News and Recent Happenings

November 2022

Cell Explorers

Sixth Class converted their classroom into a science lab today. Scientists from NUIG Science Department guided the children through the process of extracting the DNA from a banana.

Exploring Dance

This week Second class began exploring creative dance in groups during PE using a dance board game.

They created their own dance sequences and performed them for the class!

Van Gogh Starry Night Inspired Art

After discussing Van Gogh's art work, the children voted for Starry Night as the favourite. The children experimented with lines to create their own Starry Night masterpiece.

The Outdoor Play Area is a hive of activity this week.

Here is a peek into a Senior Infants Outdoor Aistear session, Each group is up to something different...

Play Dough is being created in messy play.

Floating and sinking is being explored in a STEM activity.

Our budding artists are designing Christmas Jumpers for this week's Late Late Toy Show.

Speaking of the Toy Show - the bakers in the kitchen are preparing "Treat Boxes" for Friday.

More STEM - here a group are experimenting with magnets and magnetic materials.

Crazy Hair Day in Senior Infants

Senior Infants explored the theme of "The Hairdressers". To bring the learning to life, we had a visit from our very own hairdresser, who kindly helped style all 30 heads and use our newly learned phrases and terms in a meaningful manner. We finished our week with a Crazy Hair Day where every child was invited to style their hair a "Little Differently" for the day. A huge effort was put in by everyone!

Fís Nomination

Sixth Class short film The Last Note has been shortlisted for the FÍS Film Award Ceremony which will take place at the Helix Theatre, Dublin on the 22nd of February 2023. Congratulations to all involved. The Last Note documents the demise of the country house dance and dancing at the crossroads with the passing of the Public Dance Hall Act of 1935 which greatly impacted rural musicians in particular Junior Crehan, a West Clare fiddler. Click here to view the film.

History and 1916 Projects

Sixth class presented their diorama history projects on 1916 to their class. Their work creatively captured the social, political and economic events of that time.

Surfing in Lahinch

A day of determination, resilience, fearlessness and fun was had by all as the Fifth and Sixth Class took to the wild Atlantic waves for a day of surfing in Lahinch.

Peace Proms 2023

Fifth and Sixth Class travelled to the University of Limerick today for a choir workshop with Mr. Greg Beardsell in preparation for the Peace Proms concert on Sunday 29th of January. It was a day filled with music, dance and fun.

Science Week 2022

All of the fun of science week has begun! Scoil Éanna have a lot of trips, guest speakers and fun science activities planned for each class.

Junior Infants

Junior Infants made a Rainbow Bridge and learned how to make new colours.

Senior Infants

Our exploding rockets experiments brought screams of delight to everyone.

Diffusion - Senior Infants

Senior Infants exploring the colours of the rainbow.

The colour and sugar from the Skittles dissolve into the water and then diffuse through the water, making it the colour of the Skittles. And yes.....they got to eat some Skittles in the end!

Galway Atlantaquaria Visit - Science Week 2022

Senior Infants, First Class and our Special Class were very lucky to secure a visit to the Galway Atlantaquaria who were offering complimentary tours to a limited number of schools across the county as part of Science Week.

We took advantage of the amazing playground next door and had our picnic looking out at the ocean.

First Class

We had lots of fun during Science Week in First Class. We spent some time building bridges and testing them to see how strong they were. We had some 'Fireworks in a Jar' and we also investigated Static Electricity with balloons and a woolly blanket.

Second Class

The boys and girls of Second Class completing a science investigation on colour mixing Skittles.

Second Class made ice-cream in a bag by creating a chemical reaction between ice and salt. After numerous attempts and with a lot of shaking of the bag... we finally made one bag of icecream!

An rud is annamh is iontach! - What's rare is wonderful! - they loved tasting what they had made.

Third Class

As part of Science Week we used water, oil, food colouring and Berocca tablets to make our very own Lava Lamps! We had lots of fun learning about the density of the liquids and how they react to the bubbles!

Fourth Class

We had lots of fun constructing tall bridges over our books as part of Science Week 2022. We focused on building high bridges using a variety of materials. The bridges were then tested as to how much weight they could take!!

Sixth Class : Solar Energy

October 2022

Trip to Carrabane Woods

Junior and Senior Infants went to Carrabane Woods. We had an action-packed day where we collected leaves, seeds and nuts, listened to stories, sang songs, recited poems, had to wade through water, spotted fairy doors, built forts and firepits and explored the woods with our friends. Everyone was exhausted after our busy day.

Aistear

Senior Infants making great use of our newly revamped outdoor play area.

They are exploring our Autumn theme.

Signs of Autumn in Turoe Pet Farm

The boys and girls of Senior Infants along with our Special Class were busy being Science Detectives - looking for signs of Autumn. We walked to Turoe Pet Farm where we were kindly allowed to explore the facilities. We stopped to taste some blackberries along the way. We hunted for seeds, nuts and leaves along our journey.

We filled up our collection bags to share our findings with the children from other classes back at the school. We even managed to squeeze in some time to play in the playground!

Maths Week 2022

All of the classes have been taking part in fun real-life maths activities. 2nd class have been playing maths games and completed a maths escape room challenge.

Library Visit

Junior and Senior Infants and the children from the Special Class were lucky to be invited to visit the Loughrea Library. Here they could take part in lots of fun activities including crafts, colouring, lego and of course explore the wonderful selection of books on offer. Thanks to Sheila for reading to the children and bringing the story of the Gruffalo alive for all.

Halloween

Scoil Éanna was taken over by lots of spooky looking characters just before the midterm.

Happy Halloween everyone.

More Halloween Fun !

Halloween fun and games in 2nd Class... carving pumpkins and making chocolate covered blood apples!

Autumn Leaf Rubbings

Many of the classes have been going on Autumn nature walks. 2nd class created some print art with the leaves they collected.

September 2022

Tennis Lessons

Tennis coaching is taking place for 4 weeks in September and October.

Every child from junior infants to 6th class is taking part in the lessons with our coach Billy.

June 2022

Our End of Year Concert

Slán and Beannachtaí

Congratulations to our 25 Sixth Class pupils who graduated this week. The class celebrated their Graduation Mass with their school community followed by a PowerPoint presentation and refreshments. Our thanks to all involved. We wish them every blessing.

Soundscapes from Sixth Class

Sixth Class share their traditional music and song singing in a short recording. Click here to view.

Planting Flowers

We went for a walk to the garden centre and planted some beautiful flowers. We had lots of fun picking our favourite flowers and learning how to plant and water them.

Teddy Bear's Fiesta

A beautiful afternoon of fun, laughter, games and yummy treats for all the boys and girls in Gemma, Ruth and Joanne's rooms. We had a celebration in the sun with our Teddy Bear's as our special guests. The party was set up by our very generous parents who made the day so special for everyone. A huge big thank you to those who decorated, baked and bought or provided items to make our Teddy Bear's Fiesta the best one yet! I think you will agree our party guests got the "Fancy Party Attire" dress code spot on!

School Tour Time

Senior Infants pupils enjoying their school tour in Loughwell Farm in Moycullen

Bling Up Your Bike Day

Pupils from Senior Infants and First Class got to bring their bikes to school to "Bling" them up for the summer. They washed and polished them in the yard before decorating them with stickers and glitter. They then made their way around the school in laps to practice their cycling. Everyone learned how to fit their helmets properly, how to use their brakes and cycle safely. They proceeded to bring the bikes to the car park to cycle around an obstacle course. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the action packed day.

Sports Day

An action packed, sun drenched, fun filled day at the pitch for our annual Sports Day.

We even had a visit from the ice cream truck

STEM

Congratulations to all classes for their great work in STEM. We have been awarded the Discovery Science and Maths Award and Badge of STEM Excellence again this year. This award acknowledges schools that have demonstrated excellence in their engagement and awareness in STEM. Well done everybody.


Lego FIRST League 2022

Fourth class competed in the Lego FIRST League 2022. This is an initiative run by the Galway Education Centre. The children create a mini village of Bullaun using Lego. Using a variety of different types of Lego they showed how materials will be transported to the new school to be used for the construction of the new school. The children worked very hard on this project and they are very proud of their completed piece.

The Last Note

Sixth Class have completed their entry for the Fís Film Project 2022 after intensive weeks of filming and editing. Their short film The Last Note documents the demise of the country house dance and dancing at the crossroads with the passing of the Public Dance Hall Act of 1935. The film throws a lens on the impact this had on the culture of rural Ireland and on the lives of rural musicians in particular Junior Crehan, a West Clare fiddler of that time. The judging panel in the Irish Film Board will view all entries in August. Click here to view their film.


The World Cup Final

Teams France and Holland met in the final of the World Cup this week. After a very hard-fought game, Holland were victorious. Thanks to all teams for a very enjoyable tournament.

Blue Star Programme

Congratulations to Sixth Class who were awarded the Blue Star flag this week for their completion of the programme.

Our Chicks have Hatched

After 21 days of incubating.... waiting.... observing.... and patience..... 12 eggs hatched this week to a very excited class. All chicks have been safely homed and are doing well.

Blue Star Programme

The Ambassador of Malta Dr. Josianne Farrugia and Minister Anne Rabbitte visited sixth class to celebrate EU European Day with Blue flag schools. The class welcomed our guests with a rendition of the European Union anthem Ode to Joy and traditional music.

Junior Entrepreneur Programme

Sixth Class product Cliuchí Cloch went on sale. The class entertained their customers with music and song. Many thanks to all who supported their business.

The World Cup League

Last week eight teams from Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth kicked off the World Cup League. The Sixth Class led the teams to the pitch playing the Europen Union anthem Ode to Joy.

May 2022

Lego First League 2022

This year fourth class are taking part in the Lego First League that is being run by the Galway Education Centre. The theme for this year is 'Cargo Connect'.

Science: Making tea bags

Fourth class having fun testing materials to use to make tea bags.

Painting in the Sunshine

Waterplay and painting in the May sunshine.

Splish Splash Maths

Senior Infants and First Class enjoyed making a splash in the yard today whilst exploring capacity in maths.

INTO Mini 7's Hurling

Congratulations to Oran in 6th class who was selected to represent the school on the Galway Mini 7's team. He played in an exhibition game in Pearse Stadium, Galway on the day that the Galway senior team played Kilkenny in their Leinster Championship fixture.

Camogie Blitz

We hosted a Camogie Blitz for the 4th, 5th and 6th class girls in Bullaun pitch. We had visiting teams from Carrabane, New Inn and St Ita's National Schools. Each school fielded 2 separate teams giving as many girls as possible a chance to get some camogie game time. It was a day filled with sunshine, smiles and laughter and the girls performed brilliantly. It is a joy to see the standard of camogie our girls are playing. Well done to everyone - we are very proud of you all.

Funky Friday

It is fantastic to see Funky Friday making a return to the Bullaun National School landscape. A big well done and thank you to 4th Class for taking charge of this weekly event, which sees every child from Junior Infants to 6th Class getting an opportunity to perform on front of the whole school on Friday yard using the microphones and sound system. Performances can include anything from playing a musical instrument, singing solo or in a group, telling jokes, reciting a poem to performing a traditional dance (and everything in between). It is something that everyone looks forward to at the end of the week. Here is a taste of last week's performances from some of our Senior Infants.

Fís Storyboard Award


Congratulations to Sixth Class for coming first in the Fís Storyboard Competition for their storyboard The Last Note. Their storyboard details the demise of the country house dance and dancing at the crossroads with the passing of the Public Dance Halls Act of 1935.

Sport

A Rugby Blitz was organised for third, fourth, fifth and Sixth class this week at Loughrea Rugby Club. A great day was had by all.


STEM

Sixth Class have been awarded the BT Young Scientist Plaque of Achievement for their project Does Weight Affect Speed. Well Done to all!

April 2022

INTO Mini 7's Football

Well done to Sara in 6th class who was selected from our school football panel to represent Galway in MacHale Park, Castlebar on Sunday. She played in the INTO Mini 7's exhibition game against Mayo.

STEM Science Blast 2022

Congratulations to sixth class for being awarded the Science Blast 2022 Plaque for their outstanding work in their Science project Does weight affect the flight of a drone? Their project was judged by Dr. Niamh McGoldrick, Trinity College. She complimented the class on their investigations, ingenuity and problem-solving skills. She also remarked that the class excelled in many scientific qualities she would see in second and third-level students. Well Done to all involved.


Ukelele Lessons

The school has purchased a full class set of ukeleles(30 plus). Each week Chris will forward us an instructional video in which, the teachers will in turn, teach the ukelele to their respective classes. It is hoped that we can expand further throughout the school with this project as we gain more momentum and a greater knowledge of what we are doing. This week Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class quickly mastered their first song Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles.

March 2022

Ms. Earls' fourth class joined Gemma's Senior Infants and First to help improve their coding skills using the Scratch app on the iPads. It was amazing to see the projects they created together.

Ceolchoirim 2022

Ceolchoirim Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Engineer's Week Zoom Call

Senior Infants and First Class had a zoom call with Sandra's daughter Aoibhín. They found out all about her job as a Biomedical Engineer. Aoibhín kindly hosted a live presentation about the various aspects of her job and the job of other types of engineers.

A Zoom Call from Australia

We continued our quest for knowledge about the job of an engineer by hosting a zoom call with Gemma's brother Eamonn in Brisbane, Australia, where he works as a Civil Engineer. He explained to the class about his work planning, designing and managing projects relating to water services across Australia.

Historical Trip to Dublin

This month sixth class travelled to Dublin as part of their history studies to visit the sites of Glasnevin Cemetery, Garden of Remembrance, The GPO Museum, The Pro-Cathedral and Kilmainham jail.

All-Ireland Camogie Club Champions

Sarsfields Senior Camogie Team visit with the All Ireland cup. There was huge excitement among their supporters. Well done to all involved.


Junior Entrepreneur Programme

Dragon's Den

Sixth Class presented their business products this week to our four business judges, Trevor Corcoran, Julieanne Greaney, Billy Kelly and Marcus Mc Namara. Many thanks to our judges for their time and conjecture. The business products included a Fairy door, Colouring Book, Family Cookbook, X and O's game and Slippy Sliders game. The dragons voted to bring the X and O's game to the world of business. Sixth class will now work together over the coming weeks to make this happen.


Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Oraibh go Léir

Sports

Fifth class organised a fun and active afternoon for third, fourth and sixth class in the pitch this week.

Debating

Galway Education Centre invited sixth class to partake in four online debating topics over the next few weeks. This is an inclusive activity that encourages all children to get involved, either as researchers or debaters. Four different teams will volunteer to debate a given motion against an opposing team from another school in the county. This week, sixth class is busily researching and preparing to oppose the motion Animals should not be kept as Pets . We wish all involved well.


February 2022

Junior Entrepreneur

Business Visitor

Sixth Class invited two local entrepreneurs to an online meeting this week as part of their engagement with the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. Shane O' Hara from Bullaun Wood Craft and Emer Connor from Wild Lane Aromatics shared with the class their experience of setting up a small business and succeeding in the world of the Entrepreneur. Many thanks, Emer and Shane

Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Bríde

January 2022

STEM

Dream Space at Microsoft Ireland has collaborated with RTE in providing an opportunity for children to enhance their STEM skills with six one-hour Coding Tutorials on Minecraft Education Edition. As part of our STEM initiative all classes will actively engage in this imaginative and immersive world of coding. The Junior Classes will be introduced to coding with the program Scratch while the Senior Classes will develop and enhance their coding skills with Minecraft.

December 2021

Nollaig Shona Daoibh

Happy Christmas To All

Wishing you all a very Happy and Safe Christmas from all at Scoil Éanna.


The Christmas Story

Sixth Class recite the Christmas Story. Click here to view

Garda Band Christmas Video

The Garda Síochana Band recorded a Christmas Concert to wish you all a very happy Christmas. Please click here to view the concert.


Eco Towns

In October, the children in 5th class designed their own Eco-Town using recyclable materials.



MEP Luke Ming Flanagan's Online Meeting with Sixth Class

Sixth Class continued with the Blue Star Programme this week by inviting MEP Luke Ming Flanagan to chat with them via zoom. Mr. Flanagan discussed a wide variety of topics, from his role in the European Parliament to his primary school memories. The class entertained the MEP with an instrumental arrangement of the European anthem Ode To Joy, Ninth Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven and an Irish traditional tune called The Cooleys Reel.


The Italian Ambassador's Online Meeting with Sixth Class

The Blue Star Programme

The Blue Star Programme aims to introduce and foster a greater understanding and knowledge of Europe and how the European Union affects the lives of Irish citizens. Sixth Class have been actively engaging in this programme since October.

As part of the Blue Star Programme, sixth class invited the Italian Ambassador, Mr Paolo Serpi to chat with them via zoom. He talked about his role, his work commitments and the advantages and challenges he encounters as an ambassador. Afterwards, the class performed an instrumental arrangement of the European anthem Ode To Joy, Ninth Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven. Click here to view the video.

Welcome to our Buddy Benches

"Need a friend? Then have a seat!

This Buddy Bench is for You!

It won't be long, just look around.

A Buddy will find you too "

Our thanks to the Parents Association for organising the installation of three Buddy Benches at the school. The buddy benches are designed to promote friendship, well-being, empathy and self-awareness among children. The buddy benches were designed and made by Bullaun Wood Craft. The Parents Association also gifted the children a beautifully illustrated storybook that highlights through the power of story the many benefits of the buddy bench. Already the buddy benches are bringing a lovely social element to playtime.

November 2021

Fís Film Awards Update

The Fís Film Awards 2021 prizes arrived today. We received two trophies, two iPads and an apple pencil. See here

National Fís Film Awards 2021

We were delighted to be featured in this year's Award Ceremony which was live-streamed on the 19th November 2021 and presented by Sinéad Kennedy. The guest speaker was Minister Norma Foley. Our film Hidden was nominated in six categories: Best Costume, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best New Comer, 21st Fís Anniversary Merit Award and the Aileen MacKeogh Award.

Our film emerged winners in two categories: Best Cinematography and the 21st Fís Anniversary Merit Award. Congratulations to everybody involved. The film can be viewed on our school website on our YouTube Channel.

National Fís Film Awards 2021

The Fís Film Awards Ceremony for 2021 shortlisted films will be broadcast live on Friday 19th November at 11.30 am on the Fís website www.fisfilmproject.ie. Our film Hidden has been shortlisted. Best of Luck to all involved.

Science Week

Galway Science and Technology Festival will run for two weeks 7th- 21st Nov. The festival offers both in-person and online workshops, talks and events. Check out their website for more details www.galwayscience.ie



History Projects

Sixth class presented their dioramas on the 1916 Rising this week. Their work creatively captured the social, political and economic events of that time.

October 2021

Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to our past and present Sixth Class pupils who made their Confirmation on the 8th of October. The ceremony was celebrated by Bishop Duignan and Fr. Pat Kenny.


September 2021

Welcome back to all our pupils for this school year.


First Holy Communion

Congratulations to Second Class who made their First Holy Communion on the 18th of September. Click here to view the First Holy Communion Mass.



STEM

Congratulations to all classes for their great work in STEM. We have been awarded the Discovery Science and Maths Award again plus an additional award called the Badge of STEM Excellence. The badge of Excellence for STEM is a third level of achievement that acknowledges schools who have achieved a Plaque of STEM and are demonstrating excellence in their engagement and awareness in STEM. Well done everybody.


Fís Film Project

Sixth Class short film Hidden has been shortlisted for the 2021 Fís Film Award ceremony. The Film Board is currently preparing the ceremony which will be broadcast later in the term. Congratulations to all involved.


June 2021

Farm Safe Schools Award

Congratulations Second Class for achieving a Certificate of Accreditation in the Farm School Safety Programme.

Music in Scoil Éanna

Our wonderful musicians enjoying the sunshine and sharing their tunes with each other. See the video here.


Fís Film Project

After winning first place in the FÍS Storyboard Competition for their film Hidden, sixth class were invited to take their film Hidden onto the next stage turning it into a short five minute film. The film documents life in rural Ireland during the Penal Times. It was submitted last week to the FÍS Project competition after an intensive week of filming and editing. The judging panel in the Irish Film Board will view all entries in August. See the full film here.

Junior Entrepreneur Programme

Sixth class pupils participated again this year in the JEP (Junior Entrepreneur Programme) with dynamism and precision. The class presented their business ideas to local entrepreneurs in a Dragons Den format. The product “Dream Outside the Box” was decided as their business venture. Their product not only sold out but it was awarded Special Merit Awards in the following categories:

  • Marketing Gurus

  • Creative Product

  • Genius Product

  • Change Agent

Many thanks to the School Community for their support.

Science Blast

Fergal, presented sixth class with the Science Blast Plaque of Achievement for their project on "How Music Affects Our Bodies".

BT Young Scientist

Sixth Class received the BT Young Scientist Plaque of Achievement for their presentation on How Music Affects Learning and Concentration.

Old Galway Town Single

Sixth class students took part in the recording of the song Old Galway Town. The song was composed by Ciaran Cannon and Johnny B. Broderick and featured vocalist Michelle Lally. It was released as a single for Christmas and was in the top 5 in the Irish iTunes charts. Click the link to listen.


Old Galway Town (MIX3).mp3