Scoil An Linbh Íosa

Carrigans

Tel: 074 9140267

Green Schools Flag
Scoil an Linbh Íosa will be awarded its 5th Green Schools Flag on Thursday next 9 May at a ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.

The Green Schools Committee in the school has worked extremely hard over the past 2 years in conjunction with school staff on the theme of Biodiversity and after a visit to the school last month by adjudicators, the school was nominated to receive its 5th Green Flag for its efforts.
PEACE IV
Pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa and Monreagh N.S. have been working together for the past year in a Shared Education initiative which has proved to be a hugely worthwhile project from both an educational and social viewpoint.

Pupils have made new friends and have worked together on various lessons in both Literacy and Physical Education.

The culmination of the project will take place on Thursday 13 June when both schools will come together for a Celebration Day to which parents and guardians will also be invited. The pupils in both schools have contributed to a joint book publication with some of the work they have been doing in class and which will be launched at the Celebration Day on 13 June

School Book Fair 2019

Scoil an Linbh Íosa will host its School Book Fair for 2019 in the School General Purpose Room from Thursday 9 May until Tuesday 14 May.

The Book Fair will arrive on Wednesday 8 May and pupils will be given the opportunity each day to browse through the various books on offer and to purchase any books that they so wish.

The Book Fair will also be open to parents and guardians to visit each afternoon from 1.30pm until 2.15pm
School Tour 2019
Friday 7 June 2019
The Scoil an Linbh Íosa School Tour 2019 will take place on Friday 7 June.

The pupils in Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Classes will visit Lurgybrack Open Farm in Letterkenny while the pupils in 2nd - 6th Classes will visit the Ulster american Folk Park, outside Omagh. 

Further details will be available nearer the time.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the pupils in 2nd Class who made their First Holy Communion in St. Baithin's Chapel, St. Johnston on Saturday 4th May last. The sun shone brightly on what was a very special occasion for the pupils and their families.

Thank you to Múinteoir Aoife who along with the SNas in the school ensured that the pupils were prepared thoroughly for the sacrament.
Scoil an Linbh Íosa Pupils Confirmed
Thursday 4 April 219
Ten pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa were confirmed on Thursday 4 April last by Bishop Alan McGuckian in St. Baithin's Church, St. Johnston.

Calum,  Isabelle, Jack, Jamie, Jessica, Muireann, Rebecca, Ríona, Shay and Tiana did themselves, their families, their school and their teacher proud by playing a full role in the ceremony.

Thanks to Múinteoir Sorcha who prepared the pupils so thoroughly for the sacrament.
Scoil an Linbh Íosa Pupils to Attend Sci Fest 2019
8 April 2019
Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th Classes in Scoil an Linbh Íosa will attend Sci-Fest 2019 on Monday 8 April in St. Mary's College, Derry.

The SciFest programme is a one-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fair for second-level students and which is open to primary school pupils to attend. The aim of the programme is to encourage an interest in, and love of, the STEM subjects. 
Scoil an Linbh Íosa Pupils Enjoy Creative Writing Workshop
Scoil an Linbh Íosa hosted a Creative Writing Workshop in the school on 26 March. The workshop was delivered by local writer, Liam Porter and pupils from 3rd to 6th Classes attended.
Liam gave a short talk on how he got involved in writing and then participated in a question and answer session where pupils posed several questions for Liam on the inspitration for his stories and poems as well as the process of publishing a book.

Liam then did a creative writing lesson with the pupils.

The initiative was a huge success and was part of the PEACE IV Shared Education project which the school is involved in. 
 

Bricks 4 Kidz

The pupils in Múinteoir Aoife's class wil partake in a Bricks 4 Kids workshop in Scoil an Linbh Íosa on Friday 8 March as part of National Engineers Week..

National Engineers Week provides a unique opportunity for primary school students to learn about different types of engineering and also engineering careers available in the North West. Through Bricks 4 Kidz our school can help build the engineers of tomorrow.

LEGO® based education programmes have proven to be a very effective method of introducing engineering concepts to school age children and a Bricks 4 Kidz engineering workshop provides children of all ages with a fun and educational way to develop their understanding of engineering principles.

Bricks 4 Kidz proprietary model builds, which have all been designed by engineers, are accompanied by lesson plans which explain the concept of engineering to the children.  These age appropriate workshops will enable our pupils to estimate, observe, predict, measure and record their findings during the model construction, with a wide range of different builds including bridges, wind turbines, cars, satellites, chameleons and many more.

World Book Day

Thursday 7 March is World Book Day. To celebrate the event, the pupils of Scoil an Linbh Íosa are encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character on Friday 8 March.

At School Assembly on the Friday morning, the pupils will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves to their school peers as their character and say a few words about their character.
Paired Reading Programme
A new Paired Reading Programme will begin in Scoil an Linbh Íosa on Monday 25 February for pupils and their parents / guardians in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes. Beautiful new books have been purchased especially for the programme which will run for 7 weeks until Friday 12 April.

An information session for parents and guardians of pupils in these classes will be held in the school beginning at 7.00pm on Tuesday 19 February.
Scoil an Linbh Íosa Quiz Team Success at Annual Lifford Area Credit Union Quiz
Pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa took part in the annual Lifford Area Credit Union Quiz on Friday evening 1 February last in Deele College, Raphoe. Our u13 team made up of Muireann McBride, Tiana Hannigan, Shay Collins and Cian Carlin did brilliantly well to take third place overall.
January Certificate Award Winners
January Certificate Award winners in Múinteoir Alison's Class were Enya, Charlie, Sophia and Erin
January Certificate Award Winners
January Certificate Award winners in Múinteoir Aoife's Class were Darcy and Leo

January Certificate Award Winners

January Certificate Award winners in Múinteoir Sorcha's Class were Ciarraí, Shay, Isabelle and Muireann
Enrolment Day
Enrolment Day for pupils starting school at Scoil an Linbh Íosa in Carrigans in September 2019 will take place at the school at 1.00pm on Wednesday 27 February. There will be a short powerpoint presentation and parents and guardians will get an opportunity to meet the class teacher and principal. Parents / guardians are asked to bring a copies of their child's birth certificate, baptismal certificate and PPS Number. 
Pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa Excel at North West Robotics Competition

Pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa took part in the North West Regional section of the National Robotics competition held in LYIT last week.

Pupils from the senior classes took part in a number of robotic games against 15 other schools from around the country. The Scoil an Linbh Íosa pupils built the robot themselves at school and then had to programme the robot to complete a number of tasks. Pupils also delivered a powerpoint presentation they had put together themselves on Maths in Everyday Life to a team of judges.

The overall winners were St. Macartan's N.S., Bundoran who were presented with their prize by Minister for Education, Joe McHugh. They will go on to now represent the North West regio in the national finals in Cork.

The whole experience was a great learning curve for the pupils.
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Full Attendance Certificates
Full Attendance between September and Christmas Recognised 
A large number of pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa received Full Attendance certificates at Christmas Assembly held in the school on the last day of term. These pupils were presented with their certificates in recognition of the fact that they hadn't missed a single day at school since the beginning of the school year.

Green Schools Update

Scoil an Linbh Íosa Pupils Busy on Biodiversity Theme

The pupils of Scoil an Linbh Íosa were busy last week as part of the Green Schools Programme. The pupils are working on the theme of Biodiversity and put out a number of bird feeders around the school.

These proved very popular with the birds as pupils observed several birds throughout the past week feeding from the feeders.

November Assembly

Certificate Award Winners

November Assembly was held in the General Purpose Room at Scoil an Linbh Íosa recently.
The theme of the Assembly was 'Homes' and each class performed a mixture of song and poetry.
Certificates were awarded to Charlie Kilpatrick Bonner, Caitlin Doherty and Ryan Porter in Múinteoir Alison's room while Eoin Brogan, Darcy Brogan and Sophie Kilpatrick Bonner were certificate recipients in Múinteoir Aoife's room. Certificates in Múinteoir Sorcha's room were awarded to Jack McCrabbe, Tiana Hannigan and Ben McCarron.

Christmas Preparations

Excitement levels are gradually starting to rise at Scoil an Linbh Íosa as Christmas preparations continue.

Sparkle, the well-known elf who regularly makes an appearance in the school at this time of year has returned with usual mischief while pupils in the senior class have been busy erecting Christmas decorations.

Scoil an Linbh Íosa Green Schools Poster Competition

Pupils in Múinteoir Sorcha's Class and Múinteoir Aoife's Class participated in an in-school poster competition as part of the Green Schools Programme in the school.

The theme of the poster competition was 'Biodiversity' and the pupils designed posters on the topic and created accompanying slogans.

They are pictured here with a selection of their posters.
Jamie is Lifford Credit Union Art Competition Winner
A huge congratulations to Scoil an Linbh Íosa 6th Class pupil, Jamie Gallagher who was a winner in the recent Lifford Credit Union Art Competition.
Jamie received his prize along with his certificate from Lifford Credit Union at a presentation in Lifford recently.
A huge congratulations from all in Scoil an Linbh Íosa.

Súgradh le Chéile Workshop a Great Success

A Súgradh le Chéile workshop was held in Scoil an Linbh Íosa recently. The worshop was attended by the parents of pupils in the Junior Infants class.

Ag Súgradh le Chéile (ASLC) is a programme developed by the Health Service Executive West to promote active play. It is a joint initiative between the Health Promotion Department - Health Service Executive
(West), Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP), Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) and Youth Sport West (YSW).

The programme aims to promote active play by involving both children and parents. Research has shown the positive effects parental support can have on a child’s activity levels and also the benefits both physically and psychologically for children engaging in active play from an early age. It is hoped that through these workshops parents will learn the value of physical play with their children as well as encourage children to play on their own.
Scoil an Linbh Íosa Pupils Take a Step into the Future
Pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th Classes will take a major step into the future over the next two months as they begin a series of three Robotics workshops at Scoil an Linbh Íosa.

The workshops will begin on Friday 30 November and will involve computer programming, constructing robotsand then programming the robots to perform specific functions. 

The technology based learning will help children prepare for the technological age by giving them a sampler of what the future may look like.

The workshops are funded by the School Completion Programme.
 
HOPE Christmas Shoebox Appeal a Huge Success
The annual Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal has proved another resounding success at Scoil an Linbh Íosa with almost 70 boxes donated by the parents, pupils and staff of the school. This equates to practically one box for every single child in the school with some families donating more than one box.

Pictured are the pupils of Scoil an Linbh Íosa who were involved in the Hope Shoebox Appeal for 2018.

An added dimension to this year's appeal is that the pupils will be shown a short film at school outlining where the shoeboxes from Ireland go to each Christmas and showing the reactions of the children in other countries lucky enough to receive them.

Thank you most sincerely to all those who donated.


 
Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme Begins in Scoil an Linbh Íosa
The Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme begins in Scoil an Linbh Íosa on Friday 9 November. Food Dudes is a programme developed by the Food Activity & Research Unit at Bangor University, Wales to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting of fresh fruit and vegetables, and rewards.

In large scale studies in schools in Ireland, England and Wales, the programme has been shown to be effective and results long-lasting across the primary range, regardless of gender, school size, geographic and socio ecomomic factors. It is ultimately designed to enable children to enjoy eating healthy diets, and to create a healthy eating culture within schools and at home.
Peace IV - Shared Education Project
The pupils of Scoil an Linbh Íosa and Monreagh N.S. further developed links as part of the PEACE IV Shared Education Initiative just before the Hallowe'en break when pupils from the Junior and Middle classes visited Monragh N.S. while pupils in the senior classes in Monreagh N.S. visited Scoil an Linbh Íosa
Scoil an Linbh Íosa hosted a 'Jiving' and a Literacy workshop while Monreagh N.S. hosted a P.E. and a Literacy workshop.

There will be further opportunities for the schools to link up when there will be shared classes between the two schools for P.E. and Literacy lessons on 15 November, 29 November and 13 December.

The project is fully funded by Léargas and will culminate in the joint publication of a book containing children's writing from the project at the end of the current school year to which all parents and guardians will be invited.
 

Hallowe'en Assembly - October 2018

A very successful Hallowe'en Assembly was held in Scoil an Linbh Íosa on 26 October last. The Assembly coincided with Dress Up for Hallowe'en Day.
Pupils got the opportunity to introduce their character to their schoolmates as Gaeilge.
Pupils in the respective classes were also presented with certificates and recired poems and songs on the topic of Hallowe'en.
National Tree Day
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National Tree Day was celebrated at Scoil an Linbh Íosa recently with the planting of a small tree adjacent to the school's Outdoor Classroom.

Pupils from 1st to 6th Classes participated in the tree planting ceremony which was led by members of Scoil an Linbh Íosa's Green Schools Committee
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Scoil an Linbh Íosa PEACE IV Outing to Gartan a Huge Success
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The 1st to 6th Class pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa teamed up with their counterparts from Monreagh N.S. as part of the PEACE IV Shared Education Programme on Friday 19 October last.

The venue was Gartan Outdoor Education Centre and the pupils from both schools were engaged in a number of outdoor adventure activities including kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and rock climbing.

New friendships were forged on what was a great day for the outing.
The feedback from both staff and pupils was hugely positive. The outing was one of a number of initiatives planned between the two schools for the coming year.

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Scoil an Linbh Íosa Pupils Shine at Finn Harps 7 aside Soccer

Scoil an Linbh Íosa had both a boys team and a girls team in action at the recent Finn Harps Soccer Tournament for 3rd and 4th Class pupils in Bonagee, Letterkenny.
Both teams did exceptionally well with the boys team in particular shining.
The boys team finished 2nd overall after an 8-0 victory over Castletown N.S., a 2-2 draw with Glenswilly N.S. and a 4-2 defeat to Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton.
Heritage in Schools
The pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th Classes visited Beltany Stone Circle in Raphoe on Monday 17 September as part of the Donegal Co. Council Heritage in Schools initiative
The educational outing was facilitated by Lorna O'Donnell of the Heritage in Schools programme. The pupils learned all about the history of Beltany Stone Circle and integrated their learning with the English Curriculum on return to school where they did Recount Writing as part of their account of the visit.
 
6th Class Pupils Transition Programme
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The 6th Class pupils from Scoil an Linbh Íosa teamed up with St. Patrick's N.S., Murlog over the past 8 weeks as part of a Secondary School Transition Programme in conjunction with the School Completion Programme.
The pupils came together for 7 sessions during which a facilitator worked with the pupils in talking about the challenges of transitioning from primary to secondary school and how they might deal with them.
At the end of the programme the pupils were taken to Letterkenny Karting Centre where they engaged in a number of Outdoor and Adventure Activities
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Book Fair Leads to Lots of In-School Reading Activities
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The Scoil an Linbh Íosa Book Fair 2018 was a huge success and has led to the pupils getting involved in lots of additional reading activities throughout the school.

It has also given us the opportunity to make use of our new Outdoor Classroom with the children taking part in some of their reading lessons outside.
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Scoil an Linbh Íosa Book Fair Proving a Huge Success

The annual Scoil an Linbh Íosa Book Fair is proving a huge success with pupils and parents and guardians alike with large numbers having attended so far.
The Book Fair continues until next Wednesday morning 25 April and is open to parents and guardians next Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Primary to Secondary Transition Programme

6th Class pupils in Scoil an Linbh Íosa began a new Primary to Secondary School Transition Programme on Thursday 12 April last. The programme aims at preparing pupils for secondary school and helps prepare them to cope with the pressures and strains of transition. The programme continues for 7 weeks and is being organised in conjunction with the School Completion Programme.

New Outdoor Classroom

Pupils in Scoil an Linbh Íosa arrived back to school after the Easter Holidays to a new Outdoor Classroom on the school grounds. The cost of developing the Outdoor Classroom was funded by the Parents Association and will provide a new learning environment for the pupils when the good weather arrives in hopefully the not too distant future.

Scoil an Linbh Íosa Green Schools Update

The pupils of Scoil an Linbh Íosa under the guidance of Muinteoir Míchéal, Muinteoir Marie and Múinteoir Martina have been planning for the next phase of the Green Schools Programme which is based on the theme of 'Biodiversity'.
Pupils have been involved in a general clean up of the school grounds and in planting flowers and shrubs at the front of the school enhancing the overall appearance.
Easter Assembly at Scoil an Linbh Íosa
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A very successful Easter Assembly was held in Scoil an Linbh Íosa just before the Easter break.
The Assembly was a celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge with pupils in each class singing songs as Gaeilge, performing little dramas as Gaeilge and doing 'agallaimh beirte', displaying pictures they had drawn based on several seanfhocail, Irish dancing and playing traditional music on the tin whistles. Pupils were also presented with prizes for competitions which were held during Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Termly attendance certificates were presented to pupils who had full termly attendance, while the usual certificates were preented to pupils who had exhibited excellent behaviour or good work in each class. The Parents Association Easter Hamper Draw was also held as part of the Assembly.
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World Book Day at Scoil an Linbh Íosa

The pupils of Scoil an Linbh Íosa celebrated World Book Day on Friday 9 March last. The monthly school assembly was devoted to the occasion with pupils dressing up as their favourite book character, and introducing their character to the whole school. A number of pupils also did book reviews on books which they have read recently.
The occasion was a huge success
Maths For Fun
Scoil an Linbh Íosa plans to introduce a Maths for Fun programme to 1st and 2nd Classes before Easter. The Maths for Fun programme will focus on developing children's Mental Maths in a fun and enjoyable way.
Parental involvement is a key factor in the success of Maths for fun and an information evening for parents and guardians of 1st and 2nd Class pupils is being held in the school on Thursday 15 March from 7.30pm - 8.30pm and we would encourage all to attend.

Scoil an Linbh Íosa
Anti-Bullying Policy

20 February 2018

To: Parents / Guardians and the whole school community of Scoil an Linbh Íosa

The Board of Management of Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Carrigans wishes to inform you that:

- The Board of Management's annual review of the school's anti-bullying policy and its implementation was completed at the Board meeting of 20 February 2018
- This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in Appendix 4 of the Department's Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Fr. Dan Carr, Chairperson, Board of Management      20 February 2018
John O'Donnell, Principal                                                          20 February 2018
Pancake Tuesday in Scoil an Linbh Íosa
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Pupils in all classes got the opportunity to make pancakes on Pancake Tuesday. Representatives from the Parents Association, Marian and Kelly Ann gave up their time to help the pupils make their own pancakes which they then had the pleasure of eating afterwards.
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Scoil an Linbh Íosa Enrolment Day Video
Have a look at the Scoil an Linbh Íosa Enrolment Day video which was put together by some of the pupils in our school. The video gives a background to the school and shows some of the activities which the school is involved in on a day to day basis. Just click on the link below.
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Teachers and Staff
The staff is made up of 3 classroom teachers, a resource teacher and a learning support teacher. We also have 2 SNAs and a second shared resource teacher.
 
Principal: John O'Donnell
Deputy Principal: Sorcha Harrison
 
Senior Class Teacher: Sorcha Harrison
Middle Class Teacher: Aoife McGinley
Junior Class Teacher: Alison Gordon
Shared Special Ed. Teacher: Míchéal Doherty
Shared Special Ed. Teacher: Carmel Hannigan
Special Ed. Teacher: John O'Donnell

 
SNAs: Marie McDermott, Martina Kerr Quinn, Christina McDermott

Secretary: Michelle Coll

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