Below, you will find a list of all the posts related to Fiona R in our school from infants to sixth class.
Below, you will find a list of all the posts related to Fiona R in our school from infants to sixth class.

2020 Quarantine/Back to School

Posted by Fiona On October - 22 - 2020

The last few months have been very different from any other year. When Leo Varadakar announced in March that schools would close for two weeks everyone was delighted. It was soon announced that the lockdown would continue for a few months. I spent a lot of time in my new bedroom that I had painted and bought new furniture for. I finally caught up on things I had wanted to do for ages but didn’t have the time for. My sisters and I spent a lot of time together making messes, forts, crafts and playing football outside. When the restrictions lifted slightly, I was able to have sleepovers with my cousins, meet up with my friends  and go more places. Shortly afterwards schools reopened after months of quarantine. Things were different – when you came into the classroom you would have to sanitise your hands and if you felt sick the teacher would have to check your temperature. A few weeks into school I started to miss quarantine, but at least I got to see my friends everyday. 

It will now soon be mid term break and everyone is excited for Halloween. Some of us (like me) hope that Micheál Martin will extend the mid term and try to get things under control. The covid-19 virus has changed everyone’s plans this year. 

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Why we will miss Abdul, Aoife, Bradley, Cathal, Evan, Kellyann and Ruby.

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On June - 29 - 2020

At the end of our last Zoom lesson the girls in the Senior Room read notes they had written for Aoife, Kellyann and Ruby while the boys sent best wishes to Abdul, Bradley, Cathal and Evan. During your time in Gortskehy you brought a smile to school every day and will be such an asset to Mount St. Michael and St. Colman’s. Beir bua agus beannacht go deo. We’ll miss you.

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The Day I Scored the Winning Goal

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On June - 12 - 2020

This is the story of Noel Joyce an unfortunate hurler who, following a bang to the head, managed to score an own goal and lose the county final for his team. We planned it as part of our weekly Zoom lessons. The pupils recorded their allocated lines at home and we stitched the clips together to create this final video.

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The Day I Scored the Winning Goal.
The Day I Scored the Winning Goal.

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How we use Zoom for remote learning

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On May - 29 - 2020

This short video is a snapshot of how we used Zoom during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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From our experience over the past few weeks, here are some practical tips which may be helpful to other schools.

– Set up one recurring Zoom meeting for all sessions and have pupils register before joining. In this way, the same link and meeting ID works for all sessions. Having pupils register also means that the results from Zoom meeting polls are linked to each pupil in your class.

– Set up breakout rooms by class (boys/girls). Before most of our Zoom lessons pupils log in early so they can chat to each other privately in the group breakout rooms. Some also chat together after each lesson and it’s a great social aspect to the Zoom Education platform.

– At the start of each lesson click on the ‘Participants’ button and ask pupils to raise their virtual hand to make sure they all can hear you.

– Mute all microphones at the start of the lesson. Pupils can unmute their own microphones as required.

– Use the Chat feature for feedback and to check for understanding. This is useful on a number of levels:
1) everyone is engaged at the same time;
2) feedback is private so pupils don’t have to worry about being unsure of the answer;
3) the teacher can accurately assess who understands the particular concept and who doesn’t.

– Bring in a guest speaker. Almost every community has some friend or family members living abroad so there’s great excitement in interviewing them on Zoom.

– Sharing video can have mixed results depending on the quality of the pupils’ internet connection. Maybe, try podcasts instead. Get the children to write two or three questions in their copies as they listen. Have a Q & A session after every 10 minutes using the pupil questions to keep the lesson interactive. Check out Imagined Life and American Innovations

– In a multi-class setting, maths lessons are best held in individual class groups. All other subject lessons work fine in common.

– Team teaching on Zoom with the SEN teacher works great.

Zoom for Education

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Video of our Christmas Carols

Posted by Ms. Naughton On December - 22 - 2019

To complete our Christmas concert in @Garrymore the pupils sang Daidí na Nollag, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Do You Hear What I Hear?, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas Everyone. The children performed so well and we are all very proud of them.

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Gortskehy Drama: December 2019 Programme

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