Happy Christmas to all our pupils and their families. We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2019.
On Thursday, Mr. Bourke's room went to Claremorris to take part in athletic training. They had great fun.
Christmas is Coming
All classrooms are busy preparing for Christmas. Check out our festive art.
We had our Christmas Cake Sale last Sunday the 10th of December. We had lots of delicious cakes and cookies on offer. We are glad that a lot of families participated. The P.A. organised four hampers and the children of the school sold lines for these four hampers. One of the hampers was a meat and chilled food hamper.
There were also things for children like “Lucky Dips” and “Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar”. In the lucky dip there were lots of toys. Ava guessed the number of sweets in the jar. Some of the students made and decorated cakes, biscuits and some Christmas decorations. Eleanor made a lovely cheese cake and Conn made biscuits. Fiachra made traditional, Christmas logs. We were very happy to see all the families enjoying our annual school cake sale.
The children have recently finished their engineering projects in Ms. Muldoon’s room. This is a competition by STEPS Young Engineer Award and they had to choose a project that will benefit the community. They first had to draw out a plan/design and they then had to make a prototype. They also had a visit from an engineer named Ivan who works for a company called Fraser Ross. The projects were made out of cardboard and they made an indoor football pitch and traffic lights. The class had an amazing time making all the projects and meeting Ivan the engineer. See our STEM page for pictures.
On Thursday, Mr. Bourke’s class went outside for P.E. After a quick warm-up we played a game like musical chairs except that you had to pick up a cone. We played a game of walking tag. Afterwards we split into teams and played a game of Olympic Handball. Olympic Handball is a game where you can’t move when you have the ball. There was a knock-out tournament with four teams. Team one played team two, team two played well but were defeated. A second game was played between team three and team four but team three was triumphant. Team one was victorious in the final. Mr. Bourke’s class had great craic.
Cake Sale, a Visitor and Aistear
The Cake Sale Is On Sunday
This week we were busy getting ready for our cake sale which is taking place in the school after mass on Sunday, December the 9th. Have a look at the beautiful festive floral arrangements made by Ms. Gillon. One of our children has made some fantastic festive logs. We have lots more treats for you to buy on Sunday morning.
A Very Special Visitor
This month's theme in the Junior Room is "The Post Office". On Friday afternoon we were absolutely delighted to have a visit from Beth's granny Bernie who worked as a postwoman. Bernie answered loads of our questions and she told us a few stories about her time working as a postwoman. A postal worker has to get up really early to sort the post before they get on the road delivering our letters and parcels. Bernie said that coming up to Christmas is a really busy time and some years she might have had to deliver up to 600 letters a day!!!! Bernie had to learn off everybody's name on her route because delivering letters in country areas can be tricky as there are no numbers on the doors. Bernie loved driving the postal van but one day a cross dog punctured one of the tyres with his teeth!!! Another day a dog bit Bernie on her ankle through a gate!!! Cian asked Bernie if it is important to write neatly on envelopes. Bernie said it is very important to write neatly and slowly because if an envelope is too messy to read, it has to go to a special place in Limerick where experts try to figure out what is written on it. A letter could be weeks late if this happens. Check out our photos of the afternoon. Michael came up from his classroom to see his granny. Thanks Bernie for a lovely afternoon.
Aistear - The Post Office
We were busy filling out forms in our Post Office this morning. We applied for passports, dog licences and T.V. licences. We sorted the post and stamped it. The postman put the post into his postbag and delivered it around the area.
In the small world area, our little people visited our miniature post office.
We had great fun sorting, matching, counting and playing memory games with the items in our post bags.
We recycled paper, old christmas cards and bits of coloured paper shapes to design and create our own stamps. We drew and coloured them also.
Busy Times In Cross N.S.
Science Week Prizewinners
Jack, Evan, Daragh and Luke were the pupils who came second in the Science Week competition in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris. There was a bit of a mix up that day because the team who came third got our prizes because we had to go home for the Parent Teachers meetings. Thankfully in the end, we got the hoodies and bottles. The hoodies were purple and yellow with a logo that said “Science Week 2018” and the bottles were also yellow and purple.
Junior Room Art
Pioneer Essay Competition
This week 4th, 5th and 6th classes wrote their Pioneer Essay entries. We do this every year. Some people don’t like writing stories as much as others because it can hurt your hand but everyone still participates in this competition. There are always particular headings e.g. “I like Art Classes in School”, “If I had Wings for a Month”, “ My Favourite Sportsperson”, “If I was a Sports’ Reporter” and “Shepherds on the First Christmas Night”. Some people prefer having a selection of titles to pick from while others like having their own to do. The limit of words you could use was 400 so it took a lot of thinking. We have been working on these stories for about two weeks . If you could not think of 400 words to put in your story you could just do as much as you possibly could. Everyone is happy with the way their story turned out. Hopefully we can do as well as we did last year and maybe somebody can win a prize for Cross N.S. again.
A lot of children in Cross do sports outside of school, the most popular being soccer or Gaelic football. We also participate in lots of other sports including martial arts, athletics, dancing and golf. The majority of people who play soccer play for Moyne Villa or Mervue. The most popular sport is Gaelic and most students play for The Neale or Ballinrobe.
Conn does karate and his black belt is not too far away. He does lots of different exercises in karate and he learns different patterns of moves for self-defence. To get each belt you have to learn a different pattern of moves. You also have to own a license to get each belt
Faith does Tae-kwon-do. It is a Korean martial art. The art of Tae-kwon-do consists of kicking, punching, self-defence and reasoning to a point. To start the class they do stretches and warming up. After warming up the pupils under yellow belt take a water break. Then they do kicking and punching. Each class does different types of kicking and punching. At the end of the session, they play a game of dodge ball. Faith is very close to getting her yellow tag. She would highly recommend it.
Tom plays soccer for Mervue and Galway town. He is playing Roscommon this weekend and if he wins the game he will be in the Connacht final. More than likely he will be playing Mayo in the final because they will probably finish second in the group. This year Tom got to the Connacht quarter final for Mervue. Unluckily they lost but it was a good game. Hopefully Tom will win his next two games to get to Connacht final and if he wins the final he will be in the All Ireland quarter final. It is a big commitment for Tom’s dad because he has to bring him up three or four days a week for training and matches.
The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark
This week Ms. Muldoon’s room were very busy. Second class finished their novel called “The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark”. They drew a picture of the owl and wrote a poem about owls. They are all excellent. The owl in the story is called Plop who is a beautiful, new born, baby owl. She is perfect in every way except for one thing - she is afraid of the dark. My most favourite line in the book is “The dark is kind in all sorts of ways”. Mrs. Owl really likes the dark… she says things like; dark is wonderful, dark is fascinating, dark is fun, dark is exciting and dark is necessary, This book is a really good and interesting novel.
Senior Room News
We have been working hard in school recently. We made some “All about Me” portraits. We put in everything that we liked, like animals and sports. When we were finished we coloured them in. After that, we got cardboard and stuck them onto the cardboard.
When we did the Celts we did some Celtic art. First we got a page and filled it with circles and other shapes . We cut the shapes out, put glue on them and stuck them on black paper. First we glued the thinner bits on and then the wider ones after. Next we stuck the circles on row by row. When we were finished they looked really nice, everyone’s was very colourful and different.
We are doing projects on our local community. It’s very interesting to find out a lot about our local buildings. Ava did O’Malley’s pub. It has been sold to a lot of different people in our community. It opened in 1943. Danny did the battle of Moytura. It took place in 1699.
This week we were learning about Weather and Climate. We learned the saying “Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning”. “Make hay while the sun shines” is another well known phrase.
We explored the Duchas website and discovered some past pupils’ work. Children who lived in Cross wrote them years ago. When a dog’s tail is shaped like a rainbow, it is a sign of bad weather. When a cat sits beside the fire, it’s a sign of bad weather. When a dog eats grass, it’s a sign of rain.
On Friday we looked at satellite pictures of Ireland. We were learning about climate change and we learned about the Gulf Stream.