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.
Congratulations and well done to Jake and CJ who took part in a sponsored swim at Christmas and raised €300 for St. Molaga’s S.N.S. This money will go towards the cost of a Friendship Bench in memory of Craig Williams.
Congratulations and well done to Mark Gaffney, father of Josh Gaffney Flood in Ms Reilly’s S.L.D. class who took part in the Christmas swim and raised €330 for the school. Well done to all the family who helped raise these funds which will be put to good use in the school.
On Monday, the 19th of December, Clodagh the felt maker visited our SLD unit in St Molaga’s N.S.
She began by telling us where to source material for felting e.g. hair from Lamas, wool from sheep. We used merino wool. She gave us a rectangular piece of cloth and bubble wrap. She allowed us to choose our own coloured wool to make our Christmas scenes.
What we did
We teased tufts of wool. The tufts had to be transparent
We laid the tufts vertically in overlapping rows. We laid out a second row of tufts horizontally.
We created our own Christmas scenes.
We soaked our piece with soapy water.
We put some soap on the bubble wrap and placed it on top of the piece.
We rubbed it.
We had to roll our piece 200 times to bind the wool and get rid of the moisture.
We peeled off the bubble wrap and our designs were revealed.
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.
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.
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.
We learned about how volcanoes erupt and we researched different volcanoes in the world. We found out that Mauna Loa in Hawaii is the largest volcano in the world and last erupted in 1984. We also found out about the most recent volcanoes that have erupted. Kratatoa in Indonesia erupted in 2014.
We used clay to construct our volcanoes. We let the clay dry for a few days.
We mixed bread soda, vinegar and food colouring and created our eruptions. The bread soda and vinegar produced carbon dioxide which is the gas in the bubbles coming out of our volcanoes.