Catherine McAuley Student Activities
Pupils at Catherine McAuley school enjoy participating in many activities. Along with a very full and varied Curriculum, our pupils can be actively involved in many extracurricular activities.
Our pupils can be involved in:
- Musical Productions
- Dramas and plays
- Sports events and activities
Since 1992, the students of Catherine McAuley School have being performing in musicals on a regular basis.Old favourites like 'HMS Pinafore', 'The Pirates of Penzance', 'The Wizard', 'Oliver Twist' and 'The Story of Joseph' have been performed to great local critical acclaim.
2008 was a memorable year for the school because the students put on 'The Flame', a musical about contemporary and mythical Ireland. This new musical was written by Mr. Declan Bromell, a teacher in the school, and was performed by the students for five matinee and two-night shows in Mary Immaculate hall. Although not strangers to the stage, this musical was very exciting for the students as it was a premiere performance.
As part of its links with other schools and local colleges, we were involved in a music education initiative with students from Mary Immaculate College of Education. Thirteen students from the college worked with classes in the school. The pupils were exposed to composition of music, musical performance and listening to a variety of musical styles.
The pupils delighted in writing rap music, in accompanying different songs and in learning songs from other countries. As our school has a strong music tradition, the visits from the MIC students were very welcome and the pupils are looking forward to next year's 'music in the classroom' again.
In the past we have had school choirs and we aim to continue the tradition of choral singing with all our pupils.
Our school takes part in competitions in soccer, basketball, athletics and swimming, with similar schools to ours, in Munster and at national level. We encourages participation, teamwork, individual well-being and personal achievement as key elements of our sports programme, where each pupil is involved at his/her level. The pupils are taught the importance of healthy living through sport and recreation, as well as the how to access recreation facilities in their communities.
School Sports: Basketball, soccer, unihoc, athletics, dance, tennis, tag rugby.
Individual Sports: Swimming, aerobics, gymnastics, skipping, horse riding, gym.
For a number of years our school has entered the Active Schools Awards run by the Department of Education and Science. In early March the school took a week and concentrated on highlighting the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
We invited a number of guest speakers and tutors to complement the physical activity classes in the school. Activities covered included a ceili-mor in the hall, aerobics, table tennis, golf, hip-hop, nutrition and healthy lifestyles talks, blanket volleyball, co-operative games and challenges.
Having successfully completed our Active Schools Week in school we submitted our entry and were recently chosen as a national winner from over 300 schools. A group of 21 students and staff travelled to the Helix in Dublin to collect our award of €4,000. A great day was had by all and we look forward to next year’s Active Schools Week.
Green Schools Program
Our school has been a Green School for the past number of years. We have recently been awarded our 3rd Green Flag for our schools work on environmental awareness in the following areas.
Flag 1 Litter and Waste
During our first project we set up a pupils committee and an adult committee and set about examining the ways of heightening both pupil and staff awareness regarding our schools litter and waste. We began a very successful recycling project where each class has a separate bin for recyclable materials which is collected on a weekly basis by a designated class. We also set up a compost bin and a wormery. We adopted a Green Code of Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Flag 2 Energy Awareness and Conservation
During our Energy Awareness and Conservation campaign our committees set about highlighting energy awareness and ways in which both the students and staff could contribute to energy conservation. We organised a very successful poster campaign throughout the school and pupils and staff have been very receptive to the message.
Flag 3 Water
Our 3rd project concentrated on the area of water consumption throughout the school and ways of reducing the usage of unnecessary water. Our Principal was very supportive and as a result of the awareness of this project agreed to change all the old toilets and taps in the older part of the school in order to improve water efficiency. We were awarded our 3rd Green Flag at a ceremony in Cork in May 2008
Flag 4 Transport
We are currently working on developing awareness of transport and issues around conservation of energy using various alternative forms of transport.
For numbers of years the pupils have taken a keen interest in the Discovery Science programme and have been awarded certificates of excellence. This year, 2011, pupils have entered projects to receive the award for excellence in the Discovery Primary Science and Maths programme. We wish them every success.
Texaco Art Competition
The school has a long tradition of entering this Art competition with winners in it's own category going right back to 1996. Last year we had three winners in our category and this year we hope to have a few more.