BT Young Scientists Exhibition!

Students from sixth class have spent the last few weeks working on their project for the BT Young Scientist’s Exhibition in Limerick on Friday 19th January. The boys project looks at  mapping the transference of energy via lollipop sticks.

The base experiment involves simply dropping five lollipop sticks from a stationary height of 1m. This is a form of Kinetic Energy.The follow on, is to drop five lollipop sticks that have been woven into a Ninja Star, from 1m also. This is a form of Mechanical energy. Both drops are measured and compared by the pupils. We added an extra drop of the Ninja Star involving extra force.

Each pupil made a Ninja Star using lollipop sticks and every pupil recorded and mapped the resultant outlay of the lollipop sticks. We noticed that no two drops were exactly the same. Also, greater force in a drop did not always result in a wider spread as the sticks just hopped up and came back down in the same place. A throw involving a flick gave a greater spread.

As part of our experiment we also looked at the three laws of Newton which are part of the Physics programme in Secondary school. Fun trivia: Newton, who is famous for having an apple fall on his head, is credited with inventing the cat flap!

We are in the process of completing our posters for the Young Scientist Exhibition. Be sure and visit our blog next week where we will upload pictures from the BT Young Scientist Exhibition itself. Well done everyone.

Christmas Newsletter

Christmas Newsletter Link  2017

 We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. Click on above link  to open our Christmas Newsletter. It has been a very, very busy term. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
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Christmas Concert Part 2

We had a fantastic concert in our school hall tonight. The show was marvellous and the children were just amazing.  A very special thank you to everyone who made our school concerts such a brilliant success. Happy Christmas everyone! [ These photos were taken from our “matinee” performance in the afternoon.]

 

Christmas Fete

Well done to everyone who made our Christmas Fete such an outstanding success. An incredible amount of work went into making our Fete such an enjoyable and pleasant experience for everyone. The children really enjoyed their Fete and had great fun. It was just a brilliant day. Our Parent’s Council is simply the best!  Míle Buíochas

 

Christmas Concert Part 1

We had a fantastic concert on Monday night. It was a full house and everyone enjoyed the show which was fantastic! Junior Infants were just amazing! Olivia and all her assistant ” elves ” did a tremendous job on putting on such a brilliant show. Part two will take place next Tuesday. The photos were taken from our dress rehearsal. Looking forward to next weeks show already!!

 

RDS Young Scientists Exhibition

We are delighted to be participating in the RDS Young Scientist Exhibition, We will be travelling to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on January 19th to display our exhibit on energy. Our project is focusing on Kinetic and Mechanical energy. We will be using lollipop sticks to highlight various characteristics in the transference of energy. We are very busy at the moment collating all our experiments and data. Well done lads and enjoy your day out in Limerick!

 

 

Leabhar Cainte

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We have a very active programme of reading books to the children. Every class has a large selection of digital books stored on their computers. These are excellent for reading to the children and are very popular. One new area we have been looking at are “talking books ” on You Tube. Some are excellent such as “My NO NO NO Day” book. However, quality varies, so please check beforehand!

We also noticed that there are very few talking books in Irish. So we have decided to upload some Irish books we have started to create ourselves. These can be viewed by clicking the “Gaeilge Audio Books” link at the top of the screen.

In the new year, the pupils from sixth class will be creating their own Irish Talking Book -“Leabhar Cainte- which will be based on old Irish sayings known as Seanfhocail.