Check out the video of the amazing science experiments carried out at home by our pupils. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to these children who won a prize for their creations of the Jesse Tree, Crib and Mosque.
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.
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!
We had a great day at the Science Exhibition. There were some fantastic projects on display showcasing the hard work done by all classes.
Sixth class were busy this week designing and making their own electric quiz. They had learned about circuits last week and put that knowledge into practice to make their own quiz. Fourth class had the opportunity to have a go at the quiz!
Sixth Class visited Kilmainham Gaol on Wednesday. They visited the cells of Patrick Pearse and Countess Markievicz. They saw where the seven leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed.
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.
This year our class entered the Intel Mini Scientist Competition and our group was lucky enough to be selected to go to the Regional Finals. Our group’s topic was hydraulics, more specifically hydraulic bridges. We chose this topic because last year two people from our
group went to the previous regional final and three other groups did hydraulic arms and we had an interest in the science behind hydraulics. We decided to investigate hydraulic bridges.
At first we found it very difficult to construct the bridge and came across quite a few problems but after a while we figured it out. In November three judges from Intel came in and judged all the classes’ projects. Our group was lucky enough to be selected to go to the Regional Final! In preparation for the Regional Final we decided to make another bridge out of balsa wood. In December our group went to Blanchardstown IT and after a long day of presenting we made it to the National Finals in Maynooth. We were delighted when we found out we were in the top 1% in Ireland. Then the awards were announced but unfortunately we didn’t we win anything but were still extremely proud of ourselves.
Well done to all the pupils who participated in the Easter Bonnet Parade yesterday. There were some fabulous creations and a lot of children used the marine environment as their inspiration. Congratulations to all the boys and girls who won most creative and best use of recycled materials.