Science Day this year was a brilliant success. Grace’s 4th and 5th class manned 15 experiments while the rest of the school visited the room to discover loads about science. There were prizes on offer for pupils that used their scientific skills so well done to Aaron from Fiona’s class and Eimhín from Grace’s class for winning the two prizes on offer. Below are a selection of photographs from the day.
Premises Update: The proposed permanent school building at Creagh has moved another step closer to fruition – Wexford County Council has granted planning permission for the development (subject to conditions.)Our school’s Board of Management has formally agreed to relocate to the new site. (This may happen as early as the coming September.) The Board has also raised a number of queries with the Department of Education in relation to the design plans, including: facilities for children with special needs, parking and future expansion. The Board awaits the Department’s reply.The design plans are now on display on the notice board inside the main (red) door. Comments/suggestions are welcome — please use the mail box beside the notice board.School Photographs: Whole-school and classroom photographs will be organised in the near future (date to be confirmed.) Parents will be given the opportunity to purchase copies.Voluntary Contributions: A fresh appeal for voluntary contributions was made before the holidays: all responses greatly appreciated. Spare standing order forms can be found on the notice board inside the main (red) door.Swimming: The imbalance in the number of younger/older children participating in optional swimming lessons has necessitated the following reorganisation: Imelda and Fiona’s classes: 5 Mondays, 7th April—12th May. Andrea, Roisín and Grace’s classes: 5 Mondays, 19th May– 23rd June.Imelda and Fiona’s classes – please pay €30 (in an envelope marked with child’s name and amount) by Friday. Limited places: first-come-first served. Participating children should travel to the pool on the bus. All children who need help with dressing and undressing must be met at the pool by a parent or guardian.(The older children who missed out on one swimming lesson last term will be credited next time around.)St. Patrick’s Day parade: 1000’s of people lined the route and took pleasure in our wonderful piece of street theatre. Many, many thanks for all the planning, preparation and execution.Our school won the ‘Best in Parade’ award!Photographs of the event will soon be displayed around the school.
As part of a gardening competition, some of the pupils in 2nd and 3rd class visited the new 4Home store in Gorey. The children were photographed by the local newspaper as they chatted to the manager of the shop.
The school will be making a new garden in the next term and the children will be choosing the seeds, bulbs and ornaments that will go in it. We’ll post up photographs as soon as the garden starts to sprout!
This is a short video of us practicing for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We hope to see you all on the 16th March!
We are busy preparing our float for St. Patrick’s Day. Check out the video of our preparations!
Next time you take a DART trip keep and eye out for the fabulous art work of Gorey Educate Together pupils, Aine Dunne and Sophie Ryle. Aine and Sophie were announced national winners of the UCD Conway Institute AccesScience Poster competition at the annual AccesScience 2008 event. The girls travelled to Dublin this week to the pretigious O’Reilly Hall where they received their prizes from RTE’s Pat Kenny. The poster competition, which is open to primary and secondary students, offered the girls the opportunity to combine their scientific interests and artistic talents to communicate this year’s theme of “Science In Our Lives”.
Fifth class pupil Aine, took first place for her poster entitled “Science Is Growing” while Sophie received third prize for her “Science Is Great- Try It”. Both posters will be displayed on DART trains and Stations where they will be viewed by over 100,000 commuters a day! Well done Aine and Sophie!
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Ben created a interesting sculpture using old CD cases, pencils, bottle tops and re-used cardboard.
Joey used an old music box, a large paper clamp, some used batteries and his imagination to make his fighter plane.
Have a look!
Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year!
February 8th – 10th 2008: Losar, the Tibetan New Year
Losar is the most important festival in Tibet. Every year the people of Tibet take part in a three-day celebration with their families and friends. It is a chance to resolve problems and discard unhappy memories of the previous year. During Losar Buddhists great each other by saying “Tashi Delek”. Family gatherings, exchanging gifts and vsiting local monasteries are all part of the Losar celebrations.
We celebrated Losar by making Buddhist prayer flags.
For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have planted prayer flags outside their homes so that the wind will carry their prayers and wishes across the countryside.
Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and all those nearby. During Losar clolourful new prayer flags are made and hung outdoors for all to see.
Our prayer flags have Buddhist symbols and special new year’s wishes.