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Aidan Dockery, Heritage in Schools Expert
Aidan Dockery, Heritage in Schools expert, visited our school to talk to the 5th classes about World War 1 and some other aspects of Irish history. The children have recently studied World War 1 and so were eager to build on their knowledge. Aidan's uncle Joseph sadly lost his life during the war and Aidan spoke about him and about the beautiful commemoration his family organised to mark his 100 year anniversary last year. He had a photo of Aidan and read excerpts from letters to and from Joseph. He had a number of artifacts from the war to show the children such as bullets, a bayonet and a gas mask. He was excellent at describing the conditions in the trenches during the war and helped the children visualise what an average soldier would have experienced during this time. It was a very interesting talk which the children really enjoyed. Thank you very much Aidan!
Congratulations to Elia Cormican (Ms. McGuire's & Ms Gately's 5th Class) who recently won the 8-10 years category, entitled 'The Force of Nature', in the Roscommon Credit Union Art Competition. Elia's masterpiece went on to the Chapter level of the competition which is made up of 12 Credit Unions in the midlands. Elia won 1st prize in her category at Chapter level and she now goes on to represent the midlands at the ILCU National Level Art Competition. Well done Elia-what a fantastic achievement!
Science Experiments in 5th Class
Well done to the pupils in Ms McGuire's and Ms Gately's 5th class for a very informative and interesting Science demonstration in the GP room today. Some of us also demonstrated our experiments as part of SciFest 2018 in the CBS this week. A special mention to David King who was awarded best communicator at SciFest. Well done David!
Catholic Schools Week
We are busy celebrating Catholic Schools Week in St Comán's Wood this week. 5th class made St. Brigid's crosses and we also welcomed our Grandparents to our classroom where they shared stories with us of life in school in the past. We would like to thank all the Grandparents who were able to help us celebrate Grandparents Day. It was lovely to see you all in our school.
Engineers Week 2018 ran from 24th February - 2nd March. We had a snowy end to the week which unfortunately saw some of our planned activities cancelled or postponed. Many pupils in Ms. Kilcullen's 5th class had the opportunity to explore engineering activities in their classroom earlier in the week. Check out the pictures below to see some of the engineering challenges they worked through.
Garda Visit to 5th Class
Thank you to Garda Donna McKeogh and Garda John O'Connor, who visited 5th class yesterday, 27th November to talk to the children about bullying. The children were very interested and it prompted a lot of discussion around the area of bullying, particularly cyber bullying. The children were informed about what to do if they are the victims of bullying or see bullying behaviour and also how to keep themselves safe online.
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1916 Rising Artefacts
The children in 5th class are currently learning about the 1916 Rising and Irish Independence. One of the pupils in Ms. McNeill's class has close ties to the Rising - his great, great grandparents knew the leaders of the Rising personally. We are very grateful to him and his family for kindly bringing in a range of artefacts related to this hugely important time in Irish history. He shared his knowledge with the other children in 5th class and showed them all of the items that his family had collected, including framed pictures of some of the men involved, commemorative coins, a newspaper from the golden jubilee in 1966 and a framed copy of the proclamation. The children were very interested and shared with each other everything that they've learned so far. It was a great learning experience!