Sallins National School

A blog by students…for students!


This Saturday and Sunday, the 6th and the 7th of June, the three sixth classes are making their Confirmation. This week we have spent a lot of time practising for Confirmation. We have been to the church and we practise our singing everyday. We have learned all of our prayers, readings and hymns. Our teachers have been to the church working so hard for our confirmation. Hopefully we all have a great day. Thanks to all the teachers for their help!

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Aquaponics System

In the tank there are lots of fish. Some of the fish are called weather lovers, fancy goldfish, koy, cray fish and the babies are called fries. The aquaponics system works when the fish produce ammonia which produces nitrite and then converts to nitrates which the plants take up and this is how they grow. Some of the plants are green beans, sugar snaps, lettuce, tomatoes, chives, parsley, red chard and pak choi. The tank can hold 1000+ litres. We are trying to keep the temperature at 21.5 degrees Celsius. There is also some natural drift wood floating in the tank to make the fish feel safe.

 These are some of the plants we are growing in the aquaponics system.


This is what the aquaponics system looks like from the outdoors. IMG_2426

These are some radishes we are growing. IMG_2427

The water runs from the top of the white poles down to the bottom. IMG_2422

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Music Group

Our school has a music group. All members meet every Wednesday to practise all the songs. We have learned lots of songs including ‘The Cup Song.’ More recently we have learned songs like ‘The EastEnders Theme Song’ and ‘It’s time’ by Imagine Dragons. Some people play the guitar and some people play the piano. There are some traditional instruments like the fiddle, the concertina and the flute. There are lots of recorders and some ukeleles. Some people play the glockenspiel. These instruments are sound very good when they are all together. The music group once went to Alexandra College in Dublin to perform in a show. We all really enjoyed it. We also played in the P.E hall for the whole school.  The music group is a great addition to our school!!

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Aquaponics training for the teachers

As the Aquaponics system has been such a success, the teachers are being trained on how to look after the fish tank. Cameron’s Dad knows a lot about fish and he is helping to look after the fish. First he will train the teachers how to care for the Aquaponics System and then the teachers will set up a timetable and teach the children how to care for the fish, maintain the tank and grow the plants! We are really looking forward to it!

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Basketball Challenge

During Active Schools Week, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes all did a basketball challenge in the yard. All the classes split up into 2 groups and the aim of the game was to score the most baskets in ten minutes. Mr. O’ Connor’s 6th class won. They scored 70 baskets!




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