Back to school! 6th class starting the year off with a friendly competition - who can make the longest paper chain using only one piece of paper? Fantastic work from all the groups.
Recently, we completed a STEM Challenge where the whole class had to find a partner or a group and try to make the longest paper chain. We had 20 minutes to complete the task. When the timer beeped we all dropped everything and waited for the competition to start. The first team to lay down their paper chain included Hanna, Robyn, Clara and Lily's team. Next, it was Tommy, Conor F, Vikki, Tyreek, Aisling and Emma's team. At this point, Robyn's team was winning. The next team was Liam's team with Eoin M, Eoin W and Alan. They were only around half an inch away from winning but Robyn's team held onto their lead! After that, Kate and Ava's team was up. Their paper chain was only a few centimetres long! It was more like a piece of jewellery. The leaser board was as follows: 1st Place - Hanna, Robyn, Lily and Clara. 2nd Place - Eoin W, Eoin M, Liam and Alan. 3rd Place - Edie, Caoimhe, Seán and Oisín. Overall, we had a great time and had a lot of fun!
Congratulations to Hannah Fitzpatrick who represented St. Finnachta's N.S at the Intel Mini Scientists National Final in Maynooth. Hannah's project, The Disposable Truth, was one of 26 projects chosen among primary school students from across Ireland to attend the finals in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Hannah's project explored the truth behind disposable coffee cup; is it recyclable, biodegradable or should be thrown in with the general waste?
In December, 6th Class started practicing gymnastics in the GAA hall. At week one, we were paired up into groups of 5 or 6 and we did single poses, such as balancing on one foot with our arms outstretched, ect. In week 2 we tried out doubles poses where one person would stand on top of another. (supervised, of course) Week 3 and 4 consisted of group poses, where the aforementioned group would try to balance someone on two peoples shoulders with two people on either side holding them. The final weeks were spent practicing a group routine, where each group would come up with a cacophony of single, double and group poses. When all of the groups had perfected their routine, we began filming in the school hall. Here are the six routines which our class put together.
Our Sixth class recently participated in Junior Achievement with Caimin Morey as our programme co-ordinator. We worked on a lot of interesting subjects like the cardiovascular system, renewable energy and forensic science. On our second-to-last day Caimin agreed to take our class to Zimmer BioMet, a company that makes artificial joints, where he also worked. We were accompanied by Mr Keane and Mr Heagney. When we arrived they showed us a quick presentation of the company. After that we split into three groups and started the tour. First our tour guide showed us some whiteboards with Health and Safety, company goals and stretching exercises. Then our guide showed us a robot arm and explained some of the materials used and the process of making the joint, in this case a knee. They also showed us how they polished the knees to a fine level. At the end of the process a robot checked the knee for faults. If a knee had any faults it would be thrown away and recycled. The tour guide said they take the quality of their products very seriously. It was a really interesting experience and I particularly enjoyed it.
By Maria Vrabete
For P.E. last term both sixth classes did gymnastic routines , first our teachers split us up into groups. And and then Mr Keane and Mr Kilcoyne gave us sheets with different holds and gymnastic movements. We practiced for an hour every Wednesday and gradually our group routines got better and better. Then both classes came together in the hall and Mr Keane and Mr Kilcoyne recorded us group by group. We cheered each group on, and we all cannot wait until we do group routines in P.E. again!
Please enjoy watching some of our gymnastic routines :)
On the 5th of March Mr.Kilcoyne's and Mr.Keane's 6th classes went on a trip to Esker on our Confirmation retreat with Mr.Clohessy's 6th class from Kilmurry.We were greeted warmly by our leaders as we stepped off the bus.First,we were split into four groups and we each went our separate ways. We all did two activities which were followed by tea and biscuits. Next, we went and did two more activities. After those they gave us soup and orange juice. The retreat was finished off by a Mass. We found it very enjoyable preparing for our Confirmation somewhere different. The three 6th classes all enjoyed their visit and would like to thank all the leaders and Fr. Séamus.