Above is the SFI Discover Science and Maths Award badge for 2018/2019. Our school provided evidence of the children’s engagement with STEM in the following areas: 1. Science, 2. Technology, 3. Engineering, 4. Maths and 5. Stem Showcase. All classes in the school from Jnr Infants right up to Sixth Class helped us earn this award with their teachers Miss Butler, Mrs Dunphy, Ms Carroll and Jackie our SNA. We got excellent feedback on our work as you can see
A very good presentation of your year’s work. There is a great variety and range of STEM material with obvious participation by the children. You fully deserve your award. Keep up the good work and congratulations.
Fourth class have been very busy putting the final touches to their village. Spiderman even features climbing the clock tower. Well done to Kate and Jessie for completing Anne Marie’s music studio. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth have produced some wonderful drawings both in pencil and in colour, and a wonderful display of painted masks Well done to all for your creativity and attention to detail. Hope you win some prizes.
Davy Franks came to St Brendan’s N.S. and did hurling with us for six weeks. We did drills and skills and we had lots of fun. The aim was to keep the hurling tradition strong in our school and to entice more people to join the club. At the end of the six weeks, Davy and members of the Carrickshock club organised a blitz for the three schools, namely Newmarket, Monroe and Stoneyford. Newmarket and Stoneyford travelled together on the bus up to the pitch. We were divided into four girls teams and four boys teams. After our hurling matches, we had tremendous fun. Check us out above playing horse and jockey and rock, paper, scissors.
By Adam & Edee (5th Class St Brendan’s, Newmarket)
All Classes from 2nd to 6th Class at St Brendan’s N.S. went to Dunmore East Activity Centre. It was a fantastic action-packed day, beginning with kayaking. Then it was off to Wibit Wipeout which was a very popular activity indeed. After lunch and a well-earned break, you needed a head for heights, as groups tried the indoor climbing zone and outdoor climbing on the gull tower. This was followed by indoor caving and archery. As the photos show it was a resounding success.
This morning Declan Cullen and Noel Power from Inland Fisheries came to speak to 4th, 5th and 6th Class about fish, water and angling. Prior to their visit, we had studied the Something Fishy programme which educates students on fish, water, angling, and the environment and angling. After a very informative and interesting talk, we visited the Little Arrigle river. Some of the fourth class pupils checked out the fly fishing rod before we left. It’s unbelievable how light it weights.
When we got to the river, the samples were placed in white trays so that all pupils could see the freshwater organisms. We identified river lamprey, leeches, mayfly (three tails), eels and one stickleback. We also saw a caddisfly which looks like a stick, until you peer closely and see its head peeking out. Then pupils were challenged to try and catch the eels with their bare hands. First, you had to put your hands down in the water and make them cold, so that your hands would not burn the fish. Check out the pictures above and you will soon see why they say as “slippery as an eel.”
This afternoon sixth class in St Brendan’s N.S. organised a Bake Sale in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Pupils in 4th class, 5th class and 6th class baked a tremendous assortment of cakes for the event. Customers could choose from apple tarts, brownies, cookies, rice krispie buns, iced cupcakes, marshmallow cupcakes, cheesecake and lemon slices. The pupils were very professional as they organised their stalls, made their price lists and bargained with their customers. A big thank you to all the customers ( both children and adults) who supported the event. Seán and Morette from sixth class counted and sorted the proceeds and reported that we raised €260.
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.