Genre: Procedure – How to Organize a Party

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Laura B

What you need: Invitations, people/friends, food, drinks and a place/room.

What you do:

  1. Book the room
  2. Write the invitations
  3. Give out the invitations
  4. Set up the room for the party
  5. Order the food and drinks
  6. Then all of the people/friends will arrive at the place
  7. Play all the games (just the children).
  8. While they are playing the games, you (the adults get the food ready)
  9. After the games the children eat the food
  10. Then all of the children go home

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What you will need: Invitations, people/friends, food, drinks, a room.

What to do.

  1. Invite people/friends to the party
  2. Find a place and go there at least one hour before the party
  3. Get food and drinks ready
  4. When people start to show up get them to have a play outside
  5. When they come in they’ll probably be hungry so feed them.
  6. When their Mums/Dads show up give them a party bag.
  7. Boom! A perfect party!

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What you need: Invitations, people/friends, food, drinks, room/place


  1. First buy invitations or send texts
  2. Next book a play centre or have the party at your house
  3. After that buy food, sweets and drinks
  4. Think of games to play
  5. Wait until the day of the party and have fun!


Genre: Procedure – How to Organize a Halloween Party by Caoimhe

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By Caoimhe

What you need

Invitations, pumpkins, food, drinks, room, spooky decorations


  1. Book a spooky room
  2. Send haunted invitations and let them dress up
  3. Buy food and drinks
  4. Set up room with scary decorations
  5. Carve pumpkins out around the room
  6. Play spooky games
  7. Then send them home happy.

Genre: Procedure – How to turn Teacher into a Toad

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By Emily F

What you need


A fire place

A wand

500 ml of blood

Three eye balls

1000 grammes of salt

A really long stick


  1. Get your cauldron and fill it up with your 500 ml of blood
  2. Then you get 1000 grammes of salt to soak up the water and then you have watery salt.
  3. Mix them up so that they are 100 percent mixed
  4. Then add your 3 eye balls
  5. Get your wand out and twirl it while you say Abrakebabra.
  6. Then you have your toad stew. Get teacher to have some.
  7. Then enjoy no school.

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By Brianna

Take 30 days

What you need

Cauldron, fire, toad legs, toe nail clippings, stick, slug, spider legs, bone, toad and magic


Get everything you need

Next day

Put the cauldron over the fire

Next day

Put in the toad legs at the exact same time as the toe nail clippings

Next five days

Get the stick and stir the mixture very slowly. If you don’t it will fall apart.

Drop some spider legs in then stir and put the rest in

Next 10 days

Add the slug bit by bit and stir very quickly

Next 24 days

Then put bone and the toad in or else you will not turn teacher into a toad.

Use the magic to turn it to look like water and invite and trick her/him


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By Hannah

What you need

A spoon

A cauldron


Slug slime

HOT water!


  1. Get the greenest of leaves
  2. Get flowers as blue as the sky
  3. Get your !HOT WATER! Be careful of it.
  4. Wait until the leaves and flowers have melted.
  5. Then add the slug slime
  6. Put the liquid into a perfume bottle
  7. Trick your teacher into thinking it’s a new smell.
  8. Then spray your teacher.
  9. Now RRRUUUNNN! Run!

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By Seán E.

What you need for your spell



A toad’s heart

A witch

  1. Get the cauldron and turn into a witch
  2. You will also need a teacher
  3. Put some sticks under the cauldron and get a lighter to make a fire
  4. Put in a toad’s heart and get yourself to turn it
  5. into a bottle of toad.
  6. Get yourself to open the lid
  7. Then pour it on the teacher
  8. POW! There is a toad

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By Chester

What you need for your spell


Spoon ( a big one)

Potions (red, blue, green and yellow)



  1. Put the cauldron on the ground
  2. Set the fire below the cauldron
  3. Put in all the potions in the cauldron
  4. Stir with the big spoon into the potions in the cauldron and say the magic words ‘Turn the teacher into a toad’
  5. Put the potions in a sprayer. Then spray it on the teacher.
  6. Your teacher is a toad!

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By Pola

What you need

Frog legs

Magic potion

Cow tongue

A roasted heart


  1. Boil the frog legs
  2. Melt the roasted heart
  3. Cut the tongue
  4. Tell the teacher to come and drink it
  5. And BOOM!!!
  6. She’s a toad

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By Saibh

What you will need




Rat tails

A spider

Green Paint

An eye from a horse


Wooden Spoon


  1. First put the paint and spider into a cauldron
  2. Then mix it till it is green
  3. After that put the fire and water in.
  4. Smash the teeth and put four in
  5. Then squash the eye
  6. Mix everything with the wooden spoon.
  7. Your teacher is a toad!



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By Laura E

What you need for the spell



Green Paint

A tear of real sadness

A tooth

A tin of blood

Spider legs

Pig’s nose

A snail’s trail



  1. Put on the fire and put cauldron on the fire
  2. Pour the whole can of paint into it
  3. Stir for 20 seconds
  4. Pour the tear into the cauldron. By the way it will turn blue
  5. Add spiders legs, pig’s nose, the snail’s trail and the tooth. It will bubble.
  6. Add it to a cup of tea.
  7. Give this to teacher to drink
  8. And you have one toad and zero teachers

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By Aisling

You will need


Spell book

Frog burp

Slug slime

Big spoon

Toad legs


What to do:

  1. Open spell book on page 24
  2. Put your frog legs in the cauldron
  3. Put slug slime and toad legs and water in at the same time
  4. Say what is in the spell book
  5. Say ‘Hocus Pocus smelly frog turn this teacher into a toad’
  6. Enjoy a holiday from school

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The Magic Door in Room 14

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Hannah wrote: ‘Do you know every day I come into school,

but I don’t learn anything because I go in through the magic door.

Can we go to the Gingerbread House?’

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Seán E. explains ‘If you push a button the door will magically open. Look inside.

There is a huge garden with flowers, trees and tall grasses’.

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Emily M.says I have a secret door in my classroom.

When you go through the door there is a land of fairies.

It is like walking though a fairy door.

I saw a few unicorns as well in the land of fairies.

The land is made of sweets and yummy things like marshmallows and chocolate.

The fairies are nice. They let me ride a unicorn.

The unicorns gave me a basket to filled with sweets and flowers and what ever I wanted .

I even got to keep a fairy.

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Rainbow wrote: There’s a magic door in my class.

If you go through you’ll meet elves, fairies, mermaids, dragons and unicorns.

The animals there will talk.

Baby fairies will be born in flowers.

Seashells will have pixie dust inside.

If you put pixie dust on plants, they will grow really fast.

Trees will grow candy on them.

The fish scales change colour depending on their mood.

If you blow on the sand it will turn into jewels.

If birds dive into the sea, their tails turn into flippers.

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Conan wrote about a magic garden

There is a magic door in our class in the library.

You have to pull some story books and a door opens on the ground into a magic garden.

If you go in you will meet fairies, elves, gnomes and loads of mythical creatures.

There are dragons, gargoyles, vampires, devils and grim reapers over on the dark side.

There is loads of jewellery to buy and lots of nice food.

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Darcy wrote

In my classroom there’s a door and one day I went to look at it and it was open.

Everybody was scared.

What if there were dinosaurs or witches.

I said it would be fine and I walked in.

And there was a magical garden there.

There was unicorns and there was an evil queen and her name Gargona.

She cut loads of the horns off them so then I defeated her but then it was time to go.

So I went back to the classroom and I closed the door and went to my seat

and everybody wanted to know, so I told them all about it.

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Dax said 

If I went through a magic door I would find a computer dimension.

Inside the computer it is fun.

You could be various characters in games.

I would be Steve in Minecraft and I could fly and build without need any resources.

Then I could build a hotel and a mini town.

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When I’m finished in Minecraft I would move on to Roblox.

In Roblox I would play Boom Box Battle and win all the battles by using distorted audio.

I would then visit Spotify and listen to my favourite songs.

Toot, toot, 2nd last step.

Now I shall go to and build tons of houses and become a millionaire.


Now I’m gonna leave the computer because I miss my family and I’m hungry.

My clothes are filthy plus I keep on getting electrocuted.

It’s gonna be good to be back in the real world.

My Weekend in Neverland

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By Mya

On Saturday my family and I met Peter Pan.

On we flew to Neverland with him and Wendy.

When we got to Neverland we sat on a cloud and ate popcorn while we were looking at the view.

And then I fell right through the clouds and fell flat.

Then I heard something in the bushes and then all of a sudden Laura jumped out and gave me a great big hug.

Then I started screaming and so did Laura.

After we both started screaming I said to Laura

‘What are you doing here?’ and she said

‘I don’t know because one minute I was asleep and another minute I was here.

Just after Laura had finished talking my Dad flew down to us and said

‘Take my hand’.

We took his hand and we flew back home and when we got home Laura and I told all our friends the adventure we had.

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By Brianna

Hello my name is Miss. Tinkerbell and I am a fairy.

I am very happy because today is my birthday.

I am very excited I am going to fly to Neverland with my pet Master Gem.

He is a dragon. He is excited too.


Right now I am flying to Neverland. I cannot wait.

First we are going to meet my boyfriend Peter Pan.

After that we will go out for dinner.

I am on my way to Peter Pan’s house.

I am so excited.

‘Hello Peter Pan’

‘Hi Tinkerbell’.

‘Are you ready to go out?’


‘Let’s go’.


We arrived and all of a sudden the heavens opened. We got soaked. We sat down at the table and ordered.

Next thing Peter Pan went down on his knees and asked

‘Will you marry me?’

‘Yes I will.’

‘Thank you’.

So we lived happily ever after.

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Rules to be Happy

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Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Clean up after yourself
  2. Bed at 9 o’clock
  3. Help my little brother (Dion)

My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Be nice
  2. Never tell someone they can’t play
  3. No teasing other people (Lisa)

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My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Be always kind to your family
  2. Be happy
  3. Be brave (Alicja)

My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Share
  2. Be nice
  3. Take Turns (Jamie C)

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My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Have a nice family
  2. Don’t get angry with each other
  3. Have a clean kitchen (Kyle)

My Rules for a Happy Home

  1. Peace
  2. Someone to play with
  3. Reading

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My Rules for a Happy Class

  1. Learn
  2. Read
  3. Make Friends (Jamie C)

My Rules for a Happy Class

  1. Enough elbow space
  2. Don’t give me a lot of homework
  3. To keep the class tidy. (Jack M)

Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Always be nice
  2. Never be mean
  3. Always be gentle ( Seán D)

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Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Let everyone join in
  2. Don’t litter
  3. Don’t knick knack (Sam)

My Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. A shop close to the houses
  2. A playground in the estate
  3. Every house is nice (Abi)

My Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Have nice friends
  2. Have nice people around you
  3. Be a nice person (Michael)

My Rules for a Happy Neighbourhood

  1. Keep it clean
  2. No Graffiti
  3. Be happy

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My Rules for a Happy World

  1. Share things
  2. Be kind
  3. Help people (Darcy)

My Rules for a Happy World

  1. Don’t break off branches off trees
  2. Don’t make fun of others
  3. Don’t litter anywhere (Tulga)

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My Rules for a Happy Universe

  1. No aliens
  2. Don’t send missiles to space
  3. Go to the moon (Kyle)

My Rules for a Happy Universe

  1. Don’t blow up the moon
  2. Don’t blow up the sun
  3. Don’t burst the ozone layer (Conan)

Jack’s Dragon – A Story by Jack H. who is nearly 6

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My dragon lives in this castle.

You can see his eyes.

His name is Tricky.

He makes the castle beautiful,

so people will want to visit.

Then he will gobble them up.


Tricky makes it rain.

He makes storms

with thunder and lightening.

Then people come in

to the castle for shelter

and then he gobbles them up.



From the Archives: Food that is traditional in Ireland.

Sometimes visitors to our blog ask us

what food is traditional in Ireland.

This is a tricky question because Irish food

comes under a lot of influences.

Our food is influenced by our neighbours in the UK,

countries in Europe

the USA and beyond.


If we ask the children in school what their favourite food

is they will say pizza and spaghetti bolognaise,

both of which are Italian food.

Children also enjoy pasta from Italy.

Chinese, Indian and Mexican food is also popular.

Children like burger and chips which is an American food

and fish and chips which comes from the UK.

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Traditionally a lot of our food was potato based.

We boil them and chip them,

bake them and mash them.

Potato cakes are a traditional Irish food.

They are delicious.

Parsley and spring onion potato cake
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We eat a lot of meat in Ireland.

Irish stew is a traditional dish.

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Mmmmm… It’s tasty!

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This is called an Irish Breakfast

but it is very like an traditional English Breakfast.

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Porridge is a traditional breakfast in Ireland too,

but many children in school prefer

toast or cereal like Rice Crispies or Coco Pops.

Grown ups drink a lot of tea

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but coffee is becoming more popular.

Apple, rhubarb or blackberry pie

would be considered very traditional.

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A Student’s Poem about Teacher (from 1993)

This poem was written

by a student in fourth class,

Stephanie W. in October 1993.

I have kept it with my English papers

for the past twenty two years,

because it makes me laugh.


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We were writing poems modelled on

‘Prayer of a Donkey’ 

by Carmen Bernos De Gasztold.


Here is Stephanie’s poem:

‘Dear God,

Please give teacher a break

for she is getting old.

Protect her from us

because we are vampires.


Protect her from the back row

and Jenny’s giggles.

May teacher have some peace at home time

And always let me be teacher’s PE(S)T!


Please Lord



I was reminded of this poem, this week

when listening to the RTE Documentary

‘First days, final days – Revisited’

(20 years after recording a child’s first day at school,

the Documentary On One returns to see what has happened since –

to the Junior Infants and their teachers).


Stephanie and Jenny are all grown up now

and this poem still makes me laugh.

‘Excuses’ – a class poem inspired by one of the same name by Allan Ahlberg

Sorry I’m late Teacher.

The car slept it in

and we lost the key to my Mum.

the alarm clock forgot

and the bus was lost.

I was taken away in a space ship by aliens 

who made me do all their housework.

Sorry I’m late Teacher.

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Sorry I didn’t do my homework Teacher.

A tiger ate my schoolbag

A monkey took my pencil

My copybook grew legs and walked.

My eraser and parer hopped away.

My reading book was squashed by a Tyrannosaurus Rex

A Stegosaurus flew off with my Mum.

So I didn’t do my homework Teacher

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School Long Ago and Faraway.

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Students interviewed their grown ups, their parents and grandparents about what school was like when they were young.

Some parents went to day school and some went to boarding school and there were accounts from schools at home and abroad.

The earliest account was from 1938.
Many children walked and when it rained they ran.
Some drank a little bottle of milk at break time.

The boys wore shorts, a jacket and cap.
The girls wore a smock or pinafore over their clothes to protect them.
When it was cold children would were their coats in school”.

This is an account from 1946:
There were 55-60 boys in a class
and the classroom was heated by a fire.
The children all sat in rows of desks all facing teacher.
In the summer term, many children came to school barefoot”.

“In Poland there are no uniforms, by law since 1976.
When I went to school, it started at 8 ended at 2.30.
In the yard girls played with elastics.
The boys plays soccer, chess, join the dots.
There was 3-4 hours homework every day!”

Some people remembered high windows.
They let in plenty light, but the children couldn’t look out and be distracted.

“There was wooden desk with a top that lifted up where we kept our books copies and pencils.
We enjoyed playing with friends, chasing, football, hurling, skipping and hopscotch.
Great times, loads of fun no worries”

When we are eager to grow up and leave school, we hear people say that they are your happiest days and we aren’t sure if we believe them but later you realize they were right and you school friends are friends for life”

Thanks to all the ‘older people’, who agreed to be interviewed about school
in other countries and in olden days!

We can see that some things are the same and some things are very different.

‘The King Who Loved Money & The Queen Who Loved Honey’: A Story by Beth (1st class)

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Once upon a time there was a King and a Queen. 

The King loved money and the Queen loved honey.

She had ten pots of honey and he had ten pots of money.


One day the Queen asked the King to buy

ONE HUNDRED pots of honey.

‘OK, then.’ The King did just that but then

all of his money was gone.

The King was sad, but the Queen was happy.


Then the Queen had an idea.

The King opened a shop to sell honey.

So then he had lots of money again.

And they both lived happily, ever after.

Three 1st Class Stories from First Class

A Story by Kyle

Once upon a time there lived two Kyles.

Those two Kyles went to school together.

The two Kyles were at the same table

and at Phonics Blast.

The two Kyles were very funny.

Shannon liked us and Lizzie did as well.

P.S. This is a TRUE story 🙂

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 Lizzie’s Story

Once upon a time, there were three little girls and their Mom.

One day, there was a a storm.

They lived in a cottage in a wood, far off from a farm.

The storm blew.

A tree that the little girls climbed on every day fell down.

Their cottage fell down.

They couldn’t live anywhere.

They went looking for somewhere else to live.

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The Very, Very Messy Ladybird, by Sofia

Once upon a time there lived a very, very messy ladybird.

Her name was Messy Maggy.

Everyone called her that because her house was always messy.

Her house always had cobwebs in corners.

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 and muddy foot prints up the stairs and dust everywhere.

One day all of her friends made a plan.

They all said she needed help to tidy.

So one night all of her friends went to her house

and while Messy Maggy was asleep each one of them had a job.

Magic Matilda hoovered.

Violetta Valentina dusted and beautiful Beth mopped.

‘Team work,’ they all said.

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Using ‘Monday’s Child’ as a writing prompt with First Class.

We used the traditional rhyme

‘Monday’s Child’ as a writing prompt.

Here is what Sofia wrote:

On Monday the children jump to touch the sky.

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On Tuesday they jumped down again.

Aspiring Busker
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On Wednesday, they touch the stars.

Star jump
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On Thursday they go to the moon.

lune / moon
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On Friday they go to Mars.

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On Saturday they went down to earth.

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On Sunday they go right home to bed.

Sweet Dreamer
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Student Survey: What books do YOU enjoy reading?

We asked our students what books and authors they enjoyed reading.

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This is what they said:

2nd class enjoyed: Horrid Henry, Roald Dahl, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rainbow Magic Series, The Tiara Club, The Horrible History Series, Captain Underpants and Horrible Henry books

3rd class enjoyed: Dick King Smith, Enid Blyton, David Williams, Roddy Doyle, JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Beast Quest, Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Bed and Breakfast Star, Judy Moody, Goosebumps, The Story of Tracey Beaker and Rainbow Fairy books

4th class enjoyed: Mr Bubblegum, Roald Dahl, Stink Series, Malory Towers, Harry Potter, Horrible Histories, Horrid Henry, Judy Moody, Artemis Fowl, Skulduggery, Young Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Beast Quest, Holes, Lizard of Oz and Lemony Snicket

5th class enjoyed: Tin Tin, Lola Rose, How to Train Your Dragon, Candyfloss, Football Academy, Percy Jackson, Jacqueline Wilson, John Boyne, Anthony Horowitz and Enid Blyton.

6th class enjoyed: The Adventures of Tin Tin, Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Alex Rider, Malory Towers, Skulduggery Pleasant, Rick Riordan, Anthony Horowitz, JK Rowling, Lemony Snicket and Derek Landy

As you can see some of the books and authors are very popular throughout the school.

It is good to read every day. Reading for at least twenty minutes at the end of each day is relaxing and fun. But it will also help your spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, writing style and imagination.

Be sure to read every day during the summer holiday

and beat the ‘Summer Slide’.

Children’s Writing: Ryan’s Story: The Wizard that lost his wand.

The Summoning
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The grumpy wizard lost his wand.
He found the wand under the sofa.
He was happy then.

He turned himself into
a great, white bird and flew away.
He felt even happier then.

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Can you guess what kind of bird he turned himself into?

The answer is ……………………………………………………………………………….

(a swan. Ryan used a picture of seagulls just to trick you!)

Children writing poetry: Thoughts for Mothers’ Day: ‘She is the sound of the dishwasher closing.’

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My Mother

She is the sound of the dishwasher closing

She is the colour white,

the same colour as the washing machine!

She would be a comfy armchair

She is ice cream

because she is cool when things go bad.

She is a tiger because she protects me.

She is a golden daffodil, standing tall.

She is birthdays all year round.

Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright
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Here are some more poems for Mothers’ Day:

These poems were written using an idea

called ‘The Furniture Game’

from Sandy Brownjohn’s book,

‘Does It Have To Rhyme?’ (Hodder & Stoughton, 1980)

@NZWaikato Some answers to Tahana+Will’s questions about Sport in Ireland.

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Tahana and Will from Auroa School in New Zealand

asked us questions about sport here in Ireland.

We hope this post will tell you a little about sport in Ireland.


Greystones is a seaside town,

so there are lots of water sports to choose from.


Below are a list of sports that are played in Greystones.

We have written them more in alphabetical order

rather than in order of popularity:


Athletics, badminton, baseball, cricket,

cycling (and mountain bike riding), 


Gaelic Games are very important in Ireland;

They included Gaelic Football,

hurling (played with a wooden stick and small ball),

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Camogie is hurling for girls. 


There is also golf, lawn bowling, rugby, soccer,

skateboarding and tennis. 


Because Greystones is beside the sea there are lots of

Water Sports: angling, diving, kayaking,

rowing, swimming, sailing and wind-surfing.


People also enjoy hill walking,

jogging, running and hiking.


We know that Gaelic Games, soccer, rugby, swimming,

tennis and basketball

are very popular among the students in the school. 

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People support Gaelic games including Gaelic Football.

Our local Gaelic Club is called Éire Óg. 

We are also very proud of Wicklow, our county team.

There are fifteen members on a Gaelic Football team

and they are allowed use their hands to strike the ball.


Strangely though people who follow soccer support

the English soccer teams more than our Irish ones.

Many children support Manchester United and Liverpool.

Both of those are English teams.

Our local soccer team is called Greystones United.


We are celebrating because Ireland

won the Six Nations Rugby Championship this weekend

in the last match of Brian O’Driscoll’s international career.


Children’s Work: Stories written by Senior Infants


Alice and the White Rabbit
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Lucy wrote;

Once upon a time there was a happy girl called Lucy.

She lived in a house near the forest.

One day a rabbit followed her home.


Once upon a time there lived a princess who lived in a castle.

One day she met a witch.

She lived in a cottage.

tree tattoo
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Ben said;

Once upon a time there lived a clever squirrel

who lived in a hole in a tree and was always eating nuts.


Once upon a time there lived a hedgehog who lived in a hedge.

He was lonely. He always had to eat on his own

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These are Daniel’s stories;

Once upon a time there was a sporty kangaroo

called Kealin who loved boxing.

She lived in the outback in Australia.

She had lots of trophies.


Once upon a time there was a white rabbit called Robbie.

He loved to do magic. One day he got a job at the circus.

His first trick was to pull a man out of his hat

Royal Purple Pigment
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This is what Tom wrote;
Once upon a time there lived a dragon, who lived in a cave.

He was happy. One day he met a brick.

They did some art and they had a fun time.


Once upon a time there lived a bee,

who lived in a bee hive. He was working well.

One day he met a fish.

They went to the shop.

They had a great time.

Littler Green Men
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Sofia wrote;

Once upon a time there lived a girl called Sophia.

She lived on the moon but oh no there was aliens on the moon.


Once upon a time there lived a unicorn.

She lived in a crystal cave.

She loved to play in the fields.

One day she met a princess who always wanted a unicorn

Pepto Dragon
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Beth wrote this story;

Once upon a time there lived a witch

who lived in a cave on a mountain where there was a dragon.

She thought that she was able to defeat the dragon, but she was wrong.

The dragon blew out fire.

The witch tried to put spells on the dragon,

but the dragon had blown fire at the want,

so she couldn’t put spells on the dragon.

The dragon blew fire at the witch.

So this story doesn’t have a happy ending!

The End.

Explode! I am Dinosaur!
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Andrew wrote;

Once upon a time there lived an electric dinosaur.

The electric dinosaur was guarding the gold mine.


Once upon a time there lived a polar bear.

The polar bear was captured by an icy jail.

Project 366 #255: 110912 It's A Wrap!
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Kyle said;

Once upon a time there lived…


Where was I?

Oh yes.

Sorry about that.

I was just looking at Mr.Happy’s art.

He just drew the beach

and Mr Happy has more art to show.

First we will visit other Mr Men art.

We’ll see Mr.Strong’s, Mr. Nosy’s and Mr. Noisy’s art.

First on the list is … Mr Strong.

He has painted his weights.

Second on the list is Mr.Nosy.

Mr. Nosy has made a wonderful statue.

Next Mr.Noisy has painted Mr.Happy.

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These are Ciara’s stories;

Once upon a time there lived a furry rabbit who lived in a burrow.

She was a Mummy. She had a baby rabbit. The baby rabbit was cute.


Once upon a time there lived a black and white badger in a forest.

He was sad because he had no friends.


Once upon a time there lived a hedgehog.

He had sisters. He had six sisters.

He got fed up giving the six sisters food.

He was bored of feeding them.


Once upon a time there lived a fox.

The Mummy had kids. Then the Daddy came.

Then they met a shy otter on the river bank

Laura wrote;

Girl Child Education
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Elisa had a project to do for college.

It was about a bee.

It was a very very important bee.

Elizabeth had a story to write and a story to read.

It was called Naughty Children.

When they were finished their homework Emily work up.

She wanted another bottle. Elisa made her bottle.

Little People Bokeh
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Shannon wrote a funny story;

Once upon a time there lived a very silly Granddad.

His house was silly. He sleeps on a rock.

One day this silly man met a girl.

She was such a silly girl, the man loved the girl.

Celebrating Past Pupil Success: A Guest Post from Emily H

We are always very interested to hear about the success of our past pupils. Earlier in the year we told you about a student who is having great success musically. We called that post ‘Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns grow’ . We could call this one ‘Monterey Pines from Tiny Pine Seeds grow’ as it is about the success Emily H had when she grew Monterey Pine Trees from seeds and made a real contribution to our local community. But let Emily tell you about her project in her own words.

Growing Monterey Pine Trees From Seed


My project is to show how I grew Monterey pines from seed.

I did this project because I have always had an interest

in growing things from a very young age.

It was helped along when my Granddad

contacted the former Mayor George Jones

to see if he would be interested in having

some of the trees I had already planted

and succeeded in growing for the Greystones community.


Mr Jones agreed and now as you can see from press cuttings

there is one of my trees in Burnaby Park

opposite the train station

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and also they took some of my trees

and planted them along Shoreline car park.

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I am very proud of these trees and so I thought that

I could grow some more for my science project for school


Gather pine cones and place them in the full sun to dry them out.

Once dried they will open up for easier retrieval of the seeds.

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Place the cones on a paper towel

and roll them gently until the seeds fall out.


Place the seeds in a container

with room temperature of water.

The ones that sink will be the best growers.

Plant the seed in pots, pointed end down and cover with soil.

Keep watering and when the seeds fall off

they can be transplanted to a larger container.

I will be keeping a diary following the progress of the trees.

Day 1

Date : 12.6.13

I planted the seeds in the compost pointed side down and watered them.

Day 2

Date : 13.6.13

Still no progress will be back in 2 weeks.

Day 11

Date : 25.6.13

We have our first Monterey shoot. The seed is still on the top.

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Day 12 

Date : 26.6.13

We have our second seed shoot. Also seed on top.

First seedling has now lost its seed.


Day 19

Date: 3.7.13

We now have 13 Monterey pine tree shoots.

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Day 25

Date: 9.7.13

We have 17 Monterey Pine tree shoots.

Day 35

Date: 19.7.13

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The trees are growing fast.

Day 45

Date: 29.7.13

Still progressing well.

Day 55

Date: 8.8.13 

Strong and healthy trees growing fast.

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Day 65

Date: 18.8.13

Progressing well.

Day 75

Date: 28.8.13

Nearing end of project the trees are strong and healthy.

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About Monterey Pines

The Monterey pine, also known as the Radiata pine is a species of pine native to the coast of California. It’s the most widely planted pine in the world, valued for rapid growth and desirable lumber and pulp qualities.

Its native to 3 very limited areas located in Santa Cruz, Monterey peninsula, and San Luis Obispo counties. In Australia, New Zealand and Spain it is the leading introduced tree and in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Kenya and South Africa it is a major plantation species.

Monterey pine has a very small natural range on the central Californian coast, south of San Fransico and on Guadalupe and Cerdros islands off the coast of Baja California in Mexico.

Monterey pine grows best on deep, rich, dry soils or on infertile sandy soil types. It has also shown promise on old red sandstone soil in Munster. It will not do well on wet, shallow ground. It grows vigorously and is known to have a longer growing season than other conifers. In Ireland, Monterey’s commonly suffers from the ”yellows”, a disease sometimes associated with the fungus cyclaneusma minus which results in the yellowing and loss of all the previous years’ needles.

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I found this project very satisfying because I enjoy growing and the output of this project will have a long term effect on the environment.

They help the environment by a number of factors:

1. Trees reduce Carbon Dioxide – the same way humans breathe oxygen and exhale Carbon Dioxide, trees breathe in Carbon Dioxide and exhale Oxygen.  This Carbon Dioxide becomes sugars that can be eaten, burnt for fuel or enjoyed in its leafy form.

2. Trees reduce ozone levels – In  large cities a reduction in ozone can mean milder temperatures and more breathable air.

3. Trees reduce erosion by their roots keeping soil from washing away but also they absorb and store water.

4. Trees provide an ecosystem for animals and insects  by providing a home and  food for them.

Every tree is a potential life-saver to certain species