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Good News Term 1 Sept- Oct 2020

Ms McGrath’s 6th Class

Ms McGrath’s class have really enjoyed being back at school and all the interesting activities that we’ve worked at throughout this term. We have been busy doing project work and have been learning about the Plantations of Ireland in the 1500’s. We really enjoyed doing these projects. We have also been doing lots of art throughout the term. It has been great decorating our classroom and making sure it is nice and colourful. Last week was Math’s week in St Mary’s and everybody was busy working on Mangahigh. We did lots of other fun games and activities as part of the week too.  By Sara Nugent

Ms. Heraghty’s 6th Class

School has been different so far this year but we have managed to do lots of fun things in our class already. P.E has been particularly fun and we have loved learning the rules of and playing handball and ultimate frisbee!

We have learned about the Celts and identified some of the places that they may have lived in our locality. They lived in ringforts, hillforts, crannógs and promonotory forts. At the moment we are learning about feasts and festivals around the world and we are looking forward to celebrating one of them – Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In our class pods, we designed our own spooky haunted houses.

We participated in Maths Week and played lots of games on Mangahigh which is always fun.

Our class are trying to focus more on reading and we are sharing our thoughts and opinions on books that we have enjoyed reading. A lot of people in our class like reading Harry Potter books, Percy Jackson books, Diary of a Wimpy Kids books and books written by the author David Walliams.

We hope everyone has a “spooktaculiar” Halloween.

By Lucy Walsh and Anna Lindsay

Ms. Nugent’s 6th Class

We started off the year by decorating A3 pieces of paper with our names and drawings of things and activities that we love to do. We also worked on a whole class piece of art, where we each coloured a piece and when we put it altogether it made a butterfly and a bee.

We have been doing ultimate Frisbee and orienteering for PE.

We learned about Feasts and Festivals, Materials and how they change and the structure of the Earth.

 We were learning about The Celts and we worked on a mini-project on The Celts in our pods. We also made clay tiles and decorated them with Celtic designs and patterns.

We really enjoyed Maths week. We did some challenges on Manghaigh, took part in the Target Board challenge and even got to watch Maths TV.

We are all set for Halloween and have decorated our classroom. For Halloween we made gargoyles from clay.

We hope everyone has a good Halloween and enjoys the mid-term break.

Ms. Murphy’s 3rd Class

Our class was very busy throughout the term. We did PE every Wednesday and Friday and had great fun. We also did lots of art. In September we made fact files about ourselves, all about me t-shirts, our art trees and leaves. We have lots of pods in our class and each pod has a marble jar. At the end of each week the pod that had the most marbles won a prize. We had Golden time on Friday’s too.  We played games, we read, drew pictures or did our unfinished work. We sometimes played a game called Go-noodle on the whiteboard. If we finished our work Ms. Murphy said we can have DEAR time, which stands for Drop Everything And Read. We loved being outside in the yard at playtime and playing with our class this term. When it rained we stayed inside and watched a programme called “I’ve got your back”

Ms. Nugent’s 3rd Class

Our class have been very busy this term. Here are some of the things that we’ve been doing. 

English: In English we did procedural writing all about our own magic potions. It was such good fun. We did lots of spelling tests, crosswords, word searches and answered lots of questions too.

Maths: We’ve been working on Data in maths and we learned about block graphs and tally marks. We’ve also been working on multiplication, division, hundreds, tens and units too. We do math’s tests every Friday as well. 

Irish: In Irish we learned a new letter sound every week. For example, this week we learned é this week. We also did word searches and crosswords in Irish too.

Art: We have been learning about Kandinsky art this term. It was great fun making pictures and paintings in this style. We’ve also been doing lots of Halloween art as well. We love to colour and draw pictures in class. Our teacher lets us have free time to do this when we finish our work early.

Geography: Our class has learned all about the four provinces of Ireland- Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster 

History: We’ve been learning about Halloween in history. In September we learned all about Christopher Columbus and how he discovered America, by accident!

Thanks for reading- Alex & Sophie

Ms. Beaubien’s 3rd Class

During maths week our class had lots of fun. We played Mangahigh and did a maths quiz too. We’ve been doing lots of art during this term too. We made umbrellas which were really bright and colourful. We worked at leaf art and trees. They were really messy and involved a lot of paint. But everyone really enjoyed those. We did some maths mosaics as well.  We had to work on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to make the mosaics. We also made cubes and could decorate the faces too.

Thanks for reading- Anna

Ms. Lucas’ 4th Class

Ms. Feely’s 5th Class

We’ve been very busy in Ms. Feely’s class since September. We have two new pupils in our class so we did lots of getting to know one another activities over the first couple of weeks. We were delighted to be back in school to see our friends again and be back in a routine. There is a new school walkway around our school grounds and it is great fun. We’ve been doing lots of PE since coming back to school. We’ve been playing tag rugby and doing agility activities with our teacher. For art we entered the Credit Union competition which was great. We also made self-portrait masks and an Autumn art activity too. Everyone really enjoyed doing them. We have been reading the novel Kensuke’s Kingdom in class this term and are all really loving the book. It was written by Michael Murpurgo and is an exciting adventure novel.   We can’t wait to find out what happens in the end. We’ve been working hard on our Gaeilge and English and Ms. Feely has been working hard teaching us too! Last week was Math’s week and Climate Action week. It was a really busy week in school.  For Climate action week we did a poster competition. During Math’s week, we played lots of maths games and we did a carpark trail, tangrams and tessellation activities. We are really excited about Halloween, even though it will be different this year. We really enjoyed working on our Halloween stories and poems too. For a Halloween treat on Friday we’ll be making chocolate apples.

Ms. Murphy’s 5th  Class

PE

We do PE twice a week. At the beginning of every lesson we do a games to warm up. We like to play The Bean Game, Shark Attack, Find your Partner and Ship, Sea, Shore. Last month our activity was Rounders. We really enjoyed playing this outside. This month our activity is Athletics. We started off doing running and relay races. We have now moved on to hurdles and throwing. This week for PE we did an Obstacle course that included running, ladders and hurdles. It was really fun! We are looking forward to our next PE activity in November!

Halloween

We have been busy doing art for Halloween. We made Skeletons out of cotton buds. We also did a Halloween Silhouette. We love doing art! We have also been writing Halloween stories and learning about different Halloween traditions.

Ms Dineen’s Class News

  1. Things have been different since we came back in September in Ms Dineen’s class because of all the new rules due to Covid-19.  Now we have to sanitize and wash our hands more “to stay safe”.  But we are happy to be back in school and see our friends.
  2. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot bring our books and pencil cases home, instead we are using an app called Google Classrooms.  This allows us to connect and work at home using our devices.  We have started using it for our homework and are still getting used to it.
  3. The Active Schools Committee have started to exercise when we line up out on yard at break time.  We are all happy to this and enjoy it very much.  The Active Schools representative leads the exercises and the rest of the class copy.
  4. We have started our new novel ‘The boy at the back of the Class’,  By Onjali Q. Raúf.  The whole class is enjoying it because it is interesting.  The boy is a refugee from a warzone and he is finding school in his new Country very difficult.  We are curious to find out what will happen to him.  Zoe’s brother turned 1 on 19th October, Happy Birthday Michael.
  5. Ms Dineen’s class wrote our own version of a William Shakespeare poem from Macbeth.  We had fun writing our own version and we loved doing it.  We added disgusting ingredients like a dog’s tongue, a bat wing, a wolf fang, frog eye and some dragon blood with a pinch of moss.  We had to make sure each line had 7 syllables and had to create rhyming couples.
  6. For the month of October Ms Dineen’s class did Handball for P.E.  We all enjoyed playing together and having fun.  For each team there were 7 players and 1 substitute.

Thank you for reading Ms Dineen’s 5th Class news.

Mr. Forde’s 4th Class

In school we buried a time capsule out in the yard, we are going to open it at the end of 4th class. We made towers out of only paper and sellotape. We made balloon cars out of cardboard, balloons, plastic and straws. In our class every Thursday someone brings in an artefact or something manmade. We learned about the Apollo Missions to the moon. In our class we have our own app and website, our website is called ThinkWithYourInk.com and our app is called St Mary’s SNS 4th class. We have a class currency called Beans, we can buy a Friday Treat, Spotify Pass, Drawing Pass, Reading Pass and a Raffle Ticket.

Thanks for reading.

Tia and Omar

Ms. Kenny’s 4th Class

We started Google Classroom which we are enjoying a lot.

We are doing a Halloween art competition. We are colouring in Skeletons heads and writing Halloween poetry.

Our class went on a nature walk and found out the names of different leaves and trees. We made mini leaf people from the leaves we found. We worked together in our pods to make Autumn nature mandalas.

We are pushing ourselves in PE. We do two days of PE every week. In September we worked hard at our circuits. Skipping was fun in October especially with Miss. Kenny’s choice of music… Eye of the Tiger.  We enjoyed walks on our new school walkway.

We did a maths walk for maths week and learned new things about our school. We found out that there are 88 windows on the front of our school. We had great fun doing Mangahigh and our quizzes on google classroom. The week ended with a very competitive maths quiz.

Finally, our class have started to practice mindful meditation every day at 1:50 and it ends at 2:00. So far we have done ‘Take Five’, ‘Magic Moments’ and ‘Colour Breaths’. It is really fun and relaxing. It allows us to take a break from our busy day. It helps us to look after our mental health.

Happy Halloween to everyone……                                                                                 By Zach and Abby

Everyone in St. Mary’s SNS is wearing blue today in support of the Blessington Senior ladies, who are in the County final this weekend. Good luck to all involved. We’ll all be cheering for you!

Confirmation

Congratulations to all the boys and girls from Ms. Nugent’s and Ms Lucas’ classes on making their Confirmation today. Great to see the sunshine on such a special day.

Good luck and best wishes to all the boys and girls from Ms Murphy’s and Mr Forde’s classes making their Confirmation today. Wishing you and your families a fantastic day.

Graduation- Celebrating the class of 2020

News from term one- September – October 2019

3rd Class

Our Grandparents

This term Ms Gallagher’s class have been working a lot on history. We have been interviewing our grandparents to find out about life when they were our age.  We asked them questions about their school days and about the teachers that they had. We also found out about the games that they played at home and in school and who their friends were. Our grandparents told us all about the subjects they studied in school and what their favourite subject was. We also found out about a lot of other different things like the cost of sweets and chocolate, when they were young. We all read our interviews to our class and we really enjoyed doing it. Thanks Ms Gallagher.

A visit to the President

On the 21st of October Ms Gilligan’s class went to visit Arás on Uachtaráin . We got a bus at 8.15 and we were really excited. When we arrived there were lots of photographers there taking photographs. We were offered cookies, gingerbread men and lots of other treats. We waved flags and cheered because the President of Cuba Miguel Diaz- Canel was visiting that day too. He was very nice. We also saw two Bernese mountain dogs. There was a crowd of people in front of the dogs so we didn’t get to pet them.  We had a lot of fun. We got to visit Micheal D Higgins’ garden. It was huge! We saw some people planting an oak tree. There was a giant acorn with lots of names on it too. After our visit we took the bus to the bandstand in the Pheonix park and had a picnic. After our picnic we got the bus back to school. It was the best day ever. And yesterday all our class received letters from President Michael D Higgins, thanking us for visiting him. Thanks Ms Gilligan and Nathalie for bringing us on such an exciting tour.

History, Music & Sport

Ms Heney’s class have also been working hard at history this term and have had a lot of fun interviewing our parents and grandparents. We also spent some time making up our own songs in music. First we had to make up a beat and then we added the words to the beat. We worked together in groups of 4 and then we performed the songs for our class. It was great fun. Some of our class also got to take part in the GAA blitzes in Baltinglas and Hollywood. Thanks to Ms Morris and Mr Forde for organising these and thanks to Ms Heney for such a fun first term.

(Sienna, Zach & Omar 3rd class)

4th class

National Tree Day

At the end of September the 4th classes went to Glendalough for National Tree day. We left school early in the morning and travelled by bus to Glendalough. When we arrived, each class was split into 4 groups and we did a treasure hunt and played games. We had to look for certain trees and write these down on our clipboards.  After all the activities, we ate our lunch on the picnic tables and got some free time to play. Thanks to Ms Kenny, Ms Morris and Ms Beaubien for organising such a fun day. We all really enjoyed it.

Dog’s Trust

Early in October a lady called Dawn and a dog named Piper visited the school from Dog’s trust.  We found out how dogs are treated in Dog’s trust and Dawn told us stories about some of the dogs in their care. She let us pet Piper, which was great fun. Everyone wanted to have a go. Dawn also told us how important it is to treat dogs properly and how we should act when we meet a dog for the first time. Thanks Ms. Morris for organising the Dog’s trust visits for the whole school.

(Adam & Darcey- 4th class)

5th Class

History of Blessington

The fifth classes are doing projects on the history of Blessington. We have learned a lot about many of its special buildings and features such as the Downshire monument, the Horseshoe Arch, St. Mary’s church and much more.  We learned about the year the church was built and who built it. We were very lucky to have a guided tour around the town this week, with the historian Aidan Cruise. We got to see all the buildings and monuments first hand. We discovered that St. Joseph’s hall was once used for dog racing. We also found out that there was once a tram which ran through the town and went all the way to O’Connell St in Dublin. Aidan Cruise also told us a story about a man called Mr W Twyford who refused to leave his home when the lakes were being flooded. He stood on a table and had to eventually be rescued by boat. We have been working on these projects for the past two weeks and hope to present them to the classes after Halloween.  Thanks to Ms McGrath, Ms Heraghty and Ms Nugent for organising the tour and of course Aidan Cruise.

The Dáil

On the 10th of October 5th class went to Dáil Eireann to explore the history of the building and our government. We visited the Dáil and the Seanad and were lucky enough to go into the Dáil chamber itself. We got to see the Dáil in action and Mr Simon Harris, the minister for health, was speaking at the time. We saw various other ministers and TD’s too. After that we moved on and saw portraits of past Taoisigh. Did you know that JFK once came to the Dáil for a visit when he was president of the United States? At the end of the tour we all got a copy of the 1916 Proclamation, which was really good to have. After we left the Dáil we went to St. Stephen’s green for lunch. We were all having a great day, until the pigeons decided to try and take our lunches.  Overall we really enjoyed the day. Thanks again to our teachers for organising the trip.

( Oisín & Lucy- 5th class)

6th class

World War II

This term some of the sixth classes have been learning about World War II. Ms Murphy’s class did projects and we had nine days to complete them. We made sure to include lots of pictures and drawings. When the projects were finished we presented these to our own class. We really enjoyed finding out all about the war.

 Ms Nugent’s class worked on World War II timelines. We learned about all the important facts and events and made different timelines about these.  We worked in groups of 6 and each chose a different event from the war to work on.  After the timelines were finished we presented them to our class and displayed them in our classroom. Thanks Ms Murphy and Ms Nugent.

Rubber band cars

Last week Mr Forde’s 6th class made rubber band cars. We all worked in twos to design and make them. We used rubber bands, bottle lids and lollipop sticks. Everyone worked really hard and the designs were great. We had 10 days to finish the cars and when we were finished we raced them through the classroom. Some of the cars travelled a metre. We use a special currency in our class and we can use this to buy a car. Any cars that are not sold will be taken apart and we’ll recycle the materials. We are a green school after all. Thanks Mr Forde for planning such a fun activity.

The Beep test

Ms Lucas class have been doing the beep test each week as part of PE, to improve our fitness levels.   Everyone has to run from one end of the hall to the other and they must reach the wall before the beep.  It gets much harder as you complete each level because the time between beeps gets shorter. At first we found it difficult. As the weeks have passed most of us have improved and are managing to complete more of the levels. We can really notice a difference in our fitness levels. We are hoping to keep going and eventually run the goal mile, later in the year. Thanks Ms Lucas for helping everyone keep fit.

( Holly & Aoife- 6th class)

News from November to December 2019

3rd Class

Poulaphuca Reservoir

Ms Gilligan’s class have been learning about Poulaphuca reservoir. Afterwards our teacher asked us to do projects on this. We were given the option to work in pairs or on our own. Some of us made cottages as part of our projects and others made models of the village before it was flooded. We also learned the song “Ballinahown” too. The song was written by Barry Kinane, Kyle’s uncle.  We presented our projects to the whole school and we really enjoyed all the work we did. Thanks Ms. Gilligan.

Monasteries & Abbeys

Ms Heney’s class have been working hard on our projects on monasteries and abbeys. Some of our class also made round towers. We showed our projects to all the other classes on Monday 18th of November. Each time a different class came to view our projects we took turns at presenting our work and told them different facts about monasteries, abbeys and round towers. It was a great day. Thanks to Ms Heney for planning such a good activity for us.

(Oisín, Tia & Abby- 3rd class)

4th class

History of Blessington

A historian named Aidan Cruise came to 4th classes to talk to us about  Blessington. First he showed us a video of the steam tram. It looked like a tiny bus. It went from Poulaphuca to Blessington and from Blessington to Dublin. After the video he answered all our questions about the tram and then he brought us on a tour of the town. He pointed out Twyford’s shop, the marker between Poulaphuca and Blessington and St Mary’s church bell, which is the oldest bell in Ireland. We all really enjoyed the tour. Thanks to our teachers for such a great day.

The Blessington Lakes

Earlier this term Paul Tyrell came to speak to the 4th classes about the history of the Blessington lakes. He told us that before the lakes were formed there was a town called Ballynahawn. The Government decided to create the lakes and so this town had to be flooded. The Government did a Compulsory purchase order to force the people to leave their homes. Many of them were very sad about leaving their land and families and friends were separated. Even though the people of the town were given new land by the Government, they were very disappointed about their homes. During dry weather when the lakes are shallow, you can see the top of the church and the old mill. We all really enjoyed learning about the history of the lakes. Thanks to Ms Kenny, Ms Morris and Ms Beaubien for organising such a fun day.  

STEPS Engineering programme

Ms Kenny’s 4th class are taking part in the STEPS Engineering programme. Two engineers came to our class to talk to us about engineering and the work that engineers do. They showed us a video of how chocolate is made and explained how wind turbines create electricity.  They explained the work we will be doing as part of the STEPS programme and answered any questions that we had. As part of the programme we must create something to improve our community. We presented the projects that we have been working on and all our ideas. They were really impressed with our work so far. They said we were very creative and had great imaginations. We really enjoyed their visit. Thanks Ms Kenny for organising this for us. 

( Matthew & Conor- 4th class)

5th Class

The Taoiseach who banned Christmas

This term Ms McGrath’s class performed a Christmas play called “The Taoiseach who banned Christmas” We practised “ The first Noel” and “ Jingle bells” on the tin whistle. We worked on projecting our voices and getting into character. We worked very hard to prepare for our performances for our parents and all the other classes. We were both nervous and excited. All went well on the day and everyone really enjoyed our play. Thanks Ms McGrath for organising it and helping us to prepare so well.

Music & Fitness

Ms. Heraghty’s class have been learning carols and songs in preparation for Christmas. We are hoping to sing these at the school’s Christmas assembly and get everyone into the Christmas spirit. We have also been working extremely hard this term at improving our fitness. Each week for P.E. Ms. Heraghty has set up circuits in the hall for us. These include planks, squats, knee lifts, jumping jacks and much much more. We spent one minute at each of the activities and then moved on to the next one . When were first started doing these, we found them really difficult and we could only do one round of circuits. As the term passed we can really notice a difference in our fitness levels. Some of us are managing to complete two rounds of the circuits. Thanks Ms Heraghty for organising such fun activities for us.

Science week

Last week Ms Nugent organised science week in the school. We learned a lot about the solar system and about the possibility of life on Mars.  Everyone worked on various science experiments throughout the week and two pupils from each class were chosen to present theirs to the different class groups in the Atrium. Some of the experiments included lava lamps, water fireworks, storm in a glass and much, much more Ms Nugent also organised an exploration dome for the school. It was an inflatable dome with a projector inside. It projected different images around the dome.  Everyone really enjoyed the week. Thanks Ns Nugent for all your hard work.

(Jamie & Sara- 5th class)

6th class

Missionaries of Charity

On Tuesday 18th of November Ms Murphy and Mr Forde’s classes went to the Missionaries of Charity on the South Circular road. Father Richard and Gerry the Deacon went with us too. We heard the sisters’ stories of how they got to where they are living right now. They told us the stories of Sr. Stella and Sr. Martina. Fr Richard blessed us with a first class relic. After that we went to the Pro Cathedral and had a private mass in St. Kevin’s oratory. Then we got a tour of the Cathedral itself and learned that it is almost 200 years old. It took almost 50 years to build.  We also had a tour of the Crypt where all the Arch bishops and merchants are buried.  The last person to be buried there was 3 years ago. We saw statues and plaques of the past Archbishops too. We learned that Pope Francis visited the Cathedral when he came to Ireland in 2018.  It was a really interesting day. Thanks to Ms Murphy, Mr Forde, Gerry and Fr Richard for organising the day.

South America

Ms Lucas class have been doing projects on South American countries. They spent 4 weeks researching them and covered lots of areas such as history, food, drink, climate and tourist attractions. Each project included a bibliography and we learned a lot about our chosen countries. The class were very excited to present the projects to the other classes last week. Thanks to Ms Lucas for such an interesting activity.

A visit to St. Enda’s

On the 20th of November the 6th classes went on tour to St Enda’s, the school founded by Padraig Pearse . The school itself was closed in 1935 and is now a museum. When we arrived, we walked down a path down to the ogham stone and around to the school. We were then split into two groups for our tour. The first room we visited had paintings and sculptures inside. Padraig Pearse loved art.  The other group started their tour in the grounds and gardens.  We then went to the auditorium where they had their school assemblies. The tour guide told us that girls from a different school would come to sing at the assemblies too. We had lunch in the grounds and afterwards we got to see stuffed animals and a video of a bat that lived in the roof of the building. We learned a lot about Padraig Pearse and his school. Thanks to all the 6th class teachers for organising the day.

( Emma & Tadhg- 6th class)

Spring & Summer terms

Science Blast 2020- 4th & 5th class

Ms McGrath’s 5th class and Ms Morris’s 4th class went to Science Blast in the RDS on the 3rd of March 2020. 5th class chose a question about humour ‘Why do we laugh and why is humour different for everyone? And 4th class focused on fear ‘Why do people have different fears and different reactions to their fears?’ Both classes researched and gathered lots of information on these questions. The children also designed questionnaires and gathered information from these questionnaires, completed by children and teachers in the school. They presented their findings on graphs and poster charts.  5th class interviewed children in the school and asked them funny jokes to observe their humour and reactions. They also constructed a model brain from clay and painted it highlighting the various parts of the brain and their functions. 4th class designed a scare box which they brought with them to the RDS to frighten people that viewed their project and questioned their investigations.

In the RDS the children loved looking at and learning about the various scientific questions that other schools had investigated.  They attended the creepy crawly science show and took part in lots of games and quizzes. The children were very excited to present their projects to the judges and received wonderful feedback about their work. We are hoping to return next year with a new question!

3rd class- projects, active week, creativity & more!

My project on elephants by Amy Stynes

Elephants are the world’s largest land animal. Male elephants can reach 3m tall and weigh between 4,000-7,500kg. Asian elephants are slightly smaller, reaching 2.7m tall and weighing 3,000-6,000kg. Elephants spend 12 to 18 hours eating grass, plants and fruit every single day. You can tell a lot about an elephant by looking at their tusks.Elephant’s tusks never stop growing, so enormous tusks can be a sign of an old elephant. Both male and female African elephants grow them. A tusk-less adult elephant is likely to be a female Asian elephant. For centuries it has been accepted that there have been two Identified species of elephants living today African elephants and Asian elephants. However in 2001 scientific data identified that African elephants are actually two different species, the African savannah elephants and the African forest elephants.

The primary differences with their physical confirmation is the   African forest elephant is more slender, slightly smaller with straighter smaller tusks and their ears are more rounded. African savannah elephants are found in savannah zones in 37 countries south of the Sahara desert. The Asian elephant has four different subspecies Sri LanKan,Indion, Sumatran and Malays. Sri LanKan elephants are tuskless. Indian elephants tend to be slender with larger ears. Be lighter skinned. Sumutarn   elephants are slightly stocker and Malay elephants are a little smaller in stature. There are reports of pigmy elephants in Borneo but little is know about them due to the donse forest and inaccessible regions where they live. Elephants from Burma are not classified a sub species but they tend to have a lot of hair and darker complexions. Being extremely sensitive creatures, elephants have been known to display behaviour patterns similar to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Elephants communicate with each one another using sound, touch and sent. Their hearing is excellent they can hear a trumpeting call from 5 miles away. And they use a wide range of sound to talk to each other- including those which humans who are not able to hear. Elephants have 6 sets of molar teeth, upon which they depend for survival. When the last set is lost, the animal is unable to eat and eventually dies of starvation.

Male elephants leave the herd between the ages of 12 and 15, usually live alone although may sometimes form small groups with other males. Elephants are able to recognise themselves using mirrors. Such displays of self-recognition indicates a very high level of awareness, and is sometimes witch only humans, apes, cetaceans and magpies are otherwise known to do .Elephants are important for other animals within the environment too. They dig waterholes when river beds are dry that other animals can use as a water source, and their large footprints can create deep holes for water for water to collect in. the wide trails that they carve through the vegetation as they move through the landscape can also act as fire breakers and water runs off, and makes it easier for humans and other animals to access the forest and bush.   

                                    THE END           

Elephants are in danger

Well done Amy! Great work

Facts about the Ocean by Aoife Kinsella

It might be nice to go to the Ocean on a sunny day but did you know that the most common plant in the Ocean is Kelp. Also algae, sea grass and phytoplankton . They are also microscopic plants.

There are over 1million species of plants and animals that have been discovered in the Ocean. Scientists say there may be as many as 9million species we haven’t found yet.

We should keep our plastic straws and cups to ourselves as when the plastic goes into the water it releases a toxic chemical that are killing animals.

The salt in the Ocean comes from the rocks on land. The rain falls on the land contains some dissolved carbon dioxide from the surrounding air. This causes the rain water to be slightly acidic due to carbonic acid.

The Ocean wasn’t always salty. It became salty 3.8 billion years ago.

Here are some facts about sharks

  1. Sharks have no bones.
  2. A shark’s skin feels like sand paper.
  3. Some sharks have very good eyesight

That is my project on the Ocean.

Well done Aoife!

Lucy Benton gets creative

Lucy baking some scones for our breakfast and a delicious red velvet cake. 

Lucy making some play dough. 

Lucy made a play dough holiday village.

Lucy doing her gardening and making a fairy village called Daisy Lane.  

Keep up the great work Lucy!

Méabh Daly’s creations

Blanket designs
A bug hotel
Doll’s House

Well done Méabh

Aidan & Donagh going for a social distancing cycle during Active week at home!

Good job boys!

Leah Roche’s Active week in pictures

Leah went out exploring

Out for a long walk
Hiking with her sister
Rock climbing
Time to cool down!

Well done Leah. Keep up the great work.

6th class gather to say farewell

Ms Lucas’ 6th class gathered for a final meeting and their ‘graduation’. It was lovely to see them all together for one last time before they officially finish Primary school, and a beautiful place to have their photo taken.

Thanks to the parents from Ms Lucas’ class for organising the celebration.

Ms. Nugent’s class also gathered to mark their final days in primary school. It was lovely to see them gathered to celebrate their time in St. Mary’s.

Thanks to the parents from Ms. Nugent’s class for organising the celebration.

Ms Murphy’s class came together at the Avon Rí to celebrate their final days in primary school. A lovely memory for all involved.

Thanks to the parents of Ms. Murphy’s class for organising the event

Some photos from our Virtual Sports Week

Well done Grace!

Liam’s Challenges

Congratulations Julia & Sienna

Darja’s Virtual Sports Challenges

Well Done Ciara!

Jude’s Sports Challenges

Great job Thea!

Well Done Wil!

Leah’s Virtual Sports Challenges

Great work Zoe!

A very happy Liverpool supporter does his challenges. Well Done Ryan!

Good job Barry

Ruairí and Orlaith were very busy during Virtual Sports Week. Well done!

Congratulations Ryan. Great work during Virtual Sports Week.

Well done Dylan, Jessica and Conor! A great family effort during Virtual Sports Week.

Pauric’s Virtual Sports Week challenges.

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