Picture 1 : Isabel, Dylan and Sam (Junior Infants – Second Class)
Picture 2 : Gavin, Elana and Ben (Junior Infants – Second Class)
Picture 3 : Isabel (Junior Infants)
Picture 4 : Gavin and Sam (both Second Class)
Picture 5 : Ella (Second Class)
Picture 6 : Amber (Sixth Class)
Picture 7 : Sol and Christopher (from Fourth and Sixth Class)
Picture 8 : from left to right, Cameron, Amber, Aoife and Fionn (Senior Room)
Picture 9 : from left to right, Eva, Amanda, Thomas and Christopher (Senior Room)
Picture 10 : Sapphire (Sixth Class)
Picture 11 : Melissa (Sixth Class)
Picture 12 : Fionn and Hannah (fourth and Fifth Class)
Picture 13 : Amber (Sixth Class) and Ella (Second Class)
Picture 14 : Amanda and Eva (both in Fourth Class)
Pictures 15-17 : The 3D Pumpkin Books made by Junior Infants – Second Class (Bird’s eye view and side view)
An Fómhar (The Autumn)
Tá an Fómhar buailte linn arís. Tá trí mhí san Fhómhar – Lúnasa, Meán Fómhair agus Deireadh Fómhair. Is maith liom an ómhar mar bíonn na torthaí go léir aibí. Ach ní maith liom é ar shlí eile mar bíonn an Geimhreadh fuar lom ag teacht.
Ag tús an Fhómhair bíonn an aimsir go hálainn fós. Ach de réir a chéile téann sí in olcas. Filleann an bháisteach agus an ghaoth agus an sioc agus ag deireadh an Fhómhair bíonn sé fuar agus fluich agus gaofar.
Bíonn an dúiche go hálainn ag tús an Fhómhair. Bíonn duilleoga ildaite ar na crainn. Bíonn siad dearg agus donn agus glas agus buí. Bíonn na barra arbhair ag luascaadh mar bhrat órga. Ach titeann na duilleoga agus baintear na barra agus ag deireadh an Fhómhair bíonn an dúiche fuar lom.
Téann na laethanta i ngiorracht agus bíonn an oíche fada. Bíonn créatúir bheaga ina chodladh agus imíonn na héin imirce go dtí na tíortha teo. Ag deireadh an Fhómhair tagann Oíche Shamhna agus is breá linn go léir é sin.
The Dead Sea is the saltiest sea in the world. The Dead Sea is located between Jordan and Israel. Even though the Dead Sea is 33.7% salt, there is still life in the Dead Sea. Not long ago a diver found a rock covered in a thick mat of microbes. The floods from the rains wash life into the Dead Sea. That doesn’t mean that life disappears completely when the rainy season is over. Scientists have found craters along the sea bed filled with bacteria. There is also one species of algae there too. Scientists are not completely sure how these species manage to survive. Despite the fact that they say that the sea is known to be completely “dead”, there is still life in the Dead Sea.
By Eva Lamb
Salt is also known as table salt or rock salt. It is a crystal mineral that is composed primarily from sodium chloride. It’s essential for animal, life but can be harmful to animals and plants in excess. Salt is one of the oldest most biblical food seasonings and salting is an important method of food preservation. The taste of salt is one of the basic human tastes.
Salt for human consumption is produced in different forms, unrefined, refined and iodized. It is a crystalline solid, white pale pink or light grey in colour. It is normally obtained from sea water or rock deposits. Edible rock salts may be slightly greyish in colour because of mineral content.
Due to its importance for survival, salt has often been considered a valuable commodity during human history. However as salt consumption has increased during modern times, scientists have become aware of the health risks associated with high salt consumption.
By Andrew Buckingham
Salt is one of the things our bodies need to function properly. Sodium is in salt and our bodies need sodium to control the amount of water in our blood. If there is too much salt in our bodies it causes our blood pressure to get too high. This could lead to heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. In Ireland two out of every five deaths are from these diseases. If we add too much salt to our food or eat too much processed food, eg bread, soup sauce, this can lead to health problems.
Salt is not just found in our bodies but in the world around us also. The oceans and the seas and some lakes are made up of salt water. A salt water lake or sea, is a lake or sea where there is no route for the water to leave it. For example the Dead Sea in Israel has the saltiest water in the world. It is called the Dead Sea because no animals or plants can live there. The water in the Dead Sea is very dense, so you’re able to float as if you were on an air bed. The air around the sea is clean and can help people with breathing problems such as asthma.
We need the right amount of salt to live, but in places like the Dead Sea nothing can live.
By Thomas Atkinson
Harvest is the first month of autumn and it is the start of the harvest season in Ireland. In Celtic times the festival of Lughnasa was celebrated in Ireland. This was a happy time for the people as they filled their stores and sheds with crops to feed them and their animals through the winter.
Today we still celebrate the harvest by having a service in church. The church is decorated with grain fruit vegetables and flowers to represent some of the crops that farmers harvest at this time of the year.
Different types of farmers harvest a variety of crops. Tillage farmers are especially busy in August gathering in wheat, barley and oats. Vegetable growers are harvesting potatoes, turnips, cabbage etc
If the weather during the summer months is too wet or cold it affects the quality of the harvest. For example last summer was very wet and the potato crop was very poor. This meant that potatoes were very expensive to buy in the shops.
A good harvest is vital for farmers and the economy in general because farmers make their money from the crops they grow and this money is spent in shops and their local communities.
By Thomas Atkinson
In many different countries of the world different crops are grown, this is because some foods need hot temperatures to grow but some need the opposite. Harvest can be grown for all kinds of reasons. Most crops are grown and picked to put on the supermarket shelves for people to buy and eat but some people prefer to grow their own harvest and use it for their own needs like picking blackberries and making jam.
In Africa one of their vast growing crops is coffee beans, to get coffee beans fit and ready to be on the supermarket shelves they have to be processed and dried out on cement for a month, and then put threw a mechanical machine that kills all the bacteria that lie inside the beans. Finally they are put into packets and shipped of off to supermarkets and into you cup of coffee.
In Africa if they have had a good harvest they will hold a harvest festival, They are celebrating and thanking God for the good harvest. Dancers wear masks as the dance around the campfire each dance tells a story.
Harvest means a lot to some people in some cases it decides if they will get food on the table or the money to even buy the food.
By Sapphire Guilfoyle
The weather in Ireland is unpredictable, so you can never tell if the harvest will be good or bad. In Ireland we harvest most of the crop in autumn. In Ireland we harvest things such as wheat, barley, oats, corn, potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, turnips and a few more vegetables too. In Ireland people sometimes put up Poly-tunnels to keep the plants warm and dry.
In different countries in Europe like France, they grow sunflowers, grapes, apples, plums, peaches, and pears because it is a hotter country. But in places out of Europe like Israel, because it is so hot nearly all year round, they can harvest in spring, summer and autumn. In Israel they can grow bananas, pecan nuts, and grapefruit as well as some other tropical fruits. But even in colder countries like Iceland people grow crops, but for this they use a poly-tunnel like tomatoes, potatoes and turnips like in Ireland.
The things people harvest can be cooked and baked in many different ways, for example oats, wheat and barley can be made into cereals, like porridge, and flake cereals, and barley is used to make beers, Guinness and animal feed.
Wheat is also used for many other food items such as bread, pasta, noodles, crackers, biscuits etc.
Harvest time is a very special time of year in many countries there are all kinds of celebrations, such as in America and Canada they celebrate Thanksgiving at Harvest time which is usually October/November. In Israel there are two harvest celebrations, one is Sukkot for fruit harvests and the other is Passover for corn. During August and September we picked lots of blackberries, which we made jam, tarts and muffins, yummy! In Ireland there is lots of harvest festivals now, where they thresh the corn, oats and barley and there is music, food and crafts and other fun activities for all the family.
By Maya Long de Bruin
The Harvest of 2013 is coming to an end all over Ireland and across the world. The excitement of the harvest when it first started early in the year was great to see. When the crop is ripe it is a big call for the farmers as they bring out the combines and get to work.
Barley/Wheat is the most common crops you will see around Ireland. It is used to feed animals, make porridge, bread, beer etc
Potatoes are also another very common crop around the country. They need to be looked after very carefully as they can get fungi and blight. Potatoes are eaten every day across the country and around the world.
Other crops such as carrots, cabbages, turnips etc also need to be looked after as they are just as important because they are food we put on our plates every day.
As a harvest comes to an end, it’s time to put the harvesters back in the shed. And it’s time to pull out the ploughs ready to cultivate the fields all over again for a new year and a new harvest.
By Christopher Helen
Harvest in Ireland : A wide variety of fruits are grown in Ireland such as apples, strawberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, loganberries, raspberries and many more fruits. You can make flan, jam and jelly with most of these foods. You can also make fruit salads to go with other things.
Vegetables eaten in Ireland can be divided into three different types. Tuber/root vegetables include potatoes, carrots and turnips while examples of leafy vegetables are spinach, lettuce and endive. Brassicas include cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. You can make potato salad with lettuce, eggs, onion, celery, mayonnaise, black pepper, garlic, sweet pickle relish, mustard, and of course, potatoes. This is only one version of potato salad.
Harvest in the UK : Different types of crop that grow in the UK include barley, potatoes, sugar beet, corn, rye, oats, wheat, rapeseed and many more crops. Barley is grown mainly for livestock feed and for malting. The main potato-growing areas are the fenlands of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and Lincolnshire.
Apples, pears, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, plums, damsons, rhubarb, peach, grapes, blackberries, redcurrants and more are grown in the UK.
By Amber Guilfoyle
The definition of harvest is the gathering of ripened crop. In this world today we have many crops that grow in many different climates and we harvest all of those crops. In Ireland we are very lucky to have all this fertile land yet there are parts of Ireland that do not have much harvested crop at harvesting time.
Lots of people in Ireland have their own vegetable or fruit gardens. By selling their produce in our shops, this helps us to reduce our carbon footprint and because of this we do not have to import so much fruits and vegetables using planes or trains.
Autumn is associated with the transition from warm to cold weather. This is the season where most fruits, vegetables and grain are ripe. There are lots of harvest holidays and festivals in other parts of the world like the jewish Sukkot holiday and Thanksgiving.
The crops we produce in Ireland are mainly grain crops such as barley, oats and wheat which are grown mostly for foodstuff ingredients. Our soil is also suitable for growing many different vegetables and fruit, the most common being potatoes, onions, carrots and apples.
At spring time the farmers plant the seeds that will be harvested in late summer. If we have the right combination of rain and sun we will have a bumper harvest and the farmers will be happy.
By Aoife Conway
The harvest season is a very busy and exciting time on the farm. There is lots to do and depending on the weather, the time frame for saving the harvest can be short or long.
When the corn is ripe it is time to get the combine out. On our farm, it’s my Uncle Henry who cuts the corn. Dad and another neighbour draw the barley to a cousin of ours, who dries and stores it for us for the winter. He then rolls the barley and Dad draws it home when he wants it to feed the cattle.
When the corn is cut, the straw is baled into square bales or round bales and brought home or delivered to other farmers who need it. Everyone is stocking up for the winter, sheds are being filled up with hay and straw.
Birds and animals are stocking up too eg squirrels, hedgehogs, dormice, badgers, foxes, herons and pigeons. They sense the winter is coming.
It’s autumn time when the harvest is done, so the days start getting shorter and the sun sets earlier.
All the hard work is done and dusted for another year. Crops and vegetables are saved and we all have enough to eat. Thank God.
By Amanda Helen
Art : Profile Pictures with Favourite Items Inside the Profile
Melissa, Sol, Cameron, Thomas, Maya, Amber, Fionn, Eva, Aoife
Anti Bullying Posters
Safety on the Beach Posters
Our School Trip to the Beach
On the 6th of September our school went on a science trip to Inchydoney Beach. We were all crossing our fingers and toes for the rain to stop hammering down, we had packed our nets and cups and gathered up are pack lunches the weather was starting to clear up and sure enough it stopped just in time before the bus arrived.
The atmosphere in the bus was exciting everyone had a smile on their face for we all knew the day ahead was going to be interesting and enjoyable. When we arrived at the sandy beach Miss. Sweeney laid down the safety rules to everyone on the bus. As we walked down the steep steps down to the vast and empty beach below some of us were so eager to touch the soft sand we even started to take our shoes and socks off!
The beach was empty for it was only mid morning we headed down to the bottom of the beach the tide was out so there was tonnes of rock pools to explore, the rock pools were full of all kind of creatures big and small from crabs to sea spiders we grabbed the nets and cups and we were off, we found all sorts of sea creatures. From all corners people shouting
“I caught a massive crab”
“I found a long fish”
My friend Ella even caught a orange star fish! All the stuff we found went into this one big spacious rock pool we called it the crab exhibition. After a while we all started to settle down to eat our lunch some people played football and volleyball but others enjoyed dipping their toes into the freezing cold shallow parts of the sea. After lunch we started to pack up our lunches and gather up our nets.
We all left the seaside with tied and happy faces.
By Sapphire Guilfoyle (6th Class)
Our Beach Trip
On Friday the 6th all pupils got up and saw rain through their bedroom windows. None of us had high hopes for the day, but all students met at the school anyway.
It was decided that we would still be going to Inchydoney beach. So very quickly lunches were packed and jackets on and then we were on our way to the beach.
When we arrived after all the hoping and praying the weather cleared up. When we walked down the stairs we saw a very bare landscape only one person walking their dog.
The tide was out so we headed down to the rock pools. The nets were out and we were ready to explore the many different species and habitats we could find. In the rock pools we found lots of crabs, shrimp, fish, starfish and lots of other creatures. We also got to explore all the different layers, colours and textures of rocks.
Then we decided it was time for a break so we sat down and ate. We played football and volleyball while others enjoyed a paddle in the water. Then it was back to the rock pools with us. We made it our job to explore all the rock pools and ponds.
At the end of the day we were all exhausted and it was time to head back after our long day of discovery.
By Aoife Conway (6th class)
Our School Trip to the Beach!
On Friday the 6th of September Desertserges National School went to Inchadoney beach on a science and geography expedition. In the morning it was cloudy and wet, but just before the bus arrived, the sun came out and everybody was really happy.
When we arrived we got off the bus and walked down to the beach with all the buckets and nets. We used them to explore the rock pools.
We went searching in dozens of rock pools. We also found loads of colourful shells. We also found all sorts of things like crabs, limpets, mussels and even a starfish. We also saw lots of different types of seaweed. One of the students found a gigantic crab. After that, we put all our discoveries in one big rock pool to make sure everyone could look at the creatures we found.
After all that we took a well-deserved break. Some people played soccer, others played volleyball, and other people even had a nice refreshing paddle in the sea. I played soccer and my team somehow won to a very determined side. After that we got on the bus and came back to Desertserges National School and then we talked about our mini adventure. I was so tired that I nearly fell asleep on the ground.
By Fionn Mooney (5th Class)
Our School Trip to the Beach!
On Friday the sixteenth of September, our school went on a science and geography project on the beach. After our first break, we packed our bags all excited and left for the bus. We had a fun ride on the bus and before long we were at Inchydoney Beach. The tide was fully out so the beach was bigger than usual. As we walked down the beach we could see many rock pools and different kinds of rocks.
Eva and I searched rock pools as a team and found many sea creatures, we found crabs of different shapes and sizes, we found fish of different colours like orange and red and we found hidden shrimps in the seaweed. As we walked further down the beach we discovered a big rock which had lots of little rock pools on it, where we found more sea creatures. We also discovered many anemones, periwinkles and mussels on the rock itself, the anemones feel soft and squishy when you touch them and we put a bit of crumbled shell on the anemone and it seemed to suck it up.
One pupil found a small orange starfish and she put it back into the water. I spent a bit of time looking for shells and found lots of different colours, shapes and sizes
We also were looking for different creatures too, like lug worms and sea spiders. Some people even dug holes to try and find something. Just before break we all released the creatures in to one big rock pool together.
When it was break all the hungry students sat down for a snack, after food some people played soccer some played volleyball and some even went for a paddle. After the fun it was time to leave the beach, we grabbed our shoes and bags and we started down the beach, we all went back on the bus, and we were on our way back to school. We were all tired but happy when we got back.
We had a fun day at the beach!
By Maya Long de Bruin (4th Class)
Acrostic Poem : Water Safety
Water is fun
And so is the sand,
There are lifeguards at the beach,
Everyone likes the beach and the ice cream
Remember be safe on the beach.
So always put on sun cream,
And stick to the rules
Fishermen go out to see and catch fish
Even in bad weather.
They must wear life jackets
You must be careful.
By Sam (2nd Class)
Acrostic Poem : Water Safety
Watch out for lifeguards
After the lifeguards go, don’t worry,
The lifeguards will come back tomorrow and
Every day he or she comes back
Rain or shine.
Salty toes and salty feet
Always wearing sun cream to protect against the heat,
Flags mark it safe to swim
Everyone let the fun begin,
The day was long with lots of fun
Yummy ice cream in the sun, with safety in the minds of everyone.
By Gavin (2nd class)
Acrostic Poem : Water Safety
By Ella (2nd class)
Acrostic Poem : Water Safety
We catch crabs
And we bring them home yum, yum,
There are lifeguards
Rock pools are really cool.
Sun cream is very important
A life jacket is too,
For children on boats and
Even for adults too,
They save your life
You must always respect water .
By Joshua (2nd Class)
I like playing football.
I like art.
I like playing with my friends.
I like maths.
Joshua Coone (1st class)
My school is a small school. It’s so small there are only 24 pupils in the school. We do a lot of different subjects in the school. My favourite subject is P.E. I also enjoy doing Maths and Irish. I think that small schools like this are better to educate children because the children will get more attention if they are stuck on something.
Thomas Atkinson (4th class)
In our school we have a lot of subjects such as maths, English, Irish, Geography, Art, Science and Sports. My favourite subject in the school is Maths, my worst subject in the school is Irish. Maths is so fun because it gets your brain working at all times. The hard sums are not really hard if you work them out properly. When I grow up I want to be a farmer so I need to know my maths. Each day I learn something new in Maths class.
Christopher Helen (5th Class)
All the subjects we do at our school are never a drag. I like most subjects that we do, but I love Art, Singing, Drama, P.E. and hockey. Our school is never that serious. I love school and never like to miss days because I like the subjects and playing with my friends at break time. I love to play football. I am a girl and in some places girls are not allowed to play football but that’s not the case in my school. I love coming to school because it is a great place to socialise. I love sports day and our school trips too. It is fun when we go on school trips because it is a nice time to talk with my friends and yet we get a break from work.
Aoife Conway (5th class)
I love Desertserges because it is such a great school with a big personality. Desertserges N.S. is lucky for its size. There are so many subjects and we get to do so many things. We even get to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. All of the children are so kind and friendly. Academically Desertserges is brilliant because you get all the attention you need, if you need help. I also love doing Drama and Music. Last year’s play, “The Wind in the Willows” was so good, we were requested to do it a second time. We also do concerts for our school in the local church and we even performed in Hosford’s Garden Centre. Desertserges is truly a great school.
(Alex Bollard 6th Class)
Life at Desertserges is great and I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. My favourite subjects are Maths and Irish because my teacher makes learning fun. Our principal teaches my class and promotes the idea of having fun while learning. In our school there is no such thing as bullying and we are all friends. Last year, we did “The Wind in the Willows” for our school play, and we had to do it a second time because of popular demand. Our drama teacher Sue is a lot of help to us and is very kind. To conclude, I will say that though small our school is great and there is nothing that any of us would want to change. Is maith liom Díseart Árguis mar tá an-spórt againn. Is é Matamatic an t-ábhair is fearr liom.
Ellen Fox (6th Class)