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  • Please note:

-The 2020-2021 School Calendar is now available under the Parents' section of the website. (Please note there may be changes to the calendar according to Government directives.)
-The 2nd-6th Class booklists are available to download under the Parents' Section.

Ms Meagher's 3rd Class and Ms. Colgan's 4th Class Getty Museum Art Challenge

  • Our First (and last hopefully) Virtual Sports Day.

Thank you to Ms.McManus and Ms. Sarah Kirwan for organising this year's Virtual Sports Day. We know every year, the girls look forward to this day but unfortunately in 2020 Covid 19 had other plans. Thank you to all the girls who sent in pictures of their sporting endeavors and we are still collecting the Obstacle course entries and will post them in the coming days. If you haven't sent in your pictures, please do send them to your class teacher or you can send them to this email
We hope you enjoyed the day despite the circumstances.

Thank you
On behalf of the Green Schools Committee and the whole school communinity, we would like to say a special thank you to Dominika and Brian for minding and keeping our school garden alive and looking so well. A huge amount of work has been completed and it has not gone unnoticed. The willow tunnel has been transformed and there are lots of herbs, vegetables and fruit in our raised beds and we look forward to seeing all the crops when we return in September.  A sincere thanks again to Dominika and Brian!
(Pictures taken early June)


Dear Parents/Guardians,
In light of the recent Government announcement and the new roadmap for reopening the country,
"primary schools will open on a phased basis at the beginning of the new academic year, 2020/21".

I understand that the children (and parents) are disappointed that we will not return in the summer term, we are also disappointed but the health of the school community is the priority.  I know the children are missing their friends and I feel especially sorry for the First Holy Communion Class and the 6th Class Girls.  We await notice from Bishop Tom about a date for the First Holy Communion and our wonderful 6th Class teachers have already plans in place to make the 6th Class Graduation a joyous, online occasion for the girls, in spite of the current restrictions.

Please continue to engage with the class blogs, routine is vital for children's wellbeing.  Our amazing and committed teachers are adapting very well to this new way of teaching and are here along with the SNAs to support you and your children through what is a most challenging time for all of us.

Take care and stay safe,
Mrs. McCloughan

Active HOME Week (April 27th – May 3rd)
National ‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place every April and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children.
This year, because of COVID-19, it is not possible for this to go ahead so we are inviting you to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week‘ challenge instead.
Children need 60 minutes of exercise each day so here are some ideas to achieve that. I have also left a link to download a challenge card for the week to record your activities. Enjoy!!

Download Challenge Card here :

Online Ideas:  P.E with Joe Wicks.  P.E with our resident basketball coach, Coach Ciarán.         Daily Workouts with Cork GAA player Orlagh Farmer    Dublin GAA All Ireland winner has daily GAA Drills on his Twitter Feed. Training with World Champion Boxer Katie Taylor.   Workout with boxer Eric Donovan  Just Dance Workouts.  Hockey Drills  Skipping Skills Tennis Skills   FAI Soccer Grassroots     Learn to Cycle  15 min workout on RTÉ Player      IRFU Rugby Skills   RTE's 10@10     Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos.    Moovlee Yoga.   Kids HIIT Workout.   Dance Class with Oti Mabuse    Dance with Jack Hartmann 10 Minute Shake Ups Eclipse Stage school Dance Videos Kidz Bop Videos.     Indoor Soccer Drills.     Karate for Kids. Irish Wheelchair Association

For more ideas see:

  • Lego Challenges/STEM : 21/4/20

How many of the following can you build? To feature your work on this page email your creation to

  • Ideas and Activities for the school closure. Updated 21st April.

Please remember these are only suggestions. This is new to all of us and we are all doing our very best in extremely difficult circumstances. Please don't put yourselves under any pressure. The most important thing is our health and safety.

GAA Stars Colouring pages.

  • You can download, read about and colour some of Ireland's greatest female sporting heroes by clicking on the link below.

Female sport Stars.

  • Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!  Link is:

    Start keeping a handwritten journal.. Write about what you are seeing in the news, how you and your family are passing the time, what is closed in our country, how you are feeling. Keep it. These are historic times, written evidence. It is an opportunity to record our experiences and save for the future. We will have first hand written documents of these times. Parents, guardians, grandparents are invited to participate too.

  • Read for at least 15 mins a day.

  • Put on your favourite song and dance.

  • Write/draw a new ending for your favourite story.

  • Colouring- lots of free mindfulness colouring pages available on

  • Nessy programmes are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type. Visit

  • Read a story to a sibling/pet.

  • Fold and put away your clothes.

  • Art: Take a line for a walk using each of your colours.

  • Make up a wordsearch/crossword.

  • With adult supervision, bake/cook something you have never baked before.

  • Build a tower out of cards. See how high you can build. Measure it.

  • Make a paper airplane and test how far it can go.

  • Do a jigsaw. Time how fast you can do it.

  • Go Noodle: A huge selection of free videos, including dancing, exercise and reflection activities.

  • Prodigy Maths: This is a free maths challenge game suitable for pupils from 1st class.

  • Topmarks website: Huge selection of learning games covering all the curricular areas. https://www.

  • Try out usually a paid subscription but they are offering free trials for next two months.

  •  - online books- usually paid subscription but free trial at moment.

  • Cosmic Kids on YouTube is a fantastic yoga resource. Get everyone involved.

  • 10@10: Daily 10 minute exercise videos-    This can be done 'as Gaeilge' too. Get everyone involved.

  • TG4:  - Programmes and cartoons in Irish.

  • Maths Games and activities.

  • Keep washing hands- make up songs to last the 20 seconds.

  • With adult supervision,  The Craft Cabin, Cavan are doing a Facebook Live video every day at 12 showing an arts and craft activity using commonly found resources around the house.

  • Sort and pair up your socks!!!

  • Compose a letter to a famous person you admire.

  • Play a board game.

  • Make up/design a new board game.

  • Spend some time outside every day. Remember social distancing.

  • Play shop with santised real money.

  • Tidy your bedroom.

  • School Closure- Update 15/4/20

Dear Parents/Guardians,      
I hope you had a lovely Easter.  Thank God for the sunshine which lifts our spirits in the midst of the required restrictions.  I hope the children are doing well and adapting to the present situation.  As I’m sure you are aware, the government extended the present closure so the school will remained closed until further notice.  During this time we will endeavour to support the children’s education as best we can, with the tools at our disposal and according to the agreed whole school approach.
Even though we are not in school now, we are all still working remotely, up-skilling through webinars, conference videos and learning how to teach remotely.  We are also engaging in policy writing and reviewing as requested by the Department of Education.  The teachers are continuing to prepare work based on planning already in place for the summer term.  Teachers in each year group collaborate and plan together remotely.  
So far the teachers have provided you with prescribed work and extra, optional suggestions.  Starting on Monday, April the 20th the teachers would like to hear how the children are managing and to see some of the work that has been done.  Of course, this will vary according to the age of the child.  Where the senior children may be able to submit a piece of written work, a child in the junior end will not and parents may need to send in a photograph instead.
As I said in my last letter, the teachers will be in contact with you via email and will request work to be submitted to them on new emails set up for this purpose.  Each teacher will be giving you specific instructions but here are the school guidelines with regard to using emails for remote learning.
This is a line of communication for the children’s work and to promote their wellbeing through connecting with their teacher.  In order to make it efficient and professional, the following points should be noted.  Please keep in mind that, like you, teachers also have families to look after and may contract the virus which will mean isolation for them and withdrawal from remote working.
• Only parent emails should be used in line with Child Protection guidelines and parents are responsible for monitoring all correspondence with the teacher.
• Teachers will specify which piece of work they wish to see.
• No video clips should be sent.
• Emails should be sent primarily during school hours and teachers will endeavour to reply during school hours.
• One/two new emails per child, per week, is sufficient, your child’s teacher will instruct.
• If you are sending a photograph please remember our Child Protection Policy for publishing photographs on the website (i.e. children must be in groups of more than one).  Teachers can receive photographs of the children on their own but they will not be able to share those on the class blog.
I hope this will enhance the learning at home and give each of you more support during these unprecedented times.  Each teacher will be in contact with our learning support teachers who are on hand to provide advice, continuity and resources to all our special needs children.  The teachers in the Cuan are following a different approach and I will be in contact with parents of children in the Cuan separately.   As a whole school we will be continuously reviewing our plan for remote learning and we will adapt and improve it according to our findings.
May God bless you and your families,
Mrs. McCloughan


  • Some good news to report

Our school has been taking part in Agri Aware's Incredible Edible's initiative of promoting healthy eating and communicating the importance of food origin and of eating Irish potatoes, fruit and vegetables for a heathy diet in an interactive way. Therefore some of the classes planted fruit and vegetables in February and March. These included potatoes, peas and strawberries. When it was announced to close the school, some of teachers including Ms. McManus and Ms. Colgan loaded up their cars and brought the strawberries and potatoes home with them. In recognition of this, our school has been chosen as School of the Week by Agri Aware.
You can see the details on Agri Aware's Facebook page at

As a result of the school closures Agri Aware has now also launched Incredible Edibles At Home Challenge. Read below to find out the details.

"Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles Family Challenge is coming to a home near YOU.
Yes, that’s right our popular healthy eating and learning programme is being launched to the public on April 6th and open for registrations NOW.⠀
From planting and learning fun facts about Irish fruit and vegetables, the programme is sure to educate and entertain all ages.
Parents can sign up their children for FREE here or in link in our bio and be in with the chance of winning prizes worth up to €175.
Parents can share their families progress through the challenges and tasks using #IncredibleEdibles2020 on social media."

If you do sign up to this please let the school know by sending pictures of your progress to the school email address. Thank you.

  • Confirmation March 5th

Seachtain na Gaeilge i scoil Réalt na Mara.
Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl idir an 9ú lá agus an13ú lá déag Márta 2020 agus bhain na cailiní an- taitneamh as ar fad. Rinne siad sár iarracht “cúpla focal” a labhairt timpeall na scoile agus d’éirigh go maith leo go léir.
Bhí “Comórtais Ealaíonta” againn do na Naíonáin bheaga, Naíonáin mhóra, Rang a hAon agus Cuan na Realtaí. Ms McManus handed out the prizes to the lucky winners on Thursday 12th Marta.  The winning entries are on display in the front hall. Maith sibh go léir
Céadaoin, 11th Márta, - Biongó Loco    4th, 5th and 6th classes played musical bingo in the hall. This musical bingo was organised by Ms Brodigan and senior class teachers and tested the numeracy skills and musical ability of students, all as Gaeilge of course. Great fun was had by all.
Are you familiar with the fairy-tale “Little Red Riding Hood” or “An Cochaillín Dearg”mar a déarfá as Gaeilge. The cailiní in Ms McGuinness’s 2nd class staged this “drama” to the delight and laughter of all the girls and teachers.
There is a great tradition of Irish dancing in our school and once again this year we watched in awe and admiration as students from 1st to 6th class danced the Irish reel and slip jig. Ms Campbell choreographed and prepared the girls while the dancers from Ms McFadden’s dance school showed us how to do their aon, dó, trí, Well done to all. Some future Riverdance performers in our midst, I’ve no doubt.
We listened and enjoyed a “Kerry Polka” from the girls in Ms Carter’s violin class followed by a wonderful rendition of “Oró se do bheatha abhaile” on the feadóg stáin from Ranganna a Cúig.  The pupils of Réalt na Mara will have a chance to perfect their musical skills when the “Bodhran Buzz “workshops take place later on in June. Ms Smith’ 2nd class told us the story of “Micillín Muc” while first class girls entertained with a song “Ag dul ar scoil” and a poem titled “An Leipreachán”
Bhí “Lá Mór Glas” ar an Déardaoin agus bhí gach saghas éadaí glasa le feiceáil timpeall na scoile.
Is ocáid spéisialta í Seachtain na Gaeilge agus tugann sí seans dúinn teanga agus cultúr na tíre a chur chun cinn. Is breá leis na páisti an seachtain craiceáilte seo chomh maith agus baineann said an sult as ar fad. Táimid ag tnúth go mór le Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021.

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge-Biongó Loco

  • March Assembly

March's Assembly opened with 5th and 6th classes singing one of their songs from the Confirmation which took place on 5th March.
The assembly then continued with the monthly handing out of the best handwriter awards for each class. Again, the standard was very high and it was a tough job for each class teacher to pick a recipient. Mrs McCartan and her class handed out the prizes to each class winner. Well done everyone.
Secondly, it was the Student Council's job guided by Ms. Sorensen to call out the winners of their latest incentive. It was a Space themed colouring competition.
Thirdly, Caoimhe demonstrated some of the skills that she had to do as part of the Meath G.A.A competition last week. For more about this please see post below.
Finally we had the pleasure of having Liam Burke come and inform us of his latest trip to The Gambia. Liam is a fundraiser for the charity G.I.V.E. He was over in January when he brought 30 sewing machines with him to present to a workshop of ladies there. Holly got a chance to model one of their handmade garments. Thank you Liam for coming in and sharing your experience with us.

  • Please go over the following hygiene guidelines with your child.

  • Congratulations

Congratulations to Caoimhe from 6th Class who made it through to the final of the 100 Touch Challenge which was held in Páirc Tailteann. It happened at half time in the National Football League Round 5 game between Meath and Galway. Caoimhe came 1st in her heat which was held last Wednesday.  Well done Caoimhe on representing both your club, St. Colmcilles and your school, we are all very proud of you.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

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