School Projects

After School Programme

Aimee from Foróige has been visiting the 6th Class pupils as part of their After School Programme. She has been focusing on education around drugs, alcohol and peer pressure alongside developing self confidence, self-reliance and enabling young people to gain a greater capacity to take charge of their own lives.

Ukulele

This year the 5th and 6th Class pupils have had the opportunity to learn the ukulele with Stephanie from Music Generation. They have really enjoyed the experience and highlighted their talent playing in the church for the 1st Holy Communion.

Pottery 2019

We welcomed Gráinne from Breeogue Pottery to the school. She helped the children from 5th and 6th Class make some wonderful pottery. They created a map and place names of the local area. This is on display in the GP area.

ART Sept 2018

The school is delighted to host the Pop Up Niland Collection (PUNC). This exhibition will run all year with a new painting displayed each month. An artist will come to the school to talk to the classes about painting meanwhile the pupils will have studied the artwork and come up with their own imaginary titles etc.

Blue Star Flag

Culfadda NS were trilled to welcome two very special guests on Friday June 8th 2018, the German Ambassador to Ireland Deike Potzel and local MEP Marian Harkin. They came to view the exhibition of projects & food on display by the 5th & 6th class pupils and to award them the Blue Star Flag for their work on this European project. The pupils had worked diligently on this project over the year. In History they studied the World War in Europe , the Geography, culture, music and cuisine of 10 countries and 6 European Artists. Mr Martin Henry had given them a talk and notes on the Institutions of the EU. In all a lot of work, so a well deserved Award.

Junior Enterpeneur Programme

Sixth class took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) from December to March. The programme is an entrepreneurial awareness programme for primary school children. Pupils in Sixth Class presented their own business ideas to a Dragons Den type panel consisting of James Ward from Lough Gill Brewery, Ms Valentine and Mr Carty. The Dragons were hugely impressed with the pupils' creativity and presentation skills. After long deliberation Alanna's Memory Box was chosen as our project to develop and bring to market. We spent 8 weeks working on market research, team building, product development and production of our Memory Boxes. We organised a showcase day on 24th March to present and sell our products. Such was the demand for our Memory Boxes, we sold our complete stock of 50 boxes between pre-orders and within minutes of our showcase opening. We all enjoyed the experience and we hope to continue to develop our entrepreneurial skills in the coming years. Special thanks to James Ward who gave up his time freely to tell us about his experience and to adjudicate on our Dragons Den

Peace Proms 2017

This year our school took park in the national musical programme called Peace Proms. They performed in the RDS in Dublin on February 4th. The children did fantasic work in preparation for this concert

Raindrops of Color!!

For anyone who doesn't already know, we have entered the Dulux Color Awards! We all worked very hard on our short video about why our school needs the prize -(new paint for our school). the prize is voted on by the general public and the project with the most votes wins the prize. Thank you all for voting for us so far, but please continue to do so as we need votes everyday. You can access he Culfadda National School Facebook page and click on the link there to take to the dulux page to vote. The competition closes 12/06/2015. Fingers crossed and dont forget to vote everyday!

Irish Comenius Meeting

We were so delighted to give our Comenius partners a warm Irish welcome to Co Sligo in March 2015! Céad míle fáilte! 22 European teachers from Germany, Finland, Portugal, Poland and Sloveniam visited us last week for our Comenius Partnership Meeting. The Comenius project is sponsored in Ireland by Léargas and it enables Irish schools to create partnerships with other European schools to work on interactive projects and encourage intercultural exchange. The group were brought on tours of Sligo’s stunning landscape and local historical and heritage sites. On Thursday, they were treated to an Irish Night of traditional food, song and dance at the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote and they spent Friday, 20th in our school meeting parents, staff and pupils; learning about the Irish education system and how to play Gaelic Football – with Sligo Gaelic senior player, Ross Donovan. Having enjoyed such great weather all week, they left for their home countries on Friday evening, exhausted, but singing the praises of our beautiful country and with plans to return to Co Sligo. Thank you so much to the Parents Association and all the parents who took part, contributed food and party treats and helped out with the visit during the week

Introduction to Basic Coding & App Development.

The senior pupils were introduced to the world of computer coding today as Ms Tighe hosted the first after-school Coding & App Development Club. Over the next 4 weeks the pupils will each design & create their own Class Revision App, which will take the form of a weekly quiz that the kids can then swap & use to test each other on subjects covered in general classes during the week. The pupils will use & learn about HTML, CSS & Javascript. Technology is becoming increasingly integrated into our everyday lives & yet very few of us understand the language that makes computers work. A number of countries, including the UK, have recently introduced coding to their national curriculum & it’s really only a matter of time before something similar is brought in here. Ms. Tighe aims to give the pupils a fun head-start & the confidence & skills to pursue the subject further if they wish. “In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading & writing…and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.” Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. The following sites are a great help for parents who would like to encourage their kids to code at home! https://www.codeclub.org.uk/start-a-club/parents http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/ https://www.madewithcode.com/

The Parents Association Annual General Meeting

A new committee will be elected & we encourage all parents to attend & to get involved. We are especially asking for Dads to please attend, as in recent years the committee has consisted of only mums. One of the functions of the Parents Association is to help fundraise for the school’s extra-curricular activities & it is very important that this is maintained in light of the present economic climate & to ensure the holistic development of our children can continue. We hope you can join us on the night & we look forward to your input!!

European Day of Languages

Ms McGrath & Ms Tighe (Front Row-left) in Slovenia last May with our Partner Schools from Slovenia, Portugal, Germany, Finland & Poland. Our next project meeting takes place in Helsinki in December.

What is the European Day of Languages?

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26th September. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are: Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding; Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered. Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges. Language Facts! Did you know that... There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world - spoken by 7 billion people divided into 189 independent states. There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe - roughly 3% of the world’s total. Most of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa. At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages. In their daily lives Europeans increasingly come across foreign languages. There is a need to generate a greater interest in languages among European citizens. Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary: in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words. Languages are constantly in contact with each other and affect each other in many ways: English borrowed words and expressions from many other languages in the past, European languages are now borrowing many words from English. In its first year a baby utters a wide range of vocal sounds; at around one year the first understandable words are uttered; at around three years complex sentences are formed; at five years a child possesses several thousand words. The mother tongue is usually the language one knows best and uses most. But there can be “perfect bilinguals” who speak two languages equally well. Normally, however, bilinguals display no perfect balance between their two languages. Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, enhances the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures. Bilingualism and plurilingualism entail economic advantages, too: jobs are more easily available to those who speak several languages, and multilingual companies have a better competitive edge than monolingual ones. Languages are related to each other like the members of a family. Most European languages belong to the large Indo-European family. Most European languages belong to three broad groups: Germanic, Romance and Slavic. The Germanic family of languages includes Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, German, Dutch, English and Yiddish, among others. The Romance languages include Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, among others. The Slavic languages include Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and others. Most European languages use the Latin alphabet. Some Slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet. Greek, Armenian, Georgian and Yiddish have their own alphabet. Let's learn our friends' languages

We are delighted to welcome back our pupils to Culfadda National School for the new school year.

Dear Parents, You are welcome to a new school year. I hope you all had a very happy summer & you are now ready for the school year ahead! There will be a school meeting for all parents & guardians on Monday, September 15th at 8 pm. This is a chance to meet the teachers who will outline their plans for the coming year & what they expect from your child. Please note there will be no Parent-Teacher meeting until after the mid-term so it is vital to attend for your child’s sake. Ms Tighe will also give a brief presentation on internet safety & the children’s use of social media sites. As parents, you play a key role in the success of our school. The fostering of a positive attitude with regards to education, homework and discipline is vitally important for our children. We are partners in their education. I ask for your continuing support and co-operation. We have so many amazing projects & events planned for the children this year to enhance their education & extend their knowledge including: • Class Music Lessons from Music Generation Sligo, an initiative co-funded by rock band, U2. We welcome back Mr Flaherty on Tuesdays for Traditional Music Lessons & Tin Whistle. • A new musical instrument loan scheme will be introduced. The children can borrow musical instruments from the school for use in outside music lessons to allow them to try a new instrument without their parents having to purchase it. Instruments available for loan include accordion, guitar & fiddle. • The Senior Classes will take place in an Athletics Fest in Sligo in the beginning of October & a Rugby Blitz later in the month. • Ms Tighe will hold an ‘Introduction to Basic Coding & App Development’ in an after-school class for Seniors in October. • The pupils will have swimming lessons in November & December. • Seasonal fruit is provided for free on Thursdays & Fridays as a nutritious snack & to encourage the children to try new foods & make healthy food choices. • Our connection with our Comenius School partners will continue with lots of interactive projects & the teachers from the participating countries will visit our school in March. We wish staff, pupils & families a happy & safe new school year!

Culfadda NS Girls are Sligo Champions!!

Congratulations to our superb Girls Team who won the Cumann na mBunscol Sligo County Final!! The Girls team comfortably beat a very good Enniscrone Team in the Semi-final in Tourlestrane & met Cloonacool in Markievicz Park, Sligo on Saturday, 14th June! It was a tough match but the girls really came into their own in the second half & proved to all that they were the stronger team. A huge crowd of supporters was present to cheer our team on! A fabulous party was held at the school afterwards to celebrate the girls’ achievement. A massive thank you to all involved & especially to their coach, Ms Mc Grath! They really did us proud!