Music Generation

February 24th, 2015


Bhí ceolcoirm iontach ag Rang a 4, 5 agus a 6 le ‘Music Generation’ Dé Céadaoin an 3ú lá Mí Meitheamh.

Bhí an canadh agus an ceol go hálainn agus bhain chuile duine taitneamh as!

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Gaelscoil Donncha Rua is taking part in the programme since September 2014. Rang a 4, 5 agus a 6 are all involved and have the opportunity to work with a trained musician once a week.

They took part in a Christmas performance and on Wednesday the 3rd of June held a Summer concert with two other schools in Clare.

What is Music Generation?

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme. It helps children and young people access music education in their own locality.

Music Generation provides funding and support to Local Music Education Partnerships throughout Ireland to develop music education services.

How is it funded?

Music Generation is funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds together withLocal Music Education Partnerships.

Accelerated Reader Programme

February 24th, 2015


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To promote reading in Gaelscoil Donncha Rua, pupils from second to sixth class are taking part in the Accelerated Reader Programme.  Pupils read books at their appropriate reading level, and then take quizzes online which help motivate the pupils as well as monitoring their reading performance.  Each book is assigned a book level and an amount of points that the pupil can obtain by passing a quiz based on that book.  Each pupil has been given a unique password and user name by their teacher, which they use to log into the Accelerated Reader website, where they can take the quizzes. The target for passing a quiz is a score of 60%. Throughout the course of the year, teachers and parents can easily monitor the progress a pupil is making.

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Our Local Library is currently organising books to facilitate this programme. They will colour code all the books that we will use and categorize them into the appropriate reading age. We are extremely gratetful for all the libraians help and dedication to this programme and our school is delighted to work closely with our local library to encouage and promote a love of books and the joy of reading.



Artist in Schools Scheme

February 24th, 2015

Artists in Schools Scheme

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Aim of the Scheme The Arts Office of Clare County Council  invites submissions for this scheme. The aim of the scheme is to give pupils the opportunity to work with a professional atist on a once-off project to be planned between artists and the school. The scheme is open to any artistic discipline including visual arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, literature, film, architecture, photography and new media. The scheme will be offered in two strand: Arts Space and Arts Days.

Arts Space: the project will fund artist contact time in the school for 30 hours.

Arts days: the project will fund a one day specific workshop in the school. Our school is taking part in this  Artists in the School Scheme that is run by The Arts Office of Clare County Council. We are delighted to have a professional Artist Mark Cronin coming in on Friday the 27th to deliver a specific workshop to each class (Arts days). We hope to receive approval for the Arts Space project once the Arts days has been completed. This would mean that the artist would work on a specific project over 30 hours.

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Ar ais ar an Luain leis an píosa críochnaithe.



Nuacht Litir Mí Feabhra

February 12th, 2015

Coiste na dTuismitheoirí/ Parent’s Council

We are delighted to have our new Parents Council up and running.

The committee members are as follows: Chairperson: Emma Keane

Secretary: Michelle Maloney

Treasure: Kellie Cullen.

Parents Association may be contacted by emailing:

The Parents Association endeavours to work in close collaboration with the Principal, staff and Board of Management, to create a strong partnership between home and school.

As our first project the Parents Council will register with An Taisce to take part in National Spring Clean (1st-30th April) Ireland’s premier anti-litter programme(

We hope that all parents and guardians will help out with this event, more details will follow in March nuacht litir.

Cniotáil/ Knitting

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Ár mbuíochas chuig Kay Glody agus a cáirde, they have worked really hard with the senior classes at knitting. They presented each child with a little knitted chicken egg cover as a surprise on the last day. Bhí na páistí go léir an sásta leo. 


Hurling Skills Training



Tosóidh an iománaíocht ar an gCéadaoin 25ú lá Feabhra agus gach Céadaoin ar feadh sé seachtaine. The GAA will start hurling skills training on Wednesday the 25th of February for all classes from Naíonáin to Rang a 6.

We will use the school playground for training (weather permitting) however if the weather is bad we will use the hall in the leisure centre at a cost of €1 per week.

Teidí Taistil

Teidí Taistil /Travelling Teddy) will be used in the junior classes as an incentive to encourage the children to use the Irish language throughout the school day.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday múinteoir Aisling will give the child that is making the most effort a chance to bring Teidí Taistil home for two days.

Teidí Taistil can only understand Gaeilge and so the child must speak in Irish to him. Parents can also photograph Teidí Taistil at home doing day to day activities with their child and the photos will then be displayed in the classroom and used as part of our lesson.

Our aim is to promote the use of the Irish language throughout the school day as well as at home with family members and friends, any other suggestions or ideas are welcome!

All classes are continuing to make a great effort and this week rg. 4,5,+ 6 won the weekly school trophy for our ‘labhairt na Gaeilge’ contest where children receive discs at break and lunch time when heard speaking ‘as gaeilge’. The class with the most discs collected at the end of the week receive the trophy and a special overall prize will go to the class that wins the most times by the end of term.

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Artists in Schools Scheme

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Our school is taking part in the Artists in the School Scheme that is run by The Arts Office of Clare County Council. We are delighted to have a professional Artist Mark Cronin coming in on Friday the 27th to deliver a specific workshop to each class.

Tráth na gceist/Clare Interschools Quiz

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Molaimid na páistí rang 4,5, agus 6 a glach páirt i dtráth na gceist i scoil Naomh Tóla ar an Déardaoin 12ú Feabhra.D’éirigh go maith leo.

Six of our pupils represented the school on Thursday the 12th of February in the annual Shannon schools table quiz which is held in St.Tola’s N.S.

They did well on the evening, maith sibh!



D’éirigh thar barr leis an damhsa céilí. Bhaineamar go léir an-taitneamh as. Táimid an- bhuíoch do Mairéad Hackett. A big thank you to Mairéad Hackett for all the dance lessons. We all thoroughly enjoyed the music, had lots of fun  and learnt lots of new dances.




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Food Dudes Healthy  Eating Programme

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Tá bia folláin á n’ithe ag gach éinne na laethanta seo idir úlla, bananaí, piobair, risíní, cúcamar agus oráistí. Tá na pástí ag blaiseadh an bhia folláin seo gach lá ar scoil. Maith sibh, lean oraibh!

All the children have been eating fresh fruit and vegtetables courtesy of The Food Dudes all week in school. They have all been tasting and eating apples, bananas, pears, raisins, cucumber and oranges .

Lots of rewards have been given out and there has been great excitement when the children get to watch The Food Dudes DVD.

Well done to everyone for their participation and also to our fantastic secretary Regina who is organising the food every morning for every class, Go raibh míle Gina!  


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Féilire   2015

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School calendars are €4 each and can still be ordered from Regina in the office. To date we have raised just over €200, Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir as bhur tacaíocht.