Fifth Class

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  May and June 2019 update  

May and June have been busy months! Here is a small sample of what we were up to.

At the end of May Bizworld came for a workshop. We had a great couple of days being entrepreneurs and coming up with innovative business plans. Amy and Mark from Bank of Ireland were the facilitators and explained the company roles: Managing Director, Directors of Finance, Design, Production, Marketing and Sales.

In just 48 hours, we came up with ideas, put together our pitches, complete with advertising plans and pitched them to the 3 Dragons from Biz World and Bank of Ireland, securing Biz buck investments for our business ideas.

S N C (Sewage Net Company) (Philip, Ian, Morgan, Daniel, Finn and Zach )

– Our idea was to build 2 nets from recyclable plastic to go around the rim of sewage pipes going into waterways, preventing plastic from getting into our seas, rivers and lakes. A hired person would collect the waste plastic and recycle it.

We were aiming at County Councils and government.

Recycle Cycle (Sarah, Francesca, Laragh B, Henry and Fionn)

Our idea was to make a bicycle that recycles waste while you cycle. The waste generates energy so you can charge your phone as you cycle!

Tec Bus (Teddy, Drew, Elliot)

Our idea was to make a bus specialising in providing transport for people with disability. There would be TV, music and video games for the long distance journeys, for example Antrim, Galway, Cork. It  only costs €30 a month and €220 for a year for one person and €320 for 2 people for a year. Each person can bring a companion. The bus would pick you up anywhere in Ireland.

C.A.N Climate Action Now (James, Ewan, Adam, Andrew, Chris and Sam)

Our idea was to have a garbage truck that took all kinds of waste and incinerated the non-recyclable plastic in the truck and sent the recycling to a recycling factory.

Eco Bin (Alice, Chloe, Tess, Sally, Eva & Laragh C)

Our idea was to make a bin that separates your rubbish for you using solar power. It has 4 compartments for general waste, glass, recycling and compost.

Two groups got to go and present two of the companies’ business ideas to real dragons, Gavin Duffy and Alison Cowzer, Minister Josepha Madigan and UCD’s Professor Damien McLoughlin in UCD on Saturday 8th June. Laragh B, Eva, Sally and Alice pitched the Eco Bin and James, Chris, Adam, Philip, Fionn and Sam pitched C.A.N, with the SNC idea as a subsidiary.

Dalkey Trip

On Friday 7th June, both 5th and 6th class went on a trip to the LOP 7 (Look Out Post) in Sorrento Park and the Éire 7 site on Hawk Cliff. We met with Des Burke Kennedy of Dalkey Tidy Towns who gave us a very interesting and informative talk on the role of the Look Out Post during World War II.

After that, we walked over to Whiterock beach and had our lunch, a climb on the rocks and we did some beach art.

Here is some of our art work:

Hessian Samplers

Compass Art

Papier mache bowls:

Yarn and Foil pictures 

Watercolour flowers

February 2019 update  

Our project for the RMS Leinster centenary commemoration won us €100.


We used the money to go on a trip into the Jeanie Johnston famine ship, as we had been studying the famine.

5th class trip to the Jeanie Johnston


On Wednesday 28th November 5th class went on a class trip to see the Jeanie Johnston, famine ship. The ship is moored alongside the River Liffey on Custom House Quay.

This is not the actual Jeanie Johnston, but it is a replica.

The Jeanie Johnson is known as a coffin ship but this is a misnomer because no one ever died on this particular famine ship. In fact, on the first voyage Margaret O’Reilly gave birth to a baby boy and he was named after all the members of the crew.


John Donovan, who owned the boat was from Tralee. He knew most of the people boarding so he wanted them to get to America safely. He hired a doctor, Dr Blennerhasset, to be part of the crew. He also only hired the best crew possible, including a good captain, James Attridge.

No one ever died on the Jeanie Johnston:

One of the reasons no one died on the Jeanie Johnston was they didn’t let sick people on board. To prevent cholera and typhus, the doctor would stay at the front of the ship and check the passengers as they boarded. If they showed the slightest bit of disease they weren’t allowed on the vessel. They were also very strict about some hygiene issues.

The passengers shook their blankets every day over the side of the ship for 30 minutes. This was to get rid of lice from the blankets, to prevent typhus from spreading.

The crew also emptied the toilet bucket over the side of the ship every time it was used.

After the famine:

In 1955 the owners sold the ship to use as a timber ship again. It was carrying too much timber and began to take on water. When the Sophie Elizabeth ship passed it only the masts were showing. The crew were clinging on to the masts. The Sophie Elizabeth sent lifeboats and rescued the crew one by one and there were no deaths.

Altogether about 2500 passengers crossed the Atlantic, on the Jeanie Johnston in 16 voyages, over 47 days. Most voyages were to Quebec in Canada and some to Baltimore and New York in America. The highest number of passengers on one voyage was 254 and the least amount was 146.

On board life

Most of the time the passengers had to stay below deck. Conditions were liveable for the most part. They all stayed in the one area for days. Per bunk there were 10 children or 5 adults. They weren’t allowed gamble, smoke, swear, drink alcohol or fight. Naked flames of any kind were prohibited. They were only allowed on deck if they had permission.

Chain emigration

It cost £3. 10 shillings which was about half a year’s pay to make the trip for one person. So, one person would make their way across to Canada and they would get a job. When they had enough money for the rest of the family, they sent the money home for the family to come out.


When the rest of the family got to America, they sometimes had to place advertisements to find their relatives who had already arrived before and had gone where work was.

Although the boat tour was really good, the highlight of the trip was that we saw a dolphin really far up the Liffey. It was later on the news! Drew and Morgan spotted it first! A lowlight was when Teddy’s cap blew off the boat but another highlight was that Toby found it!


This is a collaborative report by the whole class.

Rowan Gillespie’s Famine Memorial


On the Jeanie Johnston


Admiring sculptor Rachel Joynt’s ‘Free Flow’

Science week:

We studied World War 1 and did some report writing on it.



We also learned the poem In Flanders Field and did some ‘Inchies’ art:


Christmas Art



Art, inspired by a visit to Galleria Maxo Renalla in Barcelona


Pointillist Art – we were studying France and learned a bit about Georges Seurat





Creative Writing

Check out our creative writing in this e-book:

And our report writing in this e-book:


Writing poetry like William Shakespeare:

Having learned the poem Winter by William Shakespeare, we tried our hand at writing a poem in the same format with excellent results

When icicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,

And Tom bears logs into the hall,

And milk comes frozen home in pail,

When blood is nipp’d and ways be foul,

Then nightly sings the staring owl,

Tu-whit; Tu-who, a merry note,

While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,

And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,

And birds sit brooding in the snow,

And Marion’s nose looks red and raw,

When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,

Then nightly sings the staring owl,

Tu-whit; Tu-who, a merry note,

While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.



The Animals’ Day

When cunning fox hunts his prey

And the puppy dogs chase the ball

And the long eared rabbits run away

And the black cats sit on the wall

When the humming bird beats his wing

Then all the birds will sing

Tweet-tweet a morning note

While the butterfly flies about

When the badger sleeps in his set

And the fishermen sit in their boat

And the fish get caught in their net

And the beaver builds its moat

When the bird flies away

Then in the pale blue sky

Tweet-tweet a morning note

While the butterfly flies about.

By Sarah, Laragh and Alice




Spring Has Come

When the flowers begin to grow,

And bright blooms the buttercup,

And the river starts to flow,

And big brown bears wake up.

When leaves cover the trees,

Then buzz say the bees,

Tweet tweet say the birds, spring has come,

While signs all around show that winter is done.

By, Francesca Ravassi and Eva Barcroft




# Steamers Raging

When there’s lag

And 2000 ping on your server

And the Streamer has no wins in his bag

And you haven’t collected a Durr Burger

When you rage

Then tear the page

And you scream blue murder

While you bludgeon a Noob

By Henry and Teddy




The poem that doesn’t make sense


When Bob ran past the fire

And saw a man in his house

And Finn the bin climbed up the wire

And the house was running up the mouse

When the mouse chased the house away

Then the mouse bought a leaf blower from EBay

Squeak-squeak went the mouse

While it sucked up house

By Morgan, Finn, Andrew & Chris





When we tog out in green and blue

And we never lose the match

And there’s a 100% chance we’ll destroy you

And you’ll have the ball but we will snatch

When you begin to cry

Then we will score a try

Ian & Philip



We’ve been working on gymnastics in PE for the last 6 weeks which culminated in the children creating their own routines, which had to incorporate various balances – symmetrical, a-symmetrical, counter balance, pair balance, handstand, cart-wheel and mount/dismount



PMCA (Parents Making Children Aware)

We’ve just completed a 6 week course run by PMCA (Parents Making Children Aware) about the dangers of cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, choices and assertiveness. Here are our projects:


We also received certificates



Autumn Term

Another year and another artistic class. We started off the term with some I.D. art.

We tried some one-point perspective art – medium :water colour.

Here are our one-point perspective colour wheels- medium: oil pastel.

We experimented with palette knives and poster paint mixed with wallpaper paste on wallpaper. The results were amazing:

National event – Commemoration of the sinking of the RMS Leinster on October 10th

We learned about the sinking of the mail boat, the RMS Leinster, off the coast of Dun Laoghaire, 100 years ago. We did a project and learned about some of the people who were on the boat on that fateful day.

On the day (10th October) we went down to Dun Laoghaire to take part in the commemoration. We were supposed to go on a boat trip out to the Kish Lighthouse – near where the ship was torpedoed – but unfortunately that was cancelled due to bad weather.

We walked down to Dun Laoghaire anyway and heard the church bells ring out at 9.45 – the time the first torpedo struck the boat. Then we walked along the pier and saw the national commemoration begin.

This is us at the anchor of the RMS Leinster:

There were some historical displays on Patrick Street and we had great fun with actors dressed as police officers

or army personnel of the time and with an old army tank:

We also went to the maritime museum:

We finished our trip with lunch in the People’s Park and an ice-cream from Teddy’s.