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Making a vehicle

For science our task was to design and make a vehicle with a fixed or an unfixed axel powered by a balloon or a sail that would travel sixty centimetres. We called our group the ‘Mad Mechanics.’

We used a small box, Lego wheels, skewers , balloon, sellotape, blue tack, card and string.

First we drew our plan. Next we started to construct the vehicle. At first the box was too light so we decided to add some blue tack. Then it was too heavy so we decided to change the box to a bigger one. We then added the sail but it toppled over so we tied it down with string. We blew up our balloon but the wheels were still too small so we changed the front wheels. When we tested it again it worked.We had great fun doing this science project. Don’t forget to check our blog for more posts and remember to leave a comment!




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The Air Mills

On Thursday we had to do a science experiment. We had to design and make a vehicle that was powered by a balloon or sail and had to travel 60cm .

We used : 2 milk cartoons, skewers, plastic wheels (which we got from a kit), blue tac , balloons and cello tape.

We used a milk carton to make the base of the design and we used the skewers and made a hole so that we could attach the wheels.  We made a paddle design and attached a skewer and we made a small hole and sellotaped on a balloon. The pressure from the balloon moved the paddle which moved the wheels.

Ours worked as we imagined it would. But we had to make a few changes along the way. But ours still moved 60 cm.




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Vehicle Building



Our group name was “The Hover Heads”.

Our task was to build a vehicle that could move 60 cm across a desk using either balloons or sails as power. First, we had to draw up a plan. We decided to make  a hovercraft using balloons. We got the materials, and then we started to build it. We used 2 balloons, an empty tub of butter, a CD, scissors, elastic bands and blue-tack. 2 of us blew up the balloons, and the other 2 built it. We had lots  of fun building it, and that’s the main thing.


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GAA week two

On Wednesday, we had our second week of GAA skills. We started by doing a warm up. We then moved on to a solo-ing drill. It was great fun and we had a race at the end of the drill. After that, we ran over to the hand passing drill. Finally, we did a catching drill. It was great fun because we used the basketball hoops. It was a great second week and we had lots of fun. Roll on week 3!


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Designing and making a car

Our group name is the Vroom Vroooms and on Thursday, our class was challenged to design and make a moving vehicle powered either by a balloon or a sail with a fixed or non-fixed axle that will travel 60cm. First of all, we came up with a plan and drew it on paper. Second of all we got a plastic box, skewers, a piece of card, Lego wheels and tape. We used the skewers as axles and we used card as a sail. We followed our car around with a balloon to get it to move. It was fun experimenting on our car. Keep looking out for more posts!





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Yesterday in class we had to build a vehicle that was powered  by a balloon and moved 60 cm. First of all we had to draw out our plan and list out our materials. Next we started to construct our car. when we were finished we tested it out it  didn’t work  so we had to go back to the drawing board. We figured out that we had to add a sail because our wheels were too heavy. When we tried it out it worked and it moved 60 cm . It was a fun activity and we all enjoyed it very much.


This is our plan.

This is our finished car.

This is our finished car.



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Today in class we made a vehicle that had to move 60 cm in a straight line. Our group is called The Hovercrafters. We decided to build a hovercraft. The hovercraft is a simple design made of a push-top bottle cap, a balloon, a blank CD and tape. This is how we made it: First, we blew up a balloon. Secondly, we hooked the bottom of the balloon where you blow it up onto the bottle cap. Then we pushed down the bottle cap and stuck it onto the CD using strong tape. It was finished in less than 10 minutes. Then we demonstrated to the class about how it works. We pulled up the bottle cap and the air began coming out of the balloon, and it glided across the table and went 60 cm. Mission accomplished!IMG_2477

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Science Project

Yesterday, our group (Slick Scientists) were given to task of making a vehicle that can travel 60 cm in a straight line. First, we drew up a plan. We also listed our materials. We then gathered our materials.IMG_2437

When building the vehicle at first, we used a balloon but it was too light. We then used a sail with a lot of weight but then it was too heavy so we had to redesign the plan with new wheels. We shifted the weight to the back. With the new design, the plan worked very well. It travelled the 60 cm and it went in a straight line. It was good fun and it was a great success.


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First Holy Communions

The three second classes will be making their First Holy Communion this weekend. On Saturday 16th of May, Ms. Cullen’s class will have their communion mass at 11:00 am. After that Mrs. Dowler’s class will have their mass at 1:00 pm. The following day, Sunday 17th of May Ms. Culhane’s class will make their First Holy Communion at 12:00 pm. We wish them the best of luck on their special day!



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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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Sallins N.S. will be closed on be closed on Friday the 22nd of May as the school will be used as a polling station.

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The senior girls camogie are in the middle of a five match league. Today they played against Crookstown. Unfortunately Sallins weren’t successful in winning this match but showed great skill, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Wish us luck in our match against Rathmore next week!

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U13 Boys Hurling Group Match

Yesterday, the Boys’ Under 13 Hurling Team played their 3rd match against Rathmore N.S. From the start both teams were strong, with little points being scored. Then Sallins scored the opening goal to put their team ahead by one goal and two points. Before half time Sallins and Rathmore both traded points making the half-time score 1-3 to 0-1 in Sallins’ favour. 

In the second half, Rathmore started strong scoring two goals and a point. Sallins woke up and scored a point of their own. Rathmore scored another goal bringing the scores even closer. Sallins scored a goal, edging them ahead. They then pushed on and scored another goal and two points. Rathmore scored their third goal of the match, only for Sallins to counter attack and scored a goal and a further three points. That is how it ended, with the scoreline 5-9 to 4-2 in Sallins’ favour, meaning Sallins had won, but the main thing was that we had a good time.

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Boys Under 13 Gaelic Match

The boys under 13 boys football team played a match against Scoil Uí Riada. They played at the Sallins GAA pitch. Even though it was a tough match Sallins played really well and they beat Scoil Uí Riada comfortably by the final whistle.

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GAA Training

On Wednesday, a GAA instructor came into our school. His name was Anthony. We started off the exercise by doing some warm ups. The first warm up was where we all lined up and walked around the court, and Anthony would call out things like “sideways”, or “high knees”, and we had to do the action. We then did ‘solos’. We got quite good at these! We then had to solo and kick the ball from the other end to the next person in the line. This made us try to be accurate. We surprised Anthony because as  a class we did really well! We’re looking forward to the next session. We’ll keep you updated.

IMG_2383 IMG_2382 Gaa training


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Cooking With Aquaponics

On Monday, Mrs MacNamara got the cooking group together and used some plants from the Aquaponics tank. They also used some of the plants that 6th class had grown from seed. They used dill to make dill and cheddar scones. They also made green leaf tartlets. They were delicious!






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Girls Match

On Wednesday the 29th  of April the girls Gaelic team had a match against Caragh NS. The match was away, they played in Caragh Community Park. At the start of the match Caragh scored 2 points straight away then Sallins scored a point from a free kick. After half time Sallins scored 2 goals and 3 points. After that Caragh scored 1 goal and 2 points it was a tight game but Sallins won by a narrow score of 2-4 to Caragh’s 1-4.

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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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