Trip to the GPO and Glasnevin Cemetery

6th Class pupils took a trip to Dublin on April 29th. The morning of the day-long trip was spent on O’Connell Street, with a visit to the GPO Witness History Exhibition. The pupils were brought around the exhibits by tour guides. Numerous items and visuals relating to the 1916 Easter Rising were on display.  Following the guided tour, pupils had the opportunity to explore the exhibits for themselves and to do follow-up activities, such as writing Morse Code, using interactive technology and screens. A 20-minute screen drama summarising the events of 1916 in Dublin proved very engaging. The second part of the trip was spent at Glasnevin Cemetery. Apparently 1.5 million people are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. The tour guides of the Glasnevin Trust brought the pupils to many burial plots, including those of Elizabeth O’Farrell, Peadar Kearney, Constance Markievicz, Eamon de Valera and Maud Gonne. The round tower in Glasnevin Cemetery indicates the burial place of Ireland’s Liberator, Daniel O’Connell. A large grass mound is the burial place of Charles Stewart Parnell and the pupils were informed that around 10,000 men, women and children are also buried in this mound. They were victims of cholera. Before leaving the cemetery, a visit to the Memorial Wall, with the names of hundreds of victims of the rising inscribed on it, brought home the cruel reality of the 1916 rebellion.

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Rounders League 2016

Congratulations to everyone who recently took part in the St Mary’s Senior Rounders League. It was our first internal Rounders competition and four teams of twelve were selected, one from each of the 5th and 6th Classes. The teams were given names – Funky Monkeys (Room 26), Bull Dogs (Room 27), Wild Cats (Room 30) and Jelly Belly Spuds (Room 31). All the preliminary games were tense and exciting. The final was a dog-cat battle between Bull Dogs (Room 27) and Wild Cats (Room 30). Mr O Coigligh was the referee and his detailed knowledge of the rules ensured that controversial moments were kept to a minimum. It proved to be a tense and close encounter. Wild Cats were eventually crowned the winners and Bull Dogs were very gracious in defeat. Medals and Certificates were distributed to the competition participants. Our first school league was an enjoyable experience and to be fair everyone was a winner!

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Room 13 are enjoying the sunshine!

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The children in Room 13 are loving this fine weather and making the most of it by having their lunch outside! We hope this beautiful weather continues!

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Skipathon 2016

We had great fun doing the Skipathon on Friday 15th April!

Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising it.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge, 1916 Dráma, Tráth na gCeist

March proved to be an extremely busy month in the school. 5th class had the opportunity to read an Irish novel. The story of Lisín and how she would rather be a pirate than a princess became enjoyable reading for the girls and inspired excellent art work.IMG_3558 (2)IMG_3557

Tráth na gCeist is becoming second nature to the senior girls in the school. During Seachtain na Gaeilge 3rd-6th classes competed together in a quiz through Irish, comprising 53 teams. The team work between the girls was excellent and great fun was had. Mrs Nally will present the winning teams with their prizes!

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The 1916 celebrations and commemorations would not have been complete without a Dráma. The girls in 5th and 6th class together with banna and cór, were involved in an excellent performance of the events of 1916 – Eirí Amach na Cásca. Everyone’s hard work was evident in the high standard of the performance. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to everyone who came in to see the performance. IMG_3584

 

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1916 Projects

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The children in 5th class created some wonderful projects for the 1916 commemorations. This varied between videos, GPO model and display projects on the main developments of the Easter Rising and the men and women involved. The girls made an interactive display of 1916 where pictures came to life through augmented reality as the children explained about the main leaders, the role of women and important landmarks. Kyleigh and Emma presented this display using tablets. Great work girls!

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Invitation to Proclamation Day Drama

We would love to see you all at St Mary’s dramatisation of the 1916-2016 Easter Rising. It will begin at 1pm on Tuesday the 15th of March. All are welcome and admission is free. 1916

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We have an incubator in the classroom for the last few weeks. The farmer gave us some eggs and we carefully put them into the incubator to keep them warm. We are waiting patiently in Room 9 for our eggs to hatch. We don’t have long to wait! Watch this space…..incubator

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Celebrating World Book Day

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1st class are celebrating World Book Day with a trip to Trim Library!  We love reading in 1st class. Wishing everyone a great day – happy reading!!

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All About 1916!

Seomra 31 have been busy learning all about the 1916 Easter Rising. We have been examining newspapers from the time and we also read the novel “The Guns of Easter” by Gerard Whelan, which was an interesting and exciting read! It was sometimes hard to picture what life was really like in Dublin city for the main character of the novel, Jimmy Conway, and so in Computer class this week we became virtual tourists and explored the key landmarks in Dublin linked to the Rising.

You can also step back in time to visit the streets, events and people who shaped Ireland’s history by clicking the link below.

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https://dublinrising.withgoogle.com/welcome/

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