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Sallins Thursday Trad Group

We now have our two pieces together in the Trad Style.

We start with the Slow Air and transition to The Munster Buttermilk Jig!

Listen to us play and let us know how we are doing!



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Checking the LEGO Room 18

Today we sorted LEGO in Room 18.

First we sorted the LEGO in the different colours. Then we looked for all the pieces we needed. Next we built the LEGO into different designs by following the instructions. It was great fun. We did a good job!

Look at the things we made.


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Thursday Trad Group: Competition Pieces to Practice

We had our third Trad Session today, Thursday 20th September!

Each week we record our pieces! How do you think we are doing?

We can practice at home by playing along to the recording.

Today’s recordings are:

Munster Buttermilk Jig. Up to speed!

Our new Slow Air: Ar Éireann Ní N-eosfainn Cé Hí


Click on the audio file below to practice Munster Buttermilk Jig:


Click on this audio file below to listen to and practice our new piece. We recorded the first section today.




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Today we practiced the Munster Buttermilk Jig:

We are really improving!

Listen to us play.

We can use this recording to practice daily at home!


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“Munster Buttermilk Jig”

Sallins National School Trad Group met today for first time this new school year. The group is preparing for Féile na Sollán 

The recording will help us all as we practice every day at home!

Listen and Play along!


See you next week and we’ll record our progress!


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Joyful June!

Third and Fourth Classes hope to bring happiness your way this month!

Here’s how!




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Mrs Moreau’s Class: Room 1 Gave Us in, 3rd and 4th, This Garden Art Idea!

How to make a beautiful COLOUR PLATE from a walk in the garden.

We each got an OVAL plate. Thank you Mrs Moreau!

We covered the base of each plate with PVA liquid glue.

In the School Garden we could see so many colours! As we walked along we stopped and collected petals, leaves and flowers on the plates. It was easy, because they stuck on!

We each have a lovely memory of the garden on this very sunny day. We will bring them home as a gift to our family.

Thanks! Mrs Moreau’s Class for the idea!

Posted by 3rd and 4th class garden enthusiasts!

Rooms: 31, 28, 27 and 26

Some of us had time to make a cooling ice-cream cone afterwards!


Summer is Here! Visit our School Garden and SEE! It’s Beautiful!

Today some of us went for a walk in the School Garden!

We took the “tablet” with us to take photos for you!

There are lots of lovely things to see in the garden now!

Lots of pupils are planting and nature is wild too!



A walk by Ben and friends……

3rd Class

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Bia le Beatha Rag Day

Hi Everyone!

Our RAG DAY this week supports the work of BIA LE BEATHA.

We are very happy to link directly to this project and raise money to help.

Click on our RAG DAY picture below to view the video of our friends in Africa. Look out for our teacher Mr. O’Neill and You will see us mentioned too!



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3rd Class are working on division with remainders!

3rd class division

Here is a good tip for division sums.

Use concrete materials!

Each cube is a litre of paint.

It made the working out easy!

Watch the blog for some more tips!



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Rocket Science from 5th class!

Today we designed and made some rockets. We had to be careful what materials we chose. We then took our rockets to the yard and tested them. We had to check that the flew first of all. We did this by using an elastic band. We then had to measure how far they each flew. We had a fun competition to see which one flew the furthest. Our challenge then was to find out why one flew further than the others. It was windy at the time so we had to be careful of that too. Such a lot of things to be careful about. We really enjoyed this activity.

Ms McGrillen’s 5th class


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Do The Earth A Favour Be A Water Saver.

As part of the green schools water saving committee, we decided to make a slogan competition for our water conservation flag. We asked all the classes to participate in the slogan competition .We gave each class a week to make up a slogan. We collected the slogans and it took two days to pick the winner. All the slogans were excellent but we could only choose one winner which was Tahirat from Ms Wynne’s 6th class.

Tahirat: When I first heard of the slogan competition, I didn’t actually want to participate. Then on the very last day I decided to take part. I came up with the slogan when I was reading book and it said “Do me a favour and save the world.’’

To choose the winner we gathered all the slogans and chose the top ten best slogans. We put a show of hands for the top five slogans which slogans we thought was best. Mrs. Hennessy put the top five slogans on the board. Then we wrote down a number on a piece of paper. Then everyone on the committee voted which one was their favourite.

Tahirat: When they announced that I was the winner I was very surprised and so was my classroom pupils. I didn’t think I’d win AT ALL!!! I was also very happy that I decided to take part after all.


The school adopted the slogan and use it for every announcement and to encourage everyone at school and at home to save water.

Do The Earth A Favour

Be A Water Saver.

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SNOW 2018

Today we took some pictures of the snow at school! We were able to come to school today because lots of families volunteered to help dig out the snow!

A big thank you everyone!



This is what it looked like last week before you helped dig the snow out!

Kevin, our caretaker, took these photographs and said we could blog them to you!




The Lord Is My Light & Spirit Filled Day & Moving On Up! Confirmation 2018


Our families and friends can be prepared for singing with us at our Confirmation Ceremony by listening to these  backing tracks:

The Lord is My Light


The Lord is my Light

The lord is my Help

The Lord is my salvation X2


Verse 1

The Lord is my light,

My help, my salvation.

Why should I fear,

With God I fear no one.

God protects me all my life.

With the Lord what should I fear?


Refrain x2

Verse 2

There is one thing I ask of the Lord that I long for,

All of my days with God to be dwelling,

Gazing with awe at the beauty of God,

And in wonder look on God’s house.

Refrain x2

Verse 3

I know I will live to see the Lord’s goodness,

Now, in this life I’m sure I will see it. Trust in the Lord, be strong and be brave;

Wait in hope for God, our salvation.


The Gathering Song to begin Our Celebration of Confirmation is


Spirit Filled Day

Oh what a Spirit-filled day this is,
What a Spirit-filled day, my Lord
You have called us each by name,
We give ourselves to you
On this Spirit-filled day
What a Spirit-filled day, my Lord
The Spirit gives us what we need
To live our lives each day.

The Spirit brings
Love – the Spirit lives !
Joy – the Spirit dances !
Peace – the Spirit rests !
Patience – the Spirit waits !
Kindness – the Spirit gives !
Goodness – the Spirit breathes !
Gentleness – the Spirit acts !
Faithfulness – the Spirit lasts !
Self-Control – the Spirit cares !
The Spirit cares ! The Spirit cares

Our Recessional Hymn to close our celebration of Confirmation is:

Moving On Up Now …. Out of the Darkness…. My Light Shines On!

Moving on Up

Verse 1
I was blind
But now I see!
You made a believer
Out of me!
Said I was blind
But now I see!
You made a believer
Out of me!
And I’m moving on up now
Out of the darkness!
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on!

Verse 2
I was lost
But now I’m found!
I believe in you
Ain’t got no bounds!
Said I was lost
But now I’m found!
I believe in you
Ain’t got no bounds!
And I’m moving on up now
Out of the darkness!
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on!
Yes I’m moving on up now
Out of the darkness!
My light shines on
My light shines on
My light shines on!


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Peaceproms 2018

Last Sunday, 4th February 2018, our talented school choir performed in the RDS with the Dublin Peace Choir and Crossborder Orchestra! The choir sang beautifully and had loads of fun! We are very proud our great singers in Sallins N.S!

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Christmas in Room 14

We have been having lots of festive fun here in room 14 in the build up to Christmas time. We would like to share some of the things we have been doing with our friends and families.

One of the things we love to do at Christmas time is to decorate the Christmas tree. We made paper ball reindeer as a decoration to take home to our Christmas trees. Another big tradition at this time of year is Christmas cards. We used finger painting and crepe paper to create cards with some of Santa’s reindeer on the front. We also made these fun elf envelopes to deliver our cards in.



As a festive treat last Friday and to warm up from all the ice, snow and cold weather we made some hot chocolate with Ms. Reidy. We poured our hot chocolate into the polar bear paper cups we designed the day before. We added marshmallows and chocolate chips to the top.  It tasted delicious.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from all the boys and girls in room 14 and Ms. Reidy.

By Jack O’ S., Isabelle and Jack C.




It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in 3rd Class!

The tablet camera and technology help us blog about Our School Art… to the world.

We use the tablet to take photos of ‘Corridor Art’ and then we connect the tablet to the classroom computer. We use the ‘EDUBLOGS’ programme  to make a new post and we follow the steps of ‘How To’ upload the pictures and create a GALLERY!


Photos and Blog by Davey and Evan: 3rd Class

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Make Your Own Mini Pizzas

Miniature Pizzas

Last Friday we made some tasty mini pizzas with Ms. Reidy!

This is the recipe we followed to make them:

1. We chopped the mushrooms and ham into slices (optional).
2. We rolled small handfuls of pre-made pizza dough into round pizza base shapes with our hands and two rolling pins.
3. We added a tablespoon of pizza sauce to the pizza bases and we spread it evenly around the centre.
4. We sprinkled some grated cheese (whatever cheese you like) on top and we layered our pizzas with your chosen toppings (We put ham. cheese and mushrooms on ours).
5. We placed them on a baking tray and put them in the oven for 25 minutes.

Now, we hope you enjoy our delicious home-made pizza recipe and recommend you try making them at home!

Posted by Jack C. and Conor (Room 30).





Have a look at our paper making.




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Junior Infants plant a Christmas Tree

Kevin planted a Christmas tree for us today. We will decorate it for Christmas and watch it grow each year.

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This Friday, 10th of November is the first day of our new walk to school campaign; ‘Feet on Friday!’
The committee are encouraging all pupils to walk to school on Fridays.
The class with the highest percentage of walkers on Friday mornings will receive a reward.
If you are being driven to school, why not get dropped off at the community centre and walk from there, that way you can be included as a ‘walker’.
Don’t worry, pupils who travel to school on the bus won’t affect their class score.
Let’s put in a big effort and be sure to KEEP SAFE, walking on the footpaths and crossing only at traffic lights and with our Lollipop Lady.
‘Keep active, keep fit, your body needs it!’
Active Schools Committee.
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Third Class Halloween Walk Day!

Today we are all wearing FABULOUS COSTUMES!

The three 3rd Classes walked together!

Thank you to all our families and friends for sponsoring us!


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Halloween 2017

“How do you do? Would you like to shake hands with Thing 1 & Thing 2?”

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Junior Infants celebrate Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween from Junior Infants

Our Halloween artworks:



Having fun on our Halloween walk:


The Pirates of Room 3

A fun day for princesses, witches, vampires, skeletons, super heroes, Darth Vader, pirates, bats, robots and minions

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6th Class Remembering the Holocaust

This week 6th Class went out to the garden to plant crocus buds. We did this in memory of the people who lost their lives during the Holocaust. The Jews had to wear yellow stars (star of St David) everyday to make it easier for the Nazis to find them so we planted yellow crocus bulbs. We all planted a bud around the base of a tree Kevin dug up for us.

Crocuses are important because they symbolise the star of St David. They are planted in memory of the children who died during the Holocaust and when the flowers appear we are reminded of them.

We put on a pair of gloves and used trowels to dig holes around a tree and planted crocus bulbs.

After the bulbs were planted we all said a prayer before returning to class.

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Active Schools Update

Another successful month with our active school.The U11 girls competed against Athy in their final. They came home with the trophy. Below is a recount about the match from Jemma in 6th class.


U-11 Ladies Football Final 19th October 2017 Score -> 6 goals and 2 points Sallins 0 goals and 2 points Athy.

On Thursday the 19th of October 2017 22 girls went to Moorefield to play in the final against Athy. We left the school at 12:30 so we would be at Moorefield for 1:00. Our match started at 2:00. We started the match and it was raining and it was windy. The first half had started and the forwards and midfields did a lot of the work. By half time we were winning by some goals and some points.

We started the second half it was still raining. This time Athy was stronger they scored two points in the first two minutes. So this half the backs and the goalie had to do a lot of work. In the second half we had scored lots of goals and points. After 20 minutes the referee had blown the whistle.

In the end the score was 6-2 Sallins and 0-2 Athy. Sallins had won, we got our photo taken and May our goalie and captain gave a speech.

The next Wednesday we got dominos pizza and Mr. Lanigan gave our medals out to us. On the day we were given no homework.

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Maths week 2017-2018 – 6th class estimation

It was Maths Week last week. In 6th class we had to estimate the area of the notice board in sticky notes.

Every 6th class student got to estimate. We had to estimate the length by the width in sticky notes.

This week we measured the area in sticky notes.

Length X Width = Area

11 ½ sticky notes X 15 1/3 sticky notes = 176 3/10


Congratulations to the three students who won a Homework Pass.

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Banana Bread Bake Off

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake                                        







Last week, we made delicious chocolate chip banana bread squares with Ms. Reidy.

This is the recipe we followed to make them:

  1. First, we got 2 bananas and mashed them using our strong muscles!
  2. Next, we mixed the sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in a mixing bowl. (125g sugar, 4 tbsp of oil & 2 eggs.)
  3. We then added the flour and cinnamon and stirred until the mixture was smooth (225g of self raising flour & a pinch of cinnamon.)
  4. Pour evenly into the foil tin. Bake it for 25-30 mins. (In the oven.)

This is how we made the icing for them! (Optional)

  1. We beat 75g of cream cheese with a fork or a blender, with 1 tbsp of vanilla essence and 75g of butter together.
  2. We gradually added the icing sugar until the mixture was smooth.
  3. Once our banana breads were ready we spread the icing onto each and added banana slices and chocolate chips.

This delicious snack will be all yours if you make a trip to a supermarket to buy the ingredients.

We hope you enjoy our tasty treats.

Posted by Jack C. and Conor (Room 30).




Today we went outside to follow our maths trail. It was part of MATHS WEEK!


We had fun doing the MATHS TRAIL! We saw lots of maths shapes and numbers in the playgrounds!

We worked in groups.


Look at our GALLERY!



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6th Class Trip to the Bog

Last Friday, the three 6th classes went to the Bog of Allen.  We went to study the habitat. Nuala, Tristan and Aoife brought us around the centre and the bog.

In the morning, we had a snack in the centre before being split into our class groups for the morning activities.

One class went into the museum where we learned about how people used turf more than 50 years ago. They had an old hot water bottle made of clay, a floor brush made of heather sticks and an old iron.

There was an exhibition of the wildlife that or lived on the bog. We learned about a critically endangered bird that lives on the bog called the Curlew. We also saw a fox, a hare and a skull of an ancient elk. We learned that people preserved butter in the bog.

Another class went to the garden to see how bogs were formed. They stared as ponds and lakes. Then the trees and plants died and they formed a fen. Sphagnum moss then grew and the bog was made. The class went to the green house next to see the carnivorous (insect eating) plants. We saw the Sundew, from the bogs of Ireland. We also saw the Pitcher plant from Canada and Venus Fly Trap from the USA.


After the green house, we went looking for amphibians. We caught frogs, but we didn’t find any newts.


The third class went to catch and identify invertebrates that live in the bog. Look at what we found




After each class had tried all of the activities we had lunch.

When we finished lunch, we walked to the Bog of Allen. It was really mucky. We had a great time running through the wet peat. Each class made a “Bog in a Bottle” on the cut bog. We then went to Lodge Bog, a protected bog. It looked very different.



On Lodge Bog, we got to hold Sphagnum Moss – the bog builder. It was green, brown and purple. It was wet and soft like a sponge. It can hold up to 20 times its own weight in water.

We then “Rocked the Bog” before heading back to school on the bus.


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Tasty Scones

Today we made scones!

We left out the sultanas! 🙂

Posted by: Jamie

3rd Class


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Hello everyone!

Look at this picture of the pandas for 10 seconds!

Then Scroll down and answer the questions!

Good Luck

We sourced this information from:

Published by: The Green board Game:


Give it a go! No peeking back ! 

Posted by Davey and Evan 3rd Class.

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Last week we went into the school garden with Nuala. We learned about invertebrates. We hunted for them in dark and cold places and one of my friends found a baby caterpillar that was just born.

We put all the invertebrates and the other insects that we found into a bowl. Then we learned about them.

Here are some photos of us in the garden.

Next, we went back to the classroom and we learned about water invertebrate: water skaters, mayflies, and lots more. We examined them in water. We recorded our information on worksheets.

Here we are working in class:

Recorded by Davey in Third Class

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“Are You a BRAIN BOX?”

This is a great activity by ARK TOYS.


Look carefully at the picture below for 10 seconds.

You can have a little longer time if it is your first go!

Now try answering the questions below with out looking at the ZEBRA CARD!

It’s amazing what we can learn quickly when we focus, concentrate and work together!

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Sallins National School Girls’ Team: Croke Park! Here We Come! Sunday 16th July 2017.



As we all know..

All roads lead to Croke Park next Sunday, 16th July 2017.

Kildare are taking on the Mighty Dubs!

On this momentous day … SALLINS will be represented on the THE PITCH!

The Girls Football Team from Sallins National School have been asked to play at HALFTIME!

The TEAM are delighted to be taking up the challenge. Unfortunately only 10 of our wonderful team players can take to the pitch and the rest of this superb team will be supporting them from the stand.

So … for all of you heading to the match next Sunday… Please support our Girls with massive cheers as they walk onto the pitch and represent girls’ football, their school and community of Sallins. It is a great honour for the team  



St. Laurence’s National School Website: Check out our new look! Let us know what you think!

We have given our school website a facelift!

We want it to be more instantly recognisable as Sallins N.S.

We also want it to be easier to navigate and have a direct link to the blog.

Click on the picture below to link to our school website:


Post a comment to us!

Let us know how we are doing. Our blog if for you too!

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Down by the Sallins Garden 🎶🌱2017: From Spring Bulbs to Budding Chefs! See How Our Garden Grows!

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Look How Everything Is Growing!

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Gardening Club Summer Buffet: Grow to Eat

Gardening Club End of Year Harvest and Buffet. It was a great thrill for all the garden club members to harvest the crops sown during the two terms.

We celebrated the harvest with a buffet feast of potato salad, green salad with radish, herb scones and a stir fry of bean sprouts, mangetout, beans, peas, cabbage and spring onions fresh from the garden.

Have a lovely summer. Keep growing.

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Junior Infants: Rooms: 1,2 & 3: Tour: Stonebrook Farm

The three Junior Infants Clases went on tour together to the farm!

We had a wonderful day at STONEBROOK FARM!

"Stonebrook Pet Farm in Kildare" Click on the link below to visit the Stonebook Farm Website and learn more about the farm.

ALSO! Look at our gallery below

Look at us!

We are having fun on the farm!

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3rd Class run/walk a mile! Get Active! Get Fit

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Active Schools Playball with Henry 2nd class Room 25

We all had a great time with Henry this morning in the sunshine.

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