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March 2016

Remembering and Making History. #ProclamationDay in Craggagh NS @Ireland2016

A once in a generation occasion. Today, schools all around this island commerated The 1916 Rising by reading from the original Proclamation, as Pádraig Pearse did from the steps of the GPO 100 years ago. 

Our four 6th Class pupils read that same Proclamation, before students from 3rd, 4th and 5th classes read from our “Proclamation for 2016”, outlining some of their hopes and aspirations for this county of ours for the next 100 years.

Our tri-colour was then raised by Private Kevin Moran, a past pupil and current member of the Irish Defence Forces, along with our youngest pupil, Enya Kelly.

 Finally, our pupils performed our National Anthem while Private Moran saluted our flag.

A momentous and proud day!

ICYMI 1: Today we featured in here:

ICYMI 2: Private Moran’s Grandfather, Dan Moran from Derryvohey (also Mr Charlton’s Grandfather) was a Luitennant in the Ballinamore Brigade of the the old IRA in 1920/21. You can read about some of his exploits here.

ICYMI 3: See our 1916 themed play “Keep Your Mouth Shut“, based on the writings of our former principal Seán T Ruane.

Finally, to mark the true anniversary of The 1916 Rising, which falls on Sunday, April 24th,  we will create a time capsule containing our Proclamation for 2016, a whole school photograph which was taken today and a memory stick containing some recordings of our talented music groups! This will happen on Friday, April 22nd.

Scór Success!


Congratulations to our Scór participants who all represented us with such distinction in Kilmovee last night!


TJ McNicholas finished runner-up in the Solo Singing category as did our Music Group of Cara Connolly, Anna McDonnell, Alannah McNicholas, Amy McNicholas and Laura Rosney.

However, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for our Léiriú (Lily Begley, Ellie Fox, Adam Kileen, Holly Groarke, Ryan Howard, TJ McNicholas, Sam Wallis and Tara Ward), our Recitation (Lily Begley) and our Ballad Group (Lily Begley, Jack Flannery, Anna McDonnell, TJ McNicholas and Tara Ward) who were all winners on the night!

 The standards were very high on the night from all schools with participations levels up on previous years, which is great to see.

Great credit is due to the Craggagh parents and community who showed up in great force as always. There was huge representation there for the children and the support was only mighty! It just goes to show how proud we all are of the children’s achievements.

All of the children have put in a huge effort over the past number of weeks preparing their entries. They have worked so hard to perfect their performances, and have been rewarded for that hard work.

(ICYMI: We were treated to a special preview of their performances yesterday)

Finally, to our 3 teachers Bn Uí Mhaicín, Ms Walsh and Ms Moore – Thank You. Your dedication is amazing and the children are so lucky that you share your talents and passion with them.

We now look forward to the County Finals which will take place in Breaffy on Saturday, April 16th.

A super day! Dancing, music, drama and smoothies!

Today, we finally had the chance to showcase our dance routines which we have been rehearsing with Nikki over the past 6 weeks.

We have had great fun learning our steps and practicing our routines. These Modern Dance lessons are undoubtedly one of the highlights of our school year and we a hugely grateful to Nikki Sheridan for delivering these lessons so brilliantly.

(The sound is not working on some of these videos due to copyright restrictions – talk to Mr Charlton for a working copy)


Middle Room:

Senior Room:

(The sound is not working on some of these videos due to copyright restrictions – talk to Mr Charlton for a working copy)

We were then treated to previews of our wonderful Scór participants. We had performances in the Music Group, Ballad Group, Léiriú, Recitation and Solo Singing categories. These children will compete in the local Scór na bPáistí finals tonight in Kilmovee.

Finally we held the launch of our Junior Entrepreneurs mini-company “Super Smoothies”.

Our C.E.O. and Executive Committee gave their keynote address, announcing the new venture:


Customers flocked to the “pop-up” shop:


And we were sold out within 10 minutes!

We’ll blog on our mini company in more detail tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we would like to thank all who came along today to share our wonderful day and we wish the very best of luck to our fabulous Scór participants!

Go n’eirí libh!

Crafty 4th, 5th & 6th! Memory boxes for our mammies!

It’s Friday, yay! 😎

Also, Morhers’ Day is this weekend so we created some gorgeous memory boxes as gifts for our wonderful mammies!


Please join us next Tuesday, March 8th for an exciting afternoon!

Please join us next Tuesday for a special performance of our Modern Dance Routines, a preview of our Scór 2016 performances and our mini company “Super Smoothies” Launch.

Details below:


Dragons Den in Craggagh NS!@JEP_national @ballaflorists 

We’ve been researching the idea of “entrepreneurship” for the last number of weeks (see previous post here) and planning our individual projects.

The Super Smoothies Team


This week, each of our 5 groups had to face the dragons and pitch their ideas. The winning pitch would go on to be the “Big Idea” which would be adopted by the whole class.


Our 5 groups were:

  1. Bark Busters – Anna, Anna, Lily
  2. Don’t Burst My Bubble – Cara, Oisín, Jack, Scott
  3. Fun Buns – Alannah, Noah, Conor
  4. Green Earth Candles – Amy, Ciara, Sarah
  5. Super Smoothies – Laura, David, Cara

Each group had to research their product, cost their materials and set a selling price before meeting the dragons.

A grilling from the dragons!


We were delighted to be joined by Judy Roche from Balla Florists. Judy has run a successful florist business in Balla for a number of years. Balla Florists are former winners of the Irish Wedding Florist Of The Year and are now the biggest wedding florists in Mayo. Judy employs 6 people, full and part time. They have recently moved to a beautiful new premises in the heart of Balla town.


Judy was joined in the Dragons’ chairs by Ms Moore!

Our groups had prepared posters, digital presentations and in some cases, prototypes of their product for the Dragons’ perusal. The dragons gave our pupils a serious grilling on their proposals, questioning their figures and research. They also got to sample some beautiful cupcakes and smoothies!

The way to a dragon’s heart…..

 Finally, the dragons retired to make their decision. It wasn’t easy but the winning submission was “Super Smoothies”.


The whole class will now turn their attention to the Super Smoothies idea. We will hold our “Launch” next Tuesday, March 8th in the Community Centre after our Modern Dance performance with Nikki.

The Bark Busters Team




The Green Earth Candles Team



The Fun Buns Team


The Don’t Burst My Bubble Team



The “Smoothie of the Day” will be “Raspberry Rush”, a gorgeous blend of frozen raspberries, fresh apples, bananas and orange juice. We hope to sell an 8oz/250ml cup for €1.50. Great value for 2 of your 5 a day!

You can view the original Super Smoothie presentation here:

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