5th and 6th Class 2016/17
This was a busy month with Engineering Wk and Seachtain na gaeilge: it gave the children plenty of opportunities to present their skills. The class individually created/built from recycled bits and pieces an object that they discussed and presented to both class and school. The devices ranges from fans, T-shirt folding devices, cranes, catapults, bags, bubble blowing snakes, fishing rods and many more fantastic items.
The class also took a trip to Birr Arts Theater to see an Engineering Exhibition with Dr Ken. This was very entertaining and our very own Brian was selected to be Dr Ks assistant. As it was such a fantastic day weather-wise we went into Birr castle to see the museum, the telescope and the gardens. The class had a lovely day in the sun.
During Seachtaine na Gaeilge we held a Tráth na gceist for the senior classes. This was a great success and the teams were well mixed.
On the 16th March the eve of St Patricks Day each class performed some Irish Dánta, rince agus amhrain infront of the whole school. Ms Minnock had taken the 3rd to 6th class for choir and they did a lovely performance with all children Irish dancing and really enjoying themselves.
5th class Crepe/Pancake day….
As the 6th class went shopping there was time for the 5th class to practise making pancakes and eating them with ice-cream, nutella, maple syrup, marshmallows and honey……
On the 15th Feb the 18 6th class children made their Confirmation this month in Rosemount Church along with the children from Rosemount and Tubberclare. The children from Tubber did all readings, gifts and choir services for the ceremony. It was a lovely service and the children were excellent on the day. The choir was fantastic and all went very smoothly on the day.
On the 10th Feb the 6th class from both Tubber and Rosemount headed off with their teachers and Fr Tony to Knock for a lovely Retreat day. The day was very relaxing and ended with mass celebrated by Fr Tony in the apparition church.
Internet Safety Day
The children spent quite a while researching internet safety measures to adhere to. In groups they designed posters to incorporate these measures.
Credit Union Quiz
Tubber entered an U13 and an U11 Credit Union team into the regional quiz. Both teams were great on the night but the U11 team with Nathan, Hugh, Orla and Molly came first in their age group so will now take part in the chapter finals on the 3rd March. The U13 team, Caoimhe, Eimear,Liam and Aisling came 3rd in their age group which was also a great achievement for them, but unfortunately its the end of the line for them. This was a great successful night for both teams.
RDS Primary Science Fair
At 6:10am on the 12th of Jan the 5th and 6th class (Ms Dowds room) set off to the RDS primary science fair to exhibit their project “Are you buzzing?”. This project was based on static electricity. The children had a fantastic day presenting their work, looking at other schools work both primary and secondary and collecting freebies! The judges were so impressed with their work and enthusiasm that they presented Tubber with a lovely trophy. This was a fantastic learning experience for the children.
The class went to visit Collins Barracks in Dublin to catch up on some history that they did. Then they took a trip to Dundrum to chance their arm at Ice-skating and a spot of shopping. The children had great fun and were well behaved on the day.
Scary Days- Halloween
The last day before Midterm and we all dressed up for Halloween. We ALL look forward to the break but beforehand we have some partying to do!
Later on we had the Lip-sync competition. This was very good with a huge effort by all. The winners were Clara and Abbie who were fantastic at Lip-syncing. While some of the acts had brilliant dance routines, choreography and even drama we had to go with the LIP-SYNC champions.
The school held a Cheerio breakfast for Childline and we raised over €350. We all wore out PJs to school and ate our breakie. Later we practiced for our Lipsync competition.
On the 29th Sept class trip to Clonmacnoise, Viking boat, Athlone Castle and The Planet.
We had studied the Vikings on the Shannon and the History of Athlone in detail, therefore it was beneficial for the children to go back in time and experience the thrills of being a Viking by visiting the Historical remains from the Viking era in Clonmacnoise followed by a trip through the waterways once used by the Vikings to pillage and plunder in 795AD. We then re-emerge from our long ship adventure at the base of King Johns Castle in the midst of the 21st Century. We took the castle by storm and left our minds open to adventure. Our tour then taok us across the bridge of Athlone that witnessed the battle of Athlone in 1691 between the Jacobites and the Williamites. We will pass by Athlone Barracks before the final leg of our journey in Planet Athlone Leisure Centre where the children played Bowling and Quasar and got some grub before getting the bus back to Tubber (and reality). This was a great opportunity for the class to see what they have learnt about and also have fun.
This was a very sad time for our class, school and community. We lost one of our friends, Tim in a tragic accident. He will be missed dearly, always on our minds, part of all we do and Tim will be remembered.
The final months:
The last day ice-creams from The Cat…… Best of luck to the 6th class of 16!
Overnight Trip to Horizon:
The Great Cake Sale:
The Last Supper:
Pizza and Water fight in Tubber GAA:
February was a very important month for 6th class as they took the sacrament of Confirmation on the 11th Feb, in Ballymore Church. The class had done lots of prep work and were excellent on the day. They shared gifts among themselves the day before and the Parents Council kindly presented the class with gifts and Mrs Dowd with a beautiful bunch of flowers.
We made St Brigid’s crosses at the start of the month and had our throats blessed on St Blazes day.
Back with a bang and after 2 days back we make an early start on a cold Thursday morning as we headed for the RDS science fair. With a timetable rota going, every child got a chance to present our project to the public ” Why are soap suds always white? “. When off duty the children got to see all the shows (Titan, Robot Wars etc) and many other science projects. The judging of the projects started early and the children were excellent. A great day was had by all and after 12 hours of science it was time to go home.
Credit Union Quiz
At the end of January Tubber NS entered 2 teams into the Cr Union Quiz. Both teams did really well with scores just a few short of the winners. It was a great night.
What a month! Between preparing for the RDS and the class play “Annie”, we were all thrilled when the holidays started. December was hectic but we survived it.
The 6th class students organised a collection for the Midlands Simon Community and they did really well. Each class donated some of their weekly treats money to their class collection jar. The children and their parents were very generous and on the 18th of Dec the 6th class presented all the collections to Midland Simon. We collected 0ver €600 and lots of donations of vouchers, food, clothes and other listed items.
The children spent a lot of time preparing for their science project for RDS in January 2016. While it was fun investigating, analyzing, recording, comparing, testing, discussing and charting our work it still took us quite a while. But we are ready for the Primary Science Fair now.
We have been rehearsing like mad for our Christmas play “Annie”. Im not sure if we are even following a script at this stage. The children keep editing it. God knows what the play will be called on the night.
The Football teams, both boys and girls were presented with their medals for winning the Cumann na mBunscol finals. Jonathon Rooney, an excellent local footballer presented the medals to the children. They were honoured.
Before the Christmas breakup there were a number of presentations made to children who had won writing, art, science and other competitions. Well done all.
On the 10th Dec the 6th class children went on a class trip to Scoil Éanna (Pauric Pearse) Museum in Rathfarnham. We had read the novel The Young Rebels and the story was based in this museum. There was so much History here and it was a fantastic experience for the children.
After the museum we went to Dundrum Shopping Center to go Ice Skating. This was great fun and after the hour all children had improved immensely and most had abandoned their penguins !!!
After a few hours shopping it was then time to head home after a long, History and fun filled day.
After the mid-term break the children came back to find out that we had succeeded in getting selected to display our project RDS Primary Science Fair in January. Our project is “Why are suds always white?”
The 6th class children went to mass for the first Friday and they have each selected a Saint to research and present to the class.
In Maths we revised BOMDAS, number theory and studied 2D shapes.
In History we studied the ancient Ireland: Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and the Celts.
In Art the children wrote their names in Ogham, Hieroglyphics, Chinese, Braille, Greek and Gaeilge.
In Gaeilge we finished the Aimsir Chaite and learnt some new verbs and vocabulary.
Science week started from Nov 8th to 15th and the class spent a lot of the week learning about magnets, floating and sinking, density, gravity, surface tension, sound and many other areas. We investigated, researched and presented our findings to the whole school. On friday the 6th class set up the hall and exhibited their experiments and findings to the whole school. It was a fantastic experience for all involved and the 6th class were excellent, confident and competent in the presentations. What a week.
This month started well, we sent off our application to Primary Science Fair. Our project will be ” Why are soap suds always white?”. We have discussed this quite a lot and looking forward to finding out why?
The whole school have designed their Christmas cards and we hope they will be back after the mid term break.
We finished all our football games and both the boys and the girls teams won their finals. It was a fantastic week for Tubber GAA as the club boys U12s went on to beat Athlone in the Garrycastle Tournament final with Ava as captain.
The 6th class went to Lough Key Forest Pk to visit Boda Borg problem solving and team building activities where they had great fun trying to beat their team mates to solve the problems and escape. After Boda Borg they proceeded to Zipit where they spent the next few hours climbing trees and Zip-wiring through the forest.
We made play dough from flour, oil and water and we built Volcanoes with it. Our plan is to erupt these volcanoes.
We started our class novel “Young Rebels” and so far everyone loves it.
We grew crocuses in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
We have done Angles, lines, long X and Div with decimal places in maths.
Maths week proved to be great with games played every morning until break from Shut the Box to UNO.
BUILDING OUR VOLCANOES!
All back to school and ready for a full year of learning and fun.
We had a great start with the Army delivering a copy of the Proclamation of Independence and an Irish Tricolour flag to the school. This was a great event and the 6th class children listed out a number of facts on the National Anthem, The Irish Flag and the Proclamation. Pauric read a selected piece from the Proclamation, Shane received the Proclamation and Maedbh received the National flag. The 6th class children each told the rest of the school some facts on the History of the flag, the proclamation and our National Anthem. The school choir then sang the National Anthem while Ava played the music on the violin. It was a lovely morning for the whole school and we all look forward to hoisting the flag, with all schools in Ireland on the 15th March.
The football season started on the 3rd week back and the girls were ready for action. We have had a great start so far with 2 wins for the boys team and a win and a draw for the girls team.
After a number of games for both boys and girls football teams we have reached the final for both teams. The children had a great season with the boys winning all their matches and their final will be in Birr on Tuesday 20th Oct, and the girls winning all but one game. The girls final will be in Tullamore on Thursday 22nd Oct.
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The children entered a number of competitions this month. They entered the Doodle for Google: Imagine 2030, Junior Painter of the Year for Sightsavers, Cr Union poster competition “Happiness is….” and Supermacs colouring competition. We have also discussed and planned our entry for the RDS Primary Science fair in January. We hope we will be successful.
The Cigire came to visit us and she said we were very good and she loved all our class displays. In class we got a lot covered in this first month. The main topics covered in these subjects are as follows:
Maths: Place value, Data, Number theory, Reading Numbers, rounding, BOMDAS, Tables practice every morning and Problem solving Tue: Board Games.
History: We did a lot of work before the Defence Force presented the school with our National Flag and Proclamation, we studied the history of The National Anthem, The National Flag and The Proclamation. We studied Our Lady of Knock, Fatima and Lourdes in detail. The children researched and discussed the events of 9/11. They also learnt about Setanta, The Children of Lir, Fionn and the Giant.
Geography: We studied Volcanoes, Earthquake and the Earths Layers in detail. The class researched Countries,capitals, rivers and Mts of Europe.
Science: We learnt about our hearts and what keeps them working and healthy. We discussed blood components, vessels and functions. The children tested their own hearts when relaxed and after intense activity and again a minute later. We discovered that they all have a heart.
SPHE: The class devised a list of class rules. We have Assembly to get the low down on the rest of the school. We participated in the reception of the National Flag and Proclamation. We have kept up to date on current affairs by reading and discussing at length the newspaper topics.
English: The oral language theme for this month was Living Things. The children wrote what the knew at the start of the month and again at the end of the month they added their new vocab. We have learnt 2 poems Base Details and But You Didn’t and we analysed and discussed the poems in detail.We read many other poems and stories and the children rewrote The New Kid on the Block poem. They wrote two essays and a letter related to topics studied in other curricular subjects.
Gaeilge: The children have read a number of stories in Irish, learning off phrases from each. They have written about themselves and their families. We have studied and revised the Aimsir Chaite. They have learnt and discussed Amhrain na bhFiann agus Timpiste. We have chatted in pairs about shopping, and ourselves and will work more on oral language this term.
Art, Drama,PE, Music, Religion: The children have done all these subjects individually and integrated with other subjects. We have Rugby every Tue. Caroline does Drama/Public speaking on a Monday. We do Fit Thursday every Thurs morning. Our art is displayed around the class along with our written work.
As March begins, the snow covers our roads like a blanket, the winds rush past moving all in its way and it is Spring. The 6th class are excited about their confirmation on the 20th of March in Rosemount.
We are studying The Easter Rising 1916 which was in full planning mode this time 99 years ago.
This week is Friendship week in our school and we are going all out to keep our friends and make new ones but most off all we must endeavor to be Great Friends ourselves.
Rugby Blitz Moate:
Today we went to Moate to play in a Rugby Blitz against 2 teams from Rosemont and Castledaly. We also had two teams, The Triple Alliance and The Triple Entente. The children had a fantastic day. The weather was cold but dry, and the teachers were frozen….but hey, the children had fun!!!!! thanks to the parents for the lifts to the pitch and thanks to Jude and his helpers (James Fallon and mates) for their help and for organizing the day.
The children have studied WW1 in detail. They have all written reports/letters home about their imaginary time in the trenches. All have a great insight into trench warfare from 1914-1918.
For Grandparents the children wrote poems about the grandparents.
The children entered an Art competition in Moate Library wheerby they had to design and decorate their fav character fron the Harry Potter series. They also entered a Harry Potter Quiz.
Each child made a St Brigits cross.
All delighted to be back at school. The weather is cold and dry.
Over the month we have studied the Titanic in detail. The children wrote fab stories and poems about their imaginary trip on the Famous ship. They also drew the sinking hotel.
We ran a school quiz and picked two teams for the Credit Union Quiz which was held on the 31st Jan. It was a great night and both teams did us proud on the night.
We were all looking forward to going to the primary Science Fair in the RDS. It was a fab day . We left at 8:15 am and got home at 8pm. There was so much to see from science experiments to 3D shows, we were entertained by Titan the Robot and his friends at war. Some children even got to read the news!
We spent a lot of time this month preparing for the school concert. we also got to see the Army Band preform again. As always they were fab. And then Santa came to visit each child with a gift. The children were building up for Christmas.
As we had studied for the famine we went to see the Jeanie Johnson in Dublin and as we were there we decided to go skating in Dundrum. The class had a fab time.
The concert went off really well and everyone was delira to have it over.
The Boys football were also presented with their winning medals by past pupil and County player Jamie Colgan.
This month we had the excitement of studying Fractions in detail and we are brill at them.
We also started to knit and sew so God knows what we’ll be wearing for Christmas. yje 6th class went to Clara open day so the 5th class made pizza and chilled for the day.
The class started a new novel “Under the Hawthorn Tree” which will give us a great insight into the famine. We have studied the famine in great detail and each child did a project on it.
A few girls, who were doing Dr Degrees in Physics and Science came to our school to present their research to the class. Sun-spotters was the program and it was fascinating. The children had studied the solar system in detail so had a good back ground into the presentation.
On the Wed 15th Oct the class left school at 9:30am and made their way to Clonmacnoise to visit the findings of St Ciarán. From there they got the Viking Boat to Athlone where they visited Athlone Castle and got the low down on the Jacobites and the Williamites. We even got to the Luan Gallery there prints of characters from the “Táin Bó Chuainne” we on show. After all that education we made our way to The Planet where we played bowling, quasar and in adventure land. We had a fantastic day and to finish it off in the Planet was brilliant. Just to make a great day better, when we left the Planet they gave us the results of the Art Competition the school had entered. One child in each class won a fab prize of a birthday party for themselves and 12 friends in The Planet. There were 8 happy children in Tubber N.S this Halloween, thanks to The Planet, Bowling Alley, Athlone.
Both the boys and girls football teams got to the final of their groups. The girls match was in O’Connor pk and they played a fab game. Unfortunately on the day it wasn’t to be and we came second. Tullamore Gaelscoil were the winners on the day, but it was a fab game.
The Boys final was held in St Brendan’s Pk in Birr. It was a great game and it went to extra time before the final result was in our favour and the boys wonn the Cumann na mBunscol final. It was a great win, with two brill teams.
Thanks to Tubber GAA who brought both teams to SuperMacs after for a treat.
Well done to all parents and supporters who have traveled and supported us over the years.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!!!
Already this month we have worked on Data and averages and we gathered information from all classes and recorded and presented this data in the form of line, trend, pie, bar, multiple bar charts, pictograms and tallies. We worked in groups and had fun doing them.
The children have learnt about Clonmacnoise and St Ciarán in preparation for our class trip and Viking boat crusade from Clonmacnoise to Athlone Castle.
The boys have won all their football matches and are through to the final in O’Connor Pk.. The girls have won all they’ve played so far.
Today Wed the 8th October we came to school in our pyjamas and all had our breakfast together for Childline. All children made a donation to Childline. How cute did we look????
Some of the class got carried away with the whole PJs and cheerios moment!!!
Fabulous weather and we are all loving being back to school. New classrooms, new teachers and new buddies.
This month we had fab weather so fortunately we had Basketball and football for our class so we got to go out and enjoy the weather.
We also did some work in class. In science we studied the Digestive System in the form of the munch ride. We discussed the food pyramid so we now know how to stay fit and healthy and how to read the nutritional value on products we buy.
We learnt about our solar system, the Milky Way and the dark side of the Moon.
The class found the legends of King Lir and Fionn McCumhall interesting and look forward to hearing more.
In maths we did place value, multiplication, addition, subtraction, data, averages, angles and lines. We used protractors’ and compasses to draw triangles. We even learnt how to draw a perfect circle using a ruler, and pencil and straight lines only.
In art we decorated our names. With the theme of line/pattern/shape we drew overlapping vessels and decorated them in various patterns. We drew pumpkin heads using straight lines only. And finally using the optical illusion strategy we drew 3D tunnels. These all look fab on the wall.
This month we started station teaching in English to cater for differentiation and it seems to be working well. There are four stations where each group will study Oral language and reading, Comprehension, Spelling through games, and penmanship and writing genre.
We have lots of new frásaí in Irish and we love competing in the Gaeilge Knockout.
We finally completed our application form for the RDS Primary Science Fair to apply for a stall to present our work. We have planned to work on Static Electricity and hope we are successful in getting there.
This year we held our internal spelling Bee competition early and with Christopher R as our school representative we were ready to conquer Co westmeath. Christopher practised regularly by reading his dictionary and went to his competition in St Etchins in Kineghad with confidence. Christopher did us proud and got through numerous before he faltered on a spelling. Well done Christopher for you great achievement and Best wishes to the chap who won and will go on to represent Co Westmeath.
Credit Union Quiz 2014
Once again the senior prepared for the Credit Union Quiz. We then held an internal quiz to select our team. Once that was in order the children had to gather as much general knowledge as possible.
On the night we arrived early with 2 teams, the U13 and the U11. Both teams well ready to go. The questions started off well but it was difficult to tell until the final score was announced. Our U13 s had cone 3rd….but there was no recognition for that. So we live to fight another year. Well done to all who participated on the night and to their parents for chauffeuring on the night.
The Primary Science Fair:
On the 9th Jan 2014 on a frosty, cold morning at 6:30 am the 6th class children with their teacher Ms Dowd and Ms Conway left the school and headed for the RDS, Primary Science Fair. The children had been working on a scientific project to see why one thing floats and another object sinks. They tested, investigated, researched, questioned, documented, charted and even tried to change the course of science. Their project was “Why do I float when my friend sinks?”
The whole day was a fantastic experience for all. The children had a rota so that each child got to mann the stall and answer questions from the public. Some of the children were interviewed by RTE and others were inspected by the judges. All in all the children did themselves and the school proud. Ms Dowd and Ms Conway had a great day and said that the children were an inspiration to all.
After looking around at all other projects we finally left the RDS at 5:45 pm and arived home at 7;45pm, all completely shattered.
This month we were busy preparing for our Christmas carol service. We organised a collection for St Vincent De paul.
We also read the Novel “The Young Rebels” which is based on the story of a young boy, John Joe who attends school in St Endas school which is run by Padraic Pearse. While there he get caught up the the organisation of the 1916 Rising. This is a fantastic story with loads of history. With such a keen interest in this Novel we decided to take a trip to see scoil Eanna in Rathfarnham. This was a great day and it complete the novel for us. While there we were soooo close to Dundrum on Ice, so of course we went there……another great experience. read our stories:
It was a delight to come back to school after our Halloween break. We had great stories to tell. We had a fancy dress before the break and this is how we looked.
After alot of work on problem solving and team what a better way to put it all into action than a trip to LoughKey Forest Pk to visit Boda Borg and Zippit.
What a fantastic experience to be had by all. We left the school at *;£0am and arrived back shattered at 8;30pm.
We have all settled back into school and decided to work hard for the whole year.