We marked Catholic Schools Week with a variety of faith-based activities in our school. Third and Fourth Classes participated in special prayer services with our chaplain Fr Joseph Apust and their teachers. Fifth Class have been learning new hymns and making St Bridget's Crosses while our Confirmation Classes will attend Emmaus Retreat Centres for a day with content that is relevant to pupils of all faith and none.
Time spent in stillness and reflection along with sharing thoughts and prayers unifies our community.
We had a super assembly this week. As all our parents know, we love to encourage our boys to eat healthily. And their lovely lunches show just that. Boys from each class were awarded for their consistently good healthy eating habits. The microphone was passed around to let us all hear about some favourite healthy foods for lunch.
We also held a minutes silence for all of those who are less fortunate than we are. It was a moment to prayer or reflect and be still.
Ms Campbell reminded the boys of the yard rules and introduced them about the reassigned Hang Out and Sit Down areas in the yard.
Mrs Quinn congratulated everyone for making an effort to eat well and announced the award winners.
We love to think outside of the box in our school and what could be even better than getting out of the classroom to get creative? That's exactly what Ms Smyth's Fourth class did this week.
Thanks to our selection for the Creative School's initiative, we got artist Yvonne Byrne to work with our Creative Arts Committee and our children to design a unique piece of wall art for our school. With Ms Brennan, Mrs Martin and Ms Rice working together with the children's ideas, Yvonne came up with a sketch for the children to work on.
This involved spray paint, face masks, giant sheets of paper. And lots of fun!
More fun, skill and creativity in store next week! I can't wait to see the finished product hanging in our school!
Our Spring Chess league has got off to a flying start this term, with huge interest from the boys in fourth class. Organized by Ms Brennan and coached by Pat Scanlan from Drogheda Chess Club, our chess programme is open to boys from fourth, fifth and sixth classes.
As you can see from our photos it demands a lot of skill, concentration and strategic thinking. And, judging from its popularity in our school, it's also a lot of fun!
Great to see this classic board game being enjoyed so much by a new generation of players.
Our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes enjoyed a visit to the National Concert Hall last week. The Music in the Classroom event features the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. It gives the audience an opportunity to experience the unique sound of live music in a purpose built setting, along with encouraging them to enjoy a broad range of classical music.
The programme included work from the composers John Williams, Jean Sibelius, Peadar Townsend and Piotr Ilyih Tchaikovsky. Audience involvement was very much encouraged with singing and ceilidh dancing.
Above all, it's great to have fun with music- a great way to encourage the musicians of the future.
With their eyes on the prize, Mr Arthur and Mr Culligan arrived into school very early last Wednesday morning to get the sliotar rolling for another great season of hurling.
Forty one boys gathered for the 8 o'clock session. Soon the air was filled with the steady thump of sliotars on walls and the clash of the hurleys as the Clare men coached the boys on some vital hurling skills.
This sport has gone from strength to strength in the last few years in our school. And we are grateful indeed, to all who rise so early for these sessions-and to all of the parents who support this great work.
These boys have been elected by their classmates to form our Students Council for this year. They do amazing work bringing suggestions from their classmates for making life even better all around our school.
So far, they've helped out at our monthly assemblies and our annual Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale. They added their thoughts to our new Code of Behaviour and have given us ideas for improving our yard such as refreshing the yard markings and adding benches to our sheltered areas.
Best of all-these guys can talk! Along with Ms Smith and Ms Callan, we all meet every third Wednesday at lunch time. They are full of great ideas, of enthusiasm, school spirit and bring the pupils' perspective to decisions made in our school.
Congrats on earning your Students Council pins this week, lads!
Street Smart is the exciting and highly interactive programme that all of our pupils are enjoying this week. The brilliant education arm of the Road Safety Authority brought it to our school hall this week. The entire scene was set up by Sonny and his team on Monday morning. It stays in place for the week and Celine and Tim, both teachers with the RSA, take each class through their paces and teach them lots of aspects of traffic safety.
The venture has been well received by a variety of classes so far. Traffic safety has been a huge concern for both staff and parents. Encouraging our pupils to Stop! Look! and Listen! when crossing our roads, and understanding the perspective of drivers, cyclists and other road users too as they role play traffic scenarios improves their road safety awareness.
At the end of their session each participant receives a personalized safety licence. And, while the lessons are highly engaging and great fun, there is a serious message at the heart of it all:road safety is all our business.
Welcome back to a whole new term and whole new year in Donacarney Boys' School. Lots of boys were delighted with this week's Drogheda Independent's full page spread on our recent concert! High praise from our Creative Arts' Asociate, Declan Gorman! The article appeared in last Tuesday's edition of the newspaper but there is still time to grab a copy from your local newsagent.
Watch out for the Meath Coaster too, this month. They feature regular articles on our school. You'll find their archive here and their magazines are also widely distributed in our locality.
And what on earth in happening in our school hall this week? Tune in here tomorrow to find out!