Look at all the shoeboxes the children from our school filled for the Team Hope Ireland Shoebox Appeal. As always, the children from our school have been extremely generous and kind. Well done everybody.
The children in Ms. Muldoon’s class have been reading the novel “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark” by Jill Tomlinson. Look at their wonderful artwork.
The children in the Junior Room are exploring the theme of “Houses and Homes”. In the story the “Three Little Pigs", the pigs built houses from different materials. The children in Ms. O’ Haire and Ms. Geraghty’s room are great builders too. They made houses using paper, glue, scissors, twistables, crayons, markers, pencils and coloured matchsticks.
On Thursday, the 6th class attended the open day in Presentation College, Headford alongside other schools from the area. We were paired with Castlehacket N.S. and Headford Girls N.S. First thing in the morning, we all met up in the gym. After our names were called out, we went with our supervisor who was with us for the day. The first subject we did was Science. We did two more subjects before small break and then after small break we did a few more subjects, one of which was Metalwork which everyone thought was really cool. After big break, we went into the study hall and did some Wellbeing. That was really fun especially as they gave us chocolate. We went to do Woodwork after that which everyone enjoyed. After Woodwork, we went to Home Economics. The 1st and 2nd years made us cookies which we got to bring home. The last class we did was Business Studies. We really enjoyed our day.
Hallowe'en Dress Up
The junior class room did some spooktacular art with Ms. Geraghty. They were so spooky. Their spooky ghosts were very fun to make. They printed out ghosts and then they stuck tissue paper onto the ghosts .They scared us when we walked in the door. The following Friday they made pumpkins. They cut, coloured and painted the pumpkins. They were so scary. They coloured the eyes black and their mouths either black or yellow. They also cut them out when they finished painting and coloured the pumpkins. They also made some spooky spiders. The whole school is looking very spooky. WOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Orchestra - Music Workshop
On the 17th of October the fourth, fifth and sixth classes of Knockroon and Cross national schools got together to form an Orchestra. The instruments that were played were the cello, the flutes, the clarinet, the violin and the viola. Sorcha played the keyboard and every class presented and performed a piece. The pieces that were performed were “Daydreaming” for the sixth class, “Knickerbocker Glory” for the fifth class and “Goldfish Bowl” for the fourth class. Then everybody played ”Fiannia”, “Chinese Street Festival”, “Amazing Grace” and “My Bonnie lies over the Ocean” together.
The teachers of both schools were very proud of all the students. Then we talked about some of the instruments and because of all of our hard work we got treat bags. It seemed like Hallowe’en came early! It was great fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was exciting to be in an orchestra for a day!
A visit from P.C.H.
Ms. McAlpine and one of the schools secretary’s Bernie Creaven came to our school from Presentation College Headford. They spoke to sixth class about the choice of subjects the school offered and all the sports the school has. A subject sample day will be held on the 8th of November for the sixth class to try out the new interesting subjects such as German, Home Economics and Business. P.C.H. will hold an open day on the 13th of November for the parents of the sixth class to get a tour of the school and help sixth class choose their subjects.
We sowed tomato seeds last May. Look at our bumper crop now in October.
We did all sorts of maths work during Maths Week. We did “Dan the Detective” and “The Three Monkeys” and we had all sorts of puzzles to figure out. The Junior Room did sorting, matching, patterns, construction and counting games. They also did maths games using dice, counters and maths board games. The Second and Third classes did a Maths trail, Problem of the Week, online maths and really hard mental maths games. They also did maths problems for the whole school. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes did some maths activities like maths games, board games, online maths problems and maths stations.
The Young King
The children from Ms. Muldoon’s and Mr. Bourke’s classrooms had a truly magical experience in the Linenhall Theatre, Castlebar. They thoroughly enjoyed Slingsy Theatre’s performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Young King”.
The Senior Room took part in a “Seashore Safari” at Grattan Beach. We found lots of interesting sea creatures including starfish and crabs.
We will be participating in the selection of the mascot for the under 17 team soccer for the UEFA Championships. We had to come up with a mascot that represents Ireland. A lot of schools are participating in this. Some people drew leprechauns and potatoes. If your mascot is chosen it will be used and you will win tickets to the match for your class. A lot of the boys are doing this instead of the credit union art competition but some people are entering both competitions. Mr Bourke showed us different mascots from the World Cup. Some were from the 1960s. One of them was an orange thing. We thought it was ugly. It was just like a blob. We are all very excited to start our drawings and then see the finished drawings.
We are participating in the Credit Union Art Competition. The theme this year is “The Power of Nature”. Some people drew things like storms, trees, waves, thunder, lightning and jungle scenes. We take part in the Credit Union art competition every year.
Even though the weather was not kind to us this week, we still found ways to keep active.
Remember to check out our STEM page for details of some science activities we did this week.
Good luck to the Neale
The Neale Intermediate’s Gaelic football team are in the semi-final of the championship. They are playing Burrishoole in McHale Park on Sunday. They got to the final three years ago so can they do it again. There are a few players who are on the team who were pupils at this school such as David and Stephen Morrin, Aidan O Sullivan, John Coleman, Keith Hennelly, Michéal Varley, Conor O’ Malley and Rory King. The manager is Eoin Hughes. The game starts at 4 o clock. The captain is Stephen Conroy from Cong. I think the game is going to be really tight. Burrishoole has Jason Doherty on the team. The Neale beat Parke by 2 points in Claremorris to get into the semi-final. We wish The Neale the best of luck from all of us at Cross N.S.
On Wednesday the new second and third class children went to violin lessons for the first time. The teacher’s name is Sorcha. They started off by plucking the G, D, A and E strings. It was really exciting when they got their first sheet of music. It was called “Stepping Stones”. They learned about the different parts of the violin. Violin lessons are for children from second to sixth class. Everybody is doing very well indeed.