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8 Apr

Fáilte ar ais chuig Frása na Seachtaine agus fáilte ar ais chuig an scoil do gach duine tar éis do laethanta saoire na Cásca. Tá súil againn gur bhain tú taitneamh as do shos!

Fáilte ar ais go dtí an téarma deireanach den bhliain!

An mhí seo beimid ag foghlaim gach rud faoi siopadóireacht’!

Is é frása na seachtaine seo…

25 Mar

Fáilte ar ais chuig Frása na Seachtaine!

Maith sibh gach duine, is iontach an rud é Gaeilge a chloisteáil timpeall na scoile!

Anois, is é frása na seachtaine:

20 Mar
20 Mar

In 5th class we have been working hard with the Junior Entrepreneur Project. We came up with a few business ideas in groups and then we pitched these ideas at our Meet the Dragon’s event.

Everyone came up with some brilliant business ideas, but one group came out on top, ‘The Positive Beads’. A business that plans to make and sell beaded bracelets with slogans or positive phrases on them.

We look forward to continuing our JEP journey and seeing our business take off.

14 Mar

Junior infants have had great fun experimenting with magnets in science. Firstly we discovered how magnets work and then we experimented with magnets of all sizes to see what was magnetic and what was not.

13 Mar

Senior Infants have spent a lot of time learning about Space last month.

One of our lesson was making a rocket from paper, a straw and sellotape. We wanted to see if we cold blow the rocket off the straw using air from our mouths.

We had to investigate to see which position to place the straw and how much breath to use to ‘launch’ the rocket.

Once we found the best way to blow the rocket we wanted to see who could blow it the furthest.

We all went into the hall and in small groups, stood at the one point to make it fair. Then we launched our rockets on the count of 3, and whoever had the rocket that flew the furthest went to one side.

Finally, the finalist all went up against each other and there was one over all winner. We had lots of fun investigating forces through rocket launching.

12 Mar

With Spring upon us we have been learning about nature and the environment. Linking in with our work on recycling before Christmas we have been discussing the impact plants and trees have on us and the earth.

We took a nature walk to look for signs of Spring. We learning all about parts of a plant. How trees create oxygen for us to breath and have planted our own seeds which we will watch sprout and grow over the coming weeks.

11 Mar

Fáilte ar ais chuig Frása na Seachtaine!

Tá frása na seachtaine seo an – tábhachtach mar a cheiliúrann muid ‘Seachtaine na Gaeilge!’

Is é frása na seachtaine seo…

8 Mar

This year 6th class took part in the ESB Science Blast and asked the question:

‘What happens to the food we waste and how does it impact our lives’.

Science encourages us to question the world around us and how we as humans, interact with the world. We chose our project title because we identified food waste happening in our school community and knew it was an issue in our homes too.

We wanted to find out what happens to the food we waste and where it ends up. We know that recycling/ compost bins are encouraged but do people and communities use them correctly or is there any way to reduce the amount of waste that eventually ends up in them?

We decided to carry out an experiment that tracked the rate of decomposition of certain foods. We reasoned that if we had more information on how quickly certain foods decompose, then we could make more informed decisions when buying and storing food.

We chose the following categories to track:

  • Vegetables & fruit
  • Pasta/ rice
  • Bread
  • Yogurt/ cheese

We made sure to include natural and processed food in the investigation to ensure multiple food types were tested.

Take a look at some of our predictions:

Hypothesis:

‘If we leave various natural and processed foods to decompose, then we predict that natural foods will decompose at a faster rate.’

We made this prediction based on our assumption that natural foods contain less additives than processed foods.

Check out our results:

Where does our first waste go?

Food waste is a global problem that has environmental, social and economic consequences.

More than one quarter of the food produced globally is wasted. It is a significant contributor to climate change, as food loss and waste contribute to 8-10% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Irish Government has committed to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030, which is in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals. The EU will also set targets to reduce food waste.

Food loss and waste also exacerbates the climate change crisis with its significant greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. Production, transportation, and handling of food generate significant Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and when food ends up in landfills, it generates methane, an even more potent greenhouse gas.

‘Reducing food waste in our school and community’

As part of our investigation into how food waste impacts our lives,  we decided it would be useful if we tracked the hot lunches that are wasted in our own school.

We are lucky to receive hot lunches every day and can order from a range of options, including chicken curry, shepherd’s pie and pasta bake.

We tracked food waste in all the classes over a number of weeks from November ’23 to January ’24.

Our results were as follows:

We have lots of work still to do to reduce food waste in our school.

Check out our presentation in the RDS. We worked hard to prepare our Science Blast booklets in anticipation of answering questions from our judge.

We were delighted to receive such positive feedback and comments from the judge!

Science Blast in the RDS was an amazing day and we got to meet with other students, listen to scientists giving talks and try out some cool Science experiments 😁

8 Mar

Fourth Class had a great time bringing in our favourite books and sharing our favourite images and scenes with each other in the classroom.

We also loved getting the chance to read to Senior Infants and listening to them read to us too!

The best part was getting to be in our cosy pajamas while we did all of it!