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Batty about Bats in Third Class

Today we had a visit from Elaine Keegan, a Conservation Ranger, from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. She gave us a super talk all about bats.

Here is a report that Julia wrote based on today’s talk:

Bats can eat over 3000 insects every night. There are 900 types of bats worldwide. There are 9 types of bat in Ireland. Bats are broken into two groups: Megachiroptera and Microchiroptera.



The biggest bat in the world is the Fruit Bat which is found in South America. The smallest bat in the world is the Bumble Bee Bat which is found in Thailand.



A baby bat is called a pup. Bats homes are called roosts. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Bats are nocturnal and they hibernate. Bats usually roost in old houses, trees and caves. Bats use echolocation.










Third Class’ Thoughts on Mindfulness

“I like the glitter jar because it is relaxing when I have lots of thoughts going on in my mind”. Olive

“I liked the exercise in mindfulness when we tightened all our joints because it felt very relaxing after you untightened them. I would use this exercise for when I am trying to get to sleep”. Sam

“I liked mindfulness because it was very relaxing to sit down and not be stressed by doing maths. My favourite part was when we used the glitter jar.” Hazel

“I liked all of the mindfulness, like the ringing bells, the glitter jar, the yoga mat and the calm breathing”. Kane

“I thought the head and shoulders was good because we could do it and then stop and see how we were feeling. I like the bell ringing, that made me feel calm”. Adam

“I liked mindfulness because in school you don’t get to relax a lot and in mindfulness you can relax”. Nicky

“I like the glitter jar because I found it relaxing. I liked the bells because it is like I do not have to think about anything else”. Eilish

“I liked when we all lay down because it was very relaxing and I also liked when Donna rang the bells”. Diarmuid

“I loved mindfulness when the glitter jar came in, it was calming”. Ray

“This is why I loved mindfulness, because it was a time in the day where I could relax, and because Donna was so friendly. It definitely helped me become more mindful”. Julia

“I liked mindfulness because we got to relax during the school day”. Ben

“I like mindfulness because of the glitter jar because it relaxes my mind”. Natalie

“I liked mindfulness because heads, shoulders, knees and toes was fun, calm and you get exercise”. Princess

“It was very calming for me because when I fell and got hurt I was stressed. Thank you Donna”. Daniel

“I liked the glitter jar because it made me relax when my brain was very busy”. Termeh

“I liked the breathing exercise, it helped me when I got scared. It helped me calm down, I really enjoyed mindfulness. Thank you Donna”. Laura

“What I liked about mindfulness was that we got to lie down and do a mat exercise and it was fun and I loved it”. Seán O’L

“I liked the bells because it helps me relax”. Malika

“When I was angry I breathed in and breathed out and then I felt calm”. Shaira

“I like mindfulness because it is nice after a day’s work. It is very calming when we breathe in and out because it made me feel like I had nothing to think about. Donna is very nice and relaxing.”

“I liked the breathing because when my sister annoys me I get angry and I want to annoy her back so I breathe to calm myself down and then I can forget about it and we can be friends again”. Amélie

“I liked the breathing exercise. I use the breathing exercise if I am bursting to go to the toilet and someone else is in there, it helps me to wait more patiently”.

“I think mindfulness is good because when I get distracted I can come back to it”. Seán Q

“I loved mindfulness because the glitter jar made me feel like I was in a whole new calming world and Donna’s voice is very calming”. Zeynep

“I think mindfulness is really fun”. Rose

Third Class Study their Local Environment

In Third we have been busy studying our locality.  We’ve been learning street names, investigating what materials have been used in creating the built environment around us and examining what businesses are in the locality of the school.









We’ve also been assessing both the positive and negative environmental aspects of our local environment.  We’ve written to the Major of Limerick City and County, many politicians and Councillors to inform them of our findings.  We look forward to getting some responses in the post!



Second and Third Visit the Library

Today the pupils from Second and Third Class visited the City Library to hear a presentation from the writer and illustrator ‘Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick’. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed Marie-Louise’s new book ‘Owl Bat Bat Owl’. She also showed us what a fabulous illustrator she is.

If you’d like to learn more about Marie-Louise’s books check out her website –


Third Class Create assemblages

Third class studied completed a study of the artist Louise Nevelson.  The Russian-born American abstract sculptor, Louise Nevelson, who moved to the USA in 1905, only took up art seriously at the age of 30.

She became known in the 1950s and 1960s for her unique style of wooden relief-like assemblage art.  Typically, this involved the creation of large wooden structures – often taking up an entire wall – which consisted of numerous compartments filled with arrangements of “found” objects, commonly fragments of furniture, painted in flat uniform colours – black, gold or white.

She used cast aside objects, others people’s trash, and created beauty out them.

We took inspiration from her and created beautiful assemblages out of rubbish, broken toys, necklaces etc that were lying around our homes.

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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson

Today pupils from 3rd to 6th class took part in an online mindfulness session, organised by Walk in My Shoes and St Patrick’s University Hospital.  Pupils on the junior side of the school, infants to second class, also took part using an adapted version of the online session.  All children in LSP took part in mindfulness today.


Walk in My Shoes Radio, Ireland’s only all-digital pop-up radio station, was launched  by a host of mental health advocates, celebrity ambassadors and well-known presenters. The station will broadcast live from St Patrick’s University Hospital from Monday 10th – Friday 14th October to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week. It is the only pop-up radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health.

This year, Walk in My Shoes Radio is looking to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson and called on all secondary schools, and those in 5th and 6th classes in primary schools, to join in setting the record on World Mental Health Awareness Day, the station’s first day on air, Monday the 10th October.


LSP and all participating schools are attempting  to set the world record with a national 30 minute mindfulness lesson, which took place this morning,10th October.
The mindfulness class was taught by a mindfulness practitioner in the lecture hall at St Patrick’s University Hospital and the 30 minute class was broadcast as a Google Hangout connecting participating schools all over the country.


We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience and all the work with Donna on mindfulness over the past number of weeks definitely helped us today.  We are learning a lot from her sessions and it is something we hope to continue practising in our school when Donna’s time with us is over. We are very thankful to the P.T.A for having funded the mindfulness sessions we have had since our return to school in September.


We will keep you posted as to how the world record attempt progresses.