The Water Squad, with help from all the students and staff, have been busy continuing to work on our One Good Idea project. As part of learning more about water, we visited the local waste water treatment plant in Clonlea on Friday 17th February. Here, we learned how waste water in Kilkishen is cleaned and treated and returned to Clonlea lake. The children were given a guided tour by Michael who explained all the processes that the water goes through. The sludge was of particular fascination (except for the smell of course!!!) Again we would like to thank Mike Hogan who organised the visit and who accompanied us on the day. We would also like to thank Michael O'Brien for kindly lending us his photography and filming skills. Keep an eye on the website to see what we have planned next to keep spreading our message that Saving Water Saves Energy!
The students of Kilkishen N.S. had a very active day today. It started off with the very popular operation transformation initiative 10@10. In the afternoon the whole school embarked on the 5km local bog walk this has proved to be very popular with the children over the past few months. The children love to be active and get excited with each initiative that the school and active school committee embarks on. Everyday the children partake in the supertrooper programme which promotes exercise as part of their homework. Without a doubt the students in Kilkishen are some of the most active students in Ireland!!!!!!!!!
On Wednesday, 3rd Class and members of the Water Squad, visited Ardnacrusha to learn more about how water is used to generate electricity. The children were given a guided tour around the hydroelectric power plant and they learned about its daily operations and also a bit about the history of the plant. The children were particularly interested to learn about the salmon pass and the eel fry . This visit will tie in with our One Good Idea campaign and members of our Water Squad, Finn Bliss and Keelin Moroney, are currently designing a PowerPoint Presentation all about Ardnacrusha. A big thank you to Mike Hogan for organizing the visit and to Michael O'Brien who came along to photograph and film the children.
Watch these Nationwide documentaries on the history of Ardnacrusha to learn more:
The active school committee would like to share a new healthy recipe for everyone to enjoy. Remember that an active body leads to an active mind. Enjoy!!!!!!!!
Greek Yogurt Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
The Ingredients 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk) 1 cup Greek Yogurt 1 cup frozen strawberries 1/2 medium orange, peeled 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional) The Add-ons 1 tablespoon coconut flakes or shreds 1/2 cup berries of choice 1 cup baby spinach, kale.
Method Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth Pour into three glasses and enjoy
On Monday six groups of pupils from 5th and 6th class presented their ideas for the class Junior Entrepreneur Programme 2017. Presentations were limited to 7 minutes long and the ideas were pitched to "The Dragons" Mike Hogan, Ms. O'Shea and Mr. Littleton. Hours of research, production and preparation was very evident in all presentations. After much questionning and deliberation the group idea Beautiful Bookmarks was chosen as the class big idea for JEP 2017. All the pupils will now be involved in this business plan to make sure it becomes a successful business. Thank you to our "Dragons" and all pupils for their enthusiasm for the programme.
Best of luck to our u/13 Boys doubles team of Darragh and Adrian and to our u/11 Girls doubles team of Lily and Eadoin who will represent Clare in the Cumann na mBunscol Munster competition this Sunday. Both teams will have an early start this Sunday morning as they travel to alleys in Co. Limerick. Everyone at Kilkishen N.S. is wishing you all the very best of luck. Cill Cisín Abú!
Dr. Maureen Griffin will give a talk on Internet Safety for parents at St. Mochula's Primary School Tulla at 7.30 on Monday February 13. Parents from Kilkishen and surrounding schools are invited to this important talk on how best to ensure your child's safety online. I would encourage all parents that have concerns about this issue to attend if at all possible.
Friendship Week runs for the whole of next week. The theme of this year’s Friendship Week is Solidarity: Extending The Hand of Friendship to All. Pupils are invited to wear a specially designed friendship bracelet that promotes the idea of friendship and belonging. Bracelets cost €2 and can be purchased from each class teacher. All money raised will be donated to Amnesty International who organize Friendship week and support worthy human rights causes worldwide. In the classroom pupils will participate in lessons from the Friendship Week resource pack that includes the following:
Congratulations to our group of "Pupils of the Week" for the week past. Well done to all pupils that were in the running for selection this week and remember to be in with a chance Try Your Best, Show Respect and Complete Your Homework. Best of luck everyone next week!
Pupils in all classes took part in the RTÉ Operation Transformation challenge this morning at 10 am. The initiative called "10 @ 10" invited classrooms around the country to get physically active for ten minutes at 10 am today. The event was a great success an all pupils completed a five station, two minute per styation, circut of skipping ropes, speed, agility and quickness drills, basketball, parachute games and "Stretch and Grow" exercises. Thank you to Ms. MacLean for coordinating the event. Pupils will continue the"10 @ 10" challenge over the next few weeks.
Our school debating team made it two victories out of two when they successfully proposed the motion "Computers Should Replace Teachers." The team comprising of Chelsea Canny captain, Abby Heffernan and Darragh Moroney speakers, Mikey Canny, Hollie Nugent and Adraina Kelly crossfire participants gave a terrific performance to narrowly overcome a very well prepared and talented Holy Family Ennis team. The debate is scored over three rounds, round one is score on the three main speeches, round two is the crossfire round in which members respond to points put forward by the opposing team and round three is score on the captains final speeches. The Kilkishen team were very well prepared and great credit is due to Ms. Fawl for the guidance she has offered each speaker. We look forward to the next round the possibilty of making the final of the Clare Education Centre Primary School Debating Competition for the first time.
3rd and 4th Class got active this morning with Go Noodle. They loved dancing to the Cookie Song, Fight Song and Sorry.
We have moved on from the recount and procedural genres of writing and we are now learning about persuasive writing. As the children in Kilkishen NS have experience of and a passion for debating, we thought this would be a good place to start. Six teams have been chosen in 3rd and 4th Class and will meet to debate three separate motions next week. They will need to prepare persuasive speeches and think on their feet in the cross-fire round.
Let the battle commence!
Today, Lorna Dunne, a mentor from SEAI, came out to provide us with a workshop to help prepare us for the One Good Idea project. She educated the children in 3rd and 4th Class, along with the children in the Green-Schools Committee, about climate change and what we can do to help minimise this. She showed the children a fabulous PowerPoint presentation and played video clips about The Story of Energy and Climate Change.
She gave us lots of tips on how to approach our project. The main areas we now need to focus on are:
On Thursday 2nd February, our school had a visit from Emmet Moloney who is co-owner of the Clare People newspaper. He visited our school as part of the Junior Entrepreneur program for primary schools. He gave us a talk about his business and about how profit is made. We each had a question for him and he answered every question for us. Everything he told us was really interesting and will help us a lot with our project. We are really looking forward to getting started as junior entrepreneurs!
Written by Chelsea Canny, 6th class
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who took part in the Schools Handball Competitions on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The competitions were held in Tulla and Clooney. We had great successes with gold medal winners in both U11 Girls and U13 Boys. Darragh Moroney and Adrian Kelly were fantastic in each of their games and beat O'Callaghan's Mills, Scarriff and Tuamgraney to secure their place in the final. They then went on to win the final in an exciting game against Tulla. They will now go through to the Munsters to represent Kilkishen NS at the next stage of the competition. Eadaoin Moroney and Lilly Kavanagh also won gold and played superbly against Ogonnelloe and Scarriff. They too will go forward to the Munsters to represent our school with pride. Hard luck to Seán Boyce who narrowly missed out on an U11 gold medal when he was beaten in the final by Clooney. He also played brilliantly and won his games against Tuamgraney and Ogonnelloe. Aoife Frost and Óisín Cleary played in the U11 and U13 singles but were unfortunately knocked out. They were up against stiff competition and played incredibly well but were unlucky on the day. We wish all the children the very best of luck going forward in their respective competitions and we are excited to hear how they get on.
Show Respect and Expect Respect
Scoil Muire na Dea Chomhairle Kilkishen N.S.