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!!!!!!
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 the Clann Cluana theatre group visited our school and performed a play called Fionn Mac Cumhal. It was very funny, very interesting and very good. The three actors were excellent. The hound Félim was the funniest character. His dream was to become leader of the Fianna hounds. Fionn was brave and it was his destiny to become leader of the Fianna. It was quite sad when Brian the poet died. He was killed by Fiacúil the thief. Finégas had 6 rules. Fionn was raised in the Slieve Bloom mountains. He was raised by his mother. His dad died, he was killed. It was a great play. Everybody liked it. Out of 10 I would give it 10/10. It was a lovely treat for the school.
Jack M. 4th class
Mr. Grass with 2nd class
Mr. Grass is the mascot of our new Comenius project: “We want to be a Real Green School”. Here is Mr. Grass with the pupils from 2nd class. We are trying to promote the use of fruit in the pupils’ lunch boxes and on Friday 67% of our pupils had fruit as part of their lunch.
On Monday we linked up with our Comenius partner schools in Norway and England and we sang Christmas carols together.
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It’s June 2010, I come in to school and we made the draw! My name was pulled out second-last! Oh My God I am going to Norway! I jumped up and down! I was so happy. During the summer holidays I could not stop thinking about it. Even though I had a lot of fun during the holidays I still wanted them to end so I could go! When I came back to school Mr. Duggan told us everything we needed to bring and the flight times.
Monday September 13th 2010
I got up at 6:15 and got ready to leave. I already packed so once I had breakfast and got changed I would be ready to go! After saying bye and Happy Birthday to my Dad, My Mother and I left for the school! We left the school at 7 and got to Dublin at 9. Once we had our food at Dublin we got on our plane at 10:50. The flight was fine and we were in Copenhagen safely. We had some pizza and chips and then went shopping. I bought my mother earrings. We got on our plane to Bergen and when we landed the English pupils were waiting for us! After 2 hours in the coach we got on a ferry and that took 20 minutes. Once we got off, it nearly took an hour to get to our houses. I was staying with Marta and so was Hollie. After a snack we went to bed, we were all staying in the same room so it was really fun!!
Tuesday September 14th 2010
We were up at 7:45 and once we were ready for school Marta’s dad drove us to school. When we got to school we were told what class we were in. We spent most of the day in that class and then we had lunch in the sports hall after that we drove up in to the mountains to see a hydro power station and a glacier, it was soooo cold! We were back at Marta’s house at around 6 and had dinner and then got ready for the gathering in the school that night. It was a great night most of the pupils sang or did a dance and some did a play! It was really fun and there was a lot of nice food!
Wednesday September 15th 2010
Once again we got up a 7:45 and got ready for school. Marta’s dad drove us again. Hollie and I were with the smallest children this time and we had a lot of fun. We had a packed lunch that day. After lunch we went to a different class, that was really really fun! After that we walked down to the one and only shop in Akra. We bought loads of sweets! We also went on a boat trip on Akra Fiord and we were on it for 4 hours in total. We saw loads of waterfalls which were brilliant! We went right up to one of them and we were getting splashed! We also went to an old farm and learnt a lot of history about it. I was very impressed with it all! We also went on a swing that was tied to a tree, it was the best swing I was ever on! We made pizza that night which was really fun! The one sad thing was packing but at the same time we had a lot of fun!
Thursday September 16th 2010
We all got up at 6:45 and quickly got ready and went to school. After a half a hour drive we got on to a ferry. After that we got on another! Then we got on a bus that drove us to the airport in Bergen. It was fairly busy at the airport, but once we had our 2 planes over and done with we were back at the school, at around 8:30 or 8:45! I really enjoyed Norway and was very impressed with everything! I could not wait to see my parents!
Well that was my trip to Norway, I hope you liked it!!
The Comhairle na nÓg is like youth mixed with demoracy. It has expanded right across Ireland and has over 32 clubs. Comhairle na nÓg means Young Peoples Council. The first real meeting took place at the Council Chambers in Kilkenny city.There were eighteen people there.Part of the structure of Comhairle na nÓg is to create space for young people and local adult decision-makers to meet, interact and work together on issues that are of interest to their community. the five nominees will be going to Dublin. There will be other trips to adventure parks all of us will get to stay overnight. The whole program is free and we got pizza at the end of each meeting.
By Martin O Connor