Fifth class student Daniel Connolly today displayed his new ‘invention’ of a torsion catapult which he constructed with his Dad. Daniel was delighted to show his classmates and friends his new project.
Here is a report Daniel wrote himself accounting for all the work and strategies.
…..Two weekends ago I started to build a catapult with my Dad. We found a website that showed us how to make a torsion catapult. We bought all the wood and rope on Saturday and started making it on Sunday morning. First we had to cut the wood into the required lengths. To make the base we needed two 90 centimetre pieces of wood and two 37 centimetre pieces. We had to screw the four pieces of wood together to form the base. Next we had to fix the two upright side pieces to the base; this required us to drill screws diagonally through the side pieces into the base, this was not an easy task. Then we screwed the stop bar to the side pieces. We had to cut two triangles out of a large piece of plywood. We screwed the triangles to the base and the side bars for support. Then we had to drill round holes into each one of the triangles. We also had to drill a hole into the swing arm of the catapult. Then we had to cut a brush pole into two 37 centimetre lengths to form the torsion handles. We tied the rope to one of the torsion handles. We put the end of the rope through one side of the catapult, and pulled it through the catapult swing arm and put it through the other side of the catapult, and looped it round the other torsion handle. We had to repeat this step eight times with the rope. Then we had to tie off the rope end. To make the swing arm go up we had to twist the torsion handles until they can’t be twisted any more. We had to twist the torsion handles in opposite directions. My Dad wanted to go in search of the neighbour’s cats to test the catapult, I wouldn’t let him. My Dad says that’s why its called a CATapult….
Well done Daniel!
On Friday last our entire school dressed in ‘blue’ in support of The Dubs, especially Past Pupils Niamh, Sinead and Nicole who proudly represented Dublin in the All Ireland Ladies final on Sunday in Croke Park. There was great excitement and colour around the school and all of the children were very proud of the girls achievements to date especially having Ms McEvoy(Niamh) as a teacher in our school. Unfortunately the result versus Cork did not go to plan but, no doubt, this extremely talented bunch of players will win an All-Ireland in the coming years.
Over the summer Ava Foran and Lisa Ryan were picked for the Malahide Under 11s mixed basketball Community Games team. They told us all about their great experience.
They played their first matches at the end of the school year and won successfully making them the Champions of Dublin. On the way the beat Killester, Balbriggan and four other great teams. In July they played more matches winning them all to become Leinster Champions. In August they went to the community games in Athlone to play in the All-Ireland. It was a big sports festival and there was a great atmosphere. When they played their first match they were beaten by a really good team from Cork. Galway took silver and our Dublin Champions claimed the much coveted bronze. They played an amazing match against Donegal to get the bronze medal. They were proud to get Bronze and we are all so proud of them.
The Zoo welcomed the arrival of two new baby elephants over the summer, and now the two calves have been publicly introduced after a Facebook competition found appropriate names. Our very own Katie Bush won the honour of naming the second calf Ashoka, born in August, after one of India’s greatest emperors. Katie is no stranger to publicity being a many-times Gold Medal winner in Special Olympics. We are all very proud of Katie and we were delighted to see her in so many newspapers and television. To thank Katie for her imaginative contribution, she received a four star hotel break, an annual pass to Dublin Zoo, and plenty of The Natural Confectionary Company goodies. Well done Katie.