Fifth Class hurlers did us proud yesterday in Curragha. For many of them, it was their very first hurling match and, although the ground was heavy going at times, they battled with great sportsmanship.
The Curragha team played with great spirit too. A small school, they fielded some of their junior players on the day and gave a great display of hurling skills and of fair play.
Our lads were ahead by a couple of points by half time. But Curragha pulled away in the second half, gaining some ground over Donacarney. Our boys kept their nerve, however, and, with a steady clash of the ash, they fought back to bring the sides to a draw before the ref blew the final whistle.
Ms Smith`s First Class had a great time trying out our new Handball Wall on Friday! This is our indoor wall. It was expertly constructed by Martin O'Donnell using reclaimed timber. Our wonderful parents and school community paid for it through the fundraising efforts of our Parents' Association. And we are just thrilled with it!
This will be a great addition to our PE programme. Our PA are also funding our new outdoor handball wall which should be in place over the coming weeks.
Our Internet Safety Day was a success with pupils from Second to Sixth classes very engaged with our Cyber Safety presentations from Zeeko. Thank you to all those parents who attended the presentation yesterday evening! The report on our boys`internet usage raised some interesting statistics and discussion!
As teachers, we too are concerned at the amount of time some of our pupils are devoting to online gaming. Spending hours on games on their devices can have a negative impact on their health, their relationships, their families and on their education. Parents are encouraged to communicate and engage with their children about their online activities.
Zeeko describe parents and guardians as the digital leaders of their children and to...
The pupils have all been advised to
Remember the Three P`s for social media and gaming:
P-Your Profile should not show your real name
P-have a really good password and change it regularly
P-keep your settings private
The Zeeko presenter also recommended two websites for parents:
and of course zeeko.ie
Our Students`Council had a very hands on meeting yesterday. Having raised €60.67 they were keen to spend it on some of their planned improvements around our school.
Planting flowers around the school was one of the top suggestions from our pupils so three boxes of polyanthus and lots of compost were purchased and, armed with trowels and gardening gloves, the entire Students' Council got stuck into planting them up.
They also refreshed two large pots of daffodils and tulips and are delighted with the finished results.
Today is Internet Safety Day. According to a recent survey from Cybersafe Ireland 3/4 of our 8 year olds access smart devices. 40% of 8 year olds talk to strangers online and 10% of eight year olds are online for four or more hours per day.
The internet safety company Zeeko, will giving presentations from 2nd-6th class in our school tomorrow. They have carried out a survey of our boys`internet usage and will present a report on that. They will also give the children-and you-tools to help them engage more safely online.
Your son's internet usage concerns you. Finding ways to encourage him to engage in a safe way must be a priority. Our Internet Safety talk tomorrow evening will entertain, surprise and enlighten you. It is for ALL parents/guardians of ALL classes and is free.
We encourage you to come along, bring a friend, a neighbour or relative. The presentation will be approximately fifty minutes long. And it will be fifty minutes well spent. Remember, it`s for adults only!
Internet Safety Talk 7:00 pm
Venue: Our School Library
Pic Credit: Zeeko Ireland
It has been another busy week in our Donacarney Boys School, with lots of great news to report.
Thanks to our PA, and to the phenomenal carpentry skills of Martin O`Donnell, work has begun on constructing another handball wall for our school. This one in located indoors and will be followed, shortly,by the construction of a second outdoor one.
Our soccer, Gaelic football and hurling sessions continued apace before and after school. Cooney Cup season is upon us again and this week saw our footballers coming home with their first win on Thursday. Meanwhile, seven of our teachers are coaching the lunchtime soccer sessions and Colmcille's coach, Níall Kane teaching preliminary hurling skills to our younger classes.
Meanwhile, the all important focus on literacy skills continues this week. We are delighted with our new series of graded readers for the senior end of the school. We are using these books for our Guided Reading programmes in Fifth and Sixth classes.
A similar programme, called Literacy Lift Off, is running in the Junior end of the school.
Wednesday saw the whole school gathered in our hall for our January assembly. The focus of this assembly was Healthy Eating. Pupils from each class spoke about their favourite healthy food and those who had made a great effort to eat healthy lunches received certificates.
A representative from our Student Council reported on their next venture, with the planting of Spring flowers around the school in the coming days.
And, speaking of Spring, the first day of Spring is St. Brigid's Day. Lots of classes participated in making St. Brigid's crosses. This week is also Catholic School`s Week and so our school Mass on Friday was part of our Catholic Week celebrations and also honoured St. Brigid.
The week ended with two big wins. Our Gaelic football team are hunting down the Cooney Cup again and had their first win on Thursday! Not to be outdone, our two quiz teams put up sterling performances in the Credit Union quiz on Friday night. Our Junior team pipped St Mary's Primary Parish school by just one point to take back the winner's trophy! It was a thrilling night with all the top teams from the locality vying for that trophy.
The battle continues though to get to the Credit Union Final in the RDS. Can we get there again? Let's have fun trying!
Did you know....
The Mill Road has the ruins of an old windmill standing in a nearby field?
Or that the name Taylor has been in our locality since at least the 1771?
And that the Narrow Ways was originally known as The Narrow Way?
These and other facts were revealed to us on Friday when local historian, poet and librarian Tom French, came to our school. Tom was invited by Mr. Lynch and he spoke to the three third classes, all of whom are developing a keen interest in history.
Tom brought along a collection of maps. In his presentation he displayed local features which the boys are familiar with-Maiden Tower, and the stone Mill near the Mill Road. He spoke about The Lady`s Finger in Mornington, and the ruins of Draycott Castle beside the original Donacarney Schools` building, now housing the Mornington Pre-School playgroup.
He encouraged the boys always to ask the questions; "Was that always there? When did it arrive?" and revealed copies of ancient maps which showed so many of the features we still see around our school today. And some which have long since gone.
He showed the boys how to find some of those earlier maps on downsurvey.tcd.ie. A click on this link will take you right to our area but back in a time machine to 1658 when the maps were completed.
Tom encouraged the boys to go visit the graveyard beside old Mornington Church and to go to Mornington Tower on Mornington beach. So, if you want to pass an exciting hour or two, you don't have to go too far.
There's history in those old stones!
We love music, the arts and creativity in our school and so, what better way to celebrate all of those good things than with a trip to the National Concert Hall in Dublin?
The boys in fourth, fifth and sixth classes all attended. After a quick stop for lunch at one of the pavilions on St Stephen's Green, we all trooped off to the Earlfort Terrace and the afternoon of some very big sounds.
The Music in the Classroom programme from RTE is an excellent one. With the help of all the superb musicians from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, music from Mozart, Mussorgsky and Mendelsshon was brought gloriously to life.
John Williams`compositions from Harry Potter and Jurassic Park were particularly popular with the young audience and we all got to sing-and dance!-to the music of the Charleston Champions.
We might just want to replay that whole concert one more time and we know we can find it here. Hope you can enjoy it with us!
Fr Noel celebrated Mass in our school today to mark the end of the term and the beginning of the Christmas holidays. The boys participated with great respect and reverence. The Mass ended with a beautiful rendition by the whole school of that wonderful Christmas Carol "Silent Night". What a perfect end to a great term in our school and a wonderful start to our holidays.
Wishing our great school community a lovely Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
We will return renewed and refreshed on Monday, January 7th 2019.
Tensions ran high in our school hall on Wednesday, as the boys of Fifth and Sixth Classes, gathered together for a giant Christmas Quiz! With quiz masters, Ms Gerrard and Ms Mullen at the helm, and results managers Mr Arthur and Mr Culligan keeping the tally, the quiz progressed at a rapid fire pace, with each team closely contesting the leading position.
At the end of the day, the honour and glory of winning fell to Team 8. Well done Alex, Noah, Conor, Richi and Subhan!
And keep on practising your quiz skills everyone over Christmas! January-and Quiz Season-will soon be upon us and more glory to be had at the Credit Union Quiz on Friday Feb 1st in Drogheda`s Institute of Further Education. Looking forward to seeing lots of Mams and Dads there too!