January 2010


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On Wednesday it was Pyjama Day in our school. Everybody wore their pyjamas to school. The teachers wore their pyjamas to school too. Some people brought in teddies with them. Everybody brought in €2 for Haiti and we raised €2,230. Some parents came in to the school for a coffee morning on the same day. Some grandparents came in too. We spelled out the word “Haiti” on the ground with money. Darragh’s daddy is a doctor and he went to Haiti to help the people there.

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By Rang I & II

We went to number 29 Merrion Square. It is an old georgian house renovated by the ESB. We watched a dvd about the Beatie family who first lived in the house. We were split up into 3 groups. We started in the basement where three servants worked a housekeeper, a butler and a maid. The housekeeper had the keys to most of the rooms. In the pantry there was a high shelf attached to the ceiling so that rats and servants did not steal food. The housekeeper was the only servant who lived in the house. The others went home at night. The ground floor of the house had a petticoat mirror and a whiskey rail. We went into a dining room. They ate there meals there. They had 22 courses. Their favourite desserts was jelly. It took 2-3 days to make it. There was a round mirror for summoning the servants when needed. On the second floor there was a visitors room and a family room where the family spent their evenings. The women wore make-up made from the wax of candles, so they had to put a screen in front of their faces to stop the fire from melting their make-up. All the young ladies had to play an instrument the most popular instrument was the piano forte. On the 3rd floor was the mistresses room or the boudoir. This is where she got dressed and spent most of her day. She didn’t sleep there. She sleeps in the bedroom with her husband. The bedroom is on the 3rd floor as well. They have a big four poster bed. It was’nt very long though. The reason for that was because they thought if you laid down you died. A joining the bedroom was a room for the man to wash, dress and shave. It was also used to keep shoes. The port-au-potte was a toilet. They only took two baths a year. On the 4th floor there was a nursery. The nursery was where the children played, slept and ate. The girls and boys both wore dresses and grew their hair long. They had a dolls house and collected small furniture for it. The governess had a room to herself. The governess took care of the children and taught them. There are 88 stairs in the whole house. When the tour was over we went down to the giftshop. It was a very nice place to visit and we learned alot.

On the 26th of January 2010, 5th class went to Dublin on the 7 o’clock train. We were visiting the Irish Aid Centre on O’Connell Street. First we went to Trinity College where we visited the Book of Kells. After the visit we went to the gift shop and we had small break by the lawn. Then we walked to the Irish Aid Centre. Around lunch time we walked to Supermacs. We all had a choice between a double burger and a chicken snack box meal. After lunch we walked to O’Connell Bridge and got the number 7 bus to Marion Street where we visited an old georgian house number 29. We took the bus back to O’Connell bridge. We walked to Pennys and we did some shopping in Pennys and Easons. We headed back to the train staition where we got some sweets, coffee, or milkshakes. We got on the train and were home at 10pm.

 

 

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Our class went to the Irish Aid Centre. We were split into two groups. The first group went into a room and played a human game of snakes and ladders. It had loads of questions to do with hunger and poverty. As a result of global warming food did not grow so it caused poverty. Lots of people got caught in a poverty trap and climate change made it all happpen. With donations they can get good education which leads to good health and medical care, which means they can take good care of their family. We learned about a girl called Memory from Africa. She was from Khulungira in Malawi. She was 18yrs and missed her young education. She had to carry a very heavy implement called a hoe to school. She brought potatoes for lunch. They had maize for breakfast. Most families raise a small number of chickens for eggs meat and manure. Chickens eat insects and worms and need little care.Villagers usually eat eggs once a fortnight and meat once a month. Even small amounts of meat and dairy help protect us from diseaes. Most families also keep a few goats for meat and income. Goats eat leaves and grass and do not need special food. Goats can be sold whenever cash is needed for health care, school uniforms or books. Their main form of transpot is a bicycle. In Ireland for every 100 thousand people their are 2,256 doctors. In Africa  for every 100 thousand people their are 2 doctors.

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On the 26th of January we went to Dublin. We went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. First of all we read about the history of the book of Kells. We learnt that they used calf skin for paper and it took 185 calves skins to complete the book. Today wew can take paint out of a tube and start to paint but back then they collected paint from different stones and rocks. They collected stones and rocks from all over the world. The book of Kells was made up of two books. The first book was written with small illustrations down the side and the second was full of illustrations. Nobody is sure if the same person made both books or just one. The book of Kells is made up from stories from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The book of Kells was written in old Irish. It took years of careful detail to complete, but they also made some mistakes as well. Because of the ink they used the book is kept in a dark room because it would fade in sunlight. We found the book very intresting.

The dates for our upcoming producation of Joseph are Monday 22nd March to Thursday 25th March. The show will run over these four nights. We will update you as soon as we have more information. We are all busy with the behind-the-scene preparations!

The school will re-open on Wednesday 13th January at 9.20pm.

Siobhán Clarke, Principal

Due to the severe weather and the condition of roads and footpaths, the school will remain closed this Thursday and Friday, January 7th and 8th. The school intends to re-open on Monday morning, January 11th,  at 9.20am.

Siobhán Clarke, Principal