Seomra Chonn Discover Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day!

In 4th Class, Seomra Chonn have been looking at the Roman Empire. The Romans were an ancient civilisation that ruled Europe for 500 years. We learned that we have the Roman’s to thank for a lot  things. Did you know the Romans invented roads, plumbing, newspapers and even concrete? We also looked at the Colosseum in Rome where the warriors, known as gladiators used to fight. The Collosseum was like a modern day football stadium except the Romans would sometimes fill it with water to recreate naval battles. Try doing that in the Aviva! Finally, we looked at the legend of Romulus and Remus, two bothers who were supposed to be the founders of Rome, and who were raised by a wolf! Sadly, Romulus and Remus fell out about the name of their city and Romulus killed Remus. Rome was named after Romulus and still bares his name...

Is it hot in here?

Seomra Chonn (Mr. Condon’s fourth class) have been looking at heat as part of Science this term. We discovered that heat can travel in three ways – conduction, convection and radiation. We conducted a number of experiments to show each of the above. Conduction, for example, is when a hot object comes in contact with a cold object. The heat is transferred from the hot object to the colder one e.g. a coffee cup heating the table that it is sitting on. Convection is the way in which hot air or hot water, rises. This is how hot air balloons work. We placed equal amounts of food dye in three glasses of water (one hot, one cold, and one at room temperature). We discovered that in the cold one, the dye simple sinks to the bottom. In hot glass the dye circulates around the glass from top to bottom. Finally, we conducted an experiment to show radiation. Radiation is when heat travels through the air without touching an object e.g. like when you stand close to your radiators at home and you can feel the heat coming off them. We used two balloons, one filled with air and one filled with water. We placed them both near a candle (but not touching the candle!). As air heats faster than water the balloon full of air quickly popped. However, the balloon containing water didn’t pop as the water took longer to heat....

3rd/4h Class G.A.A. Blitz

On Monday 20th June the boys and girls of 3rd/4th class played the G.A.A. blitz finals. It was a great afternoon where the eight teams had a chance to pit themselves against their classmates over four finals. Ultimately there could only be FOUR winners. Waterford, Limerick, Dublin and Meath reigned supreme on the day! Afterwards the boys and girl were lucky enough to have medal presented by Dublin U21 hurlers Paul O’Dea and AJ Muphy with every child receiving one as a memento for all their hard work. The Championship plaque was presented to Dari  and the names of the Meath team (and management! will be inscribed to join previous winners Monaghan and Limerick. A word of praise must also go to the individual winners. From 3rd class, Emily and Oliver and 4th class, Catharcie and Bogban.   Hopefully all the boys and girls will play G.A.A. over the Summer and come back in September ready t o go for another big year of...

Healthy eating in Seomra Chonn

On Monday the 11th of April, Seomra Chonn started a new class competition. This is not a competition for the child that is the best at writing, nor is it a competition for whoever makes the best effort in Gaeilge. This competition is a little bit different! This is a competition to find out who the healthiest eater in the class is! So about our competition. Children are awarded points for each piece of healthy food they bring to school, and yes they have to eat it! For example, one of the children was awarded 6 points on Monday for having an apple, a banana, a healthy sandwich, sliced peppers, some spinach and cheese. That was an excellent lunch. However, the rules of the game can be ruthless! If someone brings in food that is unhealthy or has an unhealthy drink then they can have points deducted. Seomra Chonn shows no mercy!! Mr McCarthy and Ms Murphy have even gotten involved in the competition. Unfortunately, neither teacher gained enough points to win the competition on the first week! Both teachers need to up their game for the coming week! The competition has two parts to it. Firstly, the children, Mr McCarthy and Ms Murphy compete against each other to see who can get the most points in a week. The winner gets a certificate on Fridays. Secondly, the class competes as a team to see if they can increase the total amount of points they get each week. Over the past week and a half, Mr McCarthy has noticed a massive improvement in the lunches being eaten by the...

Busy Bees in Seomra Chormac! Rang 4

Seomra Chormac have been very busy the last few weeks. At the moment we are learning all about food chains and animal adaptation. In English we are writing narrative stories and are also doing a lot of very good reading! In Maths we have been discussing and working with money, along with improving our tables. We are very lucky at the moment because we have a GAA trainer on Fridays and he is helping improve the children’s understanding of the game! Sa Ghaeluinn táimid ag foghlaim nath cainte nua, ‘Táim spalptha leis an tart’ agus tá na páistí á úsáid gach...

News2day visit Scoil Ghráinne

Wednesday the 9th of March was a particularly exciting day for all the children in Scoil Ghráinne and especially for the boys and girls of Mr McCarthy’s 4th class. News2day came to visit the school and to record the children speaking about what has now become their renowned knowledge of the 1916 Easter Rising. During their visit, the News2day presenter Nick listened to and recorded the boys and girls telling all that they know about three of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. The leaders that the children spoke about were Padraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Joseph Plunkett. The children were broken into three groups, each group taking one of the before mentioned leaders. Each member of the group spoke confidently and eloquently and in turn shared their knowledge of three of Ireland’s heroes with a national audience. Once all the children had been recorded the news and camera crew visited Seomra Chonn to get some images of the children doing their work in the classroom. When the recording had finished, Nick, the presenter, and the RTE cameraman, spoke to Mr McCarthy. They were amazed by the knowledge that the children possess about one of the defining moments in Irish history. They were delighted to see the interest that the children hold for this topic. They spoke of how polite, pleasant and fun the children were to work with, a sentiment which Mr McCarthy was happy to agree with. As they left, they mentioned how inviting and attractive a place Scoil Ghráinne was. It was a proud day for the entire school community. The children from Mr. McCarthy’s...