The Ark Cultural Centre An article by Jessica Brennan, 4th class
On Wednesday 2nd of March, students from 1st to 4th class went to The Ark in Temple Bar, Dublin. We first had our lunch in the basement and then we were taken to the first floor. We saw a big turtle made out of wood and we saw some dead spiders and insects in glass cases. We saw a tarantula made out of recyclable rubbish and we saw jellyfish that were made out of popped bubble wrap and leftover party bowls. We were taken to the top floor, where we met Terri and Lian, who explained that each week they have different themes, and this week it was making insects. They showed us how to make our insects. We made some insects out of clay and a new world for all our insects out of fabrics and wool. We had overground and underground sections. We called our land Aqualia. ALL TOO SOON IT WAS TIME TO GO BACK TO THE BUS. WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND LEARNT THAT WE CAN USE OUR LEFTOVER RECYCLEABLE RUBBISH TO MAKE THINGS, IT JUST TAKES A LITTLE IMAGINATION!
An article by Dylan Murphy, 2nd class
Last Wednesday at Dublin in Temple Bar first to fourth class went to the Ark. First and second saw a turtle made of wood. I saw some creatures made of fabric and some made with a football. Someone collets rubbish and recycles it and makes it into a jellyfish, kangaroo, or rabbit. We saw real insects the insects that we have seen are tarantula spider, butterflies and then we went upstairs to do some clay. We made some lands with fabric and fibre - some land was underground some were above ground. I placed my catakiller on the mat above ground. The name of our display is " The place were people don't go". I had great fun at the Ark.
An article by Roisin O'Connor 2nd class
On Wednesday the 2nd of March we went to visit the Ark Theatre in Temple Bar. We got on the bus and we were on our way to the Ark. When we got there, there was a very nice lady waiting for us at the counter. There were all sorts of different things hanging from the wall - like jellyfish made out of lots of different material like the top of a football for the top of the jellyfish and they used some wool and string for the jellyfish legs. After we had a look around the lady brought us around for a tour. She brought us upstairs where there was a turtle made from wood. This turtle was one of the animals from Noah’s Ark. Then we saw real insects and finally we went into the art room. First they told us what we were going to be doing then ….. we got started !!! Half of us went to make things with clay and the other half went to make the land for them. First my group went to make the land. I learned how to make a plait. Then I went to make something out of clay . I enjoyed my day at the Ark and I would love to go there again.
A visit to the Dublin Wax Museum An article by Alana Moore, 3rd class
On Wednesday the 2nd of March I visited the wax museum in Dublin with two teachers and first to fourth class and it was really good. There was a guide to bring us around. We were there for one and a half hours .There were plenty of famous people there to see from past and present including President Mary Mc Aleese, Michael Jackson, the famous Irish band U2, Gerry Ryan and Twink. There was also a famous boxer and a famous footballer and lots more. I thought it was really good.
The Animal Trust visit to our school An article by Gráinne Battersby, 3rd class
On Friday the 4th of March our school had a visit from The Animal Trust. There was a dog called Izzy and a parrot called Tony and a hedgehog from Africa which was coloured white. Then there was a parrot that was shy. Next there were two lizards; Ginger and Cheeky and there was a snake. Then James came out from our class and he got to hold a hula hoop for Izzy the dog and then Izzy jumped through the hoop. The girl gave Izzy a treat and then the hoop went higher then Izzy jumped through the hoop again and Izzy got another treat. We got to pet the hedgehog from Africa. It was spiky! They took out the two lizards - one was called Ginger because it was coloured ginger and the other one was called Cheeky because it was cheeky! Finally the parrot flew across our heads. Everyone loved Izzy the dog and we had great fun with all the animals.
Tutankhamun: His tomb and his treasures An article by Anna-May Daughton, 3rd class
We went on a bus quite early in the morning to the Tutankhamun Exhibition. All the children from 3rd to 6th class went on the trip. When we got to the RDS we were split up into groups of two, three or four so it was easier for Teacher to sort us out. We put our lunch bags in a big cupboard and a man handed out headphones and control pads to all of us. We couldn’t hear each other speak because of the headphones. When we pressed a certain number we heard a lady’s voice telling us lots of interesting facts about Tutankhamun. We found out that Tutankhamun was born in 1341 BC, that he married his sister and that he became Pharaoh or King of Egypt when he was only 9 years old which is the same age as me. Tutankhamun died in 1323 BC when he was eighteen years old and was buried in a pyramid with more than 1,000 pieces of treasure. The gold mask on his face weighed 11 kilograms and his coffin weighed 100 kilograms. His tomb contained no less than four board games and two destroyed games, 56 playing pieces and two sets of sticks which were used as dice. We got to see all his treasure. At last it was time to go back to school. We had an excellent time at the Tutankhamun exhibition.