Category Archives: Ms Leonards Class

Taking on the Teachers!

Our sixth classes took part in the Active Ireland “Taking on the Teachers” challenge. We did basketball relays, tug of war, a penalty shoot out and golf (which everyone found hard!) At the end of the challenge, it was a draw but sixth class won after a basketball shoot out. Everyone was delighted, especially when they got a night off homework as a prize!

In even better news, we just learned that our school, along with another school in Donegal, won the competition so we have won €150 of sports equipment for the school.

We are all looking forward to the rematch!

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.


Gemma came in today to show us items and clothing from the Lakota tribe, which is in North America.

These are some of the things we learned.

The Lakota have a dance stick that they move up and down to lead the dance. The dance is like a prayer.

Boys wear a  head-dress called a roach for ceremonial reasons.

Girls wear beads and braid their hair. The three parts of the braid symbolise body, mind and spirit.

The white buffalo calf is a symbol of hope.

Girls wear dance shawls for the pow wow.

Their houses now are wooden and small. In summer they live in tipis usually made out of canvas. Sometimes they are made out of buffalo skin.

They use sweet grass for their prayers. They light it and the smoke that goes up is their prayers going up to God.

Dreamcatchers were made by the Oneida . You put them on your window or over your bed and they catch your nightmares.

When a boy was twelve, he was isolated on a mountain. When he came back, he had to take care of the children, cook his own food, make his own bed, and look after himself for a  year. He wasn’t allowed to talk to the women during this year. At the end of the year, the women would decide if they could call him a man or not.

The Lakota have a medicine pouch. They keep medicine in it but they also keep grey wolf skin and things that are very important to them. It’s like a memory box and it’s private.

The Lakota believe that there is good medicine and bad medicine and that everyone is medicine. If you’re good medicine you’re kind and helpful and  nice. If you’re bad medicine, you’re mean, cruel and selfish.

Women wear feathers in their hair. If you’re married, you wear them on the right. If you’re not married, you wear them on the left. You shouldn’t touch a woman’s feathers.

Warriors would wear a choker around their neck made out of beads and deer bones. If they were hit by a bullet, the bullet would ricochet off the deer bones. They would also have a breast plate on their chest made out of the same things. Women’s breast plates were long and thin and the men’s would be shorter and thicker.

Thank you Gemma!

Maths can actually be fun!

Today, Miss O’Regan taught us how to play a card game. We called it Blackjack Decimal Maths.

We drew a table in our copy with headings for hundreds, tens, units, tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We took out all the kings, queens, jokers, jacks and tens from the pack and then we had to pick a card. An ace counted as one. We had to write the number of the card in the section we thought would give us the biggest number. Once you wrote the number in, you couldn’t move it around. The person who got the biggest number at the table got one point. If you made the highest number possible, you got two points.

It was really fun! We recommend it!

Goal Jersey Day

We held a Goal Jersey Day on the 16th September, the Friday before the All Ireland of Dublin v Mayo. We all enjoyed dressing in our favourite jerseys and each pupil was asked to donate to GOAL. We collected €720 and today,Louise from the Goal organisation, visited our school.all-ireland

In the morning she facilitated two Drama workshops with 6th classes which were great fun and made us think about the work of Goal and life in a developing country. In the afternoon she spoke to 5th & 6th class about the work undertaken by GOAL in countries worldwide. We learned a lot about the work of GOAL and how we helped contribute to it through our donation. We will continue to learn about global citizenship, climate change, migration, the refugee crisis, conflict and natural disasters in our SPHE work in class.


Turas Scoile!

Chuaigh Rang a Cúig ar thuras scoile. Chuaigh muid go dtí Ardgillan. Bhí muid ar bís. Tháinig an bus ar a leathuair tar éis a naoi. Bhí muid ag caint agus ag canadh ar an mbus. Tar éis tamaill, shroich an bus Ardgillan. Bhuail muid múinteoirí. Bhí muid ag dreapadh suas balla. Bhí muid ag boghdóireacht agus ag millín péinte. Bhí muid ag sleamhnú ar an bhféar. Bhí muid ag siúl ar rópaí. Bhí muid ag imirt cluichí foirne. D’ith muid an lón ar a dó dhéag a chlog. Chuaigh muid abhaile ar a leathuair tar éis a dó. Bhí an-spórt againn.

Music with Miss Lora


This morning, we had a concert led by Miss Lora. There was a fifth class (us!), a fourth class (Ms McNicholas) and a third class (Mr Gorman/Ms McNamee). We all sang three songs each.

After we warmed up, we all sang “Hello to all the Children of the World.”

Third class sang “A Sailor Went to Sea”, “How Much is that Doggy in the Window?” and “Sing a Song”.

Fourth class sang “Catch a Falling Star”, “Do Your Ears Hang Low” and “Smile.”

Fifth class sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, “What a Wonderful World”, and “Walking on Sunshine.”

At the end  we all sang “Happy.”

We had a great time working with Miss Lora and we think that all the parents and Ms Walsh’s third class enjoyed the concert!



Music with Miss Lora

Miss Lora teaches us music every Friday. Every week, we sing songs and sometimes we learn new ones. At the moment, we are learning “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

This week, we sang “Doggy Doggy, Where’s Jerome” and passed around a small stuffed puppy. When the song got to “I took Jerome”, the person who had Jerome had to sing solo. Someone in the middle had their eyes closed and had to guess who sang it.

This week, we also played percussion instruments. We did this to practise keeping the pulse of the music steady.

We have great fun every week. Thank you, Miss Lora!

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Biodiversity Day !

We held our Biodiversity day in the Halla on Friday 15th. It was a fantastic display of all the hard work done by all the classes.

There were lots of projects on display covering a wide range of topics including, biomes, bunnies, bees and birds!

Well done to the Green School Committee for all their hard work over the last two years.

Later in the afternoon we held our National Spring Clean. All the classes took part and collected lots of rubbish.

Sean and Callum even found €5 !  You can see some pictures of the day in the videos below. There are also some pictures on

(Click on the links) Video 1 – Biodiversity Day

Video 2 – Biodiversity Day 

Biodiversity Video 3


A Visit from the Scéalaí


At ten o’clock, we went over to Ms Daly’s classroom and met a storyteller. She told great stories. One was called “An Gadaí” (The Thief) and the other was called “Bríd na Amhráin” (Bríd of the Songs). Those stories were written by Patrick Pearse.

Tháinig an scéalaí go dtí an scoil ar a deich a chlog inniu. D’inis sí scéalta dúinn. Scríobh Pádraig Mac Piarais na scéalta. Bhí na scéalta an suimiúil. Bhí an scéalta go hiontach.DSCF0677