Múinteoir: Ms. Roberts – Rang a 6:
2020/21 School Year
Rang a Sé participated in Engineers Week remotely this year and their enthusiasm was admirable. We watched an online video Explorium called Build a Bridge and Get Over It which inspired us to build spaghetti bridges. Have a look at some of the results.
We also designed paper planes and evaluated their ability to fly indoors and outdoors. Here’s a selection of prototypes and evaluation sheets.
We also completed a paper rocket challenge which we really enjoyed. Take a look at some of our creations.
Engineers Ireland put on several videos for Engineers Week and Rang a Sé really enjoyed watching them at home. They included Scientific Sue, Explorium: Transformers and Lightning, Very, Very Frightening and Build a Bridge. Here are someof their key learning points, submitted on Seesaw.
Rang a Sé organised a Christmas-themed colouring competition for each class within the school. They had great fun judging the wonderful entries and gave positive feedback and treats to each class via Zoom.
Rang a Sé and its Comhairle na ndaltaí arranged a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday December 11th, raising €450 for Focus Ireland. They were delighted to host an information session with Dick White, Fundraising Executive in Focus Ireland, on Tuesday December 15th. The children were joined by Rang a Cúig and asked wonderful questions based on their research of the great work Focus Ireland does in terms of challenging homelessness in Ireland.
Rang a Sé was delighted to welcome local historian Seamus Mccarthy via Zoom on Tuesday December 8th. He gave a very balanced and detailed account of the impact the War of Independence had on the lives of ordinary people.
Rang a Sé made a great effort for Halloween dress up and thoroughly enjoyed Scary Bingo on Zoom.
Rang a Sé have been getting great use out of the board games purchased with PA money. They have been most useful during Maths Week and on rainy lunchtimes.
Rang a Sé are up and running, aiming to complete a marathon in November.
2019/20 School Year
Rang a Sé’s Science Blast project, entitled “How Much Can Running A Mile A Day Improve One’s Health?” is literally up and running. As you are probably aware, we are running a mile (14 laps of the school yard) each day for a number of weeks. We have tested our lung output and resting heart rate prior to the commencement of the project. We also recorded our recovery heart rate after each run, in the hope that this and our endurance will improve over the duration of the project. The children have been busily researching how the heart and lungs work, the impact of running on both, how running can improve heart and lung function etc. We also completed a pre project survey on our perception of our own fitness and general mental health (happiness, anxiety levels, motivation, concentration, lethargy, self-confidence etc). We hope to prove that running can improve our health, both mentally and physically.
We will present our project in Dublin’s RDS on Wednesday 4th March.
Slán agus míle buíochas le Finny. It has been fabulous having you as our rugby trainer over the past few years. You always brought energy, enthusiasm and good humour with you on a Friday and we learned so many rugby skills from you. Go n-éirí leat i gcónaí. Céad míle fáilte roimh Mark O’Connell (iar scoláire agus traenálaí nua).
Rang a 6 had a wonderful day out on Wednesday November 13th, compliments of Kinsale’s Good Food Circles Kids Kitchen Takeover initiative. The morning kicked off with a visit to Pat’s Agri Aware Mobile Farm. After that we were transported to Kinsale College where we perused the poly tunnels, explored the edible foods grown there, learned about the Incredible Food Programme on offer there and prepared healthy kale-based smoothies, beetroot soup, green pesto and deviled eggs.
Next we travelled to Kinsale Community School. Jonny Holland, a former Munster Rugby player, delivered a fascinating lecture on the importance of nutrition, exercise and sleep, not only for athletes but for everyone.
Soon after that we boarded the bus again. Our destination was Jim Edward’s where a tasty, nutritious lunch awaited us. We devoured it with glee.
On our return to Kinsale Community School, local celebrity chef, Martin Shanahan, performed a cookery demonstration, teaching us how to cook mussels and seafood penne pasta. His key ingredients were shallots, garlic and a generous dollop of humour! The flavours were delicious.
What a truly memorable and enjoyable day we had. We are so grateful to Ciarán Fitzgerald and Liam and Niamh Edwards for affording us this marvelous opportunity. Ní dhéanfaimid dearmad go deo ar an lá speisialta seo.
Míle buíochas le Nessa Maloney(Captain) agus Ayden Clarke (Navigation Officer and past pupil) for a wonderful tour of the LE Ciara on Friday 18th October. Rang a 6 learned lots about the important role the Irish Navy plays in securing our vast waters.
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Comhaorle na nDaltaí 2019-20
2018/18 School Year
School Tour to Ballyhass
Science/Puppet Show/Penalty Shootout
Míle buíochas Rebecca! Bhaineamar mór thaitneamh as na pancóga ar Máirt na hInide. Is duine an-chineálta thú!
Merci beaucoup Natacha pour le petit dejeuner! C’était magnifique!
We are well settled into our final year here in S.N. Chóbh and what a productive term it has been! Swimming lessons are in progress and we have played basketball, badminton and Sciath na Scol football. Our School Table Tennis team was crowned Munster League Champions in November and they are intent on retaining their national title! In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, we have had three masses, learned new prayers and hymns and completed worksheets on the Gospel and readings. In Maths, we learned about fractions, ratios, decimals and percentages, trend graphs, bar chart, line graphs and can find the HCF (Highest Common Factor) and LCM (Lowest Common Multiple) of a set of numbers. Sa Ghaeilge d’fhoghlaimíomar na réamhfhocail, an Aimsir Chaite agus na briathra neamhrialta, scríobhamar scéalta le frásaí agus foclóir nua, léigheamar scéalta agus labhraíomar Gaeilge le chéile. In English, we can identify nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and prepositions in sentences, we have written recount and exposition essays, read and answered questions to comprehensions and poems, can describe people using character traits and engage in DEAR time. In History we focused on the Famine and Ireland’s difficult political past. We invited two guest speakers in – Ellieanne’s granny, Eileen McGough and local writer Catherine Flanagan- who gave vivid accounts of how the Famine affected the lives of people in Kinsale and throughout Ireland. Nous avons vraiment aimé les cours de Francais avec Natacha. “Cinderella – Here We Go Again” covered our term’s work in Drama and Ceol and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Our Student Council, led by Rory O’B and Ellieanne is doing a wonderful job liaising with students and staff and organising fundraising events for great causes. Maith sibh! Mar a deireann an seanfhocal “Tús maith, leath na h-oibre”. Táimid ag tnúth leis an Nollaig agus na laethanta saoire. Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
Happy Halloween from Rang a Sé
End of school year 2017/18
On Tuesday May 8th Rang a Sé spent a fabulous day learning about the core principles of business with Brian O Driscoll of Bank of Ireland. They encountered new business terms such as capital, endorsement and partnership in a valuable programme entitled Bizworld. Throughout the day, they worked in groups to develop a business concept, design business cards and posters, create logos and slogans and formulate a clear, concise and confident business pitch. On Wednesday each group presented its sales pitch to the dragons- Donal Casey (Branch Manager), Willie O Brien (parent and businessman) and Brian O Driscoll. It was a most rewarding project for all involved. Everyone in Rang a Sé is excited about studying Business in secondary school next year.
Rang a Sé had a marvellous day in PBC Rugby Grounds at a Munster Rugby blitz. Bhí áthas am domhain orainn bualadh le Simon Zebo Angus Brian Scott.
Rang a Sé thoroughly enjoyed reading with and to Rang a Dó and Rang a Trí
In preparation for our Primary Science Fair project entitled “Are We Truly Listening When we are Engaging with Smartphones and Tablets?”, we invited two guest speakers in. Dr. Micheál Hynes, Seán’s Dad, delivered a fascinating presentation on the inner workings of the human ear. Aoife Collins, Riain and Callum’s Mum, presented a thought provoking and inspiring lesson on the art of listening. Many thanks to both for their valuable, heartily appreciated, contributions to our project.
Rang a Sé wait in anticipation of the big raffle. Who will be the lucky winners?
Rang a Sé busy mastering mighty Maths mind games to mark Maths Week 2017!
Rang a Sé marked European Day of Languages on Friday 29th September by composing and performing raps in Irish, Swedish, French, Polish and Italian. They performed for a school assembly and great fun was had by all.
For Rang a Sé, our primary school days have come to an end! Here is a taster of the work that we covered during our final term. In English, we completed a novel called Reaching the Heights, read and analysed poems and learned new spelling rules. In Maths, we learned all about lines and angles, areas and hectares and algebra. Bhíomar ag obair go dian ag foghlaim na mothúcháin, ag scríobh aistí agus ag labhairt le chéile. As part of SESE, we studied The Eye, The Ear, Rocks and Soils, Northern Ireland and Mahatma Gandhi to name a few. Some of the sports days enjoyed were hurling and camogie South East Sciath na Scol blitzes, local hurling blitz and Puc Fada competition, tag rugby training and a sports afternoon at Kinsale Community School. June 6th and 7th brought our overnight school tour which was amazing! We took part in lots of outdoor pursuits at Eclipse Adventure Centre, Kenmare. Graduation Mass was celebrated on June 27th. It was a very special Mass that marked the end of our primary school education. We performed our end of year show for the other classes and for our parents. Great fun was had rehearsing the songs, plays and dances, not to forget the synchronised swimming display from some of the boys! We feel we are ready and well prepared for the transition to secondary school. Slán agus bain taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.
Celebrating our annual Easter Bonnet Competition with some fabulous entries from sixth class, maith sibh.
Rang a Sé enjoying a typical French breakfast of hot chocolate and baguettes. C’était délicieux!
On Thursday, 17th January, we, the pupils of sixth class, Summercove N.S., Kinsale went to Limerick to exhibit our project at the Primary Science Fair. We chose the following question to research: Sleep – are we getting enough? If not, why not? We left school at 6.15 am and the bus reached Mary Immaculate College at 08.30 and were directed to our stand. Firstly, we set up our stand and at 10am we were ready to present our project. Each of us were given a roster with our work shifts at the stand. During these times, we were available to meet with judges, other schools and members of the public to present our project, pose for photographs and answer questions. When the judge arrived to our stand, we were eager to present our project and we got fabulous feedback from him! We were awarded a glass trophy which we are all very proud of! When we were not on work duty, we were free to explore the projects from other primary schools and go to various shows such as Junior Einsteins Science Show, My Favourite Whale and Fantastic Physics. It was amazing! At 3p.m. it was time to pack up and head back to Summercove. We got back to school at 5:30p.m after a fantastic day! Ní dhéanfaimid dearmad ar an lá iontach sin go deo. As a fabulous treat the following day, Eli Lilly organised pizzas from Apache Pizza to be delivered to our classroom for our lunch. They were delicious
Term 1: We are well settled into our last year in primary school and have had a busy first term. To celebrate European Day of Languages, we recorded a rap video incorporating Irish, English, French, German and Spanish. We were successful in our proposal to the Primary Science Fair with the question ‘Sleep – are we getting enough? If not, why not?’ and will present our project in Limerick on January 19th. Swimming lessons are in progress and we have played Gaelic football, rounders and soccer. Enrolment mass for the sacrament of Confirmation took place in November and we have learned new prayers and songs and completed worksheets. In Maths, we have learned all about fractions, decimals and percentages, can calculate the volume and surface area of a cube and cuboid, are able to convert foreign currencies to euro, can gather data and plot this data on trend graphs, bar charts and line graphs and can find the HCF (Highest Common Factor) and LCM (Lowest Common Multiple) of a set of numbers. Sa Ghaeilge d’fhoghlaimíomar na réamhfhocail, An Aimsir Chaite, An Aimsir Láithreach, An Aimisr Fháistineach, briathra neamhrialta agus an dán ‘Cad agus Céard’, scríobhamar scéalta le frásaí agus foclóir nua, tharraingíomar pictiúir, léigheamar scéalta agus labhraíomar Gaeilge le chéile. In English, we can identify nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions and conjunctions in sentences, we have written English essays, read and answered questions to comprehensions and poems, can recognise alliteration and onomatopoeia, can describe people using character traits, write acrostic poems, perform reader’s theatre and punctuate sentences. Táimid ag tnúth leis an Nollaig agus na laethanta saoire. Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
Swimming: Rang a Sé are really enjoying their swimming lessons in the MacDonald Hotel on Wednesday afternoons.
P.E. Sixth class were put through their paces at circuit training on Monday morning at St. Multose Hall.
As part of our ‘Green Day’ on 20th October to receive our fourth green flag, the travel flag, pupils from Rang a Sé met on the Long Quay at 08.20 and walked to school via the Scilly walk. It was a glorious morning for it!
To celebrate European Day of Languages, sixth class devised a rap, incorporating greetings in Irish, English, French, German and Spanish. European Day of Languages is celebrated every year to encourage people to engage with languages in different ways.
End of School Year 2015/16
Photographs of the French fashion show recently performed by Rang a Sé.
Rang a 6 had their overnight school tour at Blackwater Outdoor Activities on May 30th / 31st. They had a fabulous, fun-filled couple of days and spent their time doing various activities including river tubing, orienteering, archery, giant swing, wilderness survival skills, team challenges, camp fire games, karaoke, ziplining, crate stacking, wall climbing, leap of faith, high ropes and air soft target shooting!
St. Patrick’s Day/Easter/1916 Commemoration Bake – Off!!
Rang a 6 in their groups, baked, decorated and iced these fabulous creations.
Our student council decided that it would be a nice gesture to collect toys, DVD’s, playing cards, books and games for the new children’s unit in Cork University Hospital. Rang a Sé brought in items from home which will be delivered to the CUH next week. Ms. Hallissey, our Head Boy and Head Girl have been liaising with Miriam Forde, Fundraising Manager for CUH Charity. Miriam is delighted and very appreciative of the donations and said she would be thrilled to accept these offerings next week.
17ú Feabhra 2016: Fairy Tales Projects – Rang a Sé were divided into groups to choose a well-known fairy tale and to create a group writing and drama project on their chosen fairy tale. Their challenge was to:
- Rewrite the fairy tale from the perspective of another character in the tale.
- Write some mathematical problems based on the fairy tale.
- Write a sports report involving characters from the story.
- Rewrite the fairy tale as a comic strip.
- Make a list of songs that would suit the fairy tale.
- Write some funny poems or limericks based on the new story.
- Draw illustrations for the new fairy tale.
- Create, rehearse and perform a drama of their work.
The children presented their work today and did a fabulous job!
15ú Feabhra 2016. Tá an t-earrach tagtha! Rang a Sé took advantage of a glorious spring afternoon and ventured down the Scilly walk. One of our class Lenten promises is to get more active so we really enjoyed the walk this afternoon.
Term 1 2015/16
The pupils of 6th Class ran a very successful campaign to elect a new Head Boy and Head Girl for 2015/16 and a new Student Council. All of the pupils and staff of S.N. Chóbh were asked to vote and it was great fun for all involved. We look forward to their participation and ideas throughout the school year. Well done to all!!
This was our last term in primary school and what a busy one it was! On April 16th we received the sacrament of Confirmation. The ceremony was lovely and we had a great day celebrating with family and friends. Perhaps the highlight of this term was our overnight school tour at Blackwater Outdoor Activities. Partaking in activities such as the giant swing, orienteering, leap of faith, river tubing and many more was extremely exhilarating and enjoyable. We concluded our French lessons with a Skype session with a school in Paris which was trés bien! We also held a French fashion show which we performed for the pupils of Rang a 5. Our Science in a Box lessons continued and we had great fun dissecting cow’s eyes and sheep’s hearts! We performed our end of year show for the other classes and for our parents last week. The show consisted of singing, dancing and drama and we really enjoyed it! Graduation mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 25th. It is a mass that we are looking forward to and it is a wonderful way to mark the end of our primary school education. We feel we are ready and well prepared for the transition to secondary school. It is a very exciting time in our lives and we will always look back fondly on our years in S.N. Chóbh Chionn tSáile. Slán agus bain taitneamh as na laethanta saoire.
Bhí téarma iontach agus gnóthach againn! Back in January we entered the RDS Primary Science Fair. What a fantastic experience that was for us all. French and Science in a Box lessons continued and we are really enjoying and learning from both. Our Confirmation takes place the week we return from Easter holidays, on April 16th. As preparation for this we have attended monthly masses, filled in worksheets, read Prayers of the Faithful, presented gifts and ordered our robes for the ceremony. We also attended our Ceremony of Light on Monday night, March 23rd where our parents passed on the light of their Christian faith to us. It was a beautiful ceremony and involved all of the local schools. IQ and entrance exams took place for most schools and we have been busy preparing for the transition from primary to secondary school. The whole school production of The Lion King Jnr was such an amazing event for all involved and we will cherish those memories for a long, long time. Swimming lessons in the Carlton resumed this term which we all love! Our participation in Scór this year has been a particularly successful one which we are very proud of. We are looking forward to our Easter break and can’t believe that when we return it will be our last term in primary school!
Cáisc shona daoibh go léir ☺
R.D.S Primary Science Fair – 8th January 2015 by the pupils of Rang a 6
We were all very enthusiastic when we heard about the RDS Primary Science Fair as our school had never entered it before. Little did we know how much work, excitement, fun and teamwork was ahead of us…
Work began on the project at the beginning of the school year. Ms. Hallissey explained to us what was involved and we were all eager to participate. We had to come up with a question to investigate and send a proposal in to the RDS Science committee. 120 primary schools are accepted to take part every year and when we heard that it was oversubscribed by 143% this year, we were delighted that our class was offered a place! The question we decided to investigate was:
‘What sea creatures inhabit the rocky shore of Kinsale and what adaptations help them survive?’
We included a lot of art, information and graphs in our presentation. We split the project into three sections:
1. The idea
2. The beach
3. Research and graphs
We went to the beach twice because we wanted to compare the two days. Luckily, the tide was different on both days. On the first trip to the beach, on September 12th, there was a high tide so less rocks were exposed. There was a low tide the following week and we got to explore more of the rocks. We found many creatures including periwinkles, crabs, mussels, barnacles, limpets and rockfish. Anemones and dog whelks were only discovered when there was low tide. When we were at the beach, we recorded our observations on clipboards, such as:
- What we found
- Where we found it
- Did it react to our presence on the beach? etc
Going to the beach was one of the highlights of doing the project, to scan and observe the beach and the creatures in their habitats, we totally felt like real scientists!
Once our research on the beach was finished, we got into pairs and used our recorded observations and internet research to type up information on everything we found. Others were also working on a beach dictionary, food chains and various types of graphs such as line graphs, multiple bar charts and co-ordinate graphs.
Dublin: Our alarms woke us at 4a.m!!! While most were still tucked up in their beds, we were getting ready to head to school for the departing bus at 5a.m. An early, but exciting morning. Ms. Hallissey, Ms. Herlihy and Ms. Lucey came with us.
We arrived at the RDS at 09:15 and were directed to our stand at 5B. We assembled our project and got into our groups. Ms. Hallissey then gave us our roster – we had two work shifts at the stand, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. During these times, we were available to meet with judges, other schools and members of the public to present our project, pose for photographs and answer questions. When the judge arrived to our stand, we were eager to present our project and we got fabulous feedback from her! We were awarded a glass trophy which we are all very proud of! When we were not on work duty, we were free to explore the other projects from primary and secondary schools and go to various shows such as Titan the Robot. It was amazing! We also met some Irish celebs, Ryan Tubridy and Sharon Ní Bheoláin. At 12:30 we all returned to the stand for a head count when we got a lovely surprise! Lilly had heard about our project and were so impressed that they sponsored us all Four Star Pizza. It was delicious! At 4p.m. it was time to pack up and head back to Summercove. We stopped at Junction 14 for some Supermac’s, hmmmmm, tasty!! We got back to school at 8:45p.m after a fantastic day! Bhíomar tuirseach traochta ach sona sásta. Ní dhéanfaimid dearmad ar an lá iontach sin go deo.
Term 1 2014 – Christmas Update
Sixth class have had an action packed, fun-filled first term! Events, among many others, have included the following: We put a proposal forward for the Primary Science Fair in the RDS in Dublin which has been accepted! The question we chose to investigate is ‘What sea creatures inhabit the rocky shore of Kinsale and what adaptations help them survive this harsh environment?’ We will be travelling to Dublin on Thursday January 8th with our project which we are very excited about.
We took part in a Lilly Science day for Science Week in November. We have been participating in Science lessons as part of the STEAM programme, to date we have completed Physics and Chemistry lessons and look forward to learning about Cosmology in January. A whole school election was held in which a Head Boy, Head Girl and Student Council were elected. As part of Roald Dahl day we performed poetry dramas. Participating in the Sciath na Scol and South East football championships is something we always love getting involved in and this year was no exception. Confirmation will be celebrated on April 16th and we enrolled for this on Sunday November 9th.
Something we have really enjoyed partaking in is French lessons, it has been great fun learning a new language. Joyeux Noël.
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir ó Rang a Sé.
Easter 2014 Update:
Assessments were completed for various secondary schools from January to March.
A red and pink day was organised for February 14th and over €300 was raised for Kinsale Community Hospital. Dara and Victoria presented the cheque to the hospital matron.
Sixth class made their Confirmation on Friday March 28th. Rehearsals began at the end of February and the children enjoyed walking back to school via the Scilly Walk after each rehearsal. They also went to Confession as part of this preparation.
The Six Nations Cup arrived to school on Friday 4th April and the class loved the opportunity to get their photograph taken with the trophy.
Hurling training began for both boys and girls and we wish the boys all the very best as they begin their Sciath na Scol hurling campaign this week.
The class is continuing to write to their pen-pals in Donegal and look forward to receiving another letter from them shortly.
Congratulations to Patrick Gowran who represented the school in the Cork Spelling Bee, coming 11th out of 72 participants.
Science experiments were conducted in the classroom, including, creating copper oxide to clean coins, dental hygiene – using disclosing tablets to show plaque, testing whether household products were acids or alkalis, floating, sinking and density, making lava lamps and testing our senses.
Confirmation Class 2014
Today was the final day for preparations for Confirmation which will take place in St. John the Baptist Parish Church tomorrow – 28th March 2014.
It was a beautiful day and the whole class took great advantage of the weather and walked back to school via the Scilly Walk.
On Saturday 16th November, pupils of sixth class went to Eli Lilly for a Science morning. They were involved in lots of experiments such as making lava lamps, writing secret messages, optical illusions, working with magnets and lots more. It was a great morning and each pupil was given a science set going home.
On Tuesday 19th November the Summercove boys in 5th and 6th class took on Minane Bridge in the Sciath na Scol football final. Displaying a fine performance of teamwork and solidarity, Summercove were worthy winners, defeating Minane Bridge on a score line of 3-2 to 1-1. Summercove has been involved in ten Sciath na Scol finals to date, winning nine out of ten, a record we are very proud of.