The Credit Union Quiz took place on the 29th of January. Our school entered four team: two U11 and two U13. At the quiz competition was very tight with our U11 teams placing fourth and sixth. The competition was very tight between our U13s as there was one point separating them in the final score. Both teams did well as one was in a three way tie for second and the other ending up third. There were 11 U11 teams competing and 26 U13 teams.
Overall, all our teams performed really well.
On the 9th of January Mrs.Heelan told us that she was going to enter us into an Analogue Devices, Learn-it LEGO robotics class .There were only 30 available spaces through out the whole of Limerick and the lines opened at 10 o’clock with a first come, first served system so we had to be quick. We were one of the lucky schools to successfully apply.
On the 25th of January two people called Fergal and Marvee came to our school to show us how to build and program robots which were made of LEGO. At the start Mrs.Heelan put us all into groups of 3.Then we were set to build our robots with a manual on the computer screen. When we were all done building our robots Fergal showed us how to program our robots to go forwards and backwards. the he set us a series of challenges. Then he showed us how to turn and rotate the robot. After that he put down a maze mat and we had to program our robots to go around the maze mat. It was quite difficult!! Team 9 got the furthest on the maze and then we had to say goodbye and dismantle our robots. Now it was time for Fergal to announce the winner which was … team 7! (Jack,Ella and Eva ) with an extra edition of Ava O’Connell. We had a great day
Thanks to everyone who supported the launch for our Pedal to the Peak fundraising event on Sunday! For more information on the event, photos, social media, how you can help and much much more, click on the Pedal to the Peak link www.herbertstownns.ie/pedaltothepeak
Photos courtesy of Pat Moloney. For more photos, please visit the Pedal to the Peak Facebook page.
Mr.Davern was teaching the 5th and 6th class students for spike ball this year. They’ve been practising for the big day. The spike ball tournament was on the 23rd of January. There was four teams… red ,blue, orange and green. The tournament was on in Villiars school. When we got there it was full of other schools. Each of our teams got to play 3-4 games . Two of ours played each other in the quarter-finals. In the end the Herbertstown orange team was successful. Herbertstown orange played St. Michael’s in the semi-finals. Unfortunately Herbertstown orange lost by 11-16. It was a great day for the school. And they can’t wait to go again next year.
By Chloe , Emma ,Emily.
Ash – Is it the only suitable wood for the clash?
Our fourth class made the short journey into Limerick today to exhibit their project at the RDS Primary Science Fair in Mary Immaculate College. The children have been working on the project since October. Elements of the investigation involved a fieldtrip to hurley maker Ed Shanahan, identifying alternate woods for hurleys, testing the ‘new’ hurleys and interpreting the results.
The project was very well received by visitors to the Fair and huge credit is due to the pupils both for the effort they put into completing the investigation and also for the way they represented their school today. In a nice co-incidence, the judge assigned to our school was 18 time All Ireland winning camogie and football player Rena Buckley. The Cork legend gave some feedback to the class on the project and presented the pupils with an award for their hard work.
Here is the feedback received by the class:
The research question was both clear and catchy. The class predicted that the traditional timber, ash, would be best. It was obvious that huge thought was put into the design of this project, to test the various timbers in every aspect of the game of hurling/camogie. This was very impressive. The results of the tests were presented very clearly using a bar chart and the use of different colours to combine results of all the tests meant patterns were very easy to follow. The hurleys on display also contributed positively to the project. The discussion of the results and the preferences students relayed showed how each student contributed and enjoyed the project. This was a really impressive project which was excellent from both a science and interesting point of view – well done to all.
Some of fourth class at their stand
Former Limerick footballer and Mary Immaculate College Sports Officer John Reddington visiting our stand.
Our pupils with 2017 Rose of Tralee Jennifer Bryne
The class receiving their award from Cork star Rena Buckley.