School Projects

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!

Our School Garden

As a part of our European Comenius Project, each participating school planted a School Garden. We really enjoyed planting some lovely vegetables in our garden & then watching them grow! We planted cabbage, lettuce, rhubarb, radish & spring onions. We also planted a number of herbs including fennell, parsley & chives- which looked so pretty with their purple flowers. We picked the rhubarb & Ms Tighe showed 1st Class how to make a simple rhubarb dessert with it! They all tried it- some people didn't like it, but others loved it & ate the lot! We planted two apple trees close to our vegetable garden. They are very small & will take longer to grow than our vegetables but we are looking forward to watching them & taking note of their progress. We planted a number of flower boxes for our windows & the flowers are just starting to open now & look beautiful. You can check out the progress of our European Partner schools here: http://sortsolvesucceed.jimdo.com/ Enjoy the photos of our work!

Scholastic Book Fair at Culfadda NS This Week!

The Book Fair arrives in Culfadda NS, Co. Sligo this week to sprinkle a little reading magic, with hundreds of new children’s books to browse and buy. There are over 200 titles for you and your child to choose from, and with prices starting from only €3.40, there’s sure to be a book for everyone! You can browse some of the highlights before the Book Fair on the Scholastic website, as well as access free book activities: http://bookfairs.scholastic.ie/ The Book Fair will be available to visit from Tuesday, 27th to Friday, 30th May between 2 & 3.30pm. Don’t forget that every book you buy can help to get FREE BOOKS for our school!

Happy Easter Everyone!

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Results of School Uniform Questionnaire

Parents at Culfadda NS were recently requested to complete a School Uniform Questionnaire. This was at the request of the Minister of Education & Skills, who intends to tackle school costs by consulting parents on how schools decide their policies on uniforms. Any school that currently has a uniform was asked to consult parents & then inform them of the results. Thank you to all who responded 1. Do you want a school uniform in this school? 100% responded YES. 2. Do you wish to continue to have the choice of buying generic uniforms (ie: shirts, trousers, pinafores) from department stores? 100% responded YES. 3. Do you want a school uniform with a crest? 95% responded NO. 5% responded YES. 4. Would you like the school to specify a specific shoe colour? 76% responded NO. 24% responded YES. 5. Are you happy with the current school uniform? 97% reponded YES. 3% responded NO.

Write-a-Book Winners!

Congratulations to the many winners of this year's Write-a-Book Project! All of the children put in a tremendous effort & everyone should be proud of their achievements. The three Class Winners will attend a Presentation Ceremony on Wednesday, 9th April in the Clarion Hotel, Sligo. 5th & 6th Class Winners A Time Past by Áine Higgins Two Sisters, Two Friends by Cusla Cosgrove Highly Commended A Birthday Present by Leanne McGowan Flight to Freedom by Lisa Devine Franklin's Big Adventure by Lee Walsh The Accident on the Farm by Michael Kielty McManemy Jacob Stone & the Adventures of Sid by Noel Newell Ellie's Secret by Aimeé Lyons Junior & Senior Infants Winner The Silly President by James McGettrick Highly Commended Captain Hook Steals the Ship by Conor Hannon The Missing Sun by Emma Walsh Jack, the Wonderful Footballer by Fionn Scanlon The books were judged by a participating teacher from another school. The Write a book Project enables primary school children to become real authors as they create their own books by actively engaging in the processes of writing, composing, constructing, designing, illustrating and presenting their work to a wide audience. The Write a book Project incorporates the ideals of the revised English Primary School Curriculum. The Curriculum advises that children should "write for real purposes and real audiences" stressing that "drafting, editing and redrafting is at the heart of the writing process" and encouraging the "publishing" of and sharing of a child's writing. The Curriculum claims that "success and accomplishment will inspire and motivate them to further writing." Through illustration, design and book binding the children are incorporating elements of the Visual Arts Curriculum. More details are available here: http://www.writeabookireland.com/home.html

Comhghairdeas dhíbh uilig! Well Done!

Congratulations to the quiz team that represented Culfadda NS in the 'Tráth na gCeist' Quiz 'as Gaeilge' in Ballymote last Thursday. Our talented team took 1st place which is a fantastic achievement! The winning team were Kate Lohan, Aisling Dorrian, Ronan Dwyer and Orla Dorrian. The team were very proud to take home the Corn P.F. Ó Dubhda Perpetual Cup. Comhghairdeas do gach duine!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Dhíbh!

Happy St Patrick's Day from Culfadda National School! 5th & 6th Class sent Irish greetings to Poland today on Skype. They were speaking with the children from our Comenius partner school in Bytom, Poland & we shared some of our St Patrick's Day customs with them. They told us about their festival of 'Carnival' & showed us some of the beautiful masks that they had created. We introduced them to our School Band & showed them our traditional Irish instruments- the tin whistle & the bodhrán. Our School Band then played a traditional Irish tune for them, called 'John Brosnan's Polka.' The next European Comenius project meetings take place in Slovenia in May. Ms Tighe & Ms McGrath will attend on behalf of our school. We were preparing for celebrating our national holiday with lots of art & craft. All of our pupils are looking forward to attending the annual parades in Sligo, Boyle, Ballymote & Gurteen. Many of our pupils will also be taking part in parades & celebrating their local clubs & activities. For some fun St Patrick's Day art activities, click here

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, a day set aside every year to celebrate reading, books, authors and illustrators. It’s marked in more than 100 countries around the world. A key aim of World Book Day is to give every child in Ireland a book of their own to keep. Every pupil received a €1.50 World Book Day Token which can be exchanged for one of nine exclusive €1.50 World Book Day Books—or, if they prefer, €1.50 off any book costing more than €3.99. So parents, please make sure you check your child's school-bag this evening. The World Book Day Primary Resources site is packed with games, videos, ideas and inspiration to help you celebrate books and reading all year round & can be accessed at http://www.worldbookday.com/resources/primary/.

Workshops with 'Fair City' actor, Alan Devine

TV & film actor, Alan Devine, joined the children today to lead some entertaining Drama workshops. The workshops focused on overcoming nerves, connecting with your audience & voice projection. The aim of the workshop was to give the children confidence in being on stage and speaking in front of others while having tonnes of fun & they certainly did! Alan has over 20 years experience working as an actor in Ireland & has appeared on TV in Glenroe, The Tudors & Fair City, in movies such as King Arthur, Veronica Guerin & Nora & numerous theatre productions.

Earthlings 2014

5th & 6th Class were joined by the Transition Year Students of St Attracta's, Tubbercurry today. The girls are taking part in the SEAI One Good Idea Project & created an online game called 'Earthlings' as a fun way for children to learn about the environment & how to be more energy efficient. Aisling Brennan, Niamh Durkin, Belinda Mitchell, Laoise McDonagh & Francesca Harding worked with the pupils in groups & gathered feedback from them. You can try out the game at home here www.earthlings2014.weeby.com About the One Good Idea Project The aim of the One Good Idea Project is to inspire people to make small lifestyle changes that will use energy more efficiently and help tackle climate change. To win, each team has to design and activate a creative and exciting awareness campaign that shows people in their community just how one good idea can make a difference to ourselves, our pocket, and our planet. For more information about this initiative click HERE.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! This is a recording of the 5th & 6th Class Choir performing Lily Allen's Somewhere Only We Know with Ms Tighe. https://soundcloud.com/culfaddans/somewhere-only-we-know

European Comenius Project

Our school is part of a Comenius Project called 'Sort, Solve, Succeed' with schools from Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Poland & Finland. "The 3 S´s for the 21st century - sort, solve, succeed" is about preparing pupils for the risks they will face in the 21st century. Whichever the country, the challenges facing modern Europeans are the same: unemployment, crisis, etc. Our aim is to help each other develop strategies and resources to deal with some of these challenges. Over the next 2 years, we will focus on the development of knowledge, understanding and skills that will help the adults and children in our schools to become healthier European citizens that are aware of their responsibility within their local and international community and who understand the importance of promoting tolerance, peace and respect. The project website is available here http://sortsolvesucceed.jimdo.com/