Make a Day of It at TULCA Arts Festival

Joanna McGlynn (TULCA Arts Festival) and Josephine Vahey (Galway Schools Librarian) invited us to participate in Galway City Library on Merchant Road in Galway.
Firstly we participated in a Music Workshop with Anna and Sam from the band ‘My Fellow Sponges’. We had previously heard their music when we watched their music video that Marta had animated. Marta visited us when we were working on M’Asal Beag Dubh project.

Hillary brought us from the Library to the Connacht Tribune Print Works on Market Street.
This is the route we took.

At the Connacht Tribune PrintWorks we explored the art of Yvette Monahan, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Marie- Louise Vittrup, Sam Basu & Liz Murray.

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Clontuskert in National Geographic

St. Augustine’s NS Clontuskert has been mentioned in the National Geographic as part of the international Climate Action Project #ClimateActionP We have been representing Ireland in this project and collaborating with 250 other schools globally to action change against global warming.

Climate Action: 250 Schools, 69 Countries Focusing on Climate Change

This project has been developed and coordinated by Belgian teacher, Koen Timmers. Koen, like Mrs. Murray is one of 300 Microsoft Educator Fellows globally and last year was in the Top 50 Global Teacher Prize shortlist.

You can find out more about the project here.

Each week we worked on a varied aspect of Climate Change and researched and developed a film exploring each theme. Our work can be see on

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Climate Action Workshop with Dr. Anne Dolan

Today the students in the Senior Room participated in a Climate Action Workshop with Dr. Anne Dolan. Anne is a lecturer in primary Geography in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Mary Immaculate is a Teacher Training college where primary teachers are prepared for Irish schools.

Dr. Dolan is also a past pupil of St. Augustine’s N.S. We were delighted to welcome her back to the school to be part of our work on the Climate Action Project.

We learnt about the Cardinal directions using a modified Compass Rose. Each direction, North, South, East and West stood for various affects of recent Hurricane Ophelia. (Natural, Social, Economic and Who decides?)

We were asked to look at a case study and develop our own ideas of the affects of the storm. Then we chose where each one should be placed on the compass. Some were between directions, for example SE South East (Social/Economic)

This is the film we created of an interview with “Siún Nic Gearilt” (aka Anne Dolan) of “RTE News Clontuskert”.

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Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween from Clontuskert

Today was a special day in Clontuskert for Halloween. We had Assembly in the hall and presented Mr. Coen with a gift as he is starting a new job in Gort after Halloween. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.

Congratulations to the Students and Writers of the Week.

After Assembly we had a Halloween fashion show where all of the students showcased their Halloween costumes.

The Senior Room had a Halloween Story Session that can be listened to in each student’s Assessment Section on the Senior Room OneNote Classroom Notebook.

The Junior Room played traditional Halloween Games and had a Halloween party.

Happy Halloween everyone and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 6th of November at 9.00am.

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Padraic Ó Connaire Art Workshop

Today Joanna McGlynn and Marta came to Clontuskert for our final workshop on Padraic Ó Connaire. Marta is a very talented photographer and animator. She has worked on this fantastic film for an Irish band called ‘My Fellow Sponges’.

We worked really hard with Joanna and Marta to complete our scenes from M’Asal Beag Dubh. Check out some of the ‘behind the scenes’ shots.

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Week 4 Climate Action Project- Skyping Dubai

On Wednesday we skyped into GEMS School in Dubai with Mrs. Shafaque Riaz. GEMS is also a Microsoft Showcase School. Professor Anne Dolan from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick joined us for the call and was very impressed with the work of the students who had prepared so well for the call. Anne is a past pupil of Clontuskert National SChool.

Notes from the students of the Senior Room

People in Dubai speak Arabic. Many of the parents work in the airport which is near GEMS School. They have more than four thousand pupils in their school. They have one hundred and five different nationalities. During our call to Dubai it was 37 degrees. They have a lot of traffic every day in Dubai.
When the students were researching for the Climate Action Project they found that they have had more sandstorms this summer and they predict they are going to have more rain in winter.
They have a Minster for Climate Change in Dubai like we do in Ireland.
They reuse water from the buses after they wash them.
School starts at 7:30 in the morning and ends at 4 o ‘clock. There are testing flying cars and self – driving cars in Dubai. They are trying to put the right thing into the right bins. Every month they go to the beach to clean it.

The children were not in the classroom at the time so we did not get to meet them.
Mrs. Riaz showed us some photos of Dubai and she asked us questions about Ireland. We told her about Hurricane Ophelia and what we have been doing in Clontuskert to help stop climate change.
We told her about the bins and about the green school and what we do. Their national sport is football.
We spoke to Mrs. Riaz for forty minutes.

Keep your eyes peeled on Clontuskert’s YouTube channel for some footage from the call.

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Week 4 Climate Action Project- Skyping New Jersey

Week 4 of our Climate Action Project consisted of preparation for and taking part in Skype Calls with schools in New Jersey and Dubai. We prepared by using our research over the previous three weeks of the project to collate topics to discuss with our partner schools.

Notes from the students of the Senior Room:

On Tuesday we Skyped New Jersey and the class of Michael Dunlea. Michael teaches seven and eight year olds in Tabernacle Elementary School in New Jersey. The students are learning Spanish. New Jersey was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy and four thousand houses were destroyed. In New Jersey after Sandy and because of the flood risk to houses people have to raise their houses by fifteen feet or else they won’t get insured. The elderly and disabled people if they have a house like this, they use an elevator to get up and down and it costs lots of money to make the house higher and a lot to install the elevator.
They are studying Climate Change like our school. The school asked us some questions about what we are doing with the climate change project. After that we asked them some questions and what they do in their school. Their school is one of the best schools in their town because they are mindful of their water waste and reducing the waste of plastic.
It was 2:19pm in Clontuskert and 9:19am in New Jersey when we spoke to Mr. Dunlea’s Class. That is a five hour time difference.
This is a film about START and the work that they did after Hurricane Sandy. START is Stafford Teachers and Residents Together. This group was founded by Mr. Dunlea in response to the devastation of Sandy. See the work they completed to help the people of the area.

Keep your eyes peeled on Clontuskert’s YouTube channel for some footage from the call.

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Microsoft’s Visit to Clontuskert

Today Richard Ryan from Microsoft Ireland and Eamonn Rohan from McCann Blue came to visit us in Clontuskert. We brought them on a tour of the school and they visited both the Junior and Senior Rooms to see what we are working on in both rooms.

In the Junior Room they were treated to a mini concert of songs and poems and learnt how the 1st and 2nd Class use their Surface devices.

In the Senior Room they observed our preparation for a Skype Call with New Jersey as part of the Climate Action Project and saw how we collaborate to create films for the project.

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Week 3 Climate Action Project

Clontuskert’s Week 3 Film was delayed due to the onslaught of Hurricane Ophelia. St. Augustine’s was closed for Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November. Thankfully all of our families stayed safe and there was no damage to houses or the school.
There was a Red Weather Warning in place countrywide. The hurricane hit the southern coast of Ireland with unfortunately three people losing their lives. The National Emergency Coordination Group met and gave advice to people to remain in their houses during the storm.
Climate Change means that scientists predict more of these weather events will hit Ireland in the future.
The students researched what happened during Ophelia, other storms that have hit Ireland and also what we can do to help stop climate change.
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