Tourists in our own city!
Today, we were tourists for a day. We met at the Luas stop this morning and headed into town. We got off the tram at Westmoreland Street and heading across the street to the Seamus Heaney exhibition, 'Listen now again' in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre at College Green. We were greeted by our lovely tour guide, Catherine, who gave us trail books to fill in as we went around the exhibition. We studied two of Heaney's poems during the year, 'Mid Term Break' and 'Blackberry Picking'. We saw the family photo which had the picture of Heaney's little brother who was the subject of the poem, 'Mid Term Break'. Some were surprised to realise the poem was based on a true story.
After our tour of the exhibition, Catherine brought us up to the activity room upstairs, where she taught us how to make origami birds, based on the artistic exhibition in the main hall, by graffiti artist, Maser.
Next, we crossed the road again and headed into Trinity College. We heard about some of the buildings there and went through the campus, to the cricket pitch. We had a lovely picnic lunch on the benches there, but sadly there was no cricket to watch!
Finally, off we headed to the National Gallery. Our tour guide, Marie, spoke to us in detail about 4 paintings, including the Monet, Picasso and the Caravaggio.
We were all pretty exhausted after all the walking, but it was a really lovely day out.
Gaeltacht Day 4
Sadly it rained all day and our trip to the beach had to be cancelled. We spent the afternoon in the 'halla' playing all sorts of games and in spite of the inclement weather, we still had a ball.
Thursday evening was the disco, great fun again, but some very reluctant photo subjects present. Some even turned their backs on the camera!
Gaeltacht Day 3
The weather turned after lunch today. Despite the rain, we took the ferry over to Arran Mór and had loads of fun on the beach. We met a dog who just wanted to play!
In the evening, we had the Talent Show and we did our Haka Gaelach in front of a packed hall. It was Ellie's birthday so at the end of the night, 160 kids sang 'Breithlá Sona' to her.
Hard to believe tomorrow is our last day here, what a week we're having!
Gaeltacht - Day 2
Today got off to a lovely bright and sunny start and we had our first sessions in the classroom. After lunch, we headed off to Dunlewy Adventure Centre for some great fun doing all sorts of different activities. The weather was very kind to us and it remained dry all day - fingers crossed for more of the same tomorrow, despite the forecast!
We participated in a table quiz in the college tonight and have headed home for supper and bed.
We have become very familiar with one new Irish word - míoltóga. The midges are crazy up here in Donegal!!
Gaeltacht Day 1
The day got off to an early start when we hit the road at 9am. We went to Rathmines where we picked up the 6th class kids from Kildare Place School and then we were really on our way. A couple of hours in the bus, and then we stopped in Monaghan for a quick lunch. It rained all the way from Monaghan to Glenveigh and when we arrived, we went inside to look at the exhibition and to watch the audio visual presentation on the history of the estate. Next we headed off on our walk from the interpretive centre to the castle. It was still a little rainy when we left, but within a few minutes the rain had stopped and the sun made its first appearance of the day. We had a beautiful walk up to the castle - the scenery is breathtaking - and then got the shuttle bus back to our coach. A short drive later and we arrived in Annagry where everyone was dispatched to their houses, the girls all in Teach Máíre and the boys in Teach Maighréad. After dinner we were bussed back to the college where everyone hung out in the yard meeting new people, playing basketball, chasing and other games. There are about 5 other schools here, so plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make new friends! This evening's activities are outdoor games, and a small céilí, where we'll be reminded of the steps for some céilí dances. I imagine everyone will sleep very soundly tonight!
World War II Projects
We spent January researching and completing our projects on World War II. We were allowed to choose whichever topic piqued our interest and we had to do a written element and a 3D element. We invited all our parents in to view our projects one Monday afternoon and they were very impressed with the amount of work we had put into our projects!
A Visit from ARC (Aquaculture Remote Classroom)
The Arc mobile classroom has been designed to raise young people’s awareness of aquaculture. We are the first school in Europe to participate in this programme. The truck-sized classroom is fully equipped to provide students with an interactive and engaging experience with large displays, VR-headsets and hands-on group experiences. We learned about aquaculture, explored its role in food production and in preserving the environment, and discovered how it affects our local community.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has developed the ARC as part out its involvement in the EU Commission Farmed in the EU Project. Farmed in the EU aims to highlight the benefits of aquaculture as an industry that produces fresh sustainable seafood, creates employment and helps sustain rural communities.
Christmas Time in 6th Class
December is always a lovely time of singing and excitement. This year we got to sit with our buddies in Junior Infants for our annual Christmas Sing-Along in the hall. We sang all the old favourites like Away in a Manger and Rudolph. Our Sing-Along just wouldn't be the same without our rendition of 'The 12 Days of Christmas'.
We also got the opportunity to sing Carols for our neighbours up the road in Glebe House Nursing Home. The residents always really appreciate us singing for them and they love joining in. We all had a chance to chat to them once the singing was over.
Our first half term in 6th class - September and October 2017
It's been such a busy couple of months since we came back to school at the end of August. We had our 6-week block of swimming lessons in Meadowbrook Pool which was great fun, hard to believe that's it for us for swimming lessons in KCOINS!
The thing everyone was most looking forward to about 6th class was meeting their Junior Infant buddies for the first time. We did this in September and all the buddies were thrilled to meet each other. We have done lots of fun things together, including art classes and picnics. We also really enjoyed exploring our new playground together!
In October, a group of 10 of us went to Christ Church Cathedral with Mrs. Brislane to represent the school at the Diocesan service for Primary Schools.
Some of what we've been learning this term:
SESE - we've been learning about friction and levers in Science and we all made catapults. We've learned a lot about famine in both History and Geography; in History we focused on The Great Famine in Ireland in the 1800s and in Geography we looked at current famine in West Africa.
We've been reading the novel 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' by Marita Conlon-McKenna and just before Halloween, Mrs Brislane started reading the novel 'Underworld' to us.
Art - We designed Maori tattoos, designed 3D portraits inspired by Picasso - this is Mrs Brislane's favourite art project, as she gets to look at the gorgeous art from the top of her classroom every day! We did some chalk pastel drawings (inspired by Munch's 'The Scream') Our latest art project was 'Drawing with Scissors' inspired by the work of Henri Matisse who, when he became too ill to paint, used paper cut-outs to create art.
Music - We've been learning to play the recorder and have been doing really well at it. We're currently preparing for the Peace Proms in the RDS - we've a lot of learning to do before our rehearsal date on December 12th.
We were sad to say goodbye to Eva, whose family left for America this term. We wish her all the very best in her new school, but we miss her here.
We had a lovely Hallowe'en Dress Up Day and the Hallowe'en Parade was fab.
Looking forward to an equally busy run-up to Christmas!