New Additions!

Some of the boys and girls in Mrs. O’Regan’s room made a fascinating discovery last week. Some eagle-eyed children noticed a bird flying in and out of some wooden fencing on our yard. Upon closed inspection we found a nest. The children wisely decided to leave it alone in case they disturbed it. Later in the week we checked again and were amazed to find 6 small eggs. We have placed cones around the area to remind people to stay away while the parents are incubating their eggs. Hopefully they will hatch into 6 healthy chicks!...

Our Latest Green Flag!

Green-Schools in Ireland is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental  Education Unit of An Taisce . Over 3,600 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>88% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme and 2573 schools have been awarded the Green Flag. Green-Schools is a themed and seven-step programme. For more information see http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/       This year Scoil Aonghusa Community National School was working towards our fourth Green Flag. The Aim of this flag is to promote and increase the amount of pupils walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling or using public transport,which will ease congestion by reducing the amount of private cars arriving at the school. It will also lessen the overall impact on the environment by reducing emissions and pollution.The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Our Green School Travel Mottos: Our Action Day We had our Green School Action Day in April. Because we are trying to get our travel flag, the committee decided it would be a good idea to have a big walk around the GAA grounds that morning. Everybody wore green and we had balloons and banners celebrating the day. Our Green School officer Fiona Barry came along on the day and did some travel games and activities with all the classes. Some of the boys in 3rd Class even composed and performed a Travel themed rap! All the classes focused on travel based lessons for the day. Our Action Day...

Word Hunt in Junior and Senior Infants

We took advantage of the nice weather in Junior and Senior Infants and went on a word hunt around the school playground . Children searched high and low for words they had been learning over the past few weeks. We then made our own word hopscotch using chalk and had great fun reading and writing all the words we had been learning in our Jollyphonics.  ...

A lamb came to visit our school

Spring has sprung in Scoil Aonghusa CNS as the children are very busy learning all  about the changes that occur in nature around this time of year. Last Friday we had a very special visitor to our school as Ms Kilgore very kindly brought in a pet lamb. The children were very excited to meet Bilbo the lamb as they entered into the classroom on Friday morning. They were delighted to get the chance to feed the lamb some milk and Bilbo enjoyed the attention he received from the children as he paraded around to each classroom....

RDS Primary Science Fair

Scoil Aonghusa Community N.S. is part of the Mallow Maths and Science Primary Schools Initiative, a partnership between Mary Immaculate College and a number of schools in the Mallow locality. The aim of the initiative is to promote Science Technology Engineering and Maths in school children from an early age. This partnership has seen our school host a number of teacher workshops, and we have also had a number of visits from lecturers in Mary Immaculate College who have worked with our 4th, 5th & 6th Class children. In Term 1 we hosted a stand at the Munster Maths and Science Fair held in Mallow GAA Complex. Our stand focused on the different ways we could appear to defy gravity. Our experiments and research revolved around the following concepts: Paper helicopters – Altering the effect of gravity on objects We explored how some things fall and how varying the size of the rotor blades, the shape of the rotor blades and the weight of a paper helicopter affect the way a helicopter spins. Acrobatic Clown – demonstrating the centre of gravity To illustrate the centre of gravity in an object, we drew and cut out the shape of a clown on a piece of paper and then tried to balance the clown on its nose. This proved very difficult. However, by lowering the centre of gravity by attaching coins of equal value (ie 5c coins) or Plasticine, we managed to make it balance. Absorption and gravity Hydrogels are manufactured substances that absorb water and hold it in the form of a gel. They’re sometimes called “moisture-absorbing crystals” or “super-absorbent...