Category Archives: Curricular

Machines and Mechanisms

Report by Nicholas and Oscar (4th Class)

Ms Molloy’s boys went to Ballyroan Library on science week! We went to the library first, then we went to Machines and Mechanisms. We went on a Wednesday 13TH November, 2013, on a public bus. We were going to be building machines.

At first we read lots of books. Then we learned about GEARS!! There were two men there. They were really nice. They asked us some questions about cars, vehicles and machines, then showed us what to do. We had loads of fun. We were split into two groups. One group was A, the other B. When we were all finished we put the machines and the cars on the floor. The machines powered up the cars and the cars raced off. It was over after an hour, and we had to break everything up,  then leave. It was sad leaving. At least we got NO HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!  We even got AWESOME FUZZY WUZZIES!!!!!!!!!!

Making Lava Lamps for Science Week

P1080726aHow to make a homemade lava lamp

Report by Sean L. (Ms Bleahene’s Class)


First you are going to need

  • Alka Seltzer tablets
  • A clear plastic bottle [1litre]
  • 500ml of vegetable oil
  • 500ml of water
  • food colouring

Step two: Pour the water in to the plastic bottle.

Step three:  Pour the vegetable oil in to the the bottle.

Step four: Put two drops of food colouring in to the bottle.

Step five: Put half a Alka selzer tablet in to the bottle.

Step six: Put the top of the lid on the bottle.


Our project with the Italians

skypeItalyThis is an image of the class in Italy taken during the video link.

We did a project in Ms. Bleahene’s class with an Italian school (LASTRA SCUOLA) on the Celts. We told them about the warriors, clothes, houses (crannòg), food, farming, religion and metal work. We talked to them on Skype. We dressed up one of the days for the Skype video call. Some people in our class made a crannòg model. We had two practices with the Italian school. We sent them photos of our crannòg model as we were talking to them. Two boys brought in jewellery to show them. The Italians asked us questions about the Celts. The Skype meeting was recorded in Italy by an Irish company called Agtel.


Report by Abdullah and Leon (Room 12)

Debating in 6th Class

On the 24th of October Mr O’Flynn’s sixth class took part in an interschool debate. The first knockout round was against St. Colmcille’s National school in Knocklyon. It was a very exciting day. The St. Josephs team included the captain Christian, Alex, Shane and the subs Gavan, Jacob and Kieran. The St. Josephs boys team did unbelievably well but the all girl from St. Colmcille’s school team were very good opponents. The first speech by the St Colmcille’s team was brilliant but the boys came back in the crossfire round. The captains at the end made a summing up speech. Both teams did brilliantly but, unfortunately, there could only be one winner. In this case, that winner was the all girls team from St. Colmcille’s. They were deserved winners and the St. Joseph’s team were great losers. It was a great experience for the St. Joseph’s team and the class. All in all it was a great day!

Report by Jacob and Gavan

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Book Fair


We are delighted to welcome our biennial book fair to St. Joseph’s from October 16th to 22nd. There are books to suit all age groups and many areas of interest are catered for. We encourage the boys from 2nd to 6th class to check that their book has an AR quiz available for it.

All classes visit the book fair during the week and parents are welcome to visit each morning from 8:30 – 9:00 along with the boys. The Junior and Senior Infant boys are timetabled for 1:30 to 2:20 pm. We encourage the boys of  all ages to keep reading. One day you may become a best selling author!

We would like to thank the executive of the Parent Association for organising supervision of the book fair and helping to ensure its success.

Máire Uí Loingsigh

Maths Week

This is Maths Week all over Ireland. In St. Joseph’s we are having fun with practical maths., maths activities and ICT. We are having maths trails, bingo, maths table quizzes, maths board games, and problem solving activities throughout the week. There were prizes and fun for all.