Class teachers: Mr Kearney, Ms Marren, Mr Walsh
During the year the children participate in a wide range of activities as part of the sixth class programme including;
Information and Communication Technology: On completion of sixth class the children will have acquired a minimum level of competence both in the use of I.C.T. equipment and in computing skills. We now have access to interactive whiteboard technology in each of the three sixth classes and each sixth class are timetabled for weekly use of the computer room.
Music: Our school Choir is made up of pupils from fourth to sixth classes and practice twice weekly. The choir performs at all school celebrations. One of the highlights of the year for the choir is the Christmas Morning Mass at Ennis Cathedral.
Our school Church Music Group is open to traditional musicians from fourth to sixth class. Practices take place weekly. The group performs at all school celebrations.
The school band is invited to many public performances including the ‘big switch on’ of the Christmas Lights in Ennis. Each year, the band participates in the annual ‘Band Spectacular’ with pupils from Knockanean and Milford schools. Last year’s Band Spectacular took place in Thomond Park. The band practices weekly and is open to musicians from third to sixth classes.
Sacramental Classes: Children from sixth class take the sacrament of confirmation in spring. Children are prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation with the help of the chaplaincy team of Fr. Fergal and Sr. Anne. In preparation for the sacrament, the Parish organizes a Day Retreat for each of the sixth classes. The sacrament of Confirmation is a major celebration for the whole school.
SportOver the course of the year, sixth class pupils have opportunities to play football, hurling, camogie, soccer and basketball. School teams are entered in interschool competitions in each of these sports. It is school policy that a pupil will only represent the school in a maximum of two sporting areas. This ensures maximum participation of interested sixth class pupils on school teams.
Swimming lessons are offered in the first term. Pupils are chosen to represent the school at the annual interschools swimming gala.
In the second term, cross country running is offered at lunchtime for interested pupils. The training sessions conclude with cross trials to pick teams for the interschool cross country running championships.
The highlight of the sporting year for sixth class pupils is the school sports. The sports day is structured to facilitate both participation and competition. Eagerly anticipated events each year are the School Mile and the School Sprint.
Quizzes: Ennis National School has a very strong quiz tradition. Each Autumn, class and school quizzes are held to find the school’s Quiz Brain. School quiz teams have been very successful both locally and nationally and compete in many events over the course of the school year.
Boardgames: The chess and draughts clubs meet weekly is held every Wednesday and the school chess tournament takes place in the summer term. Teams from sixth class also take part in inter-school chess tournaments throughout the year.
Draughts club is held every Tuesday during the winter months. Representative teams compete in local draughts competitions and also in the Community |Games.
Awards: The Principal’s Awards are given monthly to pupils who excel in school life through attainment, community spirit or effort. Sportspersons of the Year awards are presented at the sixth class graduation celebration.
Minders: ‘Minders’ is a long and successful tradition of Ennis National School. This involves pupils from senior classes minding the children in the junior classes during breaks and lunchtime. Sixth class pupils love to be chosen as minders and take the job very seriously.
Junior Achievement: The sixth class pupils participate every year in the Junior Achievement Programme. This involves professionals from the science and engineering industries visiting the classes and teaching the children.