We’re off to see Ryan Tubridy!

 

Best of luck to 36 of our six class Pupils who are off to the Late Late Toy Show audition on Monday in The Strand Hotel Limerick. The school received a phone call on Wednesday afternoon to invite the girls to audition to sing their action song Medley from Mary Poppins. The girls already won First Prize for  their performance of Mary Poppins medley in the Feis Mathew last year. We are all very excited here in Scoil Mhuire and so proud of our pupils for getting this opportunity. Thanks also to their hard working teachers In Uí Chochláín , In Uí Ailíosa and In Uí Shé. You can check out their amazing performance for yourself in the video above.


“On the Banks of my own Lovely Lee”

Last Wednesday. October 10th, Rang a Sé ventured on a field trip along the course of the  River Lee. With Príomhoide Iníon Uí Mhurchú as tour guide, they stopped along various points including the Gearagh, Toon’s Bridge, Inchigeelagh and Ballingeary to name but a few. A highlight of our trip was visiting the beautiful Gougane Barra. There we saw the source of the River Lee. Another highlight was seeing the Inniscarra Dam where electricity is generated. They were also very lucky to meet local man Neil Lucey  who told them all about the legend of St. Finbarr and Gougane Barra.They were full of knowledge as they journeyed home over the Inniscarra bridge and back to school! Thank you to Iníon Uí Mhurchú who organised and planned such a wonderful outdoor classroom experience.

 


A World Champion comes to Scoil Mhuire

If you had arrived into Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig on Friday the 28th of September, you could easily be fooled into thinking St Patricks Day had come early ,such was the sea of green white and gold flags  adorning every child in  the School Yard. However all the Pupils in Scoil Mhuire  were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a local hero “World Women’s Rowing Champion 2018”  Sanita Puspure and what a  welcome she did get. Sanita arrived to a whole school rendition of “Congratulations” which was closely followed by another whole school rendition of ” You are the Champion” . Sanita was officially congratulated by School Princpial  Mairead Ní Mhurchú who pointed out that while she was always a champion mum to her daughter Daniella , a Scoil Mhuire Pupil and son Patrick  who attends nearby  Scoil Eoin,  she was now a World Champion Rower as well! Pupils from 4th class then recited a poem they had written themselves  especially for Sanita and presented her with a copy of it after to take home. This was followed by a quick question and answer session with Sanita , with a question being posed  by a pupil from each class level across the school. We definitely think it helped prepare her for Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show that night! The biggest cheer came when Sanita told the pupils that there would be no homework on Monday! We are already looking forward to Sanita making a return visit after the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and not just for the promise of homework off!

Best of luck Sanita!

All of us here in Scoil Mhuire want to wish  Sanita Puspure (parent of current 5th class pupil) the very best of luck for this Sunday, the 16th of September in the Single Skulls Women’s Final in the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria . Sanita has  a strong fan base here in Scoil Mhuire, since her visit in June to raise our Green Schools Flag  .We are very excited to watch her race and hopefully she will hear our cheers all the way over in Bulgaria. Go n-eirí an t-adh leat!


School Term 2018-2019

Dates for the upcoming School Term 2018-2019 are now available for viewing on our School Calendar Page. There is also a link for a printer friendly version for you download and print  at your convenience . Please note that changes to these dates  may be required to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures e.g. snow days. We all remember Storm Emma! Any such making up of days would happen on Wednesday of the Spring Midterm Break or first Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of the Easter holidays. Enjoy the remainder of the holidays  and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon.


Green Schools Celebration and A Very Special Guest.

It’s not every day you have an Olympic athlete in your school but Thursday the 21st of June was one of those special days to remember in Scoil Mhuire. Olympic athlete and current World Rowing silver medallist Sanita Puspure came to Scoil Mhuire to help raise not our 2nd or 3rd but our 4th Green Schools Flag. This flag was for Travel and for reducing our Carbon Footprint to help tackle Climate Change.

We began the day’s celebrations with some of our pupils demonstrating their scooter and bicycle skills that they had learnt during their cycle safety course which was sponsored by the Green Schools initiative. Sanita was then serenaded by the whole school performing a medley of songs. Following this, 2 pupils who are members of our Green School Committee spoke about the work involved in earning the 4th Green flag and the importance of finding alternative methods of travel. Sanita then spoke to the pupils about the importance of being up on your feet and remaining active and even gave us a few tips on how to improve our rowing skills. Tokyo 2020 better watch out! Fourth class pupil and Sanita’s daughter, Daniela, added to this very special occasion by presenting her mum with a bouquet of flowers.

Then came the main event, the raising of the flag which is now flying proudly outside Scoil Mhuire. To end it all there was a little treat for everyone in the glorious sunshine – the arrival of the ice cream van!  Some of our 6th class girls even got to pour their own ice cream cones!


‘It’s a Rap!’

 

‘It’s a Rap!’

On Monday, May 28th and Tuesday May 29th, our Fifth and Sixth Class students were treated to  wonderful Rap workshops by professional rapper and musician Garry McCarthy. Having performed some of his own witty, edgy lyrics to his snappy beats (enthralling our students), Garry set about organizing each class in devising, performing their own raps which he then recorded. You can hear their delightful work on this website. Garry encouraged our enthusiastic students to use clever rhyming, lively beats and the latest in modern ‘hip’ vocabulary and humour. The students worked in small groups to create one verse for the whole class rap. Garry introduced his recording equipment to the students and they were impressed! You can hear the three raps, Such a Big Change, Although We Are Going Our Separate Ways, and Creativity on this website. Every girl got the opportunity to ‘don’ the headphones and ‘rap’ into the microphone. Then, she got to listen to the recording of her voice. There were many squeals of delight. All agreed that it was fantastic fun – a truly creative experience! We will have wonderful memories of Garry and the days we spent happily  rapping in the school Halla.

A note on Garry

Garry delivers music workshops around Ireland and has appeared on RTE on a number of occasions. He encourages students to remain true to their accent and identity when expressing themselves through their raps.

 

Soon we’ll be moving away

But first, we’ll tell you what we do every day.

Monday is English, Irish and Maths.

Tuesday is PE, out on the grass.

Wednesday, we’re upstairs on the computer.

Thursday, we’re still carrying on like troupers.

Friday means treats. We deserve the best!

Five school weeks are all we have left.

Such a big change from feeling big to small,

I wish we didn’t have to go

Going to miss you all!’

Verse 1 of Rap Such a Big Change  written by Rang 6 (Rang Paula Ui Riordain) five weeks before leaving Scoil Mhuire.

Some comments from our students

‘It was a great experience. I love to rap but only to myself but when Garry came, I had a chance to let my rapping spirit out and plus now we have some new rap song to listen to!’ (Fifth class student)

‘Amazing, cool, inspiring Garry made us feel like stars’ (Fifth class student)

‘I really enjoyed going into groups to make raps and record them and Garry made it really fair because everybody got to say one line each from their rap’ (Sixth class student)

 

 

 


See what’s inside Scoil Mhuire’s Polytunnel ….

Now that the sunny  weather has  finally arrived you may have noticed the gardens in Scoil Mhuire have become a hive of activity. None more so than our amazing polytunnel but  have you ever wondered what goes on inside Scoil Mhuire’s Polytunnel? Well ,wonder no more as you take a look at our power-point presentation put together by Iníon Uí Dhonnabháín and some of our wonderful pupils. It reveals all the goings on  inside the poly tunnel and showcases green fingers at work. It may even inspire you to start your own polytunnel at home.

Click here to see our Polytunnel Power Point


Fourth Green Flag For Scoil Mhuire!

 

On the 2nd of May 2018 representatives from Scoil Mhuire  attended the Green School Awards ceremony in the Radission Blu Hotel , Little Island. At this ceremony Scoil Mhuire was presented with our 4th Green Flag, which si for ‘Travel’. A lot of hard work,preparation, activities and workshops were involved in attaining this 4th flag for example ;  a Cycle  Safety Training with Rang 6, ‘Scoot to School’ Day for the Whole School  and Lisa O Grady from the Green Schools Programme gave workshops to all pupils from 4th to 6th class on Climate Change. Well done to all our pupils for taking such an active and enthusiastic role in helping to look after our environment and to teacher Margo Ní Shúilleabháin who coordinated this project in school. We are all looking forward to having a special ‘Flag Raising’ ceremony before the end of term. Lets continue “to keep the flags flying !”