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 !”


Food Dudes comes to Scoil Mhuire.

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!

Lets do it Food Dudes!

Scoil Mhuire Success at Feis Maitiú

On February 28th, 36 of our 5th class pupils competed in the annual Feis Maitiú competition in Cork City. Feis Maitiú is an annual music and drama festival held in Fr. Mathew Hall in Cork City . Our 5th class ensemble took 1st place in the category ‘ Group Action Song’ receiving the award of ‘Outstanding’ from the adjudicator  for their medley of songs from Mary Poppins. The main feature of the performance was an ode to the centenary of women’s right to vote. Our 5th class suffragettes were very proud to bring the Geraldine Foley-Campion Perpetual Shield back to Scoil Mhuire . To quote the written report from the adjudicator, “their performance was a joy to behold”. All of us here in Scoil Mhuire couldn’t agree more. Comhghairdeas libh a  Chailíní. A special words of thanks also to their hard wording teachers Iníon Ui Chochláin and accompanist Iníon Uí Ailíosa.