Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna 2019
Congratulations to our dancers, musicians and choral group who took part in the Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Competition in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone on Monday evening. We are very proud of you all. Thank you to Ms Conlon, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Dolan and Ms Brennan for all your hard work over the last few weeks preparing the children for this event.
The NCCA visited the Junior site on Monday, April 8th. They were in the school to record footage in Mrs. Dolan’s 2nd class. The footage will be used on the NCCA website to aid teachers in planning learning experiences to achieve the learning outcomes of the new Language Curriculum. Three representatives from the NCCA were present, our own Ms. Connaughton and her two colleagues Susan and John. They spend from start of school until after lunch recording within the classroom. They recorded the class partaking in a variety of learning experiences and even interviewed some children about their learning experiences. As part of her usual class planning Mrs. Dolan had focused on specific learning outcomes for teaching the narrative writing genre. Using whole class and small station group teaching she worked through the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model employed by all teachers within the school and these stages are what the NCCA documented through film. Particular focus was placed on presentation and the children completed their own narrative story books including illustrations which they read to the class and displayed for others to also read. To develop their target audience further, the children converted their story books into ebooks using apps on the iPads and we hope these will be made available soon via link on the school website. All of the above related to learning outcomes and was captured by the NCCA. The last aspect for filming was reflection on the learning experience, in class the children had already completed a writing rubric and 2 Stars and a Wish critique but they assessed their own learning on camera, with some children critiquing each others work. The videographer John explained as he went alone what he was doing and why he was using certain equipment and we even had to reshoot a few times and we heard “Cut” and “Take 2” on occasion, so we felt like real movie stars!!! It was a great experience and the NCCA will be back after Easter to visit the Senior Site with Ms. Mc Neill also taking part in the initiative. The school is very privileged to be associated with the NCCA and the amazing work they do.
Comhghairdeas to our Féile Scoildrámaíochta Ros Comáin champions with their production of “An Mhurúch Bheag”. They received “Corn Máire Bean Uí Cheallaigh” Múinteoir agus Drámadóir. They now go on to take part in the Connacht Finals of Féile Scoildrámaíochta in Indreabhán. Maith sibh rang 5 agus 6 agus na múinteoirí Ms Ní Dhonncha agus Ms Crehan. Comhghairdeas freisin leis na páistí a bhí ag glacadh páirt sa dráma “An Rí agus a Ghruaig Fhada” sa Féile Scoildrámaíochta Ros Comáin. Maith sibh agus na múinteoirí Ms Finneran agus Mrs Morris. Bhí sibh ar fheabhas.
Halloween Fashion Show
Our Parents' Association organised a Halloween Fashion Show in the school on Friday, 26th October. Well done to everyone who put huge effort into dressing up. We were blown away by the creativity exhibited. Photos of the fashion show will be uploaded here soon, so make sure to check back!
Road Safety Authority
Thank you to Caroline Jordan from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) for visiting our school this week. She spoke to a number of our classes about road safety and ensured that our children are familiar with the rules of the road and how they can best stay safe in the car, when walking and when cycling. The children also learned the Safe Cross Code and a number of volunteers performed the dance for the other children.
Heritage in Schools
Heritage in Schools Expert, David Swift has been involved in Irish historic recreation work for more than 20 years. Our pupils were treated to a powerful presentation on military attire and weaponry used during the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Pupils had the opportunity to inspect David's unique and varied collection of artefacts from this important historical period in Irish history. An unforgettable experience for all who were lucky enough to be present! Thank you David and Ms. Mannion for organising this event!
GAA Fundamental Movement Skills (ABC)
The ABC/Have-a-Ball Nursery Programmes are a series of fun-based exercises to develop basic movement and motor skills for children aged 4 to 8 years old. These skills form the basis for the later development of the specific skills of Hurling and Gaelic Football.
Our junior classes have enjoyed taking part in the GAA ABC sports' skills programme over the past number of weeks. We have had a number of fantastic coaches come into the school and work with the children, helping to develop a love of the sport and to develop the basic skills children need to play hurling and gaelic football. Thank you to all involved!
A number of our pupils recently won medals in the County Athletics competition. Well done to all of the children who represented our school on the day!
Football Blitz in Ballyleague
Our Senior Girls' gaelic team attended a L.G.F.A. blitz recently in Ballyleague. They had a great day! Thank you to all involved in organising the day.
Ms McCarrick's class had a busy day recently. In the space of only 3 hours, the children dug potatoes from the school garden, washed them, cooked them and ate them for their lunch!
Rope Making Workshop
On Monday last, some of our senior pupils took part in a rope making workshop. We made skipping ropes and developed an appreciation of the value of natural fabrics. It was great fun! Thank you to Steffi Otto from 'Heritage in Schools' for running the workshop.