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Plastic Straws

We have been learning about the Global Goals for Sustainable Develpment. These are a set of 17 goals agreed by the United Nations (UN).

These goals aim to to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are taking part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards. This competiton aims to raise awareness of the goals. 

We took part in a Skype lesson to learn more about the global goals. We learned about a town in Scotland where they successfully banned the use of plastic straws.

We  also took part in a Skype lesson about the damage that is being done to the Coral Reefs by pollution.

Inspired by these lessons, we have decided to try and end the use of plastic straws. We have written to over 30 businesses in Balbriggan to ask them to stop selling or serving plastic straws.

We also wrote to Fingal County Council and Balbriggan Tidy Towns.

You can support us by not using single use plastic straws! You can see some pictures by clicking here.

Friendship Week

For the last week, we have been celebrating Friendship Week in St Molaga’s. Each class studied poems about friendship and made a special effort to be nice to one another! Some classes made friendship chains and friendship bracelets, while others wrote poems about friendship.

Throughout the week, the children collected Friendship Tokens when they were seen being friendly and polite. Everyone made a great effort to win as many tokens as possible. Here are the children who received a certificate for being the most friendly and courteous in their class.

Skype Call – Sea Turtles, Sharks and Healthy Oceans

We had a Skype Call with Jennifer Nolan today. She taught us all about Sea Turtles and Sharks.

Jennifer also told us about all the litter in the ocean and how it is so harmful to sea creatures, especially Sea Turtles.

We got to ask Jennifer lots of questions and she showed us loads of great photographs. Click here to see some more.

We have decided in our class to try and only use re-usable bottles for our lunch drinks.

Tree Day 2017

We had great fun today celebrating Tree Day 2017.

We went on a Tree Trail and examined an Oak tree in the school grounds. Then we all collected a variety of leaves and tried to identify them using the sheet that teacher gave us.

We also collected some berries, horse chestnuts and acorns.

It was hard to work out what some of the leaves were! Teacher had a book which helped us identify them.

We also planted an Alder sapling that we received from the Tree Council.

We planted conkers from a horse chestnut tree that we won’t see germinate until next spring!

Teacher brought in part of a tree stump and we were able to do rubbings and look at the age of the tree by counting its rings.

 

Tom, Andy, Gatsby and Nico!

Today the 3rd classes enjoyed a visit from Tom (with his dog Gatsby) and Andy (wiht his dog Nico). Both Tom and Andy are blind. Their lovely dogs are guide dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom and Andy told us about how they manage everyday tasks like cooking, getting around and telling the time.

Tom showed us a book in Braille and an old Braille watch. He uses a talking watch or an app on his phonenow. He also showed us Braille playing cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom and Andy explained how guide dogs are trained from the time that they are just puppies.

Tom explained that it is very important not to disturb a working guide dog – they are working if they have their harness on.

 

 

 

He said it was very important never to block footpaths and said it’s a good idea to offer help to a blind person at pedestrian crossings.

We got the chance to ask them both loads of questions and we learned a lot from them. Tom has been to Goodison park to watch a football match and has travelled a lot. Both Tom and Andy agree that their dogs are very important to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy surprised us all with a song when their presentation was over. He sang the Beatles song, Blackbird. He is a finalist in Balbriggan’s Got Talent on Sunday night! We wish him all the very best!