May 2011


We have been very busy! We used megalithic tombs and megalithic art as inspiration for our project. We enjoyed our visit to Carrowmore Tombs and we also researched Newgrange and the Turoe Stone in Galway. We then came up with a plan for our project.
We decided to make eight stone like structures out of clay. We thought we could arrange them in a circle and add megalithic art. We also thought we would create holes in our structures and possibly put a light inside (the use of light in Newgrange gave us this idea)! We thought this would be fun and look nice in our school. The final display of our project is still work in progress 😉
Grainne helped us to create our base and we then rolled clay coils into spiral shapes. We took our time doing this and tried to make really tight spirals in the shape of a ‘s’. We made hundreds of these between us! Then we painted the base with slip (slip is watered down clay). We pressed our spirals down gently onto our base. We then pierced holes into our sculptures with paintbrushes.
Our sculptures dried out in our art press for two weeks. Grainne is going to put them into the kiln in Breeogue this week. We are going down to Breeogue on Thursday to see Grainne’s studio and glaze our sculptures!
We are very pleased how our work is turning out! We enjoyed working in teams and seeing our plans turn into reality!

 

We have a new artist working with us on our Crafted Project, her name is Grainne Callery. Grainne and her husband Tom have their own pottery studio called Breeogue Pottery Callery Ceramics, see their website:http://www.calleryceramics.com.

Grainne showed us how to glaze our coil pots and we used different coloured glazes to decorate our pot! We really enjoyed our workshop. Grainne is going to put our pots into a kiln, we can’t wait to see how they turn out! We will keep you posted 😉

Rang 1 & Rang 2

Mary Cullen

It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you of the death of our dear colleague Mary Cullen. School will be closed on Tuesday 17th for the funeral. The 1st Communion Choir will sing at the funeral mass. Other children are being asked to form a guard of honour outside the church with their parents. A note to explain the arrangements will follow tomorrow. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.

The boys and girls in 6th class are delighted that all of their hard work has paid off!

Our Xperience Engineering Project has been chosen in the top 20 in the country and we have been invited to the Helix in Dublin on June 9th to present our project to the judges.

Four children from our class will get the opportunity to travel to Dublin, present our project and participate in an Engineering workshop. We are very excited!

         

We watched a video about Antarctica in school today. We got into groups and we brainstormed what we knew about Antarctica. We then watched this video. We hope you like it.

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