Category Archives: Ms O Briens Class

5th Class Visit to Balbriggan Community College

The 5th class children from St Molaga’s were invited to visit Balbriggan Community College. The children were split into different coloured groups on arrival. They then, with their group leader, visited the art room to make gory cuts out of paint, glue and plaster, the tech room to look at robots, the science lab to make fire and dissect a lambs heart and finally to their new amazing gymnasium to jump the high jump and climb the climbing wall.

The children got a real flavour of what secondary school in Balbriggan Community College will be like if they chose to go there.

 

FAI Spar 5 Aside

After numerous trials and only being able to pick 16 boys from almost 60, Michael O Regan, Ms O Brien and Ms O Mahony headed off to Abbotstown for the FAI SPAR 5 aside soccer tournament. We had two teams entered into the competition. Both teams played very well considering the pace of the game and it being 5 a side soccer. The decision on who was to leave the group stages came down to the last match for one of the teams. Unfortunately St Ciaran’s knocked us out of the competition, however they went on to win the overall tournament on the day.

The boys played extremely well with outstanding performances from so many of them. A huge thank you to Ms Daly and Michael for organising the event. We wish the girls the very best of luck on Thursday 30th!

Christmas 2016

Ms O Brien’s group made coconut snowballs desserts. We made small balls of dough which we then rolled in sugar syrup and then into desiccated coconut. It was a messy lesson but lots of fun and there were even yummy to taste.

Painting with Ice
We poured different coloured paints into ice cube trays. We placed lollipop sticks in to the centre of each paint cube. We placed the trays into the freezer for 24 hours. When we removed the ice cubes of paint from the trays we the set about painting Christmas themed paintings. It was extremely messy but great fun.

Lemon Drizzle Cake
As a group we planned how to bake a lemon drizzle cake. We listed the ingredients and the method in sequence. Lucky us we got to go into the staffroom to bake the cake. We all took turns measuring, beating and mixing the cake. Ms O Brien placed the mixture into the oven for 55 mins at 180 degrees.
When it was cooled the next day we returned to the staffroom and mixed icing sugar and lemon juice together to make the drizzle icing. We were able to eat it immediately. It was delicious.

Daffodil Planting

 

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The pupils also had an opportunity to see the horse chestnut tree which was grown from a chestnut in 1987 and planted just inside the gate as a sapling 25 years ago. This is the first year that the tree has produced horse chestnuts or “conkers” and each class got a chestnut which they can plant. Maybe in another 27 years, the pupils in 2041 will have the opportunity to see the first chestnuts on another tree!

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The Rugby 6 Nations Competition

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Irish Rugby

 

We each researched an Irish rugby player using our lap tops. The Rugby six nations competition is on taking place at the moment.

We researched and discovered the height, weight and birthday of our player.

We researched Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Johnny Sexton , Sean O Brien and the Kearney brothers, Rob and Paul.

Ronan Costello, a 4th year student on work experience, really helped us a lot.

It was great fun learning about each rugby player.

We presented them to Ms Costello.

The Year of the Horse

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The Year of the horse.

 

Today we painted pictures of the Blue horse by Franz Marc and Eric Carle.

Franz Marc was a World War painter who believed that an animal could be any colour, it was all in your imagination. He was killed in action and his sketch book was found upon him.  Eric Carle took this idea to create a children’s book called,

The Artist who painted the Blue Horse.

We also decided to paint the horse because it is the Chinese year of the horse.

We really enjoyed painting our blue horses.

A visitor from Dublin Zoo

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A visitor from Dublin Zoo.

 

A fantastic gentleman from Dublin zoo came to visit our school. He brought amazing animal parts such as an elephant’s foot, elephant’s teeth, a dead turtle and a Siberian tiger skin.

He told us amazing facts about elephants. They are so quiet when they walk because their feet spring when they walk. The live as long as six sets of teeth and each set lasts about 10 years.

Male turtles never ever leave the sea and a female turtle only ever leaves the sea to have her eggs and bury them before she returns to the sea. She never sees her baby turtle eggs hatch and probably never meets her babies.

We learned about the good things Dublin zoo does for all animals especially animals that are on the brink of extinction.

It was an amazing day.

Daffodil Planting

Today the 3rd class children planted their spring bulbs thanks to the Parents Association. There was a great variety planted on the school grounds, tall daffodils, tulips and alliums.Our caretaker Michael dug all the holes for us despite the wet weather. Ms Costello explained how to position the bulb for the daffodil to sprout up in the Spring. The children then wrote their own poems back in their classrooms. We are all looking forward to the splash of colour in the spring.

 

Science- we walked on air!!!

Ms lenaghan and 3rd class walked on air today. We placed blown up balloons in bags, put them under a table which was turned upside down. Then one by one 5 of us stood up on the table which was on top of the balloons. The balloons did not burst the 1st time we did it. This was because the air was trapped in the balloons and the balloons were spread evenly underneath the table. However the 2nd time we did it as the 5th person stood on the table one balloon burst. We all screamed with a fright but laughed afterwards. It was great fun to walk on air.

We were civil engineers for a day.

Today, during engineers week, we became civil engineers for the day. Firstly we constructed a cube using only marshmallows and cocktail sticks. It was not very steady. We then constructed a square based pyramid which was stronger. Ms O’Brien then asked us to constructed the tallest structure that we could but the structure had to stand alone. Sean and Jessica used 3 cocktail sticks into each marshmallow which made their the strongest. It was great fun.