Chess at Scoil Aonghusa

Well done to our chess winners who were presented with medals for their achievements in chess this term . Students in the senior classes take part in Chess Tournaments during lunchtime at Scoil Aonghusa. As well as being great fun, research suggests that chess promotes brain growth and improves problem solving...

Green Schools at Scoil Aonghusa CNS

We are currently working on the theme of Biodiversity in our Green Schools Programme. Biodiversity is the fifth Green Schools theme and looks at steps which can be taken to increase awareness of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats, and increase species-richness in the locality. Our Green Schools Committee is made up of children from first to sixth class. Each class are undertaking varies projects in the school environment around the theme of biodiversity as part  of our action plan. Our 5th and 6th class have been planting bulbs by the river walk. We look forward to watching these grow during springtime. Thank you to Marian Ward and The National Learning Network for helping out with the project.  ...

New GMGY Curriculum for 3rd to 6th Class

In Community National Schools we use the Goodness me, Goodness You! programme. Until this year this was developed as far as 2nd class. The curriculum has now been developed for children in 3rd to 6th class by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The curriculum has four strands: Story We Are A Community National School Thinking Time Beliefs and Religions In the strand of story children learn to appreciate the art of story, drama, music and poetry as forms of expression. They will listen to stories from around Ireland and around the world that inspire them and make them think about how they feel and act. In the strand ‘We Are A Community National School’ children will learn about the values the schools promote, for example human rights, equality, citizenship, participation and appreciation of diversity. In the strand ‘Thinking Time’ children will engage with Philosophy for Children. Children are offered the opportunity to develop their own questions and discuss them with their peers. The teacher facilitates this discussion. Allowing children to engage in philosophical questioning has been proven to raise IQ and increase oracy skills. In the strand ‘Beliefs and Religions’ children learn about religions and beliefs that exist in our world. The teacher will choose a topic from the curriculum, for example ‘Celebration’, to explore with the class. The class will look at the history of celebration in Ireland and then explore celebrations that take place around the world, both religious celebrations and secular celebrations. At the end of the lesson the children are asked to bring home a family project. This project can be completed at...

Visit from Author Pauline Devine

Children’s author Pauline Devine visited the school in November to speak to the4th, 5th & 6th class students about her books and the life of an author.     Her novel, Best Friends (8-11 years) published in 1993 was translated into Norwegian and Swedish. It is about Sarah who gets what she most wants in life – a pony- and hopes it will win her new friends.         Riders By The Grey Lake (Children’s Press, 1996) is a novel about pony kids Eithne and Mandy whose main interest is winning for their school team and who have little time for green issues until a mining company drills holes into their Granny’s mountain farm and Eithne sees a boy emerging from the lake on a mysterious white horse. Forces are at work that both attract and threaten ( 9-12 years ). In Best Friends Again (1999) Sarah discovers she has an older sister she was never told about and what that means for herself and those she cares about.     A captivating story for for younger first readers (6-8 year olds) includesThe Hungry Horse(Children’s Press, 2002). Once upon a time, in the beautiful Land of In Between, there lived a wise old king, but when the king died, leaving his kingdom divided between his two sons, Huff and Puff, trouble arose. They quarreled, partitioned the kingdom, and put up a great border between them. When King Huff’s horse is put under a spell and changed, only Peaky with the aid of Princess Pom Pom, King Puff’s daughter, can save him.   MAMÓ AGUS AN PEILEADÓIR  (Coiscéim 2011) é...