The children at St. Dominic's took part in a dance workshop again this year. The workshop took place on the 15th June. The children learned dances to some of their favourite songs and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Annual Sports Day
We held our annual sports day here in St. Dominic's on Thursday, 18th June. The children from Junior Infants to 4th class had great fun taking part in lots of different races and activities, on the yard and on the pitch outside of the school, while the 5th and 6th class attended a sports day, ran by An Garda Síochána in Longford. All thoroughly enjoyed the day.
The school tour took place at the end of May. The senior classes had a great day out in Dublin. They visited Leinster House and learned all about the workings of Dáil Éireann, before heading to Aquazone in the National Aquatics Centre.
Green Schools' Award Ceremony
On 26th May representatives from St. Dominic's Green Schools' committee attended the Green Schools' award ceremony in the Radisson Hotel in Athlone, where we were awarded our green flag for energy. Well done to all of the children and staff who worked hard throughout the year to earn the flag.
Irish Pride/Primary Planet Competition Winners
Congratulations to the children in 5th and 6th class who won a video competition, which they had entered through the 'Primary Planet' children's newspaper. The children had to create a 90 second video, with 'pride' as the main theme. They worked hard to come up with ideas for the video and to put it together. They won €1000 for their school, and each child in the school also received a goody bag. Photos from the day of the prize giving can be found on the left. To view the children's video entry for the competition click on this link.
Wacky Outfit Day in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital
On Friday, 13th February, 2015 the children took part in 'Wacky Outfit' day in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital. Each of the children who participated brought in a donation for the hospital and wore a wacky outfit to school. In total we raised €200. Well done to all of the children who participated, and especially to Robyn McCormack who came up with the idea of taking part.
National Children's Choir
The children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes took part in the National Children's Choir this year. They attended practices with other schools from Longford and Leitrim during the year, and their hard work culminated in a very special concert on 6th May, in the beautiful setting of St. Mel's Cathedral. Well done to the children involved and to Mr. Farrelly, who taught the repertoire. Congratulations to Conor, Kiera, Ellyn and Aoibhín who were selected to sing in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 8th June.
Transition year students from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon are coming to the school every Friday for the next six weeks to teach the children in 5th and 6th class the sport of spikeball. Spikeball is an adapted 4-player v 4-player volleyball game that has been introduced to Ireland in recent years. Here are some pictures from their first session.
The children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes took part in the Longford GAA Indoor Hurling league again this year. The children enjoyed playing each and every evening in Newtownforbes Community Centre. Here are some photographs from some of the games, as well as some photographs from a one day indoor hurling blitz which the girls from St. Dominic's attended in the community centre in Kenagh.
Visit from Shannonside's Darragh Harkin
Darragh Harkin from Shannonside's "Breakfast with Darragh and Rachel" called out to St. Dominic's on Friday, 24th October, to talk to the children about the Halloween costumes they had worn to school that day and about going treat or treating. Click the audio clips below to hear what they had to say.
4th & 5th Class Mime in the Backstage
This year 4th and 5th class took part in the Aisling Children's Festival. They performed a mime based on the theme of 'Friendship'. Frank Farrell led the children in creating the mime. Frank and the children put in tremendous work in the weeks leading up to the performance and it really paid off on the night. Well done to Frank and all of the children involved!