Scoil Chonglais

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FIRST YEARS

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.

PLOUGH­ING CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

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.

COM­MU­NITY GAR­DEN

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.

COLOURS DAY

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.

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