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5th Class visits the National Gallery and National History Museum

On Friday 18th May, 5th Class visited the National Gallery and National History Museum. It was a lovely day out and we really enjoyed it.

We had a guided tour in the National Gallery and saw paintings from artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Jack B Yeats. We were also lucky enough to be some of the first people to see a newly installed piece by Joe Caslin called “Finding Power”.


We loved the National History Museum and learned a lot about native animals and international animals.

Researching some native animals
We recognised the curlew from the school yard!
Look at the size of that fish!


India Projects

We recently completed group projects on various elements of Indian culture, following our teacher’s trip to Kolkata last summer. Each group researched and presented on a particular aspect of Indian culture such as food, religions and customs, clothing and festivals, animals, traditions, sports and languages, famous people. We learnt a lot of thing we did not know about India and how different some things are there, in comparison to Ireland. After researching, each group illustrated their findings on a poster before presenting it to the class. We peer and self-assessed the quality of our project presentations just before the Easter holidays. Some children mentioned they would love to visit India in the future. We can’t wait for our next group projects!

Our School’s History – Stations!

Old roll books, copies from the 1960s, old photographs, primary school certificates, tape recorders and powder paint…. These are just some of the artefacts we had the opportunity to examine during our history stations!

We read about a boy called John who attended our school in the 1960s who dreamed of becoming a pilot, we wonder did his dreams come true! We also learned the history of our school and all about St. Molaga – The Man of the Bees!

Have a look at historians at work!    

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!

War Projects

War Projects
We did projects on WW1 and WW2. Some of them were about the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, Anne Frank, Eva Mozes Kor, D-Day and Concentration Camps. When we were finished we presented them to the class and we answered questions. Everyone enjoyed learning about WW1 and WW2. The people who did the best projects got prizes. The projects that won were on Concentration Camps, WW1 and WW2.

The story of St Molaga

Once a upon a time lived a man named St Molaga. He was a holy man. He lived in Ireland. He was chased out of Ireland by druids. He came back to Ireland and healed sick people. He was a famous beekeeper. He built a church in Bremore and a monastery in Co. Cork.

By Ashley, Ellen and Niamh.

A man named Molaga had been hunted out of Ireland by the Druids. He went to Scotland to find refuge and later to Wales where the Welsh patron saint lived – Saint David. He stayed with Saint David for a while and then decided to return to Ireland to do missionary work. Saint David gave Saint Molaga a bell when he was leaving Wales. Saint Molaga brought this bell back to Ireland with him. Saint Molaga came to Dublin. He healed the sick and a chief gave him some land. He was a beekeeper. He built a church in Bremore. He set up a monastery in Cork.

By Cian, Hannah and Jodie.

Circus Projects – Fantastic Work

We have been working on our Circus Projects for the last two weeks.

We started presenting our projects today.  They are fantastic.

As part of our projects we had to complete a variety of tasks. Some were easy and some were hard. They included some of these:

  • made circus themed cakes, cookies and buns
  • built models of the circus
  • worked out the cost of keeping animals
  • made clothes for a teddy
  • compared the zoo to the circus
  • looked at the history of the circus
  • interviewed members of the circus
  • designed posters for the circus
  • created jingles
  • designed surveys
  • created modes of transport
  • compared the acts in the circus
  • investigated the most popular musical instruments in the circus
  • devised advertisements for circus acts
  • painted our faces
  • and lots more.

Many thanks to all the mammies for their help with the projects.

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1916 Celebrations

We had great fun taking part in the 1916 centenary celebrations that took place in our school and all around the country. We all helped write our very own class proclamation and also worked very hard on our 1916 projects which you can see below and were placed all around the school. We really enjoyed dressing up for the Proclamation Day which was held just before Easter. It was a great day and lots of fun!! IMG_7491 IMG_7492 IMG_7493 IMG_7494 IMG_7495 IMG_7496 IMG_7498 IMG_7497 IMG_7499 IMG_7500 IMG_7501IMG_7509 IMG_7510 IMG_7511 IMG_7512 IMG_7523 IMG_7524IMG_7537 IMG_7545 IMG_7547 IMG_7548 IMG_7551 IMG_7533