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Science Presentation – Paddy Madden

Paddy Madden

Our school was so lucky to have a Science Presentation by Paddy Madden, a Lecturer on Social Environmental and Science Education at Marino Institute of Education.

We loved listening to Paddy’s stories about the plants, animals and mini-beasts of Ireland. He showed us lots of interesting plants, bugs, shells, rocks, animals homes, insect hotels – so many many things! We could listen to Paddy forever!

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Strand: Living Things (Plants and Animals) Hairy Heads

Look at the Hairy Heads which we made!

We planted grass seeds in a sock. There was  soil in the sock. We placed the sock in a plastic cup, watered the seeds and waited!

We did not have  to wait long to see the hair grow.

Hairy Heads! Cute!!!

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‘Energy and Forces’ Strand – Electricity

Third Class learned lots about electricity.

They learned about the dangers and the benefits of electricity.

They had lots of fun and really enjoyed the lessons! What ‘bright sparks’ they are!!


‘Living Things’ Strand – Healthy Bodies

Third class children learned about healthy eating and looking after our bodies.

They made individual food pyramids and skeletons.

They enjoyed learning about bones and making our bodies strong.


Living Things Strand: Keeping our Bodies Healthy

Strand Unit:Plants and Animals

Theme: Keeping our Bodies Healthy

Third Class learned about keeping our teeth healthy.

They explored the different types of adult teeth and made teeth from plasticine. They started by making gums and then added the teeth. They had to be careful to place the teeth in the right place.

They learned about the functions of our four different types of teeth: canines, incisors, premolars and molars!



‘Living Things’ Science Strand – Planting

Fifth class demonstrate their ‘green fingers’ as each child plants their seedlings in individual pots. They will eagerly follow the growth journey of their own seedling – making sure that the seedlings get sufficient light and water.

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Science Presentation in Beaumont Hospital by the Royal College of Surgeons to St. Fiachra’s SNS students

It’s not every day that our students are invited to Beaumont Hospital  for a Science Presentation by the  tutors of  the Royal College of Surgeons!

St. Fiachra’s 6th class students put on the white coats and surgical gloves and participated in a myriad of fascinating scientific experiments. They got the opportunity to use various items of medical equipment. Everybody was enraptured by this experience! A fascinating day for our students!

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‘Materials’ Science Strand – Amazing Triangles

It’s amazing all the scientific knowledge that can be discovered from a box of cocktail sticks and a bag of mini-marshmallows!!!!

Fifth class used their skills of experimenting, designing and making, investigating, observing and and analysing to conclude that the triangle is a strong shape which is used to support structures.

If a brace is put diagonally across a square, we create two triangles and a much stronger shape. The triangle is a very popular building shape because it is not easily distorted.

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‘Environmental Awareness and Care’ Science Strand – Caring for our School Environment

Third Classes are very busy planting and maintaining the flower beds in the school courtyards. These flower beds make our school look so pretty and colourful. Lots of watering and weeding to be done on a daily basis to care for the flowers and plants. What great gardeners we have in St. Fiachra’s SNS!! Our brightly coloured flowers attract lots of butterflies, bees and insects.

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‘Living Things’ Science Strand – Planting Spring flowers

Spring is in the air! Time to get planting with our school friends!

Looking forward to seeing these flowers bloom shortly!

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The Crazy Scientist

What fun we had when the Crazy Scientist visited our school and gave a hilarious science presentation in the hall! He needed lots of volunteers to help with his scientific experiments. No shortage of volunteers! We really enjoyed his talk and learned so much from his experiments.

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Science Presentation by a Perfusionist

The Senior School had a most interesting science presentation by Damien Stafford, Senior Perfusionist in the  Mater Private Hospital.

A perfusionist   is a healthcare professional who uses the cardiopulmonary bypass machine (heart–lung machine) during cardiac surgery.

We saw photos of the life-changing machinery which keep people alive during heart and lung transplants. It was fascinating to hear about this amazing lifesaving work which is going on in our hospitals by our health professionals.  We learned how to become a perfusionist and also how to keep our hearts healthy by exercising regularly and avoiding unhealthy foods.

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Science presentation – Firefighters

Firefighters, Conor Keegan and Andy Cullen, gave us a very interesting science presentation on fire safety and fire fighting. We saw practical firefighting techniques and equipment.We were fascinated!!

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Science Week Presentation – November 2017

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Kevin Sweeney from Astronomy Ireland captivated all the children in the Senior School with his interesting presentation on the Planets and the Solar System.


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Energy and Forces

String telephones!

We had great fun today experimenting with sound.

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