Coderdojo

 

ifth class girls with their coderdojo certificates.

Fifth and sixth class pupils were lucky enough to be invited to participate in the Coderdojo Club in VMware during the year. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn programming skills and the girls enjoyed it immensely. Five groups of girls from Scoil Mhuire have participated in this computer programming club.

 

 

 


Hamlet

 

‘Hamlet’ in Fourth Class?

 

54 students in Fourth Class have recently won a national award for their 16 minute potted production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy – Hamlet. These enthusiastic young ladies worked over four months on this exciting Shakespearean project. They designed costumes, composed the narration, rehearsed and polished their performances and won a prestigious award at this year’s Creative Schools Award initiative, now in its fifth year, hosted by the Association for Creativity and Arts in Education. This award is given to schools, primary and secondary, who achieve a high standard in a project that shows evidence of invention, student voice, the creative process and teacher reflection. Forty or so schools nationwide received the award on May 31st. The award ceremony took place at the Ark, national children’s cultural centre, Temple Bar, Dublin. Scoil Mhuire was invited to perform ‘Hamlet’ at the ceremony and was warmly received by a captive audience. Guest speaker Síle Seoige was moved by the poise and discipline of each actor. Scoil Mhuire was awarded a special merit award for their innovative project. The part of Hamlet was played by Niamh Fleming. The project was directed by Helen Ní Ailíosa, assisted by Scoil Mhuire staff Margo Ní Shuilleabháin, Mary Breatnach and Fiona Butléir. School principal was charmed by the drama and literature project stating that ‘the students have developed great skills that will benefit them in so many ways in the future’.

Hamlet at the Ark – March 2016


Proclamation Day


40th Anniversary & Book Launch


Full Attendance Ceremony – 2014/2015

These girls are very proud of their full attendance certs. Sisters Aaliya and Ayeesha didn't miss a day in the last school year.

Full Attendance Ceremony

In November, the 33  pupils who had full attendance in 2014/2015 received their full attendance certificates.  Bean Uí Shúilleabháin organised a lovely ceremony which was attended by the families of the girls. Fr George presented a special award to Amy Ní Mhurchú who had full attendance for her 8 years in Scoil Mhuire which is a remarkable achievement. Many pupils were honoured for four, five or six years of full attendance.

Ciara and Eadaoin Ní Dhonnabháin with their full attendance certs. Full Attendance Ceremony.

 

 

 

 


Mundy and his Galway Girls

On August 26th famous singer and musician Mundy performed to a capacity audience in Barrack Square. VMware celebrated ten years of technical support in Ballincollig. 15 of our actresses dramatised his most famous song ‘The Galway Girl’.

 

Hey Mundy…

You ain’t ever seen nothing like our Scoil Mhuire Girls!!!

The Galway Girl

I took a stroll down the old long walk
Of the day I-ay-I-ay
I met a little girl and we stopped to talk
On a grand soft day I-ay

And I ask you friends, what’s a fella to do?
Because her hair was black and her eyes were blue
And I knew right then, I’d be takin a whirl
Down the Salthill Prom with a Galway Girl

We’re halfway there when the rain came down
On the day I-ay-I-ay
And she took me up to her flat downtown
On a grand soft day I-ay

And I ask you friends, what’s a fella to do?
Because her hair was black and her eyes were blue
So I took her hand, and I gave her a twirl
And I lost my heart to a Galway Girl

When I woke up I was all alone
With a broken heart and a ticket home
And I ask you friend, what would you do?
If her hair was black and her eyes were blue

See I’ve travelled around, I’ve been all over the world
Boys
I’ve never seen nothin like a Galway girl – Hey!


The New School Playground

Our fabulous school playground was built in September 2015 with funding from the annual school walk that was organised by the Parents and Friends Association. It marks our school’s 40th anniversary.

In 2004, the World Health Organisation recommended that high quality playground equipment should be made available to students for improved physical activity and fitness. An article by Claire Hennigan, appeared in the Irish Teacher’s Journal in 2015, emphasizing the importance and benefits of students having access to top quality playground equipment in schools in Ireland. We are delighted with our new playground equipment. Every day it enhances our children’s health and physical development. It is a core element of our health promotion framework.

The children in every class, from Junior Infants to sixth class, enjoy their weekly slot at the playground.

In the words of our students:

“It makes lunchtimes more enjoyable”

“We get to play with our friends in a new way”

“There are lots of different tasks to do”

“It is super-safe!”

“The colour blends in with the school environment”

“It is great fun!”

“We don’t mind waiting for our turn…it’s worth waiting for”

What some of the teachers have to say:

The girls love their day on the playground. They don’t forget!”

“The equipment is sturdy, well built and safe, it will be there long after the current students have moved on from Scoil Mhuire”

“I enjoy seeing an improvement in climbing skills and balance, particularly with the younger children”

“I’m so excited about it, I would to try it out myself” says Bean Uí Shuilleabháin
(Deputy Principal)


Robotics Competetion

Congratulations to the girls of Rang VI who did themselves and their school proud at the Vex IQ Challenge Final in CIT on Friday February 6th.

The Scoil Mhuire robotics team, ‘The Technobots’, were awarded the ‘Design Award’ for their robot, ‘Robbie’.

The Robotics team was comprised of eighteen sixth class pupils who began work on this project last October.

Programming, building, researching, designing and assembling were only a few of the skills the children developed and used to be successful in the first robotics competition of its kind for primary schools.

 

 


Green Code – Energy Save

We are currently working towards our second Green Flag which focuses on Energy.

Scoil Mhuire Green Code
Energy Save

We use energy every single day,
We can save energy in lots of different ways,
When it is daytime nad it’s already bright,
Don’t wast electricity by truning on the light!

We use energy every single day,
We can save energy in lots of different ways,
When you wash your hands and the job is done,
Please turn off the tap, don’t just let it run!

We use energy every single day,
We can save energy in lots of different ways,
If you are feeling cold, you may not need the heat,
Just put a wolly jumper on and socks upon your feet!

(Tune: Incy Wincy Spider)