Christmas Cribs and Jesse Trees

The boys and girls in fifth and sixth class made beautiful Christmas Cribs and Jesse Trees. There was some wonderful creativity and craftsmanship on display. We also had some lovely Mosques on display made by the Muslim children in our school.

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Christmas Concert

We had fantastic Christmas Concert this year. All the boys the girls put in a huge effort. Senior Infants and the AS Senior Class put on a wonderful performance of Straw and Order, the audience thoroughly enjoyed it. All classes sang beautifully and the choir finished off the evening with a crowd pleasing performance of Their on the Roof! 

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Do Pulley Systems Make Things Lighter?

This year in 6th class for the RDS Science Blast we decided to investigate pulley systems. First we made a single fixed pulley system but discovered that it made no difference to the weight. Then we made a multiple fixed pulley system. We calculated that there was a mechanical advantage of 1.8 with this method. Next we made a multiple pulley system using a movable pulley and a fixed pulley. This had the biggest mechanical advantage 3. Finally we wanted make a structure used in everyday life so we decided on a crane. We made the crane out of modelling wood and used 3 fixed pulleys and 1 moveable pulley. We also made a handle out of an old pencil which attaches to the pulleys and makes the crane work when you wind it. We really enjoyed doing this project.