Art : 3D Crab Claws

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To make these crabs you need four small circles of the same colour, folded in half. Then you need one large circle of the same colour folded in half.

You stick the large folded circle down on your backing page, colour in a mouth and two eyes and six legs at the bottom. Then you draw in two claw legs. Where these claw legs finish you put a pair of two small circles folded to look like crab pinchers and you do the same to the other crab leg.

You can make many crabs for your picture this way.

(photos to follow)

School Tour 8th June 2017

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We had an early start for our tour this year. We went to Trabolgan Village Activity Centre.  It is a holiday centre with holiday homes and caravans, eating areas and lots of activities for all ages and energies. It’s definitely a great place for families. First we had 90 minutes in the swimming pool, which is a wave pool and has a very big slide. The pupils all really enjoyed themselves. The centre had a number of lifeguards on duty keeping an eye on every one.

Our second activity was Crazy Golf, it was 9 holes and some of the greens were difficult. We played in groups of 4-5 and worked up an appetite for our lunch.  We posed for funny photos.

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After lunch we walked a long distance over to the Adventure and Sport Section, here we did wall climbing and zip wiring. The wall was massive but very secure, each pupil had the proper climbing gear put on them and safety helmets as well. Each pupil when their turn came, was tied in with ropes so they didn’t fall, these ropes helped them when they were coming back down. They could climb up the wall as high as they were comfortable with. Noreen put it up to Mr Murphy on the wall as they challenged each other to race up it!

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Most of the pupils tried the zip wiring. Again it was high up and after the initial start along the wire which is the most terrifying part, the pupils all came back to us with big smiles on their faces.  We were delighted that two staff members tried it as well.

Soon after a visit to the shop we went home, we were very tired but with lots of happy memories.

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Cork City Sports June 1st 2017

Six pupils, 2 members of staff and 1 parent went to Cork City Sports on 1st June. It was a day of persistent, pouring rain and cold temperatures with it. Cork’s local radios was giving warnings about weather, traffic and parking all morning. There were 10,000 people/children expected on the day.P1030746 (2)

The boys (Harry, Joshua and Calum) were racing in the morning and our group was on at 12:10pm. They ran excellent races against tough competition and we won a second place with Calum. But all the boys deserve praise for running their hearts out on such a cold and miserable day.

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The girls ran in the afternoon and the rain did not give up falling. Again we had strong, brave runners giving it their best and we got a first with Vicki. She then had to run in the county quarter finals a little later in the afternoon and came a very close second achieving a place in the county finals.

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Then there was a two hour wait for the finals and she ran her best, unfortunately she was beaten by some stronger runners on the day. There is always another day ……….. for our brave girls and boys.

We would also like to thank Ann for giving us three training sessions, without her guidance we wouldn’t have got the trophies that we did. We would also like to thank Ahiohill Football Pitch for allowing us to train on their pitch.

Well done all

Space

The pupils in the Junior Room were learning about space and the planets. We listened to a song about each planet describing itself and then the pupils created a space picture carefully ensuring that the planets were placed in the correct order.

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Our Geography Trip Thursday 25th May

We spent a day following the River Bandon, all the way from near our school, to Kinsale Harbour. First we started at Desert Bridge and looked at the materials (stone) needed to make the bridge and we measured the span of it. (45m) We counted the arches ( ) under the bridge. We noticed that the water was quite quick flowing.

Our second stop was Baxter’s Bridge and again we looked at all the features of the bridge. (span 53m, it is made of limestone and it has 3 arches) We did notice that the river was flowing slower and there seemed to be some erosion on the banks.

Our next stop was the iron footbridge in Bandon. Again we recorded all our info about the bridge. The span (46m), the materials (metal and concrete) and how the bridge is held upright (metal supports set in concrete). We were very lucky to have crossed this bridge when we did as the last time ever to cross this bridge is June 12th because after that it will be taken down. One thing we did notice here about the River Bandon was the river works going on, the digging, the draining of the water, etc

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We stopped next at a fisherman’s bridge called O’Driscoll’s Bridge,  we noticed the water was very dirty due to all the digging in Bandon town and the pupils were worried about the fish and the ducks. The bridge span was 34m and the river was flowing very slowly. the bridge was made of metal and concrete.

After that some pupils got out with two members of staff at Innishannon Bridge and measured it. This bridge is very dangerous as the traffic goes by very quickly. The span here was 47m.

Then the bus took us down to Kilmacsimon Quay and we were able to see that the tide was out, but now the River Bandon is very wide as it makes its way to the sea. There was a dry dock at this quay and we were able to see boats here up out of the water.

Our last stop was Kinsale Bridge, we all estimated the length of the bridge and measured it across and back. We recorded all our information about the bridge. the span of the bridge is 337m and it is made of concrete and metal. we could see lots of boats in the water including an Irish Customs Boat.

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P1030723 (2)Soon after that we had a very big lunch on the beach behind the Dock Bar, where we spent an hour here eating and playing before returning to school. We had a great day and learnt a lot about our local river, the River Bandon.