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
On the 22nd of January Ben and I went to Dublin to the RTE studios. It took two hours. We went to Dundrum shopping centre. We stopped at McDonalds. I got a chicken wrap, Ben got a regular burger and Mr Duggan got a Big Mac. The traffic was quite bad. After that we got to the studio. We saw the big TV tower. When we arrived at the doors we saw a man with people taking photos with him and he had bodyguards. I finally got a glimpse of him and it was Kevin Hart. He was at the studio because he was on the Late Late Show that night. After that the two girls arrived. We went to the Swipe TV studio. It looked awesome. We met the hosts. For a break we went to The Late Late Show, The National Lottery, Prime Time and some of the Fair City set up. Ben and I won and Mr Duggan got gunged. It was an amazing day and I won’t forget it.
On Friday the 11th of December two soldiers; Sgt.Kieran Kennedy and Private John Flynn came to our school. They were talking about the 1916 Rising. Grandparents and parents came to our school too. John Flynn was in the army for 15 years Kieran was in the army for 28 years. They told us forty children died during the Rising. They were well dressed and their shoes were all polished. They were asking us some questions and Kieran said if it weren’t for the little lads we would not know the answers (joke, I think.) The parents helped out a lot. They got cups of tea for the parents and grandparents and some biscuits. We got juice and a packet of crisps,yum! One of the girls in 6th class read out the 4th paragraph of the proclamation. A boy called Jack got the flag and Serena got the new proclamation. They told us that when the army let the flag touch the ground they would have to burn the flag and that is their respect for the flag. We sang the national anthem. It was a fun day and a good experience.
by Chantelle 5th class