School Uniform The orders for school uniforms can be collected on Monday 24th of August from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Green School’s/Sports Day/Graduation Ceremonies
Thank you also to all who attended these recent events. It was great to have your support. These were very special school occasions. A big thank you to all who baked and helped with the lovely treats which we were served in the school hall for the both the Green School’s and 6th Class Graduation Ceremonies. Also, a special word of thanks to Joe Lowther who organised sound for these events.
Finally well done to all our students who as always displayed their wonderful talents. Maith sibh!
School Self Evaluation Literacy
Thank you again for your feedback from the survey we placed on our website of late. As you are aware the focus for our School Self Evaluation in Literacy is Oral Language. As part of a three-year cycle we will be focusing on speaking and listening skills, vocabulary development, auditory memory and spoken text types. Throughout our next school year your child/children will be asked to do elements of homework that is oral language based from week to week.
Through this focus we hope to • improve in our pupils the process of thinking, understanding, knowledge and skills in order to speak and listen more effectivel • to enable our pupils to communicate clearly and confidently orally • To enable our pupils to use an expansive vocabulary, and become fluent and explicit in communicating ideas and experiences We are excited by this new initiative and looking forward to implementing new teaching approaches
Thank you !
We would like to thank all our parents/guardians for the huge contribution and support you give to the school. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the wonderful school staff – teachers, SNA Helen, Eileen, Geraldine and Paddy for their generous commitment to the school.
We look forward to welcoming you back for another great year at 9.25 a.m. on Tuesday September 1st. Tá súil agam go mbeidh Samhradh maith agaibh. We wish you all a happy and safe summer and thank you once again for your continued support.
Congratulations to Kate Buckley from our 2nd Class who was this years winner of the “Helena McDonagh Writing Competition”. This was a fantastic achievement for a student from our junior classes of this annual event which is very much a favourite in our students’ calendar.
Mrs. Helena McDonagh who taught in St. Attracta’s for many years before retiring in 2003. As a legacy to creative writing in the primary school and as a published author herself, Helena presented the school with a perpetual trophy to be used as we saw fit.
Kate’s composition ‘The caterpillar who always wanted to fly’ is a lovely story of ‘Butter’ the caterpillar who changes into a butterfly. Ms.Connaghan who adjudicates the competition praised the many entries and the very high standard of creative writing with which she had to choose from. While it was a very difficult decision she commended Kate’s wonderful entry and hard work . We all enjoyed Kate reading her story to us at our final assembly of the year.
On Friday last we celebrated raising our Fifth Green Flag. We started the journey almost two years ago when we first applied for our Green Flag for Biodiversity.
Friday’s performance was a culmination and re-enactment of those two years of work which was brilliantly put together by the supremely talented Margaret Niland! We had flowers growing, bees collecting pollen and even bears coming to collect honey! We had a lesson on Biodiversity and a trip to the bog all in under an hour! The children were outstanding and it couldn’t have been done without Margaret’s talent and dedication. Mrs. Delaney and Paddy Reilly our school caretaker raised our 5th Green Flag. Mrs. Delaney’s hard work and diligence to the Green School’s Project is amazing and we are delighted to see her work being so highly praised and recognised. Paddy our caretaker works so hard behind the scenes leaving the school looking so well, we were all delighted to say a special word of thanks to him.
Following the raising of the flag we had refreshments in the school. A big thank you to all who provided goodies and helped out especially our Parents Association and all who baked and helped with the lovely treats we were served in the school hall. Also a special word of thanks to Joe Lowther who organised sound on the morning.
Well done as always to all our students with their Green School’s project work and Friday’s performance. We are very proud of you all!
Best wishes to Órán Duffy from our Fifth Class and all the Caiseal Gaels U-14 team who this weekend travel to Cavan for the All Ireland Féile Competition. Órán is a very talented sportsman who has made great progress in the recent past. Best wishes also to Mr.Bracken from Carracastle NS and Mr.Dillon for St.Colman’s Derrinabroc who are involved with the team.
We hope you have a great weekend and look forward to following your progress through the weekend !
More photo’s will follow from our Third and Fourth Class
Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes had a very busy action packed school tour visiting Downpatrick Head, the Céide Fields before concluding at Wild Wet Adventure’s at Lough Talt.
We had an early start at Downpatrick Head where we were met by Gretta Manager of the Céide Fields Visitor Centre who kindly gave us a fantastic insight into the physical landscape and the legends that are associated with it. It really was an open air History and Geography lesson where we explored the various rock types and formations before walking to the exciting blowholes on the headland and examining how they were formed. We heard of the connections with St.Patrick and explored the ruins of an old church. It was then we saw Dún Bríste for the first time standing impressively away from the sea cliffs, we talked of how sea stacks were formed and even heard of the ruins of houses on top of it! We ended our visit hearing of the connections with World War 2 with the look out post for planes and ships and saw where Éire was carved into the landscape with stone to ensure all sides were in no doubt where they were flying over!
We then made the short trip to the Céide Fields where we learned much about how Stone Age people lived. The remains give a unique insight into the daily lives of some of Mayo’s earliest inhabitants
The story of the discovery of the Céide Fields happened by chance. In the 1930s, a local man named Patrick Caulfield noticed something unusual when he was cutting turf in the bog. As the peat was cut away piles of stone were revealed. The stones were arranged in a way that suggested they had been placed there by humans. Because it takes many thousands of years for bog to form, Mr. Caulfield knew that people had made these piles many, many years before. Some years passed and Mr. Caulfield’s son, who had become an archaeologist, carried out further investigations into the stones in the bog. It was not long before the importance of the site became clear.Evidence showed that farming had been practised in the area more than five thousand years before. These early Mayo farmers divided land up with stone walls, cultivated their fields, kept animals and grew crops.
We all viewed the wonderful exhibition in the visitor centre before walking through the bog and seeing at first hand the aforementioned remains. It was a very interesting ned to our morning.
The final leg of our journey took us to Lough Talt where we incorporated some fun activities such as Stand up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking and Canoeing with an exciting hike to the Frenchman’s Grave on Humbert’s Way. This was a most enjoyable way to conclude our tour. We returned to school exhausted after our exciting school tour!
For Senior Infants, First and Second Classes our first stop today was ‘Eagle’s Flying’ in Ballymote, where we met some lovely birds and other animals. The peacock was the first to grab our attention…he was up on the roof and making a very loud noise to welcome us. We were amazed to see it and its beautiful feathers.
We all grabbed a seat excitedly for the Eagles Flying Show. Our tour guide talked to us about the birds on the farm and told us some interesting facts. He introduced the birds one by one – species of falcons, owls and eagles. We learned that the owls are native to Ireland. He had food – chicks – ready to keep them happy. We were very impressed to see the birds gliding in the sky and swooping to grab the food. Some of us were very brave, volunteering to hold the birds; others were a little nervous!!! We all enjoyed getting to see the birds up close and to pet them.
Next stop was ‘Funny Bones’ where we had great FUN. There were slides, ball ponds, trampolines, shooting games, a football area, go karts etc to keep us entertained. We definitely got plenty of exercise running, climbing, jumping and playing.
It was great to spend a fun day out with our schoolmates…we had a super day!!!
At Friday afternoon’s assembly we were delighted to welcome back Mr. Horgan who had arrived on a visit. He was very pleased with the changes in our school and reminded us that we should be proud of our school and that it is a credit to us all.
Our students awarded this week are also a credit to themselves. We had students who were described as mature and conscientious about all aspects of their school life. We heard of children who are always willing to help others without being asked and those who are constantly making sure that everyone is included. These are high accolades indeed and we as teachers are very proud of our classes and their endeavours.
Maith sibh go léir.
We have a very busy end to the school year planned from our school tours to sports day to raising our latest Green Flag.
School Tours: Jnr Infants: Monday June 15th Graune Pet Farm and Play Centre Snr/1st/2nd: Wednesday June 17th Eagles Flying Ballymote /Funny Bones Colloney 3rd/4th/5th/6th: Wednesday June 17th Céide Fields/ Downpatrick Head/Dún Bríste – Wild Wet Adventures Lough Talt.
Green School Flag Raising Ceremony / Sports Day : Friday 19th promises to be a very busy day here in school. We will raise our Green Flag at 10.30 am here in school and at 1 pm will have our annual Sports Day. This is always a very enjoyable afternoon on our school calendar. We invite all parents / guardians / family members to both events!
Graduation Ceremonies: This year we will again have a short graduation ceremony for each class on Thursday June 25th. Junior/Senior Infants, First/Second Class and Third/Fourth/Fifth will be timetabled together.