As part of the work we are doing for our school's next Green Flag, we had a visit today from Kevin.
He works for the Irish Fisheries Board.
He gave us a wonderful talk.
He talked to us about the water cycle, about conserving water and about how people animals and fish like clean water rather than polluted water.
We learned all about different kinds of animals, fish and insects that make the Irish waterways their home.
We also learned all about how salmon lay eggs and the wonderful job that the fisheries board do in helping keep the salmon numbers in Ireland constant.
We are going to continue to take great care not to waste water and not to throw our rubbish anywhere except in bins!
Thank you Kevin for such a great talk.
Grandad Pa O'Connell came to visit our class today.
He gave us a marvelous talk about being a school boy in the 1950s.
Pa had some wonderful photographs with him so we could see what children wore back then.
We were surprised that all the little boys wore shorts, even in winter.
You could only wear long trousers after you made your confirmation.
We think that little boys must have been very cold!
Here is a picture of Pa on his confirmation day.
Pa showed us some of the games that he played when he was small.
We really liked the sound of the bottle top game and the marbles games he played, and we were surprised that Pa was allowed to play on the road (he explained that that was because there were so few cars then).
Pa was really good at sports when he was younger, and he was captain of his rugby and football teams.
He told us all about having to wash everyone's jerseys (without a washing machine or dryer) so that they would be clean and ready for the next match!
We think life back then sounds fun but quite troublesome....lots of good games but no electricity so no TV, WII or Nintendos!
Well done Pa, you were so interesting. Thank you for your wonderful visit.
We will take your advice and try hard at school and at sports!
We learned all about St. Brigid and how she was so good and kind to the poor. She wanted some land to build a church, so that the people would have somewhere to go to, to talk to God. She approached the Chieftian to ask him for some land to build a church on, but he was rather mean (he had never heard about the love of God) and he decided to play a trick on poor St. Brigid. He said that he would give her the amount of land that her cloak would cover. St. Brigid placed her cloak on the ground and at first it didn't cover much land at all!!! The Chieftian began to laugh and laugh. Poor St. Brigid didn't know what to do and her heart sank. Then suddenly something miraculous began to happen - her cloak began to spread out and grow and grow!!!. Now it was Brigid's turn to laugh!!. The Chieftian went as white as a ghost and begged her to shout 'stop.' She did, but only when she had plenty of land to build the church on.
We learned a lovely song about this story and we also made up our own poem about the story. We made a St. Brigid's cross using 4 strips of paper and we filled in her cloak using coloured paper to create a patchwork effect.
We learned about Africa recently, particularly about a country in Africa called Zambia. We looked at various powerpoints about African animals, food, clothes, schools, homes, farming, water and customs. We read some African stories. We made some African huts in Art and they turned out great!! We also made the Zambian flag.