We had a very special and inclusive Carol Service this year, as Jnr & Snr Infants & 1st Class opened the event with We Wish You A Merry Christmas and Auld Lang Syne and also did the lámh signs. Second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth class sang Silent Night, In The Bleak Midwinter and The Drummer Boy. Fifth class played Ode to Joy on the recorder, while sixth played the festive tunes Jolly Old St Nick and Jingle Bells. To close the concert all class sang Caileoga Sneachta and Let It Snow, and all classes had learned the lámh signs to these songs. Check out our video at
Today pupils from third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes went with Mrs. Dunphy to the Thomastown Athletic Club school’s Cross Country Event. They had great fun, with individual pupils from each class bringing home medals. Congratulations to our 5th Class mixed relay team who came in first place and to the 6th Class relay team who came third. You were all marvellous.
Congratulations to our two fifth class pupils on winning prizes for their entertaining and imaginative stories in the story writing category, and to our third class pupil who won a prize for his splendid painting. Well Done!
We are now working towards our Green Flag in Biodiversity. We completed a survey in Biodiversity at the beginning of the school year, and we found out what it means and how important it is. A poster competition was organised for the classes from second to sixth to design a poster informing us about Biodiversity.
The work was of a very high standard and it was a difficult task to pick the best entries. In the senior room, congratulations go to Serena (6th Class) for her superb poster. Edee (5th Class) and Olivia, Daniel and Ellie (all in 4th Class) were highly commended for their beautiful posters. In the middle room, the top prize went to Alfie (2nd Class) for his excellent poster. Cian and Emily (3rd Class) and Clodagh (2nd Class) were highly commended for their work.
This year at St Brendan’s N.S., all classes have worked diligently towards achieving a DPSM (Discover Primary Science and Maths) Plaque of STEM excellence. Fourth class, First class, Senior and Junior Infants presented and explained their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) work. First Class presented the work that was completed by the Junior Room. They began with a Static Electricity experiment and we found that a balloon rubbed in your hair will become charged and will pick up a piece of paper. They then demonstrated the slope experiment. Look out for the car travelling down the slope in the pictures above! Well done to all the First Class who presented. You were great.
Fourth Class then presented their powerpoint of work. To keep it interesting, they also demonstrated two experiments How To Clean Dirty Water and How To Make Simple Electric Circuits. The junior classes enjoyed watching the light bulb been switched on and off and also the fan. The junior classes couldn’t believe how effective filter paper is at removing dirt particles from muddy water. After filtering the water was clear. It had a muddy colour before filtering. Fourth Class also spoke about the tomatoes and herbs that they sowed in the greenhouse. Well done to all the presenters and those who demonstrated the work.
This year at St Brendan’s N.S., all classes have worked diligently towards achieving a DPSM (Discover Primary Science and Maths) Plaque of STEM excellence. Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes presented and explained their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) work. Fifth Class presented a powerpoint of their work to the second class. They also brought a catapult and demonstrated how it worked. Second class, in turn, shared their findings from investigating magnets. We observed that opposite poles attract and like poles repel. We saw how magnets attract iron filings and can pick up a large number of paper clips.
Sixth Class presented a powerpoint of their work to third class. They demonstrated some gravity experiments, and third class had to predict what would happen e.g. would the ball of paper or the flat sheet of paper fall to the ground first? The flat sheet fell more slowly due to air resistance and that led us to parachutes. Sixth class had designed and made a landing craft for an egg, and they demonstrated how the parachute slowed down the landing craft so that it landed smoothly.
Third Class spoke about the paper helicopters experiment. We observed that the helicopters rotated clockwise as they fell towards the ground. Third also had a marvellous rocket. It was based on stored energy. When you pull back the elastic band, the elastic band stores this energy. When you let it go, it releases this energy and the rocket flies through the air. Well done to all the presenters who spoke and demonstrated.
Congratulations to Sixth Class for organising a very successful LipSync Battle for all classes. Thanks in particular to Aoife and Serena for the beautiful sign-up posters. Sixth Class are to be commended for giving up five of their lunch breaks this week to organise the music clips for each act. You were very professional judges and it was a very enjoyable morning. The talent was tremendous and the competition was very close. Congratulations to A Troop, Emma and Aisling, Páidí and Micheál. We hope you enjoy those Easter Eggs.