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From Frogspawn to Frogs

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I am a boy in 5th class who has always been fascinated by animals and nature. Throughout my life I have taken care of many different types of animals, and I was delighted to get the opportunity to take care of the frogspawn in school.

It is a difficult task to take care of frogspawn and tadpoles as they require specific conditions. In captivity they require an artificial environment to ensure the survival of as many tadpoles as possible. In the wild only 0.8% of all tadpoles turn in to frogs and 0.1% will reach adulthood. Most of them are lost to predators (birds and dragonfly larvae) so I needed to create an artificial environment for them. I started by getting an unused fish tank and filling it up with water from the pond where the frogspawn was found and in the water there was some aquatic vegetation that the tadpoles would eat. After that I put in a rock so when the tadpoles would turn into frogs they would have land to go onto and with that done then came the waiting and feeding. I had to feed the tadpoles lettuce, cucumber, apple slices and sweet peppers. I had to feed them for two months every two days while not forgetting about partly changing the water every few weeks.

The hardest part came the day before the Easter holidays started because there was no one
to feed the tadpoles for that two weeks. I had to do something so I went to the Office and asked for the times the school would be open at and wrote them down. As the school day came to an end I took three containers I brought from home and carefully collected the five strongest tadpoles. At home I put the contents of the containers into one large container and added some mineral water.

As the days went by I went to school to feed the tadpoles each time taking a few more tadpoles with me. When it came to the end of the Easter break I had to bring back the tadpoles and frogs as most of them were already frogs. And so I brought them back to school and at the end of the day I said my last goodbye to them as they had to be released that day. Mr. Gregg brought the tiny frogs back to the pond where the frogspawn had been originally collected.   (D.R. - Room 12)

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Rackard League 2017-18

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'Football is like life, it requires perseverance,

self-denial, hard work sacrifice,

dedication and respect for authority.'

~ Vince Lombardi

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Raven Point 'Field~Trip' 2017

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On the 28th of June 2017, Mr.Gregg’s class went on a trip to the Raven Nature Reserve. When we arrived, John Kinsella told about water and land creatures. Then we went to the lake to go fishing for water ‘mini-beasts’. We got a fishing net and started fishing for little water bugs. When we found a water ‘mini-beast’ we put it in a tray of water.We also had a magnifying glass to look closely at the bugs.

After we had a good look at the bugs, we found out what they were called by matching them on a chart with bugs and pictures and recorded the answer on a sheet of paper. Then we went into the forest to look at acorns and learn about squirrels. We looked at acorns and drew them.

After, we went to the beach to look at land bugs. We got a net to swipe it around in the long grass and find bugs. When we found a land bug, we had a close look at it and then determined what kind of bug it was by looking at a chart with multiple land bugs.

To finish we went for a walk on the beach before returning to the Car Park by Curracloe beach and got on the bus back to our school. We had a great day and it was a lot of fun.

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Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking his first art exam in third year at St. Olivers Community College. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction after his Leaving Cert., he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator. He signed up for a design and print foundation course in Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin, in 1990 and then studied animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design.

He set himself up as a freelance illustrator once more, before getting his first books published in 2003. Oisín now works full-time as a writer and illustrator. He lives somewhere in the Irish countryside, where he won’t be heard shouting at his computer.

The pupils had a great time and in HO'C's words 'At about   11 o’clock,  5th class  went downstairs to wait for the bus. Although we were about a half an hour late we still made it!  We were all waiting patiently in the library when Oisin McGann walked in .He explained that he had always loved writing and that he used to make sound effects in school when he was young.. He read a little bit of his book, ‘Rat Runners ‘ and told us all about writing books. In the end he drew us a picture of  ‘Mad Grandad’ (a character from one of his books) and he answered all our questions. It was  a very interesting visit and we all enjoyed it!'

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This report is of my experience when my class and I went to an 'Engineering Workshop' in the Public Library as it was Engineering Week 2017.

It was quite an enjoyable experience.We did multiple fun experiments including a demonstration of how to stand on balloons without them bursting! (with a tray between us and the balloons of course!) This is accomplished by the tray spreading the pressure, therefore the balloons could handle the weight. We also received quite special glasses so that when we wore them it made rainbow strobe lights come out of all sources of light!

The presenter also showed us how paper (which isn’t very strong), when folded into a sturdy shape could hold much heavier weights. The engineer showed us where a triangle could only hold a 300ml bottle whereas a cylinder could hold a 2 litre bottle!

Anyway it was a fun trip and I thought it was quite wonderful!

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On Wednesday 17th February the class enjoyed an enjoyable trip to Selskar Abbey as part of the Lions' Club Annual Competition. The Tour was given by the inimitable Monica Crofton, former teacher and Deputy Principal at the Faythe School.

The children had a great time and definitely caught the eye of passers-by.....many of them had done their hair for the Parents' Association 'Mad Hair Day' Fundraiser which also proved very popular.

 

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'Scrooge' - Room 15

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Hi all,

For the past few weeks the children in the class have been working very hard on all aspects of producing 'Scrooge.' All their hard work came to fruition last week when we staged the work in the school hall for pupils and later for parents.

A full review will follow next week, but in the meantime enjoy the video montage of 'Scrooge.'

A.G.

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