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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 21/6/2017

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 Máire 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 bliain agus buíochas freisin don fhoireann teagaisc agus tacaíochta – (Laoise, Éanna, Amy, Ruth, Córa, Ríona, Cáit,Paula, Máire, Tomás Stephanie agus Kathleen) Go raibh maith agaibh as ucht cabhrú lenár bpáistí i rith na bliana agus tá said réidh anois chun bogadh ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad chéim eile ina t-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.

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 Chuinneagáin 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 Ní 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, Paula, Máire, Tomás, Stephanie 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 2016 we were delighted to extend a “Céad Míle Fáilte” to all our newcomers in Naíonáin Bheaga. We also welcomed new members to our staff. Paula Ní Chuilinn (replaced at the start of the year by Irene Ní Chathasaigh) and Máire Ní Dhonncha joined our teaching staff while Tomás Ó Tiarnáin joined us as Special Needs Assistant (S.N.A.).

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 and Fr. Irek looked after the spiritual needs of our pupils. An tAthair Peadar and Fr. Irek were welcome visitors on a weekly basis to our classes giving particular support to classes receiving the sacraments Rang 6 received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Sacred Heart Church on March 25th while Rang 2 received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in the Sacred Heart Church. Our choir sang beautifully for the First Holy Communion Mass and at the Aifreann Gaeilge on Lá ‘le Pádraig. 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.

Educational psychologists, Caroline Treacy and Lee Harlow 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 Polasaí Gaeilge, Enrolment Policy, Critical Incidents Policy, SNA Policy, Assessment Policy, OSIE policy and OSPS policy. The school is involved in regular self-evaluation and we continued to implement our Action plans for English literacy, léitheoireacht Gaeilge and problem-solving in maths. Our school’s accounts were certified by Paul Foxe, accountant.

Our Green Schools Committee was chaired by Múinteoir Laoise helped by Stephanie and parents Lucie Ní Dhuinn agus Marie Ní Mhistéil. They were very busy throughout the year. We grew lettuce, carrots, beet, kale, strawberries and potatoes in our school vegetable garden and reaped the rewards in June. We held a Fairtrade cake sale. We were delighted to be given a mud kitchen by Roscommon County Council and we hope to use this next year in the infant classroom as we implement the Aistear programme. We continued with our “cigirí bruscair” and they monitored rubbish in the yard and in the classroom. We were delighted to be awarded with our 7th Green Flag for our work on Global Diversity. Míle buíochas do pháistí: Moya (Rang 6), Cian (Rang 5), Liam (Rang 4), Senan Ó Mathúna (Rang 3), Alicia (Rang 2) agus Grace (Rang 1), tuistí Marie agus Lucie agus múinteoirí Laoise and Stephanie for co-ordinating all the work.

All of the teachers completed the Haddington Road hours and they also attended three in-school In-service evenings – two on Maths (problem-solving and reasoning skills) facilitated by Tríona Ní Dhonncha and one on Scratch Programming led by Shauna Ní Néill. 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 in their professions during Science and Maths week. Go raibh maith agaibh do na tuistí go léir a tháinig isteach. We improved our I.T. facilities during this school year. Coiste na dTuistí purchased 35 tablets for the school and these are in use in the classrooms in literacy and numeracy stations. We also improved the facilities in our computer room. We added 9 computers there so now we have 25 networked computers. Thanks to Jerh O’Connor’s voluntary work in the school with I.T. we received a grant from IBM to help fund this improvement. We also acknowledge the furniture provided for free by Mark Gannon (parent) and some second-hand monitors and keyboards from Jerh O Connor.

The Christmas season got underway with 3 nights of memorable Christmas Concerts in the school. All children took part and a large audience attended. Naíonáin Bheaga staged “Na Trí Mhuca”, Naíonáin Mhóra staged “Gilín Sneachta”, Rang 1 “Ceardlann Daidí na Nollag”, Rang 2 “An Fathach Santach”, Rang 3 “Séarlas agus an Monarcha Seacláide”, Rang 4 “Annie” agus Rang 5/6 “Scéal na Nollag”. Rang 4 took part in the Féile Dramaíochta with their production of “Annie” and they were awarded many awards at the local drama competition and they went on to win the Connacht finals in Indreabhán. They took part in the All-Ireland Féile Dramaíochta in Mullingar later in the year. We were very proud of their great achievement. In Spring we took part in Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone with our Rang 1 choir, our Grúpa Ceoil and drama from Rang 4. Rang 3 staged their musical in the Hawkswell Theatre and they were awarded two trophies at Coirm Gael Linn for their efforts.
Our grúpa ceoil practised every Wednesday morning before school and performed in Flemings Supervalu for Seachtain na Gaeilge. They also took part in Fleadh Roscomáin in the Under 12 Grúpa Ceoil competition and were awarded a trophy for their efforts. Children from the Gaelscoil took part in Scór na bPáistí at the beginning of the year in Recitation, Solo Singing, Tráth na gCeist, Ballad Group, Instrumental Music and Figure Dancing and won many awards.

Our pupils’ participation in sport has been as ever to the forefront. All children participated in swimming lessons in the Coral Leisure Centre. Dave Dibble, FAI coach visited the school on a weekly basis. Our mixed football team took part in Féile Peile Gael Linn. Our hurling, camógie, boys’ and girls’ football teams took part in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Our hurling team won the Top hurling final and our camogie team were runners up in the camógie final. We took part in Primary schools swimming, rugby, cross-country and handball competitions and had winners in all sports. We acknowledge the support of Múinteoirí Riona and Cáit and sports trainers Michael Mc Ateer, Peter Tiernan Michael Carroll, Prionsias Killion and Gerry Morris in helping us with these achievements. We organized an active schools week in the school in June and all the children enjoyed such activities as dance, yoga, skipathon, rugby and orienteering. Sports’ Day was held in June and a large turnout of parents and friends enjoyed a fun-filled day of activity.

Art activities are very important to us in Gaelscoil de hÍde. Múinteoir Ríona was involved in an artist/teacher partnership and undertook a project with Rang 2. She worked with artist and sculptor Tom Meskell and they were involved in a project following on from a visit to St. John’s Wood. Shauna, Rang Naíonáin Mhóra was a national winner in the I.N.T.O. handwriting competition and we congratulate her class teacher Múinteoir Córa and co-ordinator of competition Múinteoir Éanna. We welcomed Carmel Balfe, Puppet-maker, Wayne O’Connor, storyteller, Peter Crann, drummer and Áine Ní Ghlinn, údar to the school in June for our Arts Day and children in all classes enjoyed many different workshops.

In this school year we had the following range of activities available in our after-school club - homework club, golf, ABC -GAA foundation skills, Irish dancing, arts and crafts, camógie, hurling and football for boys and girls.
5th class were introduced to German this year by Múinteoir Amy. 6th class continued their learning and both classes participated in another eTwinning project. 4th class participated in an Easter Art eTwinning project that included 40 schools from all over Europe. Múinteoir Amy is a national ambassador for the eTwinning programme. The name of the latest project was “Hallo Deutschland, Hello Ireland” and all project activities were carried out in German. Through the use of ICT tools such as Power Point, video, pictures and drawings, songs, project journal, padlet and Skype the pupils in both schools completed a variety of different activities around the project theme. Tasks included asking and answering questions about the other schools online via padlets. They also exchanged hand-made Christmas and Easter cards and finished the project in June by learning a song (in German) all about Summer time!

Our partner school is the Herigoyen Schule in Sulzbach am Main, Germany. A teacher from this school, Simone Remmers, spent a week with us in early February. Simone observed language teaching in all classes and taught some German throughout the school. The history and geography of Germany was also explored with senior classes. We will continue to work with the Herigoyen Bilinguale Schule and Frau Remmers next year. Our school also received its third National Quality Label for an eTwinning project. We also held an EU Day of Languages competition in the school last September; pupils wrote (in German) a simple text about an effect of climate change, a picture accompanied each entry. Taylor from rang 5 and Liam from rang 6 were our school’s winners and were presented with nice prizes on the EU day of Languages – 26th September. There’s more information about German in the Gaelscoil and our eTwinning projects under the Activities/Gníomhachtaí tab on the school website.

We entered in many competitions throughout the year including the Pioneer Essay competition, Drama Festival Competition, Credit Union quiz, INTO handwriting competition, Eason’s Spelling Bee, Community Games handwriting and art competition, Papa John’s Art Competition, and English Primary Debating and we enjoyed much success. We had two National winners – Shauna (handwriting) and Ciara (storywriting), both pupils from Naíonáin Mhóra. Our senior classes took part in the Junior Entrepreneur project and two projects were chosen to proceed with by the dragons – “Crafty Canvas” and “Handy Holders”. Thanks to Avril Ní Mhaolalaidh (Parent) Lucie Ní Dhuinn (Parent) and Lynda and Ronan Mac Piarais (parents) who helped with these projects. Classes participated in workshops on Road Safety led by Garda John O’Connor. Míle buíochas le Lucie Dunne a chabhraigh linn le léitheoireacht Gaeilge ins na bunranganna.

We enjoyed welcoming a very large group of grandparents to the school for Grandparents’ Day. We had a very successful Open Morning in March and we welcomed many new infants and their parents to our school. Members of Dysart’s Rural Men’s Group spoke to the children about life long ago and Noel Hoare brought the children in Rang 4/5/6 on a historical tour of Roscommon tour including points of interest such as St. Coman’s Church, the Dominican Abbey and Roscommon Museum.

Our boys and girls in sixth class completed a workshop “Transition to secondary school” led by Foróige. Children in all our classes enjoyed their class tours where they visited the Adventure Park at Lough Key, Boyle, Derryglad Folk Museum, Jump for Joy, Athlone, Westport House and Adventure Park and Pure Skills, Galway.
We are always delighted to welcome some of our past-pupils back to the school. This year we welcomed Conor Ó Laighin on teaching practice. Conor is a past-pupil of the school, he was in the first intake of junior Infants in September 2000 and it was great to welcome him back as a trainee teacher. Stephanie our secretary is also studying to become a primary school teacher with Hibernia College and she also completed her teaching practice with us. We were delighted to have Edwina (tuiste) completing her office work experience with us in February. We welcomed many transition year and fifth year students on work experience. We were very grateful to Raonaid Ní hAdhmaill (past pupil) for all the help she gave us in June. We also had a number of past-pupils who helped with our sports day. Ellie, Raonaid, Tim, Rónán agus Síoda, mile buíochas.

To finish, I would like to thank all who helped to make 2016/2017 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 the co-operative nature of our pupils and general parent body. Huge credit goes to our wonderful staff who work diligently week after week. A special word of thanks to Stephanie, our secretary for all the work she does to keep the school running smoothly and keeping the website updated. 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.