School Initiatives

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Harolds Cross are proud to announce that we are aiming to achieve our Active School Flag! Each and every child will be encouraged to be active during their school day with lots of fun initiatives taking place throughout the year.  Keep an eye here for some of the fun activities we are participating during and outside of our P.E classes.

Find out more about the Active Flag programme below:

Active School Slogans – We are holding a competition to find a slogan for our school for next year. At home you are challenged to come up with a catchy message and design a poster to go with it.Have a look at the great entries we have so far. 

 

Big Congratulations to our basketball players!

On Tuesday the 15th of May, 12 players headed off to a tournament in the Oblate Hall Inchicore. Here the team had to play two games in their pool. First we had a very close game against Scoil Choilm but we played great team defence to come away with the win with a score of 13 -10. We didn’t get a break after that game and we had to play another tough game against Oliver Plunketts straight after. Again a great team performance with fantastic passing saw us beat this team to send us into the final against a different Oliver Plunketts Team from Pool B. The final was a fantastic game for everyone to watch but HCNS were so unlucky to come runners up losing by 2 points in the end. It was great to see such great basketball being played and all these players represent our school so well. Hopefully we will have lots of eager basketball players looking to play more basketball in the future!! Photographs from the tournament will follow! 

A proud day for our Cross Country Athletes in Sundrive Park

On the 10th of May, 30 pupils from 3rd to 6th class headed off to Sundrive Park to represent their school in a cross country event. Each runner did fantastic and our school were placed in both the 3rd and 4th Class heats. We lost out by only seconds in being in the overall winners categories but each pupil had a great day at our very first Cross Country race and these students are looking forward to more opportunities to represent their school in the near future! 

Zumba for our whole school community –  Every Friday at 8:20 we try to get as many teachers, pupils and parents in the main yard for 10 minutes of Zumba with our fantastic instructor Audrey. This is a great way to get active and fit as well as waking us all up for the school day. Keep an eye here for some videos and photos from the busy mornings.

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Whole School Zumba Blitz – Audrey was really good to allow all students from 1st to 6th class to come together one Friday afternoon for a Zumba blitz. This gave some classes who have been learning Irish dancing in P.E an idea of what Zumba dance classes are like. At the end we had a dance off between our two fifth classes and sixth class where we had 6th as the overall winners after a vote from the younger classes. Comghairdeas rang a sé!!!

Harolds Cross went GAGA on the 5th of December –

 

Our close link with Crumlin GAA – We are so lucky in our school to have a new Gaelic coach Jonathan work with us this year. He is a very experienced coach and has amazing drills to help the children improve their Gaelic football and hurling skills. During December & January he has worked with one of each of our  Junior Infants, Senior Infants , 1st and second classes. In February, he will be swapping to take the opposite classes.

 

If anybody feels they want to continue developing their skills in Crumlin GAA follow the link below to find more information.

https://crumlingaa.com/

The school garden produced loads of fruit and vegetables this year and as the growing season comes to an end the children are harvesting what remains and planning for the months ahead. We hope that all the children are gaining an understanding of the value of growing your own food and the fun that can be got from doing so.

We are currently looking for a school gardener who could help to teach the children about the benefits and skills of gardening and also show a range of knowledge about mini-beasts, birds and other local flora and fauna.

Green Schools News

Welcome to our Green Schools Page.

Make sure to check this page regularly and keep an eye out for any updates!


Green Schools 

***Biodiversity Update***

We are delighted to say that HCNS has recently been awarded its fifth Green Flag for Biodiversity. The Green-Schools team were blown away by the knowledge, effort and manners of the children when they visited in February. A huge congratulations to everyone for all their hard work and dedication towards the theme over the past couple of years.  We can’t wait to continue the great work this year. Mr. Glynn will be in touch in the coming weeks about organising our first committee meeting for this year.

H.C.N.S. as a Green School:

Harold’s Cross National School is very proud to be recognised as a Green School. We are committed to being a Green School and our aim is to teach each child to respect their environment and to hopefully put what into practice what they have learned in school. On this page you will learn all about the various initiatives that are taking place to ensure that we continue to maintain our Green Schools status and to help to increase awareness about a variety of environmental issues.

We have just earned our fifth Green Schools flag which was for the Biodiversity theme. Biodiversity is the study of plants and animals. Our ultimate aim is to make students, parents and teachers aware of the different biodiversity that exists in our world.

Here in Harold’s Cross National School we have been involved in the Green Schools initiative since 2009. Over the years we have earned an impressive five Green Flags and are currently starting to work towards our sixth.

The Green Schools themes that we have explored to date have been:

     1. Litter and Waste          2. Energy          3.Water           4. Travel           5. Biodiversity

Our Green Schools Committee:

Our Green Schools Committee meet regularly to discuss issues in relation to the Green Schools programme. We have been working hard to tackle litter and waste issues in the school and have more recently been working very hard to encourage a wider range of biodiversity within our school.

In January we were busy collating the results of our second Biodiversity Awareness Survey that was carried out by classes from second class to sixth class. This was a follow up survey to the one carried out in November 2018. This years survey has shown a much greater awareness of what biodiversity means among our school community. These figures were really positive and has shown that all of the hard work that we have been doing has been worth it.

 

Prior to applying for our fifth Green Schools Flag, we held a Biodiversity Slogan Competition. We were blown away by the standard of the various entries and choosing a winner wasn’t an easy task. Well done to everyone who took part. A particular congratulations to Marcel in 5th  class who was our overall winner.  Our runners-up were Niamh in 5th class and Ella in 3rd class. See below some photographs of us hard in deliberation over what slogan to declare the winner!

Thanks to Marcel, our new Green Schools Biodiversity Code is…

“Plants and animals everywhere,

Protect them all and show we care,

From the smallest insect to the tallest tree,

They’re all important…

That’s BIODIVERSITY!”

 

What is Green Schools?

Green Schools is known internationally as Eco-Schools. It is an environmental management and education programme for schools. It’s aim is to promote long-term, whole school action for the environment. Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland).

Say tuned for more updates.

Make sure to speak to Mr. Glynn if you have any ideas or suggestions for the Green Schools Committee.

Here in Harold’s Cross NS we are very proud of our actual dig site which is used as part of our eight week archaeology module  where our third class students learn all about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Viking Times in Ireland with Mark Kelly (or “Mark the Archaeologist” as he is know to our senior students!)

As part of the module the third classes also go on trips to famous historical sites and museums around Ireland including Trim Castle, Glendalough and Dublinia and if lucky enough may visit an actual live archaeological dig.

Earlier this year a full size replica of a Viking House was built on the school grounds.  This will feed into our history programme and will be an integral part of our teaching.  We hope to open our Viking House to other schools and the wider community.