We visited the Natural History Museum this week for a workshop called Skullduggery. We took the 14 bus to D’Olier Street and walked to Merrion Square. When we got there, our guide Catherine welcomed us in and started her talk straight away. We looked at a human skull, a tiger skull and the skull of a pilot whale. We learned about carnivores, herbivores, insectivores and omnivores. Catherine showed us how tigers trap their prey using their jaws. It was quite scary. We got to hold the tooth of an elephant. It weighed over 1kg and an elephant would have between 4 and 6 of these teeth. It was a very interesting workshop and we all really enjoyed it.
Afterwards we ate our lunch in the park in Merrion Square and played in the playground. We returned to school tired but happy after a great day out.
We went to the National Sports Campus and the Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown for our school tour. We visited the athletics and the gymnastics arena. We tried out trampolining, walking on the beams and the foam pit. We jumped off the springboard also. We ran a relay on the track and got to try out the long jump and the high jump.
After lunch we walked to the Aquatic Centre. We had great fun in the pool on the slides and in the lazy river.
We all agreed that it was a fantastic day out and we would recommend it to other fourth classes.
On Monday 19th June the children from 4th class in St. Fiachra’s (Room 9 and 14) visited the Casino, Marino. On our arrival we were warmly welcomed by our friendly guides Ruth and Ray. We learned a lot about the outside of the building first and the many tricks the architect used when designing the Casino. We saw the urn which is really a chimney and the pillars which are used for drainage.
Next we went inside and visited some of the sixteen rooms which make up the Casino. Our guides pointed out the symmetry between the floor and the ceiling and the “poisonous” wallpaper. We enjoyed visiting the “bling wing” and especially hearing the stories about the women’s wigs. Lastly, we were lucky enough to go down into the tunnels which were used during the Easter Rising and the Civil War.
It was an excellent tour and our guides explained everything very well. We really enjoyed the visit and hopefully we will get a chance to visit again next year.
We have been very busy doing lots of Christmas art projects. One of our favourite ones has been making a snowman from socks. We filled a sock with rice and then decorated it with googly eyes, pieces of fabric and buttons. It was great fun.
On 14th October lots of children from St Fiachra’s took part in a cross country competition in Portmarnock. Ella, Grace and Rory from our class were on the U10 teams. They did brilliantly and before Hallowe’en they were presented with their medals at an assembly on the astro-pitch. Well done to all who took part.
During Maths week we got to try out maths in a different way. We had fun doing puzzles, we learned about famous Irish mathematicians and we did a maths trail in our classroom. We were learning about 2-D shapes and we made “Shape Aliens” in art.
On Friday 16th October two soldiers came to visit our school. They brought the Irish flag and a copy of the proclamation. This was read out for the first time at the GPO during the Easter Rising in 1916. Next year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Rory from Room 9 was chosen to read part of the proclamation during the army visit. We were all very proud of him. The soldiers taught us how to respect the Irish flag. We sang our national anthem, Amhran na bhFiann and Óró Se Do Bheatha Abhaile.
We are well settled into the senior school at this stage. School has been very exciting over the past few months. We had a great day when Sam Maguire came to visit. We got a class photo taken with Sam and later we got to meet Philly Mcmahon and Davy Byrne from the Dublin team. One of the best parts of “Blue Day was getting no homework. Up the Dubs!