We are so proud of all our pupils this week and their efforts towards making 'Annie' such a huge success!
Welcome to Primary Seven
The end of the second term was a very busy time for the P7 pupils with several projects coming to fruition.
Firstly, they had their last Faith Friends' session in St Killian's Chapel and it was led by Fr Conor Mc Carthy. Both sets of pupils enjoyed it immensely because once again they had a final opportunity to work together to find the answers to some questions posed by Father, and the session also gave them, especially the P7s, some time to pray and reflect on the sacrament they are about to receive. Once again, on behalf of P7 class, a big thank you to everyone who made this programme happen: the Y13s, Ms Mc Loughlin, Mr Brady, Mrs Haughey & Fr Mc Carthy (and not forgetting Mark who drove the minibus.)
The other big thing that happened was our appearance in the regional finals of the F1 competition in Ballymena Showgrounds on Thu 6th April. However, before going there, the whole class put on an F1 assembly for their parents, relatives and the rest of the school community. It gave the elected six members of the team: Erin Mc Keegan, Erin Mc Veigh, Ciara Maguire, Michael Mc Peake, Thomas Irvine and Cormac Mc Connell an opportunity to present in front of a large audience and to make any last-minute adjustments or refinements. The class also performed an F1 song which was written by Cormac and was choreographed by Ciara Maguire, Nicole Mc Clements and Erin Mc Veigh with a helping hand from classroom assistant, Annette. This presentation included an interview sequence that was filmed by the pupils using 'green-screen' techniques and an app called 'imovie'. All in all, this went down very well with the audience which in turn gave the pupils great confidence as they headed the next day to represent their class and their school at the finals.
And so, the next morning, 'Team Borrum Brisk' made their way to Ballymena. And from the very beginning, they showed just how good a team they were with team manager, Erin Mc Keegan to the fore, making sure everything was in place and done as it should be. The pit lane was erected in no time at all and the car brought to the judges for verification without a hitch. From there, it was on to the all important interview with the judges. It did not get off to the best of starts due to some technical difficulties with the Powerpoint presentation but the judges were impressed by Conor O' Kane who sorted things out and thereafter, the rest of the team made their pitch in a very impressive and professional manner so much so, they won the '2017 Best Verbal Presentation.'
Then, it was down to racing and after a very nervous first effort, starter Thomas Irvine settled down and produced two blistering starts with our car winning both those races. And while our car was fast, covering the 20m track in 0.166 sec, the fastest car on the day did it in 0.101sec! (So there is a challenge for P7 next year: build a car that is faster than 0.101 sec.) Finally, the team had to talk with another set of judges who came to judge the pit lane and yet again, all members of the team excelled answering questions and explaining the different aspects of the curriculum they covered whilst completing this project.
When all the judging was done, we then gathered for the prize-giving and everyone on the team was delighted when it was announced we had won our award for what had been a great effort by all nineteen pupils in the class.
A special word of thanks to Mrs Mc Keegan (Erin & Grace's mammy) for helping with transport on the day.
(More photos to be added soon)