Below, you will find a list of all the posts related to Grace F in our school from infants to sixth class.
Below, you will find a list of all the posts related to Grace F in our school from infants to sixth class.

Gortskehy Bug Hotel

Posted by Ms. McDonald On April - 26 - 2018

This week we built our very own bug hotel here at school. The children really enjoyed this activity and learnt more about biodiversity along the way. They all worked hard to find suitable materials and construct an attractive dwelling place for the insects in Gortskehy!

What is a bug hotel? A bug hotel is a manmade structure created from natural and recycled materials to provide shelter for insects.  They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the specific purpose or insect it is catering for. They usually consist of different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities –  offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects. Many insect hotels are used as nest sites by insects including solitary bees. Other insects hotels are specifically designed to allow the insects to hibernate, notable examples include ladybirds and butterflies.

Good materials to construct insect hotels with can include using dry stone walls or old tiles. Drilled holes in the hotel materials also encourage insects to leave larvae to gestate. Different materials, such as stones and woods are recommended for a wide range and diversity of insect life. Logs and bark, bound reeds and bamboo are also often used. The various components or sizes of holes attract different species.

Building a bug hotel will not just benefit wildlife in our area but we will have the pleasure of being able to watch a host of different creatures making their homes and learn all about their fascinating behaviours. A bug hotel offers free accommodation to its occupants. In return, when it’s time to go they’ll be right on site to go about their pollination and pest predation. The good news is a bug hotel costs nothing just a little time and effort. Please watch the photostory attached to see the children creating the bug hotel.

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  1. Great idea, well done everyone! Looks great!

Our Eco Ranger’s project features in the Irish Examiner

Posted by Ms. McDonald On April - 25 - 2018

We are taking part in the Eco Ranger’s primary school programme which is run by Bord na Móna and involves various fun activities with our pupils to discover, learn and connect with nature. Helen O’Callaghan from the Irish Examiner contacted us to find out more and you can read the full article here.

Click on the above image to view a pdf of the full article.

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Our Eco Safari

Posted by Ms. McDonald On February - 28 - 2018

Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st and 6th Classes went on a very successful Eco Safari last week here in Gortskehy. Before we set off, we discussed road safety and the children put on their hi-vis vests. The excitement was palpable. We then explored the natural hedgerows that exist close by our school.

The children were very enthusiastic and interested, we brought magnifying glasses and collection jars to help with our search. We found lots of minibeasts, natural vegetation and even a fossil! The children worked in groups and had fun filling out their Eco Safari journals. The whole experience was so enjoyable and very educational. We are looking forward already to our next Eco Safari. Please take the time to view the video of our safari.

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Video: Middle Room ‘Sleepy Stargazer’

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On January - 18 - 2018

Philip yawns all day long!  Why?  Because he can’t resist gazing at the stars all night!  The other children complain that his sleepiness ruins their games. But one night when Philip is busy stargazing he spots a moving star, and he can’t resist following it.  While everyone else is asleep, Philip is busy meeting shepherds, sheep, angels and wise men – and then a baby king! It was one exciting adventure.

Middle Room Christmas Play 2017

 

Our Stars

 

Philip Shane Heaney

 

Wise Men

Ryan Jennings

Caylum Flynn

Senan Corcoran

 

Shepherds

Fiona Ryan

Lily Hession

Dayna Jordan

Aylssa Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Sean Slattery

 

Sheep

Cian Slattery

Enda Heaney

Eoin Hession

Gavin Murphy

 

Stars

Isabel Delaney

Alisha Connolly

Aoibhinn Corcoran

 

Mary Holly Hession

 

Joseph James Tierney

 

Children

Ella McManus

Diane Hession

Sadhbh Doherty

Niamh Heaney

Aoibhínn Jennings

Ben Clarke

Glyn Gannon

Eoghan Delaney

Grace Hristova

 

Angels

Katie Corcoran

Sorsha Jennings

Alaois Doherty

Molly Jordan

Niamh Ryan

 

 

 

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2016 Tour to Petersburg!

Posted by Grace On June - 22 - 2016

 

On Monday the 20th we went on our school tour to Petersburg!

We went rock climbing and also built rafts which we sailed on Lough Mask. While building the rafts we learned how to tie four different types of knots. For the rock climbing we had to trust each other… A LOT!

Here are some photos of the trip.

 

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Stephen Coen and the Clarke Cup

Posted by Blaine On June - 7 - 2016

The All-Ireland U21 captain, Stephen Coen, visited our school with the cup last week. The trophy for the winning team is the Clarke Cup which is named in honour of former Kildare Secretary and Treasurer Tim Clarke.  Mayo won the 2016 All Ireland U-21 Final by scoring five goals to defeat Cork.

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Stephen Coen with the lads holding the cup.

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Stephen Coen with the girls holding the cup.

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Stephen Coen with the middle room and the Tim Clarke cup.

 

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Stephen Coen with the infants and the cup.

 

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3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class football training.

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Scríobh Leabhar Rang 6

Posted by Blaine On May - 25 - 2016

Scríobh Rang 6 scéal i gcomhair comórtas ‘Scríobh Leabhar’. Phioc páistí ó scoil eile na buaiteoirí. Bhuaigh mé duais. Cliceáil ar na leabhair chun iad a léamh.

Blaine ag fáil a dhuais.

Blaine ag fáil a dhuais.

Blaine agaus na páistí eile ó rang 6.

Blaine agaus na páistí eile ó rang 6.

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Na buaiteoirí le chéile.

Blaine, Sian agus Evan.

Blaine, Sian agus Evan.

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Our Award-Winning Film

Posted by EvanF On April - 8 - 2016

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:

Fresh Film Award 2016

Fresh Film Award 2016

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Megan, Amy and Lexie enjoying the show.

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Orlaith and Sian enjoying a bag of crisps.

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At break time.

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Outside the Odeon cinema.

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Micheál Ó Ciaraidh announcing the awards.

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A picture of the girls after the awards.

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Micheál Ó Ciaraidh having a chat with us.

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Megan and Lorna after the show.

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Adam and Blaine having a good time.

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Gerard in the cinema.

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Grace, Lorna and Nicole watching the films.

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Play Our 1916 Online Game

Posted by Nicole On March - 16 - 2016

1916 RisingWe made a website and computer game in memory of the 1916 Rising. All the fourth to sixth class pupils took part. You can play it on any desktop or touch device. Click here to play.

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The Spy Movie

Posted by Grace On December - 3 - 2015

girl hanging from rooftop“Nooooo!” I shout as my friend falls off the rooftop, gravity pulling her towards her death. I peer over the rooftop while she falls screaming. Suddenly, I slip off the roof and fall. “CUT!!” screams the director, “No, no, no, no, NO! How many times have I told you? Do NOT stand on the very edge of the rooftop!” “Sorry” I reply, knowing that if I fail again I could lose my chance to become famous. “Ugh” the director sighs, “That’s a wrap people! Meet me here tomorrow at 8am SHARP! And Grace, if you get this wrong again, you’re fired, I repeat, FIRED!” “Yes sir, director sir.” I reply. All the studio people smirk behind my back.

By the time I get home it’s 9:30pm. I make myself some chicken nuggets and watch The Spy Next Door, my favourite movie. Half way through the movie I feel weird, like I was being pulled into something. I start to panic when I realise I’m being sucked into the T.V. I fall onto a rooftoprooftops, just like the one in the movie I am starring in. I see a thug trying to shoot my friend so I run over to him and karate kick him in the back. “Ow. Why did you do that? That’s just mean” he says. “Mmm, okay…” I think. He pushes her off the rooftop, and he flies away in his helicopter. “Nooooo!!!” I scream and run to the edge of the rooftop. I see my friend hanging on for dear life. I lean over the edge of the rooftop to pull her up, when I slip and fall. I’m wearing my bungee belt, I use it to shoot a rope up onto the rooftop and it automatically wraps itself around something. I grab my friend and pull us up to safety. My friend opens her mouth, I know she is about to thank me and say I’m awesome, but she doesn’t. “Beep, beep, beep, beep!” she repeats annoyingly. “Stop! that’s really annoying!” I protest. “Beep, beep, beep!” she carries on. “Stop… that is.. annoying” I mutter, half-asleep. My eyes widen. I look at my phone. “7:30am!” I scream realising it was all a dream. I quickly get up and get dressed before driving to the studiomovie set. By the time I get there it’s 7:59am.

The director comes towards me and glares suspiciously at me. “Grace is one minute early…” he says in a confused voice. “That’s… different. Well, come on! Let’s get into the studio and start the movie! Films don’t film themselves you know!” We start with the scene where my friend is falling off the roof top. I quickly grab her but I still need to practice my balancing skills as I slip again. The director is about to yell “stop!”, just as I get my bungee belt and shoot out a rope which automatically wraps itself around a pole. I pull us up onto the rooftop. “And… CUT! Grace, you were amazing!” Says the director surprisingly. I smirk knowingly. “This is going to be a great movie” I say to myself and feel very satisfied.

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