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  • 6th Class Leaving Assembly

Last Friday we bid a fond farewell to our 6th class girls. No doubt, all of them have been great ambassadors for our school throughout their time at Réalt na Mara. Whether it was supervising the Junior Infants on their way to yard, doing jobs for Mrs McCloughan, running the annual 6th class Cake Sale or representing us in the Young Scientist Awards in the RDS, they always did themselves proud.  As part of the assembly, all the girls were presented with a keyring as a token of their time in the school. Also presented, were the Ms Weir and Mrs Dunne 6th class trophies, to a girl from each class. This year the recipients were Olivia and Akshaya.
Also recognised at the assembly were the Handwriters of the Month and those girls who missed no days this year at school.

  • Student Council Talent Show.

Last week we were treated to the school Talent Show whch was organised by the Student Council and teachers Ms Sorensen and Mrs Roulstone.  The talent on show was extraordinary and ranged from solo singers to dramas to imaginative dance.  Definitely Ireland's got Talent has no patch on the talent in D.G.N.S.

  • Matilda

Congratulations to the children in 5th class and their teachers who, this week, put on a wonderful production of Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'. Fellow students and parents alike were throughly impressed with the singing, acting and dancing capabilities that were on show throughout this impressive production. Definitely the West End and Bord Gáis stages beckon!

  • Reminder

-School holidays will begin on Thursday June 27th at 12pm.

  • Cake Sale

Our Cake and Plant Sale was held in the school hall on Wednesday 12th June 2019. It was a great success and a total of €3000.00 was raised. The money will be spent on gardening equipment and tools and on musical instruments for the school. More details later.
A big thank you to all the children and parents who baked yummy treats and cakes & buns, and who supported us on the day. We definitely have some budding bakers in our midst, Rachel Allen and Mary Berry better look out! Thanks to the 6 th class girls and their teachers Ms Brodigan, Mrs Mc Cartan and SNA Bobbie who organised & manned the stalls so effectively. Some budding entrepreneurs here too.
To the parents who generously gave of their time and provided the teas, treats and coffees for our visitors. A big Thank you.
We had a great selection of herbs and plants from the school garden for sale
I hope some have made it into your soups & stews or maybe even a relaxing cup of fennel tea. Thanks to our green fingered gardening parents who have been potting and planting and getting them ready over the last number of weeks. Thanks to Ms Mc Manus and 5 th class girls for helping us bundle and ribbon tie. Thanks to Mrs Mc Ginnity and her 6 th class helpers who manned the Bric a Brac stall.
A special thanks to the parents and local businesses who generously provided prizes for our raffle. We hope you will lend your support to them in the future.
Please click link for list of all of our lucky prize winners and our sponsors.

Prize winners and sponsors.

  • Bodhrán Buzz

  • Thank you

A big thank you to everyone who helped out at the recent garden evenings. The school garden looks great and the children love exploring it. We can't wait for all the vegetables to grow and we can sample the produce.

  • Active Schools Week 2019.

Last week in the school, we had Active Schools Week.  Activities in the classrooms ranged from Wake Up, Shake Up to Operation Transformation's 10@10 and yoga. Sport outside included basketball, athletics, Gaelic and dance. Thank you to 6th class and their teachers for active lines in the mornings and dance at lunch times.  

  • Jimmy Cooney Cup

Well done to the 5th and 6th class Gaelic team who took to the field this week in their last round of fixtures. Unfortunately the result didn't go their way this time but they put in a superb effort all season. Well done to them and Ms. Byrne.
In other news, this week the school was presented with their prize from winning last year's Jimmy Cooney Cup. A set of team Gaelic Jerseys was presented to the Réalt na Mara.

  • Congratulations.

Congratulations to all our children who made their First Holy Communion last weekend. Cuan Na Réaltaí children had their own very special mass on Friday 10th May and the rest of second class on Saturday 11th May. Both days were exceptional in the reverence and holiness of the services. A huge thanks to all involved especially Ms. Haigney, Ms. McGuinness, Ms. Lynch and to the Parents' Association for their wonderful support on the day- see Principal's blog for photographs.

  • Thank you.

Míle buíochas to all the wonderful parents and children who helped in the garden last Wednesday. A great start was made with the weeding and preparing the beds for planting. The next gardening evening will take place on Wednesday 29th May ( weather permitting)

Fifth and Sixth Class Girls Win Hockey Senior Cup

The sun shone brightly for the annual Hockey Schools cup which took place in Drogheda Grammar School in April. Schools from East Meath and Louth were represented in what proved to be a very successful day for Réalt na Mara’s 5th and 6th class girls who were victorious in the Senior Primary Schools Cup. On the way to the trophy they proved too strong for Whitecross National School, Le Chéile and The Gaelscoil. For the third year in a row the girls met St Peter’s Junior School in the final.  Always a tough affaire the girls in blue fought hard for their victory against a very competitive team made up of mostly boys. The play flowed from end to end and although Réalt na Mara looked threatening with every attack the goal proved elusive. The large numbers of Réalt na Mara and St Peter’s supporters were treated to a very exciting and entertaining match with plenty of skill on show. The winning goal came in the final minutes following a brilliant passing move that involved defenders, mids and forwards all working together fluently.
The girls were delighted to be presented with their trophy at the Boyne Hockey Club 10th Anniversary and Award Ceremony by hockey superstars and World Cup Silver medalists Zoe Wilson and Gillian Pinder.
Special congratulations to Réalt na Mara’s Alicia Coffey and Cara Donnelly who following 2 rounds of Leinster Trials have been selected out of over two hundred girls to the 1st Year Leinster Development Squad. A remarkable achievement given that they are in 6th class. Only 5 other 6th class girls from all of Leinster has made it onto the development squad.

Easter Raffle Success

Congratulations to the pupils and teachers of sixth class for organising this year's Easter raffle which was a huge success. The girls were responsible for advertising their raffle, collecting money over a six week period, gathering tickets, counting money and also for distrubuting the eggs won during the raffle on the day. They managed to raise one thousand six hundred and six euros for charity this year. The popularity of Easter eggs never ceases to amaze. Thank you to all the children for buying raffle tickets. The money will be donated to Trócaire's Lenten appeal.

New GAA Manifesto

On Monday 8th of April, several girls from second class represented our school in St Colmcilles' Club at the launch of the new national GAA club manifesto initiative. All main media broadcasters were in attendance and the children participated in a mini blitz, where they played several short matches of gaelic football. They were rewarded with refreshments and a goodie bag afterwards, and thoroughly enjoyed their day. Well done girls and thanks to Ms Byrne our GAA co-ordinator for organising the trip.

Library Opening

On Friday the 5th of April, we re-opened our school library. After a lot of hard work from Mrs O Reilly, teachers and students, and the Parents Association who supported the refurbishment of the library, we now have a beautifully decorated and organised reading space within the school once again.
To help us celebrate our grand opening, we had a visit from an established author and illustrator. Ruth Campbell, author of 'Mr Wisscoccally' and her illustrator Vivienne Byrne, spoke with many class groups about the creative process behind writing and publishing a book. The children were challenged with creating interesting characters of their own, and drawing illustrations to represent them.
Since Friday, the children have been enjoying some class time in the library reading the wide range of books on offer. Here's to lots more reading!  

School Assembly 4th April 2019
We had our Easter assembly today and we had a lot to celebrate.
Mrs McCloughan addressed the whole school and spoke about the sixth class' recent celebration of the sacrament of confirmation and the school Easter raffle. She congratulated some girls from sixth class who are members of Boyne Hockey Club on winning gold and silver in the recent Leinster Championships. It was the first time a Boyne team had ever won the 6th class competition. Then it was time to give out the prizes for the recent Handwriter of the Month competitions, and the Gaeilge Awards for students who have been making a great effort in class to learn and speak Gaeilge. Well done girls!

Réalt na Mara cailiní celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge le ceol, ceolchoirm & craic.     
Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl idir an 11ú-  15ú Márta agus bhí na cailiní i Realt na Mara á  cheíliúradh le dráma, ceol, damhsaíocht & amhráin. Rinne siad sár iarracht “cúpla focal” a labhairt  timpeall na scoile agus d’éirigh go maith leo go léir.
We had a very exciting programme of events and activities planned starting with a “Trath na gCeist” for 4th,5th and 6th classes. The girls gathered in the hall in mixed teams and made a great effort to answer the questions on spórt, general knowledge & geography all “as Gaeilge”. Comhgairdeas, a chailíní.  
How well do you know your Irish sayings and seanfhocail? Bhuel the girls in Réalt na Mara held a Comórtais Seanfhocal to improve their knowledge. Pupils illustrated their favourite sayings. Have a look at the competition prizewinners on display along our school corridors this week. Tá said go híontach. Junior & Senior classes got the chance to show off their artistic talents too as they coloured in Cinnín Oír & na Trí Bhéar & An Fear Sinséir.
On Thursday 14ú Márta we had a wonderful céilí in the hall and once again it proved a great success. Members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann provided the music. We had reels on the tin whistle, traditional tunes on the bodhrán and banjo and singing and lilting from singers Emer O’Kane & Noelle Bowe. The girls learned all about the different musical instruments and later got the chance to join in “The Walls of Limerick” with many showing off their aon, dó, trí dancing steps. As this was also a Lá Glas the hall was filled with 40 shades of green from shamrocks, hats, sequined hairbands, green skirts & stripy t-shirts. Great fun was had by all.  
Finally on Friday 15ú Márta we had a ceolchoirm in the halla and what a wonderful concert it was. First up was Ms Mc Guinness’s 2nd class with a dráma beag titled “An Múinteoir Dána’’ Then we had amhrán & píosa ceoil from Ms Lynch’s 2nd class. Then it was the turn of  first classes who recited the poem “An Teach Babóige”  followed by fourth classes who entertained with the well-known song “Beidh Aonach Amárach i gContae an Chláir”. This was followed by some well- known Irish tunes on the tin whistle including “The Kerry Polka” & “Molly Malone” from 3rd classes. We had 3 hand reels and lots of wonderful jigs from our many talented dancers all resplendent in their dancing costumes. Our talented musicians played “Oró sé do Bheatha Abhaile’on the violin. In keeping with tradition 5th classes entertained with a rendition of “Hail Glorious St Patrick”. We finished off with 6th class singing “Amhrán na bhFiann”, a fitting and appropriate way to finish our Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Tá deireadh anois le Seachtain na Gaeilge and ba mhaith liom buíochas a      
ghabháil le na múinteoirí go léir as ucht an obair a rinne said. Comhghairdeas fresin do na paistí go léir a ghlac páirt sa cheolchoirm agus imeachtaí eile i rith na seachtainne. Maith sibh!
Our Seachtain na Gaeilge has come to an end and what a wonderful week it was. It’s a great way to use our cúpla focal and to celebrate our national culture & heritage. We are already looking forward to next year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge and we have our dancing shoes on.

Book Day at Donacarney
There was tremendous excitement today as Réalt Na Mara Girls Schools came alive with characters from some of the most inspiring stories.  There were Gangsta Grannies galore, Mad Hatters and Matiltas, wonderful Wallies, Harry Potter and friends.  The old favourites like Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland were also popular.   Little Red Riding Hood came and her granny, with the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from C.S. Lewis’ famous novel.
Costumes were paraded and judging was a very difficult task.  The three wise judges deliberated and discussed for a long time before making a final decision.  Children waited patiently amidst excited chatter in the hall to hear the names called out.  Prizes were given to the most creative costumes where thought and effort were evident and the result appealing.
First, second and third classes gathered in the hall for a quiz in mixed teams from across the classes.  The various rounds included a music round and a picture round based on book covers.  Scoring was high from all teams but one bright team emerged victorious and won the prize.
Mixed senior teams from 4th to 6th class shared their knowledge and battled it out in their book quiz.  The rounds were challenging but not for those who love reading and one team soared above the rest to victory.
Last week 5th Class children in groups of four, wrote fairy tales for the Infant children.  They then dramatized their stories and visited the infants and the Cuan today and regaled a delighted audience with amazing tales.
Thanks to the fantastic team of teachers who organised the day which was without doubt one of the best days in school ever.

Valentine's Day Art Competition
The Student Council are pictured here with the winning entries of the Valentine's Day 'Love is...' competition which was organised by the Student Council. Well done to all the winners.

January Assembly
We all gathered in the hall to celebrate the different countries that we are from. Some girls spoke about the country they are from and other girls spoke in their native language. The hall was filled with beautiful outfits and it was a very special event.
Handwriter of the month prizes were given out for December and January. We congratulated the 5th and 6th Class teams that participated in the Drogheda Credit Union quiz. Well done to the 5th Class team who came third.

Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week got off to a wonderful start with Ms. Colgan's and Ms. Linden's classes leading the parents in prayer and song. The focus for Monday was the special things that make our Catholic school what it is.
On Tuesday we celebrated whole school mass with Fr. Noel in the hall. The focus was 'welcoming diversity'.
Wednesday was Grandparents' Day and we welcomed parents and grandparents to a beautiful prayer service led by Fr. Noel and 3rd Class. Everyone enjoyed the chat and the cup of tea afterwards.
Many classes had their own service in the classroom and some classes made St. Bridget's crosses on Friday.
What blessings bestowed on our school this week! Thank you God.

Merry Christmas
We had a festive week this week. The Carol Service for 1st-6th Class in the church was wonderful and got us in the Christmas spirit. Junior and Senior Infants took to the stage for their fantastic Christmas plays.
Merry Christmas to all and may you all have a happy and safe Christmas. Best wishes for 2019 and we will see you in the New Year!

Riverdance in Réalt Na Mara
It may not quite be Riverdance but the young dancers were very impressive stepping out in their Irish dance class.  Teacher Ann McFadden has worked wonders with the children already and their aon,do trí are shaping up nicely.  They’ll be all ready to join in on the streets of Drogheda at the Fleadh 2019.

Christmas Fun Day
The children and staff arrived in all sorts of festive attire on Friday for our Christmas Fun Day.  There were reindeers and elves, glitter and glitz, hats and hairbands, and even Christmas trees all lit up.  At ten am a thud was heard in McCullion’s field and low and behold who should appear at the front door, only Santa Claus himself.  Ms. Trench and Ms Mc Quaid were practising their Christmas songs with the Junior Infants in the hall when suddenly the children spotted the red suit of Santa passing in the distance and I’m afraid they couldn’t contain their utter excitement and delight.  Their cheers and shouts resounded through the corridors.
Santa was patient and kind talking to all the children and listening to their requests.  He assured us that all the Donacarney girls and boys were on his good list.  What a relief that was!!.
He got quite a surprise in 6th  where the girls in Ms Brodigan’s class were preparing for their trip to the RDS and decided to include Santa in their “Brain Power” experiment.  Believe it or not Santa got all the answers correct. ( He may have had a little help!)
It was a wonderful day and we may have raised a tidy sum of money for the school funds.  Thanks to the Parents’ Association for their help with organising the day.

St Vincent De Paul hampers
'Tis the season to be caring!  A big thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity with the St Vincent De Paul hampers.  The student council help to load the van.

December Assembly
The whole school gathered today to pray and prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  Frances lit the first candle on the Advent wreath.  Mrs McCloughan told the children about how Advent is a time to love, to forgive, to pray and to think about others.  The greatest gift that we can give at Christmas is love, given freely to us through Jesus and we should also give it freely to others.  Aoife, Taylor, Ava and Kayla lead the readings and prayers about the Wise Men.  We thought about all these things as we sang Silent Night.
Cloistear Gaeilge an mhaith sa scoil mar tá na páistí ag cleachtadh ar dteanga gach lá sna ranganna agus thart ar an scoil.  Thug Bean Uí Raghaillgh teastas do na cailíní atá ag déanadh iarracht mhór an teanga a labhairt gach lá.  Mar a deir an seanfhocal “Is é cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht”.
Handwriter of the month prizes were given to a large group of children by Mrs. McCartan and finally we had very good news from both 6th classes in that both entries for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition were accepted.  Excited cheers from the girls conveyed their delight as they can’t wait to get started!  Well done everyone.

Visit to Duleek library
Mrs Campbell's 5th Class visited Duleek library with novelist Shane Hegarty as they come to the end of The Writer in Residence Programme.

Gaelic Football Training
Some of the girls from 5th and 6th Class took part in football training in Colmcilles before school during September and October. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their training with Ms Byrne and Niall. Training is taking place in the school hall for the Winter and will return to Piltown after the Winter.

School Book Fair
It was wonderful to see that in this the age of screens, children and parents can still appreciate the value in reading a good book. The book fair was organised by Ms Trench and we are extremely grateful to her for the enormous amount of work she put into ordering, collecting money and delivering a fantastic number of books to excited children.  A mammoth task, but well worth the effort.  Míle buíochas to the parents who came in and gave their time each day also.  The Book Fair was very successful this year and it means that the school benefits by getting more books for our classes.  

Science Week in Réalt na Mara GNS 2018
All of the girls in Réalt na Mara have been budding little Einsteins during Science Week 2018! Junior infants, senior infants and first class were given the opportunity to discover kinetic energy through looking at roller-coasters and go-karts with Scott Ziglinsky (Mr. Z) from Elementary Engineering.  The girls were treated to a fun and exciting workshop in the school hall where they were actively involved in their own learning and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it!
We continued our Science Week activities with a scientist visit from Niamh who was from the company Anyone 4 Science. She did workshops with second, third and fourth classes based on the topic ‘fun with forces’. The girls investigated the strength of jelly sweets. They girls had some ‘hands-on’ fun while learning and using their scientific skills at the same time!
Fifth class girls were busy working on solids and liquids and investigating their properties. They worked in groups to create a substance that is both solid and liquid! Some of the predictions didn’t always work out but that is what science is all about – experimenting!
In sixth class some of the girls were busy working on their electricity skills, making electronic circuits and designing electronic quizzes. The girls are also busy finalising applications for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which takes place in January in the RDS in Dublin.
All of the girls received a special Science Week pencil or ruler to keep, in recognition of their hard work. What a fantastic week we had during Science Week 2018 in Réalt na Mara!

Beach Walk
What a fantastic day and what an amazing turn out for the annual sponsored walk on Bettystown beach.  Spirits were high as pupils set off in pursuit of that elusive “homework pass”.  Mums, Dads, sisters and brothers along with a barking array of dogs participated in a delightful community effort to raise funds for our schools.  Comhghairdeas do gach duine agus buíochas mór daoibh go léir.  
A special word of thanks to the Parents’ Association for their hard work in organising the event so well!

Garda Band visit
We were treated to a very special performance from the Garda Band on the 24th October. We got to sing along to Ed Sheeran, Baby Shark, Frozen, Ghostbusters and many more. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone enjoyed it. Even the teachers got up to perform Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

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