3rd classes school activities
Library visit- each year 3rd classes visit the local library on a few occasions. Every child joins and gets a library card. Joining the library makes a huge array of books available to the children, which in turn, helps to foster a love of reading.
Drama – ‘Cups and Crowns’ theatre company visit the school during the month of November to perform a play and give a drama workshop for the children of third class. This is a very beneficial experience as the children get to engage with the actors and participate in several drama games.
Swimming- during the year, children develop their aquatic skills by attending swimming lessons in the local leisure centre. On average, 12 lessons are given in four 3 week blocks each year. Pupils are chosen to represent the school at the annual inter-schools swimming gala.
GAA coaching- Ronan Keane, a local GAA coach, teaches football and hurling skills during the first and second terms respectively. To supplement this, 3rd class boys get the opportunity to train three times a week for hurling. During the summer term, they get to participate in a hurling league within the school and also to play challenge matches against other local schools.
Christmas Concert- the children perform ‘A Wild West Christmas’ each year in the school hall for their parents and other classes in the school. All children participate either in an acting or singing capacity.
Tin-whistle- Children are introduced to the tin-whistle in 3rd class and learn to perform a variety of simple tunes. They are also given the opportunity to join the school band.
Choir- children are given the opportunity to join the school choir, which practises twice weekly. The choir perform at all school celebrations and one of the highlights of the year is the Christmas morning mass in Ennis cathedral.
Write-a-book competition- children are encouraged to write their own book, and receive a certificate of participation. Winning entrants attend an award ceremony in Dromoland Castle where all books are on display.
Junior achievement- Junior achievement is a 6 week program that was set up to help teach children about how they can impact on the locality as individuals, workers and consumers. The program is delivered by local business people who are trained in the course. Each year, a different theme is approached e.g. planning, industrial estates, local business.
Talks: A fire fighter from the local fire station visits the children to highlight the importance of fire safety. He provides them with an opportunity to ask questions and the children are given leaflets, stickers, posters, activities to encourage sensible behaviour with regard to all types of fire.