PHOTOS: Fundraisers Result In €35,000 For Gaelscoil As School Marks Achievements

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Principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Cáit Uí Chonchúir, accepts a cheque from Eddie Forster and Chairperson of the Parents Association, Ann Marie Burke Rogers at the school on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

CELEBRATIONS to mark the end of the school year continued in Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn this week as pupils, teachers, staff and parents joined together to mark further awards and presentations made to Tralee’s All Irish Education School which is also celebrating 40 successful years in All Irish Primary Education.

Following a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile year of fundraising at the annual School Fair, Oíche Bingo and culminating in a most successful Night at the Dogs, Ann Marie Burke Rogers, Chairperson of the Parents Association presented a cheque to the value of €35,000 to the school.

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Cáit Uí Chonchúir accepted the cheque on behalf of the school and Board of Management saying; “All pupils, staff, board of management and parents want to thank our Parents Association who have done trojan work to fundraise on our behalf and ensure we can continue to advance technology and incorporate Electronic Tablets into our IT system for our pupils”.

Cáit continued to thank all businesses who were so generous in their support and sponsorship to the school again this year.

Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn were also delighted to be awarded the SFI Discover Science and Maths Excellence award again this year.

Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn celebrates its Junior Entrepreneur Flag, Green Schools Flag and Science Award at the school on Thursday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Children from every class throughout the school completed science experiments, engineering explorations and maths trails while developing their technology skills throughout the year.

Múinteoir Olive, Co-ordinator of the Project said; “ The children thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of activities in which they participated and are very proud of their award. They are looking forward to next year and more STEM activities already.”

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Rang a Cúig continued the schools participation  in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) this year.

“They created their own business, which they duly called ‘Forever Framed’. This involved creating bespoke wooden scrabble frames. After selling over 330 frames, they made a profit of well over €2,000, they each received their own share of the profits, a certificate of achievement and the JEP Flag. In addition to this, they kindly donated €270 of their earnings to The Kerry Hospice Foundation,” said Máistir Dónal, class teacher.

Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn was also presented with their 4th green flag for their work on water conversation.

“It is a fantastic achievement  and we are very proud of all involved, especially our ‘Coiste Glas’ who have worked tirelessly promoting awareness on this topic,” said the Principal.

“It is a two year programme and all classes throughout the school took part in this very worthwhile project. We are looking forward to working as a whole school community on the next theme ‘Travel’ under direction of Muinteoiri Laura agus Nell.”

Sixth class pupils at their graduation ceremony last week. Photo by Joe Hanley

Meanwhile, last week saw the Sixth Class pupils graduate with a lovely ceremony attended by pupils and their families.

“It’s always sad to see rang a sé go, but they’re well prepared for the second part of their education and we all wish them well,” said Principal Cáit.

The school also welcomed Dr Glen Collins to the school recently to do a sound workshop in conjunction with Engineers Ireland.

A most informative session followed with Dr Collins highly impressed with the pupils’ knowledge of the Periodic Table, vibration, resonance and sound wave.

Dr Collins congratulated Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn on its selection for Government led Schools Excellence Funding to realise the potential of digital technologies to enhance teachers and learning in the STEM area in the school.

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    An epic achievement!