Monthly Archives: April 2016

Confirmation 2016

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Connacht 5 a side Competition

Spar  5 a side Competition 2016

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On April 27th 2016, 8 boys from 6th class and supporters travelled to Castlebar to compete in the Spar Connacht 5 a side competition. The boys were representing Roscommon as they had progressed through two previous blitz.  5 of the boys had participated in the tournament last year so they had experience.

Their first match was against Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal who were from Sligo. The game was a thrilling one finishing 9 – 4 in favour of Cloonakilla. Dara McGuinness ran the show grabbing 5 goals within the first half.

The next game against Galway was certainly not easy as Cloonakilla went down 2 – 0 within the first four minutes to an abysmal decision on a penalty. Cloonakilla fought well and scrambled a draw and could have easily gone on to win the game. The result was not ideal but at least it wasn’t a loss. This Galway game proved to be the toughest of the day.

Gaelscoile Liatroma was the next opponent but didn’t pose much of a challenge to the Cloonakilla side, the  score finished 7 -1.

The last game proved to be important as Cloonakilla needed to put every chance away to rack up the goal difference.  9 – 1 was the final score.

You may think that would be enough, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Kileeneen from Galway rose to the challenge and bet Mayo 14 – 0. Even though Cloonakilla were unlucky, the victory was deserved for Kileeneen.

It  was a great experience and we are very proud of how we performed.

 

Spring Clean

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National Spring Clean.

We held our annual spring Clean on Wednesday morning. The school grounds were divided into different areas and each class had the responsibility for tidying an area.  All pupils took part in littering picking, sweeping, pulling weeds etc.  We had a beautiful morning for our outdoor activities.  When we had finished we were very proud of how neat and tidy our school yard was.  We are definitely a ‘green school.’

 

 

Visit to the National Stud

2nd Class and the National Stud

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On Thursday the 7th April, we set off on an exciting scientific adventure to the National Stud in Kildare.
There, they breed thoroughbred horses for racing. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the horses.
A male horse is called a stallion and a female horse is called a mare.
A baby girl horse is called a filly and a baby boy horse is called a colt.
We saw a baby colt, that was only 1 day old! He was lying in a stable with his Mum.
When they are a year old foals are called yearlings!
The foals are taken away from their mothers when they are 6 months old to be sold.
Horses are measured in hands. We thought this was quite unusual because we have been learning about the need for standard units; centimetres and metres in Maths!
We saw lots of stallions. They are kept in separate fields because they are territorial, meaning they might fight each other.
We saw mares and their foals in different fields as well. The mares are very protective of their young!
We visited St Fiachra’s Garden where we saw a beehive hut! We were able to walk through the hut.
There were lots of spring flowers blooming in the stud although the trees were still bare.
We had a lovely play in the playground and we finished off our day with a stroll through the Japanese Gardens.
We were all exhausted after a wonderful day!

Soccer win for the Girls

Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class played a soccer match against Ardkeenan. The match took place in Cloonakilla N.S.   The final score was 3 – 0  in favour of Cloonakilla. There was great excitement afterwards.

Next Friday the girls will play their next game.

Wednesday, April 13

Reporter : Stephany

Science Week

Science Week in Junior Infants
Investigation: Which product makes the ‘best’ bubbles?
Junior Infants became scientists during science week. We investigated which product would make the best bubbles.
To make this a fair test, we had to explain what we meant by ‘best’ bubbles before we could begin the experiment. As a class, we decided that the ‘best’ bubbles were going to be the biggest bubbles that lasted the longest.
Method:
1. Firstly, we examined the three products that we would use to make the bubbles– sun cream, shampoo & washing up liquid.
2. On our investigation worksheet we made our predictions. We gave 1 to the best, 2 to the second best and 3 to the third best bubbles. Everybody made their own predictions which made it really fun because they were different!(see worksheet)
3. We got three bowls and filled them with the same amount of water (100ml).
4. We added two drops of food colouring to each bowl. We did this to make sure we could see the bubbles!
5. Next we added two tablespoons of shampoo, washing up liquid and sun cream separately to each of the three bowls. We had to be really careful when measuring to make sure it was a fair test!
6. Finally, we got our timer ready and set it to 10 seconds.
7. Three students got a straw each and after the whole class counted them in – they began to blow into the straw until the timer went off.
8. Science Week in Junior Infants
Investigation: Which product makes the ‘best’ bubbles?
Junior Infants became scientists during science week. We investigated which product would make the best bubbles.
To make this a fair test, we had to explain what we meant by ‘best’ bubbles before we could begin the experiment. As a class, we decided that the ‘best’ bubbles were going to be the biggest bubbles that lasted the longest.
Method:
1. Firstly, we examined the three products that we would use to make the bubbles– sun cream, shampoo & washing up liquid.
2. On our investigation worksheet we made our predictions. We gave 1 to the best, 2 to the second best and 3 to the third best bubbles. Everybody made their own predictions which made it really fun because they were different!(see worksheet)
3. We got three bowls and filled them with the same amount of water (100ml).
4. We added two drops of food colouring to each bowl. We did this to make sure we could see the bubbles!
5. Next we added two tablespoons of shampoo, washing up liquid and sun cream separately to each of the three bowls. We had to be really careful when measuring to make sure it was a fair test!
6. Finally, we got our timer ready and set it to 10 seconds.
7. Three students got a straw each and after the whole class counted them in – they began to blow into the straw until the timer went off.
8. Lastly we examined the results of our experiment.
9. We set our timer again to see which bubbles lasted the longest and we used our eyes to examine the biggest bubbles.
10. The longest lasting and biggest bubbles were made from the shampoo while the sun cream made no bubbles at all!
11. We wrote our results beside our predictions (see worksheet) and compared our results.

Conclusion:
Some people’s predictions were the same as their results while others were very different. This is what made it so exciting! From our science investigation, we now know that we should use shampoo to make the biggest and longest lasting bubbles!

Lastly we examined the results of our experiment.
9. We set our timer again to see which bubbles lasted the longest and we used our eyes to examine the biggest bubbles.
10. The longest lasting and biggest bubbles were made from the shampoo while the sun cream made no bubbles at all!
11. We wrote our results beside our predictions (see worksheet) and compared our results.

Conclusion:
Some people’s predictions were the same as their results while others were very different. This is what made it so exciting! From our science investigation, we now know that we should use shampoo to make the biggest and longest lasting bubbles!

Discover Primary Science Open Day

Stem Showcase   –      Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

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Cloonakilla NS organised a science showcase to display all our hard work in science so far this year. We invited our parents to come in and look at our experiments. Every class from Junior Infants to Sixth Class took part in the showcase. We were split into different groups within our class. Each group took one experiment to showcase to the visiting parents. This involved creating posters for experiments. Our posters included methods, materials and diagrams too. On the evening of the showcase, we explained our investigation, carried out our experiments and answered any scientific questions our parents had to ask us. We had a really fun science evening and our parents really enjoyed it too! Take a look at some of the pictures from our showcase.

Scratch

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This year 5th class learned the basics of Scratch programming during maths stations. Time was limited each week- but we learned many new skills.

In Term 1 we learned how to move the sprite forwards, backwards, up and down using different commands . We put this into use in the ‘Underwater Challenge’ where we had two different sprites on the screen moving in different directions at different speeds.  We then learned how to select our own sprite and to change the background. We changed costumes in ‘Battle of the Bands’ and this gave the illusion of movement.

In Term 2 we learned how to use ‘paint’ to create our own backgrounds. We also were introduced to ‘sensing’  and ‘ lives’.  We also learned how to control the sprite using the arrow keys. We used these new skills to design a simple computer game. We all designed a simple maze which the sprite has to be guided through. If you touch the edge you will go back to the beginning and lose a life. We all created our own individual projects, but we worked together to solve problems and come up with new solutions. We learned a lot from seeing the other  projects and helping each other.

Some of our projects were entered in the National Scratch competition and we all hope to get a Scratch certificate at the end of the year  when we complete the Scratch Lessons.

 

5-a-Side Soccer Success for Cloonakilla !

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The Cloonakilla Boys Soccer team took part in the Roscommon B Schools 5-a-side competition in Shiven Rovers on 6/4/16.

They had to play three games against Roxboro, Cornafulla and Strokestown.

They began with Roxboro where they won 4 – 1 after flying into a 3 – 0 lead before half-time.  Next up was  Cornafulla. The team performed excellently to triumph 7 – 1.

The final game  was a ‘winner takes all’ game, as Strokestown had won their first two games as well. With the pressure on, the team put in their best performance and overcame their opponents 7- 1.

The whole squad contributed to the success of the day. There were lots of excellent individual performances in defence and attack, and great team goals scored throughout.

The Squad:  Kyle, John, Shane, Eoin, Kamso, Abdul, Dara & Jack

Next up is the Connacht series in Castlebar later in the month.