This week was Active School week. We did different activities every day. Every morning we walked to school from the Cathedral and Baunóg. Sometimes we had as many as 90 boys walking together to school.
On Friday the week before Easter our school had an Easter egg hunt! Eggs were hidden all over the field. 6th class had to go last as it would be unfair that the older classes would get most of the eggs and the younger classes would get a smaller amount of eggs. When the hunt began it was difficult for the older classes to find eggs but overall most of the eggs were evenly divided among all the classes. When the hunt was in full swing the Easter Bunny came! Soon the Easter egg hunt was over and we went back up to our classes. The eggs collected were divided among the students and then we went home. Overall we had a great time!
On the 8th of March all the classes took part in Ceolchoirm Seachtain na Gaeilge. Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Week) is celebrated over 2 weeks in the run up to St. Patrick’s Day each year. During that fortnight we make an extra effort to speak Irish during our school day and celebrate all things Irish at our annual concert. Each class performed songs, tunes on the tin whistles and poems ‘as Gaeilge’. Some of 5th and 6th class boys volunteered to take part in a play organised by Ms. Lawless and Ms. Broderick called The Wizard Of Oz. All the performances were very good and well performed. At the end we sang the Ireland national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann. It was a lovely day.
On the 15th of March 5th and 6th class went to the rugby blitz. We were separated up into 7 teams of ten. We played against our own teams and Leitrim. When we were togged out we were given crisps, water and apples. Nicole from Loughrea Rugby Club was training us for the last 6 weeks getting ready for the blitz. We had lots of fun.
The school entered the FAI 5 aside school’s soccer blitzes this year. The teams were picked from 5th and 6th classes. We started off with about 50 players and then narrowed it down to 30 and then to 24. The 24 were the school teams of A, B and C. After a week of training we went to the blitz. We went to Salthill, Devon soccer grounds and there we played our matches. Each team played four matches except the A team who played six. The C team lost all their matches the B team won one drew one and lost two and the A team won four and lost two. Our A team got to the final but unfortunately lost. We had a great day out and sang lots of songs on the way home!
With more and more focus now coming on internet safety and educating young people to be safer online and on social media, CyberSafe Ireland has released the leaflet below with some advice for parents and children around broaching the subject. With Internet Safety Day on the 6th of February, now is the perfect time to sit down and discuss how we use the internet and social media and some of the things that we need to be mindful of. This poster is a good starting point and for any more information CyberSafe Ireland has lots of useful links and info on their website.