We learnt the “Walls of Limerick” (Ballaí Luimnigh) for Seachtain na Gaeilge. It is a very energetic dance and gets everyone up and dancing. it was a great way to finish the afternoon before we broke up for St Patrick’s Day.
The Junior room spoke about leprechauns this week as we looked forward to St. Patrick’s Day. We listened to a fun song ‘Have you ever seen a leprechaun’ and we read a story about ‘How to catch a leprechaun’ even thinking of some ways ourselves. These songs and stories inspired our art and crafts for the week.
We made rainbow handprint pictures, jumping leprechauns and St Patrick’s Day cards.
The older children made two different St Patrick’s Day cards. One group made a card with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on it and the other group made a card with a cute dog and a shamrock. There was a lot of work went into these cards and the hole puncher got a lot of use as you can see.
Patrick was born in Wales in 387 into a wealthy family. But when he was a young lad, he was captured by Niall of the Nine Hostages and brought to Ireland where he was sold as a slave to a farmer in Co Antrim. He spent his time on Sliabh Mis minding sheep. He prayed to God every night. One night God spoke to him and told him to escape. Patrick travelled back to Wales. Again God spoke to him and asked him to return to Ireland and teach the Irish about Christianity. First he went to France to train for the priesthood.
When Patrick returned to Ireland he travelled to the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, seat of the high king of Ireland. He lit a on the nearby Hill of Slane. But Patrick was summoned to Tara by the High King of Ireland as it was tradition to put out all fires at Easter time. The King was so impressed by Patrick that he gave him permission to spread the word of God around Ireland.
Patrick used the shamrock in his teachings, telling the Irish people that the three petals symbolise “The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”
The whole school spent half a day doing magnetic experiments. We made magnets pull to each other (attract) and push away from each other (repel). We made magnet snakes swirl around on the tables. We made a magnet flip over on our hands by twisting a bigger one under our hand. We even made a magnet crane to lift up a car off the ground. we finished the afternoon with a magnet race, where we had to push (only via repelling) a magnet across the finish line first.
Engineers Week took place this year from 4th to the 10th of March 2017. On Thursday Mr. Murphy spoke with the senior room and explained to us about all the different types of engineering. Pupils learned that civil engineering includes design and construction of buildings, roads, bridges and dams.
Today our focus was on bridges, we spoke about
What is a bridge?
Where would you find bridges?
What are bridges made of?
Factors that affect the design of bridges
We listed some bridges we use everyday near our school and we also discussed different types of bridges.
Mr Murphy got the children to experiment with their own bridges to see how shapes affects the strength of a bridge (Paper bridge experiment)
We used A4 paper, building blocks and coins.
We found from our experiment that the truss bridge i.e triangular shape was the strongest. We all had great fun experimenting, designing and predicting today in class
Our 5th class students went to St. Brogans College Bandon to get a half day experience of secondary school life. They did PE, followed by Biology in the laboratory and the day ended in the woodwork room where they made a wooden dice each. The kids had a fun day and no fingers lost in the woodwork class!
We would also like to congratulate a past pupil from Desertserges, Sapphire Guilfoyle, who is in her third year in St Brogan’s College. She came second in the Bank of Ireland Bandon Enterprise Town Photo Competition with a photo titled “Man of the Mart”. Her win was followed up with a lovely article about her in The Opinion (January 2017). Sapphire well done and keep up the good work.
Please find below photos our our day in Brogan’s College.