Local Dentist Mark Twomey came to 4th Class to talk about teeth, gums and anything dental. he was very informative and answered a wide variety of questions that the boys had for him. He demonstrated how false teeth are made. He was delighted with the GAA decision that all children must now wear mouthguards playing Gaelic Football as he has seen too many people loose teeth while playing (like Mr O' Callaghan!!!). So his advice ...Keep on brushing!
As part of Engineers week, Micheál O' Donnachadh, an engineering teacher in St Brogans called in to share some of his expertise and give the boys a great insight into engineering. He talked about the first engineers, inventing the wheel to all of the various types of engineers that we rely on today. It was a very informative visit.
Paul Ryan an Irish paralympian came to visit us. He has represented Ireland at sailing. He talked to the boys about overcoming adversity and how to make things happen for yourself. All of the boys got to play wheelchair basketball. We look forward to paul representing Ireland again in the future.
Will and Away
For more info go to his website http://www.willandaway.ie/
In the spring of 2011, William O Halloran from Will and Away delivered a six day nature awareness and survival skill module to the students of Scoil Phadraig Naofa in Bandon Co. Cork. Here’s what William had to say about his experience with the school.
“I was very impressed at the excellent behaviour of every one of the boys and would like to thank them for being so eager to learn about nature and indeed to have taught me a few things also!
Over the six sessions I got to work with each class in the school on two occasions. The first lesson involved learning all about the wonder of nature in the Irish Landscape. The second lesson involved the boys having to figure out how they would work as a team in order to survive being stranded on a remote Island off the west coast of Ireland. We learned about animal behaviour, finding food and water, making fire, finding shelter, camp craft and how to get rescued by a helicopter!
I was hoping to figure out which class in the school was the best, in terms of behaviour, good team work, knowledge of nature, ability to survive the wilderness and being able to leave no trace. It was something which I just couldn’t figure out, as each class left a great impression with me. I’m sure the nuns also, were very impressed with how the boys all respected their beautiful garden, which they were so kind to let us use.”
Following on from the six week programme in the school, the 3 and 4 classes came on their school tour with Will and Away to Ballinreeshig Nature Farm in Ballygarvan, Co. Cork. The boys had a great day out at the farm, getting the chance to go well and truly wild! They took part in the “Nature Programme” which is a special package Will and Away has to offer for schools and youth organisations. The Nature Programme lasts 3-4 hours and involves going on an adventurous walk around the beautifulBalllinreeshig Nature Farmplaying fun nature awareness games, immersing the senses in nature in thediscovering the “ Green Schools Woodland”, taking part in survival team challenges, finding wild animals and becoming aware aboutleave no traceethics
It is a really fun learning experience for students and a great idea for a school tour.
For Gaelscoileanna Will and Away also offer their activities through Irish.
If you would like more information on Will and Away’s Nature Programme follow this link http://www.willandaway.ie/courses-and-programmes/the-nature-programme
Michael Smith Author of Tom Crean - The Adventures of an Irish Antartic Hero - Ice Man. He is a regular visitor to the school.
Our School has a healthy eating Policy. The parents association hold a healthy eating day every year