Last Friday was a special day in St Mary’s. Sgt David McCarney visited our school and presented us formally with an Irish flag and a copy of the Proclamation of Independnece as part of the State Commemorative Programme for the upcoming centenary of the 1916 Rising. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic was boldly read out by Sgt McCarney, ably assisted by two sixth class pupils. It was a highly emotive occasion greatly enhanced by our own accomplished Banna Ceoil who provided the musical backdrop for the visit. After Sgt McCarney explained how the National flag should be cared for and the protocol involved in flying it, he answered a variety of interesting questions from the pupils. Finally the Banna Ceoil performed Amhrán na bhFiann and the pupils, staff, parents, visitors and friends sang out patriotically. Ní dhéanfaimid dearmad ar an lá sin go deo!
Recently Rang a Sé have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. In History the students explored how the Ancient Egyptians lived, in Drama they played parts as “Sinbad” who lived in Egypt and in Art the girls created Tutankhamun’s mask, which you can see below. Finally in groups the students completed their first projects in Rang a Sé and I’m sure you will agree they are very impressive!!!
Some of our names in hieroglyphics and some of our masks
Chantelle, Kayla, Meg and Shona with some of their work
Room 19’s Fourth Class were very excited to meet author Erika McGann in the school library recently. In conjunction with Antonia’s Bookstore, Erika had arranged to come into our school to speak to one lucky class. Just before Halloween the children from Fourth to Sixth Classes took park in a story writing competition. The winner was announced by Antonia during the Bookfair in school last week. Holly Meehan in our class was the overall winner for her story ‘The Basement’ and she was very excited to receive signed copies of Erika’s entire book collection. As part of Holly’s prize Erika met the whole class to discuss her books and read an extract from her newest book ‘The Midnight Carnival’. Erika talked about how she came up with ideas for her books and showed the class lots of book cover designs which were produced before she finalised the cover of her book ‘The Demon Notebook’. Erika signed copies of her books for the class and answered lots of questions about the book series and her life as an author.
We had a spooktacular walk around Trim on Friday to tie in with our Be Active programme. We hope we didn’t scare anyone on our walk!! Ms Dalton’s boys and girls were really scary looking! We measured the distance of our walk. It was 3.1 km! Luckily, we were not too tired for our Halloween party when we got back!
Happy Halloween to all!
The boys and girls in Room 9 were very busy this month designing, shaping and painting some clay owls. First they had to shape the clay, then they added some details and when they were dry we painted them. It was lots of fun! The owls are gone home now for Halloween! I hope they enjoy their new homes!!
We have just finished the first term of school with a very eventful day! We began our last day of term with a competition to design and face-paint teachers face! Thank you Ava Walsh for your frightening creation!
At 10am we went on a whole school walk. It was enjoyed by everyone and we were blessed with dry weather and a little sunshine. Thanks to Ms. Maguire and Ms. Murray for organising the event.
Then we began our in class Halloween games. Bobbing apples, hanging apples, pass the parcel and we even turned a few of the girls from the class into mummies.
There was a variety of costumes in the class from scary ghouls to a Jack in the box, well done to all on such a great effort.
Finally have a safe and enjoyable mid term, Oíche Shamhna shona daoibh
Some of the Green Committee were treated to a gardening experience today with Frank Dalton. Frank explained how to plant properly to ensure good growth and the girls asked him lots of questions. It was a lovely therapeutic way to spend an afternoon session! Frank made our school look beautiful. If you come into the school check out the lovely flowers at the front door!
On Friday 16th October, we went to Trim Library for the Children’s Book Festival. There were two other schools there also. We met two authors, Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (‘The 2 Steves’). They were both really silly and funny. They were spraying everyone with water. Emma, Olivia, Sarah, Rachel, Rachael and Jessica were volunteers and got a superhero certificate for taking part. All of their books were crazy and we got to choose what happened next in each story. Ms Coakley was a volunteer, but she was actually chosen by Steve Barlow! We had great fun!
By Emma and Éabha (Room 26)
Fourth Class were busy exploring Trim Castle today. We had a wonderful guided tour with Brenda and learned lots of interesting facts and features about the castle. We are learning about Medieval castles in History so we knew lots of information about Norman castles already. It was a fun experience and the weather was beautiful! We especially enjoyed trying to find our houses from the very top of the castle