Second Class visit the Eucharistic Congress in the RDS

The second class had the privilege of visiting the Eucharistic Congress 2012 in the RDS on Wednesday the 13th of June. They had a wonderful day and really enjoyed it. The last Eucharistic congress to be held in Ireland was in 1932.

Eucharistic Congress

“The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 is an international gathering of people that takes place every four years somewhere in the world. It aims to: promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy; draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the years leading up to the Congress and a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops, a Eucharistic Procession and the massive closing ceremony.” (Official Eucharistic Congress Website)

Mrs. Spring, Ms. Dowling and Ms. Coleman accompanied the pupils. The pupils attended a number of workshops and had the honour of meeting the first lay pupil to attend St. Clare’s Primary school. Her name was Sr. Anne Donoghue and she started in St. Clare’s in 1952! Can you calculate how many years ago that was?

6th Class – Donation to the Make A Wish Foundation

On the 9th February 2012 we made our Confirmation. Miss O’Donnell’s and Mr Lynch’s 6th classes decided to donate some of their Confirmation money to charity.

We decided to have a class vote on which charity we were going to donate our money too. After a lot of discussion we chose the “Make A Wish Foundation”.

Make A Wish grants one wish per child with a life threatening illness. The charity was founded in America in 1980 and came to Ireland in 1992. Since then they have granted 1000 wishes  for children in Ireland with life threatening illnesses.

Joanna McVeigh a volunteer from Make A Wish came in to speak to us today and told us what our money was going to be used for. She thanked us greatly for our contribution and was absolutely delighted that we had chosen their charity.

Here are some pictures:

Miss O’Donnell’s Class – 6th

We have been preparing for Christmas in 6th Class.

We have put up our Christmas tree and our Crib in the classroom

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In Religion we have been learning all about Advent.

Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means “coming”.

It is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

An Advent wreath is used to prepare the minds and hearts of families for Jesus’ birthday celebration. There are five candles on the Advent wreath – 3 purple, 2 pink and 1 white. The first candle is purple and it is the candle of hope, the second candle is also purple and it is the candle of preparation, the third candle is pink and it is the candle of joy, the fourth candle is purple and it is the candle of love, the fifth candle is the Christ Candle and we light this on Christmas day.

Here is a picture of the work we have completed on Advent in our class

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In English we wrote Christmas poems in Christmas shapes.

To help us think of ideas for our poems we wrote down our feelings and thoughts about four Christmas customs and traditions. These were

  • decorating the tree
  • making and eating festive food
  • giving and receiving presents
  • singing carols

Here is a picture of our poems on display

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Here are our poems

Our Christmas Concert

Our concert took place on Thursday 15th December at half seven. We were very excited going up on stage. We sang Dreaming of a White Christmas and it snowed on the same night!! We also sang a German song called O Tannenbaum ( Oh Christmas Tree). O Tannenbaum is all about a green Christmas tree. We had to wear red and white scarves and woolly hats. We had a Christmas tree on stage for our performance. It was our last Christmas concert in St Clare’s. We really enjoyed the night.

Miss O’Donnell’s 6th Class

Recycling

We entered a competition recently. We had to create something from recycled milk cartons.

The Lighted Carriage

By Oisín Dwyer

First of all my group stuck the bottom of the carriage to the wheels and then we stuck walls on with sellotape. Next we stuck the roof on and then we bent one milk carton to make it look like a seat. We cut the squirrel the out from the back of the carton and then stuck him on as if he was a coachman and the mad scientist’s head poking out. We tried to make it look like squirrels that were pulling the carriage. It was really fun to make. After that I took it home I had to take off the roof and one of the sides and attached resisters to all four L.E.D’s and sauder the wires all up to the one battery. I used special clips to keep the L.E.D’s in place. I put green L.E.D’s on the front and red on the back.

Here are some pictures of the lighted carriage:

Here are pictures of the other items we made:

Religion

We have been learning all about the Beatitudes. These are advice from Jesus on how he wants us to live.

One day, a large crowd gathered on a hill to hear Jesus give a sermon. This sermon is now known as the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus told people about the Nine Beatitudes. The Beatitudes help us to live good and holy lives.

We did some art work:

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German

We do German every week with Ms Redmond. We are learning how to say the different animals in German.

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Gaeilge

We are learning all about the different tenses in Gaeilge. Past Tense = Aimsir Chaite, Present Tense = Aimsir Láithreach, Future Tense = Aimsir Fháistineach.

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