Réalt Na Mara Girls School

Donacarney Girls’ School

School Tours Stay Local

Given the current ongoing restrictions, Réalt na Mara GNS decided to stay local with their school tours this year.
Their two Third Classes recently went on a walking expedition in the locality. This involved a trip back in time, with a guided tour of the old redbrick school. Pupils were given a fantastic history of the 150 year old school by Rita O’Reilly (former assistant principal of Réalt na Mara GNS). They were shown the original fireplaces, doors, windows and some fantastic 100 year old photos and memorabilia. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed placing themselves in the shoes of local children who’d gone before them. Helena Finegan, manager of the creche in the building, kindly facilitated the historic tour.

Then it was onwards to the Star of the Sea Church, Mornington where former principal Brigid Weir gave an equally fascinating tour of the church interior, detailing its history and beautiful stained glass. Huge thanks goes to Fr. Joseph and Brigid for welcoming the classes to use the splendid church grounds for the tour. The girls then enjoyed a scavenger hunt and many other fun outdoor games and activities. The beautiful sunny weather made it a very memorable experience for all.

Finally, class teachers Ms Ward and Mr McCormack surprised the pupils with a special delivery of ice creams as the girls relaxed on the rolling green of Donacarney Celtic FC pitch on their return journey. The treats were kindly delivered by local resident Eibhlin McGarrigle. A refreshing way to cool down and finish off what was a fantastic fun-filled school tour.

6th Class Fun Day
The girls in in Mrs. McCartan’s and Mrs. Roulston’s Classes had a fun packed day on Wednesday, 19th May when they had a visit from CP Adventure from Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Covid-19 did not stop the fun on this occasion as it all took place outdoors. The sun shone and the children set about putting their creative skills and stamina to the test.
The girls took part in some team building activities including giant outdoor puzzles and gutter ball. The competition was fierce. Archery tag and archery target were very popular too and there were definitely a few modern day Robin Hoods to be seen.

The girls had various tasks to complete and games to take part in, including bush skills tasks where they built their own shelters, and they also learned how to create fire. The treat at the end was to toast some marshmallows on their fires and they got to eat them too Delicious.
A super fun day was had by all and the girls have a great memory to look back on in years to come. §

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