World War 1 and the Cloghroe Connection.
Recently, we were very lucky to have had a visit to our classroom of Shane Connolly's grandmother, Geraldine Connolly. Shane's two great great granduncle, Michael Horgan, fought in the trenches with the 1st Munster Fusiliers. Unfortunatley Michael died in action in northern France. Shane's other Great great granduncle was returned home at the end of the Great War and never fully recovered from its effects. We were very honoured to hold the World War 1 medal presented to Micheal's family. Many thanks to the Connolly family for sharing this precious family heirloom with us.
Our Crocus Project
6th class are participating in a project called The Crocus Project. The Crocus Project encourages primary school children of 11 years of age and older to commemorate those who were persecuted during the atrocities of the Holocaust in World War 2. It is organised by Holocaust Education Trust Ireland.
This October we planted crocuses at the bottom of the main school steps. The crocus is a flower that blooms in early spring. It comes in different colours but we have planted vibrant yellow ones as a symbol of the Star of David.
Each month we will make observations on their progress and mark them on our class charts. We will record the data using photographs, illustrations and words.
Red Cabbage Indicator Experiment.
Recently we used red cabbage for a slightly different reason than eating it. We soaked it in warm water for two hours and then extracted the red colour from the water. We used this water to test the acidity or alkalinity of a variety of household materials. The results were amazing and the colour schemes which were produced were second to none!
Data Collection Fun!!
Who ever said that Maths isn't fun??. Sixth class pupils have recently been collecting data on each other with a view to finding averages in the areas of the height of everyone in the class and the amount of time spent on after school activities. We also had some fun group problem solving activities. It all lead to plenty of discussion, debate and was not without a few rechecks with the measuring tape!.