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Hot off the press….Our Summer 2018 Newsletter with the highlights from our most recent activities is now available…Click here to read in full or click on the newsletter link on the right-hand side of our school’s website. Happy reading 😉

New Junior Infants

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We were delighted to welcome our 7 new Junior Infants into the school today to meet their teacher and to prepare them for starting school in September. They had lots of fun chatting, doing jigsaws, singing songs and playing games. Their parents got a chance to meet each other and have a chat too. We can’t wait for you to join our class 😉

Holy Island

The whole school went on a trip to Holy Island on Lough Derg recently. Accompanied by Ger Madden and Fr Donagh, we were guided around the sacred sites of this very special island. We visited the different churches, graveyards and the well and learned about the history of the island, as Fr Donagh led us in stations of prayer as we walked around.

Summer Stars.

We were delighted to welcome Aidan from Scariff Library to the school to remind us about their exciting reading-based programme that will run during the summer. As part of the Summer Stars, the children are encouraged to read as many books as they can over the summer and will receive rewards and incentives along the way to motivate them.

There is a lot of research which shows that children who read of the summer maintain their reading levels and return to school more prepared for the new school year. Aidan also taught us how to draw one of his favourite cartoon characters – Kermit the Frog!

We had a fantastic field trip as part of our Something Fishy project to investigate the water quality, insects and fish of our local river on Friday. Thanks to Inland Fisheries, we learned about safety around water, took water samples from the river in Coolreagh, and analysed the insects we found to determine the water quality.

As we found plenty of stoneflies and mayflies in the samples that we took, we were able to determine that the river had a Q5 classification indicating good quality water! We also found caddis flies and even a freshwater shrimp!

We then watched the officers use an electric current to collect a selection of fish which we were able to inspect and even touch! We didn’t believe there were so many fish in the river…they were really well camouflaged! All children from juniors to 6th class were completely engaged for the whole filed trip and even impressed the Inland Fishery Officers on their knowledge about our native salmon! Well done everyone!

Eco Rangers Awards

 

Our school was delighted to attend the 1st Bord na Móna Eco Rangers School of the Year Awards in Lough Boora Discovery Park on May 30th. Not only were we one of only 12 schools to reach the finals out of 660 schools but we were delighted to win the ‘Best Digital School – Gold Award’. This is a tremendous achievement for the school and I am really proud of the effort and work each and every child put into their projects.

 

We had a fantastic day at the award ceremony. 10 pupils joined us on the day. When we arrived, they had arranged outdoor activities for the children including: a pyramid relay race & puzzle solving, lake tipping, map-making & bug hotel and a scavenger hunt.

After a lovely lunch, we were treated to some science experiments from Cool Planet and then the award ceremony took place. We were really impressed by all the other projects but were very proud of our win!

In the run up to the awards, we were delighted to be invited to an interview on Clare FM and Scariff Bay Community Radio. Well done to the pupils who spoke so well and recounted our projects so well. We were also delighted to have a write-up and photograph on the Clare Champion! Well done everyone!

 

Congratulations to our 2nd class students who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 26th May. Thanks to Fr Donagh for the beautiful ceremony and for making it such as special occasion for the children. Thanks also to Aideen Wiley for the beautiful music and to the Parents Association for providing refreshments. A fantastic day was had by all!

We were delighted that our school has been awarded the Discovery Primary Science and Maths Plaque of STEM excellence award again this year! Well done to all the pupils and teachers for all your hard work during the year..it’s great to have our efforts recognized 🙂

Write a Book 2018

Congratulations to our Write a Book competition winners Jerry in 1st class, Sarah in 5th class and Edan in 5th class who attended the award ceremony at the Inn at Dromoland. Maith sibh a phaistí!

EcoRangers

Fantastic news! We are so incredibly excited and proud to be one of only 12 schools nationally to have been nominated for the EcoRangers School of the Year Award, sponsored by Bord na Móna!

Bord na Móna has made a commitment to a sustainable future. The Eco Rangers school programme is one of the ways they are doing this by reconnecting children with nature and encouraging them to recognise the importance of protecting it.

All year we have taken part in programmes and activities such Leaf hunts, nature trails, the Explorer’s Programme, the Something Fishy programme, the Leave no trace programme, and had guest presentations on our rivers, sea life and our local native animals and habitats from our local ranger. We completed project work and art work on different aspects of nature and biodiversity and completed a series of EcoSafaris.

We are delighted that all our hard work has been recognised and look forward to the award ceremony at the end of the month! Fingers Crossed!

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