Kids Blog Re-Launch at Friday’s Assembly

Kids Blog Re-Launch at Friday’s Assembly

You may not have heard much from the Kids Blog lately but that’s where you come in. Have you ever written a story or recipe? Or drawn a comic or picture? We can publish it for you! Send in anything from pictures to poems, quizzes to crosswords, classroom news to, well anything really. As long as you can send it in an email (aka no actual things). Remember you can get feedback on your great work XD

So why don’t you send something in? The email is kidsblog@retns.ie
We can’t wait to publish your things!

4th Class Visit to Pearse Museum

4th Class Visit to Pearse Museum

Pearse Museum 12th February 2019

Today 4th Class went to the Pearse Museum in St Enda’s Park. We walked to the museum, my partners were Alannah and Ruby. When we first arrived we sat on the steps and ate our lunch. FACT: Ruby took the pictures for us.

 Then our tour guide Carmel started our tour, we first saw the art gallery where some of Jack B Yeats prints are held. We then went to the rooms of the school. Where the boys slept it is very cold and the beds aren’t very nice: FACT: The mattresses were made from “horse hair”!

Then Carmel showed us the front entrance where you walked in and were introduced to Padraig Pearse, Mrs Pearse and Willie Pearse. FACT: There is a room which has the butchers block which is purported to being the block Robert Emmet was beheaded on.

After that we went to the mini museum FACT: Eoin MacGoven used to look after the museum.

We went to the Halla Mór where they have a big fireplace, a small stage and a piano called Mrs Bloomer’s piano.

EXTRA FACTS:

Willie Pearse, Padraig’s brother was the art teacher in the school.

Padraig owned two schools, one was a boy’s school and the other in Ranelagh was a girl’s school.

By Hannah Collins

 

Pearse Museum Facts & News

  1. It was a boarding school.
  2. He arrived with all his family.
  3. He wanted to make school a better place.
  4. Patrick’s Dad’s name was James Pearse.
  5. Jack Yeats lived near Dundrum.
  6. One of the pictures had an old Irish inscription
  7. There was a special money box to help all of Patrick’s schools.
  8. He owned over 6000 ponds.
  9. 60 children lived here but when the rising came there was 15 kids went to war.
  10. In the museum there is the school museum, so a museum within a museum.
  11. There was lots of notes from 1916 I think.
  12. There was lots of weapons in the museum.
  13. A bellows helped keep the fire alive.
  14. There was a frame on the wall that said “People will say hard things of us now, but later on they will praise us”

News.

It was lots of fun. Once I walked with Hannah and Alannah and the others it was a great day and we had lots of fun.

By Amelia Mooney

 

Pictures from our trip to Pearse Museum were taken by Ruby.

Pearse Museum and St. Enda's - History on our doorstep.

We are lucky to have the Pearse Museum and St. Enda’s very close to the school. It is well worth a visit as a family with beautiful grounds surrounding the museum and an onsite cafe. Pearse Museum

 

 

An Imbolc /St. Brigid’s Day Celebration

An Imbolc /St. Brigid’s Day Celebration

An Imbolc /St. Brigid’s Day Celebration

       Ceol, Drama, Lasracha agus Sneachta!!

        Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Imbolc is one of the ancient Celtic festivals, along with Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain, which marks the turning the wheel of the year.  One translation of Imobolc (imbullug) is” in the belly” and refers to the fact that many animals have their babies in the springtime. Brigit, was the Celtic Goddess honoured at this feast and many of her qualities were later attributed to the Christian St.Brigid. Her feast came to be celebrated on 1st February. They were both seen as protectors of life and new growth and associated with fire and healing. The association of February 1st with two intertwined traditions in Irish history means that the day can be used to create an inclusive celebration for all. It can be connected with the Belief System strand of the Learn Together Curriculum and also with the Ethics and Environment strand, in that the emphasis is on gratitude for the new growing season and our responsibilities towards the Earth are also acknowledged. It is also an excellent theme for a cross-curricular project incorporating Visual Art, History. English and Music.

Our outdoor assembly for Imbolc was a collaborative effort which involved several staff members in helping to make “brídeogs” and crosses, prepare an outdoor bonfire, provide a drumming accompaniment and take photos. All class teachers had prepared the history of Imbolc with their classes and each child had written a wish for the Earth to be placed in the bonfire.

Pride of place went to Patricia and 2nd class, who opened the ceremony with a poem celebrating spring and some beautiful tunes on the tin whistle. They then performed the following drama:

 Child 1: (Fάilte romhaibh go dtί an ceiliύradh Imbolc ( im-bull-ug).

This is an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on the 1st of February every year.

Imbolc marks the loosening of winter’s grip, and we begin to see signs of new life.

The first flowers of year are usually snowdrops and the crocus.

 Children 2 and 3: The children hold up flowers (crocus / snowdrops)

This is the snowdrop, pluirίn sneachta, which can survive the hardest frost.

This is the crocus,  cróc, which comes in beautiful colours, corcra agus buí.

 Child 4: Imbolc is a celebration of the Celtic Goddess Brigit, the goddess of fire, water and healing.

It was believed that Brigit would loosen the grip of the Cailleach of Winter and bring life back to the earth.

People believed that she would protect them from fire and help heal animals and children.

Many of the Imbolc traditions are also associated with the Christian saint, Saint Brigid.

Three children standing up wearing costumes

 Child 4: This is the goddess Brigit –Green cloak and celtic cross

 This the Cailleach an Gheimhridh-Bare branch

This is Saint Brigid-Blue Cloak and flower

Children hold up crosses and Brídeog.

 Child 5: Brigids’s crosses were made at this time of year using rushes.

They can represent the Celtic sunburst or Saint Brigid. Often, people hung them in their houses to protect them and keep them safe.

Children loved to make Brídeogs from rushes also. They would wrap them in white cloth and decorate them with pretty things you find in nature.

In the country children went from house to house collecting sweets, just like Halloween. This is a tradition that is being revived in some parts of Ireland today.

 Child 6: Fire is very important in all Celtic celebrations.

At Imbolc, the fire represents the return of the sun and the wakening of new life.

Each class has prepared a wish for the earth which will be burned in the fire and sent to the Four Winds. “

The ceremony concluded with messengers from each class stepping forward to put their class’s wishes for the Earth into a small fire, to the sound of a drum beat. Brian, Senior Infant teacher, provided the drum accompaniment and Dennis, school caretaker, had earlier prepared the fire. Nature provided its own accompaniment in the form of gently falling snowflakes.

 

Materials:

  • Rushes –Gathered the week before
  • Scraps of fabric for Brídeog
  • Spring poems
  • Music ( tin whistles /drums or any available instruments)
  • Bon fire ( An old washing machine drum makes an excellent container for a small ceremonial fire)
  • Costumes for witch, Brigit and Brigid (The spellings for the Celtic and Christian Brigit/Brigid/ Bridget are used interchangeably in stories)

 

Peace Proms 2019 – Pictures, Audio and Report

Peace Proms 2019 – Pictures, Audio and Report

Report on Peace Proms 2019 by AT

Report on Peace Proms 2019 by A.T.

The crowd was going wild!! (for their children) and the concert hadn’t even started yet! We were with Darren, Fiona (our choir teacher, thank you Fiona) and Una. We had started out at the school at 10:30 on a Saturday Morning!

Before it started we all went to the loo. Sadly, there was a long queue for the Girl’s toilets. I (Alice) didn’t mind using the Boy’s toilets, but all the other girls simply screamed! I went in, what a yucksome place! But I went and came out. Lilah said it was like I was a spy.

Ooh, concert starting! There are so many parents while the orchestra arrive. They all check their instruments. I can hear the guitar. I can barely see my parents! It’s all very exciting! It’s 2:11, it will end at 4:30. About … oh…it’s too dark!

Youch, it’s loud. It’s begun, the orchestra has just played! We sing the Matilda Medley first.

It’s halftime so I conducted an interview with Diego:

Diego: Hi, um I really like this a bit and I can’t wait to go home to Tuesday. Me: Thank you

The second half of the concert starts with The Greatest Showman medley, we do a great job. It is 3:59 and we just did I sing out. It’s really cool seeing all the phones on. Now a woman with red hair is singing. I think Pop Medley is next for us, cool! So the concert ended after a few more things. It was really fun! And, Darren gave us no homework on Monday! Woo, hoo!

The End.

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2nd Class create Art in the Wildlife Garden

2nd Class create Art in the Wildlife Garden

Wildlife Garden comes alive with magical beings!

Last Wednesday, 2nd Class made play sculptures in the wildlife garden. We made a fairy village, flowers, a long snake, a sun, bugs, elephants, cats, a bug shelter, a swing, a fire, owls and hedgehogs. We had a lot of fun and we got messy. We used our imagination and our creativity. We are very proud of our play sculptures. By Eden and Dillon

 

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.