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Senior Classroom

The 4th, 5th and 6th class are taught by Ms. Power. They have a large, airy, bright classroom with lots of space. With 5 computers and a laser printer in the classroom, they are often busy completing projects and looking up information on the internet. Like all the other classrooms, the senior classroom has an interactive whiteboard which the children thoroughly enjoy using!

October & Halloween Fun with 4th, 5th & 6th Class!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallow'een, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

October has come and gone so quickly! The children have once again put in a lot of hard work. In Art, the children designed their Annual Christmas Card so creatively and so well! These will be back to the school in November for parents and families to purchase 🙂

The children visited the local library to select books for our classroom library.

In English, we have been reading the novel “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo. The children worked so well at designing their own front cover for the novel as well as completing a character profile pyramid.

The children studied trees and plants in Science and in support of the work they covered in this area, they created their own colourful leaf collages.

The school welcomed Heritage Expert, Paddy Madden in October. He engaged the children in a very interactive and educational workshop on ecology. The children explored all the resources he had on display and they also enjoyed exploring our school’s outdoor environment and the aspects of nature we are so fortunate to have there.

Two pupils in 5th Class completed projects with Ms. Brennan over the past number of weeks. They presented their projects to the class through Powerpoint which was very impressive! Well done boys on all your hard work and for presenting 2 great projects to the class, one on the Titanic and the other on the Celts! A big thank you also to Ms. Brennan for all her knowledge, guidance and support during their project work.


We had to say a fond farewell to Santiago and Jacobo who have been pupils in our school for the past 7 weeks. They will be sadly missed by the Senior Room and Ms. Wilson. We hope you both are well settled back into school and family life in Spain 🙂

In Art, the children made their own “Abstract Apples for Autumn” having looked and responded to works of abstract art.

The children designed a Fire Safety Poster with their own fire safety message for Halloween in SPHE

In preparation for Halloween, the children created their own spooky hand puppets. They also designed their own Halloween costume for a Folens Art Competition.

The children took part in a lantern making workshop for the Festival of Light which will take place in Castlecomer on Friday, 1st December. The children made their own paper cut out pictures in preparation for the lanterns they will make back in class during November.


Finally on the day of the Halloween Holidays, the children dressed up “spooktacularly” in full Halloween costume! Well done on all your creativity. You all made a super effort once again!

Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break and we’ll see you all in November!

Date posted: 3rd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Hallow'een, Local Visits, Our Work on Display, Science, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Senior Classroom start September with a bang!

Date posted: 2nd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

September has been a busy month with new classes, new classrooms and new teachers! The children in the Senior Classroom have put in great work this month. They made their own name plates in SPHE to celebrate their uniqueness!

In Art, the children had to create their own “Starburst Hearts” by drawing 12 lines from a point and using warm and cool colours. They did a great job and they really brightened up our room during the first week back at school!

The children also showed their creativity in Art by expanding a given picture to create their own imaginative scene.

In SESE, the children made their own “Class Passports” which contain details about them such as their likes and dislikes, their role models, as well as places they might like to visit some day!

The children learned a poem  in English called New Beginnings by Helen Steiner Rice and they drew pictures to illustrate the content of the poem

In Music, the children learned the song “My Favourite Things” from the Sound of Music and created a simple factfile of their favourite things!


The school has started rugby once again this year with Youth Development Officer, Noel Devlin.

In History, the children have been learning about The Celts. They enjoyed learning about ogham writing as well as the detail they put into their work. The Book of Kells is an example of their work. The children enjoyed colouring in some templates from the Book of Kells to show the type of detail they gave to their work.

Finally, the children enjoyed learning about town planning in Geography. They became town planners and designed and named their own town too!

Well done Senior Pupils on a great start to a new school year!

Date posted: 2nd November 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, English, Geography, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Sports, Visual Arts |

Diocesan Eco Award

Date posted: 28th October 2017 | Category Blog, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

We were thrilled at Wandesforde School to be awarded a Diocesan Eco Award. The award recognises the efforts we have made to be more eco friendly and encourage biodiversity in our school grounds.

Some of the activities we have undertaken in the last few years include planting trees, putting out hedgehog hibernation houses, planting a variety of flowering shrubs to encourage more insects to our grounds and putting out bird feeders in our grounds.

We got a certificate, wooden plaque and buddhelia plant also known as a butterfly bush 🙂

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Date posted: 28th October 2017 | Category Blog, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Senior Classroom |

Senior Classroom Visit the Creamery House in Castlecomer

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

In support of work covered on Buildings and Settlements in Geography, the Senior Classroom enjoyed a trip to the Creamery House on Friday, 22nd September.

The children enjoyed learning about the History of the house which dates back to 1750s. It originally belonged to the Wandesforde family, however in the early 1900s it became a pram making factory which brought a lot of employment to the town.

Here are some samples of some of the labels that were found between the floorboards when the house was renovated in 2015!

We also found out that a lot of the prams that were made were called after townlands like Ardra as well as provinces like Leinster! Here are some pictures of these prams!

In the 1970s, the house became known the residence for the manager of the Creamery in Castlecomer, hence why to this day it has the name “The Creamery House”

During 2014/2015, the house went under renovation and it now has a music academy on the top floor and there are other rooms being used for offices and conferences.

The children enjoyed seeing all aspects of the house. They saw the outside well which is underground and also the cellars which originally stored coal in them for their homes. Did you know there are stalactites in the cellar of the Creamery House?

They learned about the gardens around the house as well as the large orchard which would have spread up along Barrack Street. The children visited the basement of the house where the servants worked and prepared meals and washed clothes for the family living in the house.

On the ground floor, there was a large, front room which had the original floorboards and it was here where the family would have entertained its guests.

On the first floor, there were rooms which would have been the bedrooms and there was also a kitchen area where the family may have practised their cookery skills as a hobby. In this room, the builders found an old range which was fueled by coal hidden behind a wall. They refurbished the range for us all to see 🙂

The children thoroughly enjoyed the view from the top floor. It was amazing to see the view of the Discovery Park and its surrounds from such a height. We tried our best to see our school but the lime trees along the street had it so well hidden!!

Originally, you would have been able to see Castlecomer House (the Wandesforde Family home) from the Creamery House before it was burnt down in 1798 by rebels in what became known as “The Battle of Castlecomer”

Thank you to SaibhĂ­n, our tour guide and John Comerford (owner of the Creamery House) for kindly opening up the house to the children out of their seasonal hours. We really appreciate it and the children thoroughly enjoyed it too! We completed a worksheet on what we had seen and learned on our tour back at school later that day. Below are just a few photographs of some of the children’s thoughts and memories of The Creamery House.

Date posted: 12th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Geography, History, Local Visits, Senior Classroom |

Hibernating Hedgehogs!

Date posted: 9th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Science, Senior Classroom |

As part of work on our Green Schools theme of biodiversity the senior pupils placed a hedgehog house in our grounds. We hope some hedgehogs use it as a cosy home for the winter.

We also planted an Oak tree in our grounds for National Tree Day on October 5th.

Date posted: 9th October 2017 | Category Blog, Class Work, Green Flag, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Science, Senior Classroom |