Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eastern Football Finals

Congratulations to our Under 13 Boys and our Under 13 Girls Football teams who will play in the Eastern Football Finals in Walsh Park next week. We will attempt to defend both titles which we won last year. Best of luck to all the players from 5th & 6th class. We hope you enjoy the occcasion!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sketchup Schools Compeition

Students who want to take part in the google sketchup competition can find out more details on the website below including where to download the free version of google/trimble sketchup

Also there are loads of great sketchup tutorials available on youtube such as the one below

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Catherine Keena - Teagasc

Catherine Keena came to our school on Monday the 8 of October. Catherine works for Teagasc in the Reps section. She visits farms to see if they are protecting the environment. For example, if farmers are growing corn it has to be five feet away from the ditch. Catherine’s daughter, Eilís Norris, goes to Rathgormack School. She is in junior infants.

  •  There are 20 native trees in Ireland; Birch, Ash, Oak, & Rowan (Mountain Ash) are some examples.

  • We learned about native birds and the sounds they make. She showed us the Thrush, the Blackbird and the Bluetit. We had to listen very carefully and tell her which bird it was.

  • We also learned that the holly gets less prickly as it grows and that the ivy starts off heart shaped, but grows out of that shape when as grows.

Catherine showed us leaves and branches of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly, Ivy, Oak, Ash, Hazel and Willow. She also showed us an owl whistle, which sounded just like a real owl.

Catherine Keena was very interesting and we are very grateful of her coming to our school.

By Aisling Gough

Jim Power - Bee Keeper

Jim Power is a local beekeeper from Carrick. He came to our school to talk to us about bees. He visited our school on Wednesday the 10th of October. We learned lots of new things. This is what we learned from Jim:

·       We learned that bees are kept in an apiary which is a type of beehive. It has lots of different sections that the bees live in.
·       Jim told us that the body of a bee has three sections; a head, a thorax and an abdomen. Bees have six legs that come from the thorax.
·       About two thirds of the worlds food depends on bees. They pollinate flowers and trees that then produce fruits and berries.
·       The first alcoholic drink was called mead and was made using honey.
·       There is one queen bee in every beehive and there can be up to 60,000 bees in a hive.

Find the Queen Bee
·        Bees can live up to four or five years, but in summer the worker bees can work themselves to death in six weeks.

What Jim showed us:

·       Jim brought some very special guests with him. BEES! He brought about 1,500 bees with him, including a queen bee.
·       Jim showed us some bees wax candles, models and moulds. He told us how to make candles from bees wax.
·       He showed us a skep, which is an old kind of beehive that was used before apiaries were made.
·       Jim showed us a slideshow of everything to do with bees. It was very interesting and we all learned a lot.

We thank Jim Power for coming to our school and teaching loads of new things about bees and their place in biodiversity.

By Rosa Wheaton 6th class

Caomhín de Paor and Ned Landers - Coillte

On Tuesday the 9th of October, Caomhín de Paor and Ned Landers from Coillte came to talk to us about trees and biodiversity. Caomhín’s daughter, Críoadh de Paor, goes to school here in Rathgormack National School. She is in Senior Infants.

Here are some interesting facts they told us:
  • Coillte harvest trees when they are between 20 and 30 years old, because that is when they are the right size for the machines in their factories such as Medite and Dundrun Sawmills.
  • Coillte make a big profit on citrus spruce trees which grow well in Ireland.
  • Coillte help to preserve biodiversity in Ireland, by following special rules when they are planting new trees, such as not planting trees to close to rivers and streams.
  • The Perm Mussel is the longest living animal in Ireland, and can live for over one hundred years.
  • Coillte are starting to grow eucalyptus trees now because they grow faster than most other trees. They can grow about ten feet each year, which means they can be harvested at about ten years old.

Caomhín and Ned brought some interesting things to show us as well. They brought:

·       Two cross-sections of a twenty year old and a thirty year old citrus spruce
·       A special tape for measuring the width of trees
·       A young  birch tree, which we planted in our school yard

We learned a lot about trees and biodiversity. We are very grateful to Caomhín and Ned for coming to talk to us.

By Karen Murray