We had great fun in the middle room today celebrating Pancake Tuesday. We enjoyed decorating our pancakes with Nutella and jellies! We are all ready for Lent now!
This year, we undertook a whole-school project to bring our pupil artistic talents outside. The goal was to enhance our outdoor space with impactful art- one which promotes our schools values, our vision and raise a smile!
We are proud of our school and all it represents and we wanted to communicate, through art, everything that’s positive and important to our school. Using our name GORT SCEICHE, we picked a theme for each letter. Every class designed the artwork representing the theme as follows for each letter:
G – Animals in our Environment
O – Friendship
R – Learning at school
T – Religion
S – Place Names
C – Our School
E – GAA
I – Music
C – Sport
H – Digital/IT
E – Music
Here are some photos of our pupils designing & creating their art earlier this year:
A special thank you to Melissa Walsh, MW Design, Print & Signs for making the letters and adding our pupil’s art to each letter. Her enthusiasm and creativity brought this project from 70 A4 sheets of themed artwork to what’s now proudly displayed on our school wall.
The finished letters –
We are so happy with the finished art! Thank you to our amazingly talented pupils at Gortskehy who have brought this art to life with their creativity and artistic flair. We hope it makes you smile!
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.
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!
A sincere thank you to all who supported our Pupil Art Exhibition which took place on Thursday 24th May. It was a great success!
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
Over the last few months the middle room have learned all about the season of spring. The kids are aware that this is a season of new life each year. New grass, new flowers and trees coming alive with the leaves turning green once again. We have gained lots of information on the life cycle of the frog and butterfly, creating some beautiful art to accompany this.
Some very exciting news is that we have adopted some caterpillars. We will look after these very well until they become beautiful butterflies. When they are strong enough they will head off to enjoy all that spring and summer have to offer. We’ll keep you all posted, but for now here is a little snippet of some of our spring art and our new caterpillars.
“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” – Douglas Pagels
Over the last few weeks the middle room have learned a lot about the importance of friendship. For friendship week we had our secret friend project, where each child picked a name of another child in our class from the hat. Over that week they were to be extra kind to this person without them realising. At the end of the week each child shared some lovely facts they may have already known or even learned about their secret friend that week. This week we have concentrated a little more on the importance of friendship. The class were divided into groups to create a poem based on our topic. I think the results are fantastic and I’m sure you will all agree.
Following all our hard work we went outside to enjoy some of the lovely sunshine today.
The middle room went on their school tour today. We went to the Museum of Country Life in Turlough. The children were split into two groups and took part in two activities. First we got a tour of the Museum, learning all about life in the past. We saw lots of old objects and tools from life in rural Ireland years ago. We even got to try on some clothes from the past which was great fun!
We enjoyed lunch in Brambles Café.
After lunch, we had a ceramic painting workshop. We learned that cups and plates are made from clay, dried in a kiln, decorated with special paint and then glazed in order to make them shiny. We designed and decorated our very own ceramic plate with special ink. We really enjoyed this workshop!
We had a great day!
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.