4th Class Interviews
We interviewed a fourth class boy. Here are his thoughts.
What is your name? Darragh Malony
What are your favourite hobbies outside of school?
Skateboarding, soccer and G.A.A.
Why do you like about your hobbies?
They keep me fit.
What’s the biggest change from last year to this year?
My favourite subject is English.
My favourite game in Lunchtime Pals is one touch.
By Ben Heffernan
A Trip to the Lifetime Lab
On Tuesday the fifth of April my class, Ms. Mullane, Ms. Lohan and I went to the Lifetime Lab to learn about science. At ten, we departed school and travelled to the lab by bus. Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome by our instructor, Úna.
Once we entered the classroom, Úna told us the area of science we were going to be investigating. We were going to be exploring electrical energy. I was in a group with Ben Connolly and Farhan Fahim.
After that, Úna set us our first assignment which was to light a lightbulb. Úna gave us a bag of materials which included a battery, battery holder, lightbulb, lightbulb holder and two clip wires.
First, we inserted the lightbulb and the battery into their separate holders, then clipped the wires onto the holders little bolts, and the bulb lit up! We had created a circuit!
Soon after, Úna set us a tougher challenge where we had to still get the bulb to light up, but without the battery holder! My team and I had a solution though. We clipped a wire onto the positive side of the battery, but it wasn’t so easy on the negative side, where there was no bolt to clip onto. So we had to touch the clip to the battery for it to work.
Our next task was to work a motor, and attach a plastic shamrock, just for looks. We had to connect the clips onto the little bolts on the bottom of the motor and then it spun!
Next we had to work a buzzer, which made an annoying sound. My team managed to work the buzzer AND the motor together at the same time! (This involved a bit of work!)
After that, Úna taught us about conductors and insulators. A conductor is an object that allows energy and heat to pass through and an insulator is the opposite.
Soon after, we had lunch and then went up to the playground for a run around.
When we came back in, Úna set us the task of going around the lab looking for conductors and insulators. The bulb would light up if it was a conductor and if it didn’t it was an insulator. Some examples of conductors are tin foil, nails, an empty can and a spoon as they all contain metals. Some examples of insulators were wood, duct tape and a blackboard.
Afterwards we did something which was great fun! Úna gave us a sort of house made from a cardboard box which we had to stick the bulb into and flick a switch so that the bulb would turn on or off. Our challenge was to keep all the wires of our circuit hidden outside the box and to get the switch to work.
Finally we did one last experiment. We had to make a ‘Scoobie’. We had to connect a motor and a battery to a brush and watch it move across the floor!
We had a brilliant, enjoyable and interesting day. I hope I get the opportunity to go again!
By: Shane Ryan, Ms. Mullane’s Fourth class
Fourth Class Hurling Blitz
Hello, my name is Shane Ryan from Ms. Mullane’s fourth class, and today I’m going to write about the fourth class hurling blitz.
On the ninth of February, 10 boys from each fourth class were picked to go to Whitechurch Community Hall for a fourth class hurling blitz. The boys from our school partaking were Kane O’ Brien, Michael Quill, Alex Quinlan, Scott Lawler, Kian Nelligan, Evan Lane, Conor O’ Callaghan, Oran Ross , Connor McDonagh and myself.
There were also six schools partaking including Mitchelstown N.S., Scoil Oilibhéir, Scoil Iosagáin, Cloghroe N.S., Charleville B.N.S. and us, St. Patrick's B.N.S.
There were two groups, each with three teams. In our group, there was us, Charleville and Cloghroe and in the other group were Scoil Oilibhéir, Scoil Iosagáin and Mitchelstown.
The first game was Cloghroe vs. Charleville, which Cloghroe won. The second game was Scoil Oilibhéir vs. Mitchelstown, which Mitchelstown won, and then the third game was us, up against Cloghroe where we narrowly lost. Cloghroe were through.
After our loss, Mitchelstown played Scoil Iosagáin which Mitchelstown won. That meant two teams had booked themselves a spot in the semi-
For the decider in the other group, Scoil Iosagáin beat Scoil Oilibhéir. Two out, three to go!
So, to kick off the semi finals, favourites Mitchelstown were knocked out by Charleville. In the other semi-
Charleville were the underdogs to us, but amazingly, Charleville won the final!
We were unhappy that we could not win, but we were glad that we got to take part in the tournament and we would love to do it again!
By Shane Ryan, Fourth Class.
Fourth Class Animal Reports
Hello, my name is Shane Ryan, from Ms. Mullane’s fourth class. I’m a new member of The Reporters Group and I’m going to tell you some things we’re doing in class. Today I’m telling you about our class doing Animal Reports.
First we had to think of an animal. For lots of people, that was very hard, seeing as straight away most of the animal ideas people wanted to do were taken to write about.
Then, we had to write it out. So first we had to have a classification, to describe what it is. Secondly, a description to say what it looks like and what it has. After that, we had to say where it is located. Finally we had to describe its dynamics, which means what it can do.
After that, we had to get our teacher to correct it, and then we took it to the computer room to type it up. We also got to change our font and choose a border and a picture.
My animal was a Mountain Gorilla. I quite enjoyed researching and typing it. I really liked Kevin Lins’ report on the panda. If you would like to see the rest of our reports, in the next couple of days they will hopefully be hanging up outside our classroom.
This is my first report and I hoped you enjoyed it.
By: Shane Ryan (fourth class)