RTE News Today Crew visited Miss Casey's 5th class today in preparation for the Spelling Bee this Thursday. The news program shall be aired today or tomorrow the 14th / 15th of June 2011.
Kildangan National School's debut appearance on the tv!.........
:who were crowned our 'Spelling Bees'.
Our school has been nominated to participate in the Spelling Bee Competition which will be on the Tubridy Radio Show on June 16th at 10am.
Robert, Laura and Aoife are going forward as a team to represent the school. All of 5th and 6th class will travel to support them on the day.
We wish them the very best of luck.....
Visit from Maxi Zoo
Today, the 2nd of June 2011, we had a visit and talk from 'Maxi Zoo' located in Naas.
Two girls from Maxi Zoo spoke to the children about taking care of pets. They also brought along a pet rabbit and a dragon beard lizard. The children learned alot and enjoyed it immensely. They recieved certificates for listening attentively and being able to answer all questions correctly.
Visit to the Stud
On the 31st of May 2011, our 6th class along with their teacher went on a guided tour of Kildangan Stud.
The bus departed the school at 10.15am. We were greeted by Jodie, Jimmy and Tom. Tom gave us an introduction to the stud and told us about Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum.
Jimmy then brought us around much of the stud, Eoin helped by driving the golf buggy with some of us.
We saw the trophies [Irish Derby and Irish Oaks], stallion yard, main yard, foaling unit, the stallions paddocks, mares and newly born foals and farm part of the stud. We also saw the gallops and the composting system they have in operation in Harristown which is world class.
We finished our fabulous day in the main house. We were served plenty of food and treats and given a great 'Darley' pack with lots of information regarding the stud and horses in general.
Many thanks to Jimmy and all the staff in the stud who made this a very memorable day for us
The Green Flag
After two long years of hard work, Kildangan N.S. received it's first Green Flag this year. Celebrations were held and Miss O'Reilly and Fr. Gaspar hoisted the flag. Music was provided by the traditional music group with Miss Healy, Miss Ryan and Miss O'Reilly. The music group even composed a piece of music entitled 'The Green Flag' for the occasion. Food and drinks were distributed by the Parent's Association and members of staff. The next step of our Green School's project is 'Energy', which we will delve into in the next school year.
Green Schools 2011
After getting the green flag last year, the green schools are back looking to get another. The committee is made up of people from 1st class to 6th class but to keep our school on top, we have the the 6th class green team.
Emma the energy saver.
Caoimhe the compost checker.
Gavin the garbage checker.
Chloe the concerning classroom checker.
We terrorise the school about recycling and saving energy. The worst culprits are the teachers. Who ever thought that Actimel bottles can be composted!!!??? That was the hardest mission - conquering the staff room - but our persistence paid off.
Anyway we are really hoping to get our next green flag so wish us luck!!!!!
Credit Union Quiz 2011
The children of Kildangan N.S. once again retained their title as winners of the Credit Union Quiz. It was held on the 7th of February in the assembly hall of St. Paul's Secondary School, Monasterevin.
The quiz teams were split into 3 groups.
U-11's - Robert McGrath, Lisa Joyce, Aoife Cunningham, Andrew Nolan.
U-13 A's - Michael - John Prendegast, Gavin Coakley, Emma Cunningham, Sinéad McKernan.
U-13 B's - Laura McGrath, Luke Barry, Katie Nealon, Eoin Hyland.
The quiz was difficult but in the end Kildangan came out on top. With the U-13 A's on top and the B's in 2nd place and the U-11's 1st in their category. It was the 13th year in a row that Kildangan have been successful. The two winning teams will go forward to the next round. Well done and best of luck!!!
Due to the snow this year, the December Panto had to be postponed. Instead we got to make our way up to the Gaeity on the 21st of January to see Aladdin. It was a fantastic day out as usual, enjoyed by staff and children alike!
As part of Seachtian na Gaeilge the children took part in Rith 2010. Rith visited 15 counties (250 towns along the way). Thousands of people participated in and watched the event. Children from the school and Kildangan GAA club were chosen to participate and represent their area to promote the Irish language and heritage.
Kildangan GAA Pitch
The offical opening of the new pitch in Kildangan occured in June 2010. The pitch is now called More O'Ferrall Park. The official opening attracted people in their throngs. Kildare played Wexford in a challenge to mark the occasion. Pictures from the momentous occasion can be seen on the Kildangan GAA website at www.kildangan.kildare.gaa.ie
The children in 4th and 5th Class invited their grandparents to see Kildangan N.S. The day proved to be a great success. The grandparents visited other classes and told stories of their days at school. This enthralled students from Junior Infants to 6th Class. This was a lovely day for the children and grandparents and we hope that it will happen again next year!
This years entry for the Fís competition was entitled 'A local hero'. It detailed the life and death of Fr. Prendergast, a local priest during the 1798 Rebellion. All scenes were filmed on site. Venues included Harristown Graveyard, Cherrymills house and Monasterevin. It is a fantastic production and we wish 4th and 5th class the best of luck with their entry. Mr O'Sullivan and Miss Murphy are owed a huge thanks as played a major role in the organaisation of the production. We would also like to congratulate Miss Murphy on the birth of her new baby Ali.
Jack and Jill Foundation
As part of our recycling project, Kildangan N.S. decided to recycle old mobile phones for the Jack and Jill appeal. We collected over 500 phones and for our hard work and dedication, we were awarded an interactive whiteboard by the Jack and Jill foundation!
Irish film wins Seachtain na Gaeilge film competition
Mrs Murphy's class have been named as winners of this year's Seachtain na Gaeilge film competition. The film, entitled 'An Lámh in Uachtar', which means 'The Upper Hand' tells the story of a group of geeky students who overcome their bullies to win a talent show. Some of the students worked in front of the camera as actors and others chose to work behind the scenes as script-writers, camera-crew and editors.
The film was also entered into the Fís Film project along with two other films from primary schools in the Kildare area. The children were invited to the regional screening of their film on Monday, the 15th of June in Kildare Education Centre. They dressed up as their favourite movie characters. Well done to the students involved and perhaps we might see some of them on the silverscreen in the future.
Kildangan Cumann na mBunscol
Congratulations to the Kildangan Senior football team who won the Cumann na mBunscol final in Moorefield football grounds, Newbridge on the 26th of May 2009. This is the third consecutive year in which Kildangan have reached the final and the second year in a row in which they have won it. The team featured children from 4th, 5th and 6th class. Well done to the team and thanks to all the supporters. The team and staff of Kildangan N.S. would also like to say a huge thank you to Jimmy, John, Declan, Martin, Leo and everyone else who helped the team through the year.