We are delighted to be in 6th class. We are looking forward to lots of new learning opportunities and this year we get to make our confirmation and have a graduation ceremony. There's lots to do in the meantime though. Here is a picture of us, The Snowdrops, in our first week in 6th class:
At the minute we are learning all about the physical features of Ireland. We have spent the last few weeks revising the counties and we are now learning about the rivers and lakes in Ireland. We learned a song last year about the rivers which we have been revising:
The Rippling Rivers of Ireland!
Dublin’s on the Liffey,
Cork is on the Lee,
Limerick on the Shannon.
Waterford’s on the Suir,
Kilkenny’s on the Nore.
New Ross is on the Barrow,
We’ve heard of them before.
Wexford’s on the Slaney,
Drogheda’s on the Boyne,
Belfast on the Lagan.
Derry’s on the Foyle,
Ballina’s on the Moy.
Donegal’s on the Erne,
So Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye.
We also played a really fun interactive game based on the rivers and lakes. We are going to learn the rivers and lakes in one of the provinces each night. The game can be used for revision!
There are also lots of games to help us practice our counties as these are very important!
We in the Snowdrops have been busy learning about farming in the past and comparing it with farming now. We were very lucky to have a visit from a local farmer, Conor O'Callaghan today. The pupils got to create questions and interview Conor to find out what life was like for a farmer nowadays.
Conor told us that his busiest time of year was spring and summer and that some days he could work from 6:30am until midnight! Although the hours were long, Conor said that he loved his job. Conor also spoke about what happens when cows are milked and how computers and machines have made farming a lot easier.
Flags for Schools Initiative
Today was an exciting day in Scoil na Naomh Uilig. Members of Óglaigh na hÉireann visited us during assembly to present us with the Irish Tricolour. The youngest member and the oldest member of the school accepted the flag on our behalf. Lieutenant Emma Harney told us that the colours of the flag had a meaning; green represents the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland, orange represents the 6 counties in Northern Ireland and the white in the center of the flag symbolises peace.
Corporal Tony Walsh read out the 1916 Proclamation, along with two members of sixth class. The 1916 Proclamation was signed by seven men who set forth their hopes for the Irish Republic as a free state.
Lt. Harney, Lt. Áine McDonough and Cpl. Walsh then visited us in the Snowdrops after assembly. We got to ask them questions about their job and they told us about life in the army, their uniform and their medals.
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National Tree Day took place on October 8th this year. To celebrate, the Snowdrops and the Foxgloves went a trip to Emo Court in County Laois.
We walked around the forest with the help of our guide, Valerie, who showed us loads of trees native to Ireland. We practiced identifying trees by their bark, leaves and seeds. Also, we differentiated the tress into deciduous and evergreen categories. Then, we took tree rubbings of the trees using paper and crayons.
The Snowdrops will begin their swimming lessons on Friday 18th September. We will be going each Friday for six weeks. The cost of the lessons and bus is €30 for the six sessions. If this could be brought in as soon as possible it would be appreciated.
Friday 18th September
Friday 25th September
Friday 2nd October
Friday 9th October
Friday 16th October
Friday 23rd October
goggles (if desired)
plastic bag for wet towel and togs.