The National Children’s Choir

The National Children’s Choir

Together we sung 15 songs including Starman, O Fortuna, Kusimama and Listen to the Rain.

The concert was conducted by Mairéad Déiseach. The presenter was Shane Morgan. He introduced every song and performed two songs himself. They were called A Million Dreams and An Elvis Presley medley.

The concert was around 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was a fun night at the end of it all and a great experience. We would recommend it! It was a lot of practicing but it was worth it in the end.  By Ruairi and Max (5th class)

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The concert was conducted by Mairéad Déiseach. The presenter was Shane Morgan. He introduced every song and performed two songs himself. They were called A Million Dreams and An Elvis Presley medley.

The concert was around 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was a fun night at the end of it all and a great experience. We would recommend it! It was a lot of practicing but it was worth it in the end.  By Ruairi and Max (5th class)

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Last week, 5th and 6th class did the National Children’s Choir on Tuesday night. There were 5 other schools singing on the same night as RETNS with a total of 490 children performing. Together we sung 15 songs including Starman, O Fortuna, Kusimama and Listen to the Rain.

The concert was conducted by Mairéad Déiseach. The presenter was Shane Morgan. He introduced every song and performed two songs himself. They were called A Million Dreams and An Elvis Presley medley.

The concert was around 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was a fun night at the end of it all and a great experience. We would recommend it! It was a lot of practicing but it was worth it in the end.  By Ruairi and Max (5th class)

Drumming workshops with Brian

Drumming workshops with Brian

Drumming Workshops with Brian

2nd Class were the lucky kids to have a wonderful drumming workshop with Brian. Brian has borrowed a set of drums from Blackrock Education Centre. We don’t just have talented children, members of our staff have many talents too, and Brian is an accomplished drummer. All children from 2nd to 6th class will benefit from his talent and expertise as he holds drumming workshops with each class.

Food Waste Workshop in 6th Class

Food Waste Workshop in 6th Class

Food Waste Workshop

On Wednesday, 6th class did a workshop based on food waste.  Nuala Madigan visited us from Trifocal Ireland. Here is what we learnt.

  • 1,000,000 tonnes of food gets wasted each year just in Ireland. This is bad because when it rots it releases a greenhouse gas.
  • Because of drought this year in the summer, farming has been affected and potato crops have failed this year.
  • As well as wasting food we are also wasting money.

We waste €3,000 -€150,000 per year.

Did you know…?

  • 50% of all salads are wasted.
  • 20% of all breads are wasted.
  • 10% of all meats are wasted.
  • 10% of all dairies are wasted.
  • Some tea bags have plastic fibres, so check before you put in compost, or it could burn it.Our Food Waste Project

    Our next question is Can we grow lettuce, onions and radishes in winter inside?

    Materials:

    • 2x mineral/coke bottles.
    • 1x push pin.
    • Soil
    • 1x box (preferably hard plastic).
    • Water
    • Seeds

    Neva Orlovic and Lucy Lloyd (Green Team)

Science Week in 6th Class

This week as part of Science Week children in 6th class were looking at Google X – The Moonshot Factory, Googles top secret innovation department. Google X create some radical technologies to solve some of the worlds problems. https://x.company/ Children used this as inspiration to link the Global Goals with Google X and present a presentation about how they could solve the worlds toughest problems. The presentations were very innovative and were presented using different media. Some ideas included Drone technology, plant based medical research facilities, Wasteshark, solar powered technology to name but a few. Our presentations will be on display during the science fair. Children also completed a number of STEM challenges and looked at the life and work of Pierre and Marie Curie. Children in 6th class will also be visiting the Cool Planet Climate Change exhibition in Powerscourt on Tuesday 20th of November. 

6th & 2nd Maths Trail

6th & 2nd Maths Trail

As part of Maths week, 6th class students worked collaboratively to create a Maths Trail for 2nd class. Then they took groups of 2nd class children around the school environment to explore all the elements of the 2nd class Maths curriculum. Armed with lots of resources including tablets, the 6th class children guided their Maths buddies through a range of problem solving skills throughout the school. Second class children showed great inquiry skills and loved the challenges set for them by the 6th class boys and girls. The 6th class boys and girls have to be commended for their leadership and for helping the younger children develop their Maths skills. The weather was great and we had a great time focusing on STEM. 

Ronan and Patricia   

“Getting in the Light” by 6th Class

“Getting in the Light” by 6th Class

In 1946 two out of three Irish homes had no electricity. World War Two had ended and unemployment gripped the nation. The government launched the Rural Electrification Scheme. 
 
Inspired by stories about rural electrification from the book “Then There Was Light” (PJ Cunningham/Dr.Joe Kearney) pupils from 6th class drafted their own stories about rural electrification. Using their imagination and working together, children produced a remarkable collection of personal, emotive and imaginative original stories.  Supported with evidence from esbarchives.ie they produced a final draft of their story and presented it in their best handwriting. Please read our stories and get a sense of the significance of this event in Irish history and how it has inspired us in 6th class. Please visit our display outside 6th class to view our writing first hand. We also digitally created our stories and they are available to read on https://www.scoilnet.ie/threads/. and they are also below in pdf form. In recognition of all the hard work, we look forward to the visit of members of the ESB Archive team who will visit the students and discuss their wonderful writing.