P.E. in 3rd class

3rd Class have been working on developing good running skills and learning about staying healthy.  They have been practising finding and recording their heart rate (beats per minute/BPM) and have been comparing their BPM before and after exercise. 

Today’s homework:

  1. Before running: Record in your homework journal your heart rate BPM by setting a timer to 1 minute and counting how many beats your heart makes in that time.
  2. Run to a fast paced song e.g. Sensitive Guy by Busted.  Songs cannot be posted here for Copyright reasons but there are plenty of great running songs online (run a safe search on www.kidrex.org to find many great running songs).
  3. After running: Record in your homework journal your heart rate BPM by setting a timer to 1 minute and counting how many beats your heart makes in that time.
  4. Most importantly, have fun! 

Carrabane N.S. at the Bebras® National Finals

Carrabane National School at the National Finals of Bebras® Computational Thinking Challenge

Every November the international Bebras®Computing Challenge is run to motivate students to problem-solve based on informatics concepts.  The Challenge is made of a set of timed short questions called Bebras® tasks and are delivered and completed online.  Tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology, but are clearly related to computational thinking concepts.  Participants get 45 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking.  The Bebras® Computing Challenge is an international competition — in 2016 over 1,610,000 students from 34 countries took part.

This year was Ireland’s first year to take part in the Bebras® Computing Challenge which was launched by the Irish Computer Society Foundation and supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  Students in Carrabane National School participated in this challenge in November and we were delighted when four of our students, Aoife Keane, Daniel Egan, Mark Cormican and Vivienne Rushe qualified for the National Bebras Finals.  These finals took place last Saturday, 22nd April in NUI, Maynooth and we were thrilled to learn that Vivienne Rushe scored highest in her category at the National Finals.  Congratulations to Vivienne on an outstanding achievement.  We are very proud of all of our students who reached the finals and congratulate them on this achievement.  And remember, this challenge will take place again in November so keep practising and it could be you next time! 

International Autism Awareness Week

Special thanks to Nicole from Galway Autism Partnership who visited our school today to talk to the children for World Autism Awareness Week.  During the discussion, Nicole showed an excellent video Amazing things happen which is an introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and tolerance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents:


Digital School of Distinction Award

Congratulations and well done to all our staff and pupils who helped our school achieve the Digital School of Distinction Award.  This award recognises excellence in the use of technology in primary schools.   Ciaran Cannon TD and Brendan Smyth from NUIG presented the award to Ms Kelly our ICT co-ordinator and some of our pupils on Tuesday June 28th.

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Active School Week 2016

We had a very enjoyable and successful Active School Week in school from June 7th- 10th.  We got some beautiful weather and got active in so many different ways.  Here are a selection of our photos from a wonderul week:


COW and WOW Day.


Enda taught us some golf skills


Linda spoke to us about water safety.


The pupils team to take on the teachers.


The scouts did lots of fun activities at the .


Teachers v Pupils match was very close!


A hard-fought match ended in a draw!

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Exploring technology

We were very busy in Senior Infants during Tech Week 2016.  We learned more about programming through the use of our floor-robot, Bee-Bot and practised our letters too!  We practised their photography skills by taking individual photos on the digital camera during our technology hunt around the school; and we made lovely digital pictures in Art using MS Paint for Digital Art Week.

Tech Week 2016

We practised using the digital camera to take these photos.


We love our floor robot, Bee-Bot


We had great fun working together to create our digital gardens!

Write a Book Project 2016

Congratulations to the following children who were awarded their merit certificates and medals for their books which they wrote as part of this year’s Galway Education Centre Write a Book Project.

Write a Story Awards

The children from Senior Infants to 6th class took part in this project.  This project enables primary school children to become real authors as they create their own books by actively engaging in the processes of writing, composing, constructing, designing, illustrating and presenting their work to a wide audience.  The competition was very tough with hundreds of children from across Galway city and county taking part.  Well done to all our pupils who wrote wonderful books for this project.



Proclamation Day March 15th

On Tuesday March 15th we celebrated Proclamation Day 2016.  On a beautiful morning all our pupils and staff commemorated the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rebellion.  We gathered in front of the school where pupils read the proclamation, spoke about the seven leader of the rising and played Amhrán na Bhfiann.  The Irish Flag was raised by the youngest and oldest pupils.  Here are some photos from our Proclamation Day 2016: