Today, 20-12-16, fourth, fifth and sixth class went to St.Joseph’s Nursing Home, Kilmogany. We sang songs for the elderly there. We also played some songs on our recorders for them. It was great to sing Christmas songs for them all. I was so happy to see all those smiling faces beaming up at us while we sang. It was a great experience for the young and the old at the nursing home today. I am a regular visitor to the home because my mother works there. It was really enjoyable singing our Christmas hymns and carols for everyone at the home. I thought it was very fun to be able to go around and have a chat with all the old folks. We got some treats when we finished singing and we also got no homework. I think it is very important to go visit the elderly close to Christmas, especially the ones who have no family to visit them. We had a wonderful day today.
Rebecca 6th class
Simon O’ Dwyer came to our school last week .He brought cool old Irish instruments. He told us a really good story. The story was about fishermen. They got horns and they were known as the horn players. Simon bought in the first flute and it was a stone with a hole in the top. The second flute was a bone with a hole in the top, another one in the middle and four others at the bottom. There was the bullhorn, the castanets, the goat horn and the ram horn. There was a small European snail shell and a large African snail shell and a bronze trumpet that was really really long. They made the best music I’ve ever heard. We had lots of fun. It was really funny when he blew the horns because his face went red all over. He was really great to listen to!!!!!!
On Thursday the 13th of October three very important people came to our school. Their names were Aisling O’ Farrell, Lydia Phelan and the one and only Jacqui Frisby. And the reason they came was because they had all beaten Cork in the All-Ireland Camogie Final. Aisling , Lydia and Sabrina Walsh were on the Intermediate team who were from Carrickshock. Sadly Sabrina wasn’t able to come but we still had a good time. Also Edel Frisby wasn’t able to make it. Edel is a past pupil and she played a vital part on the Intermediate team as a solid wing back. And last but not least my hero the one and only Jacqui Frisby. Jacqui is my hero because she has lost so many finals, but every time she lost, she just picked herself up and dusted herself off. It must have been the best day ever for the Frisby family as Jacqui and Edel Frisby both won a cup. Hopefully someday I might just be up there doing the same thing as them.
Today we say slán to our 6th class who have been part of our lives here for the past eight years. They have been a fun loving bunch who just love having the craic. Don’t be surprised if some of them end up in Hollywood. We’ve had fun! Slán agus go neirí an bóthar libh.
Our School Tour 2016
On the 9th of June 2016 everyone from 1st to 6th classes went on a school tour to Kilcullen. It was an early morning for everyone because we all had to be at school for 8:20am for the bus that was leaving at 8:30am. The bus was full of excitement on the way. We arrived at Kilcullen Community Centre at around 9:45am. Then we got introduced to our teachers or mentors or whatever you want to call them. And that’s when the fun started. 1st, 2nd and 3rd got split up into one group and 4th, 5th and 6th got split up into another group. First our group (6th, 5th and 4th) went to do an activity called Orienteering or for short a treasure hunt. It was a lot of fun because we had to run around a field looking for codes while holding iPads and taking pictures. When we were finished doing that we went back to the Community Centre and ate our lunches. After our lunch we went on a few bouncy castles called Disco Dome and a game called air ball. They were really fun. A little while later when everyone was ready we went outside to play Lacrosse. It is kind of a weird sport but I like it. After all the tough work in Lacrosse we went into the hall of the Community Centre and ate big lunch. After lunch we stayed in the hall a little longer and played wrecking ball bouncy castle. It was so fun. I fell down so many times. Then Claire, or mentor, took us outside where we split up into two different groups. My group were the first to go on the KMX carts. They were kind of like little bikes. We were on the carts for around ten minutes and the other group were in the human foosball. When the ten minutes were up we swapped around. For our last activity we went on a bouncy castle which was dark inside. It was fun and we had loads of races. In the end we said goodbye and thank you to our mentors. And off we went to MacDonald’s and ate loads of junk food.
By Áine Rohan, 5th Class.
Recently in our school we were given the task of writing, acting, filming and edditing our own film. It had to be under 5 minutes long not including credits. We had made a film the year before called ‘The White Lady’ which was about a ghost lady mourning the death of her husband that was killed at war 100 years ago. Three childeren went to the graveyard and accidentely woke her spirit. She then haunted the childeren and their fellow pupils at the school. We presented it in Kilkenny along with some other schools. We were awarded what I like to call ‘a low budget Oscar’ ( it was just gold plastic, but close enough!).
First we write a rough script, then draw out the story board. We finish the script and give out copies of them to everyone. We ‘audition’ some people for the roles and give the others jobs like camera, sound and clapper board. We do a few test runs without filming, like a play. When it comes to actually filming, we were given a camera and tripod. We were also given the clapper board and some filming advice from Willie Mc Tearnan. He works with Fìs (They’re the people who run the whole project). After we finish all the filming, its time to start edditing. We remove the clapper board and the directors ‘action’ and ‘cut’. It takes a while (especially when you think you deleted the whole film by accident but didnt!) but the finished product is really good. The bloopers reel is one of the best parts because its hilarious to see people forgetting their lines or falling over and just being completely stupid on camera.
This year we made a film inspired by Harry Potter. Ron’s wand was broken, but he ‘fixed’ it (he tapped it back together ‘neatly’) and he cast a spell, transporting himself, Harry and Hermoine to a school in the muggle (real) world. Their mission was to find out how to get back to Hogwarts. They find a portkey that will bring them back but they are interroupted by a group of school childeren, who accidently get transported to Hogwarts.
This year I was co-director, co-edditor, script, costume and provided the props.
When im older I want to make films, so to be able to have a go at actually making a film was great. I love to watch behind the scenes of my favorite films. Its cool to see everything without special effects or CGI. Its just the actors in front of a green screen. Or seeing the stunt doubles doing daring stunts on wires. Or the amazing prosthetics created by the make-up artist. The costume designers are great too. But there wouldnt be a film without a director. They tell the actors how they would like them to say their lines. They create the image they have in their head and put it on camera. Some films go on to make billions like Titanic or The Lion King. When a film has a huge budget, it has more effects and tricks and is just basically a bigger movie than something with a small budget. But that doesn’t automaticaly make it a good film. It depends on the actors, director and crew together. Anyway, we got our ‘low budget Oscar’ so we’re happy!
Margaret Mary Murphy
Yesterday every school in Ireland raised the tricolour that was presented to them by the soldiers. The ceremony started at 11:45am. We had to lay out chairs on the yard. First Aoife said a piece about 1916. Then Faye, Aine and David read out our proclamation. While Sean raised the flag, we sang the National Anthem. Then we sang Ireland’s Call. Chantelle, Darragh, Therese, Alana, Monica, Catriona and I sang a piece of the song on our own. The last song we sang was a song from Peace Proms. It is called Imagine. The song shows that there should be peace on Earth. At the end of the ceremony, the Parents Association had refreshments for everyone. It was a fun day and I will never forget that day because we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Gráinne 6th Class