Easter Break study advice

Excellent article in last weeks Irish Examiner that might interest our Exam students –
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/how-to-be-smart-about-studying-during-easter-break-916322.html

The two-week Easter break is time to gain ground ahead of June’s State exams, but not to the point of burnout, says Aileen Lee of the Irish Examiner. For the parents of students sitting the Junior or Leaving Certificates, the two-week Easter break carries the pressure of what can realistically be achieved study-wise. During the break, students can get ahead with their study and get into a better mind-frame for their State exams in June, but only so much can be done in two weeks..….

World Dancing Championships

Best wishes are extended to Nathan Gannon and Sarah Noone who will be competing in the World Dancing Championship during Easter. Nathan will be competing in North Carolina this coming weekend and Sarah will be competing the following week. They are wished the best of luck. They are always willing to share their talents in the school community and entertained many French students during the past few weeks and added great entertainment on Grandparents’ Day. 

Farm Safety Awareness Talk

“It is better to lose a minute in life, than to lose your life in a minute.” is the motto that our Senior Cycle students were encouraged to embrace after they attended a talk by farm accident survivor and native of Eyrecourt Mr. Peter Gohery. He gave gave two farm safety awareness talks in Dunmore Community School on Friday 5th April. He spoke tothe students and teachers about the horrific life changing accident he suffered. He gave them advice and made them aware of the potential dangers that are associated with machinery ( cars, tractors etc) if they are not handled in a safe and careful manner. Hopefully everyone at the talk will take on board his very important message. 

Galway Final Student Enterprise Competition

This year Dunmore Community School entered four teams into the Galway Final of the Enterprise Competition.

Intermediate Category:

  • Team 1: Cosy Mug Company designed mug cosies to keep that cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate piping hot!
  • Team 2: Skitts designed a unique game for use in the Community Games Skittle competition

Senior Category:

  • Team 3:  Halo Health Shots,created an immune-boosting beverage to lift the spirits of Irish teens.
  • Team 4: Casa de Spice designed a unique gingerbread house which were a huge hit at the Dunmore Christmas market last December.

This project fosters cross-curricular links within our school which we could not complete without the generosity of teachers.  Ms Fallon oversaw all projects from initial brainstorming to the final product. Ms Grehan had a huge involvement in organising the Skitts game.  She spotted the niche in the market at the Community Games competition last August.  She got a team of students behind her and they are well on the way to success.  Mr Burke gave generously of his time in the woodwork room.  He designed a template to help cut out the standers for the game.  We are indebted to him as he ensured the product was ready for the market.  Ms McManus guided Casa de Spice to making and decorating the gingerbread houses in time to meet the Christmas market.   Ms O’Reilly advised the Cosy Mug Company through the process of making the mug cosies.  She also created logos, posters and bunting with her Art classes that really caught attention on the day of the competition.

We were delighted to bring home three prizes on the day of the Galway Final.

  • Skitts won the Intermediate Category and they go on to represent Galway in the National Final in Croke Park on the 3rd of May.
  • Halo Health Shots won Best Health Product.
  • Ms Fallon won the teacher’s prize for the Best Educator.

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to the mentors, Emily Corr, Tina Kelly and Liz McCarthy in the Adult class who guided the students through the many projects.  They also attended on the day of the Galway Final.

Blood Brothers the musical

Following the enormous success of our own musical ‘The Sound of Music’, 22 of our students jumped at the opportunity to travel to Castlebar to see the musical ‘Blood Brother’s’ yesterday – a great afternoon was enjoyed by all!

Blood brothers is currently on show in the TF Royal in Castlebar. It is an extraordinary production with some phenomenal acting, singing, staging and energy. We all came away in awe. Definitely offering some food for thought for our next production.

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