5th & 6th Class

Defeated by a single point in the final of the Coughlan Cup

Congratulations to our boys team on taking part in the Coughlan Cup held in Baltinglass on Wednesday last. After some fine performances we made it to the final of the cup and played against our local (friendly) rivals Knockanna. The final was a sporting game played in good spirits. Unfortunately we were defeated by must a single point. Well done to Knockananna on the win.

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St Joseph’s NS Girls on fire at GAA Blitz

Huge congratulations to 5th and 6th class girls on their successful participation in a GAA blitz held in Baltinglass. Dispite the unkind weather conditions they won three matches, drew one and lost one. Well done girls, you did our school proud! #gaa #girlpower #stjosephsns

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St Joseph’s dominate at West Wicklow Football Blitz

Our school team competed successfully in a West Wicklow Blitz in Baltinglass on Wednesday, February 27th. We won four out of our five games and played some scintillating football throughout the competition. Our excellent attitude and ability to support each other with a great team ethic was the hallmark of this group of players.

Our defenders were excellent throughout. William Doyle and Conor Forde played intelligently throughout winning great tackles and immediately setting up attacks. Luke Kelly, Nathan Flynn & Tadhg Johnson stuck to their markers like glue and were tough tackling when needed. Around midfield Daire Byrne and the Weekes brothers, Cian and Jack, were in command all day long. Up front our forwards were in super form. Aaron Byrne gave an exhibition in long range point kicking whilst also working non stop. Oran Keating got some lovely scores including one excellent effort off his left foot. Our young guns from fourth class, Rory Doyle & Josh Kelly also chipped in with some cracking points and showed their potential for the future.

The football was fantastic but just as importantly the attitude, work rate and respect our team showed for their opponents, the organisers of the competition and the referees was just as enjoyable to witness.

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Congratulations to Bill Hurney – 2nd in the Eason Spelling BEE 2019

Huge congratulations to 6th class student, Bill Hurney, on making us all proud here at St. Joseph’s by coming 2nd in the regional Eason Spelling BEE. Bill beat off stiff competition from schools across Carlow to bring home the prize to our school. Well done Billy.

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Over €275 raised in aid of Feileacain

Well done to Emily Heffernan and her class mates on organising a fundraiser for Feileacain (Stillbrith and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). As part of the fundraiser students has a no uniform day and all donated €2 each.

Research Projects

Fifth and sixth class have been extremely busy lately preparing for our Christmas play but we’ve also found some time to study some of the historical, geographical and political background of the U.S.A. Each pupil in our class researched and created an individual project on a state of their choice. There were some excellent and really interesting factual presentations produced. We also looked at the American War of Independence and Boston Tea Party in a little more detail. A number of our class sketched some fantastic pictures of British Redcoats and major American political figures such as George Washington which tied in with these topics.

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Huge congrats to the U 13’s team who came 2nd. A great reward for all their hard work!

Handball Success

The handballers receiving their medals.

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Handball Coaching

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. to 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!

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 Class Trip

On Tuesday we travelled to Carlow to partake in an engineering workshop.  We were very impressed by Michael’s demonstration and found it very interesting and informative. He showed us how engineering has progressed through the ages, moving from levers to pulleys to truss bridges.  He then demonstrated the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics .  Our favourite part was when Michael demonstrated how an AK47 works.

 

Next we moved to the Carlow Museum where John guided us through the interesting local artefacts on display there.  We saw the  trapdoor used in Carlow Gaol, a quern stone , an ancient printing press and got to examine handcuffs and pistols used by the RIC.

 

Following lunch we had the opportunity to explore The Playground Project in the Visual Centre and visit Carlow Castle.

 

 

Brainiacs!!!!

We recently studied the brain and completed group projects on the topic .  Having researched the topic thoroughly the next step was to get some hands-on experience with the brain and other vital organs . We examined a pig’s brain, heart, kidney and tongue. We were surprised by both the size of the brain and how fragile it was compared to the other organs .


Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global initiative to introduce children to computer science, it is the largest learning campaign in history. In one hour, students learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages.  Below are some examples of the games we have coded over the past few days.

Rivers

We are currently studying rivers , specifically erosion and deposition . We created our own rivers to examine the effects of erosion and deposition on the landscape.

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Science Week

On Wednesday we visited IT Carlow as part of Science Week. We met several scientists and witnessed a number of experiments.  Feel free to quiz the pupils on how ‘elephant toothpaste’ and dry ice were formed before our eyes.  We also had a tour of the Sports Science Department and took part in a sprint and jump test.

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I would like to commend the students on the fabulous projects  they presented today.  Many students presented their projects across a variety of mediums e.g. models, Powerpoints, Prezis, posters and  folders. I was also extremely impressed with the level of maturity the students exhibited when dealing with the younger students and explaining their projects to them.  I am very proud of you.  A special thank you also to the family members who helped the students.  The winning projects  will be announced on Monday .

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We recently travelled to the Omniplex Carlow for a private screening of ‘Everest’ .  The students really enjoyed this experience and learned a lot from the film.

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The 1916 Rising

During September we studied ‘The 1916 Rising’ in some detail.  Each student created profiles relating to one of the signatories and worked collaboratively to create posters chronicling each day of the rising. We were delighted to use our work to decorate the hall for the National Flag Presentation.  Special credit goes to Alex Bowes and Marty Walsh for their dedication and attention to detail while creating the ‘Irish Republic’ banner.

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