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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Art Exhibition

Posted by Ms. Naughton On May - 31 - 2018

A sincere thank you to all who supported our Pupil Art Exhibition which took place on Thursday 24th May.  It was a great success!

Every pupil at Gortskehy produced two pieces of unique artwork which was framed and mounted for display. During the afternoon, each class visited the exhibition and were able to view the pictures from all classes. Later, parents and families were invited to see our budding artists work and purchase the framed prints.  It was wonderful to see such a large turnout to our school and your support is much appreciated.
The gallery of work looked really amazing and the children loved seeing their work professionally displayed.
Here are some pictures from our Exhibition:

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  1. Well done to everyone. Such beautiful pictures on display.

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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Spring has Sprung

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On April - 27 - 2018

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.

 

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The Importance of Friendship

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On April - 19 - 2018

“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.

 

 

 

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  1. What great poems!! Well done

Middle Room School Tour

Posted by Ms. Thomas On June - 27 - 2017

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!

 

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  1. Great day! Looks like lots of fun!

  2. Thanks Ms Thomas, they had a great day!

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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Christmas Elves

Posted by Ms. Thomas On December - 19 - 2016

The middle room got into the Christmas spirit last week and we were very creative! We enjoyed making our elves and writing about them. It was great fun! Santa has lots of Elves this year! Happy Christmas from the middle room!

Our Christmas Elves We enjoyed making Elves! The Elves are getting ready for Christmas! All the Elves wish you a very Happy Christmas!

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