In December 2013, Scoil Ghráinne made its very first quiz team. 10 children from 3rd and 4th class were chosen to represent the school at the Credit Union Quiz. The children studied long and hard after school on topics such as rivers, mountains, pop culture and general knowledge. The first quiz that they entered took place in St. Peregrines GAA club in January. Two teams of four entered. They tried their very best and came very close to the top out of over 30 teams. Both teams ended with a fantastic score. The teams were represented by Joshua, Richard, Emily and Victor , and Adna, Daniel, Boomika, and Dean. Chimaka and Gio from fourth class were subs for the night.
In February, one team was asked to represent the school in the CUDA quiz in Scoil Bhríde, Blanchardstown. Joshua, Chimaka, Victor and Emily made the school very proud by competing against 5th and 6th Class students from all around Dublin 15. The children got a fantastic score on the night. Thanks you to all the parents for support and well done to all involved. We hope for more success in the quizzes in future.
Scoil Ghráinne had its annual Art Day on Friday 16th May this year. The day was great fun and all classes got involved in lots of art activities as well as looking at the arts of others. A beautiful summer’s day allowed the infant classes to go outside and create pieces of art on the pavement using chalks. We saw designs like human figures, spirals and zigzags. It gave the school a very ‘Arty’ feel.
All the classes were given an opportunity to walk around the school and look at the artwork of the other children in other classes. There were beautiful reflection pictures, detailed weaving and cartoon strips. Some of the infants created lovely pictures using aeroplanes and boats.
All the classes were also looking at art from artists like Da Vinci, Botticelli and other Renaissance painters and sculptors.
3rd and 4th class were designing and writing a story book for the infant classes. Seomra Phóipín created a book entitled “Mouse Race.” Each student took and part of the book to illustrate and put it together.
Scoil Ghráinne received very exciting news last week from Google. A Google Doodle designed by Laiba Memon from senior infants has been picked from thousands of entries to be entered into the semi final stage. At this stage the members of the public are asked to vote for their favourite picture. It would be great for the whole school community to get behind Laiba and support her picture in the public voting.
Laiba has already received a beautiful certificate and has done Scoil Ghráinne very proud. We wish her the best of luck. You can vote for Laiba’s picture and look at all of the other entries here. Voting closes on 10th March 2014.
In Seomra Setanta, we have been reading the story ‘One Snowy Night’ by Christina Butler. We discussed and recorded the journey of the red woolly beanie hat and drew pictures of all the animals who received the hat during the story.
We were inspired by the illustrations in the book to create our own snowy night pictures using chalk.
Our role play area has been turned into a busy Santa’s workshop where we have been designing toys for the elves to make.
In 4th class, Seomra Phóipín, we have been learning a great deal about weather and energy and the link between them. There have been many incidents latterly involving bad weather, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan was a category five storm which is the strongest storm on record. We discussed the effects of this weather on the people, animals and plants of the Philippine islands. We created posters to show the effects of the typhoon. We got some information from here.
We also discovered that the weather can be used to make music and inspire music. We created a graphic score, showing the sounds of various types of weather and then used this as our notes to create music using percussion instruments.
We have also been talking about how we can use the weather to make electricity. We discovered that we can use the wind, the sun and water to make electricity. These are called wind-power, solar power and hydro-electric power. We made posters to show some of the information we learned. Interesting pieces of information we found out are that space rockets have solar panels on the outside to power them in space and the windiest part of Europe is the UK and Ireland. Talking about electricity inspired us to create ‘Plasma Balls’ (They make static electricity). We used paint and straws to blow the paint around the page.
4th class students recently visited the library in Blanchardstown to attend an energy saving workshop. We travelled on Dublin Bus on Friday 8th November. When we arrived at the library, we had a discussion about all of the different ways that we damage the planet, by burning fossil fuels. We were then learning about how we can generate electricity by using renewable sources of energy. We carried out a couple of scientific investigations. Some of us created a battery using just a potato. you can also use a lemon for this. We also did experiments using basketballs and swinging metal balls. This was all to demonstrate that energy can be passed from one thing to another but never be created or destroyed. We finished off the workshop by playing a massive board game where we had to answer some questions about what we learned. We had a great time and learned lots about saving electricity in our school and at home. You can find out about what we did here
Land of the Dinosaurs
In Seomra Dheirdre (1st Class), we have been looking at dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were giant creatures that roamed the Earth over 65 million years ago, long before people like you or I even walked the Earth! We learned that they are now extinct. This means that there are no dinosaurs alive today.
We wrote about four dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus), Triceratops, and Pterodactyl. We learned that some of these dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, were carnivores. Carnivores only eat meat, meaning they often attacked other animals (or each other!). Dinosaurs such as the brontosaurus were herbivores. Herbivores only eat plants and flowers. Pterodactyl was one of the few dinosaurs that could fly. Triceratops, with its distinctive three horns, was one of the last of the dinosaurs to become extinct.
Finally, we looked at fossils. Fossils are the remains of dinosaurs and are the only evidence we have that they ever even existed! Fossils are formed when the bones of an animal are preserved in stone. Over 1000s of years, these stones are eroded by wind and rain, which eventually reveals the fossilised remains. We made timelines to show how this happens.
On Friday the students of Scoil Ghráinne were privileged to have the opportunity to raise the Bob O'Keefe Cup like the Leinster Senior Hurling Champions 2013, Baile Átha Cliath!Read more: Mr Quilty and the Leinster Championship trophy!
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in October or November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day holiday depending on where you come from.
It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Children have a holiday from school. Presents are given and delicious holiday food is prepared and exchanged. New clothes and jewellery are worn. Parties are held, and dice and card games are played. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to warn off evil spirits, so it is a noisy holiday too!
The last day of the holiday is a special day for brothers and sisters called Bhaiya-Dooj (or Bhaidooj, or Bhai Dooj). Brothers give special presents to their sisters, who cook for them and look after them.
In 3rd Class in Seomra Naoise we designed Rangoli Art to celebrate Diwali. Check out some of our wonderful are below!
Dia dhuit agus fáilte romhat from everyone in 3rd class in seomra naoise....we rock!
Hello and welcome to everyone for checking out our first class posting for our new Scoil Ghráinne website....yahooo!!! As this month is our first month back at school we are focusing on the theme 'Myself'. In 3rd class we have been discussing and researching our family trees by interviewing our parents and also checking out primary resources such the National Archives Census of Ireland! Check out the link if you would like to search for your great great great grandfather....Read more: Mr Meegan 3rd Class