STEM Discovery Week 2018
STEM Discovery Week 2018 was a joint international initiative that invites projects, organisations and schools across Europe and around the world, to celebrate careers and studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The tagline for the 2018 campaign “say yes to STEM” described the partners’ open-minded and dedicated support to STEM subjects at school, as well as wide-ranging collaboration among stakeholders in the area.
Mr Comer’s 4th & 5th class students were set the challenge to design a catapult, pully and paper airplane. It was a fun way to get children involved in STEM subjects.
Credit Union Competition
The U 13’s team receiving their prizes. A great achievement and reward for all their hard work!
The U 11’s team enjoying the table quiz.
The infamous Cecil Whelan joined us in Carlow Lawn Tennis Club in order to prepare for our first Handball Tournament.
Thank you to Mr.Corcoran for organising the lunch time school competition in order to choose the pupils who qualified to compete, to Cecil Whelan for coaching us voluntarily, to C.L.T.C. for providing a coaching venue, to the pupils who refereed the matches, and of course to parents who drove children to both training and the competition itself. Well done to those who participated at such a high standard, having never played before and with great success!
Congrats to Abbie Byrne who won our school spelling bee and competed in the regional competition. Can you spell pandemonium?
Our class being photographed at the grand opening of “The Core” centre. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in establishing what promises to be a great resource for the community.
Shared reading with Ms.Howard’s class.
Pancake Tuesday FUNdraising
Happy St.Brigid’s Day!
Anti-Bullying Drama Workshop
We say “NO” to bullying and learn the skills that equip us to deal with difficult situations.
Bank of Ireland ‘BizWorld’ Workshop
This week we participated in a two day enterprise and business development workshop. We worked in small teams and took on roles of Directors in a company. We were jointly responsible for coming up with new products and services. We had to communicate our businesses’ benefits and acquire investment in order to develop and market them.
The businesses we created:
- Console Crazya
- Super Stationary Shop
- Season’s Greetings
- World Sports Stars
Students applied for and assigned company jobs:
Students took into account marketing costs and companies tracked their finances (currency=BizBucks).
Students designed posters to advertise their businesses.
Students designed logos, slogans and business cards.
Console Crazya’s business cards:
Businesses made powerpoints in order to present their pitches to 6th class and the dragons:
The Super Stationary Shop’s powerpoint:
Each company presented their Pitch and marketing materials to the Dragons at the end of the workshop. They drove a hard bargain.
The class receiving their BizWorld certificates.
Members of “Rollog” who earned the largest number of BizBucks in return for 15% of their company!
Brazil is a colourful country,
Rio De Janeiro is by the sea.
Along the Amazon there’s a wild
Zoo with monkeys and bullfrogs too.
In the river there are fish and gators
Long and large.
On both sides of the Thames.
Never ending Metro maze.
Down the street,
Over the bridge,
Now it’s time to explore and eat.
By Billy Hurney, 5th
A Special Visitor at Christmas
A huge thank you to Santa for visiting us and giving us selection boxes when it is such a busy time of year for him. There was great excitement in the school when he arrived on the fire engine!
Hallowe’en Fun 2017 – 2018
County Carlow Museum
Creative Writing Workshop
We visited County Carlow Library as part of Carlow Arts Week. We met Caroline Bush, an author who just released her new book “The Ghosts of Magnificent Children.” There we learned all about Victorian times and took part in a Creative Writing Workshop.
Our name projects are a representation of who we are. Can you guess who owns which?
Stay tuned for the end result of our clay artwork
Investigating how sound travels
Recreating the Dead Sea
Ever wondered why people and things float better in the Dead Sea? The secret is in the salt… and lots of it.
This month we learned about Australia. We created artwork using techniques which are used by Australia’s indigenous people, the aborigines.
We have recently been participating in the food dudes programme. In phase one, fresh fruit and vegetables were delivered to the school daily for us to taste. Now (in phase two) the children are preparing the fruit and vegetables at home and bringing it to school to earn certificates and rewards.
St. Brigid’s Day
On the 1st of February, we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day. It is a special day because our parish church is named in honour of St.Brigid. We learned to sing and to play “A Song to Brigid” on the tin-whistle. Father Mc.Cormack visited the class for a short prayer service and the blessing of the crosses.
Football – March 2017
Today Brendan Hayden and the Transition Year students from Coláiste Eoin took the senior classes for a coaching session. This will continue for six weeks.
What a kick!
Ready too kick
Doing the drills
The 3rd and 4th classes in Ms. Moloneys room are currently following the PeerTutoring progamme. The children go to Mr. Keane’s to work in four groups for fifty minutes on a graded reading programme. Each pair of readers works together on the folllowing steps.
- Look at the name and cover of book. Look at the pictures in book.
- Five Questions you ask about what is going to happen.
- Close book and list 5 words you think you will meet in the passage.
- First and Second Reading
- Record pages read on the sheet
- Summarise what you read orally.
- Did we find answers to our questions?
- Did any of the words we listed appear in the text?
- Dictionary word (words we did not recognise) write word on card with meaning on back
- Put new words in sentence.
Checking for the new words in the dictionary
Using the new words in sentences
Thinking up a sentence
Checking our new words
Writing our word cards
What a fun day we had. We dressed up, carved pumpkins, played traditional Hallowe’en games and read with the skeletons and witches in Junior Infants. We can’t wait for next year already!
Shared reading with a twist
This week, we studied Poland (the home of soccer player Robert Lewandowski, as well as other famous people). Click here to see the prezi presentation we created and to see what we learned.
Catholic Schools Week
During Catholic schools week, we celebrated Grandparent’s Day. These are some of the cards we made.
Lines and Angles
Artwork using lines and angles, inspired by Kandinsky.
This prezi is about the author R.L. Stine and his series of books, “Goosebumps.”
Click here to view their presentation.
Bird Watch Hacketstown
We captured photos of some of the birds we have been spotting. In the chilly weather, we have been making sure to keep our feathered friends well fed.
South Africa is a country that is rich in culture and history. We have been studying topics such as the apartheid, Nelson Mandela, sport, animals, tribes, poaching, endangered species and much more. These are some of our projects.
Paint and pastel drawings of the African plains.
A visit from Dog’s Trust
Thank you to dog’s trust Ireland for the recent educational visit to our school.
We learned about how to care for dogs, how much exercise different breeds of dogs need daily, rehoming and what food dogs can and cannot eat. Did you know that chocolate, other dairy products, grapes, raisins and many other foods are harmful to dogs?
We also learned about the new microchipping law that was recently brought in. All pups born since June 1 this year must be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old.
At the end of the visit we got to pet the two beautiful dogs, having learned how to approach and pet them correctly (you should never approach a dog you don’t know, or pet one without asking an owner’s permission first). We also received wrist bands, stickers and a certificate to show what we had learned.
Time to Paint
Seo físeán den rang agus iad gléasta suas d’Oíche Shamhna. Tá siad ag déanamh an Haka Gaelach. An bhfuil eagla oraibh? Déan an nasc a chliceáil chun an damhsa a fheiceáil.
Here’s a video of everyone dressed up for Hallowe’en doing the Haka ‘as gaeilge’. Click here to watch.
We decided to make an oreo and marshmallow chocolate biscuit cake.
Firstly we up all the biscuits. Next, we measured the ingredients. Then we poured the biscuits into the mixture as we stirred the egg, butter and sugar mixture.
After leaving the cake to set overnight, third class decorated it with icing sugar, marshmallows and some edible decorations.
They did a really great job. Now it’s time to eat!
When studying the Romans, we learned that Roman artillery weapons were instrumental in the successes of the army. Torsion catapults first appeared in 270 BC and show us that science played a big part in the technical advancements of the Roman army. We designed and made our own catapults using lollipop sticks, sellotape and elastic bands
This is a friendship chain. On it we wrote something nice about each child in the class and made a chain by attaching the slips together.
Before learning about the Greeks, we created a KWL chart.
K= What we know already
W =What we want to know
L= What we have learned
As you can see, we learned alot!
We have been learning about Italy and the Romans. These are some of the things we have added to our display so far.