Lifecycle of the frog

As part of the science curriculum the children in the junior room made frogs and are on display in the classroom.photo (7)

Luke Diskin: Write a Book story.

The Hidden Gem

 

Chapter 1

 

It was the first of January. It was nearly a week after Christmas Day. I was on my PS4 playing FIFA. My dad came in and said we were going hunting in the forest. So I went with my dad to pack a big bag of supplies for the trip. We packed lots of warm clothes, food and drink. We also brought extra ammo for the gun.

 

The next morning we had a fry up for breakfast. We gathered the gear and set off. We stopped to check the cattle on the way there. When we got there it started to rain. Suddenly a bolt of lightning struck one of the fields near by. The gates of the fields creaked which made Keith quite scared. The forest looked really petrifying and creepy.

 

We all climbed over the rusty old gate of the forest. We started to walk around looking for foxes and rabbits. Two hours later we had caught five foxes and two rabbits. We gathered all the dead animals and brought them back to the gate. Then we sat down to have some lunch. After lunch we continued to hunt.

 

 

Chapter 2

 

After a while I got bored and unknown to myself I strayed off. Suddenly I realised that I had got myself lost. I started to panic. I started to scream and shout. Then I felt a hand on shoulder. I thought it must be my dad. I felt so relieved that my dad had found me. But it wasn’t. It was a man with a mask on. He grabbed me and took me with him into the middle of the forest.

 

He dragged me into a wooden cottage which at first looked quite inviting but when I got in, there were knives hanging from the walls. The masked man strapped me to a seat. Then another masked man entered the cottage. They both took off their masks. The two men had scars and cuts all over their faces. I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do. Suddenly the two men grabbed me and brought me down to a dungeon-like place. I started to scream. Before I knew it I was thrown into a cell. They told me they would let me out the next morning.

 

The night was cold and miserable. I was curled up in a ball in the corner of the cell. I was freezing. The cell was dirty and smelly. It was the worst night of my life. But somehow I fell asleep.

 

The next morning they dragged me up the stairs and strapped me to the chair again. They told me about them loosing The Gem. The said it was somewhere in the forest. They said if I didn’t find The Gem in a week they would capture me again and keep me forever. So at one o’clock the two men stuck a tracker to my leg and shoved me out the door of cottage.

 

 

Chapter 3

 

I pulled myself up off the ground and looked around the big open forest. I was really scared. I began to cry. I started to run away from the cottage. A few hours later I started to calm down a bit and realised that I hadn’t much time to find The Gem. So I decided to walk around the forest. I walked around for hours trying to find it until it was so dark that I couldn’t see at all.

 

I was really petrified about the night. I sat down on a low branch of a tree and looked up into the sky. The stars were twinkling, it was a full moon, but it was all ruined when I realised where I was and what I was doing.

 

Chapter 4

 

The night was really scary. I didn’t get a wink of sleep. It was cold and miserable. I was huddled up in a ball on the branch of a tree. All I wanted was for morning to come.

 

Eventually the sun rose and day was upon me. The bees were out the birds were singing but I was still feeling sad. I jumped down off the branch and started to walk around once again. I was really tired and didn’t really pay much attention to anything. The day came and went but there was still no sign of The Gem. Yet again I climbed up to one of the lowest branches of a nearby tree, sat down and began to think. I spent at least two or three hours thinking. Then a thought came to me. The morning before, there were a lot of magpies. Magpies like shiny objects. Maybe just… maybe if I followed a magpie it would lead me to The Gem.

 

The next morning I was feeling good. I had only walked about three metres when I saw a group of magpies in the sky. This made me a bit happier. I sat down and watched the magpies fly around. One of them seemed to have strayed away from the rest. So I decided to follow it. I started to run after it. The magpie flew across the forest all day.

 

That evening I felt a glimmer of hope. I was extremely tired after running after the magpie all day. The next morning I began running yet again. Suddenly the magpie started to circle around in the air. I ran directly under it. There it was. The Gem was right under the magpie. I was relieved. I grabbed the gem and ran as fast as I could back to the cottage.

 

When I got to the cottage the two men were outside the door. I handed them what they wanted, stripped the tracker off my leg and ran as fast as I could home.

 

My family were so happy to see me. They hugged me so much I nearly burst. I told them what had happened. They were just really glad to see me home safe and sound.

 

We have left the mystery of the two mysterious men to the police.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJ Sheridans Write a Book Story

The Only Way Out

Chapter 1

The Kettle

When I came into work this morning a small crowd of people had gathered outside the station reporting stolen property. As I looked through the files,  I saw that a stolen red Ferrari 458 was reported missing. My partner John approached me and said, “We have a new case of a murder case on 9th Street.”  It turned out the description of the Ferrari thief was nearly the same as one of the murder suspects.

 

As we arrived at the murder crime scene there was a small crowd of officers scattered around the small garden. The door lock on the house was hit off and one of three windows at the front of the house was broken and on the ground outside the windows was a wasted-away corpse. “The man’s name was Adrian Thompson. He was found dead when his family came over for dinner,” said a deep voice from behind me. I turned around and saw a small bald man. He walked away as soon as I said hello.

Pieces of broken glass had impaled his left foot and hand. He had bruising on face, chest and back. As John questioned the neighbours did they see anything unusual, I entered the bungalow with Phil. Phil inspects crime scenes and analyses them.

When we walked into the foyer, the place was a wreck. I don’t know if it was like this before Adrian was killed or after it. Either way we had to go in. There was blood on the walls and torn up bills everywhere. At the end of the hall was the murder weapon. The murder weapon turned out to be a kettle. We retrieved  fingerprints off it and sent them for analysis.

 

Chapter 2

The Chase

The next day, on the way back to the crime scene, a bright red Ferrari passed us out and sped through the light and nearly hit a child coming out of an ice-cream shop. The car was heading for the motorway. I had a feeling that whoever was in that car wasn’t going to stop at some flashing lights.

The chase was on and my first car chase was not going to be a failure. I sped up and I was on his tail. It was difficult because my 3 year old Ford wasn’t as fast as a new sports car. Then he skidded out of the way of an oncoming truck. I got out of my car and was walking over to the Ferrari to arrest the Ferrari thief. But at the last minute they jumped out and hopped into a nearby Mercedes and sped off.

So I was standing in the middle of the road like a fool while the thief was getting away. I ran back to my car and found out that I had left my keys on the road. I sprinted back to my keys and returned to my car just managing to keep hold of my keys but by the time that my car started they were long gone.

As the rest of my colleagues drove pas, I was left on my own to direct the traffic that the rest of them left behind. So my first car chase wasn’t a huge success for me.

 

Chapter 3

Paperwork

The next day was hell and I felt angry and depressed. The huge mountain of paperwork on my desk was getting bigger by the minute. Then I got a call from a guy I helped get out of jail. I didn’t break him out of course, but I solved the case. Well anyway he owns a garage and said that there was a Mercedes getting a new paint job. John and I headed over to the garage with Officer Kate and Officer Sam as soon as we heard the news.

When we arrived at the big building, we saw a Mercedes getting painted. Whoever stole that Ferrari and murdered Adrian, weither they were the same person or not, they would be caught and thrown into jail. We saw the man I helped but no one else. Then the first shot was fired.

Two strange looking characters stood at the entrance of the workshop. They missed me but hit Sam in the leg. Sam fell but could still shoot. He shot the two in the hip. They were arrested and were locked in the back of the car, but behind me John was on the ground lying in a small puddle of blood. Three bullets had gone though his skin and had hit him in the spine. As Sam limped to the front of the building to wait for the ambulance, Kate was calling the hospital. I was right beside John as he struggled to breathe. The ambulance arrived quickly and John was rushed to hospital and was given immediate attention, while Sam was in another ambulance.

Chapter 4

The Bad News

That night I stayed in the hospital but I couldn’t sleep. I waited anxiously for the reply of the nurse. I dozed off for a while until suddenly I was woken up by the lady at the front desk with the look of desperation in her eyes to get this over with. ”I’m sorry but your partner , John, passed away last night. If you like I can get you a drink of water.” “No thank you,” I whimpered while on the verge of crying.

Two weeks later I was assigned a new partner but things would never be the same again.

 

By J.J. Sheridan

Belmont N.S

Write a book 2016

Well done to all the children in First, Fifth and Sixth Classes who participated in the Write a Book initiative this year.

Dara Jennings, JJ Sheridan and Luke Diskin were chosen as “Writer of Merits”.

Liam Winston, Cillian Scanlon, Rossa Godwin, Niamh Haines, Aoibheann Costello, Shannon Lee, Ciara Bowens, Brian McWalters and Ava Mannion were all listed as “Highly Commended”.

A presentation ceremony will take place in April.

 

Squid dissection!

The children in the senior room dissected squid last week with Declan from the Marine Science Programme.DSC_0275 DSC_0277 (1) DSC_0278 (1) DSC_0280 (1) DSC_0281 (1) DSC_0283 DSC_0285 (1)