We were delighted yesterday to learn that we had been awarded the Digital Schools of Distinction Award. Digital Schools of Distinction is a flagship programme which aims to promote, recognise and encourage excellence in the use of technology in primary schools.
It is an award that we are extremely proud of. It reflects very positively on our efforts to embrace technology in our classrooms, while helping to enhance the overall learning experience of our students as well as equipping them with skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
Sincere thanks to all our wonderful teachers for all their hard work and to all our very talented students who from Junior Infants to Sixth Class were all involved in us gaining this award. A special word of thanks and well done also to Mr.Rushe and Ms.Sloyan for all their hard work with this initiative.
As we gathered today for our final assembly of the year we said a fond farewell to our 6th class pupils who have proved themselves to be the best that they can be in all areas of their school life. We are always proud of our students and this week is no different.
Our teachers told us that they had great difficulty in choosing a student of the week. On hearing their reasons for selection we can understand why this is a difficult task. Students were praised for their attention to detail and for trying things which they find difficult. This is a great life skill to possess at such a young age.
Children were highly praised for their attention to others both in their classrooms and their younger school friends. We have a cohort of children who are highly sensitive to the needs of others and this is lovely to hear and be rewarded. Our students today were praised for their eagerness to help in the classroom. As we know, our classrooms are busy places and to have helpful children is always a gift to a busy teacher.
Again our teachers reminded us that some pupils could be given this award every week such is their level of diligence, care and attitude towards school. It’s great to end both the week and the year on suck a positive note. Maith sibh go léir!
We’re almost at the end of our school year. On Monday we’ll have class graduations, booklists will be given out also before breaking for our summer holidays on Tuesday afternoon.
What a special afternoon Rang a Cúig agus a Sé enjoyed earlier when they had the great privilege of welcoming Vice President Biden to Mayo at Ireland West Airport. This was a historic occasion and one that we feel both honoured and appreciative to have been part of.
While waiting for our special visitor, we were scanned by security/members of the Secret Service before meeting with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala. This was a special treat for our students who enjoyed speaking An Taoiseach after some students even got to speak with members of the media!
Shortly after we were told of the Vice Presidents imminent arrival and we could not believe our eyes when Mr Biden’s US Air Force C17 plane touched the ground, its sheer size was breathtaking. We all waved our Irish and American Flags enthusiastically as his disembarked before An Taoiseach and Vice President Biden alongside members of his own family made their way in our direction to greet us all. His warmth and delight at meeting the children was really lovely to see as was his eagerness to speak to all the children present.He even brought a gift of a water bottle to us all.
With a very busy itinerary planned Mr.Biden and An Taoiseach left for their next engagement in Ballina in a most impressive cavalcade. This gave our children another insight at close hand at high security WITH the Secret Service working side by side with our own Gardaí.
This was a day the children are not likely to forget. We are so grateful to Donal Healy and all at Ireland West Airport for their very kind invitation to share in this special day. (Also for the treats for the children). We really felt we were taking part in something that will live long in the memory.
Finally it was really love to share this day with all our friends from the four local schools in the Parish. We hope Vice President Biden and his family enjoys the remainder of their visit to Mayo.
Our Junior and Senior Infant children boarded the bus excitedly this morning for Kiltimagh. The first stop was a nature walk in the Wetlands Park. Here the children took part in activities such as bug hunting, pond dipping, tree & bird watching. The sun shone and it was a beautiful morning to be outdoors.
Next, they arrived at Maghu’s Castle and Tír na nÓg Fun Park. They began with some outdoor fun including zip wires, swings, slides, climbing frames and a roundabout. After a tasty hot lunch, they were excited to get to the indoor play area. There were all sorts of play activities. They played in the ball pond, climbed the frames, whizzed down the slide and crawled through tunnels. They used the play houses and kitchens for roleplay and used the giant Lego bricks for building. One of the favourite areas was the shooting area where they shot foam balls from a cannon. Everybody played nicely together, behaved brilliantly and had great fun.
We all arrived home tired after our fun school tour. Thank you to Ms.Delaney, Ms.Sloyan and Mrs Sweeney for taking great care of us today!
Our students have taken part in Speech and Drama lessons this term and yesterday Tuesday was their chance to show off all their hard work in performing for their school friends. Mrs Niland has been fantastic in bringing out the best in all the children with her enthusiasm and fun.
Junior Infants took to the stage first to tell the story of Billy No Buzz and entertained us with their acting and songs. Their story had a very important message about being kind to everyone including those who are different. We saw bees and dragonflies buzzing and flying around the stage and beautiful smiling flowers.
Chicken Licken is a familiar story to all and one that Senior Infants told through narration, drama and song. We heard an array of animal noises as Chicken Licken and her friends made their journey but ended up in Foxy Loxy’s den!
First and Second Class were super in portraying their drama ‘Edwina the Penguin’ and a very important message about the environment and global warming. We thought the stage might fall when the polar bears arrived pounding their feet. As always, the children sang and performed beautifully as a group.
We were taken to the courtroom for Rang a 3’s performance – Goldilocks trial. It was great to see the contrasting sides – the prosecution and defence. The children developed the skill of debating through their roles. The audience got many laughs too especially when Goldilocks was being chased!
Fourth Class went into role to tell us the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They got the audience involved, tempting to sell us their goods at the market. We all got a fright when we heard the ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ . When the children burst into song with ‘Hit the Diff’, the whole hall couldn’t help but join in!!
The senior pupils brought a tear to Mrs. Niland’s eye in their portrayal of the 1916 Rising, a drama very apt for the centenary celebrations. They created the mood of that time so well – the happy and the sad times. Their rendition of ‘Grace’ was very moving also.
It was a fantastic day for all. Mrs. Niland put all the children at ease, encouraging everyone to have fun and try their best. And that they did…what a talented energetic group of children!!
Third and fourth Class set off yesterday morning bright and early on our school tour to Lough Key Forest Park and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre Tulsk. The weather for the day wasn’t as nice as we had hoped for but it didn’t stop the fun or dampen our spirits. We had a very adventurous day that was enjoyed by all.
Firstly we arrived at Boda Borg at Lough key a little ahead of schedule so we took this time to enjoy our morning break. We fuelled our bodies for the fun filled challenges, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks ahead of us. We were brought into a media room where we watched a quick video on what was expected of us through the big doors. We then formed our teams and our two hours of activity started. During the challenges we used many skills such as balance, cooperation, collaboration, problem solving and most importantly teamwork. Laughter, excitement and camaraderie could be heard from every room which was lovely to hear and see. After our two hours of challenges we sat down to have our packed lunches and headed then for the Lough Key Tunnel Tour. This tour was very interesting and took us through the servant tunnels of the old Rockingham House which once stood on the grounds of Lough Key Forest Park.
The children listened to Chloe the tour guide very attentively who told us that the Park was formally known as Murlorg up to the 17th century and that the kings of Murlorg were the McDermotts. They sold the land to the King family who built Rockingham House. Unfortunately Rockingham House was destroyed by fire in 1957 due to an electrical fault in the basement. During the tour we climbed the 160 steps of the Murlorg tower which now stands where the house once stood. From the top of the tower we could see the beautiful landscape around Lough Key including Castle Island the home of the McDermotts.
After our little history lesson we got to go to Adventure Kingdom Playground where we explored the giant climbing frames, slides, monkey bars, tire swings and much more. Thankfully the weather stayed fine for us to enjoy this great facility.
We hopped back on the bus and set off for our final stop of the day Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. We were greeted by the lovely and very informative tour guides Daniel and Lewis who showed us around the interpretive centre and told us the story of the Medieval Village of Tulsk and its surrounding historical sights. We learned that it is the home of the Warrior King Meabh of Connacht. We learned a very interesting fact about her too that she was killed by her nephew who fired a piece of cheese through a sling shot which hit her in the temple and killed her. Who knew cheese could be so dangerous!!
The best and final part of our tour was to go and visit one of the historical sites. We travelled by bus and then had a little walk to Oweynagat – The cave of the cats which we were informed is Ireland’s ancient entrance to the Otherworld and the home of Halloween. This was an amazing end to a wonderful day as we got to travel down underground in the souterrain to the cave and experience what it would have been like for the warriors of long ago.
Unfortunately the heavens opened while we walked to Oweynagat and we got soaked waiting for each group to go underground but we embraced our surroundings and the weather conditions and enjoyed the freedom of being wet to the core and jumped in the puddles…it was great knowing a nice dry change of clothes was waiting for us back at the bus.
We had a very enjoyable, educational and fun filled day and no doubt everyone slept well last night!
Comhghairdeachas to our young hurlers from 4th Class who yesterday participated in a Cuilí blitz on the Astro Surface in Kilmovee. Alonside us were teams from Carracastle and Kilmovee National Schools.
Our boys had a fantastic but busy morning playing four games.Despite playing Cuilí for the first time they managed to achieve a win and a draw, maith sibh!
Thank you to Ms.Henry who proved to be a very successful coach! We all hope this will be the start of new sport in our school. Well done boys!
Best wishes to all starting their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations in the morning. In particular we remember all our past pupils and their families and hope that all the hard work and effort pays off.