Knitting, singing and grandparents at Cloghroe National School

Well done to all the children who took part in our Christmas Jumper Day before Christmas, raising €920 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!

The buzz in Fourth Class has recently been swopped for the clicking of knitting needles as some of our kind local ladies are giving their time to teach the students of fourth class how to knit. Thank you very much to Marie, Celia, Theresa and Rose.

Third class pupils enjoyed celebrating Grandparents Day, in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. Grandparents attended mass with their grandchildren and then returned to the school hall for some tea and cakes. Pupils had the opportunity to ask their Grandparents questions and listen to stories about their childhood and school days.

Pupils exceeded all expectations with the quality of their January Genius Hour projects. During genius hour students are empowered to explore their own passions by firstly creating a project proposal and exploring different research methodologies. The pupils then research their topics both in school and home and create their finished project/product. Pupils engage with their projects for one hour per week for three to four weeks. As pupils chose their subject matter and presentation method themselves, there was a diverse range of topics covered including recycling, baking, dinosaurs and rugby teams to mention but a few!

Ten fourth class boys represented the school at Sciath na Scol’s indoor hurling competition held in Nemo Rangers GAA facilities. The boys put in two high intensity performances as they competed with Glasheen N.S. and Gaelscoil San Nioclás in the group stages. On the day, they came up just short, but they can take great pride for the exceptional teamwork and sportsmanship displayed on the day.Basketball

Our school’s table tennis team competed in the Munster Primary Competition in Kinsale last month, all three teams played against tough opposition with the A and B teams finishing 2nd and 4th respectively.

Girls from fourth class took part in an indoor Camogie tournament at Whitechurch. After winning all four matches on the day, they are now through to the Counties in the Piarsaigh in March. Comhghairdeas agus go néirigh an t-ádh libh!

Folk singer/songwriter Jimmy Crowley performed in Halla Uí Chonaill and the children thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy Crowley’s singing and storytelling as Gaeilge agus as Béarla, joining in with favourites such as Peigin Leitir Mhoir agus An Poc ar Buile. Go raibh míle maith agat Jimmy. Bhí tú ar fheabhas ar fad!

Sixth class boys and girls of Cloghroe National School have been enjoying competitive and non-competitive basketball as part of Cispheil na mBunscoil.

Children learned about staying safe online when a speaker from BeSecure Online visited the school and spoke to the children during the day and to the parents in the evening. Many children have entered the school poster competition, which will be judged on Internet Safety Day, Tuesday 5th February.

Children from 3rd to 6th classes participated in the Credit Union Quiz in Blarney Secondary School, winning both the Junior and Senior categories outright. Both of these teams are now through to the County Final. We congratulate all of our five teams who represented the school and wish our children the very best of luck in the County Final.

Chosen from over 400 applicants, the school will participate in the new Creative Schools pilot which aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.  A creative associative Jane Hayes, will be working with our school throughout the year, there is also a staff committee and two creative children’s councils so everyone’s voice is heard.