For our end of year public speaking event in June 2019, our 6th class competed against Curraghboy NS. The motion was proposed by Curraghboy NS and opposed by Cloonakilla NS, who hosted the event. Parents, teachers and pupils from both schools attended to support the speakers and it was a very enjoyable afternoon. It was a robust debate and both teams demonstrated excellent public speaking skills and delivered their speeches in a very eloquent manner. Marguerite Quinlan, Deputy Principal of Colaiste Chiarain was the neutral adjudicator on the day, and she was very impressed by the high standard of public speaking and research compiled by the children. The motion was defeated and Cloonakilla were victorious on the day. Well done to all involved and enjoy the well-deserved summer break!
June 19th, we went on our school tour to Birr in County Offaly. It
was an enjoyable journey to Birr because lots of people were eating their
sweets along the way. When we arrived we were all really excited as we
travelled to the river Shannon in Banagher to go canoeing. We were singing as
we paddled down the river. We tipped over our canoes and we put clay on the
canoes and we made a mud slide. It was brilliant fun! The teachers barely
recognised us as our faces were covered in mud! When we canoed back to Banagher
harbour, we were allowed to jump into the water from the pier. Some people were
really brave and did front flips and cannon balls!
day we played fun team games and we did archery and wall climbing. We all had
an amazing day. We went home absolutely exhausted but we were so happy to have
shared this exciting trip to Birr together.
On the 10th
of May 2019, children from both 6th classes went head to head in an
inter-class debate. The motion was “Today’s children are under more pressure
than their parents and grandparents were”.
from Ms Kiely’s class proposed the motion and children from Ms Connaughton’s
class opposed it.
It was a
heated debate and all of the children were very well prepared. The motion was
not carried on the day, as the audience voted in favour of the opposing team,
but everyone spoke very well and it was a great debate.
Before the debate children from the Amber Flag Committee spoke to the audience about how to deal with stress and pressure and gave them some ideas of ways they could manage their stress and promote positive mental health. They did a great job and gave some great tips that we can all use to decrease our stress levels!Well done to all of the children involved.
Leaning Tower of Pisa was built by Bonanno Pisano in 1173, now that’s a long
time ago! It was built in Pisa. Enough of the facts, lets now find out how the
Leaning Tower of Pisa hasn’t fallen yet! 5 years after the tower was built it
started to lean 0.2 degrees north of vertical. A few years later the tower
tilted 1 degree south.
Outstandingly it’s still tilting up
to this day! The reason why this beautiful tower started to tilt is the
foundation under the tower started to soften a lot. It was because it started
to rain quite a lot in Pisa, Italy. That is how the Leaning Tower of Pisa is
still leaning is said to probably live for another 200 years! Thank you for
Today during ‘Steam’ I learned about process
engineering. ‘Process Engineering’ is the branch of engineering that is
concerned with industrial processes, especially design, operation and control.
We were shown a powerpoint about process engineering. In the powerpoint we
learnt about isometric dots. Isometric dots are dots that engineers use to
sketch the things that they will build. We were given an isometric dot sheet to
do. We had to draw certain shapes on the sheet. We also learnt how rice is
made. It was very interesting. Then we did our daily assignment. We had to make
working sweet factories that had working systems.
Today during ‘STEAM’ I learned about mechanical
engineering. Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that is
concerned with design, construction and use of machines. We were shown an
interesting PowerPoint. During the PowerPoint, we were shown a video of a man
who found a very interesting and inventive way of opening his door. It would be
way easier and faster to just open the door manually. Nevertheless it was still
interesting and creative. Then we had to blutac two marbles on either side of a
ruler and then put the ruler halfway off the table to see if it will balance.
Then we were taught about wind turbines and had to make our own one. It was
hard but my team and I got ours finished. That’s this week’s steam round-up.
Steam: Week 4
Today during STEAM I learned about ‘transport
engineering.’ Transport engineering is the branch of engineering that is
concerned with functional design and operation. We were shown a powerpoint.
During the powerpoint we were shown a video on how a plane works. It was hard
to understand but at least I learnt something. Then I had to make a paper
plane. We then learnt a bit more about
transport engineering on the powerpoint. Then we had to do our weekly
assignment. We had to make boats that floated and could hold cargo.
Steam: Week 5
Today during ‘STEAM’ I learned about environmental engineering. Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with using natural sources. We were shown a powerpoint. During the powerpoint we were shown a video.
First Class has been very busy in our last term. As our
local history study, we visited Derryglad Folk Museum. We met Charlie who
showed us lots of artefacts from the past. We also learned all about Athlone in
the Past and compared it with all we know about Athlone today.
In PE, we were covering the orienteering strand. Our
teachers made maps of the school for us to follow. We then had to use the maps
to find different letters around the school to spell a word. It was a great
team effort, and great fun!
In art we learned about Vincent Van Gogh. We made our own
version of his painting Sunflowers. We
also made lots of summer art to decorate our door!
We went on our school tour to Turoe Pet Farm. We played in Jungle
Town, Inflatable City and had a tour of the pet farm to learn all about the
animals with our guide, Seán.
Our final writing genre was report writing. We composed our own reports about animals like snakes, panda bears, camels, tigers and elephants. We worked in pairs to research our reports. We then presented our reports to the class and even brought home a book of class reports to show our parents.
Infants have had great fun in their final term this year. We learned about
summer, discussed the adventures we would like to take, designed passports to
get there and packed our suitcases for the holidays. We painted beautiful
pictures of the summer landscape.
In Science we were learning about mini beasts. We examined micro habitats, the hedgerow and had great fun searching for mini beasts around the school.
Class Tour Glendeer Pet farm
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