Big congratulations to our 6th Class debating team who won the Debating Final and took home the Sr De Lourdes Perpetual Cup on Wednesday 1st March. The team was proposing the motion "The USA Can Lead the World to a Safe Future" and defeated St Ita's NS, Loughrea. The team members were Shane McLoughlin, James McDonnell, Dillon Kitt, Alex Roe, Caoimhe Hogan and Temitade Adedeji. Congratulations also to Shane McLoughlin who won Best Overall Speaker!
Well done to all of our 6th Class pupils for their hard work and research - it was a great help and support. Thanks and well done also to the teachers and Patricia O'Rourke who put in lots of hard work over the last couple of months to prepare the team for the debates - it was a real team effort!
Here is the video of the Final Debate and some photos from the day.
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Yesterday, 17th October, we had a visit from St. Patrick's Community who are leading the Mission in St. Joseph's Parish at the moment.
As part of the Mission, they have asked us to take part in their Backpack Project. With this project, children are asked to bring in an old (but good condition) school bag or backpack and fill it with some items to help children in countries like Malawi and Liberia get the best out of school. Please see below for more information.
A big congratulations to our 6th Class Debating Team, who yesterday won the 2016 Shield Final - making it the 2nd year in a row that Bushypark NS have won - a great achievement!!
The team members were Orlaith deBairéad (Captain), Hannah Fahy and Evan O'Connor along with substitutes Alex McWeeney, Conor Moran and Michael Reilly.
The event took place yesterday (Tuesday 1st March) in the Aula Maxima in NUIG in front of a large crowd. Orlaith, Hannah and Evan took on the boys from Oranmore Boys National School in opposing the motion "Ireland should leave the EU". The team have all worked very hard since October, and so their victory is well deserved and we are very proud of them! Well done guys!
Here are some photos from the day along with a video of the winning arguments.
Every Year, we have a Multicultural Day in our school. There are at least 35 different countries represented and we feel proud to be able to celebrate this special day. It is always a wonderful day - with an amazing variety of food and cooking, national dress, music, projects, photos, artwork and lots more. The stands are always very impressive. We would like to thank all of the parents and children who make such a huge effort to make this day so wonderful each year. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
Here is a short video of our most recent Multicultural Day which took place on the 5th June 2015. It gives a great flavour of the events & excitement of the day - we hope you enjoy it!
Below is a synopsis of our school from the perspective of our Parents' Association from their recent submission to the Galway City Transport Project:
Our school has a student population of 403 pupils. It is a state of the art, modern, high- tech building hosting 16 classrooms, numerous support teaching rooms, a library, a school hall/ gym, playground, garden and its fantastic new pitch is operational after more than a year of construction.
It can safely be said that Bushypark School is one of the finest schools in Galway – both in terms of its infrastructure and the high standard of education it provides to our children. It has an excellent reputation, which has been gained in no small part through the dedication of the fantastic team of teachers and support staff and an excellent principal who has had a vision for the school’s development and has, over the last decade, overseen the transformation of the school to its current enviable status.
There are numerous extra-curricular and after-school activities of both a sporting and non sporting nature available in St. James’ – Speech & Drama, Irish Dance, Ceili Dancing, Basketball, Chess, Piano, Traditional Music Classes, Gaelic, Hurling, Tag Rugby, Soccer, Arts & Craft etc.,. We have an ‘Active Schools’ policy, a ‘Healthy Eating’ Policy, acquired the EU Green School’s Flag Award for the effort the children make in promoting a cleaner, healthier environment. The school has a large catchment area - pupils travel from Knocknacarra, Barna, Salthill, Newcastle, Moycullen and many other parts of the city.
St. James’ has a very active Parents’ Association. They operate the school library on a daily basis, volunteer in the school garden, run a weekly ‘Walking Bus’, organise a book rental scheme, annual book fair , run various fund-raising activities and give freely of their own valuable time for the betterment of our children’s’ education and their overall school experience. In essence - we’re all very proud of St. James’ and feel fortunate that our children attend this excellent school.
Here in Bushypark School we have a large range of facilities and activities available to all children attending our school. These range from our wonderful Astro Turf pitch, IT facilities, Art & Craft, Music and Sport of all kinds and many many more. Here are a selection of pictures of our various activities.
There were great celebrations on Monday 23rd March as our 6th class Debate Team won the 2015 Shield Final! The winning team members are Aenghus McDonnell (captain), Jack O' Rourke and Sahil Gupta along with substitutes Cathal Keane, Hannah O' Connell and Mikey Maguire. They fought off very tough competition from Scoil Mhuire, Oranmore in what turned out to be a very entertaining final! The motion of the debate was "The Advancement of Social Media is to be Welcomed" which we were proposing. The boys have worked very hard since October, as have all of 6th class, in preparation for the debate. The event took place in NUIG in front of a crowd of 150. It was the first time the event took place in such a prestigious location. The boys have done themselves and their school proud!! We wish them every success in their future debating careers!! Here are their winning arguments.
Here in Bushypark School we are proud to have an active Traditional Music Group. Each semester, children are given the opportunity to rent & learn an instrument (they can choose from various instruments - banjo, accordion, fiddle, concertina). Once the children have reached the end of their semester, we then encourage them to join one of the local traditional music clubs (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Salthill/Knocknacarra and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Moycullen) in order to continue their lessons. Then once a week they bring their own instruments into school where they take part in our weekly "sessions"!