January 20

News2day

Sometimes we watch New2day in class, to keep up to date with current affairs and sometimes, we watch it at home. Yesterday, our homework was to watch it at home and write a report on one of the news items.

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On ‘News2day’, there was a section in the programme about young people learning about 1916. It really interested me as I enjoy learning about the past. Some students were picked to learn about a person, who changed Ireland forever, and risked his/her life for the people then and in the future (like me!) but, they learned about only the people who were not famous (unlike James Connolly or Padraig Pearse.)

It showed a couple names including William Pearse (Padraig Pearse’s brother) who was in the GPO when the whole rebellion was occurring. The person who was learning about him said; “It was very difficult to get information about him, even though he was Padraig’s (very much) lookalike.’’

I thought that having a 1916 piece on a famous news channel like that was a good idea, to get young Irish pupils involved in our history.

By Siobhan (from Siobhan’s blog)

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My favourite article on ‘News2 day’ is about some Japanese people doing top of the class archery. They hit arrows with a bow from a long distance!!!! They trained in a tower in Japan. I think they are brilliant at archery.
By Jack (From Jack’s Blog)

My favourite “News2 day’ article is about “What its like to be homeless “. A woman and her husband and her three children had nowhere to go for Christmas day and they stayed in a tiny dirty hotel and it wasn’t nice to be there.

Her children and husband had to eat rolls for dinner on one bed, in what was very small room.

She also said that her children could go swimming or go on games in the arcade.

Another woman hoped that a McDonald’s was open on Christmas Day. Imagine eating in McDonalds on Christmas Day!

But they worked for only five months and build 12 apartments.

The End

from Abby’s Blog

December 20

The First Christmas

Once upon a time lived a beautiful woman called Mary and her husband Joseph. They lived in a small town called Nazareth.

One day Mary was sweeping the floor and suddenly an angel appeared and told her she was going to have a baby: “It will be God’s special King and you will call it Jesus.”
Caesar Augustus had ordered everyone to sign their name on the book, in the place where they were born, so that he would know how many people were living in his land.

Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem and sign their names on the census. Mary couldn’t walk that distance so they brought a donkey.

Meanwhile the three wise kings had seen the most beautiful, brightest star in the sky and they were following it.

An angel also told the shepherds that there was going to be a special baby born in a stable.

When Mary and Joseph got to Bethlehem it was awfully busy and there was nowhere to stay! Mary and Joseph tried loads places but everywhere was fully booked … until they found an inn and thought it would be quiet. The innkeper and his wife told them there absolutely no more room and Mary told them that she was having a baby.

The innkeeper told Mary and Joseph that there was a stable they could borrow for the night. Mary and Joseph were so pleased. That very night Mary had God’s special King.

The shepherds got to the stable and they were all amazed to see Jesus lying in a manger. When the kings followed the star, they ended up in the stable, too. The three kings brought three gifts , gold frankincense and myrrh.

By Abby (from Abby’s blog)

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It all happened when a woman called Mary was sweeping the floor and then out of nowhere an angel from above came down and told her that she was going to have a baby and his name would be Jesus. Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to sign the Census. When they reached Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph signed the Census and went to an Inn.

There was no room at the Inn but the Innkeeper said to Mary and Joseph that they could use his stable for a night. Later that night, the Baby Jesus was born. Then when Mary bent down to settle her baby, Joseph could see some kings in the distance. Then the shepherds and the Kings came and so did the Angels. Everyone was really excited for the birth of the baby Jesus.

By Grace

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There once was a woman named Mary. Mary lived in Nazareth and was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. One day Mary was baking when an angel appeared in front of her. Mary couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The angel told Mary that she was going to have a baby boy named Jesus and he would be the son of God. Mary was shocked with the news she had just got but she did exactly what the angel told her.

At this time Ceasar Augustus was the emperor and wanted all the people to travel to Bethlehem to get there name in the census book so he could see how many people were In the country. So Mary and Joseph started to make there way to Bethleham to get there names in the census even though Mary was pregnant. Joseph walked all the way and Mary travelled on the donkey.

When they finally arrived at Bethleham there were a lot of people there! After they got their names in the book they went to find an inn that they could stay in but they couldn’t find one anywhere. Just when they were about to give up a generous woman offered Mary and Joseph a stable beside the house because all there rooms were booked. Mary and Joseph were delighted even though there was lots of animals in the stable.

While this was all happening some shepherds and wise men had heard of the terrific news of the baby Jesus and needed to find the stable that Jesus would be born in that very night.

Sure enough high in the sky a star shone brighter than any other star in the sky and these people knew that this would lead them to the baby Jesus. They followed the star and it brought them to the very stable where baby Jesus lay.

When they walked in, there, lay the baby Jesus in a manger.

So Christmas isn’t all about presents and gifts, we’ve got to remember Jesus and what he scarified or us!

By Sophie

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November 7

We are Writers!

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     We Are Writers!

Before the summer holidays, Scholastic which are a book publishing company, both in Ireland, and worldwide, asked our teachers would all of our school be interested in writing a story, poem, rhyme to be published in a book. Of course the teachers where delighted to be able to give us the chance to have our own story in a book!I was so excited and didn’t know where to start! Sure enough everyone started to brainstorm on what there piece of writing would be about. I decided to do my book about a little girl that finds her dream horse called “Dreamer”. It came out really well and I was proud! It took a few weeks to finish but I did it! When everyone had finished we all pasted it into the “We Are Writers” website. We then waited to see our stories be transformed into one big book.Sure enough last week the book arrived. It was soo cool. I literally felt butterflies in my stomach at the thought of showing all of my family and friends what I had achieved. I’m sure everyone felt that way! Another school close by also had all of there stories in it too. They were also very good!The “We Are Writers” book will now be on sale at our book fair this month so that we can buy it and show all our families. I am now really proud to that I am a WRITER!!!

During the summer holidays Scholastic asked the teachers do they want to write a book for another book. So the book will be called We Are Writers!!!!. My story is called ‘The Mean Princess’.Another school is doing it with us too and their school is called Shraigh School. Their books are in there too and they are AMAZING!!!! It is out in the book fair this year and I can not wait TO BUY IT!!!!.The End!!!
By Hannah.
October 14

My Story Series

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My book(s) report is about a ‘series’ of books called ‘My Story’ books. They all write a girl’s diarybook and write about a time in history (example: Princess Margaret’s diary 1939 where ‘Wartime Princess’ is the name of the book.)

All of the books are from different authors, so there is no one author for the whole series.

I have read three ‘My Story’ books so far. I have read:

‘Pompeii’, a Roman girl’s diary,

‘Slave Girl’ an a American-African slave’s diary (the best one!) and

‘Wartime Princess’ an English princess’ diary from WW2.

I enjoyed all three books as they go into so much detail. ‘Slave Girl’ is the absolute best one yet!

I rate the series 10/10. I really hope I find another book from the ‘My Story’ series.

I love these books as they make history interesting! Yes, I said it! History just got interesting.

from Siobhán’s blog

See more at https://shop.scholastic.ie/products/95108

October 9

Our Active Code

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Inver N.S. Active Code

We need this Flag,
Don’t want to be a nag,
Get on your feet
And move to the beat.

To be fit, do not sit, ride a bike, walk or run, have some fun!
It doesn’t matter what you do , Just do what’s good for you!

Any sport at all,
You don’t need a ball.
We have a pitch AND a hall.
Run to the shore,
Don’t be a bore,
Don’t stay at home and snore , snore, snore!

To be fit, do not sit, ride a bike, walk or run, have some fun!
It doesn’t matter what you do , Just do what’s good for you!

Don t stay in and sit, sit, sit,
Just listen to us and you’ll get fit, fit, fit!

Well done to Liam & Kirsty for their wonderful Active Code!
All of the children worked so hard, composing great stories, poems and raps. Keep up the great work guys!

February 24

100 Word challenge

We are working on the 100 Word Challenge at www.100wc.net. This week’s challenge was to write 100 words about the photograph below.

Here are some of our early entries:

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An unusual brick sofa is sitting there alone. Dusty leaves lie in its corners making it look like an ancient artefact from long ago. The colour of the chair reminds me of a midnight sky with its purple and dark blue colour. It’s swirly designs on each arm makes it look 3D. Tassels hang from the bottom touching the ground so that the ends are all tattered and dusty. A cat is chiseled into the sofa and sits on the top, sleeping. I don’t know would the sofa be comfortable because I’ve never sat on such a mysterious sofa… YET!!!
From Sophie’s Blog

lice strolled down a hidden path she had discovered with her kitten, Delilah. The young girl had her head in the air, appreciating the warm summer breeze which was blowing at her back. She then looked down to see Delilah skipping down the path with her little eyes closed. Suddenly the kitten came face to face with a stone bench. “How peculiar!” Thought Alice. They were tired so they sat down. “Look Delilah! A stone cat!”. Alice outstretched her hand. The cat hissed and Alice jumped back in fright. She banged her head on the bench and was rendered unconscious…
from Amy’s Blog

Sebastian and his friend Tom went for a walk down a dark, gloomy alley. It was hard to see, they were debating about who was better at soccer when suddenly Tom banged his foot off something rock hard!

There was a flickering street lamp and Sebastian thought he’d seen a sofa!!! He asked Tom if he could also see this mysterious sofa! Tom had seen it too!

The boys sat down on this sofa whiles Tom checked his toes, they were swollen, but Tom decided he wouldn’t tell his Mum about it! The boys returned every night to this mysterious sofa…….

from Amy’s Blog

I was walking in the dark forest with my friends as
we planned to build a fort somewhere along
the tall trees. One of the girls spotted a secret
entrance that, surprisingly, we never spotted
before. As we crept
through the bushes my eyes lit up with delight
as I saw a huge area with a gorgeous path and
beautiful rows of flowers.
I turned around and there I saw
an unusual chair… Not just a normal chair, it
was mysterious …kind of like it had its own story
behind it. But why was it hidden away in the
bushes?
From Lisa’s blog

The old woman was walking down the lane when she saw the blue stone sofa on the side of the road.It was glistening in the boiling hot sun. She sat down and relaxed on the warm chair and admired the trees behind her blowing in the wind. She heard the rustling of the leaves scattering around.The smell of nature was amazing. She noticed the fantastic designs on the sofa. It was just like a work of art. It looked so realistic with all the patterns. She was enjoying sitting down in the sunlight so she stayed sitting for another while.

from Ava’s Blog

I put on my ragged old jacket as I thought: ‘Why has it rained so much?’ I walked outside and saw an old cat through the trees. I watched and walked towards it but it ran. I stopped, it ran on to a big stony concrete object. I walked towards it and it became much clearer. I stood in front to examine what was a couch. It looked as if it was soft but hard too, in a way. I reached out to it. I felt it slightly move. Everything around me turned to stone. What had happened? I wonder…
from Siobhan’s Blog

It was a frosty morning and I went to meet my friends in the park. When I was walking, I passed an old couch. It looked hard and it had leaves on it. It had an old pattern on it. So when I met my friends I told them what I saw and I showed them the old couch. We sat down on the couch to have a rest. It was too hard so we just kept walking. At the evening I walked back to my friends house. When I returned to my house I saw the couch again.
from Grace’s blog

This couch may look soft but it’s not. You can see there is a cat on the back of the couch. This couch is hard. It looks like it is made of marble or stone. I think it is made of stone. The part you sit on looks soft but it’s not. There are a lot of trees and leaves around the couch and there are trees are behind the couch. The bottom looks real too. There is something black on the bottom. I wonder what that could be? It looks comfortable too. I would bring it in if it were not hard.
from John’s Blog

December 2

Letters between Millie and Bertie from ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo

No.22, Lakeside Avenue,
England.
Dear Millie,
Guess what? I joined the army! I was just sick of my old school, and plus I’m old enough now! We have to wake up at 6:30 every morning, well we don’t have to but the general makes us! He’s a but of a moody pants if you ask me! I sent an application form to them last week, and on Thursday I received a letter from “The Royal Navy” saying they have accepted me! It’s a big commitment but I’m willing to take it on! We train from 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday!!! I really do work hard! You’ll be surprised at the size of my muscles now! Haha only joking! The uniform is an ugly dark green and I’ve got lots of different badges on it.
You might be a bit worried because your father died in the army, but I promise I will come back to you as often as possible! I’ll sent you postcards every week!
My roommate is one of my old friends from school, Jake, you remember him, right? We get along great! We play charades on a weekend, or sometimes chess! There isn’t many things to do, when your not training! We’re only allowed our cell-phones on Sundays, and that is only for one hour, and you are only allowed to make one call!!! Most Sundays I have to ring my Aunty and Uncle to tell them how it’s going, but I’ll ring you one of the days!
Anyway how are things going with you?? How’s Nolips and Nanny Mason?? Hope all’s good there!
Yours truly,
Bertie
By Ailish

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Dear Millie,
I have decided that I am going to join the army because it would be a better life than what I have now at school here. I know your father died in the army but I swear I will make you and your father happy. By the way how are you and is your school good or bad?
Can’t wait to hear from you soon,
Your Bertie

By Shauna

To my dearest Millie,
I am at the war now. I have made some friends. Sadly, some nice people died and I am quite scared.
I have seen a poster that has a Le prince Blanc (The white prince ) on it… my white lion!
I am overjoyed with happiness!!
I can’t go and I’m not sure if I should or not?
I cannot write any more..
Im sorry.
I’ll try to visit any chance I get.
I will I promise,
Lots Of My Love! Bertie…..
By Siobhan

September 22

Blackberry and Apple Crumble – Crumble sméir agus úll

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On Thursday myself and my class made a blackberry and apple crumble. It was mouth wateringly delicious.

First the teacher washed the berries. Than she told us to wash our hands. (Our teacher had washed her hand already).

After she told Seamus and Amy to sort out the berries because some of them were still a bit red and bitter. Than she asked myself, Ailish and Ava to cut off the skins and mash the apples. Than she told the other groups to make the crumble out of flour, butter and sugar.

Next some of the students sprinkled some of the crumble over the berries and we decorated the top of the pie with some apples and berries. They looked delicious.

We put them in the oven for over 20 minutes. Ava and I offered to clean the dishes. I spotted a bit of steam coming out of the little oven and you could smell the pie beginning to burn. The first pie was cooked and ready to eat! Yummm!

We let the other pie cook for another few mins to let it get a bit crispy. The pies were too nice. We all got 2 pices. Seamus got 3! Haha!! He loved it.

The pies were really nice. The recipe will be on our blog @Inver.org

I hope you liked reading my story.

The End.

By Orla

Inne rinneamar crumble smeir agus ull
Ar dtus nigh muid ár lamha agus na sméara.
Chuir muid úlla, siucra agus braon uisce sa mhicro-oigheann ar feadh cupla noiméad. Chuir muid i mias iad leis
na sméara.
Ansin, rinnemar an crumble le plúr, im agus siucra. Chuir muid an meascán ar bharr na hulla agus smeara. Chuir muid an mais san oigeann ar feadh fiche noinead.
Bhí an crumble go halainn.
le Amy