Our School Garden

We are very lucky in Dripsey NS: Our Parents’ Association are always there to support us. They held a fundraiser and raised some funds to assist us in creating a ‘School Garden’. The children have been busy putting plans together on what we could do- upgrading our sensory garden, creating a Fairy Village, building raised beds for growing crops, planting wild-flower gardens to attract the bees and we’re looking into possibly harvesting water. The Creative ideas are flowing and the motivation is there. This won’t be completed in one year but we can add to it each year which will be very rewarding.

Some students from DEPA (Dripsey Environmental Protection Agency) attended the launch of the ‘Cork School Garden Project’ in Griffins Garden Centre to get some ideas. It was a wonderful morning where they got to meet the Lord Mayor of Cork City and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork County. They got taught how to plant peas and were delighted to learn an awful lot about Bees from our local Beekeepers. They got to chat with children from last year’s winning school. Finally, Muintir na Tire treated them to something tasty in the restaurant. It was another great day!

Engineers Week 2020

Engineers week brought quite a few challenges to Dripsey National School. The children in Rang 3 & 4 designed and engineered buildings made from toothpicks and marshmallows. The children in Rang 5 & 6 completed the ‘Egg drop challenge’. Needless to mention, a big mess was made but it was educational and very enjoyable.

Song in a Day Workshops

Garry from GMC Beats arrived in February to complete a series of workshops with children from 1st class to 6th class. The children adored working with Garry. He engaged with them in a brilliant way. You could see their confidence grow during each lesson and their talent shine through. They have created three songs which will be launched before the end of the school year… Watch this space!

Texaco Art Competition

Some children from Dripsey National School entered the ‘Texaco Art Competition’. Here’s a few examples of the pieces that were sent off. We do have some gifted Artists in the school.

Trócaire Cluster Event

 

Trócaire Cluster Event: A group of children from 4th– 6th class joined forces with all the schools in the Parish to attend a Trócaire Cluster Event. During the workshops they learned about the ‘Sustainable Development goals’. They role-played the plight of refugees in certain areas of the world. It was a very informative day and they hope to share their experience with the rest of the school in the near future.

The Book Fair

Our Annual Book Fair took place at the end of February. As always the children were so excited to attend. There’s nothing like opening the crisp pages of a new book. It is such a delight to see them all so invested in reading in the age where books have to compete with technology. The week ended with a World Book Day- Dress up as your favourite character event. There were some amazing costumes. The Book Fair could not have taken place without the help of the parents who volunteered. Thank you to all involved.

Rowing

 

Rowing: Rang 5 & 6 had the opportunity to attend the ‘Lee Valley Rowing Club’ for rowing lessons. It was an absolute honour for them to train where some of Ireland’s Olympians train daily. Their instructor Ellen was very kind and great fun. Unfortunately, our lessons were cut a little short but here’s hoping we’ll get to finish them out at some point in the future.

Creative School Trip

On the 19th of February Rang 5 & 6 went on a Creative Trip (partly funded by the ‘Creative schools Grant’). Once arriving in the City Centre, they attended the ‘Crawford Art Gallery’ and looked at and responded to some beautiful Art Work. After that, they went to a live performance of ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ in the Opera House. It was an amazing day full of fun and laughter and a tear or two during the heart wrenching performance.

Christmas Jumper Day

The children of Rang 6 organised a fundraiser for ‘Cork Penny Dinners’. They arranged a Christmas Jumper day and raised 300 euro for this very deserving cause. Thank you all for your support.

Our Christmas Concerts

Our Annual Christmas Play took place in December. The children from Infants to Sixth class entertained us all when they performed on stage in the school hall. The shows were as follows:

Infants: The Nativity

1st & 2nd: Mary Poppins

3rd & 4th: Elf

5th & 6th: Shrek

It was clear to everyone who attended that the students of Dripsey National School are exceptionally talented. We were very proud of them. I’m sure you all were too.