Midnight Lake by Jill Tritschler
Stars filled the night sky, shining like crystals strewn across the empty abyss we call space. The moon hung low amongst them, glowing silver, lighting the land below with its dreary and ominous glow.
Strolling through the silent wood, my mind wandered off, past the limits of imagination, setting free my curiosity. As twigs and branches snapped underfoot, cold air filled my lungs and the icy breeze blew through my hair. The more I walked, the more tired I became. I was barely awake when I stumbled upon a mystical lake. The water was clear, and the moon and stars reflected off the water making it seem as if two skies had conquered the night in complete unison and glory. I
slowly knelt by the waters edge beside a wilting willow tree, reached over and touched the lake’s water. It rippled, shaking the starry reflection. I stared deep into the water. The more I gazed, the more enticed I grew. It was as if the water was beckoning me towards it. I took off my shoes and socks and my necklace which was a gift from my gran. I hung the shimmering chain on the branch of the willow and plummeted into the lake.
I sunk deeper and deeper as the water grew darker and darker. The stars faded off into the distance, leaving me in an empty abyss. But this was not space. It was without the planets and
burning stars. Where I was, there was no life. Not even my own. I never returned after that night. That lake was never visited again. But by the waters edge, lay my old shoes and hanging from a branch on a wilting willow, my grans glistening chain stays untouched. And, with little doubt, I believe it will hang there, forever.
Self Portraits from Ms. Donnelly’s 5th Class, Room 12
Christmas art work from Ms. Walle’s 5th Class, Room 11
Well done to Ms. Donnelly’s 5th class students who produced a recipe book for their parents. ‘Bursting with delicious recipes, Room 12 have put together a cookbook with recipes for the whole family. Everyone can join in counting the days up to Christmas Day/Eve with our enjoyable Christmas sweet and savoury treats.’
Congratulations to a young author in the school, Oisín from 6th class. He won 2nd place in a creative writing competition run by Arklow library following his attendance at a writing workshop with local author Eleanor O’Reilly. Oisín came second with an excellent piece of writing entitled: ‘Dark Wraith.’
Thank you to all those who supported the Halloween Bake Sale in aid of The Bray Lakers. As you may be aware, the Bray Lakers lost four buses and a lot of school equipment in a fire last October. They are eager to replace all the equipment and buses that they lost in this fire. Your donation will go a long way towards helping them. Photographs that follow are of the 6th class helpers. Well done everyone.
Peer learning is motivating and involves the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience between participants. During Codeweek in October 2019, in Mr. Dodd’s sixth class, a number of the students introduced the rest of the class to coding with Scratch.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive activities, games, and animations.
Scratch helps us learn to think, to problem solve, to be creative and to work together — essential skills for life in the 21st century. And it is fun!
The kids in the yard are too noisy.
Are you kidding?
I fell off my chair I got cut.
And it really hurt.
I need to go to the toilet urgently enough.
Call my Mom, I feel sick.
My shoes are on fire.
I swear I have nits.
I need to go home.
Or I’ll give it to the other kids.
Ding! Time’s up.
If my Teacher sees this
I’ll be sent out.
At least I have got some good excuses.
Well done to the talented students in Mr. Dodd’s 6th class who helped mark an historical event that occurred at Greystones Harbour on this date, the 25th October, in 1910. Those in attendance were high in their praise of the historical re-enactment.
You can read more about the occasion on THIS link from Greystones Guide which includes a video of the re enactment of a confrontation between suffragettes Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Hilda Webb and the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Augustine Birrell. Thank you to Greystones Guide for recording this event for posterity.
Thank you too, to Rosemary Raughter of the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society who invited the students from St. Brigid’s to participate. Whenever we pass by the plaque that was put up today we will be reminded that we were there on this day.
Thank you also to Barbara Flynn Photography for the great photos of the occasion.
Maths Week – The Marshmallow Challenge
Here is some of the work from Ms. Walle’s 5th Class Room 11. At 59 centimetres, their’s was the winning structure. Well done. We hope to repeat the Marshmallow Challenge next year, to see if we can do even better.
As part of Maths Week, lots of classes tried The Marshmallow Challenge. The students had 18 minutes to build tallest free standing structure using 20 sticks of dry spaghetti, 1 marshmallow, 1 m masking tape, 1 m string, 1 pair of scissors.
Here is Ms. Donnelly’s 5th Class at work
And here is Ms. Hughes’ 5th Class Room 12 at work on the Marshmallow Challenge.
6th Class Hike in Glendalough
Mr. Dodd’s class went on the annual 6th Class Trip to Glendalough. You can see a slide show of photos from the day HERE
Afterwards they wrote about their day.
Glendalough by Ciara G
The Start: As you begin to ascend the boardwalk a river races beside you and the tall, proud trees surround you. As you get higher and higher have leave the river behind you and you begin to imagine the thousands of feet that had stood where you stand, all aware of the long journey ahead. The further and further the car park becomes your mind seems to float away from your body and you can see the pixies dancing in the treetops. As you walk out of the woods the scene unfolds before you: the dark lake with the trees etched on its surface.
That is when you see them, the rulers of this world, the Sitka Deer. Their big, gleaming eyes seem to look straight through you to see if you deserve to enter their kingdom. As you walk further on, their penetrating eyes follow you. Time seems to move differently above those tree tops. The wind howls and the tress ripple but still we walk. We finally cross the wooden bridge over the powerful Glenealo River. It’s all worth it as we sit watching the river speed by as we devour our lunch.
We start again with renewed energy. We complete our final half of our walk through the Miners Village and past the mysterious lake. It’s a truly magical place. One filled with imagination and magic. It opens the eyes of many to so many possibilities and it was an amazing place to visit. All of us will remember it for a long time.
Our School Trip to Glendalough.
The day before our trip was the day, Mr. Dodd filled us with lots of information that really helped along the trip, about U-shaped valleys are created by glaciers and V-shaped valleys are created by rivers and lots more useful information. Learning about Glendalough was great. I always thought I knew everything there is to know about Glendalough but was wrong. I never knew all this amazing information
The next day was the day of the nine km walk in Glendalough. I was so excited for this walk to see the amazing views and the landscapes. We arrived at our destination, we heard oh so much about and began one of the longest walks I had ever done. First we started with this long flight of wooden stairs. I was so slow walking up the stair but that amazing waterfall made it worth it. I just wished that I had brought my camera with me.
But after those stair s we started with a long, steep hill. Compared to the stairs it wasn’t that long.After what felt like a couple of minutes we reached the top of the hill, but I thought it was over and we could all go home. But no. I was wrong again. We had to start the over six hundred step board walk.
After six hundred steps of mud we finally reached our half way point for lunch and sweets. With a full tummy, we started heading back through the Miners Village.
It was really fun and historic while it lasted. Anyway I hope Mr. Dodd brings us on more amazing school trips just like this one. Thank you Mr. Dodd.
A Long and Weary March by Alannah G
It started off like any other school day, in the yard. Our line was buzzing with anticipation and excitement for the day to come. We got on the bus and relaxed for we knew that the day to come would be strenuous.
Once we got there, we were overflowing with energy and delight. After about ten minutes of walking we were all dragging our feet and breathing heavily. Stopping at the waterfall, we gasped in awe and all our energy came flowing back to us as we prepared to walk the boardwalk.
After what seemed liked forever but only like ten of five minutes later, we arrived at the boardwalk. Starting it was exhilarating count step by step all the way up then we got into our stride and laughter once more filled the air.
We went up and up into the mountains, losing all sense of time altogether. The only thing that spurred us on was the thought of lunch and sitting down to relax.
When it came time for lunch, we collapsed on the ground and mustered up enough energy to grab our lunchboxes and started eating. We stopped there for about twenty minutes or so and then were on our way.
Walking back was uneventful but more fun. We were used to walking by now and could chat and joke as we strode along.
As we rode home on the bus, I felt a mixture of feelings. Regret for leaving Glendalough with its spectacular views and air of fantasy and wonder but relief for we had done it, we had completed and I knew it was a sensation that I will remember forever.
An October breeze, the leaves were drifting gracefully off the trees. We were meeting at the school at exactly ten to nine so we could walk to the bus to start our journey to Glendalough. It was an hour until we reached the beautiful colossal sized mountains. The bus was tight but manageable. The seats were reasonably comfortable. Time passed. Some people looked as white as a ghost with travel sickness.
Eventually we arrive at the sight of the enchanting mountains lurking with gloomy, washed out, grey mist. We were starting our trek with three hours, to do thirteen kilometres, with six hundred steps to climb. With time to spare we patiently waited for the other 6th class to arrive at the scene. After about five minute, their bus had parked, they had taken their luggage and had eventually come upon us.
The beginning started off wonderfully with the stream of the waterfall. The sound of it crashing against the rocks was particularly soothing and magical. After that it was a bit chaotic, for that delayed us, so we had to get a move on, while we continued our forest scenery observations.
We had reached the top of the spectacular mountain view where we really got to picture of the dreamy like view that Mr. Dodd was explaining.
Carelessly we sprinted to where we sat to rest and munch our food. I was ravenous for the food that my father had packed. After twenty minutes of our feast we continued on our journey.
It was slightly easier to get down the mountain as it was going downhill.
Once we got past the steep rocks we were gazing at the Upper Lake which was mesmerizing as it stayed so still yet swayed magnificently.
As if I was in a trance, Megan pulled me over to see this encounter of a grave that read ‘Amy’. Apparently it happened on a school tour and Amy had tragically passed away.
As the walk came to an end I was proud that I finished and was astonished by the views. I was happy to get on the bus and go.The bus pulled up at the school I was exhausted and knew I was going to sleep well tonight
School Year 2017-18
Congratulations to both Mr. Dodd’s & Ms. Murray’s 6th Classes St. Brigid’s NS. They won 1st PRIZE for primary schools in an ALL-ISLAND SCHOOLS HISTORY COMPETITION for primary and secondary school. This was in the Women’s History section. The ‘Decade of Centenaries’ competition is sponsored by the Department of Education, Mercier Press & UCC’s School of History ,and supported by the ‘History Ireland’ magazine.
Parent, Conall Finn gave a presentation on “Bridge Building” to the two 6th classes on Wednesday 14th March to celebrate Engineers Week. The children worked in small groups constructing bridges using different materials. They had lots of fun on the day and some expressed an interest in pursuing a career in engineering in the future.
Well done to the sixth class pupils that participated in the La Touche Legacy’s Annual Festival of History at the end of September 2017.
Mr. Dodd’s class performed a drama on three women who lived through the War of Independence and who had connections with Greystones: Grace Gifford, Kitty Kiernan and Sinéad De Valera. You can get a taste of their wonderful performance HERE
Ms. Murray’s class did excellent project work on these women. You can learn more about these three brave women HERE
School Year 2016-17
Here is a slideshow of Mr.Dodd’s 6th class play.
King Lear – by 6th Class, Room 9
Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class did some fascinating science experiments with the help of Áine’s mum and some of her students. Thank you to our visitors for a truly educational experience. Daniel M. and Andrew H. wrote about it.
On the 16th of June Celine Marmion and her team came to St. Brigid’s N.S 5th class. To start off, they talked to us about matter and dry ice. Then every pair of students got a glove and a balloon. We inserted dry ice into that which changed from a solid form to a gas which inflated the balloon and glove. We then put them to the side and let them enlarge.
The second experiment was about solid dry ice turning into gas in when it met fairy liquid and water. The result was the dry ice turning into gas which created bubbles that overflowed the tube.
The third experiment was about making our own lava lamps, we started by getting a small tube and filling it with oil, water, citric acid, bicarbonate soda and coloured dye. We let it rest until the oil and water separated making oil bubbles rise and then descend making the lava lamp effect.
At the end we looked at how big the gloves and balloons were from the CO2 (dry ice)
Click on THIS LINK to see what happened when Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class decorated polystyrene cups and these cups were dropped down to the bottom of the ocean. What do you think would happen? Click on the link and see!
Colourful and creative Easter bonnets from 5th Class
We always knew there were ‘bright sparks’ in Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class, Room 12. Here is the proof! An Animoto slideshow
and some photos on Photopeach also
Beautiful Trees from Ms. Heneghan’s 6th Class
Pictures inspired by Van Gogh – Mrs. Caffrey’s 5th Class, Room 11
Grecian Vases in 2D and 3D from 5th Class
History: Continuity and Change from Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class, Room 12
Nativity Scenes in Silhouette from Mr.Dodd’s 6th Class, Room 9
Natural Collages from Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class, Room 12
‘To the Point’ – Designs from Ms.Heneghan’s 6th Class R10
‘An Emigrant’s Suitcase’ by Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class, Room 12
Self Portraits from 6th Class Room 9
Space Projects from Mrs.Caffrey’s 5th Class
‘Autumn Leaf Prints’ from Ms Ní Chárthaigh’s 5th Class, Room 12
School Year 2015-16
Riverdance and the Three Stages of a River
An innovative arts lesson from Mr. Dodd; the integration of music and art.
The Tragedy of Hamlet – from Mr. Dodd’s 6th Class Room 9
Mrs. Caffrey’s 6th Class – Pencil Portraits
Christmas is here!!
The boys and girls in Ms. Dunne’s 1st class and Ms. Walle’s 5th class have been very busy this week. They really enjoyed making their gingerbread houses. Take a look at their houses here.
Top Lobby Art
Click HERE to see the Mr. Dodd’s 6th class blog. It is a
window on all the work Room 9 do.
Mr. Dodd and Ms. Caffrey’s 6th classes went to Glendalough on Friday 10th October. They had fabulous weather for their walk. Here is a slideshow of photos from the day.
Some of the boys and girls from 5th and 6th class go to art classes with Ms. Dunne. They have produced some excellent pieces of work so far. Here are a few fabulous hairstyles that they created using buttons. Keep an eye out for some more of their artwork soon.