Donacarney Boys' School have a long history of quiz success at county and provincial level. But this weekend we even smashed our own record.
Schools from the East Meath area battled it out last Friday in Drogheda at the Annual Credit Union Quiz. As parents, teachers and friends looked on anxiously, teams from fourth, fifth and sixth classes let fly with the answers. The rounds were closely contested with some teams running neck in neck right up to the final round.
Our school were depending on our fourth class team-Daniel, Lauchie, Daithí and Seán and on our senior team consisting of twins Jack and Joe, Cormac and Conor in the hopes that at least one team would qualify for the next round.
As the night wore on, the questions got more difficult and the two teams scores rose steadily up the results sheet, the final round for the junior team saw Donacarney Boys emerge victorious!
Our Senior Team had a nail-biting finish. A score recheck led to a tie breaker between them and their closest rivals. Thankfully, the tie-breaker went their way and, to the delight of their parents, teachers and friends, they claimed victory too!
So we now have, not one, but TWO teams who have qualified for Stage Two of the Credit Union Quiz 2018!
Best of luck to the teachers, the parents and especially our two teams. We are very proud of you all!
Mr Arthur, Ms McBride, Ms Gerrard and Mr Duffy are proud of their winning teams.
Undaunted by early morning starts, our fifth and sixth class pupils hit the tarmac running for our 8 am football coaching with Mr Arthur, Mr Culligan, Mr Lynch and Mr Duffy. Their first match for the coveted Cooney cup went well for our team as they emerged the winners against a valiant Stamullen team on Friday 19th January.
Meanwhile, Colmcille's coach, Níall Kane is taking on two after school sessions with our second and fourth classes. These sessions will run over six weeks, and already are proving very popular with the boys. The focus is on helping the boys acquire the basic skills of the game along with having lots of fun and already it has encouraged some boys to look to our local club for some more football fun.
The sessions run from 3:20-4:00 pm Mondays(Second Class) and Tuesdays(Fourth Class). Please note that the wearing of a gum shield is essential for all gaelic football training and matches.
We have an interesting series of photos here from this week's Samba show. Kieran Gallagher and Mrs Quinn organized a series of Samba workshops for the boys which culminated in these concerts for parents, friends and family. As you'll see from the pictures and this brilliant videoclip there is a lot of concentration, listening, hard work and learning in Samba. And a lot of fun and noise too!
Our thanks to parent Stephen Davis for the brilliant pics!
Our December Assembly focused on our Amazing Artists. Each of the artists in our picture were awarded for the flair, enthusiasm and effort which they displayed in art over the past few weeks.
Ms Campbell's class and Ms. Colleran's class also received line awards.
Our January Assembly will focus on Maths. Ms. McWeeney urged the boys to make their very best efforts in Mental Maths and with their maths practice with our return to school in the New Year. There will also be a special award for classes who make the best efforts to eat healthily and to keep their classrooms neat and tidy.
Here's hoping we can all keep the healthy eating habit over Christmas!
The boys in Senior Infants and First Classes became scientists this morning as they constructed their own mini robots. Ms Milne's uncle Benny facilitated the workshop, with the generous support of the Electricity Supply Board. He showed the boys how to make the robots using plastic cups, motors, wires, batteries, straws and markers.
The lesson opened the boys eyes to the exciting world of robotics and electronics. And there was a little art there too because their miniature robot could draw!
Needless to say, lots of fun was had by all along with lots of learning too. We are very grateful to the ESB, to Ms Milne, and especially to her Uncle Benny for all the laughter and learning that we enjoyed during the course of this very special workshop!
Ms Campbell and Ms Smyth's classes, along with student teachers, Ms Cronin and Ms Judge, enjoyed a visit from Drogheda Fire Brigade today. The boys were intrigued by the firemen's uniforms and breathing apparatus along with the equipment and tools that the firemen displayed. But the greatest cheer of the day erupted when the firemen demonstrated how powerful the fire engine's hoses were. A strong spray of water arced across the yard from the fireman's hose bringing whoops of delight from the boys. And, no doubt, confirming many of them in their determination to join Drogheda's Fire Brigade, some day!
As you can see, our hall is beautifully decorated for tomorrow's Christmas Coffee morning and Cake Sale. Everyone is invited. We're sure even an elf or two will turn up! Our very popular School Calendar will go on sale. And, thanks to our wonderful parent and staff bakers, we're sure of a dazzling array of cakes and treats!
Looking forward to meeting you all there. It is, after all, a great social occasion. The excitement is building too, to see who will having the winning tickets for all our fantastic hampers.
Everybody is welcome from 10 am-1pm Friday December 8th!
Third Class are in the middle of the current round of Gaelic coaching sessions from Níall Kane. Níall's roots are in Simonstown, Navan, GAA club and he is now full time coach to St. Colmcille's GAA club. We are delighted to have him working with us. These sessions take place after school on Tuesdays with the final session taking place on Tuesday December 19th.
Our Annual Coffee Morning, Cake Sale and Hamper Raffle takes place this Friday, December 8th. This is a hugely popular event, which raises vital funds for our school. The Cake Sale features the best of home baking from our parents, teacher and SNAS. And shop bought goodies are welcome too!
Tickets for the hamper raffle can be purchased all week from Ms. Brennan's office. The event itself takes place from 10 am-1pm. With entertainment on hand from our choir, it is also a delightful social occasion to add to your Christmas calendar.