You might have heard of Scratch. It’s a long-running online project that helps children learn how to code. Scratch provides a fantastic introduction to the world of computer programming . Last week Mr. Maguire began teaching us how to use Scratch and will be working with us until Easter
We finished our Cycling Safety Course on Wednesday and what a success it was. Mike, our excellent tutor, ensured that we all became safer and more competent cyclists and we had great fun at the same time!
On Saturday 6th of February, 5th and 4th class went to the Peace Proms Dublin 2016. We left the school at 4:30 pm. It took us about an hour to get to the RDS. We started the dressed rehearsal at 6:00 pm. This year there was a new conductor. His name was Greg Beardsell. Click Here for his website. He was a brilliant conductor. The show started at 8:00 pm and ended at about 10:40 pm. We were all very excited. The first piece was "Mission Impossible" theme song. Our first song was "Touch the Sky from Brave". Some special guest's helped us sing pieces like "World in Union" and "The Power of the Dream" and some played music. We also sang the Friends Medley".After the interval, they played the "Star Wars" theme song. Suddenly, Darth Vader and two storm troopers along with Princess Leia appered. The whole crowd went wild. Next we sang the "Matilda Medley". Our next song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Halfway through the song everybody in the crowd put the flashlights on their phone and waved them around. We had to wait a while before we sang again but we still get to watch everything that the other performers did. Eventually we got to sing again. The first song we sang was the "Pop Medley". The songs in it were "Hall of Fame", "Roar", "Shake It Off" and "Uptown Funk". After that was "Sing, Sing, Sing". We weren't meant to sing it but we joined in anyway. The second last song was "Your the Voice". And the finale was "Ireland's Call". We really enjoyed it and we send good wishes to the boys next year.
Yesterday the green schools committee met St.Raphael's green schools committee. We had a little chat with them. We wished them the best of luck with their inspection.
On the 26th of January 2016 a woman called Louise came to our school to tell us about the Irish charity called Goal and all about what it does. Goal is an Irish charity organisation founded in 1977 and it helps developing countries around the world. Goal helps people who have been victims of natural disasters and aims to make the world a fairer, better place. Goal has been helping in Ethiopia for a while and the woman from Goal told us about how different the people's everyday lives are to ours. Some of them only have one or two meals a day, no clean water, they don’t go to school and have to go and get dirty water from wells. Goal has made a big impact on people’s lives. The woman from Goal told us that scientists have made food that has a lot of nutrition in it, and the food is being given to the people so as to help fatten the people up. We talked a lot about fairtrade and how unfair the wages are, we also talked a lot about Global Citizenship. We looked at food and listed countries where it could be made or grown like tea, coffee, and chocolate. We all talked about how we can make contact with all different parts of the world like where our food is from or where our clothes, and favourite singers are from. I think the whole thing went very well and everybody was very interested in what Louise had to say.
We had a talk from Louise. She works for a charity called GOAL. GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. GOAL was founded in Dublin in 1977 by former sports journalist and former Chief Executive, John O’Shea.
Since its inception, GOAL has spent in excess of €790 million on humanitarian programmes in more than 50 countries. Over 2,800 Goalies and many thousands of local staff have worked in the developing world on GOAL’s behalf and the organisation has responded to every major humanitarian disaster since 1977.GOAL is currently operational in 15 countries including; Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, The Philippines & Liberia. GOAL spends millions every year (over €60 million in 2008) implementing relief, rehabilitation and development programmes to help the most vulnerable in 10 developing countries. GOAL is proud of the fact that they have kept administration costs exceptionally low for almost 32 years.
GOAL ensures that the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life: food, water, shelter, medical attention and literacy. I enjoyed the talk.
On the 26th of January a lady from GOAL came into 4th and 5th classes to talk to us about what Goal does for poor and developing countries. She told us a lot about Ethiopia and mainly focused on that country in specific. She told us about how people in China work and that they get more hours and less money. She asked us about what we know that is happening in the world and we also discussed how we are helping the world and finally she showed us a video called “kid President.” This was absolutely hilarious
The link to that video is right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z7gDsSKUmU