Meenkilly National School,
Wonderful Water was the predominant theme this September and October.
We investigated the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by simulating a marine environment. Working in teams, the students tested out their theories on how to implement the clean-upmost efficiently. We also analysed the different species of sea turtles and how such an environmental disaster might have affected them. In SESE and Literacy, we studied and published newspaper articles on the sinking of the Titanic. This provided an excellent opportunity for our students to demonstrate the development of their vocabulary, adjectives and adverbs in the last few weeks. In Art, we were inspired by a nautical artist Kenneth Shoesmith and in Music, we learned a ‘Sea Shanty’ as well as ‘Trasna na dTonnta.” In religion, we prayed the rosary to Our Lady in October and learned about St. Brendan the Navigator.
Being the most senior students in the school, 5th and 6th were tasked with the setting up of our polytunnel area so that all students in Meenkilly could benefit from this fabulous new facility. They met this responsibility with enthusiasm and all students were involved in the planning, designing and bed preparation stages.
We are also one out of only 20 schools involved in a pilot evidence-informed programme for senior students entitled, “Smart Moves”. This programme is about developing and fostering emotional resilience as our students prepare to transition to secondary school.
As we approach Oíche Shamhna, we are reading the classic tale, “The Haunted Lake”, investigating spooky sounds in Music agus níl aon stad leis an gcaint mar gheall ar an bhféasta traidisiúnta seo. We are also scribing some spooky poems and horrifying tales. Read if you dare!