Discover Maths, Science & Engineering Award 2023




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Space Week Rang 1

Science Week

The boys in Senior Infants have been busy doing experiments for Science week. 

Rang 7 were very busy this week with experiments. We separated rainbow milk, built rafts, watched as worms expanded and made some toast!

Rang 3: Experiment on how toothpaste protects the enamel on our teeth and a STEM investigation project on floating and sinking 


Forest Trips

Building Bridges

Tree Day in SnB


Rang 5/6 Magnetism Experiments


Floating and Sinking Experiments in Rang 1

Science experiment based off our story of the week ‘Puffling and The Egg”


School Garden – Gathering the Leaves

In the school garden we have been very busy gathering all the leaves which had fallen on the ground over Autumn. Many of the boys gave up their lunch break to gather the leaves. This week we are all delighted they are gathered up as they would have been very slippy in the frost.

All the leaves are in a big compost heap at the top of the pitch. Hopefully in the Summer or next year we will be able to use the compost in our garden.

Well done boys and keep up the good work!

Gardening team who gathered the leaves – Dylan Walsh, Evan Mc Auliffe Aherne, Ethan Kingston, Jack Daly, Niall Harrington  Khaled Ghafarji, James Mc Carthy, Noah Leahy.

National Spring Clean Day

Global Classroom in Rang 6

Water Refiller

Green School’s Committee for 22/23

Green Dragon Can Recyling

 Colin O’Reilly –Aged 11

Recently Scoil na mBuachaillí has gathered a total amount of 76 Bags of cans. This is a huge milestone for us in Scoil na mBuachaillí as we are trying as hard as we can to get enough cans to raise enough money for our garden. We are trying to make our town (Cloich na Coillte better known as Clonakilty) a better environment and a more hard working environment and generally a better environment for nature. Scoil na mBuachaillí has tried many things to make everyone live in a better environment. Green dragon recycling is a very useful recycling company.


Green Dragon Recycling limited was founded in Tuesday the 22Nd of May 1990.

It has 2 shareholders.

Their current address is Cork.



Engineering Week

This week is Engineering Week and so they boys are solving problems by designing, building, reviewing and testing their creations. In light of the cake sale in aid of the horrendous earthquake in Turkey and Syria, we designed Earthquake Safe Towers. The boys worked well within their teams and came up with interesting designs using marshmallows and dried spaghetti. A quick shake of a table brought some crashing down, whilst others remained stable. Not all of the marshmallows survived this investigation!

The boys in 4th class undertook an investigation to find out how to protect a raw egg following a tragic incident involving their teacher’s lunch!

The aim of the exercise was to design, create and test a cushioned case for protecting an egg when dropped from a table. There was great teamwork on display here.

Take a look at their efforts.

1st/2nd Class building for Engineering Week

On Tuesday 1st and 2nd class looked at buildings and the structures of buildings to help them stand upright as part of Engineering Week. We had a competition to build the tallest, free standing tower. However, the only materials the boys had to build their towers were marshmallows and spaghetti! The boys did an excellent job and had great fun building!

Engineering Week in 5th class from the past week. They engaged in some activities for engineering week. 

We made: Balloon powered Lego cars which we tested on different surfaces. Paper airplanes and measured the distance each one travelled. 

Rang 7 enjoyed Engineers Week by using magnets to explore magnetic and non-magnetic materials around the school!

For Engineer’s Week third class worked in groups against the clock to build some very interesting bridges! Each group only had 8 lollipop sticks and 8 wooden blocks and the challenge was to build the longest possible bridge using only these materials. Well done third class, you showed great teamwork and problem solving skills!

Lego time in Rang 2/3 and Rang 1

Rang 5 are doing circuits

Lego time in Junior Infants

Lighthouses in Rang 5 B


Maths Week throughout the school

The boys in Junior Infants enjoyed some maths stations this week focussing in on 2D shapes. We played shape snap, made shape pictures and patterns. Thanks to the 5th class boys for helping us! 

5th & 6th class getting ready for next week’s Maths Week playing Times Tables Rock Stars! 

Last week was maths week in 5th.

Firstly, we did Timetables Rock Stars on the computers in the hall. We found out how to do a multiplayer on TT rock stars. We got to do Jamming, which is where you select what tables you want to use, and it will randomly select what sums out of the selected tables it will give you

After that we made tangrams. Then we made abstract art using the tangram pieces. After that we played different maths boardgames.

Then on Thursday we did a maths trail. Firstly, we went to the path next to the car park. We were asked different questions about the cars. E.g.,“What is the cars registration number “and” How many wheels in total are in the carpark? Then we went to the bug hotel and figured out what was used to make the bug hotel. Then we went to the soccer and basketball pitch and tried to spot different lines, angles, and shapes. E.g., diagonal lines, trapezium, hexagon. Overall, we had a wonderful week for maths week.

We had a very maths week in 6th Class! We have been learning about lines and angles this week and after practising drawing & measuring angles with the protractor, the boys worked on figuring out  all the angles in their own names!

We were also learning about data this week; why we use data, how we interpret data and how to represent data on graphs. As it’s Halloween we decided to take a ‘Spooky’ survey of the schools favourite Halloween movie. The boys worked in groups to collect the data from the classes, discussed the data and information they collected and together represented this data on bar charts. 

During the week we also popped down to the hall a few times to play ‘Maths Rockstars’ on the laptops, where the boys had great fun playing the games all while practising their tables! 

Maths Hunt in 4th Class for Links

4th were out and about the school on Monday morning this week. The aim was to find and document some of the 90 degree angles or right angles as they are also known, in and around the school garden and greenhouse. It’s amazing where they show up sometimes!

Helpful at a Maths Lesson in 1st class-5th and 6th Class Boys!