Active School Flag Survey

Our Active School Flag Committee carried out a sports/P.E. related survey last week.

Members of our Active School Flag Committee were busy last week as they carried out a survey of our pupils’ views on sport & P.E. in the school.

ASF Committee carrying out survey
Pupils filling in the questionnaire

The committee tallied up all the results just before the Easter holidays and produced some very interesting results!

ASF Committee tallying the results

Results

Do you look forward to P.E.?

Do you like sport?

Favourite P.E. lesson

How long do you spend being active at home each day?

Favourite Sport

Are you a member of a sports club?

Club Membership Statistics

What sport would you like to see in the school?

Top 5 Favourite Sports Teams

Favourite Sports Person

Does sport/P.E. make you happy?

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!

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.

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.

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!

Mathletics March Challenge

Herbertstown NS finishes 18th in the world in the Mathletics March Challenge!

Well done to all our pupils who completed activities on Mathletics during March and helped the school to 18th place in the world in the Mathletics rankings. The school was also the second highest placed school from the Republic of Ireland. Pupils from Herbertstown NS could be seen at the top of the individual daily charts during the challenge and 2nd class, 3rd class and 4th class all finished in Ireland’s top 10 classes, with 3rd class being Ireland’s best performing class.

Well done to our two top performing pupils during the challenge who amassed almost 30,000 points between them!

Third Class Tour Irish Cement Factory

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.

Irish Cement

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.

Molly

The Kiln

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!

Ciarán

A kiln is a big round machine like a cylinder. Elaine told us to put up our hands and feel the heat!

Liam

The Quarry

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.

Sinéad