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Visit to The Northside Centre and The Green Fort

As part of our history, we went to visit the Northside Centre .We asked Johnny and Danny some questions about The Old St.Edwards School and visited  the old classroom there .

We also looked at the model of what this area looked like many years ago .It wasvery interesting .

Danny them took us up to the Greenfort and told us a little history about it .The views from here are fantastic and we could see our school . We also had some free play on the track and basketball court here .


Thank you very much to Johnny and Danny for a very enjoyable ,educational trip .

Our new Green Flag, Reading Certs and SALF Folders in 3rd.

In May our school won our 6th Green Flag – ‘Global Citizenship Litter and Waste’. A girl from 6th and a boy from 3rd who are on the Green School Committee got chosen to go to Claremorris to collect the flag. They had a great day out.

At the end of June our class had a presentation of reading certs which we won by doing library quizzes. We have enjoyed reading books in the library this year.

We worked on SALF folders during the year in 3rd class. SALF means – Self Assessment Learning Folder. During the year we put some of our best work into the folders to show to everyone. We had fun working in groups and looking at all the folders. We have pictures here of our class showing some lovely work which we are very proud of.

Arts Activities and Nature Trail in 3rd Class

Third class did some creative work in the Arts this month. First we listened to and described music in various styles and genres, including familiar excerpts. We enjoyed listening to Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg. We discussed mood, rhythm, tempo and how we felt when listening. Then we responded through art (clay sculptures of trolls). We made some trolls from the story. After we made the trolls some of the class made vases and other decorative objects like egg- cups.

Later in the month we worked with Fabric and Fibre. We all designed our own pictures and put them together using glue.

This month we also went on a nature and history trail. We visited the Famine Graveyard and learned about the impact of the famine in Sligo. We found out about the workhouse, emigration and the life of poor children in famine times. We also learned about how children got educated in hedge schools. We looked for native wild flowers on our nature trail and learned their names. See our pictures here.

Proclamation Day

TY Ursuline Students Visit 5th Class

We had four girls who are students of the transition year program from the Ursuline College visit our class this week. They came to tell us and show us their board game they created called ‘Sligo Road Race’. They made this board game as part of their Mini Company – a project students take part in, in transition year, where you get a chance to set up a company and sell a product with your friends.

The game is similar to snakes and ladders, but you must answer trivia questions about different areas and famous things in Sligo in order to move on a space. Questions could be about Benbulben, Knocknarea, Mullaghmore, the Garavogue, Strandhill and many others.

We think this is a fun, challenging game that would be suited to senior classes. It could make learning about the Geography and History of our local area fun.

Christmas Nativity Play by 3rd Class December 2015

Third class performed the annual nativity play shortly before the holidays. We sang some of the well known Christmas carols like Silent Night and Away in a Manger. We also sang Do You Hear What I Hear? and a lovely carol translated from the Polish language called Baby Jesus. Here are some pictures and a short video clip. The video was filmed from a distance by a 6th class child on one of our school ipads.


World war 2 in 6th class


This term we have been learning about World War 2(1939-1945).

At the time Adolf Hitler was Chancellor of Germany. He wanted to rule the world. So he then decided to invade countries. He continued to take over countries causing distress to the Jews and others which caused World War 2.

In our class we read three novels on the theme of World War 2. They were called The Boy In Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, Friend or Foe by Micheal Morpurgo and Siege! by Ann Jungman.

We also did some charcoal art work based on images we created in our heads during reading .

We really enjoyed reading them.Look out for our review board in the library .


This week we have been learning all about the different types of homes. We have been looking at the different types of homes that people live in and the different types of homes that animals live in. Today we made our own homes out of lego with our partner. Have a look at the fantastic homes we built…

Remembering 1916

We had a wonderful day on Tuesday when members of Defence Forces visited us in St. Edward’s to present us with our Irish Flag and a copy of The Proclamation. All three members are past pupils of St. Edward’s N.S!

First of all Sgt Brian Callaghan told us a little bit about the Centenary of the 1916 Rising and about the history of the flag. He explained that the white colour in between the orange and green stands for peace between Unionists and Nationalists. The Irish Army are renowned all over the world for their peace keeping activities in places where there is conflict.

When soldiers serve overseas they get a medal to put on their uniform. Brian has six medals and Helmut has eleven medals. Seamie has served overseas once already.

He also explained what each of the badges  meant on their uniforms. The badges show what  rank you have in the army and what division you serve in. They all had a badge that showed the symbol of the Blacklion protecting Barnesmore Gap in Donegal which means  they are in Finner Camp which is the home of the 28th Infantry Battalion.

Helmut Callaghan told us a very funny story which he said happened when he was stationed in Eritrea in Africa! Imagine coming face to face with a crocodile.

Then it was time to receive The Proclamation and the flag. We will raise the flag in March 2016 as part of the countrywide commemorations of The Rising. Nicole and Corey received these important items on behalf of the school as they had written excellent letters to Mrs McGowan telling her all about their connections with the army and the history of their family trees.

Our sixth class read The Proclamation for those present:

Reading The Proclamation from St. Edward’s NS on Vimeo.

And then everybody at the assembly stood and sang Amhrán na bhFiann proudly! They were accompanied by Máire Hunt on the guitar and Caleum and Kian on drums and Kamil on the recorder.

Our National Anthem- Amhrán na bhFiann from St. Edward’s NS on Vimeo.

What a proud day!

6th Class look at Irish Money

6th class were looking at changes in Ireland from the early 50’s through to modern times and we were lucky to study some of these coins that wee in circulation before the Euro became the current currency.

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