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Ms. McElhone’s class visit Roddy Doyle’s writing workshop

On Wednesday, the 18th April, the children from Ms. Mc Elhone’s 4th went to Fighting Words, which is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love.

Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing.  
As a whole class the children came up with characters, a setting and then in smaller groups the children wrote their ending to the story.
Each book was published and each child received their own book.
It was an amazing experience!

CD ART WITH MR CORKERYS CLASS

This week we made use of all the old recycled cds that don’t work anymore. Mr Corkery went to source all the old recycled cds and we painted them using acrylic paint on the shiny side of the cd. We then let it dry and used a sharp end to create a patterned design on the back of the cd. It was great fun and very simple to do.

We also made a dove using a glue gun and a cardboard template. We used the dove for our confirmation ceremony of light during the week.

St. Marnock’s athletes compete in Abbottstown

18 St. Marnock’s athletes from 5th and 6th classes took part in the first indoor inter-schools competition in Abbottstown on Tuesday 13th of March. The girl’s and boy’s teams took part in 60m hurdles and sprints, 600m, relay, shott putt and long jump. Points were awarded to the school for medals won in each event. There were 17 other schools entered in the competition. Many of these schools have a keen interest in Athletics, with many coaches/teachers who run with clubs in attendance.

It was many of the children’s first time in the arena and they were suitably impressed when they first entered. The arena looks very new and has a nice blue Mondo track.  There was even a warm up track at the side of the actual track. The hurdles were the first track event and the shot putt started on the infield.

Naomi McCullagh qualified from her heat after a very convincing race. Unfortunately she didn’t place in the final but she was happy to qualify. Cian Bolger ran well in his heat but didn’t qualify for his final.

In the 60m sprints, Fintan Derry qualified convincingly from his heat and went on to come third in the final. Fintan specialises in sprinting with Portmarnock AC so he was delighted to get a medal, presented by Irish Olympian and retired teacher, Gerry Kiernan.

In the girls 60m heats, Shauna Doyle ran well but didn’t qualify unfortunately.

In the boys 600m, a searing pace was set from the outset by the lead pack. Our runner, Callum Reid did his best to hang onto their coat tails but the fast pace was maintained and Callum came a creditable 7th in the end.

In the girls long distance, Ciara Brogan had a great start to the race but again, there were some experienced long distance girls present and they set a fast pace from the get go.

In the boy’s relay heats (200m, 100m, 200m, 100m) we had a great start with Callum Marshall holding his own in third until another runner crossed over him with 30m to go. This knocked him off his stride a little and he handed over to Robert Burns in fourth or fifth. Robert rallied well but it wasn’t looking to good when he handed over to Matthew Reen who also did his best but we were out of contention by this stage. Dylan Beed was disappointed that he didn’t get to display his impressive turn of speed up the home straight.

In the girls relay heats, Gloria Juchneviciute had a storming start and handed over to Ava Sheehy in second. Ava also had a great run and handed over to Alannah Tuite in third. Alannah held her own and we finished with a great run by Emma Lynagh who crossed the line in third. This meant that we qualified for the relay finals! The girls ran well again in the final but alas were just outside the medals in fourth. This is definitely a team to watch for Santry school sports and the experience will be invaluable for them.

While all this was going on, Ellie Tobin and Andrew Comiskey were competing in the long jump and Rosmarie Gavin in the Shot Putt. Ellie jumped very well and came a very admirable fourth. Andrew jumped very well too but didn’t medal.

With all this activity on the track we had forgotten to keep an eye on Shot Putt proceedings so when Rosmarie came to tell us that she had come second, it was a huge boost to the whole St. Marnock’s team. She was beaming and mounted the podium with great pride!

We knew from the outset that competition here in Abbottstown was going to be stiff, considering the talent on show. However we were very glad to come away with two medals. The experience will stand all the athletes in good stead when it comes to competing in Santry school sports in May. We hope that this event will become an annual one so we can compete every year.

Callum Marshall

Alannah Tuite

Gloria Juchnevichute

Matthew Reen

Fintan Derry

Andrew Comiskey

Rosmarie

Fintan

Shauna Doyle

Ellie Tobin

Callum Reid

Flying the flag

Seachtaine na Gaeilge

Bhí an tseachtain seo go hiontach. Bhain mé an taitneamh as an ‘Tóraíocht Taisce’ ar an Máirt. Is ceoltóirí iontacha iad an grúpa Comhatas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Tháinig siad ar an Luan agus chuir siad ceolchoirm ar siúl dúinn. Thug siad seansdo pháistí na scoile páirt a ghlacadh sa cheolchoirm fresin. Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil le na múinteoirí go léir i Scoil Noamh Mearnóg don iarracht a rinne siad i rith na seachtaine seo. Bhí an tseachtain thar barr ar fad ó thús deireadh!

St. Marnock’s Children Help Out At Prosper Fingal

Visit to Prosper

On Friday we went to the arch club across the road to make cupcakes and sandwiches for the people there and for homeless people, and there was going to be a party later that night in swords. It was all planned by Oliver. And we made a few mates while we were there and we got on with them though they found it hard to communicate, but they did! We had a good time there we think we made around four or five hundred sandwiches that’s a lot considering there was only four of us cooking the cupcakes and preparing the sandwiches. We took turns with what we did first the two girls (Jade and Melody the ones typing this) were the first to make the batter and icing for the cupcakes then the boys (Eammon and Sam) were the ones to make the sandwiches then they switched. We walked over at 11:30 and finished at 1:05 it was a great day and the people really appreciated our work. They invited us to do something that will coming up soon. Cant wait!!

ON FRIDAY JADE MELODY, SAM AND I WE ALL WENT OVER TO THE ARCH CLUB TO MAKE SAMBOS   FOR THE HOMELESS. WE MADE SAMBOS AND CUPCAKES. THE ARCH CLUB IS A PLACE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY DOING SOME STUFF SO WE WENT OVER TO HELP THEM . I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HELP OVER THERE AGAIN AND I AM SURE JADE AND MELODY AND SAM WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK AGAIN I SURE WOULD!

BY EAMONN IN MISTER SCALLAN’S CLASS

    

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