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Founded in 1887, Gortskehy National School is a three-teacher primary school situated in the parish of Roundfort, County Mayo. Our school is characterised by very positive working relationships among the whole school community: management, teachers, parents and pupils. There is a welcoming and homely atmosphere in the school and a stimulating learning environment provided for all. To view a pupil’s work, photos or videos search using his/her first name only in the box above. For pupils with the same first name add the first letter of their surname e.g. EvanF, EvanG, AmyF, AmyH.

My trip to Portugal

Posted by Pierce On May - 9 - 2017

There were five people in my host family and six people including me. When I came in they were all there and they had a glass of milk for me and some cookies. They had two dogs and a cat. The cat’s name was Chef. They had one daughter  and they had a son. The mother’s name was Isabel and she was an English teacher. The dad was a teacher as well.  I enjoyed bringing the dogs for a walk. I had lots of fun and enjoyed staying with them.

At the school we did lots of things such as workshops, Lego Mindstorms, baking lemon cookies and we made a rocket out of a bottle. We also made a satellite, a photo frame and we met the mayor. We also went to the salt mines with the school, took part on a fitness walk, swimming and lots more. We went to a science museum in Lisbon and we also went baking. On one of the evenings we had a stargazing party for around an hour. We also went to the beach and and played football. We visited a factory that produces lettuce and melons. We saw huge churches and we saw the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War 1. When we were in the science museum most of us went on a bike 18 metres from the ground and cycled over a net. The school was really big. On the last night we had to show a short film to present our school and then we sang a song in Irish, played the tin whistle and Orlaith did some Irish dancing. I had lots of fun in Portugal. I had a great experience and I had lots of fun. 

My trip to Portugal

Posted by Conor On May - 9 - 2017

I went to Portugal in March. The house I was staying in had eight rooms. I was staying with Daniel and a family of three. The boy I was staying with was nine years old and his name was Martin Gomes. His mom was a teacher and his dad liked cycling. They had three bedrooms, a living room, a dining room and kitchen in the same room, a bathroom and an attic. They had two big lassie dogs and three birds. One dog was called Eddie and the other was called Shackeela. They had a very nice house and I liked staying there.

The first day we went to the school and had a look all around it and made satellites out of tinfoil and bottles. The school was very big and the students had to scan a card at the gate to get into the school. At about 4 o’clock we went to the salt mines. Then we went home with our families. On Tuesday we went to Lisbon and in the evening we met the mayor of Rio Maior. She gave us a present from the salt mines. We saw a monastery and we went to a science museum. We came back to Rio Maior on a bus. The next day we went back to the school. We made origamis in the morning and then we had a break followed by science experiments. In the evening we went star gazing. On Thursday a bus picked us up outside the school. We went to a lettuce factory and then we went to a village where a chocolate festival was taking place. There were lots of shops there and we also went to another monastery. On Friday we played Plickers and talked about a book called The Little Prince in the school. We also baked lemon cookies. Then we went to Nazaré. We went to a restaurant and the beach. The waves were big. We then went home with our families and at 8 o’clock we went to the farewell party. There was plenty of food and every school had to sing or do some sort of dance. In the morning we went to the airport in Lisbon and flew home to Dublin. We got a taxi to Heuston train station and got a train back to Claremorris.

My trip to Portugal

Posted by Eoin On May - 8 - 2017

My family in Portugal was very nice. The parents had three children, one boy and two girls. The boy’s name was Jáou and he was eleven like me. They had one cat and a dog. The dog’s name was Toby and the cat’s name was Snowy. They had a very big house with two balconies. Evan and I played football and the Playstation 3 with Jáou. They cooked us some really nice food like meatloaf and spaghetti. On Thursday they brought us to the food festival and I had some lovely pork. I really enjoyed staying with them.

The school in Portugal was huge. There were about 500 pupils in the school. There are three other schools in Rio Maior. My favourite thing that we did was our visit to the beach in Nazaré. We played football with everyone from the different countries. While we were beside the beach we all went to a lovely seafood restaurant. We tried some squid rings and they were really nice. We all had cod for dinner and it was delicious.

At the school we also showed the other pupils how to build the Lego Mars rover. Evan and I were with the French team. We also had to show them how to program the robot that they made. When we went to Lisbon we went to the science museum. We got to go on a bike that was 18 meters from the ground but we couldn’t fall because there was a big weight underneath it holding it to the rope. We also made some origami rockets. On the last day we went to an Olympic sized swimming pool and in the evening there was a farewell party for all the countries. There was plenty of food – they even had 5 pizzas and all of them were 35 inches. After we ate our food we made our cultural presentation. I think the French made the best presentation. I really had a great time.