On Monday, August 26, Scoil Chonglais welcomed 96 first year students through its doors. On their first morning the students were welcomed by school Principal Ms Gurhy followed by an induction morning with Mr Dolan (First year head) and their class teachers Ms Claffey, Ms Mulhall, Ms Murphy and Ms Sheridan.
The students also took part in a number of workshops which were facilitated by Mr Dolan, Ms Gaskin and Mr McMullin. These workshops included; Effective use of the school journal, Student Wellbeing and Study Skills. The sixth year Meitheal student leaders facilitated some fun games also to help the first years in getting to know each other and settle in to their new school environment.
On Tuesday, September 24, an information meeting was also held in Scoil Chonglais for the parents/ guardians of the first year students. The purpose of this meeting was to share information to help the parents/guardians in supporting the students transition from primary to secondary school.
On Tuesday, September 17, a large number fourth, fifth, and sixth year students attended the ploughing championships in Ballintrane Fenagh with their wellies in toe not that they were needed. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and tied in very nicely for the students studying Agricultural Science as they gained an insight into the practical application of Agriculture. There was a wealth of knowledge available to the students on the topics of soil science, animal husbandry, crop production and machinery.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Scoil Chonglais was ablaze on Thursday September 26 when the school celebrated European Day of Languages. Flags adorned the assembly hall and pebbles painted by Ms Rowan’s second year class were dotted in the courtyard. Ms Rowan and her TYs organised a table quiz for first year students, with Russia coming out on top. With the money raised, the class can now sponsor a Flamingo from Fota WIldlife Park, which will become their mascot for the year.
The visiting Spanish students were treated to an Irish language class and Irish dancing classes, while they, in turn, taught their Irish peers some Spanish. Teachers started off the day by taking registration in different European languages. Other events that students participated in were a Treasure Hunt and a Challenge in which students had to research the origins of European words. A big thank you to all who helped and well done to all who participated in a fantastic day.
GAEILGE DRAMA WORKSHOP
Well done to all Transition year students who took part in the Highrock productions Gaeilge drama and improv workshop. It was a great learning and fun experience for all including Unai our visiting Spanish student from Pamplona.
Over the past few weeks the transition year class have been busy getting acquainted with their Tearmann community garden programme. They received an introductory talk from the garden committee volunteers and had a tour of the gardens. Their first big project of 2019/20 was harvesting the summer/autumn vegetables and sale of the vegetable boxes which took place in glorious sunshine on Wednesday, September 18.
It was a very enjoyable morning and a valuable learning experience for the students while also promoting a more sustainable approach to food production and consumption. As part of this project the students will also develop and implement a winter/Spring planting plan which will provide the produce for next year’s vegetable boxes. Thanks to all in the community who supported the vegetable box sale, the money raised will be reinvested to grow next year’s produce.
A big thank you to all who took part in our no uniform colours fundraising day for Tearmann Community Garden. Congratulations to the prize-winners Hannah Brien first year and Shay Barrett fifth year for their colourful, imaginative and fun outfits. Congratulations also to our runners-up Molly Byrne, Eabha Canavan, Julie Nolan and also to Marie Fluskey for getting involved in the spirit of the day. Thanks to the Perch for sponsoring our prizes.