The Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge, Drogheda was the setting for another clash yesterday as teams from all around Leinster competed at the annual Rás na hÉireann event.
Muck was in plentiful supply but at least the rain was there to wash it off faces and jerseys as the competitors bounced around the field.
Our school was represented there in four categories, U9, U 11, U13, and U15. Coached and organized by Ms Brennan, they wereteams from highly competitive athletic clubs such as the Tullamore Harriers, Bohermeen, Boyne A.C, St Peter's Dunboyne and of course, Dunleer AC.
Dunleer AC were the organizers of the entire event and they did a superb job. Instructions were clear, the field and carpark were well stewarded, the track well marked and supervised and each of the races were run off on time.
U9s ran 500 metres, U 11s ran 1,000 metres, U 13s 1,500m and U15s ran 2,500m.
But this was cross country and the going was tough.
Nevertheless, our teams showed great spirit and character claiming gold, silver and bronze in the U15s, U13s and U9s respectively.
But more importantly, they all showed great determination and spirit on that most famous of battle sites. Every one of them completed the course. Some indeed fell, picked themselves up and continued on. We are proud of them all and wish them many more days of happy running.
Today is Pancake Day! The boys in Ms Smyth's Senior Infant class each got a chance to enjoy some delicious pancakes with their favourite topping of Nutella.
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday marks the start of Lent. Traditionally, it was a time when the last of the eggs and flour were used up in advance of Ash Wednesday, which is a day of fasting.
I called to the doctor's surgery last week. I had a sore wrist. Luckily for me, there were two hospitals in our school! This is all thanks to the fantastic Aistear program which are running in Junior and Senior Infants.
These hospitals come fully equipped with stethoscopes, syringes, scalpels. They are run by the most enthusiastic of medical teams featuring receptions, radiologist, doctors and nurses.
After making an appointment, I was whisked away to the hospital tent. Upon careful examination of my sore wrist, the doctor was only too keen to adminster an injection. In fact I had three injections in all! He also wrote a brief prescription before sending me to the pharmacy.
Maybe the medication worked but Aistear certainly is. Learning through play in this way allows for the exploration of environments which are familiar to the children. This leads in turn to opportunities to develop oral language, reading and writing. And it was just great to see the boys in Ms Rice's and Ms Martin's class having so much fun with the process.
More information on Aistear here!
It's the first day of February and. even though the weather was decidedly wintry today, officially it's the first day of Spring.
The first of February also marks the feast day of Saint Brigid. Brigid, or Bríd, as she is known in Irish, is renowned for making a cross out of rushes.
All around our school this week, boys were busy making Saint Brigid's Crosses.
Vast quantities of rushes were required and Mr Conneely, Mr Arthur, Ms. Callan and Mr. Lynch collected these from marshland and bogs and the boys from third to sixth class got busy sorting out rushes and weaving crosses.
Meanwhile, both Third Classes gathered together for a special Prayer Service. This prayer service celebrated Catholic Schools' week and also the heritage of Saint Brigid.
The boys told stories of Saint Brigid, her life in County Louth and Kildare and of how she comforted a dying chieftain by telling him about Jesus. Gathering rushes from the floor of the chieftain's house, Brigid weaved a cross and spoke to the chieftain of the crucifixion and resurrection of Our Lord.
Our Prayer Space celebrates Saint Brigid for the month of February. She is part of the richness of our Irish heritage, her cross being almost as widely recognized as the harp and the shamrock as a distinctly Irish symbol. Brigid herself is one of our patron saints. Her memory lives on too in those named after her. Bríd, Bridie and Breda are all variations of the name Brigid.
According to an ancient Irish custom, hanging St. Brigid's crosses over the doors or windows of the house protected the house from harm.
Nowadays, the parade of Brigid's crosses from our school reminds us that it is worthwhile keeping some ancient traditions alive and that Spring days of sunshine, warmth, life and growth have finally arrived.
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!