The boys in Rang a Cúig have had a very busy start to the term. They have completed a block of gymnastics lessons as well as a few weeks of GAA training. They welcomed back three past pupils who have won minor and u20 All Ireland medals with Cork. There was great excitement when the boys wore pink to school and ran 5km in the yard in support of Breast Cancer Ireland.
The boys have been making great use of our class laptops and iPads for typing, research and their new Spellings for Me programme. As part of the Children’s Book Festival, the class had very interesting zoom calls with authors David Walliams and Melissa Shiels.
One of the most exciting activities was becoming part of the Bodhrán Bookills, with some excellent socially-distanced peer tutoring from the pupils of 6th Class.
Well done to the 7 boys who won Principal’s Awards during the first few months.
There are Guitar Classes available again in St Joseph NS. There will be 5-6 students per class and the classes are 45 minutes each – there is a Covid protocol in place for the classes – available closer to the starting date.
The children learn how read sheet music and other methods of guitar music notation, playing melodies, chords and other advanced ways of playing the instrument. The students are introduced to a large variety of styles, songs and pieces the children like and enjoy playing – which makes practising much easier, motivating and rewarding.
I also teach classical guitar to students who have an interest or develop an interest in the subject after the boys have developed a good skill basis, which makes it easier to learn the classical methods.
There are a number of classes available for students of different levels. So if a child has already played for a year or so, he/she will not have to go through all the beginners stages again – I will be able to offer a group at the appropriate level.
For further information please get in touch.
Tutor Joerg Micansky has over 20 years of teaching experience of all age groups – he is living in Cork since 2004. He has studied classical guitar and piano in Muenster University in Germany and is a fully qualified teacher. He also runs a recording studio in Cork called French Quarter Studios (https://frenchquarterstudios.com/) and is a music producer and published songwriter with international releases.
Thosaigh Corn an Domhain sa Chrúicéad T20 i rith na seachtaine.
Is é T20 ná foirm tapaidh den spóirt. Imrítear 20 cor babhlála. De ghnáth imrítear 50 cor babhlála i gcluiche idirnáisiúnta lá amháin. Leanann mórchluiche ar feadh 5 lá!
Bhuaigh Eireann i gcoinne an Ísiltír ar an Luan. Thóg Curtis Campher ceithre gheaitín. Is é Andrew Balbirnie captain na foirne. Imreoidh Éireann i gcoinne Sri Lanka inniú ar a 3 a clog. Imreoidh an Ind i gcoinne an Phacastáin ar an Domhnach.
Last year some pupils from the current sixth class and second class worked on a project called ‘Freedom of the City’. The project which was funded and developed by Cork City Council, the Glucksman Art Gallery and UCC was an initiative in which to gather ideas and opinions from children about what they would like Cork City to be in the future. It was largely a visual arts project in which the children expressed their wish list for the future in Cork City. The boys had some really interesting and impressive ideas through which to improve life for Cork’s future generations. They expressed the need for a more sustainable future for the city, with better public transport systems, less cars, more incentives for electric vehicles and a need for more green areas as well as a four day working week! The boys’ suggestions, along with those of children all over the city, are now with researchers in UCC which will ultimately impact the future development plan for Cork City.
A film of the work completed on this project was premiered in The Gate Cinema today. The school was given seven tickets and I accompanied six gentlemen from sixth class to watch the short film. It was a lovely experience and many of the boys’ ideas for a better future for Cork city were mentioned.
The Art work created by all project participants will be displayed in both The Glucksman Art Gallery and The Atrium in The City Hall tonight as part of Culture Night!
We had a truly momentous day in St. Joseph’s today! We welcomed back three very special past pupils. Ethan Twomey, Under-20 All Ireland Champion, walked through the school gates once again, along with former Sciath na Scol team mates and current All Ireland Minor Champions, Ben O’ Connor and James Dwyer. James and Ben were Joint Captains of the Cork minor All Ireland Champions this year.
The three young men have not changed very much since they were pupils in St. Joseph’s. Although they are now towering over us, they are the same pleasant, humble, respectful and determined people that we knew some years ago. They are such wonderful role models for our present pupils and they spoke with such authenticity and eloquence about self-belief, perseverance and the importance of working hard every day to achieve your goals. They also spoke fondly of their memories of St. Joseph’s.
We were so grateful that former St. Joseph’s Principal, Mr. Damien Keane, was able to join us to celebrate this unique occasion and it was wonderful to hear Mr. Keane’s memories of coaching the boys, along with Ms. Coakley, to a Sciath na Scol victory in 2014. The three champions were presented with a framed photo of the St. Joseph’s Sciath na Scol Winning Team of 2015, of which they were all members.
The pupils from Junior Infants to sixth class were enthralled by our VIP guests and listened to every word they uttered. Some of the staff were emotional to see how much our former pupils have achieved! I have no doubt that their visit will have a very positive impact on the future Cork GAA stars currently enrolled in our school. Josies abú – and although it’s difficult for a kerry woman to say- Up the Rebels!
Best of luck to our past pupils James Dwyer and Ben O’ Connor in their upcoming All Ireland Final. We are so proud of their achievement! They really haven’t changed that much since they were fresh-faced Junior Infants in St. Joe’s!
Congratulations to our boys in 6th Class. You are a wonderful group who’ll be missed in St Joe’s. You deserve all the praise you were given today. Beirigí bua! We know you’ll go far. Thanks to Mary O’Donoghue, Ms Kelleher and all the staff who organized the online ceremony.