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Nascanna Tapaidh

Seanfhocal na Seachtaine

"Níl mar a shíltear a bhítear"

"Things are not always as they seem"

Tuairisc Deireadh Bliana

Posted 26/6/2018

A thuistí,

Tá deireadh na bliana ag druidim linn agus táimid ag fágáil sláin le grúpa eile buachaillí agus cailíní anseo i nGaelscoil de hÍde. Guímid gach rath orthu sa mhéanscoil.

Mar chathaoirleach den Bhord Bhainistíochta ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháil le baill an bhoird – Seán Ó Mathúna, Tom Ó Fearghail, Fiona Ní Chuinn, Deirdre Ní Cheallaigh, Caitlín de Brún, Orla Ní Chuinneagáin agus Éanna de Róiste. Bhuaileamar le chéile go minic i rith na bliana agus thug na daoine seo idir threoir agus comhairle dúinn. Ba mhaith liom freisin an obair dian atá déanta ag Coiste na dTuistí faoi stiúir Marie Ní Mhistéil, Adrienne de Búrca agus Méadhbh Nic Néill a aithint.

Míle buíochas freisin d’Orla Ní Chuinneagáin don obair dícheallach a dhéanann sí gach bhliain agus buíochas freisin don fhoireann teagaisc agus tacaíochta – (Laoise, Éanna, Amy, Ruth, Córa, Ríona, Cáit,Aileen, Stephanie, Bernie agus Kathleen) Go raibh maith agaibh as ucht cabhrú lenár bpáistí i rith na bliana agus tá siad réidh anois chun bogadh ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad chéim eile ina n-aistear foghlama.

D’oibrigh an Bord Bainistíochta,Coiste na dTuistí, foireann agus tuistí le chéile agus is cúis bhróid é sin dúinn sa Ghaelscoil.  Ní neart go cur le chéile. Táim ag súil go mór leis an gcéad scoilbhliain eile agus a bheith ag obair libh go léir arís.

Is mise, le meas,

Úna Ní Chuinn, Cathaoirleach an Bhoird Bhainistíochta.

As we finish another school year here at Gaelscoil de hÍde we say goodbye to another group of young girls and boys and wish them well in their futures in secondary school and beyond. 

As chairperson of the Board of Management I would like to thank the members of the Board Sean Mahon, Tom O Farrell, Fiona Ní Chuinn, Deirdre Ní Cheallaigh, Caitlin Browne, Orla Ni Chuinneagain agus Eanna de Róiste.    This group meets several times in the year and they are an invaluable source of advice and direction for our School.  I would also like to acknowledge the dedicated work done by Coiste na dTuistí under the leadership of Marie Mitchell, Adrienne Burke and Méadhbh McNeill.

A big thanks also to Orla Ni Chuinneagáin for the diligent and honest work she puts into the school every year and to thank our teaching and support staff; (Laoise, Éanna, Amy, Ruth, Córa,  Ríona, Cáit, Stephanie, Bernie, Aileen agus Kathleen).  Thank you all for bringing our children along this year and for shaping them so that they are now ready to move onto the next school year with excitement and ability. The Bord Bainistíochta, Coiste na dTuistí, staff and parents have worked well together and are a credit to Gaelscoil de hÍde. I look forward to the next school year and working with you all again.

Is mise, le meas,              

Úna Ní Chuinn, Cathaoirleach an Bhoird Bainistíochta

 

In September 2017 we were delighted to extend a “Céad Míle Fáilte” to all our newcomers in Naíonáin Bheaga and to Brannagh in Rang 1 and later in the year to Kaua i rang 1.  We also welcomed two new members to our staff. Bernie Ní Ghatlaoich, S.N.A. and Aileen Nic hAnnluain, learning support.

We thank our Board of Management of Una Ní Chuinn (Chairperson) Seán Ó Mathúna (Treasurer), Tom Ó Fearghail, Fiona Ní Chuinn, Deirdre Ní Cheallaigh, Caitlín de Brún, Éanna de Róiste agus Orla Ní Chuinneagáin (secretary) for all their dedicated work throughout this academic year.

Alongside our dedicated teachers our pastoral team of An Canónach Peadar Ó Láimhín looked after the spiritual needs of our pupils. An tAthair Peadar was a welcome visitor on a weekly basis to the school giving particular support to classes receiving the sacraments. Rang 6 received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Sacred Heart Church on April 14th while Rang 2 received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in the Sacred Heart Church. Our senior choir sang beautifully for the First Holy Communion Mass and at the Aifreann Gaeilge for the Roscommon Gaels Annual Mass.  Charity is an important part of our school. This year we raised money for the Join Our Boys trust, The Hope Foundation, Vincent de Paul and Trócaire.

Our school educational psychologist, Ms. Niamh Flynn, carried out educational assessments at the school during the year and advised us on a regular basis regarding the implementation of the continuum of support for children in all classes. Children from Rang 1 to Rang 6 sat standardized tests in English, Irish and Maths and the scores for Rang 2, Rang 4 and Rang 6 were forwarded to the Department of Education and Science as requested. Parent/teacher meetings took place in November and parents were welcome to call into the school to meet teachers when the need arose. The Board of Management met regularly throughout the year and reviewed many policies including our Child Protection policy, Bullying policy, GDPR policy and IT policy. The school is involved in regular self-evaluation and we continued to implement our Action plans for English literacy and numeracy and continue to work on Gaeilge. Our school’s accounts were certified by Paul Foxe, accountant. We installed a new administration software Aladdin in the school.

Our Green School Committee was chaired by Múinteoir Laoise helped by Bernie and parents Lucie Ní Dhuinn agus Marie Ní Mhistéil. They were very busy throughout the year. We started a school vegetable garden in the Spring. We held a Fairtrade cake sale and raised over 700 euro for Trócaire. We continued with our “cigirí bruscair” and they monitored rubbish in the yard and in the classroom. We started Máirseáil ar an Mháirt in Term 3 and every Tuesday morning we organized a walk to school. We were delighted that our “Foireann Fuinnimh” were selected to take part in the National Finals of the “One Good Idea” competition. This gave them a chance to showcase the great work being done in the Gaelscoil at National Level in Dublin Castle. Míle buíochas do pháistí, tuistí Marie agus Lucie agus múinteoirí Laoise for co-ordinating all the work.

All of the teachers completed the Haddington Road hours and they also attended two in-school In-service evenings – one on Digital Literacy facilitated by David O’Gara and another on Electronic Music led by Robbie Perry. All teachers attended an in-service day on the New Language Literacy Curriculum.

We were delighted to welcome parents to the school to share how they were using maths and science and engineering in their professions during Science, Engineering and Maths week. Go raibh maith agaibh do Declan Donlan, Jerh O’Connor, Brenda Clarke, Attracta Foley, and Mark Keaveney. Rang 5/6 took part in the Primary SciFest in the CBS secondary school. They also were delighted to be selected to take part in the Young Scientist Competition in UL in January. Their efforts were rewarded by a number of prizes at both.  Pupils in our senior classes attended a science show in the Convent of Mercy Secondary School. All our efforts in the area of STEM( Science/technology/Engineering and Maths subjects) were rewarded at the end of the year when Gaelscoil de hÍde was awarded the Discover Primary Science Award 2018 for the third time. Our entry for this award was co-ordinated by Múinteoir Ríona.  Some of the senior classes visited the A.I.T. and enjoyed a day with lots of science-based activities, thanks to Lorraine O’Connor for organizing this.

The Christmas season got underway with memorable Carol Service in the Sacred Heart Church. Our senior classes also took part in Aonach na Nollag in the Square selling items they had made. Our choirs sang in Oakwood Nursing Home, the Bank of Ireland, the annual turning on of the Christmas lights, on the streets fundraising for St Vincent de Paul and on St. Stephen’s Day in Hannon’s Hotel in aid of the Alzheimer's  Association. Our Rang 2 and 3 staged a variety show with music, song, dance and choral speaking at Coirm Gael Linn in Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo and they were awarded two trophies at Coirm Gael Linn for their efforts. We also took part in Scór na bPáistí with children from the senior classes taking part in Recitation, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Figure Dancing, Instrumental Music and Quiz. The school was well represented at the County Fleadh and we will have children participating in the Connacht Fleadh in music, story, singing and comhrá Gaeilge in the summer.

Our pupils’ participation in sport has been as ever to the forefront. All children participated in swimming lessons in the Coral Leisure Centre. We re-introduced rugby for our pupils and we thank Micheál McAteer and Micheál Glennon for their help with this. Our mixed sixth class football team took part in Féile Peile Gael Linn. They enjoyed an overnight stay in Ros Muc and progressed to the semi-finals of the Connaught competition. Our hurling, camógie, boys’ and girls’ football teams took part in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Our hurling team won the Division 2 hurling final and our camogie team were runners up in the camógie final Division 2.  Our school Girls’ Football team won the County Final in the Large Schools Section for the first time in the history of the the Gaelscoil and this was a huge achievement. We were delighted to learn that Síofra Ní hOisín and Eoghan Ó Cárthaigh were selected to take part in half-time matches during the All-Ireland Championship. We took part in Primary schools swimming, cross-country competitions and had winners in all sports. We acknowledge the support of Múinteoirí Riona, Cáit, parent – Serena O’Farrell and sports trainers Michael Carroll and Gerry Morris in helping us with these achievements. During active schools week in the school in June all the children enjoyed such activities as dance, yoga,rugby, football, ABC skills and orienteering.  Sports’ Day was held in June and a large turnout of parents and friends enjoyed a fun-filled day of activity. We also had workshops on drumming and drama.

In this school year we extended the range of activities available in our after-school club to include coding club and multi-instrument classes. We now offer after school classes in ABC skills, speech and drama, art and crafts, Irish dancing with our grúpa ceoil practising before school and our football, hurling and camógie teams practising after school.

Our Coiste na dTuistí organized a workshop for the middle and senior classes with John Wills on cyber bullying and in the evening they ran a successful talk for parents on this very important topic. We also introduced a new programme in the school “Friends for Life” which we piloted to the middle and senior classes.

5th class were introduced to German this year by Múinteoir Amy. 6th class continued their learning in this area. We were delighted to be awarded the E-twinning label for schools 2018/2019 for our work. The main projects the children participated in were “Let’s create a book” with a school in Spain and “Happy Christmas/ Buon Natale” with a school in Italy. The children also exchanged hand-made Christmas and Easter cards. We participated in the EU day of languages competition. The presenter of News2day came to the school along with a film crew and filmed the children in Naíonáin and Rang 5 regarding their work on E-twinning and this was broadcast on Nuacht RTE1 and again on News2day. Múinteoir Amy continues to further her own education in language teaching and will visit a school in Germany at the end of June.

We entered in many competitions throughout the year including the Pioneer Essay competition, Drama Festival Competition, Credit Union quiz, Eason’s Spelling Bee, Community Games handwriting and art competition, Coirm Gael Linn and we enjoyed much success. Our quiz team won a double winning in the Under 11 and Under 13 age group locally.  For the first year we took part in a photography competition organized by INSPA and we are grateful to Elaine Lally who gave workshops on photography to our Rang 1 and we had 6 finalists in the junior section of this competition. World Book Day was celebrated in the Gaelscoil with children in all classes getting involved and dressing  up as their favourite characters from books. We compiled a radio programme for Ros FM for Seachtain na Gaeilge and all classes were involved singing, playing music and reciting poems. Our Rang 4/5 attended workshops with artists Rhona Byrne and Vanessa Lopez and the work they completed was on exhibition in Roscommon Arts Centre.

We enjoyed welcoming a very large group of grandparents to the school for Grandparents’ Day. We had a very successful Open Morning in January and we welcomed many new infants and their parents to our school. We also for the first time had an open morning for the children attending Greenfields Playschool and Montessori and this proved a great success.

Children in all our classes enjoyed their class tours where they visited the Adventure Park at Lough Key, Boyle, Turoe Pet Farm Loughrea, Galway, Baysports, Hodson Bay, Lough Ree Power Station and Shannon River Adventure, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. Rang 3 were particularly lucky enjoying two school tours having won a trip to Dublin Zoo when they named the calf born there – “Guailín”. Our Rang 5 and Rang 6 enjoyed a very educational historical tour of Roscommon Castle and The Sacred Heart Church thanks to Gerry Shannon, historian and Múinteoir Ríona for organizing. Rang 2 were filmed for “Mo Scéal” a programme on TG4 which will be broadcast in the Autumn and Rang 5/6 were filmed for “Whizz sa Chistin”, TG4. We look forward to watching both programmes later. We were delighted to open a Facebook page to keep you updated on events in our busy school.

150 schools were selected to take part in the Creative Schools Programme in conjunction with the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. We were very pleased that Gaelscoil de hÍde was selected. The purpose of this programme is to give resources and guidance to schools in order to deepen the impact the arts and creativity can make on school life and the lives of young children. We look forward to the impact this project will have on our school when the project starts next year.

We are always delighted to welcome some of our past-pupils back to the school. This year we welcomed many past pupils on transition year work experience. Reighnead, Aisling, Moya, Niamh and Róisín helped in the school in June. Mile buíochas.  We also had a number of past-pupils who helped with our sports day.

To finish, I would like to thank all who helped to make 2017/2018 another enjoyable and successful year at the Gaelscoil. The success stems from the great working relationship between our Board of Management, staff and Parents’ Association and co-operative nature of our pupils and general parent body. Huge credit goes to our wonderful staff who work diligently week after week. We are sad to say goodbye to Múinteoir Ruth who has decided to resign and move to Australia to live following her marriage this summer. Go raibh maith agat Ruth don obair go léir a rinne tú ar son páistí na Gaelscoile tríd na blianta. We also thank Stephanie, our secretary for all the work she has done to keep the school running smoothly. Stephanie has recently qualified as a teacher and won’t be returning as secretary in September. Coiste na dTuistí, led by Marie Ní Mhistéil, Adrienne de Búrca and Méadhbh Uí Néill , must get special mention for their help and support right throughout the year. Guímis Rath Dé ar a gcuid oibre.

We wish the best of luck to our sixth class pupils as they progress to the next step in their education. We look forward to next year with enthusiasm and hope for an equally active and successful year in our very busy school.