November 28

Science week Junior Room (Step 1)

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image For science week my class did the dancing raisins experiment .First we got a cup of water. Then we put the raisins in the water and then we looked. They had sank. Then we got a cup of 7up. We put the raisins in . The raisins went up and down. This happened because the co2 was trying to escape .

We did a candle needs oxygen experiment. We got a candle. Then we lit the candle and we put a glass cup over the candle.The candle went out . Then we put the cup over the candle when the candle nearly went out we took it away quickly.The candle lit again because the oxygen was allowed in again.

We made lava lamps too. We got a bottle.Then we added water.Then we added oil. Then we add food colouring. Then we add Alkaselter tablets . This produced Co 2 which caused bubbles to rise up and down in the bottle. It was cool.

By Lucy

November 17

Scholastic Book Fair: Dress up as your favourite character

We have the Book Fair in our school at the moment. This morning everybody came in as a favourite character from their favourite book. Everyone looked FANTASTIC! They made a really effort.

We we all went down to the Junior room to tell the little ones what everyone was. Then a few minutes later all the Senior Room read a little bit from their book that they dressed up as. The people who weren’t dressed up just read a little of their own book.

Everyone made a really good job at this. Great Work Everyone.😄✌️

By Róisín

Today we dressed up as our favourite character from our favourite books. Lots of people dressed up: there was Alice (from’Alice in Wonderland’), there was Anna (from ‘Frozen’) and many more!

I dressed up as Esmie from ‘The Mum Hunt + The Mum Detective’ This is the second book in a two part book.

The first book, ‘The Mum Hunt’ is about a girl called Esmie who’s mum had died when she was a baby.

Esmie signs her dad up for the Lonely Hearts ad in the paper, near the end her dad and a nice lady called Lizzie are a couple.

The second book is called The Mum Dectective, in that book, Esmie starts to get suspicious of Lizzie when she followed her to her work at the chemists’ one morning, to find that Lizzie doesnt even work there! Surely there is a good explanation for this! Isnt there?

I really enjoyed dressing up today, and everyone was really imaginative at picking their costumes.

By Siobhán

This morning we most of us dressed up as our favourite character from a book. Every year a Book Fair come to our school. It helps us to buy some new books for the school.

Today, we had to dress up as our favourite character from a book. I dressed up as a player from the f2.

The f2 are YouTubers. They do unbelievable skills with famous footballers like Neymar Jr , Messi and Ranaldo.

Just before lunch we went down to the Junior  room to tell them what we were dressed as and about the characters. It was lots of fun and the best costume win a free book in the fair.

By Liam

 

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May 5

Hannah’s ‘Purrfect’ Cat

Every day after school when I’m finished eating my dinner and I’ve done my homework I go outside and play with my cat for 2 hours. When I lie on the ground he jumps on top of me. Sometimes it hurts but sometimes it is REALLY funny.
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At the weekend he always comes inside and falls asleep and sometimes I doze off with him. And when he’s hungry he goes around my legs like the number 8.

One day I thought I had lost him and then I found him on one of kitchen chairs sleeping. I thought it was hilarious. I started to stroke him and then he started purring and yawning. And a few minutes later I started yawning.

My neighbour HATES him and brothers do too. But my mother and father love him. Yesterday he was trotting around with a piece of paper in his mouth. Every time the paper would go up in the air he would jump as high he could. When he lost it he started to somersault and roll around.

I love my cat SO much🐱👩🏼💗💖

From Hannah’s Blog

March 9

World Book Day 2016

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We had so much fun on World book Day. The children decided to take the day off and sent their favourite character to school instead. We had Little Red Riding Hoods Grandmother who was just about recovered after her misadventure with the big bad wolf. Snow White and the other princesses hit it off straight away and have promised to keep in touch! My Superheroes were a great help throughout the day and lunch was extra special as it was freshly cooked by Linguini from Ratatouille. He even brought along his special friend Remy! We were all pretty impressed with how chirpy Little Bo Beep was considering she is still awaiting the return of her sheep. The farmers have promised to keep a look out for them. Iris brought her lion but she has obviously trained him really well as he was on his best behaviour. Miley was very humble considering her celebrity status. Luigi was a little shy at first and missed his brother Mario but by the end of the day he had made lots of new friends. Cinderella did not do a tap all day, as she was fed up of all the hard work at home. She had a deserved rest and took lots of advice from the princesses on what to wear to her next ball. It was wonderful having all of these characters visit for the day and I must say they really showed their cleverness when they participated in our World Book Day Interactive Quiz!

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 26

Halloween Scares

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I had the perfect life exactly one whole month ago, friends, family, my cute little labrador Bonnie and  my little brothers (one is ten and the other is 5.) We lived in the Big Apple NYC in Greenvile flats, and by we I mean my not-split up parents and my other cute and thankfully not split-up brothers!

It all started when my parents split up, I always felt like it was going to happen with all their arguments and disagreements.

Charlie, Harry and I (Zoe) were caught up in the middle of the split. 💔

From NY to California every week us kids just wanted our big old happy family back again.

The faithful day came where the judge announced whether  Charlie, Harry and I would be staying with dad in NY or mum in California.

Dad: The kids should stay with me! Who in their right mind would send them off to a dreadful boarding school in California when they should stay in their same home, stay with the life they know in NY with me!

Mum: Oh Dave! (my dad) you prove such a good point, but, I am sending my kids to a wonderful school they even are going to be living in a near 1 million dollar house which was what I could afford! You wouldn’t know that because I have been saving money for the past fifteen years for my children to have a good life in a lovely house near the sea.They will have a amazing new life! I don’t think that you can afford a new bike never mind a new life with that  buisness if yours!

Since dad was suspected of stealing money out of my family’s holiday savings me, Charlie and Harry were forced into a new life minus dad and in California with Mum.

We are going to go to our ‘elite’ ‘expensive’ ‘three story’ house I was watching out the train window and I saw the deep sea for the first time. As clear as day were all the tropical fish surfing through the broken waves like it was nothing.

When we reached the train station we got a taxi to Yeru hill and saw our new house with our own two eyes.

Flowers and ivy ran up the walls topiary birds and a lily padded fish filled fountain lay at the bottom of our huge lands.

As we entered the mansion (of our dreams) all our dreams…..BREAK.

Sarah(my mum) : Oh dear!

Charlie and Harry; What the!?

Me (Zoe) : What? Is this the right house!?

Cobwebs and broken (probably fake) antiques were found from top to bottom of the house. (I now refuse to call it a mansion because of the inside appearance.)

Sarah: Maybe if we start to dust and sweep the house will look better.. Chop chop kids!! Come on guys brooms and dusters at the ready!

Charlie: Awh mum! Do we really need to clean? Can we not just get a cleaner?

Sarah: Oh come on! It’ll be fun! Plus we might let the people who help have a takeaway!

Quickly Charlie, Harry and I grabbed the cleaning equipment and started scrub scrub srubbing, dust dust dusting, and sweep sweep sweeping.

It was a long 6 hours before we finally got cleared up. We got a takeaway pizza…mmmmm…

A few days passed and we got a letter from dad…

Dear Sarah, Zoe, Charlie, Harry and Bonnie.

I am so sorry that I have to write this message. I never thought I’d be in this position…As part of my sentence I have to fight for the English in the army. I’ve always been telling you about the horrors of WW2 and WW1 now I’ll be the one living it. I guess I deserve it but I cant help thinking that this will be the last time you’ll hear from me..

From your everloving dad and your one time dearest Dave.

I heard mum crying as she read this letter aloud to Harry (as he can’t read)

The next day… I found a very nice painting and I stuck it to my new bedroom wall. I heard a faint ‘miamhue’ ok mabye that wasn’t exactly the noise but it was close. Anyway I heard a noise..or a mumble? A few days past and I began to hear noises… Sarah heard noises.. Harry heard noises.. Charlie heard them too.. Suddenly we heard the postman coming he called out.

“Sarah Hide,497 CKJ 6913, Yeru Hill, California, U.S.A.”

Sarah: Letter from Dave?

Postman: Letter from Dave Whelchester RAB.

Me: Really? Is it him!? Come in Mr…

Postman: Cornwall.

Mr. Cornwall walked in to our home dropped the parcel and carried on his way.

“Bye ladies! Bye boys!”

Charlie and Harry simultaneously looked up from their tablets and mumbled a “Bye” as they continued in the task of trying to get three in a row in candy crush saga.

Me and mum opened the letter…

To Ms. Sarah Hide,

I’m sorry to say that your former husband has died from influenza on board S.S Captain we will all remember him as a loving father and a family man and of course a kind hearted solider.

From Captain CD. Rathgwell

The next few days were very hard for us, but we began to begin we were being watched..

We were! Me and mum and Harry and even Charlie saw creepy eyes loomed out of every single crack and corner. Shadows sceaming through the windows and cold spine shivering wind flew threw the chimneys on really cool days.

The next day I heard footsteps looming on the patio. Crawling and moaning, a figure opened my door at exactly midnight on the 4th of October 2005.

That was the last anyone heard of Zoe Hide…….

from Siobhán’s Blog

One Hallowe’en Night Alex and her best friend Jade went trick or treating. They were dressed as dead twins. Jade didn’t want to go trick or treating because she was a little scared. But in the end she did.
They were out trick or treating the whole night but while they where walking home Jade saw a ghost, not any ghost, but the ghost of Albert Sandy. Albert Sandy was a young boy that died on Hallowe’en Night. But he did not die a normal death. He died when a group of kids egged him.

They say that every Hallowe’en he haunts the the area where he died.

Jade told Alex what she saw and the ghost started coming towards them. They ran as fast as they could to the nearest house. They knocked on the door. It was one of their friends in their class. They both told her mum and she looked out the window and she saw him running at them.
The next thing they heard was knocking on the door.

They where all shivering and did not want open the door. Zoe’s dad opened the door and all it was was a group of kids trick or treating. They all started laughing.

Maybe the thing they saw wasn’t him after all but they will never find out……………

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                 By Shauna

from Shauna’s blog

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

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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!