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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.

Thumper’s big visit and “The Shocking Truth”

Posted by Ms. McDonald On April - 6 - 2017

While 5th & 6th Class were having a ball in Lisbon on their Erasmus trip last week back home here in Gortskehy we were quite busy too, learning loads and having fun while doing so!! We had a very cute and cuddly visitor called ‘Thumper’ to our school. He particularly liked to cuddle up with some of the infants! Here is a short video, some photos and the amazing artwork the children created afterwards.

Darragh and Thumper Cormac and Thumper Faye and Thumper Jayden and Thumper Aoife and Thumper Holly and Thumper Thomas and Thumper Jamie and Thumper Holly and Thumper Aoibhínn and Thumper Enda and Thumper Cian and Thumper Grace and Thumper Gavin and Thumper Niamh and Thumper Eoin and Thumper Alaois and Thumper Eóghan and Thumper Alisha and Thumper Glen and Thumper Sorsha and Thumper Fourth class and Thumper Fourth class and Thumper Alex , Jessica and Thumper Alex , Jessica, Josh and Thumper Alex , Jessica, Josh and Thumper

Also last week, Alex, Michael, Josh and Jessica in 4th Class were extremely busy making puppets and writing scripts for their play “The Shocking Truth”. Characters included Balker, Buzz Ally, Bloop & Neil Armstrong!! The play centered around the story of a journey to space in which a girl ‘Buzz Ally’ is the first girl to walk on the moon! We all got to see the finished product on Friday and it was a real treat. Excellent performances all round. Many thanks to Ms. McDermott for all her hard work during the week and bringing in her pet rabbit Thumper to meet us all. View ‘The Shocking Truth’ puppet show below.


On our way home

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On April - 1 - 2017

We had a lovely week and would like to thank our Portuguese families and teachers.

On our way home.

On our way home.On our way home.

Video of our trip to Lisbon

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On March - 30 - 2017

The tomb of Vasco da Gama.

Vasco da Gama

In the middle of the 15th century, Portugal was the leading seafaring nation in Europe. There was great rivalry between Portugal and Spain for the control of trade with India and China. At the time it was believed that the Atlantic ocean and the Pacific ocean were landlocked. Christopher Columbus believed the East Indies (the lands of South and Southeast Asia) could be reached by sailing west across the Atlantic. In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain provided money to fund Columbus’ plans. He discovered the Americas in 1492 and thought he had reached Asia.

At the shore of the river Targus.

Vasco da Gama from Portugal was actually the first European to reach India by sea. His first voyage to India took two years (1497-1499). This was the first time Europe and Asia were connected by an ocean route. Today we visited the monastery of St. Jerome in Lisbon which is the final resting place of this famous Portuguese explorer. Many roads and buildings are named after Vasco da Gama in Portugal. We saw the Vasco da Gama bridge in Lisbon which is the longest bridge in Europe. It took three years to build (1995-1998) – eighteen months of preparation and eighteen months of construction. It spans the river Targus which is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula at 1007km long.

Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)
Standing at 171 feet (50 meters), this monument is a tribute to the success of Portuguese explorations in an era known as The Age of Discoveries, which began in 1415 and led to the creation of Portugal’s empire.

Belém Tower
On our trip to Lisbon we visited Belém Tower which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Lisbon’s most famous landmark and built to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s expedition. It was built as a lighthouse and fortress near the shore of the river Tagus which flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon.

Lisbon Interactive Science Museum, Dinner and Disco
We visited a science museum which had lots of interactive displays and even a “flying” bicycle. It was the first time for all of us to cycle 16m from the ground! We joined a workshop on space in the laboratory which explained why Mars is red. The iron in the dust on Mars reacts with oxygen to create a red, rust colour. The sky looks red because storms carry the dust into the atmosphere. We learned about the daily challenges facing astronauts aboard the International Space Station – washing, exercising without gravity, using velcro to attach items such as shoes to the walls. Conor demonstrated an experiment to show how objects travel faster in a vacuum. In the evening all the pupils and teachers went to a restaurant. After the meal a DJ played some music and everyone danced until 11pm. You can view some clips from our day in the video below.

  1. Jan Wilkins Jan Wilkins says:

    Its great to see everyone having such a fantastic time, love that you all had a go on the flying bike, amazing memories for all of you x