To All Our Graduating Boys and Parents who finish their time in St. Patrick's B.N.S. this Wednesday:
A special note of congratulations and thanks to our graduation classes of 2020. For the past 6 years( 7 for some), because of these 43 young men's dedication, talents, personalities, successes and challenges; St. Patrick's B.N.S. has been made even more a special place to learn, work and grow for so many of these boys, their parents and their teachers. The Parents Group has grown from strength to strength and been very well supported by these parents. Thank you for your time and care. Ms. Murphy, Mr. Mullins and the boys teachers are preparing a Video Graduation this Tuesday for each class and maybe a little surprise on Wednesday.
Mr. Mullins and Mr. M. O' Mahony put their vip contacts and video editing skills to good use to create the heartfelt, memorable and special videos above for our Graduation Class of 2020. We hope you enjoy them!
We will be having a special graduation ceremony when the opportunity arises.
But for now, Boys and Parents: We are so proud of each and everyone one of you. Well done all!
Boys you have so many special memories and learning from St. Patrick's to help you on the road ahead. We know that your St. Patrick's foundation offers you so much potential in your lifelong learning journey.
Mr. O' Mahony's 5th Class
Dear Parents and Boys;
A huge well done to all of your continued effort and hardwork during these crazy times. You’ll be glad to know that this is the last bit of work assigned before you set off on your summer holidays. I’m looking forward to seeing, those of you that can make it, at our final zoom call on Wednesday the 24th of June. Google Classroom is still going strong and it is great for me to be able to see all of your learning. You are all working so hard in preparation for 6th class. Remember, we are still available on a daily basis to answer any of your queries or concerns. I will keep you informed of any news via email and “Google Classroom”. If you or your parents need any help from school and you would like to contact me or send a picture of your learning please email me at email@example.com or you can contact me via “Google Classroom”. I’m here to help. Also our class support teacher. Ms Kiely can be emailed at and can be contacted through “Google Classroom” also. You will need to ask mum/dad or someone older for help with the photo and email.
Thinking of you all Morgan O’ Mahony, Melanie Kiely, Eimear Taft and Imelda Santry
If you do not have books in your possession, don't worry you can follow this programme very easily. It will just take 2-
CjFallon has some great resources so feel free to explore all of them and pick topics that may interest your own learning.
Follow this link to bring you to the ‘CJFallon’ resources:
(Note: parents will need to enter their name and email address)
WE THINK YOU ARE PRETTY AWESOME!
ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK 22ND -
Daily Fitness Sheet. Look at exercises in picture on the left
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Daily Fitness Sheet: Above
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Online Books Tutorial
You probably won't need to but don't worry if you can't access schoolbooks and you or your son would like to. Nearly all school books are available online for free at folens.ie and cjfallon.ie
We know that keeping your children busy at home during the COVID-
It is also very important to have fun and exciting activities to keep those young minds busy and sharp. Boardgames, reading, painting, tidying, helping out with house chores etc.
Here are some websites with digital learning games and activities recommended by our Home School Community Links Teacher Ronan Lettis. (if your son as access to the internet.)
To get a good child friendly family workout at home, join:
For literacy and numeracy games:
For Comic Artist Will Sliney's daily art challenge: https://twitter.com/WillSliney/status/1238200152915132418
For general learning websites:
Free Month access to:
Also, twinkl are offering parents one-
Parents here are some learning activities to support your son's education at home: Mr. O' Mahony 5th Class
Focus Genre: Persuasive Writing.
Persuasive Writing extracts and exercises
Debate “Irish should be compulsory in Primary Schools” 1 A4 page supporting or going against the motion (persuasive writing).
Cloze Procedures (differentiated)
Reading “Danny, Champion of the World” and summaries of chapters.
Dictionary Work: three new words per chapter. Write definition in English Copy.
Líón na Bearnaí
Léitheoireacht: 2 Chapters and questions 1 -
Bun go Barr Chapter 10,11,12 Q 1-
Maths challenge test 67 -
What you Need
Novel “Danny. The Champion of the World.
Bun go Barr
Various worksheets which will be handed out by Mr O’Mahony & Ms Butler.
The Breadwinner is a book about a girl named Parvana. The author of the book is Deborah Ellis. The title of the book refers to the protagonist 11 year old Parvana who is forced by circumstances to be the breadwinner for her family in a war-
Parvana is an 11 year old girl who lives in Kabul, Afghanistan which has been taken over by Taliban soldiers. She lives in a small house that only had four walls, one door, a window at the top of the wall and a roof. She lives in this house with her mother Fatana, sister Nooria, her father, her younger brother Ali and her younger sister Maryam. Parvana had an older brother named Hossain but when he was 14 he stepped on a land mine and exploded. Parvana’s father was arrested for having a foreign education. Parvana and her mother went to the local jail to have the Taliban free their father but instead the Taliban beat them with sticks. The mother becomes very depressed and refuses to leave her toshak. Since Parvana’s fathers arrest, Parvana cuts her hair short and dresses in Hossain’s clothes and pretends to be a boy to work, get money and feed her family. The reason Parvana dressed up as a boy is because in Kabul women weren’t allowed to leave the house without a note from her husband or go out with the husband.
In class we read The Breadwinner every day and every night at home. I really enjoyed reading The Breadwinner because it is a really inspiring book. I'd recommend this book to all ages. I rate this book 10/10.
By Sean Garvin (5th)
5th Class Soccer Tournament
On the 8th of February we went to Glen Resource Centre. We were really excited and when we arrived there, Mr. Foley and Mr. O‘Mahony picked the teams. There was a blue team, green team, red team, and team with no bibs. I was picked to be in the red team. There were 5 people in each team and I got lucky because I had some extremely talented players in my team.
At the first we played the no bibs team. Unfortunately, we were unlucky and they won. The score was 4-
By Malek El Kaloush
In December 2018, Mr Walsh and Mr Doolan started Chess Club so the boys in our school could learn how to play chess.
It is always fun because at the start they would have a problem on the board and we would have to solve the problem and win the game in two moves.
There is always a lot of boys at chess which make it fun. After a few weeks they started the league. The league is when you face other boys in chess which always gave it that fresh feeling. I am improving as the weeks go on and I hope It comes back next year.
By Kyle O Sullivan
Mathletics is a maths website which helps me get better at maths. My favourite subject on Mathletics is multiplication and division, but I do enjoy playing times tables games online against with my friends and the computer. Mathletics really helps me with my maths. I spend time playing the activities when I’m in class or when I’m in the computer room or even when I’m at home.
Wherever you are you can play Mathletics, if you have internet. I like playing Mathletics because if I get something wrong the computer will correct me and ask me to do it again.
I have 32 gold bars and am improving all the time. All fourth, fifth and sixth class boys have a Mathletics account. We are getting better at numeracy all the time.
By Luke Wolfe. (Fifth Class)
St. Aidan’s Visit
In February, the two fifth classes were invited to St. Aidan's C.S. to get a little taste of what happens in secondary school. We all piled onto the 207 bus and made our way to the secondary school in Ballyvolane.
When we arrived, they gave us a big welcome to their school and explained the classes and what we were doing there. Firstly, they questioned us about the secondary school we were going to and the majority of our class were hoping to get into GCC.
Then they showed use a laboratury full of science gadgets. Secondly, they showed us a few gas rocks and the science teacher soaked them in water and they started to burn up and let out some gas. After that she showed us what flares were made up of and we did electrical circuits. Thirdly, we used microscopes and we looked at some animal parts such as cat fur.
Later, we went to the geography room and we did a guess the country with emoji’s test such as jam and pan makes Japan. After that we did a guess the city quiz, so they showed us a picture in a city and we had to write the place where it was in down on a sheet of paper.
Next, we went to the wood crafts room and the woodwork teacher showed us some of the senior and junior cert projects and how to cut wood. So off we went and got to work. Some people cut two pieces of wood others cut one and some did not get to cut a piece of wood.
Finally, our class reached the metal work room and he showed us the tools we were going to use and he showed us some projects. Then we smoothed metal and tried to cut a bit of metal with a Hat Saw. Then we had our lunch and off we went back to school.
I really enjoyed my visit and am a lot more confident about starting secondary school.
By Chris Johnson (Fifth Class)
Mr. Foley's Fifth
We are very busy learning and having fun in fifth. Mr. Foley makes sure we work hard but also have fun doing it. We love quizzes in Maths Challenge, Grammar Workbook and History Lessons. We painted bright flowers for an artpiece which decorates our classroom door. We love Station teaching with Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. O' Connor. We have typed recounts and learned how to use protractors. We learn songs like Boneyard Rap with the other fifth and we really loved learning about WW1 with Ms. Butler. Fitness 10 and Mathletics are two of our favourite activities in school. We learned how seeds grow towards light and how to plant properly. We loved Maths week quizzes and Halloween Poetry. We're even learning how to dance like Zombies in our Thriller Dance for P.E.
As We Learn, We Grow!
Circuitry in 6th
On the 12th of June 2018 Mr. Foleys 6th class were in for a treat as Mr. Roche was their teacher for the day and he had located the circuit boards and we were doing a lesson on electricity.
First we had to light a bulb using two batteries and two wires. Everybody succeeded and Mr. Roche decided to make the task even more difficult by adding another bulb on the circuit. We really enjoyed our circuitry lesson.
Dancing in 6th class
On the 23rd of May Mr. Foley’s 6th class did an exerting dance lesson. First we were split into groups. I was with Daniel Mulryan and Conor McDonagh. Then we went down to the bottom yard where we lined up. Mr. Foley took us through some dance routines and we nailed them. Then we separated in to our groups and created our own dance movement masterpieces. Conor, Daniel and me made a fantastic one. Conor and Daniel were doing the Floss for sixteen beats and then did Hype for 8 beats, ending with their arms folded, Meanwhile I was doing Fresh in the backroad for all 24 beats (p.s. these are all Fortnite dances) At the end of our session we preformed our routines for the whole class. They were all amazing. We finished with the sequence we did at the start and then we went back to class. Some boys were complaining at the start but in the end we all enjoyed it. It just goes to show that even if you not happy with the idea, you can still have fun.
By Conor O’ Brien
The Martin Kelly Claw is a game played Mr. Foley’s 6 th class. It is named after Martin Kelly because the first times it was played Martin Kelly was able to catch anything thrown at him. Mr. Foley uses this game as a reward for all the excellent behaviour throughout the day. It is an intense game of concentration reflexes. The game’s rules are simple all you need is a small ball, a tennis ball, and a group of people have to make a circle, about 10m in diameter, around one person in the middle. The person in the middle has the ball and needs to throw it at any one in the circle all the receiver has to do is catch the ball but if they fumble the ball and it hits any surface they are out! The thrower can be sneaky and make fake throws and confuse the participants. As the game progresses the speed of the ball increases and makes it harder to catch the ball. The last person standing wins the game! It is great reward for any class who have made a great effort in the day and just an enjoyable way to end the day!
By Conor O’ Callaghan
Ms. Kiely’s toast
Ms. Kiely’s toast came in the post.
Wrapped in love and joy.
She doesn’t need to boast,
She gives it to her special boy.
Toasty, crispy, crumbly, crumby,
Buttery, scrumptious, crusty, yummy,
This brown delight makes me smile.
And keeps me going through every mile.
The boys in Breakfast Club and Mr. Foley’s 6th
love Ms. Kiely’s Toast. Thank you, Ms. Kiely.
Secondary Schools Visit
Coláiste Chriost Rí: On the 7 th of September on a Thursday Mr. Foley and Mr. Hayes from Chriost Ri secondary school came to visit the two Sixth Classes and inform us about their school and why they recommend it to us. Firstly, they showed us a video of their facilities. After this video we were allowed to ask some questions. They told us the date of the open night [13 th/9/17].
Deerpark C.B.S: A couple of days later [3 days later to be exact] on the 10 th of September Deerpark C.B.S came to persuade us to come to their school. Mr. Barry came to represent his school, they also showed us a video of a few primary schools visiting their school. The children in the video looked very happy as they were served a French breakfast. They did activities such as woodwork and metalwork.
Christian Brothers College: On the 18 th of September the science teacher from Christians came to visit us and invite us to their open night. He gave us leaflets that have information about their school. He told us where it was and let us continue working.
Mayfield Community: On the 23 rd of September, Mayfield Community Schools principal Mr. Golden also visited the two sixth classes to inform us about their facilities such as astro-
St. Aidan’s: On the 25 th of September St. Aidan’s came to visit us and inform us about their school. Two former students Olan O’ Brien and Adam Lawler came with two girls and their principal to tell us why they think we should attend their secondary school. Then we had time to ask questions and then they said goodbye and left.
By Daniel Mitchell and Conor Shovlin
Conor and Ben were having a 1v1 duel with their cards. It was Conor’s turn to attack and reduced Rockie to 5 hitpoints. Then Ben used his card to finish off Robo-
Ben hit the floor with his face and a couple of seconds later something landed on top of him. He rolled to the side and looked across, expecting to see Conor but instead coming face to face with a robotic creature. Ben scrambled away but when the robot spoke he became confused. “What have you done with Ben”, it shouted. Little did Ben know that he too had transformed and that the robot was actually Conor. As Ben came to his senses he realised that the robot looked like Robo-
Conor and Ben sprawled across the grassy area in the yard. When they looked up they saw that a couple of boys were still in the same position as they had been when they had jumped in the portal. They realised that they had something in their hands and when they looked they saw that they had their cards back but with a difference. Conor had a fire card called Stragon and Ben had a grass card called Graso. Conor and Ben looked at each other in amazement and Conor whispered to Ben, “Our cards just became a whole lot more important!”
This is an extract from a story by Conor O Brien and Ben O Driscoll.
For the full story and pictures contact Mr. Foleys 6th Class.
Harrys Jolly Trolley
Knock knock on the door "Hello Girls" Harry roars
A big huge smile across his face, we know we’re in the perfect place
Apples, oranges, bananas gleam
The best Vitamin-
We grab our fruit and say "Thank You"
We gobble it up and go ZOOM ZOOM
The man who ALWAYS gives it holly
It’s Harry’s Jolly Trolley.
Harry’s always funny, He always makes me smile
His Ozzy hat his Russian hat makes me run for miles
He doesn’t ask for money And he always gives it holly
His fruit keeps us going Harry’s always jolly!
Harry’s Jolly Trolley
Knock knock on the door. "Hello girls do you want some more?"
This is what we got today and we don’t even have to pay.
Harry has apples and bananas that are very clean
And they also keep our teeth white and seen
In rain hail or snow Harry is always there
With his Russian hat on his head
And he looks just like a bear.
Harry’s Jolly Trolley
This man comes in and offers us fruit,
Wearing a Russian hat.
He pulls our ties and calls us cute,
I wouldn’t think of that.
He has the best fruit we’ve ever seen,
And provides us with vitamin C.
We can show all our teeth are clean,
And keeps me working busy as a bee.
Poems by Mr. Foley's 6th Class boys
The School Falls Down: Beware Japanese Knotweed
It was a sunny Friday. We were sitting in Mr. Foley’s sixth class when a group of people pulled up in a big truck in the top yard.
They got out and they were wearing white suits. We did not know what was going on. They walked behind the school.
When they came back they got an orange looking spray. We did not know what it was. They put up a sign saying caution Japanese knotweed.
Then we went home to enjoy the weekend. The caretaker Harry was not aware of the knotweed so he cut it all down. When he went home it was growing back.
When we came back it was a small bush but for the next two weeks it grew bigger. When we came back it was as high as the school and it was starting to stick to the school.
The school started to fall down bit by bit. The walls in the class rooms were caving in. Windows started to shatter. The bush had a mind of its own.
It crushed cars and 12 people were injured. The pupils were so happy not to be in the school. That was the story of the school falling down.
Recounted by Jamie Coffey in Mr. Foley’s sixth class
Chinese with Sherry
Chinese is a language known worldwide which originated from, of course, the country, China. It’s so big; I would consider it a continent. They have a very complicated language which was kindly lectured to me and my classmates, by our teacher from China, who’s studying in U.C.C -
By Corey Brooks
On the 30 th of May Mr. Foley’s and Ms. Murphy’s class went to UCC (University College Cork.) Both classes left Mayfield library at 8:50. When we arrived at UCC two student guides showed up and had two massive Prof. Fluffy. Prof. Fluffy is a big ball of purple fluff and is the mascot of UCC. Two boys got to hold professor and they were Manus O Boyle and Jake Quinn. Then a woman named Maive who came to our school recently to tell us a bit about UCC. Maive was part of the part of the Prof. Primary students to go on to 3 rd level education. Then we went to a massive lecture hall it was so big that it Fluffy programme which is trying to convince could fit our entire school in it. Maive talked about college for a while and then some student guides introduced themselves. When they were done introducing themselves we got split up into groups of five. When we were all split up we went to get some lunch. We got chocolate muffins and some juice it was delicious. Then we headed to the famous Boole Library. We got a tour of the library. I thought it was very interesting. There were over a million books in the library. When we were done that door we went to the North Wing and saw the door for the president of UCC Patrick O Shea. Then we had a graduation for the Professor fluffy programme. When the graduation was over we went for second lunch. For second lunch the choices were sausages and chips or fish and chips. I chose sausages and that was scrumptious. When we were all done eating we went on the bus back to school just in time for home time.
By Conor Hurley
In Mr. Foley’s class we are doing some art on the Mona Lisa. When we heard about doing that art the class were excited, but personally I don’t like it .The boys are trying to replicate some parts of the image completely. It is very difficult. We all made our own funny version with pencils with crossed eyes and funny noses. Mr Foley always puts the original art on the interactive white board for us to get inspiration.
We are trying our best to do a real life model of it. It’s so hard .We all tried to shade the hair, body and cloak. Two of our best artist’s Manus and Joshia are even struggling to complete their Mona Lisa.
By Stephen Power
From the fifth of March to the tenth Mr. Foley’s fifth class made up a system.
The teacher set up this point system where there are four characters and they are trying to get to Rome. The goal is to try to get your character to Rome and you will be able to move your character by being good in the class.
On the ninth of March three of the groups got to Rome meaning they got a prize, the prize was a pencil, and a homework pass and an extra ten minutes of play time. I was in one of the groups that got to Rome.
I enjoyed it and I bet the other boys in the class did as well.
By Seán O’ Callaghan
On the 15 th of October it was maths week which meant schools all around Ireland were celebrating and learning about maths more than usual. First of all, while Mr. Foley’s class were going to the library we set a maths trail for the school. We started the maths trail just outside the main doors. Then we carried on the trail at McSweeney’s Shop. Secondly, we did a survey from first class to fourth class. The surveys were what your favourite sport is, what your favourite animal is and what your favourite holiday is.
After we gathered all the information each group drew a graph. There were four different types of graphs made: line graph, bar graph, block graph and a trend graph. Lastly, we had a maths quiz to end the maths week for 5 th and 6 th class. There were five rounds with five questions in each round. The last round had ten questions. There were four boys in each group: three boys from fifth and one from sixth.
The maths quiz questions weren’t easy. The questions challenged us. There were multiplication, shapes, word problems and length questions. The winning group got a score of 34 out of 35. They got a piece of chocolate as a prize. We have to say thanks to Ms. Mullane and all the other teachers for organising it.
By Conor Hurley and Stephen Power
On the sixth of November, Mr Foley’s fifth class took a trip to the Lifetime Lab. On the bus, my partner Manus was always chatting to me so it didn’t seem long.
When we had arrived at the Lifetime Lab, we met our instructor, Unna, she had granted us ten minutes in the playground, which didn’t seem like that at all. Our first lesson was all about the different temperatures, such as Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin.
Our second lesson was a hand’s on activity, we had to make an electrical circuit that powers a fan. Then, it was our lunch time, and afterwards we had another ten minutes in the playground.
Our final lesson was a lesson where we had to estimate which water would stay warm the longest wrapped in a certain material.
For me, the Lifetime Lab is a great day out, not just for me, but for anyone that’s interested in science. I LOVE IT!
By Corey Brooks
Fifth class science experiment
In Mr. Foley’s fifth class, boys were doing science experiments on the senses. The first experiment was about the sense of touch. What we did was something that you can do at home. All you need is a set of Jenga blocks, a blindfold and a timer. First wrap the blindfold around your head. Then get twelve pieces of the jenga blocks. Start the timer and try stack the jenga pieces like the game with one hand and without seeing the blocks. The person with the fastest time shows greatest processing speed without sight.
The second experiment that we did was on the sense of sight. This one you can do at home as well. All you need is a cup, (try use plastic) coins or marbles, and a sheet to record the score. So start of by closing one eye and have someone else swirl the cup around. Have two to five marbles and try get them into the cup. Repeat this step except have two eyes open. Record the scores and see which is better. We found that 2 eyes open were better than 1 eye open when aimimg and throwing. This is because using both eyes gives a better perspective of distance, height and position.
We then tested who had the sharpest eyesight. Each boy did an eye test. We read out as many letters as possible outside the door. The person with the highest score has the sharpest vision. Justin Kennedy scored 48 letters correct making him the Fifth Class Champion. The eye is made up of many parts which help us to see. The lens is the part which helps us to focus on a particular object.
Report by Seán O’ Callaghan, Mr. Foley’s Fifth class
Interviewee: Jake Quinn 5th Class Interviewer: Alex Mc Carthy (Reporters Group) I interviewed a boy from 5th class and here are his thoughts.
Hi my name is Jake Quinn.
I am ten years old.
I am in 5th Class this year.
My favourite subject in school is maths because I like the long division.
The homework is a bit harder than the last few years.
On the 20th of October, Mr. Foley's 5th class went to the Everyman Palace to see a Musical Play. They travelled on foot but luckily St. Patrick's school is really close to it, so it only took 15 minutes. One of the boys from Mr. Foley's 5th was performing. His name is Joshia. The play that he was performing in was called "Fame the musical". They sat up on the balcony in the Everyman. It was a perfect view and you could see everything. It wasn't good. It was amazing! There was lots of singing and dancing and boys and girls who really had the X Factor. I would recommend going to see it.
By Seán O' Callaghan
"Fame" the musical is packed with a lot of excitement, talent, and friendships! I was in the intermediate ensemble in the 3 day musical at "The Everyman Theatre". I was delighted when the class came to watch the musical because they could watch the cast's effort into making the production an enjoyable experience. Perfoming in a play is a great way to build your self-
Dear Fifth Class Parents;
I hope you are all back in the routine of school life with your sons. The boys are a lovely bunch and are working hard in class and at home with their fifth class curriculum. We have 21 boys this year (with 2 new very welcome arrivals) and I will be using group work for the moment in the boys’ seating. Mr. Horgan (Special Education teacher/ Drama/ Computers/ SPHE) , Ms. Margaret Kiely (SNA/Literacy/Cooking/Art etc.) and myself will all be working with the class this year. Ms. Kelleher will again be teaching the class music and also we will be the choir for the communion mass. We may be learning Chinese in class this year as well as lots of other exciting lessons and trips. (Drama trip next week/Science Trip December). We use a class reward system called Class dojo and also Student of the Week. We also give different boys different duties or responsibilities to complete during the week.
I look forward to meeting with you all individually at a later stage in October and discussing your son’s progress. If there is any issue you need to discuss before that time, I am available after school some days or you can make an appointment through Sandra, the school Secretary. (A note in the homework journal will suffice to inform me of any small issue.)
Uniform: Everyday except P.E.
Library Fortnightly: Tuesday
Tracksuit: P.E. day is Thursday (Glen Resource)
Homework: The homework amount will be similar to last year. Reading, Writing, Maths, Spellings and Tables with some other learning/written work most nights. Your support of the boys’ learning at home is greatly appreciated and helps ensure that we are all contributing to your son’s learning. The benefits of this parent/adult assistance cannot be understated and support every aspect of the boys’ learning in class. After the written work is completed, it is important that an adult assists your son with the following..
1. Learns/Practises Times Tables 2. Reads and discusses reading (L.L.O.) 3. Learns Spellings 4. Supports study for Friday Test
1 Times Tables: For September and October the boys should learn and say their times tables to an adult. (Quiz them also by asking in random order e.g. 2 x 4 ? 2x 7? 2 x 12? Etc.)
2. Reading: Your son should read aloud to an adult. You can then analyse/discuss the text with him. (What was that paragraph about? What does the word _____ mean? Etc….more examples in homework journal and L.L.O. folder) You then sign off on his reading sheet/LLO journal.
3.Learns Spelling: Your son writes the spellings 3 times, learns them and then should be quizzed by an adult. You only need to sign the Test copy when it comes home.
4. Supports study for Friday Test: Most homework days, the boys will be given some piece of the curriculum to learn before Friday e.g. Irish Essays/History chapters/Counties etc. The boys are given Monday to Thursday to study and learn this piece of learning before Friday testing. Again, anyway you can support this learning at home is appreciated.
If you need any further assistance with this or are unsure of how to support your son’s learning at home, please let me know. I also remind you that there is a list of great educational websites in the homework journal which your son would enjoy using at your discretion. You could also google the following sites
Gaeilge: Séidean Sí
English: Woodlands Junior Literacy
Maths: Hit The Button
Secondary Schools: It is a good idea to start deciding on a secondary school for your son this year. Attend the Open Nights of potential schools this year if possible to help with your decisions. We will inform you of any that we are made aware of but also keep an eye on the websites/contact the secondary school to be sure.
I will weekly include some feedback in your son’s test copy or journal for you to read and discuss with your son. This will progress to a learning focus after the midterm.
Míle buíochas is go n-
Camping in Kilcully
On Thursday the 26th of May we were going to go camping in Kilcully for our school tour. It was a pretty ordinary day up until after school where we had a bite to eat. Chicken nuggets and pasta were served out to each pupil and eaten quickly. Shortly afterwards, we all drove off to Kilcully with our parents. I stopped off at Joans’ to get a sugar boost to help me get through the day. When we got there, we were shown how to put up our two man tents. I was paired up with Michael Lane and we were the first ones to get our tents up and our sleeping mats, bags and other stuff inside of them.
After everyone put up their tents, Mister Jeffers shouted out “there’s an inspection in five minutes”. He also said to pick a name for our tents. Everybody hurried to clean, organise their tents and pick a name for their tents as well. We named our tent “Mission Survive”. After all the hard work we went over to a small pitch to play soccer and next to it there was a humongous field where the other half of the class played rounders. It was really enjoyable and we also swapped over as well. After all the tiring sport half of the class went inside a hall thing to eat bangers, mash and baked beans. The food was prepared well by the teachers but it was sad that all Mr. Foley did the whole day was cooking. It was worth it though. After our scrumptious meal, we were either resting in our tents for 20 minutes or else playing Frisbee or Soccer.
At half 8 we headed over to the campfire pit to light it up. Nearly everybody brought a packet of marshmallows with them to roast in front of the campfire and to make smores. Mr. Jeffers got a load of firelighters to get the bonfire going. At the start it nearly fell on him. Then we took auditions for people to sing songs in front of the class, the first one was “Watch me Whip” the next one was “Let it Go”. At quarter past nine we started saying ghost stories Aaron said the first one. The scariest was Luke Daly’s or Luke Connolly’s but I couldn’t choose between them. Just before bedtime, we saw a fox leaping across the field just next to where we were sleeping. We were all wrecked so everyone went to sleep pretty fast.
THE NEXT MORNING...
I woke up just around the 5 o clock mark. I could hear Jake and Frank in the tent next to me. The way I got up was just plain cruel, there was some rain on the top of our tent and Michael punched the top and most of it splattered on to my face. At quarter past eight half the class went into the dining hall to have some cold cereal plus added milk. We then spent an hour playing Frisbee or else soccer then took down the tents. Again, Michael and I were the first to finish taking down our tents. Soon after we all finished taking down our tents. At quarter past ten we played two long games of tip the can where Eoghan and Olan were on, unfortunately know one freed all. At half past eleven we started a soccer match ,we had so much fun. At half past twelve we got our stuff and waited for our parents.
It was a great experience I we would all like to do it again
By Ben Heffernan and Iftikhaar Rizwan
On the 29 of May 2016 Mr Foley’s fifth class finally, after three weeks waiting went on an overnight trip to Kilcully.
It started off like no other by sitting in class, working. The excitement was chipping away at me all day, until Mr. Foley called me, Eoghan and Max out to prepare the food. We had pasta and chicken nuggets. At this point our parents were there to collect us in Aras Padráig. Simultaneously we all left
We arrived in Kilcully and gathered in a circle .Mr. Foley and Mr. Jeffers demonstrated how to pitch a tent, then we set off.
We had 30 minutes to pitch our tents. In that time we had to name and organise our tent. We stayed in two man tents and I stayed with John. It was a hard procedure but we did it. John and I called our tent We Beat Nature.
Once again Mr. Foley summoned me out but this time it was to get the utensils and ingredients for the food. It didn’t take long before I was back out in the field playing games such as rounders, Frisbee and soccer. Time seemed to just whizz by and what seemed to be one hour turned out to be four. Once again we were called back. We didn’t know why. We entered a hall with several tables and chairs. At each table sat many of mash, sausages and beans. We all rejoiced at the sight of food. In a matter of minutes it was all gone, and we were back out in the field playing.
Many more hours passed. Mr. Foley gave a grand roar telling us to join again. It was what we were waiting for.....the campfire. It took many minutes to get blazing but once it started it went inferno. Hot blazing waves slashed into our skin .With hot marshmallows roasting on sticks we sang merrily through the night telling ghost stories too. We stayed there for hours. But like all things it had to end .It was about 11 O Clock when we entered our tents. Many complained with the cold but I couldn’t feel it. I couldn’t sleep; I just lay there in silence. At early dawn I dosed only to be woken by the sweet sound of birds chirping.
We all arose and had cereal for breakfast. Many were surprised by my choice of bed wear. I was wearing my parrot 1 Z. We cleaned our bowls, got dressed and began another day of fun. We played games for hours until our parents came to collect us.
It was a tiring experience but highly enjoyable. Thank you to Cain O Brien, Mr. Jeffers, Mr Lettis, Mr .Duffy, Mr. Mullins and Mr. Foley for giving up their night to give us an experience we’ll never forget.
By Olan O Brien.
Our Trip To U.C.C
On the 31st of may 2016 Mr. Foleys class went on a tour to U.C.C
Early that morning the class walked to Kelleher’s Buildings from the school. We got on the bus and shortly we arrived in U.C.C
As soon as we arrived we entered a lecture hall. Mauve the head of U.C.C plus gave us a recap of the Prof. Fluffy programme. After that
We were put into groups of three and we had our own student ambassadors
Next we had a quick bite to eat, we had chocolate and blueberry muffins.
Afterwards we had a quick tour around the campus. Then we went to a big garden and a mini graduation. The we went home
Stephen Callaghan and Alex McCarty12
On Monday the 23rd of April, our 5th class boys and St John’s 5th class took part in a soccer tournament. It took place in Mayfield Community School. We walked up there with Mr. Foley, Mr. Lettis and Ms. Murray in the scorching heat. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. 5 teams from both schools were selected to play four 12 minute games. Orange bibs had a good team but only won 1 of their four games .Yellow bibs had a better team winning one and drawing two of their games Lastly St. Patrick’s non bibs had the best team, winning four of their four games and winning out the tournament.
Overall it was a thrilling day and everyone had a great time. The transition year students were really kinds for letting us go down to the school’s astro turf pitch. St. John’s had two skilful teams and gave us a good sporting competition.
By Callum O Sullivan and Frank Sobolewski, [Mr. Foleys fifth class]
THE NIGHT WE WON’T FORGET
On the 18th of April, Mr. Foley's fifth class and Ms. Murphy's third class went to the City Hall to perform our 1916 drama piece and rap. We were definitely ready to perform because we had been practising for about 4 weeks. We all met at the side of the City Hall at 7pm sharp. There were loads of schools queuing up outside the City Hall. We went in and got our seats in the middle on the bottom floor. We were the fifth act to perform our rap and drama piece before the intervals on the night of Cór Fheile.There were 10 acts altogether. When the fourth act was performing we went side stage and got a pep talk off all the teachers. Firstly, Eoghan came out and introduced us and then Olan A.K.A Mr. Cremin started off the play with the first line “Good morning boys”. We all stood up and performed the rap. We knew that they enjoyed the drama and the rap as well because of the huge applause at the end. When we sat down we got tubs of ice-
We sent an email to the Cór Fheíle committee to thank them for accommodating us. The next day we received an email from the Cór Fheíle committee. Needless to say, Mr. Foley gave us a 10/10 the very next day. We held a party on Thursday to celebrate how great our act was and how much effort we put in.
By Iftikhaar Rizwan and Shane Manning. (Mr. Foley’s 5th class)
THE BIG PERFORMANCE
On the 18th of April, Mr. Foley's fifth class and Ms. Murphy's third class went to the City Hall to perform our 1916 drama piece and rap. We all met at the side of the City Hall at 7pm sharp. There were loads of schools queuing up outside. we went in and got our seats in the middle on the bottem floor.We were the fifth act to performe before the intervile on the night of Cór Fheile.There were 10 acts altogheter. When the fourth act were performing we went sidestage and got pep talk off all the teachers.First Eoghan came out and interduced and then we performed the rap after the drama piece.The audience enjoyed the drama because of the applause at the end.When we sat down we got ice-
By Iftikhaar Rizwan and Shan Manning.(5th class)