mates both on the pitch and of it.
At the end of the day, it was a draw match, putting us in joint second position. Here's hoping we qualify for the semi-final!
Mr Arthur and Mr Culligan coach the teams along with Mr Ryan, Mr. Duffy and Mr. Lynch in our weekly 8am sessions, with Mr Arthur and Mr Culligan in charge of mentoring and managing the teams on the match outings. And we are especially grateful to the parents who support our teams from dropping them to the early morning sessions, to transporting them to matches and to cheering them on from the sideline. Thanks to all!
Fourth Class had a fantastic time at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin yesterday. They had been working on their science project for months exploring the question "Do Plants Have Feelings?" . The Science Blast Off event was their opportunity to reveal their findings to the public.
Two hundred and fifty primary schools from all around Ireland participated in the show. It was superbly organized and the boys had a great time going to the various science shows, and visiting the wide variety of exhibitions and presentations in the arena.
Read the captions to see what they got up to! And what the judges thought of their project!
Congratulations to our Quiz team from Fourth Class who did us proud on Friday evening in Ashbourne. The team battled bravely against their schools from the Meath Chapter to emerge five eight points below the winning team after the first half.
The second half featured a more challenging series of questions. They seemed to suit our team, however. The final scoreboard had them up there in third place, just one point behind St Mary's Primary Parish School.
Unfortunately, in this competition, just first and second qualify for the Leinster Final. But our lads had a great night, and each of them returned home €20 richer and, with a determination to build on their quiz knowledge for the next big battle!
We`re always proud to see our pupils doing well, and so we were delighted to welcome back Endy and Cian, when they arrived at our school this week.
Keen to talk to our boys about their latest successes in Gaelic football, Endy and Cian were accompanied by Oisín, David, and Sam, their team mates from the U16 Meath squad. Their trophy haul was impressive: Cian showed the Gerry Reilly cup from their U16 win against Cavan, David spoke about the Leinster Minor Championship trophy and Endy talked about the Cilles victory in the U15 division 1 Meath Championship.
The five lads answered a range of questions from our boys about their approach to training, fitness and proper nutrition. They spoke about what it was like stepping out onto the pitch at Croke Park and facing their toughest teams.
Coach, Níall Kane hammered home the important message of the day: Our pupils today can be champions on the pitch in a very short time. They need to keep good fitness, training and health habits now!
Looking forward to seeing future champs return to us with more victories!
Our Erasmus Club are working very hard on the International Project. We have teamed up with four other European schools to explore the UNESCO sites of Lithuania, Sicily, Poland and the Czech Republic.
And we are so lucky to have a magnificent UNESCO site on our doorstep! Ancient burial site of the Neolithic people, Brú na Boinne is at the heart of Ireland`s Ancient East and deeply important to the generations of people who lived along the bend of the Boyne right up to the present day.
Our Third Classes are still full of tales of their recent trip to Newgrange. Accompanied by their teachers, Mrs Lohan, Mr Lynch and Mr Martin, and by our Erasmus Club, they had done a lot of preparation for the trip. They had learnt all about the the construction of the ancient burial site. They know how Wicklow quartz had been brought along the east coast and upriver to the site. And marvel at the methods used to haul boulders from Clogherhead to become a vital part of the tomb's construction.
Met by guides at the Visitor Centre, they were excited to see the reconstructed interior of the monument within the centre. But the biggest thrill of the day was to arrive at the tomb itself, to stand inside the darkened 5,000 year old tomb and watch the first beams of light illuminating the ancient stone carvings, just as the sunlight does at Solstice.
Newgrange Visitor Centre is open all year around and is a terrific place for family outings. We are so lucky to have it on our doorstep!
Fifth Class hurlers did us proud yesterday in Curragha. For many of them, it was their very first hurling match and, although the ground was heavy going at times, they battled with great sportsmanship.
The Curragha team played with great spirit too. A small school, they fielded some of their junior players on the day and gave a great display of hurling skills and of fair play.
Our lads were ahead by a couple of points by half time. But Curragha pulled away in the second half, gaining some ground over Donacarney. Our boys kept their nerve, however, and, with a steady clash of the ash, they fought back to bring the sides to a draw before the ref blew the final whistle.
Ms Smith`s First Class had a great time trying out our new Handball Wall on Friday! This is our indoor wall. It was expertly constructed by Martin O'Donnell using reclaimed timber. Our wonderful parents and school community paid for it through the fundraising efforts of our Parents' Association. And we are just thrilled with it!
This will be a great addition to our PE programme. Our PA are also funding our new outdoor handball wall which should be in place over the coming weeks.
Our Internet Safety Day was a success with pupils from Second to Sixth classes very engaged with our Cyber Safety presentations from Zeeko. Thank you to all those parents who attended the presentation yesterday evening! The report on our boys`internet usage raised some interesting statistics and discussion!
As teachers, we too are concerned at the amount of time some of our pupils are devoting to online gaming. Spending hours on games on their devices can have a negative impact on their health, their relationships, their families and on their education. Parents are encouraged to communicate and engage with their children about their online activities.
Zeeko describe parents and guardians as the digital leaders of their children and to...
The pupils have all been advised to
Remember the Three P`s for social media and gaming:
P-Your Profile should not show your real name
P-have a really good password and change it regularly
P-keep your settings private
The Zeeko presenter also recommended two websites for parents:
and of course zeeko.ie