€56.50 was raised by Third Class recently. Their idea of a pop-up shop to raise charity funds for our annual Christmas fund-raiser proved very popular with all the pupils. This was the first time that a group of such young pupils brought an initiative like this to the staff for consideration – how charitable and enterprising of you all. Well done to all!
We’ve been running a Reading Buddies programme since mid November. We’re all enjoying listening to our partners read for us. The Senior Room have proved themselves as ábhair oidí (student teachers) too! You should see their excellent lesson plans and lesson reviews for the Reading Buddies Programme.
We love to get the opportunity to work together. Here you’ll see us working on art, computers and Maths. Currently we’re working on a big project to help us look after our health ‘Looking after our bodies and minds.’ We’ve started our 5 Minute Fitness Programme each morning on the big yard, led by 6th class.
Can you do the ‘ The Ladder’, ‘Zombie kicks’, ‘Turbo Twister’, ‘Toe Taps’, ‘The Wriggle Worm’?
What’s your favourite?
Results of the Chase Raffle 2015
The 3rd of December 2015 was an auspicious occasion for our whole school community and for our wider community. We were delighted to welcome Lt. Colonel Virling, Private Berrill and to our school for the presentation of the National Flag and Proclamation. Sixth class pupils provided a guard of honour to welcome the members of the Defence Forces on their arrival and on their departure. Members of the local community joined us for the ceremony and Q & A session, and afterwards for a cup of tea.
Locals recalled with interest the visit of the Defence Forces 50 years ago to the school for the 5oth Anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Proclamation presented to the school on that visit was on display at this 2015 event. Some who were pupils then were in attendance again with us on the day.
A memorable day for all.
24th Annual Dunsany/Kilmessan Chase Launch 2015
At the launch of the 24th Annual Dunsany/Kilmessan Chase were pupils from Dunsany/Kilmessan National Schools along with top jockey Paul Carberry, successful local trainer Matthew Smith and accompanied by Vice Principal Mr. Donnelly aboard his horse Frank. This year’s Chase will take place on Sunday 13th December, meeting at 1pm for a 1.30pm start. As usual we provide refreshments, raffle, charity auction and plenty of fun afterwards in Dunsany Hall. Whether you have a horse or not come join us on the day! We will not have a lead rein this year.
We’ve kept up our tradition of the ‘Big Day Out’ in September. Last year we stayed close to home at Dalgan Park but this year we went ‘exotic’! Ben’s dad made it possible for all of us to go along to the spectacular Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Thank you Paddy!
We had a great day in the gorgeous autumn sunshine. We saw and learned about lots of exotic and unusual plants… coffee, banana, the gigantic redwood tree, bamboo, sugar-cane, etc… And we had fun in the cactus house! Mrs Bockett was looking tired and worn out and was invited to sit down by the boys of Rang a 6… on the Mother-in-Law’s seat! (See below!)
We loved all the very unusual sculptures that were on exhibition too! We love our Big Days Out!
We recently had a visit from local bee-keeper John Mc Keown. John explained the difference between all species of bees we have in our gardens and told us all about their purpose. There are not many beekeepers in our area and John produces his own honey with the help of the wonderful bees. There are 3 types of bee in the hive: the workers, drones and the queen.
There were many very clever questions asked about the bees …. “How are they got into the hive?!” (Sen. Infant) As you can see from the pictures there is a special suit used when beekeeping and a smoker to tame the bees which makes them tired so they go into the hive.
Also asked was the difference between a bee and a wasp – some knew a bee will die when he stings and a wasp won’t and of course wasps don’t make honey!
The bees play a very important part in nature too as they are very busy visiting all your gardens collecting loads of pollen to bring back to the hive and make yummy honey with. Did you know that the flavour of honey depends on what plants or flowers the bees collect pollen from?
We all learned lots of very valuable information and most importantly and sadly, we learned that there are very few if any wild bees left. Most of the bees in Ireland are kept by bee-keepers and they have to be treated for varroa mites as they are carriers of a virus that is particularly damaging to the bees. We all then got a turn to look at real bees busy at work in a demonstration hive that John brought in. Some of us listened to hear the busy bees at work. We then all worked like busy bees for the rest of the day!
The Senior Room wrote letters to John thanking him for his visit.