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OCS Gets Tablets

posted 30 Jun 2017, 02:21 by Tiarnan Crowe

OCS have been fortunate enough to be able to purchase a set of tablets for the school!  Through fundraising and some department funding, we have been able to buy these great resources. Going along with our new WIFI system and new computer room, the school has made big improvements in our IT this year! 
s for the school!

OCS allocated Full-Time Teacher of English as Additional language

posted 27 Jun 2017, 02:35 by Gerry Hancock

O'Connell primary school is delighted to announce that the services it provides to students for whom English is not their first language has been boosted with the appointment of a full time EAL teacher. This appointment will increase further the assistance we can offer our new pupils to master English so that they can take full advantage of our school curriculum and activities.

International Day Wednesday April 5th

posted 27 Jun 2017, 02:17 by Gerry Hancock   [ updated 27 Jun 2017, 02:24 ]

April 5th was  international day and it was great occasion here in O'Connell's. The day  started with boys going to the shop and buying  in the international shop in our Assembly Hall. In the hall we had the opportunity to taste food from all over the world prepared by our parents. There was a wide range of food from different countries. We then went over to the hall after break for an assembly. We sang songs and saw all the flags . We also sang a song in Romanian. It was a great day. I would love to do it again but we are in going to be in secondary school so will miss it. 


-Korey Tobin—6th class.

 

New Computers!

posted 10 Feb 2017, 01:39 by Tiarnan Crowe   [ updated 10 Feb 2017, 01:42 ]

After the big success of our CUBE fundraiser, we have invested the money in new computers! They are looking great and the boys in OCS have enjoyed using them this week!


Happy Halloween from OCS

posted 28 Oct 2016, 04:38 by Tiarnan Crowe   [ updated 28 Oct 2016, 04:50 by Bridget Boyle ]

Lots of boys in OCS were looking Spooktacular today in preparation for Halloween on Monday!

Here's a selection of their creepy costumes!

5th Class Room 15
   

5th Class Room 13

4th Class Room 11                                       
 
4th Class Room 10

2nd Class Room 4

2nd Class Room 3
     
   
3rd Class Room 6


3rd Class Room 5 


Room 8

Vayu Computer Donation

posted 13 Sep 2016, 04:47 by Tiarnan Crowe   [ updated 13 Sep 2016, 04:49 ]

OCS were very lucky to receive a donation of 4 computers for our Computer room from VAYU Energy. The Managing Director of VAYU Colm Kennedy is member of Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA club and offered to lend a hand with improving our school's computers. We are delighted to accept the donation and are very appreciative of it! The boys in the school will get great use. Pictured is Siobhán McMahon from Vayu and Mr Crowe, along with 2 Scoil Uí Chonaill players that are attending our school.


END OF YEAR ASSEMBLY

posted 23 Jun 2016, 04:02 by Bridget Boyle   [ updated 23 Jun 2016, 13:20 ]

The OCS end of year assembly took place on Wednesday the 22nd of June 2016 at 6pm.
As usual it was a fun filled evening, celebrating the many achievements of our pupils throughout the year. 
The evening kicked off with our opening note and an introductory song by the 2nd and 3rd classes. They wowed us with both their singing and tin whistle playing and got us geared up for the big match playing their rendition of Olé Olé mashed up with Molly Malone. 

Following this the official award ceremony began. 
Awards on the night included Sports, Music, Art, Outstanding contribution to school life for each class, Attendance and Time Keeping. 
Many boys went home laden down with trophies and certificates.

Next up to sing were 4th and 5th class with another patriotic number for the match 'On the One Road'

After this we had our medal presentation. Every single boy in OCS was awarded with a medal based on the amount of stamps they received throughout the year:

630 - Bronze medal
750 - Silver medal
950 + Gold Medal 

Well done boys!

Two lucky boys went home with 250 euro vouchers for bikes as they were picked out of a draw for not missing any days at school and not choosing any stages throughout the year - a massive achievement!

Our outgoing 6th class sang 'The Graduation Song' and showered the hall with confetti before the whole school sang 'Amhrán na bhFiann' to conclude our ceremony and allow eveone to get home on time to watch Ireland qualify for the next round of the Euros - COYBIG!

Well done to all involved!

Check out our photos below. 


Outstanding Contribution to School Life:
 


Sports Awards:

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4th / 5th Class singers:


 2nd/3rd Class singers:
 Sten 10 Test Results:                                                                                                                    



Junior and Senior Artist of the Year :                                


Junior and Senior Musician of the Year:



2nd Class Medals

       


3rd Class medals

       

Room 8 medals


4th Class medals
   
   





5th Class medals 

6th Class medals

      
   


Seachtain na Gaeilge

posted 15 Mar 2016, 16:20 by Bridget Boyle   [ updated 16 Mar 2016, 05:23 ]

Seachtain na Gaeilge took place in O'Connells last week. During the course of the week boys in all classes made a huge effort to speak Irish to teachers and pupils alike. Raffle tickets were given out as rewards and every day there was a prize awarded to the winner of the draw - Gaeilgeoir an Lae. 

Chomh maith le seo - throughout the week each class practiced the traditional Irish dace Ionsaí na hInse / the Siege of Ennis. 

On Friday 11th March the whole school went to the hall for our annual céilí. Each class sang a song or recited a poem as Gaeilge and the whole school did the Siege of Ennis. Bhain muid uilig sult as! 

Cloick on the link here to see a snippit of our dancing: Siege of Ennis


Proclamation Day

posted 15 Mar 2016, 14:15 by Bridget Boyle

On Tuesday the 15th March, O'Connell's along with every other primary and secondary school in Ireland, celebrated Proclamation Day. The celebration of the centenary of the 1916 rising is an important event to be marked throughout the country. It marks 100 years since the official declaration of Ireland as a Republic and the first step towards the freedom of our nation. In O'Connell's we have reason to be particularly proud of the participants of the 1916 rising as no less than 134 pupils from O'Connell's were directly involved in the rising. These names will soon be mounted on the wall inside the school, alongside our new mural which depicts three past pupils who were executed after the rising - Seán Heuston, Eamonn Ceannt and Con Colbert.

Pupils throughout the school have been preparing for Proclamation Day for many months now, Each class has been learning about the rising in their history. Many of the pupils from 3rd-6th class have been rehearsing for a short drama which showed the events during the week of the rising. All pupils in the school learned two songs in honour of this day - The Foggy Dew and out national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann. In addition, the school has been running a special 1916 craft competition in conjunction with the Easter Art Competition. Below you can see many of the fantastic and creative entries!

Today, we came together as a school community to showcase this art and our drama, to sing our songs, to read the proclamation and to raise the Irish flag which is flying proudly at the front of the school. We are proud to be apart of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Check back to see the video of these events which will be posted here shortly!



Model of GPO










Good performance in first Basketball Match

posted 16 Oct 2015, 04:15 by Tiarnan Crowe

The boys had their first Basketball match of the year on Wednesday. With out boys still learning, we came out on the losing side this time. 
However, the boys put in an excellent effort and showed some real promise for future games. St Bridget's of Killester have a strong connection with Killester basketball and it showed. The boys enjoyed themselves and will continue to improve and look forward to the next game. 

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