Creative Schools

Posted by Ms. Naughton On January - 11 - 2019

The Creative Schools programme  aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.

It gives children and young people a central role in the process.   Back in June 2018,  we were selected as one of 150 schools nationally to take part in this pilot initiative which will help us understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in our school.

We have been assigned a Creative Associate, Jojo Hynes, who will support our school to develop a Creative School Plan for the year ahead. Jojo will assist in creating and developing links between schools and artists/ art and cultural organisations at local and national level along with challenging us to think in new and different ways.

Meet our Creative Schools Team – a representative group who will lead the Creative School process here at Gortskehy.

We are looking forward to working with the Arts Council and Jojo on this exciting initiative this year.

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Credit Union Art Competition

Posted by Ms. Naughton On November - 13 - 2018

Thank you to all our pupils who entered the Credit Union Art Competition this year and to the class teachers for helping them with their creativity.   As usual, the standard was very high and we were delighted that a number of our pupils were recognised for their wonderful art & talent.

The winners in each category from our school were as follows:

7 years & under – 1st: Alaois Doherty, 2nd: Ciara Hession, 3rd: Caitlín Ryan

8-10 years – 1st: Fiona Ryan, 2nd: Ella McManus, 3rd: Dayna Jordan

11-13 years – 1st: Kellyann Walsh, 2nd: Aoife Heaney, 3rd: Josh Wilkins

Parents were invited to a presentation ceremony on Saturday, November 10th, at the Town Hall Claremorris.

Well done to all involved!

 

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Creative Schools

Posted by Ms. Naughton On June - 20 - 2018

We are delighted to be chosen as one of only 8 schools in Mayo to participate in a national pilot creative schools initiative.

This innovative pilot is a cornerstone of the “Creative Youth Plan”, an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, led by the Arts Council and in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills.

Creative teaching and art education is seen as a key driving force for the continuous improvement at Gortskehy NS. We participate in a wide range of creative art projects in the areas of Art, Drama, Music, Coding  & Film. We look forward to working with the Arts Council on the this exciting initiative in the new school year.

Click here to view the exciting news announced in one of our local newspapers.

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Gortskehy Pupil Art Exhibition

Posted by Ms. Naughton On May - 9 - 2018

Gortskehy NS Art Exhibition will take place on Thursday 24th May.  This framed exhibition showcases and celebrates the creative art work that pupils have been working on this term in all classes.

We would like to invite all parents, families and members of our community to come and view the wonderful art on display by our talented pupils. There will be an opportunity to view and purchase the artwork on Thursday 24th  from 1.30 – 5.30pm and in the evening from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.

Each pupil will also receive a free class photo.

A percentage of the proceeds will go the school so all support greatly welcome.

Prices for framed art:

1st framed print – €15

2nd framed prints – €12

3rd + framed prints – €10

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First day pictures

Posted by Ms. McDonald On October - 5 - 2017

Well, our new entrants for Junior Infants 2017 have already spent a month with us and are doing brilliantly. We just wanted to welcome all of the girls and boys to Gortskehy N.S. and show you some of the very cute first day pictures taken of Caitlin, Niamh, Ciara, Daphny, Donnacha, Frank, Mark and Shay.

         

         

         

         

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St. Brigid’s Day

Posted by AmyH On February - 10 - 2017
Naomh Bríd

Naomh Bríd by Amy & Sian.

On the first of February we made St. Brigid’s crosses. They were made with rushes. Every class got a turn making them.

Saint Brigid was named after a goddess. She was born in Dundalk. She died in Kildare. Her feast day is on the first of February. Her name in Irish is Naomh Bríd. Her saint names are St. Brigid of Ireland or St. Brigid of Kildare. She is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with St. Patrick and St. Columba. She helped a lot of people and animals. She was very kind and loving. There are many stories of St. Brigid. Here is one of them.

One day while Brigid was cooking steak for dinner a hungry dog came by and smelled the food. He went to where Brigid was cooking. She gave him a steak even though she knew her father would be mad at her. The dog left and Brigid prayed that her father wouldn’t be angry. She looked in the pot and a new steak had appeared. God was helping her because she helped the dog.

Saint Brigid's crosses in the senior room.

Saint Brigid’s crosses in the senior room.

Crosses with the Senior Infants.

Crosses with Senior Infants.

Crosses with Junior Infants.

Crosses with Junior Infants.

Saint Brigid's crosses with the middle room.

Saint Brigid’s crosses with the middle room.

Crosses made by the middle room.

Making crosses in the middle room.

Making some crosses

Making some crosses.

The girls making crosses.

The girls with Ms. Dooley making crosses.

Sian and Amy with their Saint Brigids crosses and project.

Sian and Amy with their Saint Brigid’s crosses and project.

The lads with their crosses.

Eoin, Evan and Conor with their crosses.

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After-school fun!!!

Posted by Alex On December - 22 - 2016

We made a pizza last week in after-school. We used pesto, cheese, corn, carrots and tomato sauce. It didn’t really take long to cook and it tasted lovely. We also made Christmas decorations using play-doh.

Making pizza! Play-dough fun. Making our own pizza.

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Infants busy at their artwork!

Posted by Ms. McDonald On December - 20 - 2016

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Let us all have a look at the wonderful artwork that Junior & Senior Infants produced this term. The children were all very busy creating fabulous drawing on their first day in school back in September!

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Some amazing fingerprint and hand print pictures from Junior Infants!

 

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In the run up to the Halloween break the children were busy little beavers creating some fantastic displays. They stuffed our very own scarecrow, made scary drawings of their Halloween costumes and had great fun learning all about 2D shapes and making ‘Shapemen’ from pieces of felt!!

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During our theme of ‘Homes’, we discussed the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children really enjoy talking about the materials the pigs used and created some wonderful versions of their own!

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Also they drew some great pictures of their own homes!! Below you will see the fantastic housing creations they constructed through great teamwork and using different materials!!

Amazing constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!  Amazing Constructions!

For our Winter artwork we discussed how unique we all are and we talked about Advent and doing good deeds during this special period. We had some fun with hand prints and made some amazing personalised tree decorations just in time for Christmas.

Unique as snowflakes!  Unique as snowflakes!

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Hand print trees  Hand print trees  Personalised tree decorations

Personalised Tree decorations  Personalised tree decorations

Wishing you and your family a restful and peaceful Christmas filled with lots of love and laughter 😉

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Shane and James’ Marble Art

Posted by Nicole On October - 1 - 2015

This is Shane and James’ lovely autumn marble art.

They are in Senior Infants. They like to play football at school.

Shane and James

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Katie and Seán’s Marble Art

Posted by Blaine On October - 1 - 2015

This is Katie and Seán. They are in Senior Infants. This is their marble art showing lovely autumn colours.

Katie and Sean

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