Report by Nicolas, Ross and Oscar
On 17th December, 6 boys and Ms. Bleahene were invited to sing on Newstalk Radio on The Pat Kenny Show. They joined Noel Smith, who is the patron of the 3Ts charity on the show. They sang a selection of Christmas songs, ending with “Baby Jesus Sleeps”. After the show, four extra boys came from the class as well as members of the 3Ts charity to sing on Grafton Street outside Brown Thomas. They sang some carols, which included: Miracle Child, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many more! This was done to raise money for the charity, which deals with suicide awareness and prevention. Passers-by really enjoyed the show and a lot of money was raised for the charity. The boys of St. Joseph’s were very pleased to be a part of this worthwhile cause.
Hear the boys sing on the Pat Kenny Newstalk show below
Singing Carols in Grafton Street:
There was a terrific response by the parents and pupils in St. Joseph’s BNS again for the Team Hope shoe box appeal. The shoe boxes will be presented to other boys and girls living in less fortunate circumstances. A big thank you to all who contributed.
Scientists of the future displayed their experiments to other classes at our Science Fair today. We had experiments on friction, hovercrafts, rocket balloon, strongest bridge, parachutes and liquid water that makes you go faster. See also @stjosephsbns
Report by Nicholas, Enan and Oscar – 6th Class
On the 11th November 2015, a parent came into our class. That parent was Seán Duke; not just a helpful parent to the school, but a scientist, journalist, science broadcaster, and one of the founding members of the magazine Science Spin.
In the space of an hour he gave us information about science that would take us a year to research. It is an amazing ability to be able to teach so many aspects of science in such a short space of time, as well as answering our many questions.
First of all, he told us about Ernest Walton, an Irish scientist who lived locally. He split the atom. He was part of an English team, in a race against 2 American teams to accomplish this seemingly impossible task. He made the first Proton Accelerator out of scrap material; it shoots protons into the atom, the smallest thing in the world, at such a speed that the atom splits without a big explosion and mushroom cloud. His work won him, his boss Ernest Rutherford and his colleague John Cockcroft a Nobel Prize. His name went down in history.
Seán Duke’s career embraced all scientific aspects from around the world. He writes about his research and discoveries in his monthly magazine Science Spin, and in his book How Irish Scientists Changed the World. This book was No. 2 one the bestseller of Hodges Figgis bookstore. He has been a science journalist for almost two decades now. He has been on a few science and technology shows on radio including Today with Sean O’ Rourke and The Morning Show with Declan Meehan.
He also talked to us about alien life. He suggested that it was more than just a possibility that alien life exists. Maybe not sentient alien life but since the discovery of packed ice on Mars, he says that it is likely that some non-sentient life form such as bacteria could exist in our galaxy (as suggested from the WOW signal). The WOW signal was a signal discovered by SETI; an organization devoted to discovering extra-terrestrial life. They used a listening device nicknamed ‘The Big Ear’ to search for alien life. In August 15th 1977 they picked up a strange signal that bore the hallmarks of non-terrestrial life that lasted a full 72 seconds on a frequency not used by any known organizations.
He told us about the theory of afterlife. He admitted that many people see dead loved before their own death. He felt this was not a hallucination, but a sign that there is a life after death.
This visit was inspirational, educational and fun. We all hope to see him again; maybe on Mars, frozen in packed ice, maybe in a better place, we never know. Only time, and a little bit of science, will tell.
Sgt. Karen Walshe, Commandant Will Cummins and Flight Sgt. William Barr came to St. Joseph’s today to present the school with a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and the Irish National Flag.
The visitors were welcomed and presented by Ms. McCabe and Commandant Cummins and Conor Q. in 5th Class jointly read the Proclamation. The flag was then presented to the school represented by Daniel and James T. Christopher K. showed a medal that was presented to his great grandfather who was shot during the 1916 Rising.
If you have any memorabilia from the 1916 Rising or if some of your relatives took part we would be delighted if you would let us know about it in the school as we intend to have the 1916 commemoration ceremony in March 2016.
Denis Bastick, former pupil of St. Joseph’s and star of the All Ireland winning Dublin football team returned on Friday with the Sam Maguire Cup. St. Joseph’s were honoured to have the cup visit the school just a few days after it was presented to the Dublin team in Croke Park.