Monday, 21 March 2016


Gaeilge sa seomra ranga

The children in Junior Infants have shown just how excellent they are at Irish lately. We have been using a lot of informal irish in the classroom (Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil). The children have been using this a lot at the moment, which is fantastic. 

We have also been learning some stories as Gaeilge such as An Tornapa Mór (The enormous turnip) and An Buachaillín Sinséir (The gingerbread man). The children showed great interest in the story of An buachaillín sinséir. By the end of the two weeks some of the children could even retell the story in their own words. I am delighted with their progress in Irish. 

Abair Liom is amazing!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge we decided to hold a tráth na gceist (table quiz). We made mixed teams with Junior and Senior Infants. There were 8 teams. Each team had to come up with a team name and they certainly came up with some great ones such as "Team Winners" and "The Irish Leprechaun". 
We had six rounds with six questions in each one. The questions were all in Irish. After four rounds we had a draw so we held a tie-breaker round. 

Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially the winners.
There was a great standard of Irish!!

Proclamation Day

15th of March was Proclamation day across the country. Every school in Ireland had to compose a new proclamation for the next 100 years. 
We also raised the flag that was presented to us by the Irish Defence force. As the flag was being raised the children rectited Amhrán na bhFiann (the national anthem). 

To help the children understand what the proclamation was and encourage them to write a new one they brainstormed ideas of a safe Ireland. 

We learned some great poems during the week about shamrocks and leprechauns so another small group completed some lovely handwriting and fill in the blanks based on the poems. 
It was a great week for our school and a special week in Irish History that we are lucky to be a part of. 

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