Eir Junior Spider Awards 2016.

Cloghans Hill NS was well represented in Croke Park on Monday April 25th at the Eir Junior Spider awards. We had not 1, not 2 but 3 entries shortlisted for the top 5 in the Individual and Group Project categories.

Cian had his website www.care4yourrabbit.weebly.com  shortlisted in the Best Individual Project sections.

Aoibheann joined him in that section with her project www.dontpasstheraspberryjam.weebly.com.

Anna, Tiernan, Nora and Cian had their project www.a-zofmayo.weebly.com shortlisted in the best group project section.

The first award of the day went to Aoibheann who won the best individaul project. The best group project went to our neighbours in Gortskehy NS.

Well done to all the winners and the shortlistees, We all had a great day out and thank you to James and Bridget who accompanied us to Dublin.

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First Holy Communion 2016

Congratulations to the First Holy Communion Class of 2016 – Cian, Cameron and Dominick who made their communion on Sunday. The boys were a credit to the school and their parents on the day and we hope they and their families all had a lovely days celebrations. Here they are pictured with Fr Mike and the pupils from Gortskehy NS who also made their communion.

IMG_1288In photo Back row l – r: Fr Murphy, Iseult Mangan, Cathal, Cameron, Evan, Bradley, Ruby, Mrs Thomas (Gortskehy NS Teacher)

Front row l-r: Dominick, Aoife, Kellie-Ann and Cian.

Junior Painter of the Year Awards 2016

On Thursday April 7th Cian, Dominick and Tiernan travelled to the finals of the Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year awards. They were presented with the awards for being Regional Winners for Connacht/Ulster. The National Overall Winners were announced on the day and while we weren’t in the top three this year, we were delighted to be there. The standard was extremely high and well done to everyone who was part of the day!

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The Junior Painter of the Year Awards were filmed by UTV Ireland for the Ireland Live news


They were also filmed by RTE News 2day and here is the link to Mondays episode

RTE News 2 Day Junior Painter of the Year 2016

Well done boys, we are very proud of you all and your great acheivements! Congratulations also to Aoibheann who was a runner up and recieved a special merit certificate on the day.

Scór 2016 – Congratulations Padraic!

We took part in Scór last night in Hollymount Hall. We had our 8 hand group entered in the Figure Dancing – Nora, Tiernan, Mikey, Eva, Padraic, Aoibheann, Cameron and Anna. They danced to the Sweets of May and did a great job representing the school! Well done to you all and we will miss Nora and Tiernan next year – after three years dancing for the school, last night was their last time in Scór as they move onto to secondary school next year.


Anna Farragher represented us in the Solo SInging where she sang The Star of the County Down. Nerves were a factor but we think she did a great job!

Next on stage for us was Padraic Godwin with his poem – the Lotto Song. Padraic had the audience in stitches as he recited his poem.

We had an all girls music group this year, Anna, Eva, Nora and Aoibheann performed The Sally Gardens and Terry Teehans Polka. They too did  a smashing job and rounded off a great nights participation by Cloghans Hill.

At the end of the night, the results were in!!! We had lots of anxious faces awaiting them. We were over the moon and the roof nearly came off the hall when Padraic was announced as the winner in the recitation! Well done Padraic, we are very proud of you and our very first Scór win!!!! Well done to all the pupils and thank you to Sharon who helped the music group and Catherine who does our Irish dancing. Another big thanks to our supporters, chief among them Cian, Karen and Jack and all the parents who came to cheer us on!!

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Our visit to Launchpad at NUIG.

We were super lucky last week to get the chance to visit Mary Carty in the Blackstone Launchpad at NUIG. The Blackstone Launchpad is experiential entrepreneurship program open to students, alumni, staff and faculty; offering coaching, ideation and venture creation support. We went to visit Mary and some of her team as part of our work with Bizzworld and the Junior Entrepreneur scheme. It was great to meet Mary, an inspirational lady in the STEM and technology start up world, she is co-founder of the amazing outbox incubator Program which begin in London last summer with 115 11-22 year old girls including local girl, Cliona McGreal. Mary is the Managing Director of Blackstone Launchpad in NUIG now.

The pupils had a chance to speak with some entrepreneurs in the Launchpad all about their business ideas and heard lots of strategies on how to complete our project as well as how these people got around obstacles in their way when starting out. We heard from Edel Browne who won the BT young scientist a few years ago with an idea on how to help people with parkinsons follow a laser spot when walking and helping them to focus and wobble less when walking. She has now got her very own company!!

We also spoke to Jason who is setting up a service type business so he explained how he was doing this and what the difference between service and product type business is. It was great to listen to his suggestions for moving forward with our project were too!

We had a great day there and are inspired to move on, don’t just take my word for it, here is what the pupils had to say about it!!!

“I loved the lesson in how you dont let anything stop you from getting where you want to go if the first test of your idea doesn’t work, change it and try again!” – Tiernan G

“We got really cool copies that we are going to use for our company, we felt like real workers with these as there was a cool space to keep your pen when your on the go” – Mikey.

“I liked hearing how business people start making things at home using old things, we can all start something ourselves with what we have at home” Eva

“My favourite bit was Jasons STOP analogy, Sit, Think, Orientate and Plan – we will remember it whenever things aren’t going to plan” – Anna.

” I liked Edels idea it was amazing its amazing to hear how sensors like that can help someones quality of life” – Padraic.

“I loved the ideas they gave us to mock up our products it was great hearing how Edel and Jason had to do mock ups and Edels first one didn’t work at all and look how she is doing now after trying and trying again” Aoibheann

“”I learned that you should never stop and always keep trying” Cameron

“The Launchpad is really cool, I loved the chairs and benches and the whole area was super!” Cian

So there you have it a huge thumbs up from the Cloghans Hill team to the Launchpad crew, we really hope to come back and visit you again soon – and we will hopefully have our very own product with us!!!! Thank you Mary, Edel and Jason and all who are a part of Launchpad, the students of NUIG are lucky to have you!

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I’m A Scientist

On Tuesday the 16th, we were very lucky to take part in the Scientist for a Day in NUIG run by Kitchen Chemistry, Cell Explorers and Eco Explorers.

The children had the most amazing day. In the morning, they did Kitchen Chemistry where they did forensic science, finger printing and working with Luminol. They electroplated copper coins turning them gold and silver. They blew up volcanos and even made toothpaste for an elephant and a cloud. They got to experiment with liquid nitrogen destroying leaves and shrinking and re inflating balloons.

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After lunch, the had cell explorers where they worked with DNA and its structures even getting to extract DNA from a banana to bring home!

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After the big lunch break, it was time for Eco Exporers with the Bug dr from RTE! The children learnt all about reptiles and insects and got to get up close and personal with all sorts of creepy crawlies!!!!

A massive thank you to NUIG for hosting this great initiative and thanks to all the groups who ran the show – we really enjoyed every minute of it!

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Come Dine With US!

Last week we did alot of work on healthy eating, the food pyramid and menu planning. We paid special attention to our food in school – our Lunchboxes!!!!

Everyone had super healthy lunches all week and to celebrate our new found knowledge, we invited the parents to school for a healthy lunch made by ourselves.

It took alot of planning, we had to plan what we would give them thinking of our rules about 5 a day and the food pyramid. We also thought of the things we might be able to have for lunch that they might not think pf giving us – cous cous was the top winner there!!

All the parents had a lovely lunch and we did two power point presentations on healthy eating for them 1 in Irish and 1 in english!

NOW, we turn the tables on the parents….next week, they are going to cook for us!!!!  We can’t wait!!!

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