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!
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.
Last December, we put out a wildlife camera to see if we could catch a fox! We set up the camera at the Junior yard placing some chicken under a rock as bait. As you can see, we did it! A fox came into our yard! We showed the video to the Junior classes and answered their questions! It was so much fun!
from Ms Harney’s Class are taking part in the SuperValu Cooking All Stars
Programme during Tem 2 2019. Each week the focus will be on learning a key
cookery skill and learning fun facts about a hero ingredient. Then we will have
a demo by Ms Harney and Mrs Cronolly and a practical lesson where we will cook
a healthy recipe for our classmates. We can then take our skills home and
practise cooking healthy meals with our families.
On the evening of December 11th pupils from 5th and 6th classes and their teachers Ms Connaughton, Ms Kiely, Mrs Cronolly, Ms Harney and Ms Cunniffe held a public speaking event for our parents in the school hall. It was a great success.
The theme of the event was “Role Models.” Some of the children read a Seamus Heaney poem, others read aloud pieces they had written about their own personal role models. There was a debate on the night. The motion was “We need better role models for our generation” and the debaters on both sides had excellent speeches prepared. There was lovely musical entertainment provided by the children and Mrs O Rourke.
We were delighted to see so many of our families there to support us on the night. Our teachers and parents were very proud of us. We debated again with 4th class as an audience the next day and we hope that some of the children in that class will take part in public speaking next year. We will have another debate next term.
Term 2 6th Class
On April 3rd 2019 we made our Confirmation with children from Clonown parish , in St Peter’s and Pauls Church Athlone. We went to the church on Friday the 29th of March for a practice. We had an excellent practice and we were all feeling confident for the big day. We all had a splendid day with amazing reading from Katie Browning and Luke Duignan and some lovely Prayers of the Faithful from Therese Farrel, Juilet Shine, Zoe Collins, Kevin Jordan, Eleanor Gaffey and Lucy Barclay. Then Caimin Macken, Ryan Carberry, Dylan Berry, Amyleigh Harkin Brown ,Sarah Keenan, Mya Conroy and Seán Noone. Also some excellent singing from Kaitlin Mitchell, Tara Duignan, Kyra Brennan Donovan, Stephany Faria Fogaca, Aoife Carroll and Aaron Hurley. Finally we had the Reflection from James Doherty and Emma Fitzpatrick. We all had a wonderful day making our Confirmation and everyone did absolutely brilliant. We hope everyone had a nice day with their families . Thanks to our wonderful teachers who helped us along the way Ms Kiely and Miss Connaughton, and to our marvellous choir from 4th and 5th classes and Mrs O’Rourke who played the piano. WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!!!! By Aaron Hurley and Zoe Collins.
Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2019
During Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2019 our school had a Ceilí in our hall. Children from 3rd 4th 5th and 6th classes took part in the Ceilí.The 3rd and 4th class pupilsperformed “The German Clap Dance” and the “Siege of Ennis”.The children from 5th and 6th classes danced “The Walls of Limerick” and “La Vinca”. Then Fionn played the harp, Cathal played the accordian, Leon played the violin and Lauren danced a jig.Everyone had a great time dancing and performing the dances they worked hard on learning.
During March, three girls teams and three boys teams represented our school and took part in the Spar 5-a-side soccer league. Every team played three games. One of the boys teams qualified for the semi -finals. Cornafulla N.S., Ballybay N.S., Roxborough N.S. and Abbeycarton N.S. were also at the tournament. There were very strong teams at the tournament. Everyone at the tournament had fun. By Sarah G, John Hurley and Sean Noone.
of March 2019 our fifth and sixth classes showcased their J.E.P products in the
school hall. Parents, teachers and pupils could buy the products and enter
various competitions on the day.
J.E.P. products were
D.I.Y The Healthy Way
Premium Tye – Dye T- shirts
Every group sold lots of products and made a profit. Everyone had great fun at the showcase day and we learned all about being entrepreneurs.
Saving Energy Lesson
we had a “Switch It Off Month.”
all about energy and how to save energy with Mr O’Leochain. We discussed
renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.
We looked at
a clock that was getting the energy from two potatoes. The clock was connected
to the potatoes with two wires.
looked at a dinosaur plant that has been dormant for 50 years and we tried to
bring it back to life. We placed the dinosaur plant in a bowl of water and it
slowly started to turn green and make its own energy through photosynthesis.
We also looked
at a shrimp. The shrimp hadn’t been fed for 3 or 4 years, but it feeds itself
by from the algae on the glass.
observed small pieces of volcanic rock. It had lost all of its energy and
therefore was lighter than a normal rock.
O’Leochain explained how the bog is formed and the energy that comes from a sod
We all enjoyed learning about energy and that there is energy in everything!
6th Class did a cycling course as part of the Active
Flag Programme in the School. We did it for four weeks and it was a lot of fun
We learned how to be safe on the road cycling and we also learned the m-check and the signals on the bike. We learned about the two o’clock position on the bike and also the primary and secondary position on the bike and why we have to wear a helmet safely. We got up on the bikes and to put this into practice. We split into two groups and practised cycling around the yard then we moved onto the carpark and practised our signals. Once we knew all these skills we moved onto the road and went for a small cycle. We have all learned a lot from the course and we had a lot of fun participating in the cycling course. Now we all know how to ride a bike safely and carefully without being in danger.
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