Before Easter, we went to the Odeon cinema in Limerick. Our film (League of Skeletons) was shortlisted from 400 entries for the Fresh Film Festival. Only 38 were shown in the cinema. We left at 7:15am on a bus. The journey took approximately 2 hours but we were delayed because of road works. On the way, we saw Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby, and the River Shannon. When we got to the cinema we bought sweets and went to the toilet. We sat down in the cinema. We missed 3 or 4 movies because of the road works. There were many great films and two breaks. We won an award for best CGI effects (computer generated images). We got a plaque and our photo taken. On the way home we went to Supermacs to eat. We had a great day out. Watch our film below:
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Clíona has been selected to join 118 girls from Europe on a ground-breaking ‘Outbox Incubator’ programme in London to help young girls develop their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.
Earlier this year the sixth class pupils were invited to display their digital work at the Excited IT event in Dublin Castle. One of the founders of the Outbox programme was very impressed with their ability and recommended that an application be made to take part in the initiative.
Along with pupils from the UK and Europe, Clíona will be joined by one other primary school girl and 16 secondary/college students from Ireland on the programme. They will spend from two to six weeks, over the summer, learning and living together under one roof in the Outbox Incubator house in London with all expenses paid.
The programme is in partnership with WISE (Women in Science & Engineering), whose patron is Britain’s Princess Anne and is funded by Salesforce, the global cloud computing company.
“The UK technology industry is facing a well-documented skills shortage, yet the number of women studying computer science at university is at an all-time low,” said Salesforce area vice-president Melissa Di Donato at the launch of Outbox.
“This ground-breaking programme will make a real difference when it comes to encouraging girls to consider a career in technology — it is opening up a tangible career path they can aspire to. It’s so rewarding to be involved in mentoring these girls, I strongly encourage others to do so too.”
WISE will be supporting the project by providing mentors from its network of highly-skilled and inspirational female STEM members.
“The Outbox Incubator is an amazing way to nurture future STEM stars and we are delighted to be involved with Stemettes and the girls benefiting from this unique experience,” said Sarah Shaw, WISE communications director.
“Showcasing these talented young women to our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal and the WISE network will help to raise their profiles and attract well deserved attention, support and investment for their ideas and talent. We look forward to watching them grow.”
The programme will form the basis for a TV documentary and give the girls an opportunity to meet inspirational role models and share the experience with other like-minded individuals. It’s a great endorsement of the use of increasingly advanced computer programs in the school over the years. It’s also the start of a very exciting journey for Clíona and along with her family we are all very proud.
Djembe drums originated in Africa. They are made with a wooden shell and a head made from animal hide, usually it belongs to a goat. Lukasz came to our school to teach us about the djembe and others drums. We played the drums and sang songs. We had lots of fun. We made the video in school. Evan from fourth class is speaking as Mr. Turtle and the presenter is me, Clíona, from sixth class.
We participated in the Claremorris Credit Union Quiz. We entered two teams, an A team and a B team. On the A team were Conor Lydon, Evan Flynn, Orlaith Heaney and Amy Hession. On the B team were Ellen O’Conor, Jamie Hession, Megan Commins and Clíona Mc Greal. There were ten rounds made up of six questions for both teams but team B got two extra rounds. Team B came joint third with a score of fifty two. We had to compete in a three question tie-breaker with Gaelscoil de Búrca. We got all three correct and came third. The teams that came second and first got fifty three and fifty four points. We really enjoyed the experience and were proud of our accomplishment.
The Credit Union visits our school twice a month. We have plastic savings cards with which we can lodge money into our accounts. Ciaran Sweeney and Miriam Duffy help us with our savings accounts.
Miriam first visited to tell us about the savings card. We give her our money and then she scans our card. When she is finished the total amount of money is written on the card. We can bring our cards to our local Credit Union and we can take our money off it.
This is the computer that scans our cards.
Every year we also enter the Credit Union art competition. We enter three different age groups. It is good fun and you can meet new people at the prize giving ceremony.
We make our confirmation next Tuesday. To prepare we went on retreat to Ballintubber Abbey. We learned about the history of the Abbey and got a tour of the grounds. We learned about Seán Na Sagart and saw his grave. We also went into a replica of an old Irish cottage. We had lots of fun. We drew pictures of ways we could use the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We also read stories from the bible. We discussed the ways in which Jesus had behaved in the stories and wrote about how he had behaved and why. We had a great day and made loads of new friends.
We play football on the pitch when it’s dry. Earlier this year we trained with Eugene Lavin. He used to play Gaelic football with Mayo. We had lots of fun and learned about different skills. Eugene taught us how to use our weak side just as well as our strong side. We played matches as well as training. All of us are looking forward to the Mini-sevens, McCarthan Cup, Heaney Shield and the Cumann na mBunscol competitions. We have improved a lot and have lots of fun playing football.