Egg Hunt at Scoil Aonghusa CNS

Thank you to our wonderful Parents Association who organised an Easter Egg hunt in our school this week. We are very lucky to have such dedicated, creative parents. A wonderful day was enjoyed....

Seachtain na Gaeilge

This week we celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge in our school. All classes enjoyed getting creative and dressing up for Lá Glas. Bhaineamar sult agus spraoi as Ceilí, Tráth na gCeist agus amhránaíocht. Rinneamar an-iarracht an Ghaeilge a labhairt. Maith sibh!!...

Chess Team

Well done to our chess team who competed in the Ficheall Bunscoile Chorcaí competition and did Scoil Aonghusa proud. The children at Scoil Aonghusa CNS enjoy chess on a regular basis in the senior room. Chess is a great way to challenge our students while also developing STEM skills....

The Next Generation of Scientists

The Next Generation of Scientists are being inspired at Scoil Aonghusa CNS Scoil Aonghusa CNS pupils recently attended the seventh annual Munster Maths and Science Family Fair in Mallow. The aim of the event which is organised by the Mallow Development Partnership in association with Cork County Council and Mallow Chamber is to create awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by showcasing exhibits from industry, research institutes, third level institutions, science clubs and local schools. Pupils from the school saw all types of weirds and wonderful things at the fair. They met the army bomb disposal unit with their bomb disposal robot. They did lots of fun things such as putting together a digestive system model, did some 3D printing and tried out some virtual reality games. They also had the opportunity to speak to some students from local colleges, a CIT chemical engineering student told them she hoped to specialise in burn treatments. Pupils from Mr Buckley’s senior classroom at Scoil Aonghusa took a project called “ Balloon Rocket Cars” which investigated Newton’s Laws of Motion: 1. Objects at rest will stay at rest and objects in motion will stay in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. In other words, the forces that push a rocket up must be stronger than the force of gravity pulling it down. 2. For every action there is always an opposite and equal reaction. When an action takes place, like gases escaping from the rocket, a reaction follows – the rocket rises in the air. The children made rocket cars which were powered by pressurised...

Friendship Week

Friendship week at Scoil Aonghusa CNS Helen Keller once said “ The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched…but are felt in the heart” Scoil Aonghusa CNS celebrated Friendship week in September and there were many planned activities integrated into the curriculum in recognition of this. From the moment children are born, from their first social smile, they are making friends. This continues all the way through primary school and onwards to secondary, learning how to be a friend is a lifelong process. School is a safe environment for children to interact with their friends and to get to know them. Friendship is a very important part of a child’s life. Throughout childhood, parents and teachers guide them, educate them, plan their daily activities but friends they choose for themselves. Scoil Aonghusa CNS recognises the importance of friendship at home and in the school classrooms and the playground. The children thoroughly enjoyed the fun activities and friendships they made at the school last week. Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States said “ Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together”. The Junior and Senior Infants were busy taking part in a ‘Fill a Bucket’ project in their classroom. The children made and decorated friendship buckets. The project is based around a book called “Have you filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. The idea is that every child has an invisible bucket on their head that contains their feelings, when their bucket is full they feel very good but when it is empty they feel very sad....

Active Schools

Scoil Aonghusa CNS Pupils walking and learning together Scoil Aonghusa CNS Pupils took the 2017 Mallow Health Week seriously and are walking to/from and around the school at the GAA complex in Carrigoon as part of a green schools initiative W.O.W, Walk on Wednesdays. This initiative will continue when the school moves to its permanent residence in the lovely new building in Castlepark. The school takes the health of all its pupils and staff very seriously and to this end they have signed up for both the ‘Active Schools’ and the ‘Healthy Schools’ initiatives which empower children to develop healthy attitudes towards diet, exercise and mental health. Walking is an excellent form of exercise for young children, it builds and supports large muscle groups in the body. It helps develop gross motor skills and improves co-ordination. Children learn better when they are fit and healthy and they often eat and sleep better after doing exercise as it helps them burn off energy. How well children perform in the classroom can depend on how physically fit they are. Numerous scientific studies have been done on this, and in a review of these, researchers at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam found strong evidence of a link between physical exercise and academic performance. The studies suggest that exercise can improve cognition by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, daily exercise can also reduce stress and improve a child’s mood, making children more likely to behave well in the classroom. Scoil Aonghusa CNS offers many sports to children including basketball, football, hurling, athletics, table tennis, dancing and swimming....