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An Ghaelbhratach

This year a committee of eight students ranging from 2nd year to 5th year took part “An Ghaelbhratach” which is a new scheme founded by Gael-Linn.  The aim of this scheme is to promote the Irish language not only in the school environment but also in the wider community.  Throughout the school year the committee organised a range of fun activities such as “Díolachán Cáca”, “Seisiún Ceoil um lóin”, “Cairde pinn” agus “Tóg Amach Mé”.

Ghlac Coiste páirteach sa chomórtas An Gaelbhratach. Bhí orainn an  Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn ní hamháin ar  scoil ach ar fud na háite. D’eagraigh an coiste imeachtaí siamsaíochta
mar shampla “Díolachán Cáca”, Seisiún Ceoil um loin”, Cara pinn” agus “Tóg amach mé”.

These activities encourage students and teachers to speak as Gaeilge with their friends outside of the classroom.  The hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of the committee paid off as their achievements were recognised at a presentation ceremony in St. Patricks College Drumcondra on April 27th. The students were presented with the “Gaelbhratach” by Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh.  The committees work doesn’t end here, as next year they have plans to spread their activities into the wider community also.

Cairde Pinn:

Student’s in 2nd year (LEE) have been writing letters to pen-pals as Gaeilge.  This is a new initiative in the school which is aimed at providing students with a platform for communicating with other students their age through the use of Gaeilge.
This initiative is a huge benefit to students as both their written and oral skills are improved.

Scríobh daltaí sa dara bliain chúig daltaí eile as Gaeilge. Seo rud nua sa scoil. Ní hamhain gur bhain said taitneamh as ach cuireann sé le scileanna scribhneóireachta agus a scileanna labhartha.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge is a two week celebration of the Irish language.  In JTBCS a variety of events and activities are organised for both inside and out-side of the classroom which encourage students to speak as Gaeilge.  This year our Gaelbhratach committee played a significant role in organising fun activities for all the school such as “Taispeántas scannánaíochta”, “Tóg Amach Mé”, “Thar an Trasnán” agus “Taispeántas ceoil”.  A great two weeks was had by all.  “Beatha teanga í a labhairt”.

Eagraíodh a lán imeachtaí le linn na seachtaine. Mheall na hímeachtaí seo na daltaí an Ghaeilge a labhairt. An bhliain seo ghlac Coiste an Ghaelbhrataigh imeachtaí siamsaíochtai mar shampla “Taispeantas Scannaíochta”, Tóg Amach mé”, Thar an Trasnán” agus Taispeántas Ceoil. Bhain na daltaí taitneamh agus tairbhe as Seachtain na Gaeilge. “ Beatha Teanga í a labhairt”.

Club Gaeilge

A club Gaeilge takes place afterschool for Leaving Certificate students to provide them with the opportunity to improve their spoken Irish.  Students get the chance to speak as Gaeilge with their friends, share ideas and practice preparing for their Scrúdú Béil which is worth 40% of their overall exam.

Bionn Club Gaeilge ar súil gach seachtain do daltaí na hArdteiste. Bíonn deis acu an Ghaeilge a labhairt lena a gcairde agus an Ghaeilge a chleachtadh don Scrúdú Béil.

Ciorcal Comhrá – “Plé agus Tae”

A ciorcal comhrá has been organised by 5th year students where they can come together and converse as Gaeilge.  The ciorcal comhrá is student run as they choose topics that interest them, play board games as Gaeilge and have a cupán
tae.

D’eagraigh daltaí ón gcúigiu bliain. Tagann said le chéile gach seachtain. Labhraíonn said as Gaeilge agus imríonn said cluichí boird agus olann said cupán tae.

Drámaíocht – An Triail

“An Triail” is a play written by the playwright Máiréad Ní Ghráda and is studied by students undertaking the Honours Level Leaving Certificate course.  At JTBCS we feel it is important that students not only study the play in school but have the chance to attend a live performance of the drama. This is usually a very enjoyable day out, as the characters and the stories of the play come to life before their eyes.

Téann daltaí sa chúigiú bliain  mar scoil chúig léiriú an dráma An Triail. Baineann na daltaí agus na múinteoirí taitneamh as an drama

Comóradh 1916 – Seo Linn “Music Makers” JTBCS style

This year marked the commemoration of the 1916 rebellion.  Seo Linn, the Irish Language pop group, took part in the RTÉ commemoration where they performed their song “Music Makers”.  Seo Linn then announced a competition which encouraged secondary schools students to record their own music video to the song “Music Makers”.  Of course this was a challenge that could not be ignored.
Our first year students along with their teachers Iníon Ní hÉilí, Iníon Ní Cheallaigh, Iníon Ní Fhathaigh agus Iníon Ní Chatháin were eager to demonstrate their musical talents and after a few weeks of preparation we were ready for filming.  As no music video would be complete without it, we also had a guest appearance from our local celebrity rapper Mrs. Rafferty.  Please find a link to the final creation which was expertly produced by our T.Y. students John Faust, Kobi Gorvel and Jamie Doran. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it.

Ghlac daltaí sa chéad bliain agus a múinteoirí Iníon Ní hEilí, Iníon Ní Cheallaigh, Iníon Ní Fhathaigh agus Iníon Ní Chatháin páirt i gcomórtas” Comóradh 1916”.  Tá nasc don físeán síos. Buíochas mór chúig John Faust, Kobi Gorvel agus Jamie Doran a léirigh an físeán.

Díospóireacht an Phiarsaigh – Gael Linn

Debating is a great way for students to learn the language in a fun and interesting way. Students in both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle are offered the opportunity to take part in debating and to develop their social and linguistic skills and make new friends along the way.

John the Baptist Community School has a long history of taking part in the Irish language debating competition “Díopsóireacht an Phiarsaigh” that is organised by Gael Linn. This year was no exception with debate teams at both Junior and Senior level entered in the competition. The Senior team, made up of Roibeard Ó Donovan, Róisín Ní Cheallaigh, Lauren Ní Fhinín agus Chelsea Ní Choileáin, won the first round of the competition which took place in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale. However in spite of excellent performances by all members of the team, they met stiff competition in the second round, hosted here in JTBCS, and bowed out of the competition.
Our Junior team had a very successful journey with excellent performances from Seán Mac Roibín, Aoife Nic Chártaigh agus Dáithí de Bhulbh which secured a huge achievement as they reached Regional Finals of the competition.

Ghlac an dara bliain agus an t-idirbhliain sa chomórtas diospóireachta Gael Linn. Tá traidisiúin fada sa scoil seo maidir le diospóireachtaí. Ghlac Roibéard O Donnabhán, Róisín Ní Cheallaigh, Lauren Ní Fhinín agus Chelsea Ní Choileáin ón Idirbhliain agus bhuaigh said an chéad bhabhta. Ghlac Seán Mac Roibín, Aoife Nic Charthaigh agus Daithí de Bhulbh ón dara bliain agus shrioch said an craobh reigiúna.

Rith 2016

Students in Transition year and 2nd year took part in Rith 2016 this year to commemorate the 1916 rebellion.  Rith is a national fesitival which took place between 4th – 14th February where people from all over the country took part in in running2600km. The event encouraged people to speak Irish in the wider community.

Ghlac daltaí ón dara agus ón idirbhliain páirt i Rith 2016 chun Éirí Amach na Cásca a chéiliuradh. Ba féis náisiúnta é seo. Ghlac daoine ar fud na hÉireann páirt san imeacht seo.

Gaeilge 24:

Students in JTBCS took part in Gaeilge 24 this year where students were challenged to speak Irish for 24 hours both at school and at home.  Members of the Gaelbhratach committee make information cards with useful Irish phrases on them to help both teachers in school and those at home partake in this interesting challenge.  A great day was had by all as everyone made use of their “cúpla focal”.

Ghlac na daltaí pairt san imeacht seo. Bhí ar na daltaí an Ghaeilge a labhairt ar feadh 24 uair. Rinne Coiste an Ghaelbhrataigh cartaí eolais le nathanna úsáideacha. Bhain gach duine úsáid as an “gcúpla focal”

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