Fifth Class

Art – Inspired by Alma Thomas

Here’s some collage work the children did, inspired by the paintings of Alma Thomas, an African-American artist (1891-1978). Alma Thomas was a kindergarten teacher, spending 35 years in the same classroom, before she retired at age 68 to begin her full time career as an artist. She became the first African-American woman to hold a fine arts degree and later, the first African-American woman to have her own solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, along with showings in other notable galleries. Her paintings have been exhibited at the White House three times. She is recognised as a major American artist of her time and an important role model for women, African Americans and older artists. For more info and a nice painting project for kids see

Project work – Ancient Greece

In History we are currently learning about Ancient Greece, a wonderful civilisation responsible for the foundation of democracy and the Olympics, among other things! Here are photos of some of the children working on their individual topics. When they are finished they will present their information to others and the work will be assembled to form a class project on Ancient Greece.

Soccer Coaching

The children had their first session of soccer coaching last Monday, 12th Sept. with coaches Tommy and Cian. They began with a warm up game and then did some drills to practise their skills. Have a look at this short video which clearly shows the enthusiasm of the children!

Mobile Library visits are back!

While the mobile library continued to visit Piercestown throughout the last two years, due to Covid the children remained in their classes and a selection of books were delivered to each room. Last Friday saw the return of the children themselves going on board to choose their own books. Another welcome return to normality!

2022 – 2023…. A new school year!

The 5th class classroom opened its doors to both a new class and and a new teacher this year. Mrs. Corrigan was delighted to welcome Rang a Cúig and the children were very eager to meet up with their classmates after the Summer break. With the first short week over, everyone is getting settled in and gearing up for the year ahead. Here are some photos taken during the first few days last week. Enjoy!

First day of 5th class

We welcome Ms. Lorna Farrell as our newest member of our teaching staff to Piercestown N.S. Ms. Farrell has taken over in 5th class. She is joined by another new member of our SNA team, Mrs. Teresa Roche Murphy. We wish them both many happy years with us in Piercestown N.S.

Trip to Teagasc

Thursday morning, 14th November 2019 was a bright but cold one as 5th class set off for Teagasc Research Centre, Johnstown Castle.  Teagasc is a semi-state body and undertakes research into the agri-food sector.  This trip was part of Science Week and the children were greeted by Anna Fenelon who is a laboratory technician and she very kindly stayed with the class for the duration of the visit.

On arrival the children were asked to wear white lab coats and they were privileged to watch and participate in a chemistry experiment when they learned how to make clouds out of liquid nitrogen.  They also saw how an air-filled balloon will deflate and self-inflate having been placed in nitrogen.  The pupils were shown the effects of liquid nitrogen on flowers and how the flowers instantly freeze and crumble once they are touched but if left without touching they will thaw out.

Following the visit to the laboratories the children visited the dairy farm where they were given a talk by Aidan, one of the workers, on dairy farming and where they made the acquaintance of some bovine friends and saw how the milking parlour operates.  They were introduced to newly-born calves which included a set of twin calves which were four days old.  This was the most popular and exciting part of the trip for the children.

The children were appreciative of the time and information given to them by Anna Fenelon, Aidan and by other staff members.  Furthermore a special word of thanks must go to Mark Crosbie who accompanied us on the trip.

Cheque presentation to the Dogs Trust Ireland

March 4th 2020

Books flung aside, aprons donned and 5th class pupils took to the wooden spoon and baking bowl on Thursday night 13th February.  All in a very good cause –  a fundraiser in aid of Dogs Trust. The boys and girls were full of enthusiasm when they decorated their classroom to reflect Valentine’s Day on the morning of the Great Bake Off Sale.  5th class are very appreciative of the work the parents did in ensuring there was adequate goodies to go round and the pupils raised a whopping €575.92 to support our canine friends who really need our help.  On Wednesday 4th March, 5th class presented Maeve from Dogs Trust with the cheque. 5th class should be extremely proud of themselves and their class mates as the money raised will help support the hundreds of dogs in Dog Trust Ireland.

E.S.B. Science Blast

Who would have thought that our project “The Invasion of Bacteria: How Clean is our School?” would become so prevalent in current times?  Fifth Class worked very hard on their project and should be very proud of it.  They received great feedback both from the judges and from members of the public in the R.D.S.  A special word of thanks must go to Dr. Anna Fenelon from Teagasc.  We are very appreciative of her support.  There are two videos below for you to view.  One is a video that was part of our presentation and the second is a video which looks back at the whole process.   Once again well done Fifth class on an excellent project!

Farewell Fifth Class

Our school year came to a sudden end in March but we still managed to keep in touch through Zoom.  It was delightful to teach 5th class from September last and I was sorry that we had to part in such a way that we would never have dreamt would happen.

It was a fruitful year and we achieved many of our goals.  I hope you have a wonderful summer and I will see you again next September.  I have made a short video for you which demonstrates the high points of our past school year.  Thank you for being such a pleasant class to teach and I hope you enjoy the video. 

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