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Mr O’Rourke’s class had a brilliant day out on his farm in Tipperary last week. The boys were welcomed by Tom, Terri and family and had a fantastic day experiencing rural life. The boys got to visit an old farmhouse and see old artefacts, paint with potatoes, build walls, run through meadows, do an assault course with bales of hay and straw, ride in a trailer, feed hens, pet calves, lambs and ponies, hammer nails, play football, ride in a horse and trap, drive go-karts and make butter. What a busy day!
Then they were treated to a delicious dinner of shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash. Thank you so much to Mr O’Rourke and his family for their wonder ful kindness.
School Calendar 2017-18
First day back is Wednesday August 30th
Halloween: Closing Fri. Oct. 27th. Opening Mon. Nov. 6th
Christmas: Closing Fri. Dec. 22nd @12pm. Opening Mon. Jan. 8th
February: Closed Thursday 15th and Friday 16th.
St. Patrick’s Day: Monday March 19th is a Bank Holiday
Easter: Closing Fri. March 23rd @12pm. Opening Mon. April 9th.
May Bank Holiday: Full week off (Closed 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th)
June Bank Holiday: Closed Mon. 4th and Tues. 5th
Summer holidays: Fri. June 29th @12pm.
Mr Lane’s class took part in a very exciting art project in conjunction with the RHA and their guest artist Bassam Al-Sabah. We visited his studio to see some of his creations. Then Bassam came to our classroom on two consecutive days to work with the boys to produce their own creations. Using cardboard cylinders and tape to construct a frame, the boys, working in small groups, added clay to the frames to produce amazing robots, monsters and warriors based on Bassam’s original work. Here are some images of the artists at work.
On Thursday January 19th, Mr Lehmann took over the school hall to put the boys through their paces in his version of Operation Transformation Bootcamp. The boys were ‘burping’, skipping, planking, hopping, squatting, running and lunging for twenty minutes in a fantastic workout, all organised and supervised by Drill Instructor Donal who must be exhausted after his day. The boys all threw themselves into the exercises and had a great time despite the hard work involved. Let’s hope they keep it up in their spare time.
Here are some of the 3rd and 4th class boys in action:
Mr Lehmann, a team of volunteers and 21 hungry boys took up station in the Home Ec. room in Ringsend College yesterday to bake some festive treats. We made mince pies and other tasty fare. The boys had a fantastic time. Thank you so much Mr Lehmann (aka Jamie Oliver) for all the hard work you put in. We loved our pies!
Mr Lane’s class participated in The National Concert Hall’s ‘Quavers to Quadratics’ music project where they learned about the relationship between music and science. The boys found out all about sound waves and frequency and vibrations. Students from UCD and Trinity College worked with the boys on the project. Fiona and John visited us here in Ringsend but the highlight of the project was the day we spent in the NCH. There, we sang songs, played and learned about a variety of instruments, conducted science experiments relating to sound and made our own instruments. It was a most enjoyable day. Many thanks to Ms Sherry for doing such a brilliant job teaching us our song about the galaxy.
Our Gaelic footballers reached the Croke Park Shield Final after an excellent season. On a miserable, cold and wet afternoon we were very unlucky to lose by to two points to a strong opponent in Holy Trinity Glencairn. We displayed tremendous effort, skill and teamwork throughout and scored many fine goals and points. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t our side and the woodwork and some excellent goalkeeping prevented us from getting the victory we probably deserved on the balance of play. Everyone played brilliantly but special mention must go to Scott for his two goals despite fracturing his arm and Kyle S who was immense throughout. The result was disappointing but the game was thrilling and the performance was one that will be remembered for a long time by the large crowd present in Croker on the day. Well done boys. We are very proud of you.
Last year’s 6th class won a major film award last week for their film, ‘Ringsend and The Rising’. Together with local film-maker, Pat Larkin, the boys made a wonderful short film about the connections Ringsend and its locality has to the events and heroes of 1916. We won in the category called, ‘Year of centenaries’. The whole class took acting roles in the movie and it was a very enjoyable experience for all. Josh and Seán Ebbs collected the award on stage. The prize was a beautiful trophy and an i-pad for the school. Next stop is Hollywood!
3rd and 4th classes took part in a soccer blitz in Irishtown this week. We entered 3 teams into the competition and 2 of the teams went unbeaten throughout the whole tournament. We all enjoyed it and it was a fun day out.
The boys from 3rd,4th,5th and 6th classes took part in a day of sport organised by Sky Sports in the Dublin Indoor Football centre in Santry last Friday. There were volunteers from Sky there to look after the boys plus coaches from various sports including All-Ireland winners Darren O’Sullivan from Kerry and Noel McGrath from Tipperary. The day was a great success and the boys had a fun day trying their hand at athletics, Gaelic football, basketball, kickboxing and team-building games as well as learning about healthy eating.