Ms. O’ Sullivan’s class recently read Ice Man written by Michael Smith. It is a novel based upon the life of Tom Crean who was born to Patrick and Catherine Crean on 25th of February 1877. He was a courageous and warm hearted man with a love of animals. Tom explored the frozen land of Antarctica over 100 years ago, proving we was no ordinary man. He spent time with famous explorers such as Scott and Shackleton, during a time where exploring a place like Antarctica was like going to Jupiter today. Ms. O’ Sullivan’s class made board games based on Tom Crean’s travels and expeditions. They hinted at small facts such as the 17 rabbits born on Christmas Day, bringing joy to the crew members in 1910 and had educational facts about his voyage on the Terra Nova and Endurance. Once everything was finished Ms. Ní Fhearghail’s class was invited up to play with them. All the group’s hard work paid off as everyone found satisfaction, whether it was playing the board games, the light hearted atmosphere or rather just talking to one another. Ms. O’Sullivan’s Class immensely enjoyed earning all about Tom and his voyages and having Ms. Ní Fhearghail’s class to visit as they were lovely guests.
Ms. O' Sullivan's Class were learning about World War I
Here is a sample essay written by Nicola Collins (Ms. O' Sullivan's Class)
The war that was considered to be the ‘War to end all wars’ began on June 28th 1914 and ended November 1918. Throughout the devastating 4 years, approximately 8 million soldiers died as a result of the war. In addition, 22 million were wounded.
Europe was a continent in turmoil. As alliances were formed, tension grew substantially. The major powers consisted of Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy (The Triple Alliance) along with France, Russia and Britain (The Triple Entente). The reason behind the Triple Alliance was to defend one another. All the while, the Triple Ententes intentions were to encircle Austria-Hungary and Germany. Militarism was also another reason for this war, meaning the desire to possess the most powerful army. Nationalism, extreme pride in one’s country, and imperialism, when one country takes over another economically and politically, were also major factors.
As tension was ever increasing, all that was needed was a match to strike the flame and that is precisely what the Black Hand, a Serbian terrorist group did. The reasoning behind the group was to create a prosperous Serbia. Serbia and Austria–Hungary were at conflict as they both had the intention of ruling over Bosnia. So when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, along with his wife Sophie had come to visit Sarajevo, they saw it was the perfect opportunity. The deed was acted out on the 28th June, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was carried out by Gravilo Princip. Austria–Hungary later accused Serbia for the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and declared war. This set off a chain of events among the alliances which we refer to as the domino effect.
The reasoning behind the use of trenches was quite simple, to prevent your men getting shot. But in most cases this was in vein. The majority of the fighting took place within the battle fields of France, known as the Western front, and Russia, known as the Eastern front. Stretching hundreds of miles, the trenches cut through a large variety of terrain-from flat boggy low lands near the coast, to high rocky lands further inland. Young men had to endure the constant cold and damp conditions on a daily basis, not to mention the numbing fear of the possibility that you may not get to see the sun rise once more. The battle of Somme also know Somme offensive, was fought by the British and the French armies against the German empire. It took place within Northern France and is said to be one of the bloodiest battles of World War One. It lasted 5 months from July 1st 1916 – November 18th 1916. Many have described it as 141 days of horror.
Initially America did not wish to be part of the war, but had aided Britain by exporting supplies such as weapons and food. Germany torpedoed American ships with U- boats as a method to prevent supplies from being imported. In doing so they would weaken the British army. As they were doing so they mistook the Lusitania, a passenger liner, for a supply ship and killed 1198 people including American tourist. This was a factor for America joining the war. Another factor was a telegram known as the Zimmerman Telegram. It was sent by the Germans directed to Mexico. In the telegram it asked Mexico to attack the Southern States of America as a distraction. The telegram was intercepted by Britain. They intercepted and while doing so informed the American President Woodrow Wilson, of this information. So after two and half years of huge losses, dreadful casualties, and very little strategic success, America changed the odds. When America joined the war in favour of Britain the tables began to turn. America brought fresh soldiers and heavy tanks, leaving the Germans defenceless against allied forces. On November 19th, 1981, Germany’s head, Kaiser Wilheilm, stepped down in a cowardly act leaving Germany hopeless. So after 2 days, on 11th day of the 11th month, at precisely 11 o’clock the armistice was signed by Germany in ending the war. Initially the treaty of Versaille, a peace treaty, was then written up by the 3 main leaders making Germany accept responsibility for the war. Initially a 14 point plan was written up by Woodrow Wilson regarding peace among nations but many disagreed as they believed Germany was not taking responsibility and owning up to their actions. When all was said and done, Germany was massively in debt. This became the lead up to World War Two.
For the past few weeks Tracy Corcoran, a trained aerobics coach, has been coming to the school each Monday to teach sixth class students aerobics. The sessions last thirty minutes and include many cardio exercises such as step aerobics moves, kick boxing exercises and step aerobics moves such as Grape vine, Two step, Skiing and Squats. You do not need any dancing or aerobics experience to participate. Tracy will be continuing her sessions for the next three weeks. It is great fun and everyone is really enjoying it.
Wonder 6th Class Novel
Wonder is a fantastic read for children as it deals with many topics such as friendship, loneliness, bullying, empathy and unconditional love. Wonder tells the story of a ten year old boy named August who was born with a facial abnormality. Throughout the book we are brought on an emotional journey of ups and downs where August, who was initially home schooled, has to face many challenges in his new school. The writer tells the story from many different characters’ perspectives; how they meet him, interactions they have and their relationship. August lives with his parents along with his sister, Olivia and a dog named Daisy. The story really teaches children about how, to quote Mr. Connolly, ‘It’s ok to be different!’ It also opens their eyes to the challenges of others. Teaching them empathy and understanding. R.J. Palacio wrote Wonder after she and her son were in line to buy an ice-cream. Her son noticed a little girl with facial birth defects. He started to get upset and confused. Palacio was embarrassed and felt bad that her son reacted this way. With that she went home and got the idea to write this amazing story. This book was loved by so many people that RJ. Placio wrote 4 follow up books. They also came out with a movie last year. The movie is rated PG so it is a perfect movie to watch with your family. by Sarah and Hannah Rm 26
Before Christmas, 6th class were set the customary task of making cribs. This is a long running tradition in St. Colmcille’s and each year the boys and girls look forward to their opportunity to be creative. The cribs could be made of any material, some were made out of cardboard, sticks, moss, bottles, cake and even 3D Printed. They all turned out really well. It took a tremendous amount of effort from every child involved to make these magnificent cribs. The school was visited by Father Joe who blessed the cribs with Holy Water before they were brought home and displayed for family and friends to admire. by Harry Sheerin - Rm 26
Ms. O' Sullivan and Ms. Synnott's Classes at a science presentation in Tallaght IT for Science Week.
On the 17th of November, Ms. O’ Sullivan’s and Ms. Synnott’s class went to IT Tallaght as part of science week.
We were greeted with hospitality as we entered, our eyes wandering among the multiple awards and plaques. We were escorted to a lecture hall and seated, talking quietly as we awaited the show. Our attention was quickly captured as a man by the name of John walked into the room. We were soon laughing as we watched the entertaining yet educational show, where we learned about gravity and forces. Mathew O’ Driscoll from Ms. O’Sullivan’s class participated and demonstrated forces as he and John used their strength to push one another. As you can imagine, Mathew made little progress against John. John then offered a solution for Mathew. Due to his lack of strength against a fully grown man John propped himself upon a skateboard changing the odds for Mathew and leaving him fully able to push him. Elena, from Ms. Synnott’s Class was also brought up from the audience. She was presented with a basketball and told to spin it on her finger. Unfortunately, she was unable to do it. She was then given a drill and told to balance the ball upon it as it began to spin. Due to force, the ball was able to stay upright. The audience was amazed to see this.
We all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and wish to thank Mary Costello, who organised the trip for us.
6th Class at the Community School Musical My Fair Lady