Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Happy Holly-Days!

Today we went into town to raise money for the ISPCC by selling the ISPCC's famous holly badges. First, we went into the hall where Susan and Emma gave us our collection boxes and told us where we had to go. They also told us that the money would go towards the ISPCC's Childline service. We then went off wearing our Santa hats to our designated areas. Aine, Jessie and I went to stand outside the Gaiety Theatre. It was really cold but it was for a great cause and we collected way more money than we had expected to! 

On Sunday, the choir sang Christmas Carols at the Christmas fair at Castletown House. We sang carols for about an hour and some of the fifth years performed pieces that they had been working on in music class. Afterwards we got crepes from a stall at the fair!
 Doing all of this Christmassy stuff has definitely got me even more excited for Christmas! 
Below is one of the Christmas songs that the choir sang. :-) 


On Saturday, we did a flashmob to promote our school's musical, Calamity Jane! We met up in secret, wearing our checked shirts, before going to the church where lots of people had gathered to see the Christmas lights being turned on. We handed out flyers about the musical until the music started. We then ran into our positions and began our dance. It went really well and afterwards, my friends and I stayed in the village to watch the Christmas lights being switched on. :-) 

Whip Crack Away!

On Friday evening, the launch of our school's musical, Calamity Jane, was held in the Celbridge Manor House Hotel. I sang in the choir at the start. The cast of the musical then performed some of the songs in the play. They were really good, it was obvious that a lot of hard work and practise has already been put into the musical. The launch was very successful. Lots of people showed up and bought tickets. We were all pretty tired afterwards but it was worth it! 

This is one of the songs that was performed at the launch, enjoy! :-)

Road Safety Roadshow!

On Thursday, we went to a Road Safety Roadshow that was held in Punchestown. As soon as we got our wristbands we were free to look around the exhibition that had been set up on one side of the hall. There were lots of different stalls there, such as the Kildare County Fire Service stall. We also got lots of free stuff which was good.

After about two hours, we went into the other part of the hall for the road safety show. At the start of the show, a policeman from New York spoke about the NYPD. He was very funny. After that it got pretty serious. We watched lots of videos about road safety and we saw the consequences of not driving safely. It's safe to say I'll definitely never forget to wear my seat belt again. The show was really interesting and I really enjoyed it. Even though the Roadshow ended at one o'clock, we got to go home as soon as we got back to the school because we had a half day. :-)

Maths Madness

On Wednesday, we went to a new Project Maths trail in Rathbeggan Lakes, Co Meath. We were put into groups to solve lots of different maths problems, such as figuring out the height of the zipline pole and finding out the area of certain places in the grounds. It was really really cold but we still had fun doing the tasks, and we got to wear our wellies which is always a bonus! My group didn't win a family pass, but it would have been nice to win because there is lots of other cool stuff to do there like kayaking and abseiling. 

On the way home we went to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre for lunch. When we were finished we got to look around the shops until it was time to get back on the bus. We had a really good day and I would definitely recommend the maths trail to students who are doing the new Project Maths course. :-)

This is a map of the Rathbeggan Lakes Centre