World Book Day
World Book Day
Over the past 6 weeks the children from 5th class have been taking part in the Cooking All Stars Programme with Mrs. Cronolly, Ms. Harney and Breege. SuperValu provided all of the recipes, cookery equipment and aprons, and Smith’s SuperValu Monskland generously provided the ingredients for each week’s lesson. We learned lots of cookery new skills and practised making some delicious new recipes. We tried out a new one each week.
COOKING ALL STARS AT CLOONAKILLA NS 2019!
The children 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.
Public Speaking Event at Cloonakilla NS
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.
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.
Spar 5-a-side Soccer League.
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.
J.E.P Showcase Day
On 21st 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.
The four J.E.P. products were
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
During March we had a “Switch It Off Month.”
We learned 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.
We also 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.
We also observed small pieces of volcanic rock. It had lost all of its energy and therefore was lighter than a normal rock.
Then Mr O’Leochain explained how the bog is formed and the energy that comes from a sod of turf.
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 cycling.
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.
Orienteering with Padraig Higgins
An orienteering expert came to carry out a workshop on this interesting strand unit of our PE curriculum. First, he introduced us to the topic with a powerpoint and some real life examples of maps. He then brought us outside to carry out an orienteering exercise based on our school grounds. Here is what some of the pupil had to say:
“Orienteering is very similar to a treasure map.” Charlie Whyte
“It is easy to get lost in orienteering.” Oisin Connor
“I felt like a pirate searching for treasure!” Adam Donaldson
“It’s like a really cool treasure hunt!” Rachel Murphy
“Always use your map to ensure you don’t get lost.” Ruby O’Leary
“There’s a few symbols to remember…. a red circle fora control, a red triangle to signal the starting point and concentric circles to indicate where you finish.” Lauren O’Brien
“I wonder what it would be like to do orienteering outside of school.” Emily Mullally
Writing to Padraig
5th class decided to write letters to Padraig to express our gratitude. We all hope he liked them, because we sure loved orienteering! We had fun getting used to the format of a letter and using the correct terminology when writing a letter to someone.
Scavenger Hunt & Pumpkin Village
During October, Ms.Cunniffe’s 5th class went out on a nature walk to collect sticks, twigs, moss, leaves, wildflowers etc. to create our very own pumpkin village. We were divided up into teams of 3 to design and become engineers of the future. There was an element of problem solving involved as it was a little tricky. We tried to avoid the use of manmade products like glue and used cocktail sticks and pins instead. You can see clearly from the pictures how imaginative and creative 5th class were during this fun project.
As part of Maths Week , Ms.Cunniffe’s 5th class made maths games for 1st class to enjoy! We were in various groups to come up with these games. We had to be imaginative and come up with suitable games that would be fun but educational for a first class pupil. Some of the games were called “Mathsnopoly” and “Bingo Shapes”. It was a very successful project that we enjoyed and first class were a great audience.
Before the Halloween break Ms Cunniffe’s 5th class did Frankenstein art. We were all given a purple, dark green, light green, black, and white card. The purple card was the background, the two toned green cards were for Frankenstein`s face, the black card was for the hair, pupils and eyebrows. It was hard but fun cutting out weird shapes. Finally the white card was for the eyes. When we were finished we hung them up and they looked great in our classroom display.
Ms. Cunniffe`s 5th class did Halloween Silhouettes! It was lots of fun! We chose our preferred silhouettes, carefully cut them out. This was a little tricky as the shapes were quite detailed. We integrated our Maths skills with art as we had to use our compass to draw circles with radii of 7 cm and 9 cm to use as the disks for our backgrounds. Finally we glued the silhouettes to our circular disks. We put them on the window and it looked like a spooky shadow of a creepy ghoul! By Ruby Rose O’Leary 5th Class
The Amber Flag Committee Bake Sale!
The Amber Flag Committee held a Bake Sale to fundraise for Pieta Midlands. Pieta helps people with mental health difficulties who are feeling sad and depressed. We raised €750! We will present a cheque to Gerard Tiernan from Pieta at our Amber Flag raising ceremony next week.
The Amber Flag Committee held a raffle to fundraise for the school’s planned new Sensory Room. We raised €902! A cheque will be presented to the Board of Management.
We went to a Cross Country on the 4th of October 2018. It was in St.Brigid’s. Our experience at the cross country was very enjoyable. The competition was for 3rd -6th classes. The distances were 900m and 1200m. We have two boys from our school that made it to the Connaught Final. Their names are Shay Mc Guinness from 4th class and Cathal O’Brien from 6th class. Cathal came in 10th place, Shay came in 12th, and they both got medals. We all had an awesome time at the cross country and hopefully we get to go again soon. Best of luck to the boys in the Connaught Final.
I had lots of fun at Delphi. It was the best school tour ever and one of the best few days of my life. When I got to school I was so excited I could not wait to get on the bus! The scenery was spectacular. My favourite activity was bog hopping because after you got all mucky, there was a pond with slides into the water and stuff like that.These are some negatives for example the food .Also, it was too rainy and windy and for some of the activities you had to wait a long time for a go.I would give it a 9.25/10.00 James Doherty 5th class
Trail of Athlone
On Tuesday at 10:30 we went on a trail of Athlone. First we got on the bus. Then we got off at the Luan Art Gallery to go on a nature walk and answer questions. Some of the questions were hard and some were easy. After we handed up the questions we went to St. Peters and Pauls Church. When we got to the church, Ms. Cunniffe and Ms.Harney gave us a new sheet of questions. After we were finished outside the church, we went inside to answer the rest of the questions. We also had to be extremely quiet so it made it harder to ask your teammates for help. After we finally finished the questions we headed over to St. Mary’s church to answer the questions about the churches. Then we made our way to the Athlone castle. At the Athlone castle the questions were easier than all the other questions. I never noticed that there were so many tourists around the town. After about an hour and a half we went back to school. Katelyn Goode and Mya Conroy
In our class we did a piece of art call Giraffa cakes! They were so much fun to create and colour them! There was so many vibrant colours to choose from. We used oil pastels to colour them. The giraffe was hard to cut out. Katelyn Goode and Mya Conroy
City of Bright Lights
During the year we did lots of art but this has to be one of my favourites. It was so fun to make the unique cities. There was so many different types of cities to create. I went for a more modern style. My friend went for a more futuristic style. Mya Conroy and Katelyn Goode
Day of the Dead
So for our Mexico projects we made sugar skulls. First a template of our teacher. There was a sugar skull on it. We coloured the sugar skull and then cut it out. We got to customize our sugar skull with glitter and some accessories. They turned out amazing. Katelyn Goode and Mya Conroy
On Wednesday our class made sculptures out of clay. Our class made some creative sculptures. I was very impressed with the finishing products. It was a very fun activity to do. Painting them was just as fun. Mya Conroy and Katelyn Goode
Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican artist she made a lot of self-portraits. She painted with her mouth as she had a major back injury. These are our very own versions of her fabulous artwork.
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