Our School Tour 2014
Pupils had a lovely time on our school trip today to Tropical World in Lettterkenny. Have a look at the video below for some images from today. Special thanks to Mr.Campbell and Miss Orla for all their help!
Bridges - for Engineers Week
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We organised a visit from an engineer for "Engineers Week" through www.steps.ie. Ben Austen, who works in Seagate in Derry, kindly visited us on Tuesday 18th of February. He spoke to the pupils about the various types of engineers and the work they do. He gave a short presentation and initiated many discussions among the students.
Pupils were captivated from the outset and had many questions for him. He admired the huge effort that each child had put into their Bridge Project and offered to return to visit again next year. Thanks Ben - we would love that!
Students in Cloughfin N.S. have been busy learning about China and how the Chinese celebrate their New Year this week as The Year of the Horse commenced last Friday, January 31st. As well as learning about the country and Chinese traditions, pupils have made lanterns, horses and dragons, which they have displayed in the corridor.
There was immense excitement when Mr. Campbell contacted a friend of his who works for Bord Bia in China and asked her if she would agree to skype us to answer some of the many questions that the pupils had. Without hesitation, Yan concurred and all of the pupils and staff gathered together this morning for the session.
Yan joined us along with her lovely little daughter. Pupils were amazed with the quality of the connection from the other side of the world. It was 10.30 a.m. in Cloughfin, but it was 6.30 p.m in China. Yan showed us some Chinese money - a 100 yuan note.
When asked about the population of China, Yan told pupils that there were over 1.3 billion people living in the country and that the whole of Ireland would have the same population as one of their cities. She also taught the pupils how to say hello and goodbye in her native tongue. Watch the video below.
It was a wonderful experience for us all and we would like to thank Yan and her family for taking the time to share all the information with us.
However, this is not the end, Ms.Farry has some visitors lined up to come to the school to tell us about their experience of China. So watch this space over the next few weeks ....
When we began learning Amhrán na gCupán in Irish, we never expected that it would lead to so much fun! Pupils who knew the sequencing of the cup movements made a video tutorial for the other pupils and we posted it on Twitter. Scoil an Inbhir in Co. Mayo saw this and tweeted back that they were also learning the song and asked us if we would like to skype them and sing the song together. We agreed and had great fun on Friday evening.
We chatted to their pupils for awhile.We learned that they have 29 pupils and 15 are in the Senior Room. Our Junior Room students came in and said hello to their Junior Room and then we sang the song together.
Scoil an Inbhir also made a video and posted it on their school blog. sninbhear.edublogs.org/
Bhí an-spórt againn!!
Now when most of us go for a wee spin at the weekends, we take to the roads. One parent went for a spin in the air recently and thankfully she took her camera along with her and sent us this lovely photo of our school!
The Junior Room students created some beautiful chalk pictures with Ms. Duffner. We just had to display them in the corridor for all to see.Well done boys and girls.
Senior Room pupils have been heard to make strange comments after their work on pirates this week. They have drawn pirates and written pirate profiles. Then then wrote stories and made parrots - all of which culminated in a lovely display! Well done crew!
Our four new Junior Infants started school on Thursday and already settling in well. We welcome Rhiley, Ava, Eirinn and Eanna.
Summer Holidays commence tomorrow Friday 28th of June. We wish all our pupils and staff a wonderful Summer! See you all on the 29th of August!
Ms. Crumlish has been very busy preparing Lauryn and Conor for their First Holy Communion. It will take place in Murlog on Sunday. Fr. Kilpatrick welcomed them to the church yesterday for a practice. They have made beautiful books and have a fabulous display in the corridor. We wish them both a lovely day!
Students in the Senior Room have been learning about Europe for the past few weeks. We invited Marian Harkin who is a member of the European Parliament (M.E.P.) to visit our school and happliy, she obliged. Marian, who is a former secondary school teacher herself, arrived at 9.30 and stayed til after 11.00. She told the pupils about the work that is done in the parliament in Brussels and also answered the many questions that pupils had for her! She travelled from Sligo this morning and headed to a meeting in Mullingar after she left us before flying from Dublin to Brussels tonight. A busy lady, so we thank her for making time for us! Here's a link to the website that we have been using to learn about Europe. www.toporopa.eu/
Students are learning about Healthy Eating and the importance of Regular Exercise this month. Dermot visited our school on Tuesday to begin an athletics programme with us. We had relay races, obstacle courses and even had turns throwing turbo javelins! We promised Dermot that we would drink half a pint of water every day and eat at least one piece of fruit. We had great fun and are looking forward to his return next week.
Pupils at Cloughfin N.S. will get holidays tomorrow (Friday March 22nd) for two weeks. Happy Easter from all of us!
Students are participating in a Global Classroom Project with St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Yesterday, we received our first letter from them. They told us about their school, which has 300 pupils (a little bigger than ours!). They asked us questions about Ireland and sent us a dollar bill! It is called a "Flat Stanley Project" as their class, 3rd grade and our 3rd class are currently reading Flat Stanley books, We are looking forward to finding out and discussing so much with them! They looked at our school website during the week and loved our science video! They have a wiki, where we can find out more about this project stanleysis.wikispaces.com/Visits+to+other+countries
Pupils in the Junior Room have been busy this week learning about the signs of Spring! Have a look at the lovely display they have created. Ms. Crumlish has brightened up the corridor with their creations!
There was great excitement in school today when we found out that our school website has been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards.
"The awards, which were established in 2009, recognise and reward students for the successful and innovative ways in which they use the Internet in their daily lives."
We are shortlisted in the Primary Schools' Best School Website Category and face tough competition from schools in Mayo, Dublin, Limerick and Leitrim.
We are the only Donegal school to be shortlisted and the only primary school in Ulster to be shortlisted.
The Awards Cermony will take place in the RDS, in Dublin, in early March and three students will be chosen to represent the school.
More information about the Awards can be found here www.juniorspiders.ie/2013/02/21/junior-spider-awards-shorlist-2013/