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)
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.”
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.