Blog March 2018

Texaco Art Competition : Gridded Drawings

For the Texaco Art contest, we drew some of our favourite celebrities. Some were athletes, some were musicians and some were actors.  We drew grids on photographs of these celebrities and then drew larger grids onto larger sheets of paper. We carefully drew what we saw in the photographs onto our A3 sheets. We worked with pencils to get the outline of our celebrity right but also to shade in the shadows onto their faces. Here are some of our pictures.


Engineering Week

We watched a video called “Big Dreams”, it was about all the different ways engineers help us in our world, from tall buildings, to suspended bridges, solar cars and underwater robots. It gave us a new insight into the world of engineers and how they are encouraging children and teenagers to be young engineers themselves and make changes in the world.

The pupils were divided into groups for two engineering experiments, but due to the snow we didn’t get all our plans completed and hope to get more engineering experiments done in the near future.

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Experiment 1

You get 10 sheets of A4 paper, sellotape, scissors etc.

Experiment : You must make the tallest free standing building from your 10 sheets and it must stand without any help for 15 seconds.


Experiment 2

You will have one egg per group and lots of recyclable material, sellotape, scissors, balloons, bubble wrap etc.

Experiment : You must drop the egg from a height of 6ft and it must not crack or break. Use all available resources to give the egg a safe landing. (what will work, what won’t, etc)


Cork County Primary Schools Athletics Programme 2018

We are delighted to be part of the first phase of the Cork County Primary Schools Athletics programme 2018.The programme will consist of 4 weekly, hour long sessions commencing in February which will be followed by an Athletics Blitz, 15th March in Neptune Stadium from 10am -2pm

  • Wed Feb 14th, Wed Feb 21st ,  Wed Feb 28th ,  Wed Mar 7th
  • Blitz 15th March (uniform needed)



The children painted beautiful paintings of colourful butterflies on the horizon. It was a good learning activity to ingrain the idea of what the word horizon means. Prior to the lesson we also watched the life cycle of a butterfly.



Mother’s Day

We baked ginger snap biscuits for Mother’s Day. We made the dough on Thursday and put it in the fridge. On Friday we took it out of the fridge for 1/2hr to get used to room temperature and then we sliced the biscuits thinly and placed them on a many baking trays. They cook in a preheated oven (160-180) until they were brown in colour. We took the tray out and left the biscuits to cool before transferring them to a wire cooling tray. This is important as they become crispy underneath.

Recipe :

  1. Wet ingredients 135g butter

135g Golden Syrup

(Melt gently together in a microwave or in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water on simmer)

  1. Then add in 105g Demerara sugar
  2. After that add in 2-3 teaspoon of stem ginger juice (from the jar), mix well
  3. Mix these dry ingredients together : 300g plain flour

2 teasp mixed spices/ground ginger

1 and ½ teasp bicarbonate soda

4 teasp baking powder

  1. Dice 3-4 stem ginger pieces, then add to the dry ingredients and mix well (but with light fingers)
  2. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and make into two long dough shapes.
  3. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
  4. When ready to make the ginger snaps, take the dough out of the fridge 30mins before use, to get room temperature.
  5. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 20-30 mins
  6. Line 3 baking tins with greaseproof paper
  7. Slice the dough thinly and place spaced apart on the trays.
  8. Cook for 7-10 mins until a ginger brown colour.
  9. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 mins and then move to wire trays to firm up the base of the biscuits.


Mother’s Day Cards

The children made Mother’s Day cards with the caption.  “This is to remind you when I am taller what I was like when I was smaller” Hopefully they will be kept for posterity.


March 15th Athletics Blitz 

We had a great day taking part in the Athletics Blitz in the Neptune Stadium.  we did the longjump, the speedbounce, the javelin, the shuttle run and the target throw, finishing with a relay.  We got back to the school just at closing time.




St Patrick’s Day Craft

The younger pupils made St. Patrick on a paper plate.

The older pupils made lovely bookmarks for family and friends.



Child Protection In-service Training : two half days in total (school closes at 12noon)

  • Friday 16th March ((leading into the St Patrick’s Weekend)
  • Friday 23rd March (leading in the Easter Holidays)

 child protection


Mon 19th March : Patrick’s Day  (as 17th falls on a Saturday, Monday is the Bank Holiday)

  • We are closed for the weekend and on Monday.

 st patricks day


Easter Activities

Some of the pupils made lovely colourful Easter hats.

We had an Easter egg hunt around the school grounds before we went home for our holidays. It always creates great excitement.


Monday 26th March to Friday 6th April  : Easter Holidays

  • School closed for two weeks for Easter holidays.

happy easter



we are open for enrollment, you can phone, email or call to the school to make an appointment, We will give you a tour of the school and talk you through any queries/questions you may have.


We are a country school with small friendly classes, so are in a position to give immediate help where and when needed.  In addition to the curriculum we do many extra activities: Zumba, Tag Rugby, Cork Athletics, Cork Sports, a Geography Trip to Inchydoney Beach every September, a Halloween Party, Pancake Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Tours and Nature Walks. We enjoy cookery classes in the kitchen and we have a passion for Arts and Crafts. Please check this blog for information on further events and activities.

school building photo

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