June 2011

Booklists for all classes for the next school year 2011/2012 are downloadable here. Please ensure that any money for copies etc. being sent into school is in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, class and what the money is for.

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2nd, 3rd and 4th class went on their school tour last Wednesday. we visited Parkes Castle, took a boat trip on Lough Gill, went for a forest walk in Dooney Wood and paid a visit to Tobernalt Holy Well. Here are some pictures taken before the batteries in the camera ran out!

6th Class decided today that they would like a graduation song to sing at their school leavers assembly on Wednesday! We had great fun putting this together this afternoon!!

Click on the link to listen to the song: 6th Class Graduation Song

Last week we went on a minibeast hunt.  We followed the Conservation Code:

  • Search care f u l l y
  • Handle animals with care
  • Replace stones and logs
  • Observe, draw and re c o rd if possible, rather than handling
  • Return animals to habitats as soon as possible

We were invited to a photo shoot in the Sligo Education Centre.

Only four children could go so we picked two girls and two boys out of a hat. We had to bring our art project with us.

The photographer’s name was Bernie, we had great fun trying to get good shots of our sculptures.  There were five other schools there too.  We looked at their projects and we thought that they were amazing.

While we were there we attended a clay workshop and we made mugs.  Then we had a fabric workshop and we made a  fabric painting.  We had lots of fun.  When we came back to school we told our class all about it.

School Cookbook

Our school has just finished creating a cookbook. It has all sorts of recipes in it – starters, main courses, desserts and cakes and breads. The pupils designed pictures for a competition to illustrate the cookbook. One picture was chosen for the cover of the cookbook. It was designed by Ciara H in 5th class. There are more illustrations inside the cookbook.

On Friday June 24th at 6.30pm, the cookbook will be launched in the school halla. The Cookbook costs €10 and will be available to buy on the night. The proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go towards the school funds. There will be samples of some of the recipes from the cookbook on the night. If you cannot make it on Friday night, money can be sent to the school secretary, Mrs. Hampson.

We would like to thank Mrs. Hampson and Mrs. Mc Veigh for putting the cookbook together.

Also on Friday night, there will be a display of other work and projects completed by classes during the year. We hope to see as many people as possible on the night.

Pop Art

We created Pop Art on the iPod Touches. Pop Art is where you take a picture and paint it three more times. It came in the 1950’s and was very popular. One of the most popular Pop Art artists was Andy Warhol. He liked to paint tins of Campbells Soup. We looked at some of his paintings on the internet. He even did a picture of Michael Jackson.

For art last week, we had to draw a pop art picture of something from our house. In school we created two Pop Art pictures, one of ourselves and one of an object. We used the camera on the iPod to take a photo of ourselves and an object in the classroom. We imported the picture into Photo Shop Express on the iPod and used the effects to turn them into Pop Art. Here are the pictures of the object Pop Art we created. We hope you like them.

2nd and 3rd class made a podcast about World War 2. Some people were recorded in the podcast. We had to be really quiet while people were recording. It was hard to stay quiet for so long. We used some sound effects that we found on the internet. We talked about the food that was rationed, children being evacuated and the bombings in Dublin and Belfast. We had a lot of fun making it. We hope you enjoy it.




6th Class were Runners-Up in the Xperience Enginnering Challenge



The Helix

On the 9th of June, Meadhbh Kenneally, Vita Gethin, Oisín Staunton, Seán Callaghan, Ms Hynes and Mrs Clarke went to the Helix in Dublin to present the Xperience Engineering Project. We left at 07:00 on a train and arrived in Connolly Station at 10:10. When we got to the Helix, we went to a speech made by the president of Engineers Ireland. After the speech we set up the project on a stand.
Half an our later, Ms Hynes and Mrs Clarke went down to the first floor and Vita and Seán went to a building challenge. They had to make a tower out of paper rolled up into tubes as high as they could, but a plastic cup had to sit in it without falling.
Meadhbh and Oisín waited at the stand to give the presentation to the judges. We were the 11th stand the judges looked at. When we had given the presentation, we went to lunch, and after that, we went to a science show. When the science show had finished, there was a presentation for all the schools that got through to the finals. Everyone got a silver certificate. After all the schools were given a certificate, the prizes for the building contest were given. The prizes were laptops. We didn’t win one. When the laptops were given, the grand prizes were given. The winner in our category was Harold’s Boys school.

After the prize giving was over, we packed up the project. We took a taxi to Mc Donald’s and had a meal. We then took the Luas back to the train station and got on a train back to Sligo. It was a great day.


By Oisín S, Seán C and Meadhbh K



Delphi day 1!!
On day 1 we arrived at the school at 9:20 to get on the bus.

Before we got on the bus a lot of people were taking pictures.

We had a 2 and a half hour bus ride to get to Delphi, everyone was very excited.

When we arrived Maura was waiting for us she brought us to the conservatory where we ate our lunch and talked about what we would be doing and the rooms we would be in and who we would be staying with. We met an English school when we were there, there were 100 from their school in Delphi. After lunch we went back to our rooms and got ready for surfing.

At 2 o ‘clock we met in the hall to get on the bus to go to the beach, when we arrived at the beach we had to change into the wetsuits that were very WET & COLD. We got our surfboards and ran to the beach. Before we got into the water we learned how to surf on the sand. After that we did some warming up exercises which included running, push ups etc.. When we were all warmed up we got into the FREEZING cold sea. We were surfing for an hour. At the end most of us could surf pretty well. When we were finished we went back to the changing rooms and took off our wetsuits (They were quite hard to take off!). We went back to the centre and got ready for dinner. We had horrible spaghetti bolognaise for dinner but a lot of people said they were vegetarians so that they didn’t have to eat the meat! For dessert we had chocolate ice-cream which was REALLy nice.

Our night activity was a forest walk so after dinner we went to our rooms to get changed into our waterproofs and tracksuits. The forest walk was really long, boring and a bit wet. After we had supper which was bread and butter with jam. To drink we had tea. Some people were lucky enough to get toast.

After supper we had around two hours before we had to go to bed. In that time a few people got to know the English while others had showers or just relaxed. Our night guard’s name was Shelly and she was really nice!!!!

By Carla,, Emer H & Sophie

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