Our UNESCO heritage is the theme of our Erasmus project. This is the second year of the project and we are working with four schools from Italy, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland.
Teachers and pupils from each of those countries came to Ireland to visit us last week! They came to our school and got involved in lots of activities in our school focusing on our heritage. They visited Newgrange tomb. the Giants Causeway which are both UNESCO sites and also created a very special video of their trip to Newgrange which is well worth a look. Well done to our Erasmus clubs from each of the countries and their teachers! Nice work!
We welcomed some very special guests to our hall today with the arrival of members of the Colmcille's minors who claimed victory in the Division One final last month. Several of our former pupils are members of the team and indeed, very many of the assembled audience are proud members of the Colmcille's club!
Team Captain Cian Flynn, along with player Tadhg Bennett are both former Donacarney boys and they addressed the audience and also answered their questions. They agreed that the final against the Summerhill team was a tough and tightly fought battle but emphasized the importance of good training and healthy eating regimes to their success.
Mr Arthur, who mentors our winning GAA team stressed the importance of the club to the school, thanked them for their support towards gaelic games in our school and of the enthusiasm of our boys for gaelic games. The visit finished with a trip to Gliondar Mara before the lads headed off to another school and, no doubt, to another appreciative audience.
We had a great match against Ratoath yesterday in Dunganny all-weather pitch.
In the first fifteen minutes Ratoath were up by two points. Ratoath are a great team. They don't take any nonsense.
Noah scored the first point for us. In a wet windy and cold so that presented a big challenge to both teams as the ground was kind of slippy and so was the ball. When you'd bounce the ball it would slide away.
By half time we had drawn level with Ratoath even though they had the wind in the first half.
Mr Arthur gave us an encouraging team talk at half time. He told us to go for points because we were going for goals too much.
After half time it was still a good tight game. But we had the wind with us which was a challenge for Ratoath's goal keeper. So in the last few minutes we pulled away and managed to score a good few goals and points.
The final tally saw us win by eight points. This means we can go now into the quarter finals against Kells next Monday.
We know we were lucky to get the win but we are delighted with it and ready to go against Kells.
Guest post by teamplayers ~ Calvin and Matthew
Drama, maths, Art, oral language, cooking...the Hallowe’en theme has inspired lots of learning all around our wonderful school this week.
It’s been a special week for our chaplain Fr Joseph Apust too, as he celebrated his birthday with a special Mass in our parish church. Happy Birthday from us all, Father Joseph!
Especially wishing all our pupils and their families a lovely, safe, fun midterm break!
Our work on building comprehension skills has got off to a flying start this year. Led by Assistant Principal, Ms Caitriona Campbell, only have to step into our classrooms to see the great work teachers and students have been doing. Our motto is ‘every class, every teacher, every day’. This together with our pupil reading survey conducted last May confirms that our boys are becoming very comfortable and competent at predicting, visualising and making connections.
Since September, we have been engaging in more Book Talk focusing on asking questions.
While continuing to practise and embed these strategies, we will work on two more between now and the remainder of the term: Clarifying and Declunking. New information about these strategies has been added to our School Self-Evaluation page.
Don’t forget to ask your child to demonstrate the hand signals that go with each strategy-they’ll be delighted to show you!
With thanks to Ms Colleran for her fantastic posters!
The boys in fifth class are delighted with our new ukeleles! Ms McWeeney and Ms Milne report great interest in practising with some boys practising for thirty minutes a day or more at home!
Of course keeping the ukeleles in tune can be an issue so the teachers recommend the free version of the app Guitar Tuna-just make sure to select ukelele when the app opens! Alternatively, you can access tuning on youtube
Thank you to our great Parents' Association for keeping us in tune!
Congrats to our boys who ran in St Joseph`s annual athletic event last week. Cheered on by Ms Brennan and Mrs Quinn, they romped home with to gain a silver for their team event. And also caught up with past pupil Jack on the day!
Keep up the great running boys!
Futsal is a team ball sport, very similar to soccer. Today, our futsal team travelled to the MDL all weather pitch in Navan to participate. They had put in a lot of lunch time training session with their coaches Mr Ryan and Mr Arthur and are a competitive, determined bunch.
Luckily, all the work paid off. With stamina, grit and skill they took on their opposing teams and ended up facing Whitecross Primary School in the final.
They put up a spirited performance but, coming to the end of the match, Whitecross seemed to be likely winners. However, a goal levelled up the teams and, in the closing minutes, a fine goal delivered the killer blow to the Julianstown team and the Donacarney lads were declared winners!
Well done lads! Well done to your parents and coaches too!
The skies cleared and the sun even shone for our Parents' Association's Annual Beach Walk today! This is an important fundraiser for the association but, it's also a terrific community event, drawing all elements-including the canine variety-to the beach for the afternoon. There was a superb turn out for the occasion. And the PA were perfectly organized with refreshments for all at the mid way point and homework passes at the end for those who completed the course.
A reminder to all to collect their sponsorship money over the coming week and drop it to the teachers in school. Even if you haven't been able to participate in today's walk, you can still contribute, with every single euro guaranteed to help our school.
Our thanks to Chairperson Eimear Donnelly and her merry band in the PA committee who were out in force today to keep us all on our toes!