Last Thursday evening our third, fourth, fifth and sixth class teachers brought joy and delight to the extended school community with our Christmas Concert. An estimated crowd of seven hundred people turned up on the evening and were thrilled with a variety of performances which were delivered by all of the boys with great concentration, expertise and talent.
Both Sixth Classes formed the choir for the evening. Under the direction of Ms Mullen, Ms McBride and Ms McWeeney, they were expertly accompanied by Ms Milne, Ms Gerard, Ms Cronin, Ms Smyth and Seán McWeeney. They delighted with a broad range of music in between the various staged productions.
First up were Third Class boys with their stage production of Yo! Ho! Ho! A Pirates Christmas. Singing and dancing beneath the Jolly Roger, the boys performed with aplomb under the direction of Mrs Brennan, Mr Lynch and Mr Ryan,
Mr Culligan’s and Ms Colleran’s Fourth Classes delighted with their Shadow Dance. Their innovative choreography played out behind a specially constructed set to the Ms McWeeney’s melodious rendition of “Fix You” by Coldplay.
Our marvellous Parents’ Association’s had recently gifted the school with a set of ukeleles. And this was well rewarded when Ms Gerrard’s Fifth Class delighted the audience with their playing and singing. This, after just one term of lessons was a truly remarkable achievement! They rounded off their session with Amhrán na gCupán(The Cup Song) as Gaeilge.
Mr Arthur’s Class delighted with a medley of pop songs and an original and very funny version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, referencing everything to do with their school lives from hurling, to tricky spellings, PE and Clare jerseys!
Ms Smyth’s Fourth Class had spent hours rehearsing for their Synchronized Swimming Skit. It was an hilarious dance and dive session to a waltz by Johann Strauss.
All of the performances were interwoven with beautiful singing by Ms McBride's and Ms Mullen's Sixth Classes. Well done, everybody! With supreme effort, dedication and talent you have raised the bar for our future performances and created a night to remember for years to come!
Our Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale was a delightful day for our pupils, our staff and above all-we hope!-for our extended school community. A big Thank you! to those who manned the Coffee dock and cake sale stalls! They included Nuala Lucas, Maggie Brady, Alexia Davis, Emma Joy Phelan, Ruth Donnelly, Fiona McDonald, Eimear Donnelly Jen McElligott, Sonya Kelly and Laura Doolin.
And a Thank you! for all our sponsors: The Glenside Hotel, Best Menswear, Barry Ussher, Andrew Callaghan, Fushsia, Flogas, Dunnes Stores, Pet Bliss and Harry`s Centra.
A huge Thank you! to all of the staff and parents who supplied all the delightful confectionery for the morning. As you'll see from our pics there are some master bakers in our midst!
Mrs Martin, Angela and their ever helpful elves have been very busy decorating our hall for tomorrow's Christmas Coffee Morning, Cake Sale and Hamper Raffle! There`s a warm fire, scones(thanks to Alexia Davis!) and coffee(thanks to our great PA!) awaiting you all when you arrive tomorrow.
Call in any time between 10 o`clock and 12 noon.
Christmas is coming and our elves are busy at work!
Our hamper selection is building up nicely. Thank you for all your contributions! Eager boys are getting ready for our ever popular raffle vying, more likely, for our confectionery, stationery or sports hampers. But we are sure that our Baby Boy or Girl hampers and Fuschia makeup hampers will be very popular with their parents!
Tickets are on sale from Ms Brennan tomorrow, Wednesday 27th November. They will cost €2 for one strip of tickets and €5 for three strips.
Meanwhile, the Kitchen Elves are busy baking! The Coffee Morning also includes the very popular cake sale. Some of the parents and staff have started baking already. All kinds of cakes, buns and biscuits are welcome-shop bought or home-made. Rice Krispie buns and cookies are especially popular with the children.
Please label all boxes and tins with your child's name if you wish to have it returned to you.
The Coffee morning runs from 10-12noon. It's a nice chance to relax with friends and neighbours. We'll have Christmassy music and our hall may even be decked with boughs of holly!
For anyone new to this occasion, it's a lovely time to meet new friends. For anyone who has joined with us before, do please join us again for this community celebration.
Our pics below are a reminder of our Christmas Cake Sale and Coffee Morning last year.
Please do try these experiments at home!
With thanks for help with this post from Caelan, Ruairí, Keelan, Joshua, Jay and all the boys in Mr Arthur's Class
Mr Conghaile brought a very unusual visitor to our school last week. Unfortunately this visitor wasn't in the very best of spirits as he had met his end on the M1 motorway!
Mr Conghaile picked him up as he thought the feathers, beak and feet of this magnificent creature would be of interest to our boys. And indeed they were delighted to find some fun facts about buzzards!
We had a marvelous time with our friends from Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland and Italy over the course of last week. The students, alongside our own Erasmus club got very involved with all the aspects of the project work as you can see from the photographs here. The visitors had a very special presentation of the projects videos in Gliondar Mara and they also had a great time sampling various Irish sports-handball, Gaelic football and hurling-in our hall and in our back yard.
Then on Friday, three very musical visitors treated us all to a great ceilí session in our hall. Donal Smith, Michael McMahon, Riley and Pat, played a variety of tunes that had us all clapping and singing along. Then we took to our feet and enjoyed the Walls of Limerick and Siege of Ennis dances under the guidance of Ms Mullen.
The visitors joined in with each of the activities with great gusto and thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities.
But all good things come to an end. There were hugs, tears and sighs as the visitors left. Arrivaderci, Sudie,pożegnanie,brzy se uvidíme-See you all again soon!
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