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.
Congratulations to our Junior Boys Relay team who won Gold at the Ulster Schools Swimming Finals in Bangor, Co. Down on Sat, October 15th, 2016. This is a first gold medal for the school in this highly competitive event. Well done to our super swimmers, Alan, Caolan, Darragh and James.
Our Senior Boys Relay team also performed remarkably well against tough competition, finishing fourth by the narrowest of margins. Well done Áengus, Darragh, Eoin and James.
There were also many terrific individual performances. Darragh Summerville won a silver and bronze medal. James Monaghan, Alan Vaughan, Anna McCaffrey and Lauren Foy all recorded great times and have qualified for the All-Irelands. A number of other competitors recorded personal bests. Well done to all the swimmers and thank you to your parents for supporting this event. I know it was an early start for many on Saturday morning. Thank you to Ms. Summerville for coordinating the swimmers in school.
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On Thursday, October 6th, 2016 our school celebrated receiving our 5th Green Flag. All our hard work last year on the theme ‘Biodiversity’ paid off and we thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations. The day couldn’t have worked out better, it was a lovely, sunny Autumn day, perfect for spending some extra time outdoors and raising our new flag and five pennants. We started with a whole school assembly in the amphitheatre and we were delighted Fr. O’Fearraí, John McFadden from the BoM and Maureen Keenaghan from the Community Garden could join us. The 4th class rap winners performed their rap one last time. Samaire and Catherine shared some lovely tree poems and Keela from 6th shared William Allingham’s poem A Seed.
See how a Seed, which Autumn flung down,
And through the Winter neglected lay,
Uncoils two little green leaves and two brown,
With tiny root taking hold on the clay
As, lifting and strengthening day by day,
It pushes red branchless, sprouts new leaves,
And cell after cell the Power in it weaves
Out of the storehouse of soil and clime,
To fashion a Tree in due course of time;
Tree with rough bark and boughs’ expansion,
Where the Crow can build his mansion,
Or a Man, in some new May,
Lie under whispering leaves and say,
“Are the ills of one’s life so very bad
When a Green Tree makes me deliciously glad?”
As I do now. But where shall I be
When this little Seed is a tall green Tree?
This lead us wonderfully to our tree planting ceremony. Our invited guests helped a pupil from each class to plant four new trees in our school garden. We talked about what these new trees represented; life, energy, growth, and we wondered where we would be when these trees are fully grown. Then we moved around to the front of the school for the flag raising,
We proundly raised our flag and five pennants (one for each of theme we have completed thus far). Eoin Summerville concluded the ceremony with a lovely tune on the fiddle Harvest Home.
To top it all off the children enjoyed an ice cream on yard and an extra long playtime!
Thursday, June 2nd 2016 was a historic day in the life of Creevy N.S.. On this sunny day both our girls and our boys football teams won the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol County Finals. This is the first time in the history of the school that our girls have won the county final and of course the first time not one but two teams were successful. On Thursday morning the two teams set off early for Convoy. The girls played first and set the bar very high for the boys to follow. The girls played a robust Derrybeg side, who, as titleholders, started the match very strongly, scoring 2-2 without response. However, our girls are not ones to lower the heads, and after a slightly nervous start they fought back to emerge victorious, winning by two points in the end. After the closely fought and exciting girls’ match, we really didn’t think we could cope with the excitement of another match, but the boys’ team ensured they put on an equal display of brilliance and played their best match all season. They matched the girls in terms of enjoyment and success, winning comfortably in the end against Scoil Mhuire, Milford. It was a great day for the players and supporters alike.
On Tuesday March 15th 2016 the whole school joyously celebrated the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Over the last number of weeks the pupils have been learning about the events that lead to the Easter Rising, the Easter Rising itself and the aftermath of the Rising. To celebrate the 100 years since this important event in Irish history we held a whole school assembly. The theme of the assembly was REMEMBER, REFLECT, REIMAGINE. In the first stage of the assembly we recalled the events of the Rising and we remembered the people and parties involved in the Rising. In particular we remembered the seven signatories of the proclamation, the children of the Rising, Countess Markievicz and Elizabeth O’Farrell. We read an extract from the proclamation and together we sang the lovely lament Grace. It is a song written by Sean and Frank O’Meara about the marriage of poet Joseph Mary Plunkett (a signatory of the proclamation) and Grace Gifford in the small church in Kilmainham Jail, hours before his execution at the hands of the British Army.
In the second section of assembly we reflected on why the Rising occurred. Why parties such as the Irish Volunteers, IRB, Irish Citizens Army and Cumann na mBan were established. We discussed the Gaelic Revival, workers’ and womens’ rights and we considered how the Irish people sought to ensure the survival of Irish culture, heritage, language, literature and sport. At this stage we enjoyed some lovely traditional music and Irish dancing, thank you Elyssa, Eoin, Sean, Hannah, Eabha, Leah and Micheala. We also had songs, poetry and demonstrations of GAA skills and we learned about the establishment of organisations such as Conradh na Gaeilge.
In the final section of assembly, we sought to reimagine and consider our vision for Ireland now and into the future. We shared our school proclamation as drafted by the senior pupils. Before we exited the stage to go outdoors for the Flag Ceremony, Adam shared a little history on the flag and Ms. Thomas reminded us of how we should care for the flag. Two sixth class pupils then proudly raised our National Flag and together we sang Amhrán na bhFiann.