Making Shadow puppets with Errigal Arts
The boys has a busy morning making their own shadow puppets and then using a specially darkened room,(thanks Peter!) to show off their creations.
Rounders with Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal
We had a great afternoon of playing rounders with girls from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal last Friday. Both schools mixed together in teams and we finished off the afternoon with ice-creams. More photos to follow on main page.
We just had a very busy week of activities here in the school. The boys learned more about healthy eating with a talk from football coach, Rory Kavanagh. The 5th and 6th class boys helped to make their own smoothies in the school kitchen. We all took part in at least 30 mins extra exercise everyday and a whole school fun afternoon on Wednesday. A special treat on the day was the visit of the ice-cream van and cone for everybody. Such a fun week!
An exciting drama based on the theme of ‘A day at the Seaside’
SPHE-We have been talking about drugs in room 14 and learning about the effects drugs can have on our bodies.
European Country Studies
We used the school laptops to research a European country of our choice. We prepared a PowerPoint Presentation to share our findings with the class. Each member of the group presented a number of slides. We included factfiles, pictures and interesting aspects of the country’s sport and culture. The results were very impressive and we all learned a lot from each other.
Coding in LYIT
Sixth class visited LYIT today. We used code to complete a maze game, to fly drones and we created mobile apps. It was an inspiring day for all and we hope we have some some future innovators in our midst.
Before our visit to Glenveagh we learned about the honey bee. We wrote reports, made fridge magnets from clay and used shape patterns to create our hives.
A huge thank you to Mrs Kelly for her help in cookery class over the past number of weeks. Mrs Kelly has taught the boys to create simple and delicious meals. Make sure they practice their new skills at home 😄
Mrs Dunleavy’s class have been using the school laptops to begin coding. We are using Scratch. In week one, the boys created simple games.
Mrs Dunleavy’s class travelled to Glenveagh to learn all about bees and pollination. The sun shone, the deer came to see us and we had a great day!
Designing a Marble Run
We have been learning about forces in Science. Each group designed a marble run using recyclable materials. The first class came to test the results. They enjoyed playing with our designs and helped teacher choose a winning entry.
STEM activity-The boys were given the task of designing and making a boat using only the materials provided. They then had to test the buoyancy of their creation by seeing how many marbles it could hold before sinking…….
Preparations and designing stage.
The winning group- their boat held 46 marbles!
A wonderful but wet trip to Glenveagh National Park!
Pollination and the bees was the order of the day but due to the wether, most of the bees were taking shelter. We had a great time nonetheless enjoying the scenery of Glenveagh and learning about the wildlife.
Stem Activities- The boys were given the challenge of designing and making a launcher for a small army man. We then tested the designs and measured the distances achieved by each launcher.
The designing Stage
Testing the launchers
Well done Shaun on achieving an All-Ireland medal in boxing.
A lot of chocolate in the kitchen this week!
Looking after the Flowers
Thanks to Sean, Amir and Shaun who have taken home the potted flowers to care for them.
Mrs Maguire visited the classes to show the recently hatched chicks in the hatchery and told us what care they now need.
We conducted an experiment using a torch to see whether light could shine through materials.Using a variety of materials and torches, the boys explored translucent, transparent and opaque.
Well done to the debate team for winning the cup in the Letterkenny Debating League after winning their 4th debate in a row proposing the motion “Charity Begins at Home” against Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal.
A great day was had by the 6th classes attending a Keep Safe morning the Aura. The boys were delighted to hear from a number of safety and rescue experts and get the chance to use the specialised equipment. There were representatives from the Armed Garda Response Unit, Air and Sea Rescue, Paramedics, Road Safety experts, The Fire Service and more. It was a very exciting and informative day for all involved as each boy donned a variety of equipment, learned how to use a defibrillator and watched the fire service in action.
Concert for Seachtain na Gaeilge
We sang The Irish Rover and Bog Down in the Valley-O. It was an enjoyable day listening to all the wonderful Irish music and singing from the other classes as well as impressing them with our own singing!
We conducted an experiment to explore the effects of fizzy drinks on our teeth. We used eggs as their surface is most similar to our teeth. We used water, orange juice, Red Bull and Coke.
Congratulations to our sixth class pupils who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday in St Eunans Cathedral. We are very proud of all the boys. We enjoyed a day of celebration on Monday. See some photos from Arena 7 below.
Freshly battered fish and chips!!
Be the best You that You can be
The boys planted bulbs, discussed their needs and the potential each bulb has to be a beautiful flower if it accepts the heat from the sun, absorbs nutrients and water from the soil and pushes through the soil to be the best flower it can be.
The boys were then reminded of the potential in each one of them to be the best ‘you’ they can be, if they accept love from family and friends and put effort into themselves. Material things in life are not important, the people in our lives are. The boys were reminded they are all unique and special in their own way.
Doing the 10@10 for RTE! Such excitement.
Home made Pizzas and Apple crumble with custard
No one was saying who the cards were for……?
And more pancake making and eating!
The boys enjoyed yummy pancakes and Nutella this morning. Many thanks to Mrs Fisher and Mrs Cannon for their help.
Credit Union Quiz
Well done to all the boys who represented Scoil Cholmcille in the Credit Union Quiz in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday night. The boys did us proud.
Look at the projects we completed on Brazil. We used the school laptops to research and publish our projects.
The pupils in 6th Class are busy preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation on the 24th February. We are learning about the gifts the Holy Spirit will bring. The NET Team have been visiting us every Wednesday to help with our preparation.
We also welcomed a very special visitor last Thursday. Bishop Mc Guckian came to Scoil Cholmcille and spent time with the candidates for Confirmation. It was a very informative and spiritual occasion.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR
Martin Luther King Jr Day was celebrated on Monday January 15th. We learned about his life and legacy. We watched his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. The pupils made posters of his most famous quotes and we completed fact files.
Mrs Dunleavy’s Class ‘painted with scissors’. We were inspired by the art of French artist Henri Matisse.
B.L.T.’s were on the menu this week!
Well done Harry, Jude and Keelan.
Some interesting powerpoints created and presented by the boys.
Unique pencil holders made using clay
Pizza party 🎉🍕🎉🍕
Mrs Dunleavy’s and Mrs Kavavangh’s Classes shared a pizza party this afternoon to celebrate a great first term. The boys have enjoyed academic progress, have achieved many personal goals as well as huge extra curricular success with Sport, the choir and the debate team. Both teachers are extremely proud. Well done boys!! Have a happy Christmas 🎄
Well done to all the boys who sang so beautifully in the carol service. You can hear some of the music if you check on you tube.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
The boys created some very unique pencil holders using clay this month.
Tasty Christmas puddings!
Another wonderful sketch from our talented Amir.
French toast and fresh fruit!
The boys really loved making this simple and wholesome dish, known to many people as ‘eggy bread!’
We had a visitor to our class, Ms. Vera Timoney, to show us how to make an advent wreath. Ms. Timoney explained the symbolism behind each part of the wreath and the importance of Advent in the catholic church. Thank you Ms Vera Timoney for your time.
In science we made our own kaleidoscopes using mirrors and wrote in the style of Leonardo Da Vinci using mirror writing.
More cooking in the kitchen
The boys have made tasty omelettes as well as sweet scones with cream and jam. The smells coming from the kitchen have been very tempting!
Making buns with Mrs Kelly.
Odhrán, Bartek and Caden made delicious cup cakes in the school kitchen.
Loving the new aprons boys!
The boys also helped Mrs Kelly make extra buns for all the parents attending meetings last Thursday – I think they were trying to sweeten them up!
We made pumpkins with Mrs Kelly. They tasted delicious! The process was fun but a little messy!