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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!









Mystery Skype

On Friday evening, we had a Mystery Skype with Amy Murch’s 4th Grade class. They are in Brooks Elementary School in Indiana, USA. They guessed where we are, before we guessed where they were!

We had fun chatting to them after the Skype call. Their school mascot is a bear!

Goal Visit



Goal !
Goal came into our school to talk to us about what they do which is, they go to different countries that have trouble with natural disasters. The natural disasters they help with are Earthquakes, Wars and tsunami’s.
They also take care of medical diseases. They helped Africa fight Ebola by setting up tents and getting nurses to work in them so it could be an Ebola hospital because, if they got treated in the ordinary hospital and they were lying in a bed beside somebody with a broken leg they would give them Ebola.
They help countries by keeping them educated and healthy. They also try make them not starve because they could get too skinny and that is dangerous , so they measure their arms with a bracelet.
Thank you Goal for helping people around the world and for coming into our school.

By Sophie and Shauna !!!

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 Balbriggan.info.

(Click on the links) Video 1 – Biodiversity Day

Video 2 – Biodiversity Day 

Biodiversity Video 3


Skype Call with New Zealand

We had a Skype call today with Ms Cass Parker’s class in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.

This was our first Skype call to the Southern Hemisphere. Ms Parker’s class were holding a 24 hour Skypathon so they were Skyping through the night!

When we were talking to them it was 12.45am in New Zealnd and 1.45pm here.

Katie from our class did some free style dance for them and they did the Haka for us.

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Our 100 Word Challenge Partners in New Zealand

We have been paired with Ms Cass Parker’s class in New Zealand.  Their school is called Broadgreen Intermediate School. They are in a town called Nelson. Nelson is on the South Island of New Zealand.new zealand

You can read their 100 word challenge stories here http://100wordroom11.blogspot.co.nz. They are aged between 11 and 13 years old, so they are a bit older than us, but we enjoy reading their stories.

Their teacher Ms Parker is originally from Ireland, but has been living in New Zealand for 13 years.

You can read their class blog here http://100wordroom11.blogspot.co.nz

Our other writing buddies are:

Mrs Boyce’s Class https://edu.nightzookeeper.com/class-blog/55f63df4bd20860300a0f79a

Mr Russell’s Class: https://mrrussell.100wc.net/

Mr Hanlon’s Class: http://mrhanlon6th.weebly.com/100-word-challenge

Ms. O’Keeffe’s  Class: https://kidblog.org/class/msokeeffesclass/posts

Ms. Sullivan’s Class: https://edu.nightzookeeper.com/class-blog/5643205e80765403006efaa1

Rang Niamh: http://rangniamh.edublogs.org/category/100wc/

Sacred Heart PS Granard: https://edu.nightzookeeper.com/class-blog/565c12aa9f6d000300422028