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  • Multi- Cultural Assembly

Just before midterm we celebrated all the nationalities that we have in our school family here at Réalt na Mara GNS in a special assembly. This has become an annual event and each year the sense of occasion grows. This year, some of the children in 2nd/4th and 5th classes were lucky enough to have one of parents, Dominika, come in and conduct an art lesson with them. She showed the girls how to make their native badges using paper folding. The results were spectacular. Thank you Dominika.
Mrs Campbell worked digilently with girls from the countries represented in the school and they performed dances from England, Canada, Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Italy, Poland and others. It was such a wonderful sight to behold.
Finally, the two successful teams that participated in the recent Credit Union Quiz were congratulated and their medals displayed. Well done to them and their teacher Mrs McCartan for all their hard work!

  • Internet Safety Day

Internet Safety Day took place onTuesday 11th February. This is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. For more information please see www. and

  • GAA School Team

Well done to our GAA team who took part in the second round of the Jimmy Cooney Cup on February 14th.

  • Chess Tournament.

On Tuesday 4th February, a group of 16 children attended a one day friendly and fun chess tournament in Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa. The day was organised by Ficheall. Ficheall is a network of primary school teachers in Ireland who promote the playing of chess in schools for the social, cognitive and mental-fitness benefits it has for students. Tournaments were organised all over Ireland and we took part in the non-competitive day against local pupils from Donore N.S, Aston Village, St Oliver's Scoil Naomh Cholmcille, St. Joseph's CBS, The Old Borough School and the hosts Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa. There were 2 age groups - The Budding Masters(3rd/4th class) and the Masters (5th /6th).  We entered two teams of 8.  Sofia, Magdalena, Olivia, Zoey, Sophia, Caitlin, Elizaveta and Lucy represented us in the Budding Masters category. Anora, Danielle, Katie, Laoibhse, Kim, Abbie, Karinova and Emma did us proud in the Master's category. The girls played brilliantly and enjoyed the day. Thanks to Nuala who helped out on the day. Well done everyone!

  • Minutes from the January's P.A meeting

Please click on link below for minutes of January's meeting.

January's meeting.

  • Drogheda Credit Union Quiz 2020

A huge congratulations to our two quiz teams that took part in the Credit Union Quiz on Friday 31st January in Drogheda Institute of Further Education. Both teams excelled and narrowly missed out on a place in the next round by the smallest of margins, one point. They were each placed in third place.  They faced tough questions and tough competition.  
Well done Lucy, Lily, Jennifer, Rana, Caoimhe, Dania, Emma and Anora. You represented both yourselves and the school brilliantly. Well done too goes to Mrs McCartan for preparing the girls and working with the girls at lunch time over the last few weeks.

See how you would fare with the questions below!!!

1)Which Simpson child is the oldest?
2)Which ocean did the Titanic sink in?
3)Which Irish Rugby captain retired after the World Cup last year?
4) Too many cooks spoil the .................?
5) Which is the longest river in Ulster?
6)Who is the President of the Credit Union Movement?
7) The T in the medical department E.N.T stands for?
8) Which House of Commons speaker retired last year?

Answers: Bart, Atlantic, Rory Best, broth, Bann, Gerry Thompson, throat, John Bercow

January winners of Handwriter of the Month

  • January Assembly

In this month's assembly, the prizes for handwriter of the month were handed out. There is excellent handwriting being done in all classes of the school at the moment so well done all the recipients for this month.
Ms McGuinness' class then informed us all on the details of their recent class trip to Roddy Doyle's creative handwriting workshop 'Fighting Words'. The children read out their story which was fantastic.
Lastly Ms. Brodigan's 6th Class let us know about their latest endeavor- the Junior Entrepreneurs Programme. They have very innovative in coming up with a new product which had to pass three Dragons approval. More news coming on this in the next few weeks.

Dates for your Diary 2020

  • Enrolment evening for incoming Junior Infants at 7pm.

  • Confirmation for 6th Class students- 5th March 11am in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington.

  • School closed 16th and 17th March due to St. Patrick's Day.

  • Senior Infants Play- Ralph the Reindeer

  • School Fundraising Raffle

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors for the Ballymagarvey Fundraising Concert.  We had fabulous prizes and we enjoyed great fun both at the concert and at our school assembly doing the draw.  Both adults and children love to win something and we had a great spread of winners throughout the school.  Well done everyone and again a big thank you to all who donated a prize.  Míle buíochas daoibh.

List of Prize Winners

  • 1st/2nd Class and Cuan na Réaltaí's Christmas Concert.

  • November and December's Handwriter of the Month.

  • Christmas Concert at Ballymacgarvey.

Thanks so much to our fantastic friends who have supported the school in our once off big fundraising event with amazing raffle prizes and generous sponsorship.  

  • Project on Local Area.

Well done Hanna, in Ms. McManus' 5th Class, on a brilliant project conducted on the local Bettystown/Mornington area. 5th Class recently went out on a field trip with their teachers Ms. McManus and Mrs Campbell to examine the features of the local area. This was followed up by a special visit from former principal Ms. Brigie Weir and then the children set about showing off their knowledge in project form.

  • Science Week hits Réalt na Mara G.N.S.

This week we had lots of science activities going on in the school. 6th class had rockets and other things ( Coca Cola+ Mentos) exploding inside and outside the classroom and they also decided to grow seeds in various growing conditions.
5th Class decided to have their own version of CSI with CSI Donacarney conducted by visitor Katy Haigney.
2nd, 3rd and 4th had Scientist Niamh in and she talked all things Zoology and shared her love of Earthworms with the girls. She focused on how we should treat animals kindly and then the girls got up close and personal with worms from our garden. Don't worry no worms were hurt in the process although one teacher was tramatised by having worms in her classroom!!!
Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class had Scientist Scott Ziglinski in the school hall last Friday.
Thank you to Mrs McCartan for organising such lovely and interesting visitors to come and share their expertise with us.

  • Minor Team Success

On Wednesday 13th November, the successful St. Colmcilles Minor Team visited the school. The children gathered in the hall to welcome the double champions and the two cups. Mrs McCloughan led the girls in the 'Cilles' chants and had a chat with the team about their road to the finals. The lads then patiently posed for photographs with classes and teachers alike. Well done and thank you lads for sharing your success with us.

  • Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.

There was great excitement on Thursday when local radio station LMFM arrived to witness first hand the collection of shoeboxes that had been gathered for the Team Hope charity.  Over 150 boxes(more arrived in after the broadcast) were handed over by the school's Student Council coordinated by Ms. Sorensen. Our students had been busy over the last few weeks filling and decorating their own shoeboxes for children who otherwise would receive no gifts this Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who donated so generously this year.
To listen to the segment, please go to this address:

  • Halloween Assembly.

On Friday 25th October, we had the final assembly before the half-term. There was an array of colour on show from all the students in attendance. From Genie from 'Aladdin to a dice and jellyfish, the costumes were very impressive. Mrs McCloughan started the assembly reminding us that October is the month of the Rosary and then 6th Class led us in a decade of it. We prayed that we would have a lovely safe Halloween free from injury from bonfires and fireworks.
From there, Mrs McCartan congratulated the winners of the recent 'Handwriter of the Month' and the winners from September and October received their prize. We ended the assembly with each class particpating in a fashion show to show off their costumes. We remembered that it is our present 6th classes last Halloween in Réalt na Mara G.N.S.  Happy Halloween everyone!! See you all back on Monday November 4th.

  • Maths Week 2019

Maths Week 2019 took place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th October 2019. There were numerous events across the country including an array of activities in Réalt na Mara G.N.S. In 6th Class, they took to the sunny outdoors and completed a maths trail and played Fraction snap.. In 2nd Class, they had their own version of Crystal Maze and had a door to unlock. In 4th Class, they decided to focus on problem- solving and the girls were introduced to the art of chess playing. They also used their Maths Eyes and located places in our everyday environment that we see Maths at work. In 3rd class, they learned a new song focusing on Lines and Angles and they worked on their estimating skills and had to guess how many sweets were in the jar. Finally, Junior Infants integrated Maths into their artwork and used 2D shapes to construct a scary witch. Check out our individual class blogs to see more activities that took place in our classrooms this week..

  • Green Schools Committee 2019-2020

Pictured are our Green Schools Committee for 2019-2020. They recently held their first meeting, where they discussed ideas and plans for the year ahead. Each pupil was elected by their classes. Réalt na Mara Cailíní already have 5 Green Flags under their belt, but there’s always more that can be achieved. The school is so lucky to have such enthusiastic pupils who will champion the environment in the months ahead. Mrs O’Reilly and Ms Mc Manus are looking forward to working with them in order to make the school an eco-friendlier place for everybody.

  • Student Council 2019/2020

  • W.S.E Final Report

Please click on link to access final report.

WSE Report

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