Well done to our representative at the 2019 Eason Spelling Bee!
Our third class visited the Irish Cement factory in Mungret for a tour of the facility. Concrete is the second most commonly used material in the world (after water) and the children got to view how the cement is manufactured.
Below is an account of their experiences and a gallery of photos from the trip.
Today 3rd class went to the Irish Cement factory in Mungret, County Limerick. They organised a bus to come and collect us at the school at 10.ooam. So we all got on the bus!
When we got there they brought us into reception. In there we met Elaine, Caoimhe and John. They said they would be our guides for the day so they showed us a slide show and a video about how cement is made. Elaine showed us some rocks: Limestone and shale.
Next we went down to the quarry and saw a big truck. We all went into the shovel and for a picture. They told us that every Thursday the guards come while they blow up a bit of the quarry. Then we went to the kiln and put our arms up to see how hot it is. Then we went back and took off all our safety gear. They gave us all a bag with goodies in it before we went back to school.
After the quarry we went to the kiln. The kiln is very hot. The rock has to reach 1450 degrees for the rock to melt. It can get to 2000 degrees, hotter than a volcano!
A kiln is a big round machine like a cylinder. Elaine told us to put up our hands and feel the heat!
The first stop on the tour was the quarry where we saw the loading shovel. It was massive! It had a bucket that could hold over 20 people.
Our girls were in real hard luck at the South INTO Mini 7s camogie finals were they lost narrowly in two games to Kilmallock NS and eventual winners Knocklong NS. In both games the girls performed very well and in the closing stages were only only a score away from the winners.
They can be very proud of their performances on the day and can now look forward to the 11 a side camogie in May.
Good luck to our 8 pupils who are representing the school at the South trials.
From the 19th to the 22nd of March 5th and 6th class had a talent week where everyone in 5th and 6th class showed off their talents to the class ranging from music to sports. Some of the highlights were:
Holly and Lauren brought in some delicious home made buns they made themselves.
Ericka and Roisin dressed up as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and sang Shallow.
Cian, Riain and Oisin did the cross bar challenge soccer style.
Meabh showed off some beautiful art and zentangling she did at home.
Eva played some magnificent music on the piano.
Jessica and Jamie performed the cup song while Jessica was on the cups Jamie sang the song.
Liam, Sean and Tadgh showed us their skill in free style hurling.
And that was just to name a few. It was an amazing week we couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Our boys and girls teams travelled to Martinstown this week to take part in the South INTO Mini 7s blitzes.
The boys played games against Kilfinane NS and Ballylanders NS and performed very well.
The girls also played Kilfinane NS, as well as Emly NS. The girls have made it through to the South Finals next Tuesday at 10am.
Training continues for the girls football team ahead of the County Mini 7s final on April 3rd in Rathkeale.
The Great Limerick Run and the Children’s Run for Fun is now only 50 days away!
We are encouraging as many children and parents as possible to get involved in the event as we are currently in the process of renewing our Active School Flag.
An added bonus of involvement in the event is that for every pupil that registers for the Children’s Run for Fun, the school will receive €5.
To help get ready for the run, Herbertstown NS has partnered up with Limerick Sports Partnership and for the next 6 weeks one of their coaches, Rachel, will provide some fun training & activities for the infant classes.
If you are getting involved and taking part, please let us know and we will add your name to our wall which is supporting all this year’s participants!
A bee man called Benny came to our school to talk to us about bees. He said bees are good for the environment but their population is slowly decreasing. He also brought in a hive to show us, the main parts of a hive are the brood chamber, the stand, the super and the frames. There are three types of bees, the queen and the worker bees who are the females and the males are called drones ,but the drones don’t work. A bee can travel up to 5 km for food. A good queen bee can lay around 2000 eggs a day. In winter bees don’t hibernate, they must fly every 6 weeks. If you happen to own a hive you must put a mouse guard in front of the bottom so mice don’t get in during winter. After winter most of the drones will be evicted from the hive because they barely do anything. When you get a queen bee you must clip her wings so she doesn’t fly away. You would find the queen bee in the queen cell which is located in the brood chamber. Benny said that he feeds his queen bee with something he calls royal jelly. It is important you stay quiet if you are near a hive so you don’t scare the bees away from the hive. About a week after Benny came to our school he sent down tests for us to complete. Erika got the highest score in the test. Tadhg, 6th Class
A bee man called Benny came to our school to tell us about bees. He said that they are actually good for the environment. A female bee is called the worker and the male bees are called drones. When the female bees get cross the male bees will be evicted from the hive. The total distance the bees covered to make a jar of honey is 100KM. To keep mice out over the winter we usually use a mouse guard. The Queen cell is found in the brood chamber. The Queen lays approximately 2000 eggs a day. We know the Queen bee from the rest because she is the biggest and a spot is painted with paint. The gap at the front of the hive is 9mm. The frame of honey in the super is made from timber and wax. Aoibhinn, 5th class.
Photos from Juniors/Seniors
Photos from Seniors/First
Photos from Second & Third
Photos from Fifth & Sixth
Training is continuing ahead of the INTO Mini Sevens hurling and camogie competitions next week. Hospital/Herbertstown hurler Michael Whelan is providing coaching for rest of the term and it is a great help to the school as it allows our camogie and hurling teams to train side by side.
Our girls mini 7s football team will contest the county final on Wednesday April 3rd in Rathkeale. It will be the second time that the school has played in the county football final, the previous occasion being in 2017. Our girls are back training ahead of what will be a great day for the school.