|Seir Kieran's N.S.||
For the last six weeks we have been learning to drum with Eddie. Each Monday, Eddie comes to our school and teaches us how to drum, on a variety of different drums and instruments. Today we put on a small display for the parents and the children in the whole school. We hope you enjoy our drumming because we know we did!!!!! It was fantastic.
Our talk on Internet Safety and Cyber bullying proved to be a huge success with the great majority of families being represented at the talk. The talk was extremely informative and it will undoubtedly raise awareness amongst our parent and pupil population about the dangers which the internet presents. You can now download the handout attached which is an invaluable resource to have when it comes to better understanding the dangers which the internet presents.
On Monday morning Laura Grant visited our school. Laura is a past pupil of Seir Kieran's NS and we are all very proud of her achievements. Laura participated in the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan this year and was placed first in her competition. Well done Laura !
We started African Drumming with Eddie today. We are really excited about doing drumming as it is a new skill for all of use to learn. Over the next six weeks we will be learning all about the various types of drums and of course we will get to play them and make LOTS of noise!!!! We are putting on a performance in October ...so stay tuned !!!!
On Thursday the 16th of June, the school sports day took place. The school was divided into 6 teams with students from infants up to 6th in these teams. The students participated in races, such as sprints, sack races, backwards races, had to run a relay through a blow-up obstacle course, had sumo wrestling competitions against eachother, and also a treasure hunt. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the day despite the weather.
All students are taking part in a 3 week tennis lesson programme intended to teach them how to play tennis. This is funded by the Board of Management and the students are delighted to be given the opportunity to play a new sport. In this video, you can see the students of 4th, 5th, and 6th thoroughly enjoying their lesson!
On Wednesday the 8th of March, the school took part in golfing lessons. All students from infants to 6th class had time to enjoy the lessons and learn how to play golf. Here are the students from 4th, 5th, and 6th class practicing what they had learned.
This Weeks Assembly
For this weeks assembly, the students of 4th, 5th, and 6th classes performed Kodalines "Lig an Ghrá Isteach do Chroí' which is the Irish version of 'Only Love Will Set You Free' which was very popular. Denise, Aine, Aoibhe, and Faye all played the guitar while some students played along to the beat with bells and shakers and they all sang. They played brilliantly and the school were delighted to hear their performance.
Clareen NS Make it a Treble !!
On Wednesday the 25th of May, Clareen NS completed an historic treble after the girls won the Caomogie division A final against Shinrone on a scoreline of 6-6 to 2-6. Clareen were joined with Drumcullen girls, and the Shinrone team consisted of both Clonlisk and Shinrone national schools. It was a tough game with Clareen/Drumcullen managing to ensure the victory. This win secured the treble, after Clareen on their own won the Camogie division C on their own, and the boys had won the division b hurling final. This finished a superb year for the school in the world of the GAA, These 3 wins accompanied the girls having already won the indoor camogie competition from earlier on in the year. These great wins were celebrated in the Seir Kieran club grounds with a bonfire and speeches from the chairman of the club, Tony Murphy, the minor chairman of the club, Joe Guinan, and principal, Mr Dunne. All the children attending thoroughly enjoyed the night. Congratulations to the girls, including the Drumcullen students who helped to ensure the win, and the school are tremendously proud of there efforts throughout the year.
Recently we received some beautiful aerial images of the school from Colin Vaugh. Colin availed of the fantastic weather on the day of the Communion to take his drone out. He got some fantastic shots of the school , church and village. Colin kindly gave us the use of the images to share on our website - enjoy !
Clareen- Cumann na mBunscol Champions!
Here is the captain, Luke, being presented with the cup.
The school would like to congratulate the school's hurling panel for their excellent win against Coolderry on Wednesday the 18th of May in the Cumann na mBunscol B final. They won on a scoreline of 5-6 to 1-5 and hurled brilliantly. Goals from Faye, Luke and Conor helped to secure the win. Coolderry put up a great fight but Clareen were able to pull through and secure the victory. The boys and girls on the panel had put in a lot of work and thoroughly deserved to come out on top. The school and the parish are very proud of them.
The children from second class celebrated their First Holy Communion on Sunday the 15th of May. Mrs.Williams prepared the children for the communion over the past few months. Fr.McEvoy performed the ceremony on the day. After the mass the children and their family and friends took advantage of the beautiful weather.
Camogie, Group C Final Win!!
The school would like to congratulate the camogie panel who defeated Kilcormac in the division C final on Wednesday the 11th of May. The girls hurled brilliantly and thoroughly deserved the win. They are now in the division A final on Wednesday the 25th of May with Rath. Many of the panel are also involved in the hurling final which takes place on Wednesday the 18th of May. We are very proud of the girls and wish them the best of luck going forward.
The school has had an incredible year in both hurling and camogie, reaching the final in both. The girls will play their division 3 final next Wednesday, the 11th of May. The time is still yet to be decided but it will start at either half 3, or half 4. The girls won division 4 last year and stepped up a level this year to division 3. They will be playing against Kilcormac in Birr hurling field. Kilcormac will offer a great test to the girls, and will be looking for revenge after our girls defeated them in a narrow 4-3 win in the indoor camogie competition earlier this year. That day the girls had to come back from 3-0 at half time to win, so they certainly know how tough the match will be.
They also have a chance to get into another final as next Friday, the 13th of May, the Drumcullen/Clareen team will be hurling against Kinnitty/Roscomroe, and with a win, the girls would be through to the Camogie Group A final
Meanwhile, the hurling final will take place in the next couple of weeks with a time and date still to be set. In this final the mixture of the boys and girls will be facing Coolderry. The team managed to get a win very early on in the championship against Coolderry, who will be looking to make amends for that defeat in what will prove to be a very tough match.
This could be an unprecedented year with all 3 of our school teams getting into finals. This would be a massive achievement for our small school. The students have been training hard all year and are hoping to bring home some silverware. All support would be greatly appreciated and we wish all 3 teams the very best of luck going forward, and are extremely proud of the effort the boys and girls have put in throughout the year.
This Weeks Assembly
During this weeks assembly, Miss Smyths Improvers class of Jake, David, Alannah, Erin, Leo, and Caitlin performed "Marry you" by Bruno Mars. They played the song wonderfully and the school watched and listened very attentively. It looks like all the work that the class as well as Miss Smyth is paying off!
This semester, the students from 4th, 5th, and 6th will again be taking part in a computer programming course brought to us by Whizzkids. After the success of previous years the school brought back the programme. It helps students with their computer skills which are vital in this technologically advancing world.
The School Garden
The students from 3rd class are taking great care of the school garden! They are busy weeding, digging, watering and planting flowers, and with the day that was in it, what else would they rather be doing?
This semester, the school are again doing gymnastics every Thursday from junior infants, all the way to 6th class. As you can see from the photos, the students are thoroughly enjoying learning how to do different maneuvers and are improving after each session.
This Weeks Assembly
For this weeks assembly, the students of 3rd class performed an Irish song with a dance they came up with themselves, as well as a song to remember the months of the year in Irish. The girls and boys worked very hard on learning both the dance and the song and they performed it brilliantly.
This Weeks Assembly
For this weeks assembly, Miss Smyths beginner guitar class performed for the school. Students ranged from 1st class all the way up to 6th. Although they have only been learning to play for a matter of weeks, they still played wonderfully. As well as this performance, the students from 1st and 2nd classes recited two poems for the school. They worked very hard on learning them and recited them brilliantly.
Visitors from Nashville !
On Wednesday the 16th of March, the students were lucky enough to be visited by Anne Marie Neff and Ken Grandjean , who helped kick off the Easter holidays by playing some songs for the school. They both came all the way from Nashville, Tennessee in the US, and traveled around Offaly playing music, with Seir Kieran N.S being their first visit. The students thoroughly enjoyed the mini concert they held for them, and were delighted that they received the visit.
World Irish Dancing Championships
On Tuesday the 15th of March, the Callanan Ryan Irish dancing team danced for the school for the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration. The team consisted of 4 former students, Margaret, Dearbhail, Aoife G, and Aoife K, as well as 4 other girls. They then went to Glasgow the following weekend to compete in the Irish Dancing World Championships 2016, and came 17th. The school were delighted to have the girls come and dance for us, and are very proud of all of them, especially our past pupils. Current students Conor, Stephen, and Sabrina all had their sisters dancing.
Eason's Spelling Bee
On Wednesday the 2nd of March, 6th class student Alanna went to Tullamore to compete in this years Offaly spelling bee competition. She received a t shirt and a dictionary for competing. She represented the school brilliantly and we are very proud of the effort she put in for the competition.
On Saturday, the 5th of March, the 5th and 6th class students made their confirmation. It is tradition in Seir Kieran for the children making their confirmation to make it on the 5th of March, which is, St. Kieran's day. The students, as well as the teachers put a lot of work into the day. We would like to congratulate them all.
During the Friday the 4th of March assembly, the schools debating teams efforts throughout the year were recognised. Having narrowly lost the semi final against Gaelschoile Portlaoise, the team received medals for all the work they put in and for how well they represented our school. The team consisted of Aoibhe, Rian, Faye, Denise, Rebecca, and Ava. They did a great job for the school.
6th Class Skills Competition
Seir Kierans N.S would like to congratulate our 6th class student Luke, who won Offaly's 6th class schools competition. He defeated 29 other 6th class students from around Offaly and won a beautiful trophy featuring a hurler on it which he keeps, as well as having his name engraved onto the trophy. He will now go on to represent our school and county as he goes on to hurl at half time of the all Ireland final or all Ireland semi final. Aine participated in the girls competition and did brilliantly and came third. We are extremely proud of both students.
Author Judi Curtin's Visit
On Thursday the 25th of February, the students were treated to a visit from best selling author Judi Curtin! She is best known for writing the best selling 'Alice and Megan' series. Students from 1st class up to 6th class all attended the talk she gave and they thoroughly enjoyed learning about her life and her books.
Here is our winning camogie panel who won the indoor hurling competition on the 3rd of February. the boys team were unlucky to come up short in the semi final. Congratulations to the girls who hurled marvelously.
Our debating team defeated Scoil Chronain Naofa, Dromakeenan. They then went through to the semi final vs Gaelscoil Phortlaoise. Although Denise,Aoibhe and Rebecca did extremely well, they were unfortunate not to win their semi final.
Some pictures from the Senior show