Gerald Griffin St. Cork

4th Class

Fantastic DNA Project

The girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes had a very interesting science week. On Wednesday the girls in Ms O Briens class went to UCC where they listened to the Across Africa talk. They found it very interesting. On Thursday the UCC Cell Explorers team came to the school where they did a workshop and experiments with Ms. O Leary's and Ms. O Brien's classes. The Fantastic DNA Project let the children try and extract DNA from bananas. As you can see from the pictures below the children were very interested in the experiment and successfully extracted DNA from the bananas.

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Basketball with Ciarán

On Friday the girls from 2nd to 6th classes went up to Neptune Stadium where Ciarán from Cork Sports Partnership showed the girls some more basketball skills. The girls really enjoyed playing the games that Ciarán did with them and benefited from the skills that he showed them. They will be practising their new skills over the coming weeks and months when they go up to Neptune with their teachers.

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Dress up Day

The whole school enjoyed dress up day last Friday. The children wore their costumes into school and some of the teachers joined in the fun as well dressing up. Junior and Senior infants went trick or treating to the older classes, while 4th, 5th and 6th classes entertained the whole school by showing us the Thriller dance. Early Start loved hearing the story "Room on the Broom" and 3rd class did some Halloween art.

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Sciath Na Scol

The football team played their final game in this year's competition against Scoil Padre Pio this week. The girls played superbly and really enjoyed playing together as a team.

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Friendship Week Art Competition

This morning we had another whole school assembly to celebrate the end of Friendship week in the school. Ms. Twohig's 2nd recited a poem about friendship while the girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th class led the school singing "How far I'll go" Shandon Street Credit Union kindly sponsored prizes for our Friendship Week art competition. The children had to draw a poster about friendship. Some of the older children wrote poems about friendship instead. Congratulations to the winners from each class. During the week there was a display up next to the Blue Room where examples of how the children were kind were displayed. By the end of the week, the board was full of kind things that the children from all the classes did. In the yard, also this week, was a friendship station. If children couldn't find anyone to play with they would go to the friendship station and some of the older girls would play with them or help them to find someone else to play with. All the children had a great time this week, made some new friends and learned how important it is to be nice to others.

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Library Visit

Ms. O Brien's class visited Blackpool library today to hear author Maria Burke talk about her new book, "The Ark of Dun Ruah". They really enjoyed listening to her and hearing how she got ideas for her books.

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Friendship Week

Today the school had an assembly to launch Friendship Week. All this week we are going to be kind to everyone in the school. The older classes will be reading and playing with the younger classes. There will be a competition for all classes where the children have to design a poster based on the theme of friendship. We will also be helping Ms Manley complete the display outside the seomra gorm by writing all the kind things that we did this week. During the assembly today the whole school sang "You are my Brother" and Ms. O Brien's 4th and 5th class sang a lovely version of Ed Sheeran's song in Irish.

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Lord Mayor's Visit

Today we had special visitors to the school, The Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald and the Lady Mayoress. The Lady Mayoress was a past pupil of our school so we were extremely happy to welcome them. The children learned that the chain of the Lord Mayor's office is 230 years old. The Lord Mayor also reminded the children how important it is to keep ourselves fit and healthy and also to keep the communities that they live in clean and tidy.

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Sciath na Scol


Congratulations to the school football team who won their first match in this year's Sciath na Scol campaign. They will have more matches coming up over the next month and we wish the team every success in them.

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Attendance Reward

Our boys and girls were so proud of themselves for having full attendance during the last school year. They were rewarded by going on a trip to a local cafe for hot chocolate. We are sure these children can meet the 100 Days of Attendance Challenge and enjoy another reward in February.  

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