Sallins National School

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Remember the Vikings! They’re Back!

We made these helmets as part of our Viking projects!


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Is breá linn Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Féach ar ár mBord Taispeána!


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Rang a Trí get ready for Seachtain ne Gaeilge Ceolchoirm

A h-aon

A dó

A trí…..

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Ceol le Chéile

We had our final practice….

Our 6 pieces are ready for the concerts.

We will be playing next Thursday night: The Sallins NS School Band, The Irish Dancers, The Sallins NS Past Pupils, The School Advanced Competition Trad Band and Our Hosts: The Alex Trad Band.  



We can continue to practice at home by playing along with out latest recordings: 6th March 2019

Here are our tunes….

Play along

Slow Air…


Buttermilk Jig


Brian Boru’s March


Foggy Dew and Minstrel Boy…



Come along on Thursday 14th March to Alexandra College.



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The 3rd Classes Estimate and Measure Millimeters

How much water is 100ml?

How much water is 400ml?

We found out.

How many yogurt pots fill a bigger bowl?

We found out!

Which container holds the least…… most?

We tried and tested!

Maths is a STEM subject

We are investigating and exploring ……

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Dé Céadaoin Arís!

We are nearly there!

On Wednesday, 13th March 2019, Alexandra College Trad Band will join us for our Seachtaine na Gaeilge Concert. They have joined us every year for the past 12 years. We all join together and play our favorite pieces.

Then on the evening of Thursday 14th March 2019 we will visit Alexandra College to join them for their annual “Ceol le Cheile”. We have great memories of these visits over the past 4 years. On the Thursday some of our past pupils will join us. They are in Secondary School and College now, and all still playing music and are studying music in school and university. Some are studying to be Primary School Teachers. We also will be joined by our friends at school who train as Irish Dancers and some of our past pupils are helping them with the steps. Our teachers are also playing with us. Come along and be part of the evening. Admission is FREE and Alexandra College give us a great welcome and a big hall for all the guests. See you there.

We are perfecting our pieces. Mr. Fell’s traditional pieces are really improving and we are great with the slow air and jig that Mr Kelly taught the group for the competition in October. We have some Marching Band pieces! Mrs. Macnamara really likes the marching bands! They are different to Trad!  Also our original Trad Group have been working on some new pieces. Please join us at 7:30 in Alexandra College: 14/03/2019

Here is how we sound today….




Come and join us!




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Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge ag teacht! Tá an Grúpa Trad ag Cleachtadh…. Éist linn!

Hi Everyone!

It’s Wednesday again. Today we practiced and recorded all our pieces for the concerts taking place in Sallins and in Alexandra College during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019.

Listen and play along at home.

Slow Air

Munster Buttermilk Jig

Brian Ború’s March

Maggie in the Woods & John Ryan’s

Foggy Dew & The Minstrel Boy


Practice along with the music. Also tell your fiends about our concert in Alexandra College, Dublin, on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7:30 p.m. This will be our 4th year travelling to Dublin to play in the concert. Everyone is welcome!





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See our projects on display outside Room 28

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Signs of Spring

We had fun on our nature walk to the school garden. We saw many signs that Spring is here.


Credit Union Table Quiz

Congratulations to the teams who represented Sallins in the Credit Union Table Quiz recently. They did very well and had a lot of fun!




Here’s a great clipping from the local paper!

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Here are Our Prints Hanging on the Wall outside Room 28

Here are our prints. We hope you like them. Please leave a comment if you like them. We think they’re GREAT!


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from Room 3

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We are learning new polkas!

Mr Fell is teaching us three new pieces.

This is the first one we started last week: Maggie in the Woods


…..wait a bit for the music to start!

We are also learning Britches Full of Stitches & John Ryan’s

Tune in next week! We are having a big band practice and some of our past members are coming along to play with us. They are on mid term form secondary school. It will be great. We will record our session.

Posted by the Wednesday Music Band

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Ceol i Rang 27

We are learning these songs.


Listen to us sing and play:

Rang a Trí

Seomra 27

Here is a YouTube version of Tóg Amach Mé that we are learning from!

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LEGO! Building together in 3rd Class

We built LEGO projects today FRIDAY: 08/02/19

We worked together in groups of 3.

We took turns being the Engineer, Supplier, Builder…

This is how we worked ……

Here are some of our constructions…..

Room 28

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Room 18 working together with LEGO

Today, 08/02/2019

We worked together to build some LEGO movie 2 kits.

Working together is fun.



ROOM 18: Check Out Internet Safety! Visit WEBWISE html Heroes!

Today we did some lessons on Internet Safety, for Internet Safety Week.

We typed into Google Chrome:

Webwise html Heroes

Click on the link to open the window with the lessons. We looked at Lesson 1: Welcome to the Internet.

We know a lot already from our parents and from learning together at school.

Lesson 1 helped us to talk about what we know and how much more we can learn from this website!

Try the lessons at home too!

Luca, Luke, Cillian & Finn

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Ceremony of Light PSALM Recording






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We are making Viking Helmets out of papier maché.   We had great fun making them.





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1st FEBRUARY 2019

Today we had a look in the garden. We were looking for signs of spring. We saw flowers: daffodils and crocuses.

Then Luca showed us a book about CIRCUS KRONE. It is the Greatest Circus in the World! Luca has been there! He said it was great. We looked at the book and Luca and talked about the amazing animals and the Macaw he had perched on his arm!



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Great Singing Today! School Choir Meets to Sing for Confirmation 2019

We are getting ready now to sing for the celebration of Confirmation: March 2019.

The choir are sounding great. Back together after the last term and Christmas Concerts.

So many choir members sang at the Confirmation Ceremonies last year. Thank you!

To help the practicing we will put the music and words on the blog.

Keep looking as we add them in!

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

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 gives us what we need to live… our… lives… each day!!!

This is a choir we listened to on YouTube



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Wednesday after school Trad Group learns 2 more tunes

Today we added to our repertoire !

The Foggy Dew and The Minstrel Boy.

We only started learning them today but we have recorded them for practicing at home!

Tús maith…. leath na h-oibre!

Click to play along….

The Foggy Dew

The Minstrel Boy

We have 5 tunes now to be practicing



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French Toast Time

Room 18.

Today we made french toast. Luca brought in photos of his hens: BOKI & BOKIBOKBOK!

We had to get the eggs from the shop because….

the hens are not laying eggs  in the winter.



3rd Class Room 26 Practising Tin Whistle Monday 21st Jan.

At home we can practice playing  “Tóg Amach Mé”







We can practise everyday!

Room 26


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We are practicing for “Seachtain na Gaeilge”.

We have three tunes that we are working on.

Play along at home.

Tune 1: Brian Ború’s March


Tune 2: Slow Irish Air


Tune 3: The Munster Buttermilk Jig

We will be learning new tunes in the weeks ahead and will practice at home with the BLOG

We will be going to the concert in Alexandra College on 14th March 2019

See you there!








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There are lots of different ways of communicating!

We can think in pictures and draw…getting our message across to others without talking!

Drawing is a great way communicate.

“Pictionary” is lots of fun.

We roll the dice, get move to a colour on the board, and we have to draw the thing on the play card matching our colour.

We all draw our “thing” at the same time and then we share our pictures and hope our friends can guess our thoughts!

It’s working….

Here is the Gallery of our last two weeks of play…..



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Here is a READ AT HOME recipe.

Follow the procedure to enjoy a yummy HOT CHOCOLATE!

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Friday again! Here we are in Room 28 PRINTING!

Today we did our prints and we learned how to do mono printing.

When the prints are dry they will be put up on the wall for all to see!


Come back soon to see our Gallery.

Here we are today… artists at work!


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Tin Whistle Practice with 3rd Class

Tóg Amach Mé

Click on the play button so you can practice at home.

Thanks to Mr. McDonnell for playing the guitar

Thanks to Sarah and David from Mr. McDonnell’s class for teaching us!


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Today and Last Tuesday!


We were good at drawing and the guessing was OK too!

We needed a few hints!

By Luca, Cillian, Luke and Finn

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Stamp Printing in 3rd Class Room 28

Today we did block printing.

We printed lots of  designs.

Then we made our own stamps using match sticks, old cereal boxes and string.

Next week, we will use our stamps to make pictures.

If you like to see them come back next week!

See you next week!


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Our New Year’s Resolutions 2019!

Happy New Year Everyone!

We looked at a video today about New Year’s Resolutions.

Look at the video. Click on the play button to play the video.

Maybe you can share it with your friends and take some good advice from it!

We will!

Most important… Number 10…. BE  HAPPY

Good Luck everyone!






Friday Morning Room 18: We had a GAME of LIFE to finish!

We met today, FRIDAY, to finish the GAME OF LIFE we started last week.

We looked at the blog pictures from last Friday.

We were able to set the game up with all the cards we each had last week….

Cillian reached 10 Stars first!

Luca definitely helped him along the way giving Cillian the BONUS star for the great birthday party idea! Good Sport Luca! Finn and Luke were neck and neck racing towards the end…..

Well done everyone. Fair play and Good Sports!

Keep watching the BLOG and see how we are getting on!


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Returning to “Game of Life! “Friday Afternoon

We started a new game on Friday! Now we know all the rules so we flew along.

Some of us reached 10 stars before the time was up and the pictures tell our stories!

See how well we did.

Happy Weekend!

From the Friday Group

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Scientific Art with Bubbles: Room 28

We were doing materials in Science with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and it made a big reaction!

  • First we experimented with solids and liquids
  • We were testing for a reversible and irreversible change
  • We had great fun doing science
  • We learned that bicarbonate of soda and vinegar caused a chemical reaction. The acid in the vinegar caused the explosion!

Today, Friday, we did this experiment again using food colouring.

  • It was very colourful!
  • It was foamy……….

We are scientists and artists!

What do you think?

Third Class Room 28

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Science Week Rm 26: Playing the Bananas

We had a great time during Science Week.


In our classroom we learned to use how to play the bananas and the bongo pencil case.

We used:

  • The Classroom Computer
  • The Interactive Whiteboard
  • A Makey Makey Circuit Board
  • Bananas
  • Pupils
  • Items from our pencil case

First we connected the bananas to the Makey Makey circuit board and the circuit board to the computer.

We held one wire and touched the bananas to close the circuit and play the bananas.


We also tested items from our pencil case and found out that the wood of a pencil and the nib didn’t work but pencil lead drawn on paper worked. We also found out that plastic, markers, pencil grip and rubber didn’t work, but a paper clip, a metal key-ring, the metal part of a pen did work.


After that, we tested how many people could carry the current in the circuit and play the bongo drums. We held hands and the first and last person in the line held the clips attached to the circuit board. We figured out that it would travel through 32 people and still work.

We had a great time!!

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Rm 26: Testing the Fish Tank

Every week we test how the fish are in our fish tank are. We test the water to make sure it is healthy for our fish and plants.

We test the Nitrates, Nitrites, Iron, PH and Ammonia. We also check the temperature. The chemicals in the tests cause a reaction. We wait 5 minutes for the results. It is amazing to see the colour changing as we wait.

We also add nutrients to the aquarium for the fish and plants. This is very good for the fish tank, it keeps the fish healthy and happy. It is very exciting and enjoyable to do the tests. We learn a lot from taking care of our fish and plants. It is good for the environment.

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Winter art captured on an indoor walk! Tuesday 27th Nov 2018

Today we looked for some winter art around the school. We all took some pictures!

We hope you like them.

Please comment!

Posted By: Luke, Luca & Ciallian

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“GAME OF LIFE” is fun to play: The Friday Groups met today!

Game of Life Junior is fun to play with friends. You can go on an exciting day out. You drive around the board and visit as many places as you can. You collect stars and carry out activities. Four of us played on Friday morning. When it was time to finish, we took photos of our game journey. At home we can retell you about the trip!

Here goes!

This is the YELLOW car’s story!


Here is the RED car’s story.

The GREEN car had a good day!

The BLUE car had fun too!

We can look at the blog at home and retell our adventure!

The after lunch Friday Group met at 1:20pm

We played a new game and also recorded our adventures! Kate was first to get her 10 stars and Ross was very close to 10 when it was time to stop! We recorded our adventures too.

Our Stories!




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Today we started new paintings and our Winter Paintings are on display outside along the corridor! Thanks for returning to see our ART!

YAY! It’s Friday!

Happy Weekend

From Room 28

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Room 28 visit the Science Projects

Everybody’s projects were great. We had great fun.It was very interesting. We learned lots of new things and facts. We are inspired. Thank you everyone who showed us the projects.

Well done everyone.

Blogged from Room 28 THIRD CLASS

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Room 18 following game rules is the way to play!

Play by the rules!

Games are fun when we all cooperate!

Have you played PICTIONARY… UNO… DOUBLE.

Play some of these activities with your friends on really cold or rainy days!

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Ms. O’ Donovan’s Room 12 makes Carbon Dioxide



MATERIALS: bread soda, vinegar

APPARATUS: balloon, a bottle


STEP ONE; Pour the vinegar into the bottle. Pour in enough to fill a quarter of the bottle.

STEP TWO: Put 4 teaspoons of bread soda into the balloon.  Next, attach the balloon to the bottle.

STEP THREE: Be sure the balloon is facing upwards. Last stand back and wait! (You may need to stand near a sink for this!)

RESULT: We discovered that the bread soda mixes with the vinegar to make a gas called carbon dioxide CO2.  This gas blows up the balloon for a minute or two. This happens because the bread soda is mainly made of sodium, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. The vinegar changes the parts causing a gas to be released which inflates the balloon.

Here are some photographs of our experiment!






Busy Hands.. if we make more we can learn to juggle!


We followed a video for instructions!


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