I’m A Scientist

On Tuesday the 16th, we were very lucky to take part in the Scientist for a Day in NUIG run by Kitchen Chemistry, Cell Explorers and Eco Explorers.

The children had the most amazing day. In the morning, they did Kitchen Chemistry where they did forensic science, finger printing and working with Luminol. They electroplated copper coins turning them gold and silver. They blew up volcanos and even made toothpaste for an elephant and a cloud. They got to experiment with liquid nitrogen destroying leaves and shrinking and re inflating balloons.

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After lunch, the had cell explorers where they worked with DNA and its structures even getting to extract DNA from a banana to bring home!

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After the big lunch break, it was time for Eco Exporers with the Bug dr from RTE! The children learnt all about reptiles and insects and got to get up close and personal with all sorts of creepy crawlies!!!!

A massive thank you to NUIG for hosting this great initiative and thanks to all the groups who ran the show – we really enjoyed every minute of it!

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Come Dine With US!

Last week we did alot of work on healthy eating, the food pyramid and menu planning. We paid special attention to our food in school – our Lunchboxes!!!!

Everyone had super healthy lunches all week and to celebrate our new found knowledge, we invited the parents to school for a healthy lunch made by ourselves.

It took alot of planning, we had to plan what we would give them thinking of our rules about 5 a day and the food pyramid. We also thought of the things we might be able to have for lunch that they might not think pf giving us – cous cous was the top winner there!!

All the parents had a lovely lunch and we did two power point presentations on healthy eating for them 1 in Irish and 1 in english!

NOW, we turn the tables on the parents….next week, they are going to cook for us!!!!  We can’t wait!!!

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Google CS first Club!

Today we signed up to learn Google CS Club with Scratch. The older classes know how to use scratch so they are all getting a buddy to mentor in CS Club! We are all very excited. It kick off next Friday – we have passports printed, laminated and ready to go for all the little buddies, we can’t wait to get going!!! Here is a little taster of what we are going to be doing!

Our School Farm Safety Walk

Yesterday, we went to Godwins farm on a special farm safety mission. We had some guests with us who will reveal a big farm safety message with us in the new year – watch this space for news!

Many thanks to our secret guests and to the Godwin’s for letting us visit their farm and to Mrs Godwin for her amazing chocolate brownie cake, ice cream and the very welcome warm cups of tea!

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Science Week Spaghetti Challenge

This year Mayo Science Festival hosted a spaghetti building challenge in the McWilliam Park Hotel Claremorris. The challenge was to build the tallest tower that could support a marshmallow for ten seconds. It had to be a free standing tower (not attached to anything) and the materials we were allowed to use were: 20 pieces of spaghetti, a marshmallow, 1 metre of masking tape and a scissors. We sent two teams to the competition this year. Team 1: Nora, Tiernan, Mikey and Eva and team 2 were: Padraic, Aoibheann, Anna and Cameron.  Both teams put in a mighty effort on the day and were delighted to build marshmallow supporting structures!!

Well done to both teams and thank you to Mrs Farragher for driving us in with Mrs. Mangan and to all involved in organising it!

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Congratulations Padraic and Aoibheann

Congratulations to Padraic and Aoibheann in 4th class who won the Boots Maternity and Infant Magazine Young Achiever of the Year award in Dublin last week. The duo won their prize for their dedication in setting up, running and promoting farm safety through their website www.farmsafety4kids.net. Well done both to you both!

Ashville Media, Maternity and Infant Awards, held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. October 2015.

Ashville Media, Maternity and Infant Awards, held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. October 2015.

Our Nature Walk

Today we went on a nature walk / Autumn Scavenger hunt. We went on one this time last year as well so it was amazing to note how despite the bad summer, there were fewer signs of Autumn in our locality this year than there was last year. It was hard to find a large collection of multi coloured leaves.

We  got ready for our nature walk by

  1. Learning the rules of the road, and the rules of the school on tour.
  2. Planning what we were looking for, wanted to see and how we should observe things.
  3. We got into groups
  4. We put on our reflective jackets and set off!!!

We found lots of signs of Autumn, Here are some of them

Red leaves, green leaves, orange leaves,yellow leaves and brown leaves.

We found berries – blackberries and elder berries.

Tree fruits – Beech nuts, pine cones, fir cones, chesnuts and acorns.

Leaves from different trees which we used charts to find –

Alder, beech, hawthorn, oak, sycamore, horse chestnut, hazel, pine, ash and a fir tree.

We also found grass, ferns, flowers, moss, bark and twigs.

We had a great time!


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Team C

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The ploughing

We went to lidl for breakfast.I had a pancake,yoghurt and a strawberry. We went to the stand 379. We worked there for a while helping the HSA and IFA with their circle the dangers worksheets for kids and showing our website www.farmsafety4kids.net. We helped little kids and showed them the website. For Lunch we had supermacs. I had curry chips. We walked around and we saw hurley stands. We went to the RTE tent. Then we went to Tesco and got free slices of pizza. We saw lots of tractors.We saw lots of different balloons floating in the sky. We went to the ESB tent. We played games and got free stuff. I got a ruler,pens and a keyring/measuring tape.Then we went to King crisps. We found a golden potatoe .We got packets of crisps. We went to corrib oil stand. We meet Anna May McHugh. We allso saw the tree stand. It was very mucky. We went to Inovation stand. We met Alma Jordan from Agrikids there, showcasing and selling her farm safety children books and clothing range. Then we went home. On the way home we went to Athlone for food. It was 9 o’clock when we got home. I fell asleep at 11.30.

It was a brilliant day. I would like to do it again but  not working so we can look around all day. If it had more free stuff for kids it would be better. I was cross because only some stands where giving out free stuff for kids. I still had a good time. I would like to have gone to the Ice-cream van. The end.

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First Week Done!

Welcome back everybody and we are delighted to say we have our first week of 2015-2016 done already! A lovely 3 day week to ease us in is just the job!!! A big welcome to our new pupils, Anna, Mikey, Eva and Tiernan, we hope you will all have a lovely time in Cloghans Hill NS and we are all very happy to have you here.

A big welcome also to Mrs McGing our new Resource teacher who will be with us 3-4 days a week and  to our shared learning support teacher Antoinette who joins us every Monday and is shared with Cloughanover NS.

Our first week saw us all settle back and get to know our new pupils, learn and relearn all the school rules and we have almost completed  a great chunk of work already!  Our windows have been decorated to an expert standard  in anticipation of Mayo’s All Ireland Semi Final clash with Dublin on Sunday! Its over to the boys now I know we don’t want to be taking the pictures next week!!! fingers crossed and UP MAYO!

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Well done on a great first week everybody I have a little feeling 2015-2016 is going to be the best yet!

A little bit of good news to share also, our school blog has been nominated in the Blog Ireland Awards 2015 and we are delighted to learn we have made the Longlist. We are joined there by some amazing blogs so fingers and toes crossed we can make the shortlist which is announced just next week!!!!