Erasmus+ Festival Claddagh N.S. 9th May

Erasmus+ Festival Claddagh N.S. 9th May

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We were honoured and delighted to welcome Mairéad McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, to the school as part of our celebrations to mark Europe Day and the successful completion of our two-year Erasmus+ project on health and well-being for both staff and students.

Ms. McGuinness spoke eloquently to the children, staff and parents about the founding dream of the European Union – all the countries of Europe working together peacefully for each other’s benefit – and asked them to remember its importance as they grow up.

She was also treated to a number of dances our children had learned as part of the Erasmus+ project, and some beautiful singing from the school choir. Not exactly a stuffy politician, Ms. McGuinness even joined our musicians Mr. Kelly, Ms. Fahy and Ms. Browne for an impromptu sing-song before she left! We were delighted to see that she later tweeted about how much she enjoyed visiting the school.

The pupils toured the wonderful displays celebrating all the work completed as part of the Erasmus+ project. We watched a great video which highlights all the activities and associated improvements to our health and fitness which have taken place in school thanks to the fantastic project. It was a great chance to celebrate and reflect on all we have achieved!

Claddagh N.S. Erasmus+ Project Highlights from erasmusplus.happens on Vimeo.

Claddagh Teachers and Pupils Erasmus+ Feedback from erasmusplus.happens on Vimeo.

Anna Parkinson Disseminates for the Staff — Brain Games and Transition Activities! Our Brains Are Switched ON at Claddagh National School!

Anna Parkinson shared the fun transition activities she learned at the Cardiff LTTA with the staff. As you can see, these brain games and lesson transition activities went over a bomb with the staff who love to learn something they can use the very next day with their students.

In the game seen in the photos, the staff must try to remove their finger from the person beside them while simultaneously trying to grab the finger of the person on the other side of them! We’re not sure the staff are up for this level of eye-hand coordination on a Monday morning after a long January but we did our best and we’re certain the children will love this and the other games we learned from Ms. Parkinson!

 

Claddagh School Staff Enjoys SIRT SUPER Foods! Mmmmm…Healthy! And Delicious, too!

On Monday, February 6th, the teachers and Special Needs Assistants at the Claddagh National School attended a training event after school given by the staff who attended the Learning Teaching Training Activities week in Cardiff, Wales in November.

The Staff thoroughly enjoyed the tasting session. We savoured a delicious snack of Medjool dates, stuffed with almond nut butter topped with a square of 85% pure dark chocolate. Even the most skeptical taste testers were impressed with this delicious special treat!! We also served high quality coffee, green tea. You can also see a special secret concoction prepared by our very own expert Ms. Brenda Kenny. It was a warming drink with many of the SIRT Ingredients that can help to prevent colds and flus. It including citrus fruits, cayenne pepper and other ingredients! Ms. Kenny also made energy balls which were gobbled up by the hungry staff! This was definitely a popular event and we will enjoy trying the SIRT foods with our families at home!

Thanks to the Welsh team for introducing the concept of SIRT (Super) foods to us and we’ll  enjoy this yummy dissemination!