Senior Room

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School year 2019/2020

October

We had a lovely story read to us by Dylan today, we learnt lots about sheep and farming! Dylan wrote the story himself,using the computer to add photos taken on his own farm😊 We are so impressed Dylan!! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

As you can see, his photos and illustrations are fantastic!

Wainfest 2019 – Visit to Letterkenny Library

Yesterday we attended Fab Lab in Letterkenny Library, where we got to make really cool bookmarks using some very hi-tech equipment. 😊 Here we are, working away!

We were also lucky enough to get a tour around the library, and we got to see the 3D printer and the interactive table in action! Letterkenny Library is definitely worth a visit! Thanks for having us!!😊

We had a really fun and interesting assembly with Rev. Susan yesterday based on the theme of Harvest. She had a very important message for us in her story; how important it is to share what we have. We are all good sharers here in Drumfad!😊

Ulster Scots Living History Lessons with Charlie

We had great fun with Charlie today as we brought history to life in our playground! We were on the battlefield today, with swords and shields… Thankfully, we all survived the battle!

We are currently collecting stickers from Aldi, to be in with a chance of winning their competition we need to collect 300! As you can see, we’re well on our way😊 If you shop in Aldi, please keep the stickers for us!

The lady from the Credit Union has also begun visiting us on a Monday morning again, so if you’d like to save some money with the Credit Union, please bring it in each Monday.😊

We had our first dance lesson with Aislingi Academy today which was great fun! We are working towards our 3rd  Active School Flag this year, so We have lots of exercise scheduled for this year 😊

September

Welcome back to school everyone! We’ve been working hard since coming back to school, but, as you probably know, in Drumfad we like to balance our hard work with lots of fun!!

We’ve started our GAA lessons with Manus again, which we really, really enjoy! Here are a few shots of us in action😊

We also had our first Living History lesson today with Charlie Gallagher which was very interesting. We really had to concentrate hard as there were lots of facts to remember, but we managed really well. 😊 He tells us that we will be learning lots of fun skills from the past such as using a compass to find your way and using swords!!

We took advantage of the lovely, sunny weather this , morning and went out to the garden to plant some bulbs. We look forward to seeing a garden full of daffodils in the spring!

As you can see, we’re good gardeners😊

We also finished off our Viking projects today and presented them to our class. Here We are giving our presentations. We got very positive feedback from our audience.😊

School year 2018/2019

Happy holidays everyone! We said our last goodbyes to 6th Class today, and ‘see you soon to everyone else 🙂 Here awesome of the photos taken of 6th class on their last day as Drumfad pupils!

Come back and visit anytime 6th Class!

May – Summer is here!!

We had a really great day in the Ulster American Folk Park on Friday! It was lovely to be able to celebrate the success of our Peace IV project with Tamney, and of course see and hear sights and stories from the famine times in Ireland; which was our chosen theme for project work this year.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Tamney this year and can’t wait to find out what is in store for next year!

Our last music lesson with Moira went really well today, we are almost ready for our musical performance on 20th June now!

Congratulations to Lisa and her Gaelic team on their big win in the division 1 county final in St. Michael’s, Dunfanaghy on Monday! We are super proud of you Lisa 😁

Well done to Ellis who won two gold medals in the Citadel Home Gymnastics competitions at the weekend!

We started GAA lessons with Charlie today!

We are delighted to have been presented with our second green flag! Some members of our Green Team had the honour of travelling to Letterkenny to attend the awards ceremony. They were also treated to a lovely lunch in The Centre Hotel. 🤗 well done to everyone, especially the Green Team on receiving your green flag!

Our Summer term is always a fun one, this year we have basketball lessons, gymnastics, GAA training as well as music with Maire to look forward to. 😊 We’re also busy preparing for our Peace IV celebration with Tamney NS. We will have our projects on the Great Famine on display as well as lots of super artwork. Come along on the 17th May for a look!

April

It’s Easter Time!!!!!

Our playground got a very special visit today from the Easter Bunny! There were eggs hidden almost EVERYWHERE! It took us a long time to find them all, but we got there in the end 😉

As part of our Easter celebrations, we’ve been designing, making (and in some cases remaking 🙄) Easter bonnets. Today was ‘D Day,’ and time for the fashion show! We modelled our bonnets in front of all the other classes and of course our judges, Ellie and Dan, who came to visit all the way from Colorado! Boy, had they a tough job judging these bonnets, there were so many really creative entries!

   

Such fabulous models!

   

Is that the real Easter Bunny?!

   

And the bonnets just got higher and higher!

   

We also had Billy Joe, the giant owl on our runway 😊

There were also some hidden surprises to really ‘wow’ the audience 🎩😀

 

We had so much fun during our gymnastics lessons this month! This week, we were doing ‘team gymnastics,’ which involved a lot ofmcooperation. The toughest part was making human pyramids! The secret to a successful human pyramid is… team work 😁 Everyone must work together for it to work well! As you can see, we’re good team workers 😊

 

 

March

Working as Engineers with Bricks 4 Kids!

We had great fun with the boys and girls from Tamney NS today during our Bricks 4 Kids engineering workshop. We made rrally cool nelicopters using lego, as you can see below, they were quite complicated to make!

We’re really happy to see our gymnastics teachers back again this year. As you can see, our foyer was taken over this afternoon by 39 gymnasts and a LOT of equipment! From balance beams to trampolines, we got to try them out!!

Thanks to Citadel Gymnastics for such fun lessons 😊

 

It’s Seachtain na Gaeilge 🙂

Look at all the fun activities we have planned for the week! We are really looking forward to going to Caiseal tomorrow for the annual trash na gceist. The Juniors are also very excited about going to the Seó Puipéad in Milford Library tomorrow too.😊

Ulster Scots Highland Dancing Workshop

We had a very active day today, with Kenzey from the Ulster Scots team taking us for a highland dance class. There were lots of high cuts, springs and jumps this afternoon!

 

Did you know that highland warriors danced around their swords as a warm up before going into battle?! If they touched the swords with their feet during the dance, it was a bad sign for the upcoming battle. If they managed to dance around the swords and not touch the blades, it was taken as a good sign for the battle.

 

We had our last swimming lesson today. Well done to everyone on doing so well in their swimming tests. We came home with lots of certificates today 😊

Potato Recipes 🙂

As part of our project on the Famine, we’ve been researching lots and lots of different recipes that use potatoes. We’ve come up with some very interesting ones. Today we made potato pancakes and champ ☺

Today, we’re making roast potatoes!

It’s Pancake Tuesday!!

There were sooooo many pancakes made in Drumfad today, not only were we maling lots and lots for ourselves, we also had so many visitors calling in for some too! Thanks everyone for bringing in such a delicious selection of toppings. 😁

We worked off all of those delicious pancakes with some highland dancing with Linda.

 

We had a lovely poetry reading session with Denise Blake today,  we all got the opportunity to read our favourite poems to the group. Thank you Denise for your wonderful poetry workshops, we really enjoyed them!

Well done to all our lovely poets!

February

Happy Grandparents Day everyone!! We had such a lovely afternoon with all the visitors had for Grandparents Day this year. We heard some great stories about days gone by and some shocking ones about school in our grandparents time. Did you know, that in years gone by children would have walked miles and miles each day to get to school? Aren’t we lucky to have our comfy school bus!

Thanks to Olive for bringing in so many interesting artefacts from the past. It was very interesting to read about who lived in our area in the last century.

Eric brought in an old radio and other interesting artefacts to show us.

He also kept us entertained with some very funny stories from the past about growing up in Fanad!

 

Thanks to all our visitors for

Coming into Drumfad for Grandparents Day.. . We are looking forward to next year already!

Bringing History to Life with Patsy and Margaret Cavanagh!

We had a really great time watching 6th Class as they re-enacted life during famine times!

These poor girls (stage names are Billy and John, the terrible twins 😊) are being transported all the way to Tasmania because the landlord caught them poaching.

Old Patrick was caught stealing grain. He’d had enough and lashed out at the guard who was arresting him. Can you gess what happened him? He was shot 😔

These were the men in charge of checking who was alive and who was dead on the coffin ship. They used a cloth, which was placed over the mouth of the sleeping person to see whether or not they were breathing! Poor Miss Martin wasn’t breathing..  so over the side of the ship she went! Life during famine times weren’t easy!

Day Two with Tamney

We had our second Art workshop with Tamney and Bernie Wilson from Art Farm yesterday. We were working on our clay plaques, they’re coming on really Well! We painted them, taking care to use authentic colours such as mossy greens, greys and  flax and corn shades of yellows and oranges as opposed to our usual choice of brighter colours. These colours are in keeping with our theme – The Famine.

After our Art workshop, we were learning about what it was like to live during famine times. It was without a doubt a very bleak time.☹

Here are some of our frieze frames… can you guess the scene?!

Boarding the coffin ship

At the soup kitchen

Waving goodbye to her family

Working in the soup kitchen

 

Weaving with Colm.

We’ve been working with Colm Grant today on really cool willow weaving projects as well as hearing lots about the great impact that willow has on our natural environment. Did you know that willow is one of the first plants to flower and provide pollen for the bees each year?! We’ll definitely be planting more in our playground!

Here we are, weaving away 😊 We have fish, tents, Mickey Mouse and lots of other weaving projects going on in these pics!

Colm also brought in the bones from a HUGE orca he and his family found while walking along the beach at Mailn Head. It was the full length of our foyer!

He wasn’t sure how the orca had died or got stranded on the rocks. Perhaps he was sick, or perhaps the bad storm pushed him onto the rocks.

Thank you Colm for a great morning!

Peace IV – Shared Learning with Tamney NS

We had a really great time with our friends in Tamney NS this week. Our Art workshop with Bernie Wilson was so much fun, and we produced some lovely plaques based on our theme for learning – ‘The Famine.’ We also got a chance to play some board games and have some ‘get to know each other’ time.

 

 

We’re looking forward to our next visit already!

 

Anyone 4 Science

Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting our week with a visit from Angela, who is part of the Anyone 4 Science team. We’re learning about the history of the battery; how it was invented, who invented it and how they came about inventing it… and the fun part – making batteries!! As you can see, safety for us is a priority, safety goggles are a must when doing experiments as dangerous as this!

We also made a human battery 😁

January

Happy New Year everyone! 2019 has gotten off to a great start for us here in school; we’re really enjoying getting creative with Denise during our poetry writing lessons. We’ve written some fabulous work already… We’ll share some of it very soon! We’ve also started our swimming lessons in Magherabeg which is so much fun 😁

As you know, we are very keen explorers and investigators here in Drumfad, which makes taking part in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Award programme an easy task for us. Here is a quick peek at some of the STEM projects we’ve been working on recently. Just in case you plan on trying any of these at home, be warned… they can get MESSY!!!

Making Oobleck😊

December

Just before our holidays we really enjoyed a Jumping Clay workshop with Donna in the Senior Room. We created a ‘Santa Stuck in the Chimney’ masterpiece out of clay. Let’s hope Santa doesn’t get stuck in our chimneys!!

 

Isn’t it hard to believe that it is December already?! We’ve been so busy here in school the time has flown. We’ve been rehearsing for our Christmas musical, which is shaping up really well for us now. We are counting down to our big performance now, please come along if you’re free on 13th December. We guarantee a good show 😊 we’ve been working on our choreography and singing for the past few weeks and they are G-R-E-A-T, even if we do say so ourselves!

Here is a sneak peak at some of our moves.. come along to the play to see lots, lots more!

 

Look at our wonderful decorations! We’ve had so much fun over the past six weeks with Helen, Marjorie and Olive during our knitting lessons. Thank you so much ladies, for coming to visit us. You’re welcome back any time!

We are very excited about our performance tomorrow, we had our first rehearsal in the hall yesterday! Being on stage was really good fun😁

November

Our visit to Arena 7 with Tamney NS today was so much fun! We were bowling, playing lazer quest and playing in the soft play area too, while all the time, getting to know our new friends 😊. As you can see from the pictures, it was an action packed day! Sorry for the blurriness of the lazer quest photos; things were moving so fast in there the camera couldn’t keep up with us!

 

Energy Workshop with Aengus Kennedy

We had a great time with Aengus today, he organised a fantastic energy workshop for us! We learned  lots about global warming and different types of energy and we also learned about lots of ways we can look after our planet.

Our cake sale was a huge success today! Thank you so much to all who supported, we are delighted to have raised so much. All of this will go towards Brigid McGinley’s rehabilitation fund.

We were really lucky to have John Fealty in to talk to us about farm safety, with a little bit of Fanad history thrown in!

All ready for our cake sale!

6th Class presented John Fealty with the funds raised at our cake sale on Friday. Than you to everyone who supported us, our cake sale was a great success!

On Friday 9th November, we will be hosting a Cake Sale. We are busy getting prepared and getting our recipes perfected at the minute. We also had a talk on the strict hygiene standards professional bakers must meet from Esther Mc Connell, of Esther’s Home Bakes. We now know exactly what we have to do to ensure that our baking is of the highest quality. Thank you Esther.😊

October

Happy Halloween everyone! We had great fun dressing up and playing Halloween games in school.

Our Cheerios Breakfast morning was on the 26th October this year. It

We are currently preparing for our Harvest Assembly. Our musical, Eddie and the Penguins will teach our audience all about global warming and what we can do to stop it in a really fun way!

Our rehearsals are going really well. We actually had a choreographer in today to help us with some of our dances! Thanks Miss Emmett for sharing all your great ideas with us!😊

Here we are working on our choreography.

Maths Week Fun!

Our Maths quiz today was lots of fun. Let us introduce you to our teams 😁

 

Fish ‘n’ Chips

The Crazy Waynes!

The King Bananas

Candy and Ice-Cream

The Big Bananas

The Senior Room also went to the LYIT along with Tamney to see the Maths Magician James Soper. This was a really interesting event, with schools travelling from all over the county to attend.

On Friday, the whole school took part in our Maths Week Trail! We had great fun measuring, searching, estimating and problem solving in the playground.😊

We had our last first aid lesson with Phonsie Mc Ateer today. We learnt how to clean cuts, how to apply bandages and how to put someone into the recovery position. Thank you Phonsie for coming to Drumfad and teach us all these skills 😊

 

Wainfest

We had a great time with the author Steve Cole in Milford Library today. He told us some hilarious stories and read some extracts from his book to us… Ten Nasty Little Toads is definitely on our ‘to read list!

Cartoon Art with Jarla!

We had a really interesting cartoon drawing session with Jarla on Friday. Here are a few samples of our work 😁

We have some fabulous entries going off to the Credit Union Art competition this year. Well done to everyone who took part!

Our first aid lessons with Phonsie started today. We learnt about what to do in an emergency situation, how to check for hidden dangers and how to assess a person who has had an accident and give the emergency services all of the information they will need to help the person. Thank you Phonsie for teaching us all of these important skills!

 

Well done to Christian and his team who won the Parish League at the weekend!

September

Hi everyone, and welcome back! We’ve all had a really busy summer break, which was great, but it’s nice to be back to school again. 😊

We’ve been settling back into class, and will be starting the ‘H’ word again on Monday… (homework!)

We’ve also started reading lovely new novels; 3rd class are reading The Butterfly Lion, and 4th and 6th are reading The Breadwinner. We’ll be starting music with Moira again very soon, so watch this space for some pics! 😎

Making Chips!

We made lots of delicious chips today using the potatoes from our garden. We brought in lots of spices and sauces to go along with them..yum!!

The Donegal County Champions visited us this morning with their trophy! Well done girls, and thanks so much for calling in to visit us!

Here we are with the girls and their trophy 😁

We had a really good time at the cross country athletics trials today, and made some fantastic times 😊 While we didn’t come home with any medals, we still enjoyed the taking part! And our teachers all agreed that if there were medals for happiest faces while running, Drumfad children would have gotten 1st place! Here we are after our races-

School year 2017/2018

June

The Drumfad Bake Off is underway everyone! We have Crunchie and Oreo Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, brownies, a Victoria Sponge cake, biscuit cake, top hats and some delicious chocolate chip cookies!

Our judge, Olive Borland will have some very hard decisions to make 😁

May

Congratulations to Kate, who got a gold medal in the Community Games at the weekend. We are very proud of you Kate!

Mindfulness in the sun 😁 We really love this weather!

Today is the perfect day to try out our solar oven!

We’ve had a really great Active School Week here in Drumfad. To finish it off, we had jiving lessons with Hayley today. Thanks Hayley!

 

It’s National Learn Outside Day! We made the most of the beautiful weather today and took our art class outside. Drawing in the sunshine, what could be nicer?!

We had so much fun at Work It Out on Wednesday. Thanks to Patricia and all of the Marine Harvest staff for organising such a great event!

This month, we’ve been working on our Peace IV project with Ballyheerin, and are thinking ahead to our celebration day which is fast approaching. At the minute we’re working on a drama, some songs and we’re hoping to give you a synopsis of what we did for our group project. It will be a fun packed afternoon!

We’ve also been having a great time with our gymnastics teachers Fiona and Stephen. They’ve got us doing all kinds of crazy moves!

 

It’s great to see Teresa from Rinka back in Drumfad again, we really love her dance lessons!

Today, we did lots of different types of dance; hip hop, ballet, and some freestyle!

Here we are putting our own sequences together 😁

March

The Easter holidays are almost here, where did that time go?! We’ve been so busy here, we’ve hardly noticed the holidays flying up on us! We’ve finished our swimming lessons for this year, and we’ve got really cool certificates to prove how well we all did in our swimming tests. Now it’s time for gymnastics to start! We had Fiona and Stephen visit today from Letterkenny Community Centre for our first gymnastics lesson… It was so much fun!

Watch this space for pictures of our Easter fun day!

Happy World Book Day everyone! We’ve had an activity packed day here in Drumfad, with some wonderful costumes as you can see! Here we are enjoying paired reading.

 

Some of our Senior Room authors read their personalised stories for everyone. We had a lovely storytelling session, with lots of characters from the Junior Room mentioned in our stories!

Kate got lots of laughs during her hilarious story!

Great story Iona!

Well done Mark!

Our World Book Day quiz was a great success, with all teams scoring very highly.

Thanks to our quizmasters for putting the question list together!

 

Fun in the playground!!

Some of our Science Week events have had to be postponed due to all of the snow we’ve been having, however, we had a fantastic workshop with Angela from Anyone 4 Science earlier this week… we were experimenting with acids and bases.  Thankfully, we didn’t have any explosions! (Well… no major ones anyway 😉)

As you can see, we had Ballyheerin over for the day too. We had great fun with our friends!

 

 

 

February

Snow in Spring! Would you believe it?! We took some time out today to go outside and play in the snow 😊 some tiny snowmen were built and lots of snowballs thrown! After only a few minutes of being outside in the cold however, we couldn’t wait to get back in again… our poor fingers were frozen!!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We’ve had a busy day here baking lots of lovely Valentine’s treats… yum!

Happy mid term break everyone!

This month has gotten off to a great start with a visit from the boys and girls of Ballyheerin NS today. We had great fun in the playground with them, and they really enjoyed watching us present our History projects.

 

Some of our History projects.

 

Lisa and Emily Rose entertaining their audience with a spooky ghost story! Their project was based on the old Portsalon Hotel.

 

We also started the Human Being Myself programme with Bernie Wilson (and Ballyheerin!) today. It is such a great programme, we really enjoyed ‘losing perfection.’ We don’t need to be perfect, in fact we don’t want to be perfect! We’d just prefer to be ourselves thank you very much 😁

 

We had a really busy playground today with all of our friends from Ballyheerin here!

The girls are having great fun trying out our new willow tunnel. Thanks to the green school committee from Loreto, Milford who spent all afternoon planting it for us!

 

January

Happy new year everyone! We have been very busy since coming back to school, with fun activities such as swimming lessons in Magherabeg, ‘Making Irish Fun’ with Rosemary Herraghty and we’ve also been working along with Denise Blake, from Poetry Ireland. Here are some of our poems:

Window

There was once a very small window, hidden away at the top of a castle.

 

One day a child looked out the window

And saw a toy that he really wanted.

 

A farmer looked out the window and

 Saw a nice T7 new Holland tractor.

 

A teacher looked out the window and saw

Children playing.

 

A Parent looked out and

 Saw their child grown up.

 

God looked out the window

 and saw a storm coming

 

And then I looked out the window

And saw a football

By Mark Mc Adoo 3rd class

Colours

Happiness is the colour orange

Like oranges

Happiness is the sound of laughter

If happiness was an animal it would be a sea cucumber

I am happy when I eat ice cream

 

Anger is the colour red

Like lady birds

Anger is the sound of screaming

If anger was an animal it would be an angry tiger

When I am angry I scream

 

Hope is the colour yellow

Like the sun

Hope is the sound of nothing

If hope was an animal it would be a yellow canary

I hope I get ice cream

by Tallulah, 3rd Class 🙂

 

Window

There once was a very small window

hidden at the top of a castle.

 

And saw a small child looked out of the window

And saw a book of wonders

 

A farmer looked out of the window

And saw a tractor

 

A teacher looked out of the window

And saw a bunch of good pupils

 

A parent looked out of the window

And saw their child

 

God looked out of the window

And saw the world

 

And then I looked out the window

And saw a library full of books

By Iona Wilson, 3rd Class

We’re also getting ready at the minute for Ballyheerin’s first visit as part of our School Link Programme on Friday. We will also be taking part in Bernie Wilson’s ‘Human Being Myself’ programme on Friday along with our visitors from Ballyheerin. We began this programme last year, and we’re very excited to be continuing with it!

 

Autumn/Winter 2017

 

Happy Christmas! 😁🌲

We’ve been busy making all of these cool decorations today using ‘jumping clay’ which comes all the way from Korea!

Thank you Donna, for a fun filled afternoon of crafts!

The excitement is building here in Drumfad as Christmas approaches. We have our letters to Santa written and delivered, and now that our Christmas Musical (Straw and Order) is over, we are really looking forward to our visit to see  Paddington 2 in the Cinema!

We’ll fill you in on that soon, but first… our musical!! Straw and Order – what a performance! We gave an award winning performance, keeping the audience entertained from the opening scene, right up until our very last song! All of our hard work, rehearsing lines, dance moves and songs paid off in the end. We can’t wait to see the DVD .Thank you Phyllis for recording it for us!

Here are some snaps of us during the show!

Today was the day…. for the delivery of our ‘Secret Santa’ cards!!

So many beautifully made cards, well done everyone!

We made these lovely candle holders last week, won’t they make beautiful Christmas presents?!

 

We’ve had a busy few months since our last update.  In September and October, we were working on our SESE (History Geography and Science) projects, which involved lots of research and investigations into the reefs of the world.  We then made slideshows, and each person presented their show to the class, and then to the Junior Room.  We also made up a quiz for them to check what they learned (and to make sure they were listening!!)  Have a look at some of the sample slide shows here…. see what you can learn!

 

Coral Reef | The Amazing Underwater City

 

 

 

 

 

 

In October, our theme was ‘Reducing, Reusing and Recycling’, and boy did we recycle!!  Have a look at some of the fabulous creations for our very own Drumfad Trash ‘n Fashion show!  Here are some pictures of us in action on the catwalk.  The parents loved our show, and of course our commentary!

 

We also put on a wonderful musical performance for the parents just before mid-term.  Our theme was ‘music from around the world’.  Thanks Moira McGinley for all of your help with learning our pieces!  Our parents and teachers were entertained with singing, recorder, piano and accordion musicians, and not to forget the wonderful Macarena dancers from the Junior Room!

Here is a snapshot of some of the highlights of the school year for us so far……….enjoy!

 

We really enjoyed our delicious cupcakes baked by Esther. THANK YOU ESTHER!!

 

Suile na nÓg art exhibition was really interesting. We’d highly recommend a visit!

 

As you can see, Ju-jitsu is not for the faint-hearted! The self-defence skills we’re learning are really good fun 🙂

 

Shoebox Appeal

 

On 10th November we had our Shoe Box appeal collection.  Samuel Anderson, our school caretaker (who also works with the Shoe Box Appeal charity group) came and took them to where they will be checked, taped and sent away in a big lorry to all the boys and girls in different countries.  We look forward to hearing where our shoe boxes go this year!

We really enjoyed making then shoeboxes and we hope the boys and girls like them.