Earlier this year we visited Ballyhaunis Community School to meet and chat with pupils from other countries. We learned a lot about the similarities and differences between Ireland, Syria, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Malaysia.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Alex, Jessica, Josh and Michael every success in secondary school. They were a pleasure to teach and will be missed by all in Gortskehy next September. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh!

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6th Class 2018 – 2019

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On June - 20 - 2019

Last Thursday the 13th of June we celebrated our end of year mass here in Gortskehy. Following the mass we took a trip down memory lane with 6th class and recalled the many happy memories from their time here at Gortskehy. We would like to say a big congratulations and well done to our 6th class, and wish them well on their next venture in secondary school. We have attached the PhotoStory if you’d like to have a look.

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe summer break!

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Senior Room School Tour 2019

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On June - 18 - 2019

Our senior room had a super day at Bay Sports Athlone today. It was a fun filled day from start to finish. The children took part in a range of activities including  bushcraft skills, pedal boating,pedal carting and fun on the inflatable water park. I think you can tell from the smiles the class thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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  1. This would be great for the Greencastle if the weather was good.

McCartan Cup & Heaney Shield

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On June - 7 - 2019

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Yesterday evening was very exciting for us  with our girls and boys teams winning the Heaney Shield and McCartan Cup titles in Hollymount. The mixed teams consisted of pupils from Gortskehy NS, Robeen NS, Lehinch NS & Cloghans Hill NS. We had two very energetic games and would like to say a very well done to Roundfort NS also. A special thanks to our trainers Brendan Murphy and Pat Hession and to all that came out to cheer us on yesterday. Well done everyone!

 

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  1. Henry Elaine Henry Elaine says:

    Well done. Congratulations

  2. Well done to you all, great games n win played by boys n girls

Confirmation Day 2019

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On March - 20 - 2019

Congratulations to the children from 5th and 6th class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday the 15th of March  2019. The mass was celebrated by Archbishop Michael Neary. A huge thank you to Fr Murphy and all involved for making it such an enjoyable day.

 

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Claremorris History Tour

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On November - 9 - 2018

On Thursday the 8th of November as part of our Digital Schools Cluster Project the senior room visited Claremorris for a local history tour led by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh. The tour began in Claremorris Train Station where the children had a very informative tour and were lucky enough to walk over the footbridge. Following this we walked a short distance to view the monument erected in memory of many famine victims. Next we returned to the bus and headed to another part of the railway line. Colmán pointed out the railway line to Galway that is no longer in service. It is hoped this line will open again in the future. We then headed off to view the old famine workhouse. Many of the children were surprised to learn this was an old workhouse. The Famine is a topic we have covered in a lot of depth over the last view months and we are currently reading some novels based on this time in Ireland. Our previous knowledge on this topic helped the children understand the significance of the workhouse and having one located so near. Following the closure of the workhouse we learned the building was then used as a bacon factory. We returned to the bus again and headed back towards the town centre. Colmán gave us with a very informative talk on the history of the current library building used as a church in olden days. The children were fascinated to learn this was a building that was hit by lightning twice in the past. This information suggests that the old saying may be something of a myth. Our final visit was just across the road to the stunning St Colemans Church. As a special treat Colmán organised for the children to visit the gallery which is used by the church choir. Here the children were treated to a stunning view of the church and alter. The children got a close up view of the organ, one of the largest organs in Ireland. The final part of our tour included a look at the stunning stain glass windows and a description of the images that appear on them. Colmán was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. It was a very enjoyable day.

      

     

  

     

 

 

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Mini 7’s

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On October - 7 - 2018

On Wednesday the 3rd of October the senior room took part in the mini 7’s. We travelled to The Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan where we teamed up with Meelickmore National School. We had a very successful day with both teams winning all their matches. Both teams are progressing to the next stage scheduled for Tuesday the 9th of October. We will keep you all posted.

 

 

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Senior Room School Tour 2018

Posted by Daniel On June - 22 - 2018

On June 21st, we went to Horizon adventure centre in Westport. We arrived at 10 o’clock and had great fun playing laser tag, archery and tackling the climbing wall and high ropes. Aeroball was fantastic and we competed against each other for points. We also played night-line which meant we had to go into the forest blindfolded and holding onto a rope. We completed obstacles and had to crawl through tunnels and climb through ropes to reach our destination. It was a brilliant day and we enjoyed it so much!

                                        

 

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The Grow in Love programme is the new religious education series from Veritas. It is a colourful and fun way for children and families to learn about faith, both in school and at home. It will replace the Alive-O programme in every Catholic primary school in the country.

It includes illustrations to accompany every story with online videos and weblinks for further study. Our school was chosen to dramatise the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. The following video is the result of much practice and will form part of the Grow in Love national video database.

The pupils in the senior room performed their roles extremely well and we are very proud that their achievement will be viewed in schools nationwide for many years to come.

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Video: Space is Amazing!

Posted by Sian On June - 19 - 2018

Everybody here has become so excited about space. This is our short video which shows the different space activities we took part in over the past two years. First, we made a lego replica of the ExoMars Rover. We took it to Portugal and showed children from our other European partner schools how to make it. You can learn more and view videos of our trip to Portugal here. Then we had a star-gazing party where we looked at some constellations. Fifth class pupils visited Mount Etna in Sicily where lunar robots have been put to the test. They took part in various science experiments, games and activities related to space. You can view videos from the trip to Sicily here.

The infants performed an experiment to learn how craters were made on the moon. We read the classroom edition of The Martian by Andy Weir and also launched a helium space balloon which travelled 28km into the stratosphere before returning to Earth and landing in Athboy Co Meath. You can view a 360 degree video of the space balloon journey by clicking here. This is our video to show why we think space is amazing!

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