|Indoor Camogie in action|
|Friday, 13 February 2015 14:31|
Our Indoor Camogie team was in action recently. The panel includes Hannah, Eileen, Shirley, Lucy, Amelie, Siún, Amber, Sophie D., Olivia, Ria, Shannon, Sophie R., Hayley and Palida.
"On the 28th of January, our school camogie team played against two excellent teams – Inagh and Kilnamona. The matches were 30 minutes long. There were lots of Mams and Dads there, and our cheerful principal Mr. McInerney. Our tough coaches are Ms. Marren and Mr. O’Connor – they are our secret weapons. We train every Tuesday and Thursday and we really love it.
Unfortunately we did not win but we tried our best and that’s what matters. We all put in team work and a huge effort. We hope to do better in the Summer League."
By Shirley, Ria, Eileen and Palida.
|6th Class in the Dragon's Den ...|
|Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:30|
"Mr.Curtin’s 6th class are doing the Junior Entrepreneur Programme this year. We all had to come up a big business idea for it. We were then put into groups and we told the people in our groups what our idea was. We then had to pick the best idea in the group. The group that I was part of picked a pencil case made out of a shoe! We called them Penshoecases!!! The winners in the other groups were Krazy Keychains, Boot-cleaning boxes, Hipster lines and tie-dye t-shirts.
After we picked our product in the groups, we went into the Dragon’s Den. The Dragons were Mr. “Hard sell” McInerney, Ms. “No Nonsense” Marren and Mr. “Ideas Man” Doyle. We had to make a poster of our idea to show to the Dragons.
They thought that our idea was creative but our idea was not picked as the sewing was considered too time consuming and possibly too difficult for all to help out with. Each idea got an award such as 'Most Creative'. The idea they chose was the Krazy Keychains. It was the most achievable they felt. Now we are all being put into groups to produce the Krazy Keychains!"
by Eoghan O’Connell
|Meet the Author|
|Friday, 06 February 2015 14:39|
Author Derek Mulveen visited Ennis National School this week. Derek enthralled our pupils from Senior Infant, First and Second classes with his storytelling and vivid imagination. He brought the characters to life and read to star struck pupils. We are very grateful to Ennis Book Shop for organising Derek's visit which is one of a series of visits by authors to our school. The workshop inspired second class to build their own rockets, which led to great excitment as the rockets went on display today.
|Programming Lego !|
|Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:08|
This term our Fourth Classes have been exploring Lego Activity Packs. The pupils work as scientists, engineers and programmers as they build their lego models. The models connect to computers by USB and the pupils programme the completed models to produce different effects. Working with motors, gears, pulleys, belts and sensors the pupils make working models which can be programmed to do different things. Pupils work in pairs to discuss projects, figure out problems, test solutions and to share their work with friends.
Drumming Monkeys, Airplanes, Spinning Tops, Sailing Boats - this project combines Lego construction with basic programming skills (Coding). Working in pairs, the pupils follow on-screen instructions to build a Lego construct. The piece will include a small electric motor which is powered by a cable connected to a desktop computer. The pupils then use programming blocks to write a simple programme. Once the “Start” block is pressed, the motor is activated and birds dance, alligators snap and goalkeepers move to block penalties. All in all, there are 12 designated projects.
As the pupils become more skilled and experienced, the programming can become more ambitious and more complex. A motion sensor is used to start and stop movement. Sound effects and desktop displays are included. Other features include a tilt sensor, different motor speeds and random inputs. Construction skills are also developed with pupils experimenting with cog wheels, pulleys and levers. These activities develop key skills in Science, Maths , Engineering and Technology (STEM) in a fun way. So far, there has been a terrific response both from pupils and teachers. Pupils are required to troubleshoot when things don’t work or go as expected – real live problem-solving in other words.
|Monday, 02 February 2015 22:07|
Ennis National School continued its long quiz tradition in the Credit Union Schools Quiz last weekend with success in both Junior and Senior competitions.
The Junior Quiz team comprised Conor, Palida, Jack and Sophie. At the end of the quiz they were placed in joint first position and a playoff was needed to decide the overall winners. Unfortunately our team lost out in the playoff but still qualify for the regional competition.
The Senior Quiz team were anxious to continue their successful year. As the quiz progressed, the ENS team were strongly in contention eventually winning by three points. The victorious team were Conor, Ivan, Cian and Aoife.
"Ennis National School submitted two teams for the Credit Union Quiz. It took place in the West County Hotel. We had two junior teams and one senior.
In the Junior Quiz there were ten rounds of six. They were marked out of sixty. They were both very good but one was excellent. They made it to a play-off. Unfortunately they lost to Clarecastle. They now move on to the next round. The team was made up of Conor, Jack, Sophie and Palida.
The senior team did one better coming first in their category. There were twelve rounds of six: we scored sixty-four out of seventy-two. Our team was made of Aoife, Conor, Ivan and I. We will now come up against the Munster schools. We would like to thank our coaches Mr. Enright, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Maher for all their work and effort. We all had a wonderful time."
|Band visit UL Concert Hall|
|Monday, 02 February 2015 14:05|
The School Band recently had an outing to the University Concert Hall in Limerick. The occasion was the Music in the Classroom concert presented by Gearóid Grant, the RTE Concert Orchestra and friends. The pupils had learned the songs in advance and were able to join in with enthusiasm. They really enjoyed the singing, dancing and the comedy vignettes. It was lovely to see all the orchestral instruments up close and hear them being played 'live'.
Many thanks to our young musicians for their performances over the festive season, especially to those who played in Ennis cathedral for Christmas morning Mass. We look forward to a number of new musical events in the coming months.