The case of mistaken identity

Imagine our surprise when Clontuskert’s school account received a Tweet from Keith Walsh of 2FM’s Breakfast Republic!
Keith is running the LA Marathon and had received a letter and picture from a student wishing him well.

However it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Keith’s well wishes came from a pupil in Cloontuskert NS in Roscommon! Their school website is We tweeted him back to let him know! See the conversation below!

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Comhrá Gaeilge le Mairtín Ó Fatharta

Inniu bhí Mairtín Ó Fatharta linn ag deanamh comhrá Gaeilge leis an rang sinsir. Táímíd ag iarraidh ár gcuid Gaeilge cainte a feabhsú. Is as an Oileáin Inis Méain do Mhairtín agus tá Gaeilge líofa aige.

Bhíomar ag cur ceist ar faoin saol san oilean, ag labhairt Gaeilge agus an obair a dhéanann sé. Chuir sé ceist orainn faoi spórt agus rúdaí a dheanaimid ar scoil. Beidh Mairtín ag teacht ar ais dúinn an seachtain seo chughainn. Táimíd ag súil go mór leis. Go raibh míle maith agat, a Mhairtín!

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Visit from Darren Frehill- RTE Sport

Today Darren Frehill came to Clontuskert to talk about his job. Darren is originally from Laurencetown. He brought his son with him and we were delighted to meet both of them. We asked him questions like; was commentating his first job? What stations and programmes on TV and radio was he working for at the moment? How many countries has he been to commentating?

His favourite sport is hurling. His first job was commentating. Darren started out when his teacher from Garbally helped him to get a part time job commentating at the weekends. It was with Galway Bay FM and he has been doing his job since 1995. He told us that he doesn’t really like to be stuck in the office, he likes to be out and about at matches.

His first interview was with Ronnie O’Sullivan. On his first day he was very nervous and his hands were shaky. Most of the sports players are really nice. He used to be very nervous before going on air but told us that the more you practise the easier it gets. Darren has to research loads before going to another country. He has used a teleprompt for many broadcasts. It is sometimes hard to understand people from other countries and they don’t always understand Darren, as of course he has an Irish accent.

It was -16 degrees in South Korea when he was out there at the Winter Olympics. He has visited at least 14 different countries as part of his job.

Before a match it can take three hours to set up. He has met loads of famous people like Conor McGregor, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Darren told us a story about how he was once late for a match because of road works and when the National Anthem was playing, he had to run across the pitch and try and commentate, out of breath. He now leaves even more time to get to his destination!

The hardest part of his job is being away from his family. He said that if you work hard and are passionate about a job and if you really want to do it then you can! Inspiring words!

*Thanks to Darren for permission to use his photographs*

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Active Schools Week at Coral Leisure Ballinasloe

Active Schools week is from Monday 23rd of April to Friday 27th April 2018.
During this week all students will be able to come swimming for free at Coral Leisure Ballinasloe.

The adult accompanying the child will recieve a reducded price during this week also. €3.00 per adult.

The following terms and conditions apply:
– Swim hats must be worn at all times in the water
– Please make sure Coral Leisure timetable is checked before arrival to the pool
– Any child under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool at all times.

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Clontuskert tackles Climate Change

Clontuskert featured in the Connacht Tribune last week focusing on their work on the Climate Action Project.

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School closed- Exceptional Closure

Clontuskert NS will be closed due to Red Weather Warning, on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March 2018.

Open Day is rescheduled for Tuesday 6th March.

Today in school we had great fun playing in the snow at breaktime. We tried our best to make snowmen with very powdery snow at 11am break!

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Open Day 2018 Tuesday 6th March

St. Augustine’s N.S. Clontuskert will hold an Open Day for new students and parents in the school on Tuesday 6th March 2018 from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Children will be treated to a morning of fun in Ms. Scott’s Room.
Parents will be shown around the school by 5th and 6th class and there will be a concert afterwards in the school hall, followed by refreshments.

View previous Open Days in the school here.

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Winter Olympics 2018

The Senior Room students have been busy working on a project about the Winter Olympics. We are looking forward to asking Darren Frehill from RTE Sport lots of questions about his adventures in PyeongChang, in South Korea, when he visits us on Friday 9th March 2018. .

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Exploring STEAM

Today we have been working on STEAM projects such as Makey Makey, Ardruino, 3Doodle, WeDo 2.0 and robot kits.
Each group was given a different project to explore and we have created resources in our OneNote to share when we swap projects.

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Building a Chinese dhow

Check out the fantastic Chinese dhow built by one of our Senior students. It gave lots of ideas to our FIRST LEGO League Junior teams today.

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