Friday, 28 February 2014

Cooking/Baking Classes at Shrone NS

This week we started our cooking and baking classes. On Wednesday the Junior Room learned all about the story of the Ginger Bread Man. Marianne came into us and they had a great time decorating their gingerbread men.
On Thursday,  Marianne came to the Senior Room. The theme was 'Chocolate Treats". We made chocolate brownies, chocolate mayonnaise cake (which was really yummy!) and some chocolate truffles.  We had great fun sieving,  beating,  mixing and baking and only managed to drop one egg on the floor! 
We can't wait to see what treats Chef Marianne has in store for us next week!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

A Visit from a Local Business Man

As part of our Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP), we needed to interview a local businessman about their business, how they set it up and what it takes to run your own business.

As part of the Discovery Primary Science and Maths Programme, we also needed to talk to a scientist about their job and how they got involved in the work they do.

We decided that Donal Murphy, the local vet, would be a perfect visitor to tell us about all of these things.

Ms. Drumm invited him into talk to us and he came to visit on Wednesday 26th February. He told us all about his business and how he set it up. He also told us about how he keeps his business successful and where the risks are in his job. We found out a lot of information about risks that need to be taken, what it takes to run a successful business and some things to bear in mind as we set up our own mini-business for JEP.

He also told us about his life as a vet and we were very interested to hear about the types of animals he works with in our area. Niall and Michelle recognised Donal because he regularly visits their farms to help with the cows, especially in the Springtime when they are calving. Donal told us that Springtime was his busiest time of year. He had to get up twice on Tuesday night for emergency calls! We wonder does he ever get a full nights sleep!

It was a very interesting interview. We would like to thank Donal for his time, especially as he is so busy at this time of year.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Baking Gingerbread Men

 Today Marianne Cronin came to our school. She showed us how to make Gingerbread Men and we got to decorate them. Firstly Marianne told us all about her job as a baker. We got to ask her lots and lots of questions. We told her the story of the Gingerbread Man and finally we got to eat our Gingerbread Men. We learnt a lot and we enjoyed the experience. It was really good fun! 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Science is Fun!

Brian, a 5th year student from Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, came to visit Shrone NS this week on work experience. We tried out loads of experiments as part of our Discover Primary Science & Maths projects.
Brian told us all about the human body, especially the heart and lungs and how important it is to keep fit and healthy. We are training for our Daffodil Day walk/run or roll on the 23rd March and he gave us some handy tips to keep in mind! (Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth!)

We made a lava lamp in a bottle which was great fun to watch.  Some worked better than others but our teacher said that's what science was about.... not every experiment works the first time around!

We also learned about volcanoes and what makes them erupt. We learned about acids and bases and we mixed vinegar with baking soda and food dye to make a volcano explode! It was great fun!

We are tracking the weather for at the moment, so Brian showed us how to make a tornado in a bottle so we could see what happens with a real tornado. We're glad we didn't have one of those last week!

We really enjoyed science this week - a big thanks to Brian for coming into us.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Discover Primary Science and Maths Award

This week the pupils in the Junior Room worked towards achieving our 8th Discover Primary Science and Maths Award. We changed the colour of celery from green to red. We discovered that raisins can dance! We created a volcano and viewed it as it erupted. We all enjoyed doing them. We had great fun.

Letter Writing in Shrone NS

A few weeks ago we were all practising handwriting letters. Ms. Drumm asked us to write to a well known person or a relative. We each wrote a letter to a friend, a relative, a role model, a celebrity or a sports star. Ms. Drumm found an address and we stamped and addressed the envelopes before going out to the postbox right out the school gate. Con the postman took our letters and off they went to their destination.

Sophie was delighted today, when the post arrived and there was a letter from Treasa Murphy in Radio Kerry. Sophie said "I don't know what to say. I am just over the moon." Sophie read out the letter to the whole class.

We can't wait to see what other responses we get from the people that we wrote to!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Having a Whale of a Time!

Everybody in Shrone National School from Junior Infants to Sixth class are really enjoying our swimming lessons. Here we are impatiently waiting to get ready for swimming at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre! Next week is our last week but we've really enjoyed the 6 weeks of swimming...everybody has moved up one level since last year so we're very proud of ourselves!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Senior Room travel to IT Tralee

Today the Senior Room traveled on the train from Rathmore to Tralee to a Dr. Maths lecture as part of Engineer's Week.

We got the train at 10am from Rathmore and arrived in Tralee at 10.50am. From there we walked to the IT Tralee South Campus and spent an hour learning about Maths and how it is used all around us. We spotted many patterns and designs that involved lines, angles and shapes. We also looked at patterns in number and had a go at some magic tricks using the "Josephus Problem".

We got the train back at 1.05pm and arrived in Rathmore at 2pm.

We really enjoyed the Engineer's Week activity as part of the Discover Primary Science programme.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Kerry Life Education

Today we visited the Kerry Life Education Van. We met Mary and Harold the giraffe. We learned all about our bodies, healthy eating habits, how to be nice and not be greedy. We spoke to Harold all about our health and then we had a healthy picnic followed by some super disco dancing to make sure we got in some exercise.

The senior class had fun with the van interactive quiz and learned all about their insides through questions, chatting and short videos. We really surprised Mary with all the information that we already knew!

A big thanks to Mary for all her hard work today!