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St George’s Express Logo Designed by Stephen Lally ISSUE 9: 12th July 2011

St George’s Express Welcome Back sadly has to say goodbye to some of its reporters in this edition. They are leaving to move on to Secondary School. We all hope they will all be very happy in their new schools and congratulate them on all their great reporting.

School’s Out for Summer! Congratulations to Ria Feeley in RP The News Team held a competition to see who could draw or design their favourite ice cream. We received lots of entries and the winner was announced at the Celebration Award ceremony on Friday 1st July. Congratulations go to Ria Feeley in RP who came 1st with her fantastic , shown here. Runners up were Aisling Fallon, Neleesha Seneviratne and Lance Nabre.

Goodbye and Good Luck to:

Year 6 School Production

Orla Pitts Allegrah Oduah Steven Lally Ross Sullivan

Congratulations to our Year 6 children on their brilliant performance of Gel at the Ryan Theatre on Friday 8th July. The children have been rehearsing very hard this half term, and this showed in their very professional performance.

Inside this issue: Roving Reporter Interview

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Storytime

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Poetry

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Survey Results

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Holiday Destination Guide

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Wordsearch

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Crossword

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Dot-to-Dot and Spot the Difference

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Arts & Crafts

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Cookery and Entertainment

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Sport

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As a result of their rehearsals, we are missing our Editor, Steven Lally, Deputy Editor, Ross Sullivan and one of our reporters, Allegra Oduah for this edition. Our Sub Editor, Orla Pitts has done a fantastic job of stepping into Steven’s shoes as Editor for this edition. Well Done!


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Our Roving Reporter Interview Interview conducted by Ciara Aspell on Wednesday 29th June 2011

Interview with Mrs Tuohy Year 4 Class Teacher Q: How do you feel being back at St George’s? A: It is WONDERFUL to be back at St George’s because I know all of my colleagues so well and we work so well together. It is wonderful for me because I am actually coming back to the class I had the previous year, so it has been fantastic for me to come back and see the progress they have made and to see how much they have matured. Q: How did you feel leaving Dylan whilst you came to school on your first day back? A: Well, I have to say that I wasn’t as upset as I thought I would be because the two weeks before I came back to work, I took him to nursery so he was already quite well settled before I came back to work. But, I have to say, it was a little bit difficult but it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Q: Why did you want to become a teacher? A: Well I think I always wanted to be a teacher from a very young age, even when I was a little girl at school, I always wanted to be a teacher. I LOVE working with children and I love being around children and seeing them smile and laugh. It’s great to see them progress and to see how they learn. I really do enjoy seeing that and I really enjoy being involved in a part of a child’s learning. Q: What were you like as a student? A: Well, I have to say I was a quiet student but I was very studious in my work and always wanted to have my work well presented and I always tried to do the best I could. Q: What do you think are the differences between today's education and the education in your own school days? A: I did have a good education being brought up in Ireland but I think that the children today have a fantastic education because they get so many more opportunities and they have so many more choices. Children today have a lot more say and a lot more involvement in learning and there is a lot more group work and a more collaborative approach. There are a lot more outdoor activities, class trips etc, and I think that we at St George’s excel ourselves for providing a broad and balanced curriculum. The children in our school have fantastic opportunities for sport, music, art, trips and the curriculum we provide, I think, is very enjoyable. So, the difference is definitely the opportunities that are available today. Q: What is your favourite subject to teach and why? A: I have to say I enjoy teaching all the subjects, but I do love the Creative Curriculum because it is a topic where it involves history and geography and I love learning about the past and archaeology. I think it’s very interesting to study things like the Tudors and the Victorians and to study their history period. I think it’s fantastic for the children to study our past and to be able to bring it alive in the classroom by using props and resources, I believe is really important. But also being in a Catholic school, I really enjoy teaching R.E. and I find it a really fulfilling and rewarding lesson to teach. Q: What is your favourite year group to teach and why? A: That’s a really difficult one. I don’t think I have a favourite year group because I actually have previously

taught year 1, year 2, year 3 and year 4. I have to say they all have their own rewards and they all have their challenges. So I can’t answer that question but what I can say is I have enjoyed each and every one of them as they all have their own positives. Q: What is the funniest moment you have ever experienced during a class? A: There has been quite a few I have to say! I think the funniest moment, or one of the funniest moments, was when we had a mufti day and all the children came in their own clothes and one child in particular, was late arriving to school, and he arrived just as the register was being taken. He arrived dressed as the Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The class and I laughed with him, not at him, because it was just that we got such a shock, we were just so surprised, and I remember that being a really funny experience. But there have been so many funny experiences, I can remember lots of them. Q: What aspect do you like the most about being in the teaching profession? A: I think it’s a career you really have to be sure you want to do. It involves a lot of time and a lot of effort. It takes a lot of time at university if you want to become a teacher. I think the thing I most enjoy is getting to know the children in my class each year and building up relationships with them. I like playing a part in helping them progress and helping them to achieve their full potential, that’s a really rewarding part of being a teacher. Q: Have you previously taught at any other school, apart from St George’s? A: I have, I’ve taught in some primary schools in Wales and I’ve also taught in some primary schools in Ireland. However I’ve been at St George’s for the longest time in my career. I have been at St George’s for 8 years. Q: What are your interests/hobbies outside of school? A: I love reading, I always have loved reading! I think you can tell that if you’re in my class because I really encourage the children to read! I believe everyone can enjoy reading and can make it fun. It doesn't matter what you read as long as you enjoy it. It can be as simple as the back of a cereal box if that’s what you want to read in the morning. I love going to libraries, I also love going on walks and just generally socialising with friends and family. Q: Are you fluent in any other language apart from English? A: When I was in secondary school in Ireland, I did study Irish and although its been quite a few years, I think I could still pick it up quite quickly, but I’m not fluent. I also studied French but I’m not fluent at that either. Q: Are you going on holiday during the summer? A: We will probably visit my family in Ireland for a while because since I have had Dylan, they want to see him and see how he is growing. And we will probably visit our family in Wales as well. Q: What are you looking forward to most in our next academic year? A: At the moment I don't know where I am going, but what I am looking forward to is all the amazing things St George’s have to offer each year. I particularly love our religious festivals and the variety of events that we have each year like sports week, art week, international week and the many others that we do.


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Santa Claus’s Holiday A Story for our KS1 Readers Written by Orla Pitts and Illustrated by Lukas Roberts

One hot, sunny day in summer, Santa Claus decided he needed a break. He logged onto the computer, went on the Internet and booked one ticket to Egypt. He was so excited that he was finally going on holiday that he started packing his things straight away. A week later, Santa Claus was on the plane to Egypt. He leant back in his chair and looked out the window, at all the tiny cars and weenie people on the world below him. He opened his packet of Smarties and ate them all up until the plane landed on the hot, sandy ground of Egypt. Santa stepped off the plane and immediately took off his hat. “Wow! Egypt is soooo hot!” He fanned himself cool with his hand and caught a taxi to his hotel. Once inside his clean, painted sea blue bedroom, he unpacked all of his things and decided to go out for his dinner. “Maybe a burger will cool me down?” He changed into shorts and a T-shirt and set off for the restaurant. Inside the restaurant, he ordered a burger and chips. It came to the table and he ate it hungrily. “Wow!” he said again. “Egyptian food is nice. But I’m still too hot!” He suddenly felt very tired so he went back to his room, changed into his pyjamas and fell asleep in his neat, blue bed. In the morning, Santa woke up to another hot day. “I think that I am going to go to the pyramids today. And maybe I’ll hitch a ride on a camel!” He went out of the hotel and asked a man who was selling

camel rides for a lift to the great pyramids. Half an hour later, Santa Claus was next to a huge pyramid and was sitting on the back of a large camel. “Wow! This camel is cool and so are the pyramids but I’m still too hot!” Suddenly he felt very tired and sleepy. “Wow. I think I need to go back home. Egypt is just so hot. Lapland is very far away but it is my home. I think I’m suited to there better than here.” So, Santa Claus got onto a plane and flew back home to Lapland. And now he is safe and happy at home. But I do not think that he will be coming back to Egypt in a hurry! What do you think? Is Santa better suited to Lapland or Egypt?


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Summer Time Poem Written by Orla Pitts and Illustrated by Lukas Roberts

The sun is out today, The sky will not turn grey. People beam and smile, The winter blues just seem so vile. Ice cream sweet and yummy, Other lovely food in your tummy. The cold sea lapping at your feet, All we want to do is eat! The noisy seagulls squawk and call, We can hear bouncing of a stripy beach ball. Funfairs are so fun and cool, It gives us kids a break from school! The BBQ smouldering with coal, On the TV, Lampard scoring a goal! Wimbledon is full up to the top, The men watch the match while the women shop. And after the sun has done it’s shining, We will not sit around whining. Instead, we’ll smile and watch the leaves falling, Because autumn is starting!! Hooray, Hooray!!


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Holiday Destination Survey Results Survey conducted and reported by Hannah Fallon

We asked the children to tell us where their favourite holiday destination was. Check out the results here!

Favourite Holiday Destinations

And the most popular destination is‌ Ireland, closely followed by Florida!

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UK

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Italy

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Portu

Braz il

Flori da

Turk ey Egyp t

Spai n Gree ce Aust ralia

90 82 80 80 70 60 50 41 40 32 33 30 23 17 20 13 12 11 8 6 6 10 3 0


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Your Favourite Holiday Destination Guide More Entertainment Written by Mayze-Jane O’Mahony and Illustrated by Megan Forshaw

Ireland Following our survey on your favourite holiday destination, our reporter, Mayze-Jane has written her personal review on the winning destination.

more information you www.discoverireland.com.

could

The most popular destination is Ireland, with 82 votes. This is probably because most people in the school have family there. However, it’s also a lovely place to go if you need fresh air or if you want a break from schools in London and the busy parts of London. There are many different counties like Donegal, Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Mayo and many more. If you fancy a cheap, fun, experience then you must visit Ireland. It really is fun and you’re definitely going to get fresh air. It’s easy to get to a beach and sometimes there are even horse races on the beach. You can swim in the sea and listen to the buzzing bees. But why do so many people like Ireland? It could be because lots of people like the sights. There are two different parts to Ireland, northern Ireland and southern Ireland. Northern Ireland is smaller and the capital is Belfast. However southern Ireland is bigger and has more space. The capital is Dublin. The weather in Ireland isn’t great and if you ask me, I’d say it is usually raining, windy or cold and it is hardly ever sunny or snowy. Ireland has a lot of history and myths and you can do lots of things while you’re on holiday. For example you can go for long walks or watch some Irish dancing, which is very popular there. You could go to a festival or you can just relax and try to enjoy the weather. I think Ireland is a great place with lots of countryside, loads and loads of farms and loads of hay.

Whatever you decide to do when you’re on holiday in Ireland, I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun. This is my review of Ireland but if you want loads

The man’s horse was called Friday!

You could have a go at playing two of the traditional sports, which are Gaelic football and hurling. In Gaelic football, the goals are similar to those used in football except the goals reach up with a crossbar like in rugby. Both teams have 15 players and you are allowed to touch the ball with the hand and the foot. Hurling is exactly the same but is played with a smaller ball and a stick like a hockey stick called a hurley. They are fun, fast sports and you would probably enjoy them.

Happy Easter

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Puzzle Pages Supplied by Hannah Fallon

Summer Wordsearch R K E W W S S O R O B N U I Y D F N C I

E N E C T S S L V M E X R E E L E T O E

T M X M D S E T E I T E A Y S C F E S T

E M E X P E U X E T T U L I J K P L C A

N I E O E N R E E T I I T T B O I P J J

L W Q A W X T T E U E O S B M S U C U R

A U L E R E H X A B H I J C O H L L N D

A A Q M O E N T I K R E T V G O Y G E H

G B L E Q B Y S I C S U M M E R E N F G

U H S A E A T M O S Q U I T O T J A A X

C F A X Y G S W I M M I N G L S N E U O

D S N T G U H U C T C S T S O O M R G B

A M F Q N O O L N A C F I S H I N G U T

D C J B O A T A O T E E X E E I C S S E

D O U K B E A C H T A C A M P I N G T S

L R U Z R P E B I K I N I C E C R E A M

N K E R M P X C U W M O T E Z I I T E S

N J F E T X E R L C S C N I R O A N R G

I I B F L D A T F G E N N E T F A M C E

R E W R T G L G T E A E I I O A T H D G

Can you find the following words: August, beach, bikini, boat, camping, fan, fishing, hat, hot, icecream, July, June, lotion, mosquito, shorts, summer, sunburn, suntan, swimming, sunshine.


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Puzzle Pages Supplied by Hannah Fallon

Across

Down

4. Wear these on your feet to be cool.

1. You need to blow air into this to play.

6. Use this to fish for crabs in the pools.

2. Build using lots of sand and shells

8. Place with lots of sand

3. It moves sideways along the beach.

10.A body of water with a beach

5. Season after spring.

11.A game people like to play at the beach.

7. Green, brown, slimy.

13.Little creatures used to live in them.

12.Put sand in.

9. Use this to put sand in bucket.

14.You can find lots of creatures hiding here. 15.What you wear to go in the sea. Down: 1. Beachball 12. Bucket

2. Sandcastle

Across: 4. Sandals 6. Net 14. Rockpool 15. Swimsuit Answers

3. Crab

8. Beach

5. Summer 10. Sea

7. Seaweed

11. Volleyball

9. Shovel

13. Shell


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Puzzle Pages Supplied by Hannah Fallon

Dot-to-Dot

Spot the Difference There are 7 differences. Can you spot them?

Answers

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

The The The The The The The

beach ball. sun’s sunglasses. drink. flag on the boat. extra palm tree. sand in the bucket. extra bird.


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Arts and Crafts Written by Claire McHugh

How to Make a Paper Fan (to keep you cool) What you will need: A sheet of A4 paper Some colour pens or pencils Instructions: 1.

Decorate one side of the paper with your own design.

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Fold about 3cm of the paper up from the bottom.

3.

Turn the paper over and do the same from the bottom, making sure the edges line up.

4.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until there is no more paper left to fold.

5.

Now it’s done. Open up the fan and make a crease about 4cm from the bottom to make a handle.

How to Make Sand or Glitter Footsteps What you will need: Pencil Paint brush Large piece of paper Glue Sand or glitter Sticky Tape Instructions: 1.

Take the sticky tape and fasten the paper down on the floor.

2.

Then either draw some footsteps or trace around your own foot several times.

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Dip your paintbrush dip into some glue then paint some glue onto the footsteps.

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Sprinkle some sand/sand and cover it over the top of the sheet.

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When the glue is dry, shake off the surplus sand and glitter

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Your page of footsteps is complete.


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Cookery Supplied by Ewan Maddison

Chocolate Snap Bars Make sure you have an adult to help you. Ingredients 100g butter 40g honey 1 tbs (10g) sugar 150g of Rice Crispies 1 packet (200g) of chocolate chips/buttons Method Firstly, wash and dry your hands! Cook the butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan, over a medium heat, stirring frequently. When the sugar has dissolved, boil the mixture for five minutes, making sure you stir it all the time. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the Rice Crispies, coating them well with the mixture. Press the mixtures into a greased tin. Put the chocolate chips/buttons into a saucepan over a low heat and stirring constantly. melted, spread it evenly over the Crispie mixture.

When it’s

Let it stand until cool and then ask an adult to cut into small bars.

Great Films Coming for the Summer Written by Kamile Poskauskyte Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Released 15th July Certificate 12A It’s the final showdown between Harry Potter and Voldemort and things aren't going to end peacefully. The Smurfs Released 10th August Certificate U

Horrid Henry The Movie Released 29th July Certificate To Be Confirmed Horrid Henry leads the Purple Hand Gang in an ongoing battle with adults and tries to keep his school from being closed by an evil headmaster! Mr Poppers Penguins Released 5th August Certificate PG

The Smurfs are chased from their Smurf village by an evil wizard and land up in New York. Can they get safely back home before he finds them?

A successful businessman inherits six penguins, makes his flat penguin-friendly and starts to see that there's more to life than the nine to five.

Cars 2 Released 22nd July Certificate U

Zookeeper Released 29th July Certificate PG

Lighting McQueen takes off to Japan and Europe with his best friend and races at the grand prix and gets mixed up in a spying ring.

When a zookeeper loses the woman he loves because she doesn't like his job, the animals break a vow of silence to help him get his girl back!


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Sport Written by Anton O’Donnell and Illustrated by Tommy Carey

The Dublin Super Cup The Dublin Super Cup is a European football tournament hosted in the Aviva stadium on the 30-31 July 2011. The clubs featuring in the event are Celtic of Scotland, Inter Milan of Italy, Manchester City of England and the host, Airtricity League XI of Ireland. It’s similar to the Emirates or Ajax Super Cup also held this year. Celtic FC Celtic is a Scottish club. They lost 4-2 on aggregate to Braga to ruin their Champions League hopes and came 2nd in the Scottish Premier League behind Rangers by one point, but winning on goal difference. Best player: Gary Hooper. Manchester City Manchester City is an amazing football club with outstanding players and manager. The Citizens came 3rd in the Premier League behind Manchester United and Chelsea and beating Arsenal to give them a chance in the Champions League next season. Best player: Carlos Tevez. Inter Milan Inter Milan are a well known team in Italy. Yesteryear they won the Champions League against Bayern Munich with Diego Milito scoring a double. Inter Milan were runners-up in the Serie A behind AC Milan, their derby club. Best player: Samuel Eto’o.

Airtricity League XI The Airtricity League XI isn’t a club exactly. It’s the Irish leagues’ best players put into one team. The current champions are Shamrock Rovers and they are also the most times champions, winning the League 16 times. Best player: Gary McGabe.

You can now find all editions of St George’s Express on Fronter (in the Children’s Room) From Left to Right: Allegra Oduah, Orla Pitts (Sub Editor), Ross Sullivan (Deputy Editor), Stephen Lally (Editor), Megan Forshaw, Ciara Aspell, Hannah Fallon, Ewan Maddison, Tommy Carey, Anton O’Donnell, Christabelle Addo, Claire McHugh, Lukas Roberts, Mayze-Jane O’Mahony, Kamile Poskauskyte, Tallulah Howell

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