First Irish Primary School to feature on An Lár TV

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On July - 1 - 2011

Something Fishy DVD Gortskehy National School, Annefield, Hollymount, County Mayo is the first primary school in Ireland to have the pupils’ video work featured on An Lár TV, a Community TV channel for the Irish Diaspora.  anlar.tv has an audience of between 2,500-3,000 people per day in around 50 countries. Gortskehy National School joins a list of other educators providing content for the channel such as the University of Limerick, the Royal College of Science at UCD and the Irish School of Animation in Dublin.

Gortskehy N.S. produced a DVD as part of the ‘Something Fishy’ programme aimed at fifth and sixth classes in primary school.  The ‘Something Fishy’ Project was a concept originally developed in collaboration between the Central Fisheries Board and Blackrock Education Centre.  The aim of Something Fishy is to inform and educate students on water quality, fish, the environment and angling.

Something Fishy DVDThe Gortskehy pupils used Skype to record face-to-face video interviews with Colette O’Flynn, Research Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford,  Brian Curran of Ireland West Angling and Herbert Dingerkus of the East Mayo Anglers’ Association.  The DVD is informative and records the childrens’ artwork, research, interviews and exploration of a local stream with the assistance of Aisling Wheeler from An Taisce.  The project took three months to complete with all aspects of the production and editing taking part in school under the guidance of principal, Mr. Pádraig Ó Beirn.

The 40-minute video will feature on the 4pm slot at anlar.tv from Sunday 3rd – 10th of July and at 5pm from the 10th – 17th of July.  It can also be viewed anytime here.   An Lár TV is a link to home for many Irish people living all over the world and the children of Gortskehy National School are very proud to be a part of it.

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Our ‘Something Fishy’ video

Posted by James On May - 23 - 2011

Here is our entry for the 2011 ‘Something Fishy’ DVD competition. “Something Fishy” is an educational resource promoted by the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards in collaboration with the Blackrock Education Centre, Dublin.

We would like to thank the following for their help: Colette O’Flynn, Research Officer, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford;  Brian Curran, Ireland West Angling;  Aisling Wheeler, Green Schools Development Officer, An Taisce;  Herbert Dingerkus, Treasurer, East Mayo Anglers Association.

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Mayo Science Spaghetti Challenge

Posted by Mollie On December - 15 - 2010

Here are some pictures of our Spaghetti Challenge Structure which took place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris. Fifth and sixth class took part. Unfortunately we lost, but from that experience we learned that winning was not everything. We learned how to have patience and not to argue whilst building the structure and also learned that you can make strong structures from light materials. We worked as a good team!

Patrick, Mollie and James at McWilliam Park Hotel..

Patrick, Mollie and James at McWilliam Park Hotel…

Diane, Nicola and Orla at the McWilliam Park Hotel..

Diane, Nicola and Orla at the McWilliam Park Hotel…

Diane, Nicola and Orla making there structure..

Diane, Nicola and Orla making their structure…

James, Mollie and Patrick at work on their spaghetti tower…

6th class nearly there!

6th class almost done!!

Nicola placing the marshmallow on top of their structure! Oh No!! Will it fall?

Enda and Conal making spaghetti tower...

Enda and Conal having a go at the Spaghetti Challenge in school…

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School Garden

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On September - 17 - 2010

In our school garden, 2010, we grew turnips, beetroot, carrots, potatoes, onions, kale, salad leaves and courgettes.

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Primary Science Award 2010

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On May - 15 - 2010

Our school is delighted to have received a Discover Primary Science Award of Excellence.

Click here for video clips representing some of the science activities undertaken throughout the year.

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