Discovery Primary Science Awards
This year all three 5th classes took part in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards of Excellence project. A lot of work went into this and we were lucky enough to achieve our award at the end of May. Five different areas needed to be focused on to achieve the award and we also had to put together a scrapbook showing our efforts. We took part in the Greenwave initiative which involved looking for signs of spring and recording the weather. We then had to do some experiments in the areas of Energy & Forces and Materials. Our Maths skills were put to use during some of these experiments. We paid a visit to the Lifetime Lab for a workshop on forces. As well as this we showcased some of our Science experiments and investigations to some of the other classes. Finally we had to show how we used ICT in the project. Everyone learned a lot by taking part in this project and we are proud of our achievement.
Maths time - Creating 3-D shapes
School Tour: Kinsale Outdoor Adventure Centre
On Wednesday the 11th of June over 70 kids from 5th class went on their school tour to Kinsale Outdoor Adventure Centre. In scorching hot weather the children made the short bus journey down to the lovely seaside town of Kinsale and began activities shortly after 9am. The day was divided into two parts with land activities and water activities to ensure that everyone was catered for. The land activities included Zip-lining, archery, wall climbing and the dreaded ‘Leap of Faith’ while on water the children went kayaking, canoeing and body boarding as well as swimming and a variety of beach games. The children had an absolute whale of a time and returned to school worn out from an action packed day full of laughs.
Hip Hop Dance
5th Class children were treated to a 4 week Hip Hop Dance Course with 3rd level Dance student Anna O’Connell culminating in a fantastic performance in June. Over 4 lessons the children practiced and perfected some hip hop dance routines to the beat of Chris Brown, The Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Well done to all.
Artists at work
Lá Fhéile Pádraig
St.Patrick's Day Celebrations were in full flow in March in 5th class with a Green Day, Céilí Mór and Tráth na gCeist. With children decked from head to toe in all shades of green 5th class put on a céilí performance in Halla Uí Chonaill that would give Michael Flatley a run for his money. We followed this up with a Tráth na gCeist out on the yard on a glorious Spring afternoon.
As part of our history curriculum this year we covered schools long ago and tried to imagine what things would have been like growing up in Ireland in the 1950's and 60's. So we thought what better way of finding out then by inviting in Mr.Paddy O'Connell, past principal of the school, to talk to the students about his experiences of school life from his own primary school days. He also described the changes in schools from when he started teaching up until his retirement just a few short years ago. The children were incredibly interested and inquisitive in all he had to say while Mr.O'Connell enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane.