Athlone Castle Art Competition winner

This is Sean’s winning entry – and I think we can all agree with the judging committee in Athlone Castle that it is a well-deserved winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very proud to announce that Seán won the recent Art competition in Athlone Castle with his Suffragette poster.

The competition was organised to mark the centenary of us ladies winning the right to vote! Sean received Art supplies for his creation and while collecting his award at a ceremony last Saturday he won a draw securing a day trip to the Castle for his whole class.

Seán’s work is currently on display in the Castle so if you have a moment be sure to pop in for a look.

Well done Seán!

 

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Christmas Child Shoebox Collection

As we do each year we ask the pupils to think of those that may not be as fortunate as ourselves and encourage them to support the Christmas Child Shoebox initiative – and we are delighted to say that there was a great response. The boxes were collected form the school after the min-term break, here are photos’ of some of our contribution to the overall effort. We wish to express our thanks to everyone.

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Show Jumping Winner

We are extremely proud of Áine  who recently represented Ireland in show jumping competitions in Chester, England.

Áine secured gold in her main competition and a silver in a subsequent event.  She secured first in an individual class, and then was place in other competitions during the week. Her commitment and perseverance, not to mention her skill, is an example to us all.

Maith thú Áine.

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Athletics

All the pupils from 2nd class to 6th class enjoyed taking part in a 6 week Athletics course in Athlone Institute of Technology who offer their fantastic facilities to primary schools.

During the 6 weeks they took part in

  • Sprinting
  • Javelin/Shotputt
  • Hurdles
  • Cross Country
  • Long Jump & High Jump
  • Relays

We want to thank them sincerely for their time and efforts, and we look forward to seeing them again next September.

Here are a few photos for you to enjoy…

Week 1.

Week 2.

Week 3.

Week 4

 Week 5

Week 6

 

 

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Business and New Ventures

Our Banking Project                                                                                        27/09/2018 – 28/09/2018

Last Thursday and Friday a man came into our school from the bank of Ireland called Brian and talked to us about business and new ventures.

On the Thursday Brian split us into groups and we had to come up with our own mini business. We got thinking and came up with very interesting and clever ideas.

My group put our heads together and decided to produce “Solar Powered Blinds.” We called them “Jasker Blinds” because J is for Jacob, A is for Áine, S is for Seara, K is for Kate, E is for Eli and R is for Rebecca. The point of our blinds was that when the sun hits the blinds it naturally heats up your home. We found this better than radiators because there is less smoke and less of a possibility of fire. On Friday two people from the Bank of Ireland came in and acted like people from the Dragons Den. They listened to what we had to say and then tried to make a deal by giving us Bizbucks.

I really enjoyed this experience with Brian from the Bank of Ireland and hope to do something like this in the future.

Kate

Our Banking Project                                                                                       27/09/2018 – 28/09/2018

Last week a man called Brian came to the school and gave us a banking experience. This experience lasted two days.

On the first day Brian showed us a slideshow all about what you need to make a company. Then we were split into five groups which would each invent a new company. He also gave us 80 bizbucks to pay for materials etc. We had to make a poster and PowerPoint that we would have to present to two dragons.

On the second day we finished our posters and PowerPoints. Then we presented our business to 3rd & 4th class. Next we had to present it to the two dragons. The dragons would give you a certain amount of bizbucks for a certain percentage of your company.

I really enjoyed this experience.

Muireann

Our Banking Project                                                                                        27/09/2018 – 28/09/2018

On Thursday and Friday we created our first business. The people in my group were Áine, Elliot, Luke, Killian and Caitlin. We were making bins where you would put your plastic in. Every Saturday we would get our lorries to collect the bins and bring them back to our factory in Dublin.

There we would mix the plastic and aqua dissolution acid. Then we would bring the water to another factory in Dublin where they put the water in glass bottles. You could get your tickets in your local shop. We would pay the shops for selling our tickets by giving them the glass bottles of water. I was the director of sales.

Darragh

Our Banking Project                                                                                        27/09/2018 – 28/09/2018

Last Thursday and Friday we met a man called Brian from the Bank of Ireland. He helped us set up our own mini business. There were five groups. House, Cars, ADA Solutions, Earthline, Jasker Blinds and Chillers.

I was in Earthline. Our ideas was to make a boat that cleans up pollution.

On Thursday we watched a PowerPoint on how to set up a business and came up with the product. We got a loan from the bank to pay for art supplies for business cards and a poster.

On Friday morning we made a PowerPoint and tested our product with 3rd and 4th class. Then the Dragons came and my group got 100 bizbucks for 45% of our company. We then paid back the bank. I really enjoyed it.

Eoin

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Coughlan Cup

On Monday September 24th we were extremely proud to welcome the Coughlan Cup to our school.  All the work and effort of Castledaly’s U10 squad had come to fruition as they brought this cup home for the first time in 22 years!!

The final match was played out the previous day and demonstrated not only the skill of the team but their dogged determination. There was a tremendous team spirit evident right throughout the tournament and the victorious outcome came with palpable delight from the players and parents alike.

The team are indebted to their coaches Paul, M.J & Jason whose skill, encouragement and commitment made this dream a reality.

Take a minute to enjoy our photos of the Cup’s visit to Kilcleagh N.S.

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Moate Show

This year we entered lots of poetry, handwriting,  painting and crafts into Moate Show which took place on 26th August. Have a look at our proud prizewinners.

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Mount Lucas Wind Farm

Bord na Mona Wind Farm

On the 19th June my class and I went to Mount Lucas Bord na Mona Wind Farm. There was a woman called Catherine who told us about all of the different parts of a wind turbine and how they work. She also gave us these goggles that you feel like you are on top of the windmill, in the windmill and at the bottom of the windmill. It was so so scary, I felt like I was going to fall off it so I just stood there in the same spot all of the time. After she showed us all of that we went outside to one of the windmills and got a picture with it. The windmill was T22.

Thank you for reading to this interesting experience of mine.

Kate

On the 19th June we went to Mount Lucas Wind Farm. It was in Offaly. The name of the woman that showed us around was Catherine. We first got off the bus and Catherine gave us a very nice welcoming. We were brought in and there was a band, pen and some chocolate. Catherine talked to us for a while and then 5th & 6th class went out to the games room for 20 minutes while 3rd & 4th has some lunch and did the virtual reality and then 5th & 6th had some lunch and did the virtual reality. The bog is raised. Catherine said that they use rain water to flush the toilet and they grow willow trees and they use the human’s waste to make it grow. Then we walked out to turbine 22, we got to hug it, kill it, whatever we wanted. Then we got on the bus and went home. When we were leaving we seen a back door of a turbine open so that meant that there were men working in it. I would love to go back there in the future.

Kellie

A few days ago 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th class went to a wind farm in Offaly. It took 46 minutes to get there.

Catherine told us all about the wind turbines. They are 100m in length. They also have 3 blades which move according to the wind. The head of the turbine moves as well. It takes about 1 ½ days to build a turbine. Mount Lucas Wind Farm has 28 wind turbines. After Catherine told us about the turbines she split us into 2 groups. One group did the virtual reality while the other group went into another room where you could make your own mini turbine or listen to videos

I would recommend Mount Lucas Wind Farm.

Skyla

Mount Lucas Wind Farm has twenty eight wind turbines. When we arrived we were told about all the different parts of a wind turbine. Wind Turbines move slightly when the blades are moving around.

A Wind turbine can produce 3 megawatts of electricity. It takes a day and a half to assemble a wind turbine. A wind turbine is 100m in height. After a while we did virtual reality which brought you to the very top of the wind turbine. Just before we left we were brought to an actual wind turbine.

I would recommend this for a daytrip.

Muireann

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Awards / Open Day

Awards / Open Day

Thursday June 21st was a very big day for all of us in Kilcleagh N.S.

We finally were able to see our finished art pieces – the 4 completed montages were on display in our gym.

Everybody had worked on a canvas and there was great excitement as the children searched for their own. Our Artist In Residence – Rosemarie Langtry was on hand to open the exhibition and we thank her for her hard work.

The school is, as always, very grateful to Westmeath County Council for their contribution to the project.  We could not do this work without their financial input.

Next on the agenda were the end of year school awards – our Sportsperson of the Year for 2018 and the Award for Contribution to School Life:

George from 6th class and Sean from 5th class were the deserving recipients.

We also had lots of little visitors on the day – they came with their parents to see what their junior infant classroom looks like and to meet each other before big school starts on August 31st.

We had a very busy afternoon – but we still weren’t finished as “Summersong” was on at 7 pm the same evening. It went really well and we said a bittersweet goodbye to our 6th class.

We also raised €500.47 towards school funds for which we are extremely grateful.

We took lots of pictures, so have a look…

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Sports Day

Wednesday 13th June was sports day!

Everybody was involved and took part in the different events – wellie throw, puc fada,

hurdles, water relay, jigsaw relay, races, shoe relay and lots more.

The eight teams were: Scrambled Legs, Castledaly Ballers, Purple Pygmy Puffs, Kilcleagh Kangaroos, Runner Beans, Ferraris, Flashing Dogs, & Cuddle Warriors and “Castledaly Ballers ” came out on top.

We all had great fun as you will see from our photos.

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