Seniors/1st/2nd class enjoyed their tour to The Farmyard in Corofin on Wednesday. The children were in high spirits in the morning waiting for the bus to arrive. When we reached The Farmyard, we were greeted by Darragh, the farmer, Bernie and Fionnuala who were very hospitable and welcoming. The children were treated to a historical tour of McMahon's Farm. They were also given the opportunity to feed, hold and pet the various animals on the farm. As well as that, the children got the chance to milk Betty the Friesian cow and they were given a lesson on how to make butter from scratch. The children even got to bring their own little lump of butter home to taste. On top of that, the children had lots of fun participating in the activities; sheep herding, archery and wellington throwing! The three groups were very competitive and each group won an activity! :) To end the tour, we made a pit-stop at McDonalds in Ennis which gave them lots of energy for a sing-song on the way back to school!
3rd and 4th Class are writing their own short story based on the Mr. Men and Little Miss collection. The children spent time reading a selection of the famous books and watching short videos in preparation for this writing lesson. They have all written their own book and created their own unique Mr. Men or Little Miss character. After drafting and re-drafting their stories, they are now ready to put their book together. Keep an eye on the website to see the end results. I have read most of their stories and they are just fantastic. Such a creative bunch!
Follow this link to watch some of the Mr. Men and Little Miss episodes
One Good Idea Grand National Final
The Water Squad traveled to Croke Park last Tuesday 16th May, to take part in The One Good Idea Grand National Final. Kilkishen National School were represented by Keelin Moroney, Finn Bliss, Clara Madden, Julie Murphy, Mikey Canny and Óisín Cleary and what a job they did! They amazed the judges and the crowd with their perfectly delivered presentation pitch and their catchy rap.
It was a fun-filled day from start to finish. On arrival we were provided with a delicious breakfast and we set up our Display Board in the exhibition area. The Water Squad members than rehearsed their pitch and waited with anticipation to be called into the Event Hall. Each of the six primary schools then delivered their 4 minute presentation pitch and answered questions from the judges for a further 2 minutes. The standard of all the finalists was wonderful and while the judges deliberated the crowd were treated to a magic show and were taught some cool new dance moves! Mikey Canny was even selected out of the crowd to receive a spot prize for his groovy moves! Once the judges had announced the winners, St. Patrick's NS from Co. Limerick, we were then given a fabulous lunch and mouth-watering dessert.
Congratulations to the Saighdiuirí Uisce from our neighbouring county, who were very deserving winners. And congratualtions again to the Water Squad who really were just as impressive as the overall winning team. To be chosen out of hundreds of entries to firstly make it into the top 20 and then to make it through to the top 6 primary schools in all of Ireland is a remarkable achievement. For being finalists in the competition, The Water Squad were awarded with an SEAI One Good Idea plaque and they also won €250 for the school!!
Check out this week's Clare People to read their article commending the Water Squad and all their hard work. To quote the article Kilkishen National School's involvement and success in this programme shows that we 'have some of the brightest and most creative minds in the country.'
Civil engineer Johnny Whelan, who is a member of Engineer's Ireland, paid us a visit to explain to the children what his job entails. He delivered a presentation to the class and answered all their questions, sparking their enthusiasm about the engineering profession. Some of the jobs he had worked on involved harvesting rainwater so The Water Squad members in 4th class were particularly interested to hear about these jobs. Another job he worked on was the controversial Corrib gas line. The children really enjoyed this visit and it created a positive awareness among them about the possibilities of engineering.
Thank you to Johnny for taking the time to come and speak to us.
Yesterday morning the junior infant class finally had no more sleeps left 'til their school tour!! With happy, excited faces, we boarded the bus which brought us to Liscannor and the wonderful Moher Hill Farm. We had a wonderful day - listening to Martin (the owner) telling us all about the animals and where they came from, feeding the animals, playing in the playground, bouncing on the bouncy castle and having our lovely lunches on the picnic tables. It was a very tired group of children who boarded the bus for home at 2pm after a day full of fun! The children loved Moher Hill Farm so much that they say they would like to go back there every week!!!
The Junior Infants have been having great fun in our class garden. They prepared the soil, made drills for the seeds, planted the carrot seeds and watered the soil well to help our carrots to grow. We can't wait to see the little plants begin to grow. We'll be watching our garden every day!!!
Last Monday, the boys (and girls Chelsea, Holly and Abbie) competed in Cumann na mBunscoil first round against Ruan/Toonagh. Despite defeat, this team did Kilkishen/Mills N.S.'s proud putting in an effort that showed true character of determination and a 'never-give-up' attitude. They performed with supportive team-play and produced many skillful scores on the fine sunny day that we were blessed with! Well done to this panel on their encouraging team efforts!
The Water Squad were fantastic in the Scariff Bay Radio studio yesterday. They delivered their Presentation Pitch and performed their Water Saving rap for a captivated audience, presenters Jim Collins and Ursula Hogan. They spoke about their awareness campaign and all the wonderful work they have done since they first entered the One Good Idea competition. Jim and Ursula asked them questions and I was struck by their confidence and ability to answer these questions on the spot. The vocabulary they used was excellent and I was incredibly proud of them all. This will be aired on tomorrow morning's show Saturday Chronicle at 10 am. The frequency is 88.3 FM but unfortunately it does not reach Kilkishen parish. However there is a download called TuneIn which allows you to listen to live radio stations online so please tune in, using this app. We would like to say a big thank you to Jim and Ursula for having us and to Mike Hogan for organizing it and for always being in our corner, helping us wherever he can. Thank you to Mary Jane Murphy also for providing lifts and for taking beautiful photographs. We have been invited back onto the show after the National Final and we are already looking forward to it.
Don't forget to tune in!!!!!
We would also love if anybody on Twitter could support the Water Squad by wishing them luck and using the hashtag #onegoodidea
We wish Miss Fawl and The Water Squad Team all the very best on their travels to Croke Park on Tuesday 16th where they will compete in the One Good Idea project National Final!
We know they will make all of us at Kilkishen N.S. proud!! We are supporting you all the way!
The Water Squad will be travelling to Scarriff with Miss Fawl and Mike Hogan after school tomorrow to speak to Jim Collins and pre-record a piece for his live radio show on Saturday 13th May. They will be speaking to him about their One Good Idea and sharing how excited they are with all of his listeners. I will update the website on Friday with the frequency and the time they are due to appear. A note will also go home with all pupils.
Make sure to tune in!!
For the first time in the history of the Clare Primary Schools Debating Competition, both teams in the final today were announced as Joint Winners!!! Liam Lawlor and Antoinette Barry adjudicated and they couldn't separate the teams so decided that this result was the fairest. Congratulations to our Main Speakers, Chelsea Canny, Abby Heffernan and Darragh Moroney, and to our Support Speakers, Holly Nugent, Mikey Canny and Adrian Kelly. They have been a fantastic debating team and have worked diligently and ferociously hard throughout the whole competition, and always with a smile on their faces. The children were awarded with individual trophies and a plaque will be shared between our school and Kilrush NS. The adjudicators were so impressed by the confidence and abilities of both teams and commented that they were the strongest teams that they had ever seen in the competition to date.
We are incredibly proud of this achievement and can now say Kilkishen NS are joint Debating Champions in County Clare!
Best of luck to our Debating Team tomorrow who are meeting Kilrush National School in the Clare Primary School's Debating Final. We are opposing the motion 'The Modern Primary School Pupil Does Not Have Enough Time To Play.' The debate will take place in the Clare Education Centre at 11:15 am. Fingers crossed!!!
Check out The Clare People and The Clare Champion to see the Water Squad's fantastic achievement of reaching a National Final being recognized. Well done to such a hard-working and dedicated team!
Seniors and First Class have been learning about what happens at The Estate Agents!
1st Class were investigating yesterday what happened when they mixed two or three colours together....
Show Respect and Expect Respect
Scoil Muire na Dea Chomhairle Kilkishen N.S.