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Green Flag & Health Promotion School Flag

The Longford Rose raised our 4th Green Flag for Travel and also our Health Promotion School Flag!

We won the Moo Crew National Prize!!!!

We are so excited to announce we won the top prize in the Moo Crew this year from the National Dairy Council! 3rd and 4th worked very hard on this project and are very proud of the result! We won €1000 for the school to spend on sports equipment and a fantastic trip to Airfield Farm in Dundrum with Milly the Cow. We spent the day with famous athlete Derval O’Rourke. She did training and cookery with us!! It was fantastic. We also explored the farm, saw all the animals, made butter, planted seeds, went bug hunting and pond dipping and learned the history of the farm and the lovely vintage cars they have. It was an amazing day that we will never forget!

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3rd and 4th go to Zipit!

3rd and 4th Class had a lovely active day at Zipit in Lough Key Forest Park and the fantastic weather made it all the more enjoyable! It really tested our upper body strength getting through the courses!! Everyone’s favourite part was the ziplines (and not just because they were the easiest!!)

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MOOve to the GrOOve!!!

3rd and 4th Class have had a fantastic few weeks doing our Moo Crew project!

Firstly we learned all about dairy, healthy diet and being active, and why these things are so important for us all. We did healthy cookery classes and went for a walk in Derrycassan Woods. We also do ‘DEAD’ in class, which means ‘Drop Everything and Dance’.

We then set about making posters to put up around the town to educate our community.

We worked in groups to create an educational display- this explained the processes milk, yogurt and cheese go through, from farm to fridge. It also explained about being active. One of the groups created an interactive food pyramid.

We brought these to Supervalu, where we set up a sampling table! We taught the customers about what we had learned using our displays and then offered them samples of milk and cheese to help them on their way with their dairy servings that day!! We made an information leaflet which we also gave them to help them keep on track with a healthy lifestyle! We sent home the leaflet to each family too when we went round to talk about our project with all the classes, so we hope you all have it stuck on your fridge as a reminder!!

We visited the local playschool, where we taught the children there about all of this and we used our interactive food pyramid. We then gave them a healthy lunchbox colouring sheet and samples of milk and cheese. They loved it! Senior Infants also allowed us to visit them to do this lesson!

This is the link to our Youtube video of our trip to the playschool. Daniel in 3rd Class made it for us!

Sacred Heart Moo Crew Visit The Playschool

Here are some of the pictures we took while teaching our peers and the community!

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Say ‘Moooooooo!!!’

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A Day in the Woods!

We had a lovely day in the woods adventuring, learning, exploring, drawing and building fairy houses! The weather was beautiful and we really enjoyed all the sights and sounds of nature. We hope the fairies like their new homes! 2016-04-22 20.22.032016-04-22 20.22.432016-04-22 20.23.212016-04-22 20.24.212016-04-22 20.26.342016-04-22 19.32.492016-04-22 19.34.36

Proclamation Day Highlights

We are a healthy school!!

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Team Hope Annual Shoe Box Appeal

Well done to all the families who packed a shoe box for Team Hope. We had well over 100 boxes!

 

Singing with the Garda Male Voice Choir

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Bleakley’s Oaten Mill

3rd and 4th Class were very lucky to be able to go and see an oaten mill working. It was very interesting to be able to see it in action and we learned so much from it! Thank you to Mr. Cecil Bleakley for allowing us to come to his beautifully restored mill.

This is what we learned:

The mill dam has a sluice gate that is opened to direct the water to the mill race. Any overflow is directed down the road and rejoined at the tail race to avoid flooding. The force of the water turns the water wheel and this powers the mill inside, turning all the wheels and allowing the mill stones to do their job.

The oats had to be thrashed to separate the grain and straw. The grain was then brought to the mill. Your name was put on the bag and left until your turn came. Before the oats could be milled, they needed to be dried in the kill. This had a perforated steel floor with a furnace underneath.  You needed to bring a load of turf with your oats to dry them. The kill was very hot and so people often came to céilí there in winter to keep warm. The oats were spread out in a thin layer on the floor and the fire from underneath dried them. The grain needed to be turned. When it was dry it was bagged and brought to the mill floor.

First of all, the hull (shell) needed to be removed and it was fed down into the hopper where this was done. The drying reduced the grain inside the hull making it easier to remove. The sieve-like shaker we saw then separated the hull and the grain (schillin). The hull was bagged and you could bring it home for hens to scratch if you wanted it but most people had no use for it. During this process the grain went downstairs and so it had to be winched back up. (If a mill had no trap door for this it needed to be carried back up the stairs!)

The grain was then put into the hopper to go into the mill stones. The second mill stone was set close and so when it was ground there it went downstairs and came out the shoot into a bag. In the shoot there was another opening with a gentle breeze. We found out that this was to catch and blow away any stray hull that might have got through. This was called winnowing. This was important because it wasn’t nice in your porridge!

When your oats were ready you came to collect them and stored them in a warm dry place at home over the winter.

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