Senior Room Class News

Arigna Mines

As part of Shared Education, the pupils enjoyed a trip to the Arigna Mining Experience to link in with their work in science. Learning about life as a coal miner was very interesting. Amy wrote the following piece about the experience:

As part of Shared Education, senior pupils from Taunagh and Ardkeeran N.S. went on a school trip to the Arigna Mines in County Roscommon. The bus left at around ten o’clock. When we arrived we were split into groups. My group went into the mine first. Before we went into the mine we had to each wear a hair net for hygiene and a hard helmet for safety in the mine. My group’s tour guide was called Michael. All the tour guides are ex-miners. Our tour guide worked in the mine for nine years.
When we were in the mine, Michael explained all the jobs and places in the Arigna Mines. The main tunnel in the mine was called the Straight Road which was going in the mountain. Slopes were like smaller tunnels off the Straight Road and then there were branches which were other tunnels off the slopes. Miners would have to make tiny tunnels which were called gobs and climb in to them to mine coal. Good Arigna coal has a slight shine. Miners couldn’t wash their hands before they had their cold tea and sandwiches for lunch unless you wanted to walk three miles out of the mine and three miles back in.
In the mine there were different tools such as the hand pick which cut coal, gob shovels were used to shovel coal out of the gobs, this shovel had a shorter handle. There was also the air pick which was very heavy, weighing thirteen kilograms, and the dust blew back in the miners’ faces. We also saw a machine which was a machine for cutting coal. Using this would get all the workers less jobs to do which meant less money. On the way in there was a small place where you could say a prayer before and after work if you survived. The Arigna mines closed in 1990 and became a tourist attraction in 2003. Children as young as twelve would’ve had to work in the mine. The Arigna mines were the biggest in Ireland at the time but the mines in England were far bigger. Men who worked in the mines could get a disease of the lungs called pneumoconiosis. Working in the mine was hard work. Miners only washed their hands and faces on weekdays and did a full body wash at the weekends. The wives of men would have to wash their husbands’ clothes really well to get all the black off.
I enjoyed the tour because I love learning about the history when you’re actually in the place that you’re learning about. I liked the bit when the lights were turned off and you could hear an explosion. It was really cool. I also liked seeing the mannequins in different places along the mines showing what position the men would’ve had to have been in in the tight spaces. An interesting fact is that it took a miner four and a half minutes to fill one hutch. We also saw some of the hutches moving along the paths. I thought learning about the mines was a great experience and I would definitely go again.

November in the Senior Room

Cycling Award
Well done to Patrick who cycles to school every day. He received a helmet today from the Green Schools Committee to recognise his efforts for the theme of eco-friendly travel. We are very proud of Hania, Shazim and Shayaan who have also started to cycle to school.

Changing Seas
As part of science week, we investigated the effects of ice melting and water levels rising. The children are also working on artwork on the theme of ‘Let’s take climate change for water’.

Shoes
Our artwork is inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh.

Delightful Dinosaurs
Well done seniors! Another jigsaw is complete!

My Favourite Place in Sligo

The children thought about their favourite places in Sligo and drew these beautiful pictures. See how many place you can recognise!

Tús Maith Leath na hOibre

The children have settled in well to the new school year. For the month of September, we read Penny the Pencil by Eileen O’Hely. We enjoyed creating dramas based on the novel and writing imaginative pieces about the characters. In Art, the children made clay owls and painted pictures in the style of Clarice Cliff.

World War II Projects

5th and 6th Class have been learning about World War II. Their individual projects were completed over the last month of school. They showed great research skills and demonstrated the ability to write information in their own words. Their projects show a very good understanding of the key events of WWII, as well as what life was like for people at that time.