On Wednesday October 25th, the Green Schools Committee presented the findings of their recent Walkability Audit to pupils, staff, parent representatives and local Councillor, Mr. Barry O’Neill. The committee have worked hard over the last number of weeks with Green Schools Sustainable Travel Officer, Áine O’Loughlen, investigating the possibility of reducing traffic around the school at peak times and improving road safety. Three members of the committee, Éadaoin Finnegan, Dara McGloin and Michael Clancy presented the findings of the audit and the recommendations. In summary, the committee found that it is not very safe for pupils to walk or cycle to school, as the road is very busy with no footpaths and the traffic can travel at high speeds past the school. The recommendations of the committee were as follows:
- Install Periodic Speed Limits to ensure a safer space for students at school peak times – 50km/hr or even lower. The committee did the Maths and a reduction of speed to 50 km/hr across a 500m stretch would only add 13.5 seconds to a motorist’s journey.
- Replace the missing flashing lights with working ones and reposition the ones to the West of the school further away from the school, to allow motorists sufficient time to slow down.
- Improve signage and road markings in the vicinity of the school. Motorists need greater warning that there is a large school up ahead. The small signs and old rumble strips are too close to the school and ineffective. Upgrade the rumble strips on either side of the school.
- Could we get SLOW SCHOOL AHEAD painted in white on the road surface, like outside many other Primary Schools around the county?
The Green Schools Committee have lodged their Walkability Audit Report with Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer and we hope this supports our request for road safety improvements at the school. Councillor O’Neill was very impressed with the work of the committee and suggested that the committee send a deputation to the next County Council meeting to do the same presentation. He also agreed to bring up our concerns with the local road engineers and road safety officer. Councillor O’Neill also suggested that a good next step might be looking at designating Creevy as a village. Maybe that is the next step forward to creating a safer school environment for the whole community.
Councillor Micheál Naughton sent his apologies that he couldn’t make our presentation, but he too assures us that he will be requesting road safety upgrades in the vicinity of the school.
The Green Schools Committee with Parent Representatives Karen and Cathy, Green Schools Officer Aine O’Loughlen and Local Councillor Barry O’Neill
All schools nationwide are closed tomorrow 16/10/2017, due to the Red wind warning. Creevy NS will be closed but hopes to reopen on Tuesday morning if red warning is lifted by Met Eireann. A text has been sent to all parents but might take some time to get through as the school text system is very busy tonight. Stay safe in the storm and hopefully it will pass without too much destruction. Beir bua agus beannacht. A. Kelly
Congratulations to fourth class pupil Samaire Grokenberger who was recently awarded a Donegal Co. Co. scholarship to the Gael Linn Gaeltacht this summer. Tá súil againn go mbainfidh tú sult as an turas Samaire. Tar éis na laethanta saoire, beidh Samaire in ann Gaeilge, Béarla agus Gearmáinis a labhairt go líofa. Go n-éirí an bothair leat, a Samaire.
All-Ireland Schools Swimming Champions
All-Ireland Champions Junior Relay Team
On Sunday February 12th our School Junior Relay Swimming Team won first place with a time of 2:36:03 in the All-Ireland Schools Swimming Competition in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
The whole school community is so proud of the boys and their outstanding achievement. We were delighted when they won Gold at the Ulster Finals in October and we are absolutely over the moon that they were able to top that performance by nearly 20 seconds to win Gold at a National Level. It’s not every day that we have All-Ireland Champions in our midst. These talented boys worked very hard with their coach Kieran Summerville over the last number of months and have shown great dedication. They worked extremely well together as a team and the training week in week out paid off, with all members of the team improving their times. There was great excitement in the school on Monday morning, when over 200 pupils and staff assembled in the hall to give the boys a hero’s welcome. The whole school watched a replay of the relay on the big screen in the hall and the excitement was palpable. After a post swim interview with the swimmers it was clear that this day will be a wonderful memory for the boys and their families for years to come. I would like to thank teacher, Mrs Karen Summerville, for coordinating the swim team here in school and to Kieran Summerville for coaching the pupils for both the individual events and the team relay. Three of the four boys, James, Darragh and Alan and another 4th Class pupil Lauren Foy swam personal bests in individual events before the relay swim on Sunday morning. A special thank you also to the children’s parents who support this event in many ways; by all accounts it will take them some time to get over the excitement of the weekend in Dublin.
Creevy National School has a strong history of promoting swimming and water safety and has a close relationship with the local swimming club the Marlins, the local swimming pool in Ballyshannon, Irish Water Safety and the local surf lifesaving club and we are delighted that these partnerships have produced such talented swimmers. Well done Boys! Comhghairdeas a bhuachaillí
We are now taking enrolment for September 2017. If you have a child due to start school in September, please ensure you complete the registration form and send it to the office with a birth/baptismal certificate. You can download the registration form by clicking here REGISTRATION FORM or contact Mary in the office on 0719852090 for a copy of the form.
Open Day – There is an open day for all prospective pupils and families on Thursday, February 9th from 2.30-3.30 and in the evening from 6-7 pm. All welcome.
Junior Entrepreneur Programme
Sixth class are undertaking the Junior Entrepreneur Programme this year. As part of this project each pupil came up with an entrepreneurial idea which they pitched to their classmates. The class then narrowed down the ideas they felt would offer the best business opportunities. They then pitched these five ideas to a panel of ‘dragons’. The panel was made up of Ms. Kelly, Mr. Timoney and a member of the business community. As you can imagine the children came up with some novel, get rich quick plans, but I wonder which idea might work in reality?
To help the pupils decide on a ‘big idea’, we were very lucky to have local business person and former Dragon from RTE’s Dragon’s Den, Ramona Nicholas visit the class and listen to the children’s vision and business plans. Ramona was very generous with her time and gave her expert opinion on each idea. She explained what she saw as the strengths in each plan and any difficulties she foreseen. She then explained which project she felt was the most appropriate project to take forward. After the pitches and feedback, the sixth class children had an opportunity to ask questions and find out what is the key to success as an entrepreneur. Two words stood out from the whole experience, ‘hard work’ and ‘goals’. Ramona explained the importance of setting goals for oneself; writing them out, reading over them regularly and visualising where you want to be, where you want to see yourself. She reminded the children that with continued hard work we can all reach our goals. You don’t have to be the best at particular subjects in school, you just have to be clear on what your want and be willing to work hard to get there.
For more on the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, see http://www.juniorentrepreneur.ie/
Below are some photos of the event and we look forward to meeting another local business person after Christmas, Rossa Danagher from Rossanos
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Many congratulations to four Creevy pupils, Catherine Browne, Micheal Clancy, James Monaghan and Eoin Summerville, who were winners in the recent Allingham Young Writers Awards.
Catherine won 2nd place in the Senior Story writing and Micheal won 3rd place in the Junior Story writing competition.
James won 1st place in the Junior Poetry and Eoin won 3rd place in the Senior Poetry competition. A great night of celebration was had by all at the award’s ceremony in the Abbey Centre on Nov 5th. Congratulations and thank you to the local festival committee for a great festival weekend.