Second/Third Class Projects

2nd and 3rd class completed a group SESE project this week.

They had to pick a topic that they had studied during the year and find out some more information about it. Each group designed a poster and had to create a 3D model of their choosing. We had some absolutely fantastic projects to present to the rest of the school including: David Attenborough dramas, chopstick challenges, wooden pyramids among many other exciting things! The girls and boys researched and designed the work entirely by themselves and learned lots about their chosen topic along the way. Well done to all!

Herbertstown’s Pitch is the same size as Croke Park’s!

Pupils use measuring skills to check size of local pitch.

Third/fourth class have been studying area and perimeter this week in maths and went outside to draw squared metres.

A further study was conducted to determine the area of the pitch which is next door to the school. Beforehand, a few pupils had stated that they had always been told that the pitch was the same size as the one in Croke Park. This seemed like the perfect time to investigate! It turns out, the pitch in Herbertstown is indeed the same size as the hallowed sod in Croke Park! (if not fractionally bigger!)

Third/Fourth Plant Out Their Potatoes

Third/Fourth Class are continuing their investigation of potatoes ahead of the ESB Science Blast in Mary Immaculate College next month.

Fourth class will be exhibiting the results of their project into ‘Which Spud Cooks the Best’ at the ESB Science Blast in May but Third/Fourth class have extended this study to include growing some potatoes to help better understand how potatoes find their way to the dinner table.

March 21st

We watched a video to learn how to plant spuds. It said spuds came from South America originally. It said to plant a seed potato. It said the seed potato should be planted in a drill. We got seed spuds but we can’t plant them yet. We need to dig the vegetable plot up and leave the seed potatoes in a dry, cool place. We put them in an egg carton. When they grow we will cook them! Christian

28th March

We prepared our vegetable garden for sowing our potatoes. We loosened up the ground using a shovel and fork. We removed the weeds and stones as best we could. We added farmyard manure to the soil. When the manure is mixed up with the soil it will add nutrients and will condition the soil. It will help produce more potatoes. Sinéad

April 11th

Today we planted 9 Maris Piper spuds in the garden. We made 3 drills of spuds, whcih were about 40 – 50cm apart. Then we watered all the drills and flattened the soil with the fork. David Mul.

Pilot Pays Flying Visit to Herbertstown

Captain Barry Cason visited the school to talk to the children about all aspects of being a pilot.

Captain Cason was paying his second visit to Herbertstown NS having spoken to the then 5th & 6th class in 2017.

The airline pilot answered the children’s questions and talked about how he came to be a pilot. He brought some videos and pictures with him to help illustrate what his job entails and told many stories about his experiences both as a cargo pilot and as a commercial or passenger jet pilot.

Cpt. Cason said afterwards that he really enjoyed the visit and was very impressed by the children’s questions.

Scór na Páistí Preparations

Good luck to our pupils who are preparing for Scór na Páistí (Primary Schools Scór) later this month.

Herbertstown NS will have entries in the following categories:

  • Instrumental Group
  • Solo Singing
  • Ballad
  • Recitation

Our instrumental group can be seen practising in the picture above.

Fun With Magnets

3rd/4th Class are currently investigating magnets and magnetic fields.

3rd and 4th class are investigating magnets and their influence on the earth and people’s lives. Today they had an opportunity to investigate magnetism and magnetic fields.

They also had a lot of fun looking at how south and north poles of magnets attract and how similar poles repel.

Star Awards – March

Congratulations to our Star Award winners for March! One pupil from each classroom was selected by their class teacher and the award winners were presented with certificates at today’s assembly. They were also given a night off homework for their efforts!

An extra award, decided on by Ms O’Dwyer and Mrs. Brosnan, is presented to pupils for a particular act of kindness or to pupils who have completed an exemplary piece of work in school. Well done to the latest recipient of this award.

Congratulations also to all medal winners at recent community games events. Pictured are medal recipients in Solo Music, Solo Singing, Group Singing and Solo Recitation.

Footballers Finish 2nd in County Finals

Our Girls finished runners-up in the 2019 INTO Mini 7s football competition.

Our girls football team continued their fine year with some outstanding performances at the County INTO Mini 7s Finals in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale today.

Herbertstown NS, representing the South as the division’s champions, took on East champions Roxborough NS, Mahoonagh NS from the West and Gaelscoil Caladh an Treoigh from the City.

In the first game, Herbertstown gave a fine display and had a convincing win against Gaelscoil Caladh an Treoigh.

Captains prior to first game

In the second game, Herbertstown faced off against the Celtic Image Shield holders (county 15-a-side champions) Roxborough NS. The first half was keenly contested and at the break, Roxborough held a 1 point lead. Wind assisted in the second half, the East side pulled away to get the victory.

In the final game, Herbertstown and Mahoonagh NS met having secured a win each at that point. In their best performance of the day, our girls recorded a memorable victory with some crucial goals coming in the last couple of minutes.

Pictures courtesy of Eamon Doody, Skyview Photography

As mentioned, Herbertstown finished as runners-up and it was our best result at a Mini 7s County Final having finished 3rd on two occasions previously. (Boys hurling 2016, girls football 2017). Well done girls!