December 2019

Poetry

The pupils wrote a poem based on  “Twas the Night before Christmas”

The pupils based their poems on topics like “Twas the night of the new Puppy”, “Twas the night before the calving”, “Twas the night before the holiday” etc. They composed their poems, then typed their poems. We enlarged the poems to A3, washed the poem with cold tea and backed them. They looked very effective.

 

Twas the night before Calving

By Tadhg 

Twas the night before calving and all-round the house

Not a creature was sleeping not even a mouse,  

When out on the yard there arose such a clatter

I sprang for the shed to see, what was the matter.  

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Tore open the door and out I did dash,

When what to my wondering eyes should appear?

 but a miniature cow and her calf very near. 

With a little baby calf so lively and quick

I laughed at it, as it jumped over the stick. 

More rapid than eagles my father he came

and he whistled and shouted and called him by name

 Now Mum! Now Dad! Now Malachy! Now Tadhg!

Now dash away! Dash away, Dash away all!

 

 

Mince Pies

We made yummy mince pies on the first Friday of December. They had a crumble top and a pastry bottom.  We had extra crumble and made a small apple crumble with apples from our grounds. It was devoured.

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Reindeer Craft

We made mini pompom reindeer with pipe cleaners and googly eyes. Very cute little guys.

 

Sewing Wall Hanging

We finished our sewing wall hangings. The pupils first sewed two rectangles together using the tacking stitch and then the back stitch. Then we sewed the felt letters on the front of the wall hanging. Each pupil put their names on the material. Their sewing was so small and neat, and the finished craft looked very professional.

 

Nordic Wall Hanging

These very eye catching wall hangings were based on Scandinavian craft. We used dried oranges, bark pieces, cones, cinnamon sticks and star of anise. The pupils also made newspaper Christmas shapes. All these items were hung off a stick with string (at varying lengths). It taught the pupils a new skill and the smell of the anise was very warming. 

 

Decorating our Christmas Stockings

we looked at pictures of different types of Christmas stockings and designed our own. they are really original and colourful. 

 

Silent Night

The pupils were learning how to play Silent Night on a piano app on the ipads.

Christmas Card

We made lovely Christmas cards which the pupils took home to give to parents or friends. Christmas is a great time to move away from the normal school routine and learn new skills in sewing in crafts and cooking.

 

Christmas Advertisements

We had a fun English lesson where we looked at a number of Christmas advertisements which are presently on the television. Our lesson consisted of looking at an advertisement, giving our thoughts and opinion on it, the idea/mood/feeling it is portraying and is it doing a good job? We loved the Hafod Hardware Christmas one, the Dogs Trust and the John Lewis one.

Advent Wreath

As part of our RE curriculum, we were learning about the different coloured candles on the Advent wreath and what they stand for and when you light them, we learnt that Advent comes from the Latin word Advetus, meaning arrival or coming, it is a chance for us to slow down and prepare for Jesus’s birth at Christmas. It is a time of quiet reflection. The colour purple which is represented by three candles on the wreath symbolises sorry, reflection and preparation. The other two candles are pink and white, the white one is lit on Christmas day representing celebration.

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School Carol Service

We had a beautiful service. We had past parents, grandparents and pupils taking part in the readings along side present staff and pupils. our organist, our lay preacher and our members of the church taking the collection were all past members of Desertserges. We even had a grandson and grandmother taking part in the readings. It was described as a Desertserges reunion.  Thanks to all who took part.

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Visit to the Cinema

We decided to end our school year with a trip to the cinema and enjoy a new film just out. We got the bus down and back and the kids enjoyed getting goodies from the shop.

 

Cooking brunch

On our last day we had a nice relaxing morning cooking brunch for everyone, opening the post box, distributing the Christmas cards, and enjoying the food.

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 We coloured our own place mats and laminated them to make the meal more personal and festive.

Happy Christmas

We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. We restart school on Monday 6th January.

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November 2019

Science Morning

We visited Bandon Grammar for a Science morning. We visited the labs and saw eyes and lungs and liver. We learnt about germs in the nurse’s sick bay and we enjoyed lying back and seeing the stars and the planets in the inflatable planetarium. We finished the morning with a trip to the shop for ice cream.  

 

Remembrance Day

We discussed the book we had finished “The Poppy Field” by Michael Morpurgo, we learnt about animals in World War 1 and the animal poppy, we saw the Sainsbury Christmas advert from 2014, which showed the Christmas Day truce. We read the story in our English reader “My Story – The Trenches”. We have also been reading about World War 1 in our History book.

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When We Were Warriors

This is our new class novel. It is by Emma Carroll, who wrote “Letters from the Lighthouse”, which we read last year. This novel is made up of three follow up stories of previous novels. Our teacher emailed Emma Carroll and she emailed us back. It was great to see a personal message from a writer they admire.

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Toro Toro

This is another class reader of another group of children. This is a Michael Morpurgo book about a grandfather telling his grandson a story about when he was young. Antonio (the grandfather as a young boy) liked a young calf called Paco who had lost its mother. Antonio did not want his bull to go to the bullring so he takes him to a safe place.

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Boy Giant

This is the second novel for a group of pupils in the school, it is Michael Morpurgo’s latest book. War has forced a boy called Omar and his mother to leave Afghanistan. The travel across the sea to Europe, their boat sinks and Omar finds himself alone with no hope of rescue.

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 Sewing

The pupils have started sewing a wall hanging which will have their names sewn on it. this will continue on into December. 

Please see the finished product in the December blog.

Thank You Graham

We would like to say a big thank you to Graham Garland who served as chairperson on our Board of Management for three terms. We would like to wish him the best on his new ventures.

Blog : October 2019

Ireland v Russia World Rugby Cup Match

We watched the Ireland v Russia rugby match (Ireland won 35-0) in school on Thursday, during the time we covered the whiteboard with facts pertaining to the Irish team players, their ages, the teams they played for, their weight etc. the pupils had to research the players info on the iPad and put it up on the board.

It was very interesting to compare ages, and find out who was the oldest and the youngest. How many players representing each province were over in Japan. And who was the heaviest and the lightest player in the Irish team.

Art : Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is also known as the Iron Lady. It weighs about 10,000tonnes. It is a wrought-iron lattice tower designed by Gustave Eiffel. Some pupils constructed their own Eiffel Tower on paper.

 

Novel : Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

We read this novel as it linked into our project on Japan, it gave the pupils an insight into World War 2 and the horrific long lasting effects of the dropping of the Nuclear Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is a sad but inspirational story of strength, resilience and bravery.

Baking

This month we have made Shepherd’s Pie, with mince, onions, carrots, peas and potatoes. Each pupil had a job to do and we devoured our Shepherd’s Pie for lunch afterwards. it was yummy!

We also made Apple slices with apples from the school grounds. We stewed apple and let it cool. We made a sponge mixture from sugar, butter, flour, eggs and butter. Then we got a large rectangular tin and put shortcrust pastry down as a base. After that we spooned on the stewed apple, then we spooned on the sponge mixture. We put it in the oven for about 50 mins and allowed it to cool before eating it.

Art Origami

We made a big poster about the novel Sadako and the Thousand Cranes and spent an afternoon making origami paper cranes just like Sadako did.

Birthday Celebrations

Happy Birthday to both Gabrielle and Dia, who celebrated their birthdays in October

Rugby Jigsaw Ball

As part of our Rugby World Cup project we put together a rugby jigsaw from a template. It had information about the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 won by New Zealand and the history behind the Webb Ellis Cup (named after William Webb Ellis, the cup is also known as “Bill).

Masks

The pupils decorated their own masks, you can see they are very individual and very striking and terrifying. They used paint, string, wool to design their masks.  Well done! They are fantastic.

Novel : Toro! Toro!

Some pupils are reading Toro! Toro! by Michael Morpurgo set in the Spanish Civil War. It is the story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia in Spain on a farm, rearing bulls specifically for the bull fighting ring. This book was illustrated by Michael Foreman.

History : Ancient China

In History we have been learning all about Ancient China and the ruling Dynasties.  We have read about the Silk Road, The Great Wall of China, the silkworms making silk and the Terracotta Army. We have been cutting out our own terracotta army.

Sports Weekend

A week ago there was a great weekend for National and international world Records. We learnt about Coco Gauff a 15 year old winning a major tennis tournament and Eliud Kipchoge for running the marathon in under 2 hours. Then we looked at Rhys Mcclenaghan, an Irish competitor who won bronze on the pommel horse in the World Championships. We also learnt about Simone Bikes winning her 25th world medal at the World Championships

Novel : Poppy Field

Other pupils are reading Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo. The story is about a little boy called Martens Merkel, who lived beside a poppy field and the great stories told to him by his grandfather about the poem “In Flanders Fields” and the history of the poppy. The book is beautifully illustrated by Michael Foreman.

 

Halloween Baking

We made meringues in school today, they were so light and chewy! We learnt how to use a piping bag (more difficult than it looks) to make meringue shapes. Tadhg and Dia did a great job of whipping the cream. Then we made s sandwich of two meringues placing cream in the middle and adding the final touch of grated chocolate.

 

Blog : September 2019

Thank You Prayers and Poems

We wrote thank you poems/prayers to the Cork City Fire Brigade to let them know that we were thinking of them and all the other rescue services during the big car park fire in Douglas on September 1st. They wrote back to us and were very pleased and impressed to hear form us.

Art : Hedgehogs

September is a time for hedgehogs and we sketched, coloured, painted etc. our own hedgehogs for our Art class.

 

Japan Jigsaw Puzzle

Japan is hosting the Rugby World Cup 2019 and we learnt a lot about Japan and made it into a jigsaw puzzle project.

 

Project on Brazil

Our new SNA is from Brazil and we looked at her country: where it is situated, the people, the food, school life, the language etc. We looked at the Amazon River and all animal life around it.

 

Art : Lucky Koi Fish

These fish are a symbol of good fortune or luck in Japan. It is a valued pet. We used a mixture of salt, paint and glue to achieve this unique effect.

Cherry Blossom Fish

We sponge painted the background leaving a white circle for the sun. Then we used a straw to blow paint the tree branches. After that we used cotton buds to form rings of circles for the petals. To finish we used a toothpick to drag the centre white paint out between the pink petals. The effect was very stunning.

World Cup Project

We have completed a massive Rugby World Cup project, consisting of two extremely large posters, each showing two pools of teams and all the games they played. It was a great way to learn where the countries were, to draw their flags and to learn the vocabulary of the rugby game.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the 9th Rugby World Cup and it will be held in Japan between the 20th September and the 2nd November. This is the first time the tournament is being held in Asia. Only four countries have won the World Cup, New Zealand three times, Australia and South Africa twice and England once.

Rugby Balls

We designed our own rugby balls for Art and put them on a poster.

 

Sewing Workshop

The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross facilitated a sewing workshop run by those with banner making expertise. All the material, felt, needles, thread was supplied and two representatives from each school and church spent a pleasant afternoon sewing our banners, some taking them home to finish them. This is what our school banner looks like.

Annual Children’s Service

Our annual Children’s service was in St. Peters Church on 26th September. The church was full of pupils, school staff and clergy from all the parishes in the Cork Cloyne and Ross Diocese.

June Blog 2019

Devyn’s Birthday

We celebrated Devyn’s birthday on the 5th of June. He had a lovely cake, it was a fox face, beautifully decorated. Inside it had many layers. Yummy! Happy birthday Devyn!

 

Art : Parachutes

The pupils had to design a parachute and draw it on the page. Then they had to draw their own choosen background. We had some stunning work from the pupils, really unique and beautiful.

 

Father’s Day

We made Father’s Day cards, we decorated a patchwork dog face. They were stunning when they were finished.

 

Beach Trip

We had our annual SESE trip to the beach. We went to Inchydoney Beach just outside Clonakilty. We got a day with good weather: windy but dry and with some sunshine.

Either wellingtons on or shoes and socks off, either way all of them got into the rock pools looking for different sealife.

They found crabs, starfish, sea urchins, mussels and limpets and had a great time showing each other their findings. They also found different types of shells on the beach including razor shells.

We also looked at the different types of seaweed found on the beach.

Later the pupils and staff went for a long walk to work up their appetites before lunch. After lunch they had a game of football rounders.

When we returned to school we all had tea and biscuits, everybody was worn-out but happy.

 

A Sad Goodbye

On Wednesday we said goodbye to our rector Rev. Stella and her husband Bob, next week they start a new path in their lives, they are retiring and moving to live in Wexford. We presented them with two lovely presents made from Newbridge silver which we hope will remind them of us every time they use them.

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Activity Day

We combined a day of sports and physical activities with mental and logical activities. We had four different stations around the school, each station had about 40 minutes and 5-6 events to complete. Some activities were in the hall or outside and involved endurance, balance, control and stamina. Some activities were in the classroom and involved general knowledge, quickness of finger, precision, imagination etc. There was something for everybody and something challenging for everybody. All the pupils got a plaque for participation at the end of the day. Well done everybody and well done to the staff who put the four stations together and over saw the activities.

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HB Funday Ice Cream Day

We had an ice cream afternoon where we raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland and enjoyed lots of HB ice cream with different toppings, flakes and wafers. (enjoyed by both pupils and staff).

Last year €275, 348 was raised by everybody hosting ice cream parties and events. There were nearly 700 parties hosted around Ireland and 13,340 blocks of ice cream consumed.

This money raised funds for conferences/seminars for parents, booklets and educational resources to be printed, workshops for parents especially to help from early childhood up to teens.

HB funday ice cream

 

Pizza Morning

We finished our school year by having a pizza morning, where each child made their own pizzas and ate them afterwards. it was a great way to end the year, great fun and everyone chatting and eating away.

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6th Class

We wish our 6th class pupils farewell as they leave us and move on to secondary schools in the nearby towns. We wish you the best in your new schools and enjoy all the new academic experiences that second level brings, best of luck form all the staff and pupils.

we wish you all the best

Schools Out

School closes for the summer on Friday 21st June and re-opens for the new year on Wednesday 28th August.

schools out for summer

May Blog 2019

Martha’s Birthday

Martha’s Birthday is at the beginning of May, just after the Bank Holiday. She brought a lovely mint cheesecake birthday cake in for all her friends. A lot of work had gone into making the delicious cake. Happy Birthday, Martha!

 

 

Art: Koi Fish

We spent some days drawing and then paining Koi fish in shimmering blue water. The end results were very effective.

 

 

 

 

School Tour

Our school tour this year brought us to Fota Wildlife park and the Titanic Experience in Cobh.

We really enjoyed Fota. It’s great going around in a group, as you all spot different animals and can point them out to others. We saw baby lions, a sloth, sea horses, emus, penguins, zebras, giraffes, peacocks, hippos, eagles, monkeys, cheetahs  etc. It is a great place and Fota have really developed the grounds to give the animals the most natural environment possible with loads of space, water and shade.

We wanted to see the Titanic exhibition as it ties in with our class reader we are doing at the moment called “Titanic Survivor” by Stephen Davis.

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Art : Box Colour

We designed a sheet of paper with straight thick black lines, going in different directions. We then chose 2-3 different colours to colour in the boxes. They looked really well when finished.

 

 

 

Oral Health Workshop

In May we had a visit from Smiley Eileey with her Oral Health Workshop.

  • She talked about our different types of teeth
  • She talked about good oral hygiene
  • How to brush your teeth, floss and use mouth wash
  • How long we should brush our teeth for
  • What smoking odes to our teeth
  • What acid does to our teeth
  • What bad teeth looks like
  • What items have a lot of sugar

 

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Cork City Sports

We were very proud of our team of boys at Cork City Sports, they all ran well in their heats with Calum coming first in his heat and got a gold plaque. Then they ran the relay, unfortunately, we had the inside lane, which gives a visual disadvantage before you start, It was very hard to stay with the strong leaders on the other teams but our brave group did not give up and came away with bronze plaques.

Thanks to all the parents who helped to drive their children to the Ahiohill GAA pitch for their weekly practises and then in to Cork for the City Sports. Thank you to Ahiohill Pitch, for letting us use their pitch for training. Most of all, thanks to Ann, for her dedication and her professional experience in coaching them.

 

 

April Blog

Today we joined many other schools in the Bandon area for a big Tag Rugby Blitz. There were over 500 pupils. Thank you to all who organized the event and especially to Bronson who coached our pupils all year.

At the end of the morning he got all the students to do the Haka. It was great to see so many children doing it together.

We finished the term with a school brunch prepared by all the staff and pupils.

Later in the afternoon we had an Easter egg hunt.