Projects of Interest
For homework this week, the girls each picked a topic that they were personally interested in. They presented them to the class today and we all enjoyed learning about a range of topics including space, plastic pollution, the band 'Queen', pencils, the alphabet, animals, elephants, historical events and Disney.
Heritage Trip- A Ramble in Rathangan
We visited a number of local sites in Rathangan on Thursday June 13th 2019. These included the old Quaker graveyard, Maura Laverty's monumnent, the Old School House, The Garda Station (formally the boy's national school followed by classrooms for the secondary school), the Protestant Church and Graveyard (where we did grave rubbings and found the graves of the famous Captain James Spencer and John and Michael Doorley) and finally the rath. We also looked at the buildings on Leinster Street, many of which have features of Georgian architecture such as symmetry and Georgian fanlights.
6th Class visited Kippure Adventure Centre in Blessington Co. Wicklow and the Odeon Cinema in Naas Co. Kildare for their school tour on Wednesday June 12th 2019. In Kippure the girls took a leap of faith, walked on balance beams, scaled a climbing wall and tried to get the whole team around an obstacle course where the ground was lava. Despite the miserable weather, everyone was in good spirits and really enjoyed the variety of activities on offer. After a busy morning it was off to the cinema to relax and see 'Aladdin' which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Check out some photos of the action!
6th Class held the annual '6th Class Bake Sale' on Friday June 7th 2019. They raised a massive €418.45, some of which will go towards the cost of their graduation t-shirts- each of which bears the signatures of each member of the class- and the rest will go towards the 'Make a Wish Foundation' charity which the girls chose themselves. There were loads of lovely treats on offer as well as games and activities including 'Beanbag Toss', 'Fishing for Ducks' and 'Guess the name of the Teddy.' Thanks to everyone who so kindly baked and supported the girls.
6th Class have been busy preparing debates in small groups for the past few weeks. They began the debates this week and the first teams debated on the motion 'Children under 14 should not be allowed on social media.' It was a very strong opening to the debates and led to some interesting discussion afterwards!
The second debate saw two teams either propose or oppose the motion 'Teachers should be replaced by computers.' The majority agreed that teachers should remain in human form- thankfully! However, the proposing team made some excellent points and gave us a new perspective on a unique topic.
The third debate saw two teams debate the motion 'Advertising on children's T.V. should be outlawed.' The majority of the class were convinced by the opposition in this case but the proposition put forward a strong argument despite having the more difficult angle.
The fourth debate allowed two teams to debate the motion 'The voting age should be reduced to 16.' Both teams made some excellent points and they had convincing statistics and case studies from other countries to support their arguments. The majority of the class agreed with the proposition that the voting age should be lowered to 16, however there were still some sceptics!
'Young people do not care about the problems of the developing world' was the motion debated in the fifth and final debate. Both sides put forward very convincing arguments and they managed to refute and rebut one another's points which is the key to an effective debate. The entire class agreed with the opposition as they believe that they themselves and other young people do care about these problems. Well done to all the class who took part in the debates- we were all very impressed!
6th Class enjoyed a drumming workshop which took place in the school on Tuesday May 28th 2019. They experimented with beat, rhythmn and rests while playing on drums from all over the world, including Africa and South America.
Our 6th Class basketball team have made history this year as they won both the Cumann na mBunscol Basketball Championship in January 2019 followed by the league in March. 20 girls from the class trained every Wednesday after school and they also ensured several P.E. lessons were devoted to the cause! What a wonderful achievement by a super group of girls :)
Well done to our extremely talented and hardworking debating team who reached the semi-finals of the Concern Primary Debating competition, placing them in the top four schools in Kildare. What an amazing achievement!
For the Junior Entrepreneur Programme we made 'Light Jars' to sell to our school community. We had five different teams which we were placed in according to our talents: The Finance Team, The Marketing Team, The Design and Production Team, The Sales Team and The Story-Telling team. It was a very busy few months getting everything together and we learned that entrpreneurs have to work very hard in order to be successful! Thankfully our products were very popular and we made a profit, some of which we gave to The Irish Cancer Society on Daffodil Day and some of which we will use towards a pizza party in June.
Congratulations to the girls in Sixth Class who made their Confirmation on Sunday March 24th 2019.
On Monday March 11th 2019 6th Class headed to Mt. Saint Anne’s Retreat Centre in Co. Laois to engage in a retreat as part of their preparation for Confirmation. The girls had a fabulous day as they had the opportunity to engage in many activities including prayer, chatting, meditation and painting. They also got to stroll through the lovely grounds around the centre and they were treated to a plentiful supply of tea and biscuits at break and lunch time. The day ended in a beautiful prayer service where many of the girls got to showcase their talents.
World Book Day
On Friday March 8th we celebrated World Book Day in Sixth Class. Everyone dressed up as the character from their favourite book and we enjoyed lots of book related activities such as D.E.A.R. time, making our own book covers and writing book reviews.
Science Blast Exhibition
On Thursday March 7th 2019, 6th Class had an early start as they headed to the RDS to present their project at the Science Blast exhibiton. The project was titled 'I Sea, You Sea, We Sea the Problem: How is Marine Pollution Affecting Irish Waters?' The day was a huge success as there was such a variety of things to do and see. The class took turns presenting the project to judges and visitors in small groups, while they also had plenty of time to explore other schools' projects and watch the variety of shows on offer which included 'The XX Factor', a show about female scientists, and 'The Science of Breakdancing.' There were also a range of activities to enjoy such as slime making, kite making and circuit building, while the free merchandise went down a treat! Well done to the girls who worked so hard on their project and represented the school excellently in the RDS.
Canal Clean Up
Ancient Greece Projects
Here are some of the experiments we did during science week; the skittle colour run and lava lamps.
Bórd Gaeilge- rinneamar pictiúr le chéile bunaithe ar an ngeimhreadh agus scríomhamar cuntas ar an ngeimhreadh.
Keira and Emma won gold medals for being high achievers on Manga- High.
We presented lots of innovative ideas for the Junior Entrepreneur to the dragons Ms. O'Sullivan and Ms. Kelly. The idea chosen was light jars.
The girls in 6th class were very busy during Maths Week making maths board games. They invited all the classes from 3rd-5th to come and come and play them. It looks like they had lots of fun.