Cyber Safe Schools
We took part in a survey this year which was to asses both the staff’s and pupil’s knowledge of how we stay safe online. This is a topic that we visit regularly and the results of the survey reflected our knowledge. We were awarded our Cybersafe Digital award badge in March.
Ireland’s Future is Mine Competition
We entered the 2022 Ireland’s future is Mine competition with RTE Learn, Microsoft and Minecraft for Education. Our task was to make a three minute video showcasing our vision for Doonaha as a sustainable village in the future. This was done using Minecraft for Education. Take a look at our entry.
Reel Life Science
we recently entered the ‘Reel Life Science’ competition in conjunction with NUIG and the Science Foundation of Ireland. We made a three minute video and our topic was ‘sustainable farming’. The whole school participated in the project and we had great fun while learning lots. Please see the video below to view our entry.
Literacy and Numeracy Summer Camp
2021 saw our first Summer camp. Take a look through our photos to see what we got up to!
Day one started with Science where we explored Archimedes Principle. We followed that with some art where we made our individual creations out of clay. We then made our lunch of Toasties and Smoothies and finished off the day with some programming using Bee Bots.
ARTIST IN SCHOOLS PROJECT
This year we were very lucky to participate in the Artist in Schools Project. Ruth wood visited the school and spent four days with us. The project was titled ‘Where am I? Creative Mapping’. We learned so much about water colour techniques, mapping and how to express ourselves through the medium of art. We hope you enjoy our video.
We recently introduced the Accelerated Reader programme for students from first to sixth class. This is an excellent programme which has resulted in huge improvements in reading standards in many schools. It is a computer based programme. Children select a book at their correct reading level, read independently and take an independent quiz on the computer to check their comprehension. Children are given targets and rewarded when they reach them. For more information please go to the Accelerated Reader website :
The Active Schools Flag is awarded to schools who strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community. See our dedicated active flag page for more information.
Green schools Programme.
This year in Doonaha National School we are working on our third Green Schools Flag. This is a project run by An Taisce. Schools are awarded a Green Flag for showing commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. To date we have two Green Flags. One for litter and waste and one for energy. We are now working towards our third green flag which is for Water.
We have been involved in the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme since 2005. Since this time we have achieved many awards for our work.
In 2016 we entered an exhibit the R.D.S Primary Science Fair. We worked together with the Inland Fisheries to produce a project called ‘Something Fishy’. We received very positive feedback for our submission.
Each year in December , we visit U.L Concert Hall to see the Pantomime. It is one of the highlights of the year for us.
Other activities completed in the school year include:
Story telling at Kilkee Library.
Third class wrote their own stories and performed them on our local radio station.
Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety Talk.
We invited a guest speaker to the school and he gave a very informative talk on internet safety and cyber bullying to the senior classes.