Today we went on the Viking Splash tour. First we got a bus from our school to town. After we were all out of the bus we got into the Viking Splash tour boat. The Viking Splash tour boats were made by women in America during the second World War. They called it the DUKW (pronounced duck). We got into seats, put on our helmets and off we went. Real Viking helmets didn’t have horns but on the Viking splash tour the helmets did have horns. We passed some really old houses that were made in the Georgian times. We drove through town until we reached a ramp with water. We put on our life jackets then the boat went into the water. We saw some divers and the Google offices.
Thanks to the great efforts of our student council and sixth class pupils, who organised and ran a very successful bake sale and games day, we have raised €1003.67 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. On Friday Siobhán Broughan came to our assembly to accept the cheque on behalf of Crumlin Hospital.
Siobhán told the children about some of the ways in which their money would be put to use.
Some more great work done on Friday.
Almost ready for planting!
Thanks to all the wonderful parents, children and staff who have “dug in”, we are really beginning to see our new community garden take shape. There was great work done by Niamh, Sean, Paul, Betty and Mia at the weekend. 4 beds have the second level and all have at least one layer of mypex. Most of the bag of hardcore has been spread out. The remaining beds have their planks beside them ready to be finished. Marley Park will give us some topsoil so hopefully we can plant some veggies soon!.
We still need lots of help, no skills needed just enthusiasm and willingness to help. Give your name to your class rep to be passed on to the gardening group whatsapp. This co-ordinates when work is happening. Anne Bradley
Last week we hosted our Active School Week in RETNS. The week got off to a great start and many classes resumed their 10@10 and were on the playground daily completing the Run Around Europe Challenge. We calculated that we ran 453.5km and classes used Google Maps to work out what countries we ran to.
The 5th and 6th class Active School Leaders organised lunch time challenges and armed with their stopwatches and ASF badges they challenged the boys and girls (and some staff) to complete some very tough physical challenges on the yard. They helped to record results and also carried out some indoor challenges across the school. The Active School Leaders handed out some Active at Home journals and students were encouraged to record some of the activities they were doing for Active Homework. There was dancing for each class on different days. We also now have games on the Junior Yard so we are encouraging activity in all classes. Active School Leaders also surveyed what boys and girls attended sports or active clubs after school. These after school activities included rowing, swimming, judo, karate, horseriding, football, yoga to name but a few.
Rebecca also continued with Yoga and there were some extra Yoga classes available during the week. Our Yoga Tuesday lessons are now on the school website. Santry trials will be happening this week in RETNS so Active week has been a great time to prepare for running season.
Well done to the Active School Committee and to everybody for being so Active.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday 5th class did a Biz World workshop. The point of Biz World is to teach kids around the ages of 10-12 about how running a business works. We got a teacher from Biz World called Aileen in to help us build our businesses. First we learned that we have to get a few ideas of what our business could be. We brainstormed with our tables (aka companies) and here are all of the businesses:
Chewy Supplies, Comfy Co, TekNo Watch, Dream Bottle and Frizball.
We did some market research with 4thclass and we made fliers, business cards, posters and advertisements for our companies. We presented our business ideas to the two dragons. They were Liz, Abbie’s mom and Jan a group teacher. The dragons were the people who could invest in our companies. We made a pitch (presentation) to them and if they liked our ideas they would give us money in exchange for a part of our company. 4th class also had an opportunity to invest in our companies.
It was an overall great experience and we would recommend it to any class from 4th up.
Review by Neva and Abbie.
Well done to our student council and sixth class for organising a fantastic fundraiser on Friday to raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. We were treated to a fabulous array of baked goodies at the cake sale, while there was also a fun day of games and competitions, with something to suit everyone.
These two girls decide to take their fundraising a bit further and set up their own bake sale after school, with the proceeds of their sales also going to the CCH fund. Well done girls and to all the organisers of Friday’s fundraiser.