School Projects

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/

Young Voices Hallelujah Concert

5th & 6th Class took part in the 2013 YV Hallelujah Choir Festival with 3,000 other national school pupils from all over Ireland on Friday, 6th December. The event took place in Citywest, Dublin & the children spent 3 months preparing the music & dance moves with Ms Tighe for their big performance. It was an amazing & memorable experience for all the children & their families.

Active School Flag

We earned our Active School Flag for promotion & commitment to sporting activities in the school. This flag was co-ordinated by Ms O'Donnell. The flag was raised by local sport's personality & Sligo footballer, Eamon O’Hara. Eamon told the crowd that he was delighted to raise the schools Active Flag as it is awarded to schools that make an extra effort in keeping their school active and involved in sports all year round.

Green Schools Flag

Minister John Perry raised our 4th Green Flag which the school earned for reducing the traffic to & from the school. This project was co-ordinated by Ms Tighe. Minister Perry spoke of the great accomplishment it was for a small, rural school like Culfadda NS to receive their 4th Green Flag for Safe Travel in an area where there are no footpaths or pedestrian crossings and children need to be extra aware of road safety.