English Week Continues……

Our literacy board is an area of great interest this week as each student tries to figure out who owns the SHELFIE! Keep guessing guys- we are glad you are enjoying the challenge!

In keeping with the week take a look at this poster depicting some words we owe to Shakespeare- you may not have realised how many common words and phrases were actually invented by the Bard!


Words we owe to Shakepeare


English Week

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This week we celebrate all things English with our week devoted to reading. language and literacy. There are many activities planned for the week including some competitions. Keep an eye on the Literacy Board at the centre of our school where this year’s SHELFIE competition is posted. Be sure to enter and forms are available at the board!



Each morning we start the day with an inspiring quote read by a student from each year group starting with a student representative from First Year on Monday, Second Year on Tuesday and so on through the week!

We will also have a Scavenger Hunt through the school and some dingbat quizzes for our senior students who will hopefully think outside the box!

Competitions mean prizes and we will have some Easter Eggs at the ready for our prize winners.

Enjoy the week everyone!

MS Readathon


Many congratulations and well done to the First Year English classes on their participation in the annual MS Readathon. The students read as many books as they could over a four week period and were sponsored for every book they read.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and were delighted to discover new genres and authors during the readathon. There was lots of discussion in classes regarding their book selections.

This year the sponsorship total was over €1200 which is an amazing achievement.

Well done to all of the students and their teachers Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh, Ms. O’Regan and Ms. Duggan.



Assessment Task and Classroom Based Assessment 2

This week sees the completion of the Assessment Task by Third Year Junior Cycle students. The students will complete the task over two class periods using the assessment task booklet. This task is worth 10% of the final examination.

The students have also been busily selecting two pieces of writing from their collection of writing built up over the past two years. Both pieces of writing were put forward for the Classroom Based Assessment 2. The deadline was December 2nd. These pieces will also form part of the work for the Assessment task.key-skills

Best of luck to all of the Third Year students on Thursday and Friday as they complete their task.


Literacy Board and Poem of the Month

Our Literacy Board is prominently placed right at the centre of our school building and is a very popular resource for all students with helpful hints and tips. Thank you to Ms. Walsh for her hard work with the Literacy Board.

It is also a space where we can promote some of the activities of the department – our annual Readathon for MS Ireland is currently running. All First Year students are participating in the readathon and are really enjoying their chosen books.



The English Department has also started a Poem of the Month initiative where each year group will nominate a poem per month for the entire school to enjoy. The poem is read to the school via intercom at the beginning of the month and displayed for all students to see on our literacy board.

To start the initiative off the English Teachers chose the Thomas Hardy poem ‘Last Week in October’ – a fitting poem for the week leading up to our well deserved mid-term break.


The Department were also busy attending the annual Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English conference in Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday October 15th.

Pictured at the conference are Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh and Ms. O’Regan.

ipad-oct-16-045Our Junior and Senior Book Clubs are also up and running along with Public Speaking and Debating! October has been a really busy month for the English Department.

Hamlet performance Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin


The Leaving Certificate group travelled to Dublin on October 10th for a morning performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Students were delighted to have the opportunity to further their understanding of the play by experiencing a live performance on stage. All agreed that it was an excellent interpretation of the classic play, thoroughly enjoyable and would certainly be a huge help in their revision.


Students then moved on to play Footee, which is a combination of golf and soccer. This activity was enjoyed by all despite some students being more skillful than others.

A big thank you to the teachers who accompanied the students on the day, to the students for making it such a great success and to Ms. Doran who organised the trip.