November 21

🙏In November, we remember 🙏

Poem by Alice Guerin Crist – November in Ireland

November days in Ireland
The skies are dull and grey,
But Oh! The clear strong flame of love,
That burns by night and day.
As swift and bright the whispered prayers fly to the Heavens O’erhead,
From faithful hearts in Ireland, remembering their dead.

No primroses or cowslips now,
But cold November rain,
No hawthorns in the hedges,
Till Spring comes round again,
But roses bloom in chapels lone and cabins far apart
Dear rosaries of remembrance said to Mary’s loving heart.

“For all the Holy Souls we pray,
God give them peace and light
For the brave boys that died for us,
We pray both day and night.
We can feel their presence near us-we can hear their voices call,
For the dead folk in Ireland are the ‘livest’ of us all”

November days in Ireland
Are just one round of prayer,
Of loving help, and sacrifice,
For those who claim our care.
And Oh! Look up with hope to Heaven: the starry, shining dome,
Is vibrant with the beating wings of glad souls going home.

November 18

Friday-Fun Day!!!!

We had a fun filled day on Friday-from working on our GAA skills, to making lava lamps as part of Science week and finishing off the day with an Art lesson based on clay.  The children made fabulous items based on the theme of Christmas. We will post more pictures in a few weeks.



November 18

Science Week 2019-Middle Room

We had great fun throughout the week.  The children were involved in various experiments as well as attending a show in Belmullet on Thursday.  Throughout the week the children carried out the following experiments:


  1. Make an Egg Float in Salt Water

  • An egg
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 2 plastic glasses



  1. Pour water into one glass
  2. Drop an egg into it.  What happens? The egg will sink.
  3. Pour water into the other glass
  4. Stir in lots of salt
  5. Gently lower the egg into this glass.  What happens this time? The egg will float
What’s happening?

Salt water is denser than ordinary tap water, therefore it is much easier for the egg to float in the salt water.

The children also investigated how static electricity on a balloon can pick up pieces of paper



Small pieces of paper

Woolly jumper



  1. Tear the paper into small pieces
  2. Blow up a balloon
  3. Rub the balloon on a woolly jumper for a few minutes
  4. Place the balloon close to the small pieces of paper and watch carefully what happens….

What is happening?

When you bring the balloon near a little piece of paper, the negative balloon repels the electrons in the paper so part of the paper near the balloon is positive.  Since positive and negative attract, the paper moves toward the balloon.  The negatively charged balloon attracts the paper.



The children also made lava lamps.


  • A clean plastic bottle
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Alka Seltzer tablets
  • Food Coloring


  1. Fill the bottle up about 1/4th (1 quarter) with water.
  2. Pour the vegetable oil in the bottle until is almost full.
  3. The oil and water will begin to separate.
  4. Add a few drops of food coloring. Watch as the color sinks through the oil.
  5. Break your fizzy tablet in half and drop part of it into the bottle. What happens…..????

How it Works:

The oil floats on top of the water because it is less dense than water. The food coloring has the same density as the water so it sinks through the oil and mixes with the water. When you add the tablet it sinks to the bottom then starts to dissolve. As it dissolves it makes gas, carbon dioxide. The in turn creates bubbles.  This will continue until the tablet is completely dissolved.  The end- product clearly shows the separation of oil and water.