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!!

We wish Padraic all the best in the county final on April 16th in Breaffy! IMG_9859 IMG_9858


Sightsavers Visit to our Junior Painter of the Year Regional Winners

We were delighted to welcome Teresa Murray from Sightsavers Ireland to our school this week to meet with the prize winners from Junior Painter. Teresa spoke to us all about the work of Sightsavers and the different things they are doing as they aproach 2030 with goals to reduce unnecessary blindness for people in the third world. She told us how easy it is to spread eye infections using dirty water and using the person before you’s water when they have an infection. After a very informative talk, Teresa presented Tiernan, Dominick and Cian with their certificates and Aoibheann with her special merit award. We all got participation certificates too.

Thank you Teresa for coming all the way from Dublin to see us.


Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year – Regional winners announced!

Aoibheanns art

Aoibheanns Picture


Cians picture


Dominicks picture


Tiernans Picture

Tiernans Picture

We got a lovely email from Teresa in Sightsavers Ireland this morning. Sightsavers run an art competition which we enter every year and this year, she told us that we had 4 prize winners in the school!

Her emailed told us the following!!!

“Cloghans Hill NS has great reason to celebrate:
Junior Painter Awards – Regional Winners 2016 – Ulster/Connaught
Dominick Keaveney for his painting “When I grow up, I want to build a better world, like Steve from Minecraft”
Tiernan Mangan for his painting “In 2030, I want to be a footballer”
Cian Mangan for his painting “I want a world of wonder: colour or monochrome, sight or none: a better world for us all”
And a Judges’ Special Commendation for
Aoibheann Mangan for her painting “2030: a world of magical creatures and colours, where everything feels as good as it looks”
We invite Dominick, Tiernan, Cian and Aoibheann along with their teachers and families to our awards’ day in Dublin on April 7th. At the awards’ day, the regional winners will receive their ‘toolbox’ prizes from ReCreate Ireland. It is a great day out, when we also announce our three National Awards – perhaps Cloghan’s Hill will take home a cash prize from The Irish Times and membership of ReCreate? It is also a day where we can make our young artists feel special and show them how much we appreciate them. I will be writing to you and the other winners with details of this event in the second week of February.”
Teresa will be calling to our school on Tuesday morning next at 9 am and we are inviting anyone who wishes to meet her and hear all about the great work done by sightsavers to come in and meet her and our artists!
Well done to the winners and to all who entered in the school the lessons you learnt and appreciation you got for blindness in the third world will stand to you all for the rest of your lives.