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!

 
 
 

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We visited an art exhibition ‘ primary colours’ in the Teachers Centre on Tuesday the 19th of October. We were guided by two artists Andy and Cherie. We viewed different paintings some were oils, some acrylic and some watercolours. We saw some ink paintings also and prints. We had to pick our favourite painting and say why we liked it so much. We did our own abstract pictures based on the paintings we choose. Here are some of our pictures.

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On the 15th of June we went to Glendeer Farm in Athlone to see the animals. We were allowed to feed and pet the animals. Thre were lots of animals there, some you have never heard of before. There was a lady there who took us on a tour of the farm. There were lots of animals like emus, monkeys, puppies, ostriches, kittens, wallabies, pigeons, peacocks, goats, Jacob sheep, deer and piglets. We played for a few minutes in the playground on the farm. We then had a snack. Then it was time to go home on the bus. We thought the farm was really good.

By Ellen W and Jack Mu (Rang I)

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On Tuesday we went to Krazy Kids in Athlone on our schhol tour. There was a pitch black slide and an orange twirly slide and there was a yellow bumpy slide. There was a footaball pitch and a couple of stairs and there was a ball pit. All of them were great fun. Then we had chicken nuggets, sausages and chips. We were full after that. Then we had another play and then we went to Glendeer farm.

By Rebecca and Katelyn (Rang I)

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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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.