4th and 5th Class went to Westfields on Monday with Geoff Hunt.
The first thing we saw at Westfields was reeds, which are the tallest grass in Ireland and we saw a bulrush. I found out that plants give water birds food, homes and oxygen. Water plants filter the water and help to keep it clean. Water plants include bulrush and reeds.
We got to look through binoculars, and we saw loads of birds like ducks, swans, pochard and a tufted duck. I found out that ducks and swans have webbed feet. Some ducks can dive underwater to eat underwater creatures. These include a pochard and a tufted duck. Dabbling ducks can not dive under water. These include a mallard and a shoveler.
Thanks to Geoff for being our guide and to Orla as well for coming along. Altogether, we had a great day.
We went on a mystery tour today that ended at the park. There are lots of lovely decorations around the city. Check out our weatherproof ornaments on the tree that are made from recyclable materials.
We hope everyone has a happy, relaxing break with their family and friends.
Look at the variety of tasty dishes the students in 5th Class made for our potato party today. We could choose to either write a book review of “The Amazing Potato” or else make a potato dish to share with our classmates in school today. Most people chose to bring in something homemade, but some enthusiastic students cooked and wrote a review. For dessert, we did an apple tasting test in science.
Here are a couple of reviews of the book we read this month:
On Tuesday, we went to the Limerick City Library, and we met Chris. Chris works with Limerick Animal Welfare. She told us many things that were funny and important.
She had a dog called Bertie. Bertie is a St. Bernard. He is eight years old. St. Bernards were once used to rescue people from mountains. They have a really good sense of smell so they could sniff people out.
I learned a lot. One thing I learned is how to be a good pet owner. It might look easy, but it’s really not. People first have to care for their pet, give it enough food and water, provide a safe and protected area for their pet, make sure that the animal has something to do when you’re not around. You should also play with your pet and give your pet lots of love and attention.
Chris told us that once there were builders and they found a little seal pup. They didn’t know what to do with it, so they called Limerick Animal Welfare. They had to bring the seal to the seal sanctuary, and they had to feed the baby seal a fishy mixture through a tube down its throat. After a couple of weeks, the seal went from 20kg. to 45kg., so they released him into the sea at Quilty, Co. Clare. I’m glad the stories we heard about all had happy endings like this.
I learned a lot from this talk. An important message I took from the talk is that animals have feelings, just like people have, and we should always treat animals kindly
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.
Next week (7th – 11th March) is “Scoot or Cyle to School Week” in L.S.P.
We are encouraging everyone to make an effort to cycle or scoot to school if at all possible. Anyone who does this next week will get a prize from Orla Moloney’s lucky bag of prizes…..EXCITING!!!!
Also, Wednesday (9th) is National “Scoot on Wednesday” Day. We are going to count how many people scoot to school on that day and enter L.S.P. into a competition to get scooter parking for our school! Let’s try to scoot to school on Wednesday!!