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.
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:
- Make an Egg Float in Salt Water
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
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.
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.
News Flash! News Flash! Date for your diary!
This year, we will be hosting the annual Bookfair in the Community Centre. The bookfair will arrive on Monday the 18th of November and stay until Friday the 22nd . Have a sneak peak at the wide range of books available this year and keep in mind that this is an ideal opportunity to get some Christmas gifts sorted! Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteer Rita for running this event! We thank you also in advance for your support, as the school receives 40% of the total money spent back, in commission vouchers. Spread the word and see you there!!!