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!
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.
Scoil Mhuire is now closed for the Summer Holidays. We hope you have a happy and safe summer break.
Scoil Mhuire will re-open for the new school year on the 30th of August 2018.
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!’
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)
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.
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 !”
The school is now closed for Mid Term Break from May 7th to Friday 11th inclusive. Scoil Mhuire will be re open on the 14th of May .
You may notice there is even more fruit and vegetables to be seen around Scoil Mhuire these days and you would be right. The Food Dudes have arrived and every class from Infants to 6th class is taking part. Food Dudes is a programme developed by the Food and Activity Research Unit at Bangor University, Wales to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables in school and at home . It is based on positive role models (the food dudes characters), repeated tastings of different fruit and vegetables and rewards.The programme is managed by Bord Bia and over 3,100 primary schools have participated . Scoil Mhuire is delighted to be invited to take part once again and we are really enjoying all our tasty fruit and veg!
Scoil Mhuire would like to wish all its pupils a warm welcome back after the Easter Holidays. We are looking forward to a busy 3rd term with lots of events and activities planned and of course lots of learning! We are hoping for some warmer weather too.