Hurry, Hurry, Fireman Dan!

September 15, 2011

Thank you to New York’s Fire Chief, Dan Daly, who visited the school on September 13th. It was a fitting way to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as over 300 of Chief Daly’s colleagues died fighting the inferno on that day a decade ago.

However, the occasion was not a gloomy one, and Chief Daly’s message was more one of inspiration for the pupils of the school. He was emphatic that children should nurture their own talents, and should always carry ‘an attitude of gratitude’ throughout their daily lives.

We also gained some valuable advice for dealing with fires (“Keep low and just go!”). The presentation went on longer than planned, as D7ET pupils had quite a few questions for Chief Daly:

What is the average response time of brigade units to fires in the metropolitan area?”

“Where do you draw your water supply, when hydrants prove inadequate?”

“Why don’t you have a Fireman Sam hat?”


6th Class Graduation

June 29, 2011

These are just a few snaps taken at this year’s 6th Class passing-out ceremony, on Tuesday, June 28th.  I know there are only a few children included, but hopefully, more pics will be added soon.


On Thursday, June 23rd, the Smile Project came to D7ET. This troupe featured a skilled juggler and a magician that certainly captivated the school’s children. We saw fire-throwing, knife juggling and skittles balanced on the forehead. The magician managed to remove and reattach his own fingers without obvious ill effect.  No one was maimed during proceedings, and the performers were ably assisted by volunteers from the audience. 




Day 1: Today, I woke up from a sleep that seemed to go on forever. I started to eat this green stuff that tasted really nice.   The leaf I’m on is the same colour as me. It is very boring.  Better get down to business: munch, munch, munch…boring.  I wonder where my mom is?

Day 10: God, that green stuff is so disgusting. I was going to escape through a hole bored in a leaf, but have opted instead to concentrate on the important job of eating.

Day 14: My home is gone: I ate it, actually. I fell off a branch, but luckily, I fell onto  a new home underneath.

Day 16: We had to move house again as I ate our old one. I have to stop doing that.


Day 22:  There’s  a Spy-der on my home. I call it that because it spies on me.

Day 34: I think I might dissolve myself tomorrow. Anyway, I have to turn into a pupa, so I won’t be writing in my diary for a  while.

Day 42: I’m in here. My pupa is so warm. It feels weird, like you’re getting a massage. The stuff you dissolve yourself in is so gooey and see-through. 

Day 44: I’m dying of dehydration and suffocation.  Oh, I see a hole.

Day 45: I have wings now. I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. Went out looking for a drink. The doctor tells me I’ll die in about ten days. Oh well!

Day 46: I went out for a fly today. You just have to move your wings up and down  and flap them.  Flying is cool, but you always seem to run into birds. That’s not much fun.  Almost got eaten by a robin.

Day 53: I am now inside a blue-tit’s tummy. I wished he had of killed me first.

Day 54: I’m dying. This is my last day alive. I wonder what I’ll do with this diary.

Sports Day 2011

June 28, 2011

D7ET Sports Day was held on Tuesday, June 14th at Grangegorman. This was the second year at the new site, and as ever, the weather was glorious.

Junior Classes events ran simultaneously with the senior class events, with parents and spectators seated  in the middle.  Classes were easily recognisable by their colour co-ordinated clothes. 

Events ran from 11 until 1 o’clock, at which time children joined parents for a picnic.

Thanks to Padraig for coordinating events, and to everyone who participated.





4th and 5th Classes went to the National College of Art and Design on June 15th, to see the art students’ final projects. The entire college was filled with a variety of art forms on display, ranging from textiles and fashions to upturned cars and gravel-mixers. The tour took several hours just to scan, leaving most of us lost for words afterward. Below are some of the collated comments of 4th Class, recounting their favourite, or indeed least favourite pieces. The most Interesting thing I saw today was: “The tree house because it was really small. It had t.v.s that showed what was on the surveillance camera. It had a telescope, and you could see everyone up high out the little window. .. I also liked the broken car, and seeing the video of how it was turned over, with ten people pushing it over. And the glass was really cool, the way it fell. The back window had a big dent in it. You could see all of the parts at the bottom of the car. .. It all looked very dramatic, the way the window pieces all smashed like they’d been carefully placed like that. But I noticed how much it might hurt if you were in the car like that. The car was a Ford Escort. It was owned by the person who made the spiral light thingy. It reminded me of that part of Jurassic Park where the dinosaur flipped over the car… I also liked the way they didn’t even change anything about the car then. It was an interesting piece… The engine was cool, with all the little knobs and wires tangled up in a kind of mechanical maze… I wonder whose it was?.. I liked the dark bird room. It was freaky but interesting. It looked scary at first, but wasn’t really at all scary. The room was very dark, so the birds actually helped us to see. I also loved the tree-house… I liked the pieces of grey silk with the different people printed on them. I think the artist was trying to give a spooky effect by making it seem as if there were people behind the silk, ready to jump out at you. It was on flimsy material so that when you walked by it, it moved as if the people were alive. A dark tunnel leads into a glow in the dark room. The birds look like ghosts. There are also a couple of dead trees on the walls that look as if they’re blowing, with scary noise in the background. I also remember a great big bubble of water that was very, very tempting to touch. I also remember a spinning thing with beautiful rainbow colours. If you closed your eyes, you could still see amazing patterns… One of the dresses had a link to historical garments. The outfit was by Aoife Conroy, who has put a modern twist on a Victorian or Edwardian influence. There’s a bowler hat which is very like a City gent’s from Edwardian London. The jacket was tight and figure hugging, with broadened shoulders, in a Victorian style… I saw a plastic cup with water in it, but I wasn’t allowed drink from it… And you could make art by cutting plastic bags into little strips and then melt them onto steel with an iron. .. At NCAD it was fun when we saw the gravel plough that kept turning around. .. I found the mats very soft and comfortable to sit on… It was also fun walking to the place and back…”

These pictures are an exercise in drawing what you see, as opposed to interpreting objects from your pre-conceptions. We tend to represent fruit as we feel it should be, making bananas into a bent shape and apples into perfect spheres, even if they don’t actually look that way on observation.

The first step in this exercise was to outline the main shapes inthe composition in a realistic and perfectly observed way.

When that was satisfactorily drawn, a one colour light application of watercolour was applied, keeping the wash transparent enough to add shades and hues to gradually.

The pupils were urged to experiment in how to apply the subtle colours of fruit; some going as far as to use flicked droplets of watercolour to represent pear spots.

The results are a credit to all the class.