30 August 2012

The return to school is nigh!

Monday September 3rd approaches now with all the certainty of a wet Irish summer. Homes will be filled with the sounds of groans and alarm clocks, clothes that haven't been worn for two months will be taken out, there'll be hurried breakfasts or none at all. There'll surely be a few things forgotten. And that's just the teachers!! The image below has been doing the rounds on the Internet for the last week or so. It reminds one of the old Gregory Harrison poem Distracted the Mother Said to Her Boy, also reproduced here.

Distracted the mother said to her boy,
"Do you try to upset and perplex and annoy?
Now, give me four reasons - and don't play the fool-
Why you shouldn't get up and get ready for school."

Her son replied slowly, "Well, mother, you see,
I can't stand the teachers and they detest me,
And there isn't a boy or girl in the place
That I like or, in turn, that delights in my face."

"And I'll give you two reasons," she said, "why you ought
Get yourself off to school before you get caught;
Because, first, you are forty, and, next, you young fool.
It's your job to be there.
You’re the head of the school.

It will be great to see everyone again. Looking forward to an educational and enjoyable year ahead. Hopefully everyone has loads of stories from their summer holidays and is buzzing to get back to learning!

Keep up-to-date with important dates this year with our calendar which can be found here or by clicking 'Calendar' at the top of the website.

Our Twitter following
We received our 200th follower this week, just days before returning to school. Maybe 250 before 31st December is a possibility?!
It was our aim to get to 200 followers before the end of June so we didn't do too badly at all!

23 August 2012

Article for 'Síol', an ERST publication

On Wednesday 27th June 2012, the two 5th classes in Nenagh CBS Primary travelled to Kerry on their annual school tour. They were taking in Crag Cave in Castleisland, visiting the famous ‘South Pole Inn’ once owned by legendary Antarctic explorer Tom Crean (whom they had read about in Micheal Smith’s novel ‘Iceman’) and later in the day finishing with a splashabout in the Aqua Dome, Tralee.
But in between the visit to Annascaul and the indoor water park, they had some very important business to attend to. It had been arranged a few months previously that since the boys were going to Kerry on their tour, they would play two Gaelic football challenge matches against their namesakes in Tralee CBS Primary. A chance encounter on Twitter back in April, when Tralee CBS happened to become Nenagh CBS’s 100th follower led to the arrangement of this fixture, a unique inter-county exhibition of Gaelic football at primary level, not linked to the Munster GAA’s ‘Primary Game’.
Naturally the Nenagh boys were very excited about the prospect of testing their football skills against other CBS boys from ‘the home of football’. Tralee CBS couldn’t have been more accommodating. They arranged for the use of the excellent John Mitchel’s GAA grounds with whom they have strong community links and they laid on more than enough sandwiches, crisps and drinks for the entire Nenagh entourage. They didn’t even give out to the Tipperary visitors after they were late trying to find the field! They truly extended the ‘céad mile fáilte’.
The football games themselves were well-contested, played in a fine spirit and crucially everybody enjoyed themselves. The Tralee boys showed the skills that we have all come to expect from the Kingdom but the Nenagh boys acquitted themselves well and it was a wonderful experience for them. Tipperary and Kerry have had some great football tussles at all levels in recent years and the boys from both schools can be proud that they have left their own little mark on that history.
Nenagh CBS would like to thank Mr Coleman, Mr Costello, Ms Lynch and all at Tralee CBS for their hospitality. It was fantastic for two ERST schools to be able to forge a link through the unlikely medium of Twitter and for that link to be demonstrated through sport. Go raibh mile maith agaibh gach duine!

Reminder: We're back to school on Monday 3rd September. Hope everyone has had a great summer. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

16 August 2012

One week later and the website is really taking shape.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor did the business in London so we can always say that our website was born on that historic day.
We've put together two galleries to celebrate Katie's fantastic achievement.

  • Katie Taylor - Olympic Champion (Twitter) shows the enormously positive reaction on Twitter, among well known people in Ireland and throughout the world, to Katie's success. There are some lovely photos included in many of these tweets.
  • Katie Taylor - Olympic Champion (AV pieces) is a library of videos and interviews around Katie's gold medal fight. It is very clear from these videos how emotional people felt because of Katie's win.

It is also worth taking a look at these two clips:
Katie Taylor (11 years old) is a radio interview that Katie did in 1997. (50 seconds)
Katie Taylor (15 years old) is a TV interview that she did in 2001. (3 minutes 56 seconds)
For any aspiring young sportsperson, these interviews show just how determined Katie always was to realise her dream of being a champion, as well as her enthusiasm for training and hard work.
Maith thú Katie!
School Calendar
Take a look at our school calendar here to see the dates for the various holidays from September 2012 to June 2013. We're back to school on September 3rd. Keep up to date with various events and closures that are announced during the course of the year.

6th class Graduation 2012
For anyone that didn't see our graduation video, which was made available through Facebook and Twitter, here it is. Also included is a link to a gallery of each of the photos used in the video. We hope all of the boys are looking forward to the next step in their lives, in secondary school.
Graduation video 2012
Photos used in the video

9 August 2012

Welcome to our new website!
This is a work in progress so please be patient with us.

We hope everybody is enjoying the summer.
Best of luck to Katie Taylor today!
Watch this video of Gaeltacht students singing their support for Katie Taylor 
(via Seomra Ranga).
500 scoláire ag léiriú a cuid tacaíochta do KT agus d'fhoireann Olimpeacha na hÉireann.


Breacadh an lae 
'S í fáil faoi réir
Dírí iomlán ar a dúshlán
Lán de dhíocas
Téann sí sa gcoimhlint
Lena crogacht neart 's a croí

Is í croílár na féile 
Miongháir ar a haghaidh
'S í ag troid ar son a tíre is a teanga
Lena misneach 's a crógacht
Tabhar' sí leí an bonn ór
'S níl duine a stopas riamh í
Sin Katie Taylor

Also today, in Nenagh