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Gairdin na Scoile – Rang a Ceathair

 

 

 

Aibreán 2017

 

Spring has sprung and our school garden has been planted for the growing season. There are four plots in the garden and the crops are as follows: Plot 1 - Potatoes. British Queens already planted. Plot 2 - Alliums. Onions, garlic and shallots are already planted. Plot 3 - Legumes. Broad beans already planted. Plot 4 - Brassicas. Turnips to be set after Easter. We have rhubarb growing each year in each plot and lettuce will also be planted after Easter. (Mr. Fleming)

 

Gairdín na Scoile Meitheamh 2017

Our school vegetable garden has been in full production since the spring. We had French beans, potatoes, onions, red onions, shallot, garlic, lettuce, turnips and rhubarb. During the months of April, May and June we were busy setting, thinning, weeding, watering and generally looking after the crops. In June we harvested the produce and sold it at the school gate. (Mr. Flemimg and the boys from Rang a Ceathair)

 

 

Fieldtrip to Glounthaune

Pupils from Scoil Iosaef Naofa went on the above fieldtrip on the 25th March. We set off on the train with our teacher, Mr. McSweeney and were also accompanied by Ms. Scriven. When we got to Glounthaune we met local birdwatcher, Paul Moore. Paul was a great help as he identified lots of the wading birds.We saw over 300 Black tailed Godwits, Curlew,Ringed Plover, Knots, Redshank, Oystercatchers and Dunlin. Other birds seen were Jackdaws, Hooded Crows, Black Headed Gulls, Teal and a Grey Heron. We also saw 5 buzzards which Paul told us is very unusual! There was great excitement when we saw a ringed Black tailed Godwit! It's ring combination was Red Yellow, Yellow White. We got the train back to Cobh again and were back in school before it got too wet. Many thanks to Paul Moore for all his help.

 

Top 10 Winter Garden Bird Survey 2016

Pupils from Mr. McSweeney’s Rang a Trí were very busy over the winter months checking on what garden birds visited our bird feeding station. Every boy got lots of time to identify the birds using the class binoculars and bird charts. The Top 10 list of birds this year is - 1) Chaffinches, 2) Rooks, 3) Robins, 4) Blue Tits, 5) Woodpigeons, 6) Goldfinches, 7) Jackdaws, Starlings, House Sparrows, 8) Great Tits, Blackbirds 9) Wrens, 10) Coal Tits

 

Garden Bird Survey 2017


The pupils in Mr. McSweeney’s Rang a Sé completed the annual Winter Garden Bird Survey over a period of six weeks after the Christmas holidays. A bird feeding station was set up out in the school garden. Pupils were then able to identify and count the various species of birds that visited the garden. This involved the use of binoculars and bird charts and books. A daily count was taken and the highest number of each species at any one time was recorded. This was a very rewarding, enjoyable and educational project. A total of 20 different species were seen altogether. The Top 10 birds were:- 1.) Starlings, 2.) House Sparrows, 3.) Blue Tits & Chaffinches, 4.) Blackbirds, 5.) Collared Doves & Robins, 6.) Rooks, 7.) Coal Tits, Greenfinches & Woodpigeons, 8.) Great Tits & Greenfinches, 9.) Jackdaws & 10.) Pied Wagtails.

 


Green School News


June 2016


Small Change – Big Difference!

 

We are pleased to announce the result of our Collection for Ghana. This is made up of money collected for our Green Day and our 1cent, 2cent and 5cent collection. The total collected is a staggering 1,325 euro! Thanks to all the pupils, parents and other family members for contributing your small coins so generously to this cause. It is amazing how small collections of coins lying about the house can amount to so much, when put together. The money has been put away safely until we can present to one of the teachers  from the school in Ghana during the summer. We can be certain that 1,325euro will make a huge difference to the lives of children in this poor area - both in terms of their education and their living conditions. Again, many thanks. (Mr. Barry)

 



 

Green School Day 2016

 


Green Schools News   (Mr. Barry, Green School Coordinator)

This has been a very busy term in Green Schools. This year we are working on Climate Change. It is certainly a very important topic because the signs of Climate Change are all around us. We have just experienced the wettest, windiest and mildest winter ever recorded in Ireland. It is these kinds of winters that Climate Experts expect Ireland to have in the years ahead, as the planet becomes warmer.

We held a Climate Change Week in the middle of February. All classes watched videos and did mini-projects on aspects of Climate Change. Large posters, charts and paintings explaining different aspects of the problem were displayed in the halla. Then on Wednesday 17th we held a Rap Concert in the halla. Each class performed songs about Climate Change and how we all need to change some of our behaviour in order to decrease the amount of Greenhouse Gases we are pumping into the atmosphere.

The main things we could do are to: buy more local food; waste less food; walk and cycle more; drive less; car – pool when possible; not waste electricity - by switching off after use; not waste heat;  eat less red meat; try to get longer use out of items we buy. Interestingly – many of these changes would be good for our health too, as well as our wallets!!!

The Concert was great success and the pupils all enjoyed performing for each other – from junior infants to sixth class. Well done everyone. We all learned a lot and had great fun too!


Small Change – Big Difference

This year we are collecting 1c, 2c and 5c coins again for our twin school in Ghana, West Africa. Last year we raised almost 1200euro in this collection. We presented the money to one of the brothers working in Ghana last September. We have regular contact with our friends in Ghana and we know that the money we raise is making a big difference over there. They use much of it to provide a hot meal for each pupil at midday. This has a huge effect on school attendance. More pupils are coming to school and they are staying – especially girls- who may not otherwise attend. So your generosity is making a big difference to the lives of so many people that we will never meet. Thank you for supporting the collection. (Mr. Barry)

 

 

 

 

An Aimsir

 

An Aimsir – Meán Fómhair 2015

The weather this year is being recorded by Mr. McSweeney’s 3rd Class. The boys will observe and record the weather on a daily basis from September 2015 to the end of June 2016. The school now has detailed graphs on the weather going right back to 1992! This is the first weather report - for September 2015.   Donnacha Leahy & Oskar Olyzewski recorded the rainfall and found that 73mm fell altogether during the month.   The wettest day was the 11th when we had 35mm of rain! We had 18 dry days overall in the month. The temperature was recorded by Darragh Ahern & Jaeden Meaney and they found that it ranged from a low of 8 degrees on the nights of the 17th & the 24th to a high of 19 degrees Celsius which we had on the 25th & 26th of the month. Jack Woods & Tymoteusz Dziwolski recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/East (7 days) with North (6 days) in second place. The strongest wind was a Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 11th from the South/East.  Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

An Aimsir – Deireadh Fomhair 2015

This is the weather report for October 2015.   Andrew Mulcahy & Sean Deady recorded the rainfall and found that 59mm fell altogether during the month.   The wettest day was the 28th when we had 15mm of rain! We had 21 dry days overall in the month. The temperature was recorded by Charlie Morrissy & Eoin Griffin and they found that it ranged from a low of 3 degrees on the night of the 13th to a high of 18 degrees Celsius which we had on the 1st of the month. Trevor O’Sullivan & Billy Maher recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/East (6 days) and East (6 days). The strongest wind was a Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 27th & 19th from the South/East.  Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir Samhain 2015

This is the weather report for November 2015. Jake Doody & Jonathan Doyle recorded the rainfall and found that 180mm fell altogether during the month! The wettest day was the 8th when we had 25mm of rain! We had only 6 dry days in the month. The temperature was recorded by Jack Tallon & Lee Foster and they found that it ranged from a low of 4 degrees on the night of the 13th to a high of 15 degrees Celsius which we had on 8 days. Alex Finnegan & Leo Kelly recorded the wind and they found that it was quite windy! The most common wind was from the West (9 days) and /SouthWest (7 days). The strongest wind was a Force 10 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 12th & 17th from the South/West and West. Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir  Mi na Nollag 2015

This is the weather report for December 2015.   It can be summed up very easily – wet, stormy and mild! Sam Collins & Shane Downey recorded the rainfall and found that an astonishing 397mm fell altogether during the month! That is approximately 17inches of rain in one month, making it the wettest December since we began our recording in 1992!   The wettest day was the 29th when we had 65mm of rain! We had only 4 dry days in the month. The temperature was recorded by Ben Hamilton & Max Ford and they found that it ranged from a low of 2 degrees on the night of the 26th to a high of 14 degrees Celsius which we had on the 18 & 19th of the month. Luke Mulcahy & Ronan Verwey recorded the wind and they found that we had 3 storms in the one month – Desmond, Eva and of course Frank! It will be an unforgettable month with the damage and inconvenience these storms caused. The most common winds were from the South/West (11 days) and West (11 days). The strongest wind was a Force 10 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 5th, 28th & 29th from the South, South/West and West. On Christmas Day we had 15mm of rain. The Temperature ranged from 2 degrees to 12 degrees Celsius and the wind was a Force 6 from the South/West.  Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir  Eanáir 2016

This is the weather report for January 2016. Devin Cremin & Finn Cronin recorded the rainfall and found that 181mm fell altogether during the month making it one of the wettest Januarys since we began our recording in 1992!   The wettest days were the 3rd & the 26th when we had 25mm of rain on each of the days! We had only 9 dry days in the month. The temperature was recorded by Blake Kelleher & Gearoid O’Donovan and they found that it ranged from a low of -1 degrees on the night of the 11th to a high of 13 degrees Celsius which we had on the 24th & 31st of the month. Odhran Ryan & Cian O’Connor recorded the wind and they found that the most common winds were from the South/West (8 days) and West (7 days). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 1st (Storm Gertrude). Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

An Aimsir Feabhra 2016

This is the weather report for February 2016. Max Ford & Ronan Verwey recorded the rainfall and found that 159mm fell altogether during the month! The wettest day was the day of the General Election, the 26th, when we had 45mm of rain mixed up with snow and slush! The temperature was recorded by Jake Doody & Billy Maher and they found that it ranged from a low of -1 degrees on the nights of the 15th and the 24th to a high of 14 degrees Celsius which we had on the 21st. Jack Tallon & Luke Mulcahy recorded the wind and they found that we had storm Imogen on the 9th with wind speeds up to Force 10 on the Beaufort Scale! The most common wind was from the North/West (8 days) and SouthWest (7 days). Beimid ar ais an mhi seo chugainn. Slan go foil.

 

An Aimsir Márta 2016

This is the weather report for March 2016. Jonathan Doyle &  Cian O’Connor recorded the rainfall and found that only 57mm fell altogether during the month! The wettest day was the 25th, when we had 26mm of rain. We had 18 dry days altogether. The temperature was recorded by Shane Downey & Jack Woods and they found that it ranged from a low of zero degrees on the nights of the 4th, 28th and the 29th to a high of 14 degrees Celsius which we had on the 13th & 14th. Eoin Griffin & Odhran Ryan recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/West (11 days). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, from the North/West, which we had on the 2nd of the month. Beimid ar ais an mhi seo chugainn. Slan go foil.

 

An Aimsir Aibreán 2016

This is the weather report for April 2016. Leo Kelly & Jaeden Meaney recorded the rainfall and found that 97mm fell altogether during the month. The wettest day was the 10th, when we had a huge total of 44mm of rain. We had 20 dry days altogether. The temperature was recorded by Andrew Mulcahy & Sean Deady and they found that it ranged from a low of two degrees on the nights of the 10th, 11th 12, 17th and 18th to a high of 15 degrees Celsius which we had on the 20th & 25th. Charlie Morrissy & Darragh Ahern recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/East (8 days). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, from the South/East, which we had on the 10th of the month. Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir Mean Fómhair 2016

The weather reporting for this year is being carried out by Rang a Sé. Pupils from the school have been recording the weather on a daily basis since 1992! These are all recorded on Trend Graphs which can be viewed in the school. This is the weather report for September 2016. John McCarthy & Oisin O’Halloran recorded the rainfall and found that 95mm fell altogether during the month. The wettest day was the 3rd, when we had a total of 25mm of rain. We had 13 dry days altogether. The temperature was recorded by Jake Orji & Steven Rowe and they found that it ranged from a low of six degrees on the nights of the 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th to a high of 21 degrees Celsius which we had on the 5th. Daniel Wolny & Jason O’Neill recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/West (12 days). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, from the South/West, which we had on the 9th of the month. Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir Deireadh Fómhair 2016


This is the weather report for October 2016. Evan Woods & Colin Henderson recorded the rainfall and found that 53mm fell altogether during the month. The wettest day was the 14th, when we had a total of 35mm of rain. We had 28 dry days altogether. The temperature was recorded by Malick Kanaze & Tynan Chapatte and they found that it ranged from a low of 6 degrees on the nights of the 1st and 22nd to a high of 16 degrees Celsius which we had on the 1st, 3rd, 5th 8th , 9th & 26th. Jonah Walsh & Josh Furmedge recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/East (12 days). The strongest wind was a Force 7 on the Beaufort Scale, from the South/East & East, which we had on the 2nd, 6th, 14th, & 23rd of the month. Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir  Samhain 2016


This is the weather report for November 2016. Glen Grace & Sean Stromsoe O’Driscoll recorded the rainfall and found that only 31mm fell altogether during the month making it one of the driest Novembers since we began our recording in 1992!   The wettest day was the 8th when we had 9mm of rain! We had 22 dry days in the month. The temperature was recorded by Jack Dee & Jason Grace and they found that it ranged from a low of -1 degrees on the night of the 30th to a high of 15 degrees Celsius which we had on the 16th of the month. James Keating & Conor O’Riordan recorded the wind and they found that the most common winds were from the North & North/West (8 days each). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 17th. Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

An Aimsir Mi na Nollag 2016

This is the weather report from Scoil Iosaef Naofa for December 2016. The pupils of Mr. McSweeney’s 6th class recorded it. Paddy O’Donoghue & Lee Foley O’Flaherty recorded the rainfall and found that 71mm fell altogether during the month. The wettest day was the 13th, when we had a total of 14mm of rain. We had 19 dry days altogether. The temperature was recorded by Cathal O’Riordan & Dylan Duggan and they found that it ranged from a low of 0 degrees on the night of the 1st to a high of 14 degrees Celsius which we had on the 7th. Odran Keating & Jae Kinsella recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/West (9days). The strongest wind was a Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale, from the South/East, South & South/West, which we had on the 7th, 13th, 15th & 23rd of the month. Christmas Day was a mild day with a temperature of 11 degrees Celsius and only 1mm of rain! Beimid ar ais an mhi seo chugainn. Slan go foil.

 

An Aimsir  Eanáir 2017

This is the weather report for January. Shane Butler & Luke Conway Chandler recorded the rainfall and found that 92mm fell altogether during the month.   The wettest day was the 26th when we had 26mm of rain! We had 14 dry days in the month. The temperature was recorded by Kealan Griffin & Evan McGrath and they found that it ranged from a low of -2 degrees on the night of the 3rd to a high of 12 degrees Celsius which we had on the 31st of the month. Abdoul Malick Kanaze & Paddy O’Donoghue recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South (8 days). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, which we had on 26th & 27th from the South and South/East. Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.


Feabhra 2017


This is the weather report from Scoil Iosaef Naofa for February 2017. The pupils of Mr. McSweeney’s 6th class recorded it. Jason O’Neill &  Cathal O’Riordan recorded the rainfall and found that 100mm fell altogether during the month. The wettest days were the 1st & the 6th when we had a total of 25mm of rain on both days. We had 16 dry days altogether. The temperature was recorded by Seán Stromsoe O’Driscoll & Evan Woods and they found that it ranged from a low of 0 degrees on the nights of the 5th, 8th, 27th & 28th to a high of 14 degrees Celsius which we had on the 21st. Jae Kinsella & Jake Orji recorded the wind and they found that the most common wind was from the South/West (7days) & the South/East (7 days). The strongest wind was a Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale, from the South/East, North/West & East, which we had on the 2nd, 6th, 13th & 26th of the month.  Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.

 

Aibreán 2017

This is the weather report from Scoil Iosaef Naofa for April 2017. The pupils of Mr. McSweeney’s 6th class recorded it. Tynan Chapette & Shane Butler recorded the rainfall and found that it was a very dry month overall! Only 18mm fell altogether during the month. We had 24 days with no rain at all! The temperature was recorded by Conor O’Riordan & Lee Foley O’Flaherty and they found that it ranged from a low of -1 degree on the night of the 26th to a high of 16 degrees Celsius which we had on the 20th & 21st. Dylan Duggan & Jack Dee recorded the wind and they found that the most common winds were from the South/West (7days) & the North (7 days). The strongest wind was a Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale, from the South, which we had on the 3rd of the month.  Beimid ar ais an mhí seo chugainn. Slán go fóil.