For engineers week we looked at what makes bridges so strong. In teams we made bridges from paper and balanced a tray on top and tested how many marbles each bridge could hold.We were also looking into the food pyramid. The boys loved this sorting activity. They had excellent conversations...
The boys in Mount Sion Primary are talented in many ways. The Student Council organised 'The Voice of Mount Sion' event again this year. Well done to all of the participants from round 1 to the final. We are so impressed with the ability and confidence of all entrants. Here is a short video of the 8 finalists. We would like to thank the Student Council for a successful and well organised event. Everybody involved deserves a big 'Bualadh bos'! Click read more to watch the final
Today was a fantastic day for our senior classes. Not only did our sixth class have a history walk, both 6th and 5th classes had the most interesting learning experience in the beautiful surrounds of the Ship Room of the Monastery! Both classes have been studying the life of an inspirational young Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai, a young girl shot by the Taliban for championing the right to equality and education for all. In conjunction with this learning, Ms McGailey arranged for both classes to get a lecture from Pakistani native, our own Brother Kevin from the Edmund Rice Centre. He delivered a most interesting presentation on his homeland which had the boys engrossed. He then introduced us to two modern day heroes from Afghanistan, Homayoon and Quadratullah. These two men are former workers with our own NGO, Concern and they spent much time trying to bring education to the children of their homeland, sometimes in the face of the most extraordinary dangers. They lost many colleagues and friends and their work and heroism really struck a chord with the boys. Thank you to Brother Kevin and his colleagues for a most enriching learning experience! It is something that I am sure will have had a most positive impact on the boys.
Room 22 represents Mount Sion and Waterford at the VEX IQ Challenge in CIT Each boy played a different role and each boy spoke to the judges today to explain how they contributed to this unique project. Ms. Whelan, Ms. O' Connor and James were very proud today. The boys impressed the judges with their robot 'DéiseTronic', their pit display, STEM video, engineering notebook and their driving skills.
Our school was one of five schools to receive this award from Trinity College and Google. We are the only primary school in Ireland to receive this award. This ‘21st Century Schools of Distinction Award’ aims to recognise and showcase the efforts of schools nationwide to transform their school culture and to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The scheme recognises extraordinary work being successfully undertaken by our schools.
Project Awards Night 2016. Congratulations to all of our pupils from 2nd to 6th class on completing their projects. Project based learning is a fantastic way to prepare children for the future. Children complete a project over 10 weeks and the results are amazing. Well done boys, we are extremely impressed and proud.