Feb
06
Filed Under (1st Class, 5th Class, 6th Class) by Niamh OSullivan on 06-02-2018
Jan
30
Filed Under (5th Class, 6th Class) by Niamh OSullivan on 30-01-2018

Well done to all of the students who did a fantastic job representing our school in this year’s Credit Union Quiz. Congratulations to our U11 team who came in 3rd place. A great night had by all.

Jan
30
Filed Under (5th Class) by Niamh OSullivan on 30-01-2018
Jan
25
Filed Under (5th Class, 6th Class) by Niamh OSullivan on 25-01-2018
Jan
25
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 25-01-2018

The scientists in 5th class created their own indicators using red cabbage. They then tested substances to see if they were an acid or a base. The experiment was fun…apart from the smell!!

Jan
12
Filed Under (2nd Class, 3rd Class, 4th Class, 5th Class, History) by Ms. Dreelan on 12-01-2018

On 15 December, Mr. Noel Power visited Glór na Mara. Every year he works with a team and builds the crib in the church. The team start work on the first Sunday in December, and the crib is unveiled at midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

Noel described the Holy Land at the time of Christ’s birth and showed the children a map. He also spoke about the history of the Holy Cross crib. The crib is made from local materials: moss from the Comeragh mountains, reeds from a bog four miles away and limestone, bushes and pines from the Tramore area. There are twenty seven wooden figures remaining in the crib, and they are made out of Austrian oak. From time to time, Noel and his team have to repair the figures which are over 120 years old.

Dec
22
Filed Under (5th Class, History) by Niamh OSullivan on 22-12-2017
Dec
22
Filed Under (5th Class) by Niamh OSullivan on 22-12-2017

Last Friday the two 5th classes really got into the Christmas spirit by singing carols outside SuperValu in Tramore. They raised almost €300 for Saint Vincent de Paul. It was great to see so many familiar faces on the day! Thanks to all who supported the good cause.

Dec
17
Filed Under (5th Class, Green Schools, Science) by Mr. Ó Cathasaigh on 17-12-2017

Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick talking to Rang 5 and our Green Schools team.

Last Tuesday, we were delighted to welcome a biodiversity expert into our classroom.  Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick works in the National Biodiversity Data Centre and has been very involved in the creation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.  She came in to us (with the support of the Tramore Eco Group) to speak to us specifically about bees – how important they are to us, and how best we can help them along too!

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

So bees – they make honey, right?  Actually, only one type of bee in Ireland makes honey, but there are 98 other species of bee that help us through their pollination work.  Dr. Fitzpatrick told us about their life cycle, where they like to nest and what flowers they like to feed on (did you know that purple is a bee’s favourite colour?).  She also told us that many of our bee species are under threat because how we garden and how we grow our food means that they have less to feed on at important times of their life cycle.

Bee Friendly Tramore

At the end of her talk, Dr. Fitzpatrick talked to us about what we could do to help our pollinators.  Small things like not cutting the grass so often in summer can make a big difference, letting wild flowers like clover pop their flowers out.  Also, dandelions are a really important source of food for queens in the early spring – so let them grow!

Image result for bee and dandelion

Over the next few months, we hope to work with the Tramore Eco Group, Tramore Tidy Towns and Waterford Council to put some of these ideas into action both in our school and around our beautiful town.  If Tramore is such a wonderful place for people, why not make it a great place for pollinators as well?  Many thanks to Dr. Fitzpatrick for her time and the Tramore Eco Group for helping to organise.  And hey – they don’t actually want to sting us!

Question Time!

Nov
20
Filed Under (1st Class, 5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 20-11-2017

5th class were the teachers this week in Glór na Mara for Science Week 2017. They set up a variety of science experiments for their ‘buddies’ in 1st class. Take a look at what they got up to!

Nov
19
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Mr. Ó Cathasaigh on 19-11-2017

We were celebrating science week this week in the school, and so we decided to go all out.  You can’t say this isn’t rocket science – because *it is* rocket science!

We constructed our foam rockets on Thursday, and tried to answer the question, “What’s the best angle to launch our rockets at?”  However, when we reflected on our tests, we realised there were just two many ways our experiment could go wrong.  How could we measure the angle of launch accurately?  How could we be sure we pulled the elastic back to the same length?  There were just too many variables….

And so, the Launchamatron 3000 was born!

We took our results back to the classroom, did some averages to smooth out our results, and mapped our information onto a trend graph.  Turns out 45 degrees is the best launch angle!

Nov
15
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 15-11-2017
Nov
01
Filed Under (5th Class, Art) by Niamh OSullivan on 01-11-2017

Oct
20
Filed Under (3rd Class, 5th Class, Maths) by Ms. Dreelan on 20-10-2017

Ms. Dreelan’s 3rd Class created Maths puzzles in groups of three, pairs or individually.

The 3rd Class children then challenged Mr. Ó Cathasaigh’s class to see if they could answer their puzzles. 5th Class found many of the puzzles tricky!

Oct
13
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 13-10-2017