Author: Pupils Drumraney School

Vikings Visit Drumraney N.S.!

Vikings Visit Drumraney N.S.!

On Friday 20th May archaeologist and Viking studies expert Derek Gallagher visited Drumraney NS. The children learned a lot about what the life of a Viking warrior was like including what weapons they used and what they wore. The children got to examine replicas of shields, swords and arrows. They also got to try on costumes and many looked quite ferocious as Viking warriors! Viking ladies wore colourful clothes and decorative jewellery. The colours for dying the clothes were extracted from vegetables such as onion skins! The more colourful your clothes and elaborate your jewellery the wealthier you were. Children also got to try writing with a quill and realised what a difficult and laborious task writing was at the time for the monks. Our school band got to play quite unusual instruments on the day! Have a look at pictures from the day.

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Table Quiz

Thank you to all who supported us at out table quiz on Thursday 28th April in the Bounty. Thank you also to those who sponsored prizes for the raffle. We had a great night.

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1916 Tour

On Wednesday 27th of April the senior room went on a school tour to Dublin.We have learned so much about the 1916 Rising and on our tour we got to see many of the key buildings involved in the Rising including a tour of the GPO. Have a look at some of the pictures of the day.

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Summertime!

As Summertime is fast approaching(despite our weather) all in Drumraney NS are getting ready .We planted some flowers in our garden and used this experience to inspire our  art class when we created some of the insects we saw when we were planting. We also used our soft play area to inspire our art!

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Celebration Day in Drumraney NS

On Friday 15th April Drumraney N.S welcomed Mairead Mc Guinness MEP to Drumraney NS. The children presented a number of projects on the day to the many family and friends that gathered. Their first project was their Blue Star research on the United Kingdom and the European Union. The next project focused on World War I and the children’s research on many of the soldiers from Drumraney that fought in the war that were related to them. The next project presented was a general overview of the 1916 Rising. The final project presented was focused on Michael McCormack, a local Drumraney man’s involvement in the 1916 Rising. Mairead McGuinness spoke to the children about their projects and the importance of dialogue in resolving problems. The choir from Moate Secondary school performed a medley of songs and Drumraney N.S. school band played the anthem for the European Union “Ode to Joy”. Farmyard in the School Yard visited our school that day and we got to learn lots about all the animals. An ice cream van was also a great treat for big and small on the day. Have a look at our day in pictures!

Drumraney N.S.Travel Back in time to 1916

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On Tuesday 15th March Drumraney N.S. was transported back in time to 1916. The children dressed in costumes and re enacted the reading of the 1916 proclamation to mark the centenary. Local historian Peter Cunningham told the gathering crowd about Drumraney’s connection with the 1916 rising in which the McCormack brothers from Drumraney played an active role. He also spoke about George Adamson who was the first person to raise the tri colour over Athlone castle and how many children in the school are related to him.A senior pupil from the school,George Nugent,who is a direct descendant of George Adamson raised the flag on the day. The school’s brass band played as the flag was raised.A new proclamation was created by the children from the school and was read by 6th class pupil Katie Silke. Family and friends were there to support the children on the day.

Proclamation of Drumraney N.S. 2016

 Irish children, women and men, as we raise our Irish flag today we look to the past to inspire us in our future ahead.

We hope for a country where all people are equal, where all men women and children have the basic rights of food and a home, where homelessness is a word and not a reality for people.

We will look towards a future where regardless of the colour of your skin your beliefs or culture that you are treated with respect and dignity.

We dream of a time ahead when our economy will be strong, allowing everyone to have a job.

We look to our government to help people affected by flooding and support them in building defences and restoring them to their homes.

We ask for a time when everyone regardless of ability is welcomed into education and employment.

We celebrate everything that is good in our nation: our well educated students, our sports people, our writers and poets, our musicians, our artists, our mammies, daddies and families.

We give our support to our friends in other countries, those affected by war and violence that peace and unity will come to them.

We look towards a time when there is no violence in our own country and that people talk to resolve their problems.

We echo the Proclamation read in 1916, a country that guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation”

Signed on behalf of Drumraney National School:

 

 

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day in our school on Thursday, 3rd March. Many of the children dressed up as their favourite characters from a book. On Thursday morning we were greeted by Harry Potter, Bagheera from ‘The Jungle Book’, Rapunzel, Roderick from ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, Judy Moody and lots of other wonderful characters. After the pupils modelled their costumes the whole school took part in a book-themed quiz. Congratulations to the winning team, Dylan, Kate (Rapunzel) and Ruth (Tinkerbell). They also designed bookmarks and completed word-searches and other activities based on the theme of books. Book tokens were distributed to each pupil after the activities. No homework was given to the pupils on the condition that they spend some time reading a book of choice at home!!!

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Food Dudes

Our school is taking part in the Food Dudes programme this year. The aim of the Food Dudes Programme is to encourage children to eat and enjoy a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables. So far the Junior Room have been tasting fruits and vegetables such as bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, carrots, peppers, mangetouts and cucumber. It is proving to be a great success with grapes and carrots topping the poll! Each day the children are rewarded with stickers and prizes for their efforts. To date they have received pencils, rubbers and pedometers, with many more surprises to come!

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