Monday, 6 December 2010
St Nicholas is remembered in many parts of the world every year on 6th December, although in other parts he is hardly remembered at all, except in his guise as Santa Claus, more familiarly known as Father Christmas.
The celebration of St Nicholas on 6th December continues in many places, and some cultures still choose to use this occasion to give gifts to children.
In the Netherlands St Nicholas is remembered on 6th December, but on the eve of the festivities he appears as Santa Claus to give gifts. There are similar celebrations in parts of Belgium as well.
Above are some pictures of St. Nicholas giving gifts to the little children just like he does today and another one of putting coins in a poor girls stocking.
Our class blog has been shortlisted for "Best Blog" in the Giga Spiders (Primary School) Category in the Eircom Junior Spiders 2010.
Monday, 29 November 2010
We had to put salt on the step this morning and we see it is now a puddle of water.
Why is this? How does salt melt the ice?
There we learned that the answer has to do with melting points. Most people know that water freezes at a temperature of OºC. Salt dissolves fairly rapidly in ice, lowering its freezing point in an effect known as freezing point depression, and melting it in the process.
You've also probably noticed the effect of salt water on freezing points if you've tried to make ice cream or if you've wondered why the ocean doesn't freeze at the same time as bodies of fresh water, such as rivers, lakes, and ponds.
On a roadway, this means that if you sprinkle salt on the ice, you can melt it. The salt dissolves into the liquid water in the ice and lowers its freezing point.
If you ever watch salt melting ice, you can see the dissolving process happen -- the ice immediately around the grain of salt melts, and the melting spreads out from that point.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
If it was not used it would be thrown out or 'lost'... or "pain perdu"
Much of French cooking follows the same thought processes.
Many of the rich, heavy and creamy sauces that are prevalent in French cooking were created to hide the fact that the meat or fish was, or was very nearly gone off. Obviously these dishes were created before fridges were invented. We are glad that our bread was not stale or it might not have been so tasty!!!
Be careful though, the French do not like to be reminded that their food was often less than fresh...
Click here to learn all about French Toast.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
We have just launched our new school blog. Here each class can set up their own blog.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Winter Poems Full
Monday, 8 November 2010
We are doing the Portugese Fable of Stone Soup in the class this week, we really liked the story and all agreed with its message; what do you think?
A kindly, old stranger was walking through the land when he came upon a village. As he entered, the villagers moved towards their homes locking doors and windows.
The stranger smiled and asked, why are you all so frightened. I am a simple traveler, looking for a soft place to stay for the night and a warm place for a meal.
"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "We are weak and our children are starving. Better keep moving on."
"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his cloak, filled it with water, and began to build a fire under it.
Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a silken bag and dropped it into the water.
By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come out of their homes or watched from their windows. As the stranger sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their fear.
"Ahh," the stranger said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."
Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a small cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot.
"Wonderful!!" cried the stranger. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."
The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for everyone in the village to share.
The villager elder offered the stranger a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell it and traveled on the next day.
As he left, the stranger came upon a group of village children standing near the road. He gave the silken bag containing the stone to the youngest child, whispering to a group, it was not the stone, but the villagers that had performed the magic."
Moral: By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.Stone Soup
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
We were delighted to get the chance to ask her some questions and record her on a podcast!
She was delighted to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions!
Interview New Principal October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
We wrote our recipes out last week and this is our reading in English.
We like baking and cooking and are good at helping Ms. Leydon do the washing up, which is just as important! What a tasty treat!
Halloween Spooky Skull Nests
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Today was exciting day in Our Lady of Mercy Primary School. Sligo Rovers came to visit our school after winning the EA Cup! The school was decorated from top to toe in Red and White!
Friday, 1 October 2010
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We had great fun with Google Street View today! Here is a shot of our school! You view it in several shots because it is so big! When we went around different places we could see some neighbours in their gardens and some children on yard. It is a bit strange we said and we all agreed that it was good to blur out car registrations and faces. We discussed how we should never share locations with people whom we do not fully trust.
It must have taken a long time to take all the pictures!
Thursday, 30 September 2010
by Eve Merriam
Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door
I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle
I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat
I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale
I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat
When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper
Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight...
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
Together with the staff of the school, the Chairperson Fr. Dominick Gillooly and members of the Board of Management, fourteen Sisters of Mercy gathered in the school hall. Prayers of thanksgiving were offered for their dedicated service to education in Sligo for over 160 years.
Text Taken from Sligo Champion Online
Friday, 2 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
- World Cup Map - Learn about the different countries from a map of the world
- Activity Village - Printables, puzzles and colouring pages, also some nice football games such as;
- Free kick
- Freestyle Soccer
- 3 Man mini soccer game
- World Flag Quiz
- What is a vuvuzela?
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
A long time ago a man called William Shakespeare was born. In our days William Shakespeare is famous.
He wrote lots of plays like Romeo and Juliet. It is a good story and I will tell a little bit of it for you all!
Friday, 11 June 2010
- Obstacle courses
- Wall Climbing
- Bungee Jump
- Human football Table
- Giant Chess
- Face Painting
- Balloon Modelers
- Novelty Catering
- Demolition Zone
- Penalty Shoutout
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
On Saturday I went to my cousin's house in Dublin. Then I went to Croke Park with them. A new girl band came on first playing Wonderland. After that John and Edward came out. They played 'Ghostbusters', that was very funny! JLS were singing good songs. they played 'One Shot' and 'Everybody in Love'.
Then at a quarter past eight Westlife came out. They were brilliant singers. My favourite song was 'What About Now'.
For the Finale they sang 'You Raise Me Up'. Everyone sang along and it was excellent! At the end they brought the children out. They said goodbye but everyone cheered and they came out again and played another song and gave it a great ending!
Monday, 7 June 2010
l'ibe l'a ngbe sere wa
inu wa dun,
L'abe igi orombo
As part of our work for Anti Racism Week we went to Sligo Library. Nikki told us a story about Kasali the cow and three sons. We learned a new song, some African dancing and even some African drumming. We had a geat time!