Zak Kennedy, Jack O’Shea, Liam Conalty, James Purcell, Killian Enright, Michael Butler
On Tuesday, 9th November some transition year students came to our school from Comeragh College. They did lots of experiments with us. They dissected a sheep heart and we explored the senses and re-created a volcano. On Friday 12th we went to W.I.T. to see a show called Gruesome Guts. There was a male and a female scientist presenting the show. The first thing we did was talk about fat, iron, calcium and carbohydrates. After that Ronan did an experiment using a blow torch, a hose, a funnel and cornflour. He put the hose in his mouth and put cornflour in the funnel and blew and fire came out. Then we saw a film showing Laura’s digestive system. It was really gruesome. After the show we went to Kilbarry Wild Life Park in Waterford. We did the 2km walk and used the equipment there. It was an excellent day.
Sontae Jackson, Abby Dunne & Killian Doyle
On the 14th November the Parent Association of Windgap N.S. held their third annual tractor run in aid of the school and to raise funds for Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team in memory of John Smyth who passed away during the summer. 209 tractors participated from New Hollands to the old vintages. Hundreds of spectators gathered in the village to see them off. It was due to start in Windgap at 12 noon but was running a bit late so all the tractors left at 1pm. In Windgap hall there was a bake sale, competitions, and refreshments. All the tractors drove off in convoy. This year they went to Killamery instead of Tullahought. Nearly all the tractors had a child passenger in it as they headed for Coolagh via Ballytobin. When they arrived at Coolagh they went up the hill and passed through Poulacapple and finally arrived in Kilamery. Many spectators drove in their cars to Kilamery where there was a raffle, auction and a barbeque. The busy chefs cooked 500 burgers which were all hungrily devoured. Auctioneer Michael Cunningham coaxed those in the crowded lounge to bid on donated items which in general were farming related. People enjoyed walking around admiring the tractors. On their way back to Windgap many tractors drove past John and Jean Smyth’s house to pay their respects. Overall it was a spectacular day of fun for all the family. We thought the tractor run was a great success and we can’t wait for the next one.
Our Buddy Bench
Emer Barron, Eimear Smith, Sarah Culleton, Nathania Jackson, Sarah Cullen, Niall O’Brien, Karl McCoy
On Friday, 23rd October pupils from 5th & 6th classes began working on a Buddy Bench for our school. The Buddy Bench will be used by children who feel lonely or unhappy. When someone sits on the Buddy Bench others will know that the person needs a buddy.
Breda Horgan and Michelle O’Brien, with a lot of help from Michael Grace and Trevor Horgan, helped the pupils construct and decorate the Buddy Bench. On 17th November Breda and Michelle, together with Sam Synnott from Buddy Bench Ireland, delivered the Buddy Bench to the school. Breda and Michelle will hold workshops with all the classes in the school around the concept behind the Buddy Bench. The construction of the Buddy Bench was generously sponsored by Eileen O’Gorman, Kilamery. We hope that the Buddy Bench will be a well used addition to our happy school.