Book Fair 2016

As part of our initiative to encourage reading and a love of books in our school community, our “School Book Fair 2016” will commence on Tuesday 1st March. The children will have an opportunity to browse through the fair on Tuesday. Each child will receive a world book token worth € 1.50 which they can redeem against the purchase price of their chosen book on Wednesday 2nd March and Thursday 3rd March. Parents are welcome between 2- 3.30 on Wednesday and Thursday if they wish to purchase books. . Our school will receive a valuable commission from the “Book Fair” which we will use to stock our classroom libraries. Thanks to Mrs. Burns our Book Fair coordinator for all her work organising this . The Book Fair comes bringing lots of new and interesting books with it. Here are some pictures of how it went.



Credit Union Regional Finals

Congratulations to our U 13 Oisín Blake, Liam Murtagh, Jason Carolan and Mark Byrne and  U 11 Robbie Carey , Eimear Shekleton, Terence O’ Reilly and P.J. O’ Reilly Credit Union quiz teams who competed in the Regional finals of the Credit Union Quiz which took place in the Nuremore Hotel. They were up against 50 other teams from around the region. Some of the questions were very challenging. The two teams performed really well with the U 13 team coming in 5th place and the U 11 team came 10th. They all received two Easter eggs each which they really enjoyed. Thanks to their teachers and their parents for all their support. The school community are very proud of them today.



Cumann na mBunscol Quiz Success

Congratulations to our three quiz teams who took part in the Cumann na mBunscol Quiz in the Kilmore Hotel last Thursday. There were 101 teams competing from schools all over the county.  On Team A were Oisin Murtagh, Ryan Lockwood, Alex O Reilly and Robbie Carey and they came 2nd with a fantastic score of  67 points just one point less than the winning team from Castlerahan. They are through to the Ulster Finals which takes place at 11 a.m. on 14th March in the Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. We wish them well in the Ulster Finals. On Team B were Liam Murtagh, Mark Byrne, Evan O Reilly and Oisín Blake and they were unlucky in a tie break for 4th place coming in a final and very impressive 5th place. On team C were Cein O’ Rourke, Ben Gogarty, Emily Mc Cormack and Ryan Carolan. They also had a fantastic result coming in 36th place which was a wonderful achievement considering there were 101 teams involved in the quiz. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and parents who supported our quiz teams.


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Stay Safe Programme

Mrs. Cassidy’s Senior Infants have completed the Stay Safe Programme. This SPHE programme allows the children to explore topics such as Feelings, Bullying, Strangers and Touches. The lessons have provided the children with an introduction to personal safety rules. Each child received a certificate.feb 2016 004

Bishop Michael Smith with 6th class Confirmation pupils

The 6th class pupils attended the Novena as part of their preparation for Confirmation. They enjoyed buns, cake and tea after the Novena with Bishop Michael Smith. The Bishop complemented the pupils on their attendance and their excellent behaviour. We were all delighted and very proud of our 6th class pupils. Oisin Murtagh presented the Bishop with a present on behalf of all in the Parish.

Results of Parents Questionnaire on Gaeilge

Summary of our responses to our Questionnaire for Parents on Gaeilge

Thanks to our 91 parents who responded to our survey. This information is very helpful for future planning for Gaeilge

How do you rate the importance of Irish


Very Important 38
Somewhat important 41
Not Important 12
Very Important 38 41.8%
Somewhat important 41 45.1%
Not Important 12 13.2%

Do you speak Gaeilge at home?


Regularly 3
Sometimes 35
Never 53
Regularly 3 3.3%
Sometimes 35 38.5%
Never 53 58.2%

Do you feel confident helping your child with homework?


Very Confident 19
Confident 37
Not confident at all 35
Very Confident 19 20.9%
Confident 37 40.7%
Not confident at all 35 38.5%

Do you or does anyone in your family watch TG4?


Often 5
Sometimes 31
Never 55
Often 5 5.5%
Sometimes 31 34.1%
Never 55 60.4%

In learning Irish, do you hope that your child/children will:


develop a positive attitude to Irish 35
learn Irish in order to succeed well in Irish in their examinations later on 24
be better language learners 26
None of the above 6
develop a positive attitude to Irish 35 38.5%
learn Irish in order to succeed well in Irish in their examinations later on 24 26.4%
be better language learners 26 28.6%
None of the above 6 6.6%

Does your child enjoy learning Irish at school?


Loves learning Irish 20
Likes learning Irish 39
Is neutral about Irish 19
Dislikes learning Irish 13
Loves learning Irish 20 22%
Likes learning Irish 39 42.9%
Is neutral about Irish 19 20.9%
Dislikes learning Irish 13 14.3%

What areas of the Irish Curriculum does your child enjoy most?


Oral Language 35
Reading 8
Writing 6
Spelling 3
Likes all areas of Irish 28
Dislikes all area of Irish 11
Oral Language 35 38.5%
Reading 8 8.8%
Writing 6 6.6%
Spelling 3 3.3%
Likes all areas of Irish 28 30.8%
Dislikes all area of Irish 11 12.1%

Is the Irish Curriculum pitched at an appropriate level for your child?


It is not challenging enough 4
At right level 57
A little challenging 18
Very Challenging 12
It is not challenging enough 4 4.4%
At right level 57 62.6%
A little challenging 18 19.8%
Very Challenging 12 13.2%

Do you think the teaching of Irish is effective in our school?


Very effective 25
Effective 36
Needs some attention 21
Not effective 9
Very effective 25 27.5%
Effective 36 39.6%
Needs some attention 21 23.1%
Not effective 9 9.9%

Have you any suggestions for improving the teaching of Irish in our school

I think that there should be less written irish and more spoken irish in primary school.
No suggestions.
Make it fun
Very happy with teaching
I would like to see the Irish language based around conversation and day to day activities. Also through drama and song as my child really enjoys both.
No suggestions
A “la gaeilge” once a month where irish is spoken throughout the school