Visit to the GPO

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On Wednesday 4th May we visited the GPO. We took the 16 bus into O’Connell Street (Sackville Street back in 1916). When we got off the bus we had to walk down O’Connell Street towards the GPO. On our way we saw the enormous Spire! Our tour guide was called Dara. He was really nice. We watched a movie about 1916 and everybody really enjoyed it. We saw uniforms, typewriters, phones, guns and a hurl from 1916 and played on ipads too. We had a wonderful time on our trip to the GPO!

Volcano Experiment

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We have been learning about the effects of heat. A few weeks ago we made play-dough in our school kitchen. Last week Tristan used play dough to make a model volcano. Ms. McGinley has been teaching 4th Class all about … Continue reading

James Rizzi Art – 2nd class

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Today in second class room 11 we studied the artisit James Rizzi.
James Rizzi was born on October 5, 1950. He died on December 26, 2011.
James was an American pop artist who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
He studied art in Florida, where he started experimenting with printing, painting and sculpting. Rizzi’s work often shows his birthplace New York. His paintings look sometimes childish with the bright colours and brilliant joy. Rizzi’s work is always outlined in black and is always full of bright colours.
Today we looked at how Rizzi drew birds. We created some of our own.
These are the directions we followed to create our pictures.
1. Use a black oil pastel and start with two circles that touch in the middle.
2. Add big dots for pupils.
3. Draw two dots for the nostrils then add a big upside-down letter “U” over the head.
4. Draw a letter “V” for the beak.
5. Add a body, fluffy feathers on the chest.
6. Finally, stick legs.

1916 Easter Rising Walking Tour

On the day of the walking tour we had to be in school at eight thirty am. We crossed the road over to the bus stop across the road from the school. We took the bus to the Bank Of Ireland building were we got of and walked over to Trinity College. After a few minutes we met our tour guide, Lorcan. First he gave us a copy of The Proclamation Of Independence and pictures of all of the leaders. Before we left Trinity College Lorcan told us that Trinity College was set up by Protestants in 1592 and for two hundred years it didn’t let Catholics attend the college.  Although Protestants let Catholics go to the college after two hundred years the Catholic Church didn’t agree with Catholics attending the college that was set up by Protestants and it took another 200 hundred years for big groups of Catholics to attend Trinity College. He then told us that the Bank of Ireland was the Old Parliament until it was taken out of Ireland with the Act of Union in 1801. He told us that there was a window tax so the Bank of Ireland has no windows an old saying came out of  the window tax,Lorcan said ‘Daylight Robbery’ was the saying. Lorcan then brought us up to Pearce Street where Padraig and Willy Pearce were born. He also showed us a building that the British army had files on the I.R A after 1916 wich Michael Collins broke into with two I.R.A members. From there he brought us onto the Rosie Hackett Bridge where we had a very good view of Liberty Hall. Liberty Hall has 16 floors above basement, one for each leader executed in 1916. The Rosie Hackett Bridge was named after Rosie Hackett who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising and the 1913 Dublin Lockout. He also showed us Isaac Butt Bridge. Isaac Butt died when he was 66 years old. He was an Irish Barrister and a M.P (member of Parliament). We then went to O’Connell Street to look at Daniel O’Connell’s statue. On his statue there are four angels or Nike, one standing for Patriotism, Elegance, Courage sand Fidelity. We walked down O’Connell Street to the statue of Jim Larkin who was a Labour Party leader. There he told us about about Rob Grey who brought clean drinking water into the tenements. We walked further down O’Connell Street to the G.P.O where he told us at the start of the rising the people in the G.P.O smashed all the windows and went down into the basement and got ledgers and blocked up the windows with them. He told us about Michael O’Reilly who wrote a love letter to his family on Moore Street. Moore Street was where six of the leaders of The 1916 Easter Rising surrendered. Before Lorcan left he said to us all ‘don’t do drugs’. After that Mr.Kelly brought us down Moore Street. We had a very nice time on the tour.

Famous Europeans

In February we started our Blue Star project. As a part of this project we researched the  famous Europeans that helped to change the European history.  We had to find out all about them, what they did,what their life was like. It was very interesting. We got to know their life story better and how they achieved their goals.Now because of people like Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein,Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde we have beautiful pictures in our galleries,important scientific discoveries and creative stories.
We had great fun finding out about these people.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Our Trip to European Union Parliament Information Office

Today our class went to the European Union Parliament.

We first left our school and walked to the bus-stop nearby. When we arrived we continued to walk to the EU Parliament Office, it was a tall red-brick building. When we entered and took our seats in the conference room, we were greeting by Anne McEvoy. She showed us a slide show all about general information about the European Union. We learned very interesting facts such as, there are 23 languages spoken within the EU, one of them being Irish. The EU also has a total population of over 500 million! Ireland joined the EU in 1973, 40 years ago.

Ireland has 12 Members of the European Union (MEPs) but later this year, when Croatia joins, we will have only 11 Members of the European Union.

She also showed us a video that told us mainly how the EU started, why it started, how it affected Ireland and us, the advantages of being in the EU and other interesting information. The EU was established after World War 2 so the countries of Europe would never break out in war again.

After the video we did a Table Quiz on the EU.

We started off with simple questions such as, how many countries are in the EU. Then it came to hard questions such aswhich European country is known for windmills and flowers. The winning team of 4 was ‘Team Ireland’ and they got a USB key each. Also, everyone in our class also received a table mat with a map of Europe highlighting all of the EU countries as well as the elected countries to join in the future.

The trips was a fun and educational trip that our class really enjoyed. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage