Will Thornton from Connaght Rugby trained us for 6 weeks and it was fun. We learnt lots of skills and a couple of weeks later we did a tournament in Galwegians. We won 3 matches but lost one. It was a cold and miserable day but we tried our best and never gave up. Both of our teams worked hard and Will was very happy with our effort.
By Yanis Tossenou and Seán O Halloran
Today we were visited by 6 little chicks - they were only a week old! There was one black one, a white one and four brown ones. The black one was really shy. Some of them were named after the footballers Messi and Ronaldo. Others were named Clare, John and Roman. We look forward to finding out which were boys and which were girls!
They slip on shiny surfaces so we had to keep them on a cloth. We loved rubbing them and even got to hold them. This scared us a little as their claws were sharp and they pecked us. We had to be very careful and gentle.
We cupped them in our hands and placed our thumbs over their wings to hold them. We didn't much like when they pooped but learned that this meant they were afraid. The largest chick flapped it's wings and jumped in the air.
When they went back in the cage they went for a nap under the heater. The chicks were really fluffy and cute.
The farmer will collect them on Thursday and will hopefully answer our questions. We'll miss our adorable new friends!
We had great fun investigating circuit boards. We had to use our problem solving skills to figure out how to get the battery to operate the light and buzzer by connecting the wires to each component. We had to really get our thinking caps on to figure out that we needed a second circuit to get both the light and buzzer working at the same time!
We created static electricity and watched how it attracted different things!
We got to visit the pop up shop "Choco Treats", created by 6th class, in the hall today. We loved their chocolate covered sweets and fruit. We were so impressed with all the work that went into creating their product and shop. The hall looked amazing and the food tasted even better! Well done Ms. Curran and 6th class...a huge big thank you from all of us!!!
We promised you that we'd be back in Spring with an update on our Bee Garden and we hope we don't disappoint. We've been pulling grasses and watering the plot through the winter in the hope that we would find a few wild flowers beginning to sprout around now and we think we might be in luck. We managed to find a few little buds just beginning to grow and we're delighted with our finds. Jeanne helped us to identify a few - we've got red clover, yarrow, dandelions, birds foot trefoil and more.... We even managed to find a few wriggly friends who have helped to keep our soil aerated...can you spot them??? Fingers crossed we'll see a lot more growth over the next few months.
We wrapped up today and took part in the Green Schools "Big Clean". We started around Mervue Church and Grotto and moved on to St. James Road. We were surprised by what we found but were happy we left our community a bit cleaner than we found it...
On 16th September we had a visit from Jeanne Sampier who is involved with Green Sod Ireland's bee-friendly planting project; "Bee Aware". We learned about pollination and how to identify different Irish bumblebee species.... a selection of the 99 different Bee species that we have here in Ireland!!!
We wanted to make our school a bee-friendly habitat. We prepared a plot; weeded it, took away the rubbish and raked it. Then we were ready to sow our seeds. Jeanne gave us a mixture of 40 different seeds that she got from Design By Nature. They included flowers that will have plenty of nectar and pollen for the bees.
Jeanne gave us more seeds to plant in February and we’ll be keeping an eye out for our flowers to sprout in March so check back in with us for an update then!!
If you'd like to join us in creating a bee-friendly habitat in your garden you can get the seeds from Design By Nature which includes their All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Wildflower Mixture: