We celebrated Coicís na Gaeilge from the 11th – 22nd March in DNS. Plenty of Irish signs appeared around the school and each classroom got an Irish sign for their door, for example, Rang a dó (2nd class). Each day teachers chose a Gaeilgeoir an Lae (Irish speaker of the day). This award went to a pupil in their class who made an extra effort to use their Irish thoughout the school day using phrases such as ‘Go raibh maith agat’ (thank you), ‘gabh mo leithscéal’ (excuse me), etc. Students from 5th class greeted pupils, parents and teachers at the doors each morning in Irish.
On Tuesday everybody got a chance to try out some Irish dancing with both a junior and a senior céilí (dance) being held in the GP room. This was a lot of fun and good exercise too! 5th and 6th class also participated in a Tráth na gCeist (Table Quiz). We held two Irish themed assemblies during the fortnight. The first one was all about St. Patrick and his impact on Ireland and the following one was held entirely in Irish and each class got to perform an Irish song or poem that they had learned.
There was also an art competition held for all the classes. Each class had to choose an emotion/feeling and the pupils had to illustrate that emotion. Emotions chosen included áthas (happy), ionadh (surprised) and ocras (hungry). There were some amazing entries and it was really hard to pick a winner! Check out some Junior Infant entries below!