We had a marvellous day in Ballinrobe on Tuesday. We took part in the F.A.I. Primary School 5s Programme. Everyone played really well but we are delighted that the boys' team won the final and have now qualified for the County Final.
On Thursday we were delighted to welcome author, Kate Kelly, from Glencorrib. Kate has written stories about a local hedgehog called Hayward. Kate was very interesting and she told us all about Hayward who lives in her garden. We discussed the hedgehog's habitat, food and way of life. We talked about some other wildlife such as the kingfisher, the shrew and the bat. We had a lovely time with Kate and we especially enjoyed when she read an extract from her book.
Mothers' Day is on Sunday and we made some lovely things this week. All classes created cards and pictures. The Junior Room children made cards which contained a tea bag so their mammies may have a cuppa before or after the match in Croke Park. Ms. Muldoon's room made beautiful pots for their mothers. They shaped them from clay, dried and painted them.
Mr. Bourke's room created some fantastic farm pictures. They drew farmyards and used stencils to create the animals. Look at how colourful they are.
Check out our STEM page to meet our young engineers who were shortlisted for the STEPS Young Engineers Award.
The children in Ms. Muldoon's room explored levers this week. Go over to our STEM page for more details.
Competitions - Scór and Quiz
Scór na bPáistí
Good luck to all our pupils taking part in the county final of Scór na bPáistí in Balla this weekend. We are all very proud of you.
UPDATE: WE WON!!!!
Congratulations to our Léiriú group who won first prize in the county final in Balla on Saturday afternoon. Well done to Stephen, Jack, Eóin, Aisling, Niamh, Emma, Nicole and Grace for a wonderful performance. A huge thank you to our playwright and co-director Yvonne Murphy, our co-director and stage manager Ms.Presnail and our costume designer Ms. Gillon.
The Community Games Quiz
Six children from our school will compete in the “Community Games Quiz” which will take place in “The Royal Theatre”, Castlebar. It is different to other quizzes because you can rotate the people in the team after each round. The competitors are Eoin and Daragh O’ Dea, Eleanor and Lauren East, Jack Coleman and Conn Naughton. Good Luck!!!
THe Sacrament of Penance
Congratulations to the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Penance on Thursday evening.
Junior Room Writing
The children in the Junior Room have looked at the Lifecycle of the Frog as part of their Spring theme. They learned about the different stages in the lifecycle and all the characteristics of each stage. They created some lovely frog pictures by sponge painting. (See more on our STEM page). The children also used the topic to explore the writing genre of Explanation.
4th, 5th and 6th class pupils have been examining the properties and characteristics of Clay and the changes that occur to it when mixed with water. Go over to our STEM page to see an account of their investigations.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
This week is Seachtain na Gaeilge. We celebrate our Irish Culture during this special week. We did Irish dancing (The Stack of Barley), watched Irish programmes, sang Irish songs, recited Irish poems and listened to traditional Irish music. We all made a great effort to use the cúpla focal throughout the school day.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Second class are busy preparing for their Sacrament of Reconciliation which will take place Thursday next, the 21st of March at 7pm. Their First Holy Communion will take place on the 18th of May.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig
We entered the annual art competition for St. Patrick's Day in Ballinrobe. This year the theme was “I'm a believer” which was quite a wide theme this year.
A few days later we got the results. Aisling Murphy had got second place in the U13 age group because of her excellent drawing of a leprechaun.
The junior classroom made very jolly leprechaun masks. Firstly they coloured in a template on card before sticking bright green crepe/tissue/coloured paper all over the hat and shamrock. Finally, they stuck shiny gold paper on the buckle and attached an elastic band to the back.
The first class coloured some beautiful shamrocks.
All in all, our patron saint was honoured very well in our school.
Digital School Of Distinction Flag
We received our Digital Flag during the week. Go over to our STEM page for more details.
Data in the Junior Room
The children in the Junior Room are studying Data. Go over to our STEM page to find out more.
A Busy Week
Digital Schools of Distinction Award
Our school has recently been awarded with the “Digital Schools of Distinction” Award. This means that we use a lot of I.C.T. to help enhance our educational experience in every classroom throughout our school day. It is a great honour to receive this award.
This week was Engineers’ Week. Please visit our STEM page to see how our school participated in Engineering activities.
Maurice the Lamb
On Friday, Ms. Presnail brought one of her lambs into the school. The lamb’s name was Maurice. The lamb was sitting in a small crate with straw in it. As Spring/The Farm is the current Aistear theme in the Junior Room, Maurice visited the Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First class first. The children got a great surprise and Maurice was very quiet. He visited the other two classrooms also. When the children were petting him, he was so relaxed that he felt asleep. Thanks Ms. Presnail. We really enjoyed meeting Maurice.
World Book Day
World Book Day took place on Thursday. The children love reading. The Junior Room shared their love of reading with each other.
Scór na bPáistí
On Thursday the 7th of March, children from Cross N.S. went to the hall in Hollymount to participate in Scór na bPáistí. Sean Nós dancing was performed by Hannah. The instrumental music was performed by Aisling, Darragh, Hannah, Eleanor and Lauren. The solo singing was performed by Tom. The ballad group singing was performed by Luke, Tom, Mark, Patrick and Conn. Grace, Niamh, Aisling, Eoin, Stephen, Jack, Emma and Nicole performed in the Léiriú. Tom and the Léiriú got through to the County final. Well done everyone.
The Community Games Art Competition
There was great excitement this week in our school when we got back the results of the Community Games Art Competition. Two sets of siblings won medals! The Donoghoe brothers and the East sisters received gold and silver medals. In Mr.Bourke’s room, Eoin won a silver medal, Eleanor won a bronze medal and Lauren won a silver medal. In Ms. Muldoon’s room, Julia won a gold medal, Aaron won a gold medal, Calum won a silver medal and Michael won a bronze medal. Well done everybody.
Scór na bPáistí
We are very busy in Cross N.S. preparing for Scór na bPáistí. This year we have lots of contestants including a ballad group, recitation, instrumental group and even a play about the Fir Bolgs and the Tuatha de Danann.
Engineers week is here. We will post all our activities on our STEM page at the end of the week.