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Storm Ali Damage

Three of our existing prefabs dating from 2000 were damaged on Wednesday September 19th,  due to the adverse weather conditions associated with Storm Ali.

We are currently undertaking repair work in collaboration with our insurance providers and roofing contractor. Two classes and two special education resource rooms were evacuated due to the damage sustained. We have had to split classes up and distribute pupils to already overcrowded classes and Special Education teachers have had to work from the staff room and corridors.

As we approach another autumn and winter in inadequate accommodation and with unforeseeable weather conditions we are urging immediate action by the Department of Education on our permanent extension.

At present, the Department are waiting the completion of a report by the technical team so that the project can proceed to Architectural Planning.  We are hoping that our major building project could be fast tracked, due to the number and age of our current temporary prefab accommodation.

We have a twitter account – – where more information can be found.

Friendship Week

For the last week, we have been celebrating Friendship Week in St Molaga’s. Each class studied poems about friendship and made a special effort to be nice to one another! Some classes made friendship chains and friendship bracelets, while others wrote poems about friendship.

Throughout the week, the children collected Friendship Tokens when they were seen being friendly and polite. Everyone made a great effort to win as many tokens as possible. Here are the children who received a certificate for being the most friendly and courteous in their class.

Maths Week Quizzes

We had two Math Quizzes in the hall on Thursday as part of Maths Week.  The teams were all mixed, with children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th all being on teams together.  Ms Geraghty, Ms Donnellan, Ms Ferguson and Mr Brown’s classes took part in the first quiz. Ms Carmody, Ms Walsh, Ms McNicholas and Ms McMahon’s classes took part in the second quiz. Everyone had a great time!

The winners of the first quiz – a draw!

The winners of the second quiz.

Taking on the Teachers!

Our sixth classes took part in the Active Ireland “Taking on the Teachers” challenge. We did basketball relays, tug of war, a penalty shoot out and golf (which everyone found hard!) At the end of the challenge, it was a draw but sixth class won after a basketball shoot out. Everyone was delighted, especially when they got a night off homework as a prize!

In even better news, we just learned that our school, along with another school in Donegal, won the competition so we have won €150 of sports equipment for the school.

We are all looking forward to the rematch!

Gemma came in today to show us items and clothing from the Lakota tribe, which is in North America.

These are some of the things we learned.

The Lakota have a dance stick that they move up and down to lead the dance. The dance is like a prayer.

Boys wear a  head-dress called a roach for ceremonial reasons.

Girls wear beads and braid their hair. The three parts of the braid symbolise body, mind and spirit.

The white buffalo calf is a symbol of hope.

Girls wear dance shawls for the pow wow.

Their houses now are wooden and small. In summer they live in tipis usually made out of canvas. Sometimes they are made out of buffalo skin.

They use sweet grass for their prayers. They light it and the smoke that goes up is their prayers going up to God.

Dreamcatchers were made by the Oneida . You put them on your window or over your bed and they catch your nightmares.

When a boy was twelve, he was isolated on a mountain. When he came back, he had to take care of the children, cook his own food, make his own bed, and look after himself for a  year. He wasn’t allowed to talk to the women during this year. At the end of the year, the women would decide if they could call him a man or not.

The Lakota have a medicine pouch. They keep medicine in it but they also keep grey wolf skin and things that are very important to them. It’s like a memory box and it’s private.

The Lakota believe that there is good medicine and bad medicine and that everyone is medicine. If you’re good medicine you’re kind and helpful and  nice. If you’re bad medicine, you’re mean, cruel and selfish.

Women wear feathers in their hair. If you’re married, you wear them on the right. If you’re not married, you wear them on the left. You shouldn’t touch a woman’s feathers.

Warriors would wear a choker around their neck made out of beads and deer bones. If they were hit by a bullet, the bullet would ricochet off the deer bones. They would also have a breast plate on their chest made out of the same things. Women’s breast plates were long and thin and the men’s would be shorter and thicker.

Thank you Gemma!

Maths can actually be fun!

Today, Miss O’Regan taught us how to play a card game. We called it Blackjack Decimal Maths.

We drew a table in our copy with headings for hundreds, tens, units, tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We took out all the kings, queens, jokers, jacks and tens from the pack and then we had to pick a card. An ace counted as one. We had to write the number of the card in the section we thought would give us the biggest number. Once you wrote the number in, you couldn’t move it around. The person who got the biggest number at the table got one point. If you made the highest number possible, you got two points.

It was really fun! We recommend it!

Turas Scoile!

Chuaigh Rang a Cúig ar thuras scoile. Chuaigh muid go dtí Ardgillan. Bhí muid ar bís. Tháinig an bus ar a leathuair tar éis a naoi. Bhí muid ag caint agus ag canadh ar an mbus. Tar éis tamaill, shroich an bus Ardgillan. Bhuail muid múinteoirí. Bhí muid ag dreapadh suas balla. Bhí muid ag boghdóireacht agus ag millín péinte. Bhí muid ag sleamhnú ar an bhféar. Bhí muid ag siúl ar rópaí. Bhí muid ag imirt cluichí foirne. D’ith muid an lón ar a dó dhéag a chlog. Chuaigh muid abhaile ar a leathuair tar éis a dó. Bhí an-spórt againn.

Music with Miss Lora


This morning, we had a concert led by Miss Lora. There was a fifth class (us!), a fourth class (Ms McNicholas) and a third class (Mr Gorman/Ms McNamee). We all sang three songs each.

After we warmed up, we all sang “Hello to all the Children of the World.”

Third class sang “A Sailor Went to Sea”, “How Much is that Doggy in the Window?” and “Sing a Song”.

Fourth class sang “Catch a Falling Star”, “Do Your Ears Hang Low” and “Smile.”

Fifth class sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, “What a Wonderful World”, and “Walking on Sunshine.”

At the end  we all sang “Happy.”

We had a great time working with Miss Lora and we think that all the parents and Ms Walsh’s third class enjoyed the concert!



Music with Miss Lora

Miss Lora teaches us music every Friday. Every week, we sing songs and sometimes we learn new ones. At the moment, we are learning “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

This week, we sang “Doggy Doggy, Where’s Jerome” and passed around a small stuffed puppy. When the song got to “I took Jerome”, the person who had Jerome had to sing solo. Someone in the middle had their eyes closed and had to guess who sang it.

This week, we also played percussion instruments. We did this to practise keeping the pulse of the music steady.

We have great fun every week. Thank you, Miss Lora!

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