On Tuesday the 24th of October pupils visited Feighery’s field where they saw where the pumpkins are grown. They had the opportunity to see first-hand how a pumpkin grows. The pupils then got to pick out their own pumpkin. They had so much fun carving out their pumpkins. It was great to see the older children helping the younger ones. All children were very proud of their finished pumpkins. We are very grateful to Alan Feighery for supplying each pupil with a pumpkin.
Well done to our boys and girls who had a great day at the Inter Schools Athletics competition in Drumcullen GAA grounds. The boys and girls were delighted with their medals.
For Maths Week 2023, 3rd class – 6th class engaged in a Maths Pattern Workshop in Birr Castle. Where they learned how Mother nature is one of the greatest teachers in terms of mathematics. The children learned how leaves on a plant love their own personal space and will grow with a certain distance between the neighbouring leaves. This is called Fibonacci. When growing off the branch, Fibonacci can be viewed in their stems as well as their veins. The more they grow outward, the higher the Fibonacci sequence is visible. We also see this in pinecones, seed heads on flowers and in petal patterns.
The children also learned about dendrochronology which is the scientific process of dating a tree. In temperate climates like ours, many trees grow one ring around the trunk of their tree. If the tree is cut horizontally across the trunk, these rings are clearly visible and can be counted to estimate the age of the tree. Good growing and moisture conditions within the year can result in a wider ring while a drought can result in a narrower ring – showing us the rate of growth corresponding with growing conditions that year. The children had a great day out and it was great to see the children learning and thinking about patterns in a different way.
On Wednesday the 18th of October Junior Infants – 2nd Class had a great day out at Birr Castle Demesne. We took part in a Biodiversity Workshop where the children learned about many different habitats such as the river, woodlands, lake, and grasslands which all support different varieties of plants and animals. During the workshop we visited these various habitats around the Demesne, talked about the unique characteristics of each habitat and what species live in the habitats.
As the weather was nice we spent the day there. We went on a nature walk, identified different trees and fed the ducks. We would like to thank the Board of Management for fully funding this trip.
Tuesday the 17th of October was a special day in our school. Management and players from the K/K team who won the senior hurling county championship, paid a visit to our school. They brought with them the all important Sean Robbins Cup. The K/K players and management were so good as they posed for pictures with the boys and girls. We wish K/K the very best as they embark on their journey in the Leinster Championship when they take on Naomh Eanna of Wexford, in three weeks time. Hopefully they will be visiting our school shortly again, with more silverwear. K/K Abú!