Liz’s Visit by Bernard Dowler

On Friday  the  second  of   September   Liz  came  to  the  SLD Unit  in  St Molaga’s . Liz is Ms.Hasett’s daughter.  She taught in Japan  for a year .

 First  she  showed us  the flag. It has a red  dot in the  middle  which stands  for   the  sun.  Japan  is called “ the land  of the  rising  sun”.

Next we looked at the map. Japan is a long strip of land made up of many islands..  The climate in the north is very  cold. One year they made a replica of the White House  but   in the south they have tropical beaches. We also looked at the famous cities of Nagasaki  and Hiroshima. They were bombed by the first nuclear bombs called   “Littleboy” and“ Fatman”. The capital city of Japan is called Tokyo. The population of Tokyo is 13 million . They built high rise buldings up to ninety stories high for people to live in .

Then we looked at the castles. The castles in Japan are very different to the ones in Europe. The Shogun lived in the castles. He was a powerful noble man. Other noble men were jealous of the shogun so they hired undercover agents called ninjas to kill him. They used nunchucks , poison darts, grappling hook, ninja sword, ninja star and throwing knives .But the Shogun needed protection. He had an army of well trained warriors called Samuris .The castle’s security system was   squeaky floor boards that sound like a bird chirping and that was a sign to the samuri to come and kill the intruder .

Japanese people go to temples to pray. The most famous Temple is called the Golden Temple .A tori gate is a large wooden gate. The Japanese people believe that if you walk under it your soul is cleansed. The most famous Tory gate is called the Floating Tori Gate.

The most famous sport in Japan is called sumo wrestling. The aim of the game is to knock your opponent down or knock your opponent out of the ring. Before a match salt is thrown to bless the ring. The ref sings  an ancient  song to begin with. The sumo wrestlers slap there sides and stamp there feet to intimidate their opponent.

 There are a lot of japanese companies like Nintendo, Sony and Toyota well known throughout the world. They make cars, games televisions.

If you go to Japan you can stay in a standard hotel or you can stay in the capsule hotel. 

My favourite part of the visit  was when Liz told us about the Samuri.

Liz’s Visit

On Friday the 2nd of September 2011 Liz came in to talk to the S.L.D class about Japan .Liz is Ms. Hassett’s daughter. She taught in Japan for a year.

First she showed us the flag of Japan. The red dot in middle of the flag is the sun. Japan is known as the land of the rising sun.

Then she showed us the map. Japan is a long narrow strip of land made up of islands. We looked at the climate. Up north is so cold that people made a replica of the White House. Down south it is so hot they have tropical beaches. We looked at the famous cities Nagasaki and Hiroshima. They are famous because they got bombed in WII by “Small Boy” and “Fat Man”. We looked at Tokyo .Tokyo is the capital. The population is 13 million. People live in high-rise buildings.

Later we talked about the castles. In the castles lived the Shogun. The Shogun had an army called the Samuri. The Samuri’s job is to protect him. The Samuri trained for many years. Other Noblemen wanted to be the shogun so they hired ninjas to try and kill him. The weapons they used  were throwing knives, grappling hooks, the star, samuri sword and poisoned darts.

Temples are places people go to pray. There is a most famous temple called the Golden Temple. It is surrounded by water to make it look even bigger.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

We talked about Tori Gates. Japanese believe that if they walk underneath the Tori gates their soul will be cleansed. If people die their relatives will pay money to build a Tori gate foe them.

We studied about Sumo wrestling. Sumo wrestling is a famous sport in Japan. The sumo wrestlers wore fundoshis. A fundoshi is like a nappy. Fundoshi are made of long strips of cloth.The aim of the game is to knock your opponent onto the floor or out of the ring. At the start they throw salt on the ring to bless it. Then the wrestlers slap their legs and bang their feet on the ground to intimidate their opponent.

We looked at the famous Japanese companies such as  Nintenda, Mario, Toyota, Sony and Hyundai. Mario is a Nintenda game. Toyota and Hyundai are companies that make cars.

My favourlte part of Japan was learning about the Tori gates.

By Sarah kavanagh

Maths Puzzle

Ms Costello visited our classroom last week and gave us a maths puzzle. Let’s see if you can do it!

Martin McGuinness was walking down the road when he saw an elderly woman. Mr McGuinness said to her “would you vote for me?” The elderly woman relied “Yes, my whole family will! I have 5 children and each of those 5 children has 4 children and each of those 4 children has 3 children”

How many votes will Mr McGuinness have from this lady and her family?

Please answer by adding a comment to this blog. Also, please put in your teacher’s name 🙂

By Ben Casey

School News 24th October 2011

We are celebrating our annual Arts’ Week in St. Molaga’s N.S. This week is an opportunity for all pupils, staff and parents to focus on reading and literacy development. They also get an opportunity to meet authors listen to and make music and take part in different creative activities.

Throughout the week there will a huge variety of workshops, demonstrations, dance classes, weaving and art workshops as well as visits from local musicians, authors and artists.

 Third classes will have a visit and interactive talk from the Seal Sanctuary. The Armagh Rhymers will also perform for third and fourth classes. Fourth classes will have a drama workshop with a visiting local actor and dance classes with Ms Ferguson. Fifth classes will continue with their boxing fitness classes and will enjoy a workshop with a visiting weaver. I am looking forward to seeing their creations.

 The sixth classes will be busy with a visiting author and will have a chance to compose their own music on Thursday and Friday. Our S.L.D. classes will have a workshop with a visiting feltmaker and will get the opportunity to felt themselves.  The Book Fair will be open to pupils on Monday and Tuesday and parents are welcome to attend on Wednesday morning. This is a great opportunity to purchase early Christmas presents as a book is a great gift.  To encourage pupils reading they will be allowed 15 minutes D.E.A.R. time each day where everyone in the school, will Drop Everything And Read. The teachers are looking forward to that.  The week will end with the ever popular Book Character Dress Up Day on Friday 28th. This day is a very entertaining day for all as pupils and teachers join in the fun. This year the school staff will dress up as fairy-tale characters so watch out! You may meet Red Riding Hood or a wolf or one of the three pigs on your visit to the school. We are asking all pupils to contribute at least €3 towards the cost of the activities for Arts’ Week.  

Last year we participated in the Balbriggan Public Realm Project and our projects are currently on exhibition in the Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan.Ms de Faoite’s class participated in the Mathletics during Maths Week. They achieved a place in the top 10 schools in Ireland on Friday 21st October. They were 4th overall and three pupils had impressive scores; Jenna Nolan was 1st, Alexandra Beasley 2nd and Lakshik Boolaky came 19th. Well done to you.





Mathletics, Library and Daffodils!

We have had a great week this week. We had a trip to the Balbriggan library where we borrowed some books and teacher got an audio cd of a story by Jacqueline Wilson for us to listen to next week. We also planted daffodil bulbs and we are going to plant acorns and conkers next week that hopefully will sprout in the spring! The most exciting thing of all was getting registered for Mathletics on Tuesday. We did activities on Mathletics for homework every night this week and managed to earn 86,000 points for our class. We worked our way up into 7th place and then today into 4th place in Ireland of all the Mathletics schools!!! Jenna, Alex B and Lakshik got up into the top 30 students in Ireland at 1st, 2nd and 19th place! Our teacher said we were just brilliant and let us watch a dvd this evening as a reward for all our hard work. We are very proud of ourselves. Our student of the week this week is…. Jenna! Well done to her!

6th Class -Our Class Projects


Our class were given a project brief to plan a trip to a country of our choice. We worked in groups and had to book flights, choose restaurants and accommodation, plan an itinerary and find transport. We had to plan a trip of six days duration on a budget of 800 euro per person ( excluding flights ! ). This project was fun, we really enjoyed it and it made us feel really like adults!!!

We took a cruise from New York to Miami !
New York New York - so good they named it twice !
We had a ball in Hawaii
We thought Horse Riding in Sweden was really cool and we had lots of money left over !!


We went to see Ground Zero when we were in New York




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