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Welcome to German with a Schultüte!

On Friday, September 19th, we celebrated the ten boys and girls who started to study German for the first time by giving them a Schultüte. Schultüten ( = “school cones”) are a vital part of school life in Germany and are presented to school children on their first day of school. The idea behind the tradition is to make the start into school life a bit sweeter. At St. Clare’s the advanced German students handcrafted lovely Schultüten during class, which later were filled with little surprises by German teacher Frau Clarke. Well done to everyone! Gut gemacht!

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At St. Clare’s German is taught as an extra-curricular subject on Thursdays (for third and fourth class pupils) and on Fridays (for fifth and sixth class pupils) from 2.30 to 3.45 pm. All students are welcome!

Isaac Butt

Isaac Butt was born in 1813 in Glenine in Donegal. He was son of a Church of Ireland rector. Butt received his secondary school education at The Royal School in Raphoe County Donegal and at Middleton College,County Cork ,before going to Trinity College,Dublin,at the age of fifteen. He was a member of the Irish Conservative Party. He became a professor of political economy at Trinity in 1836 and held that position until 1841. He died in Clonskeagh in Dublin on the 5th of May 1879.Butt established a name for himself as a brilliant barrister. He was known for his opposition to the Irish Nationalist leader Daniel  O’Connell s campaign for the repeal of the Act of Union. He was also lectured at Trinity College in political economy. His experiences during The Great Famine led him to move from being an Irish unionist and an orange man to supporting a federal political system for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland that would give Ireland a greater degree of self-rule.  

Sixth Class visit the European Union Parliament Information Office

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On Wednesday the 17th of April, Sixth class visited the European Union Parliament information office.

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 during the 1973, 40 years ago.

Ireland has 12 Members of the European Union (MEPs) but later 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 Coal and Steel Community was established after World War 2 so the countries of Europe would never break out in war again. This went on to become the European Economic Community (EEC), the European Community (EC) and the European Union as we now know it today.

After the video we did a Table Quiz on the EU.  The winning team of 4 was ‘Team Ireland’ and they got a USB key each and everyone in our class also got 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 trip was a fun and educational trip that our class enjoyed.

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.

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Water Safety Month.

This is Water Safety month, and all the classes from 1st to 6th have been learning about how to stay safe when in or around water.

Next week, the senior classes will be learning how to carry out land-based rescues using ropes and buoyancy aids with a member of the Irish Water Safety association.

Click here to visit the Irish Water Safety website, which is full of useful information.

The Aqua Attack website has lots of tips for kids, as well as puzzles and games which help us to learn more about water safety. Click here to visit the website.

Remember to stay safe when visiting the pool, beach, canal or places near water this summer!

Art Exhibition: Interviews.

Three 3rd Class pupils interviewed parents at our art exhibition.

One parent said it was “absolutely brilliant” and that there were “lovely colours.” He would “highly recommend” coming to the exhibition.

Another parent thought the exhibition was “very good.” She also thought that there was “lots of colour” and she would recommend visiting the exhibition.

One parent said there was “a real variety of work” from Junior Infants to 6th class. She really liked the Modigliani portraits that 6th class made.

Some parents were asked what their favourite paintings were. One parent said he likes the ‘Mona Lisa’ because it’s “very graphic looking.” Another parent said that she doesn’t have one favourite piece of art, she said “I like all art.”

The interviewers all enjoyed going to the exhibition. They enjoyed looking at paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci and ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch. One interviewer really liked 5th Class’s Pop Art pictures and 6th Class’s Picasso paintings.

Art Exhibition 2012

Thanks to everyone who made last week’s art exhibition such a success!

We received wonderful feedback, from parents, teachers and pupils alike.

Coming soon: Interviews and presentation of data collected at the exhibition.

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