Some members of our green schools committee, along with Ms O Sullivan visited the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island to receive our fifth Green Flag recently.
Coachford National School presented cheques of 350 euro each to the Irish Guide Dogs and Marymount Hospice. This money was collected during our Dancethon Fundrasing event. Volunteers Mary and Joe Duffy from the Irish Guide Dogs and Valerie Cadigan from Marymount Hospice visited the school to accept the cheques on behalf of these well deserving charities.
Junior and senior infants unwrapping their 'seed bombs' after allowing them time to germinate and placing them in our school garden.
Children from 3rd to 6th class travelled to the INEC in Killarney on 11 March to take part in the Sing Out Loud concert. A great day was had by all.
We held a fundraising Dancethon in the local GAA hall on March 16th which proved a great success. The children dressed up and danced the morning away under the guidance of Irish Dancing teacher Deirdre O Sullivan and Zumba instructor Frank Sheerin. Many thanks to everyone who donated funds for the Irish Guide Dogs, Marymount Hospice and the school, and also to everyone who showed up on the day.
Jessica Mason, environmental scientist from the Heritage Council of Ireland, visited the school during biodiversity week. She completed workshops with the children exploring our school environment for evidence of biodiversity at work. Jessica demonstrated how plants, animals and bugs in our immediate environment and beyond are all interconnected and rely on each other for survival. She spoke to the children about the importance of maintaining and encouraging a balance between nature and animals in our own gardens and communities.
One of our parents, Dr Simon Harrison, scientist and lecturer in UCC, visited the school during Biodiversity Week to talk to the children about the importance of biodiversity in our environment and around the world. It was a very interactive, informative, interesting and fun talk and demonstration for all the children. He also brought a very interesting visitor with him!
Joanne Crowley, past pupil of our school, very generously gave of her time to help the students from 5th and 6th class to complete a very innovative planting project for our Biodiversity Flag initiative.
Junior and Senior infants made 'seed bombs' for our biodiversity flag initiative with the help of past pupil Joanne Crowley. We are very grateful to Joanne for so kindly giving of her expertise and time to the school.
All of the children in the school helped to make our new school garden 'Tír Draíochta'. This work was completed with the help and guidance of past pupil Joanne Crowley to whom we are very grateful.
1st and 2nd class made pancakes with Ms Dunlea and Mrs O'Sullivan
Mr Horan hosted a quiz during Biodiversity Week in February 2017 for 1st class to 6th class students.
We celebrated Science Week throughout the school in November 2016
3rd and 4th class made vegetable soup - November 2016
5th and 6th class took part in the VEX robotics competitions in CIT in January 2017
Junior infants, senior infants, first and second class took part Cór Fheile in Cork City Hall
1916 Centenary Celebrations were held in the school on 15th March, 2016 where the Irish Flag was raised by local historian Mr Anthony Greene. The Irish proclamation was read, along with a new proclamation written by the pupils and their families, setting out their visions and ideals for the future. The occasion was also marked with Irish dancing, singing and music by our very talented students.
15th March, 2016 = A presentation of a painting of Coachford National School by 6th class student Ellie Dineen, along with the signatures of all staff and students of the school, was made to Mr Anthony Greene as a token of gratitude for his many years of service on our Board of Management.
Our very talent 6th class student, Ellie Dineen, with her fabulous award winning piece of art.
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of our school on Tuesday 8 March 2016 with Fr. Peadar celebrating mass in the school hall. We also were delighted to see past teaching staff, Mr. Tom Hallahan, Mrs. Mary Buckley, Mrs. Sheila Dwyer and Mrs. Síle Murphy (nee O’Sullivan) returning to help us celebrate this special occasion.
Various science experiments carried out in different classes during February and March.
Irish Dancing classes, lead by Deirdre O Sullivan, are proving very popular with all classes.
'Design and Display a Lighthouse Project' by 3rd and 4th class