The Custume Barracks Army Band
The army band from Custume Barracks came to our school on Tuesday the 28th of November 2017 to perform.
They showed us some of the instruments in the orchestra. Songs they played included: a Beauty and the Beast medley, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ (from Toy Story), a segment of the main theme of Star Wars (also verse 5 of Star Wars in 99 seconds: A New Hope), ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake – (from Trolls) and ‘Uptown Funk’ (by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars.
Some children were called up to the stage by the army band instructor. Emma, Ella and Kyra in 5th were invited up to play some instruments. Stephany in 5th class thanked the army band for coming to perform for the school.
This article was written by Oisín Moran, 6th Class student at Cloonakilla N.S.
Bird Feeders and Bird Cakes
6th class made bird feeders and bird cakes.
For the bird cakes, we cut a hole in a yogurt pot and put string through it.
Next we tied a lollipop stick to the string, to act as a perch.
We mixed melted lard with breadcrumbs, raisins and seeds and put the mixture in the pot and put it in the fridge to harden.
When the lard had hardened and set, we took it out of the pot and hung it up.
For the bird feeders we cut holes in a bottle and inserted chopsticks into the holes to act as the perches.
Next we made slightly larger holes for feeding holes. We used a funnel for filling it with seeds.
Next, we put the lid on the bottles and hung them up with string.
By Oisín Moran
On the 28th of November 2017 sixth class attended the musical “The Wedding Singer” in the Dean Crowe Theatre which was performed by Athlone Community College.
The play was very humorous and amusing; we all thought everyone was excellent at their part. Their acting was outstanding and they made it seem very realistic. The TY students combined a mixture of wonderful songs and dances. We would like to thank them for an unforgettable experience. Well done to all the students who took part in this remarkable musical!
By Ava May
A.I.T SCIENCE SHOW
On Thursday the 16th of November 6th class went to the A.I.T to see a show called the Science of Juggling.
We learned a lot about gravity and it was a very enjoyable experience done in a most peculiar way.
James Soper, the Juggling Scientist, explained how gravity works and the main pioneers of gravity, while also having fun with it. He juggled and balanced on a uni-cycle. Some members of our class were brought up to do experiments (Tara O’Sullivan and Conor Naughton) to show how gravity works. Mrs. Cronolly was also chosen to help James with one of his tricks.
Run Around Europe
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Run Around Europe Challenge.
As a school we ran 31,290 laps!
The Run Around Europe Challenge started on the 25th of September and ended on the 30th of September. Every class ran laps on different sized courts each day of the week for one whole week.
This event got every class running and active. One lap for sixth class was 112m!
Miss Connaughton’s 6th Class reached Monaco with all their laps combined.
Ms Cunniffe’s 5th Class reached Ankara with all their laps combined.
Mr Kildbride’s 4th and 5th Class reached Valetta with all their laps combined.
Ms Gately’s 4th Class reached Paris with all their laps combined.
Ms Dowling’s 3rd Class reached Paris with all their laps combined.
Ms Finnegan’s 3rd Class reached Paris with all their laps combined.
Ms Campbell’s 2nd Class reached Luxemburg with all their laps combined.
Mr O’ Leochain’s 2nd Class reached Minsk with all their laps combined.
Both Senior Infants laps combined brought them close to London.
Ms O’Keeffe’s Junior Infants reached Stockholm with all their laps combined.
Ms Sexton’s Junior Infants reached Stockholm with all their laps combined.
Planting Daffodil Bulbs
In this term, Sixth Class went outside to plant daffodils bulbs with Gerry in the flower beds. We took a few bulbs each and Gerry had already dug holes for us to put the bulbs into. We then placed four to five bulbs in each hole. We made sure that the roots were facing down. Gerry then filled the holes with compost. We think that the bulbs will grow well as they are sheltered by the wall. We are looking forward to seeing bright yellow daffodils in spring!
6th class Science Experiment on Phototropism
To investigate how plants move towards the light, we planted a lima bean and made it complete a maze which we made out of a shoebox and two pieces of cardboard taped inside.
We planted the lima bean and left it outside of the box for a day or two until it grew. We the placed it into the box and closed the lid, keeping it standing upright.
We also cut a little hole at the top of the box so the plant could grow towards the light. We remembered to water the plant everyday!
Everyday we observed the plant grow a little bit more towards the light at the top of the box! After a few days our plant reached the first piece of cardboard. After a week or so, our plant had grown up to the second piece of cardboard. Finally the plant grew out the top of the box.
This experiment showed how plants respond to the direction of light (phototropism) .
Report by Ava May O’Neill Maher, 6th class.
As part of math’s week 2017, 6th class designed and made maths games for 3rd and 4th classes. We had so much fun working together to design and make these games in small groups of two’s or three’s. We had a period of one week to design and make these games and the results were outstanding. These maths games were based on the 3rd and 4th class maths curriculum. These games were fantastic and the feedback we got from the students and teachers was exceptional. Some of the games we made included ‘Maths Quest’, ‘Maths Snakes and Ladders’, ‘Spooky Sums’, ‘Mysterious Maths’ and ‘20 Second Rule’. We enjoyed explaining our games to the younger classes and sharing our knowledge with them.
We hope everyone had fun and enjoyed our maths games!
Report by Oisín Tiernan, 6th class.
Gaelic Football: Since the start of the school year, a Gaelic Football coach called Maria from Clann Na Gael has been coaching 6th class on Thursdays to improve their Gaelic Football skills. 6th class have been practicing hard and are improving our Gaelic Football skills. 6th class have enjoyed playing Gaelic Football for these past few weeks, especially Marie’s fun drills and games.
During Maths week 2017, 6th class have been playing maths games and doing lots of maths activities. Some of these activities are as follows:
Money in the Jar; Miss Connaughton put 20c coins in a jar and everyone in the class had a chance to estimate the value of the money. Tadhg Hughes won. His estimation was very close to the actual answer- he was just 40c away!
Walk a Kilometre; in this activity Miss Cunniffe set out markers for every 25 m in the school. We walked around the whole school to get fit and use maths to calculate how long a kilometre is.
Maths Trail; we explored maths in the school environment. For example, we answered questions about the area and perimeter of the basketball court and examined the number plates of the cars in the car park.
Head To Head Mental Maths; in the activity Miss Connaughton put two people against each other in a quick fire mental maths game. The daily winners received €1 as a prize.
Maths Eyes; we were asked to take pictures of maths in real life in our houses or communities. We had to write 8 mathematical questions to go with our picture. The winner was Sarah O’Toole with a fantastic picture and questions!
We really enjoyed playing maths games, using our maths eyes and doing maths activities.