The future cooks, bakers and chefs of the future are given the opportunity to submit their recipes for Joey’s Cookbook.



Click here to download your form for the recipe. When it’s filled in please bring it into your teacher.



Hovercraft Report

Report by Ricardo and Oliver

It started when Ms. Harte asked for some ideas for a science project. We had a vote and hovercrafts won. A few days later Ms. Harte told us that we were going to the primary section of the young scientist in the RDS. We started our research and made our own hovercrafts.
To make the hovercrafts most of us got a CD and a pop up bottle lid and stuck it to the CD. We also tested paper and polystyrene plates, but the CDs were the best. There were also different types of hovercrafts boys made some that operated by the air from a hairdryer. One boy made one with an engine but it could only go on water. We then measured the distances and compared the different types of hovercrafts and balloons. We also weighed the hovercrafts to see if the lightest ones were the best. When we measured the hovercrafts we measured with the balloon off, then with the balloon on and there was no difference when we measured with the balloon on. We also tried different shapes we tried a star shape with polystyrene and paper they were both disasters. We also tried the hovercrafts on different materials like grass, water, sponge ground, fabric, tabletop, and tarmac most of them were successful.
We then started making up different ways hovercraft technology could be used in the future, we all drew diagrams and wrote a bit about how our invention would work and how it would be used. Here are some examples of the things we thought up, Hover Bag; this would make your bag lighter, Hover House; you could travel places while staying at home, Hover Boat; you could escape tsunamis by just hovering over them, Hover Shoes; you could fly to school or fly anywhere else, Hover Cars; could go over any terrain or water.
We started then researching Christopher Cockerell and mountable hovercrafts and we brainstormed some ideas for hovercrafts. The next weekend was when we were going to the RDS and we were all ready. We decided there would be 3 shifts, one in the morning, one around midday and one in the early evening. I was in the morning shift. When I arrived we were setting up the stall and my friends were watching a 3D documentary about space. When that was over we came back and there were quite a few people around and we explained and showed our project to whoever was interested. We looked around and there were some pretty amazing things.
In the end it was an extremely interesting project and we learned lots of things and had great fun explaining it to other people. It was also exciting looking at the other projects especially the secondary school part of it because they made some pretty cool things. Some of the people made robots for robot wars. It’s pretty amazing what you can make with technology and your imagination.

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The Garda Band entertained all the boys in the school with their music and song. The performance ensured that we were all entering the Christmas holidays in good spirits.


Garda Band St. Joseph’s from St. Joseph's BNS on Vimeo.



Mr. Brennan’s 5th class appeared on Elev8 on Wed. December 3rd.


See the programme here



Hour of Code

Congratulations to all the boys who have written thousands of lines of code this week as part of the Hour of Code initiative. The aim is to interest boys and girls all over the world in coding and the boys in St. Joseph’s are really enjoying the challenges posed and we have some programmers of the future. For the past few weeks we have been working on Scratch and this week we’re using Javascript.

Here are the links for pupils to access their accounts