Language Events

Tráth na gCeist

Seachtain na Gaeilge is a big week in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). One of our events is Tráth na gCeist, where each table at the quiz is comprised of girls from 3rd to 6th. This way, everyone can help everyone else. A winning formula! This year the winners of our Tráth na gCeist are pictured below. Maith sibh go léir! 

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Pancake Tuesday

To celebrate Pancake Tuesday, Rang a Cúig decided to open a French café!
We have been learning French this year and thought it would be a good time to put our learning into practice!
Some of us wrote and designed menus in French, some of us worked in the ‘kitchen’ preparing the batter and toppings, some of us were waitresses and dishwashers and luckily, all of us had the chance to be customers!
We spoke French while taking and placing orders!
Bon Appétit!
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German Visitors

A group of language teachers from Germany visited us recently. They came to Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) to see how we teach and learn languages here. They were very impressed!

The teachers visited the children in their classes and spoke to them about all the wonderful work they do in class. They were amazed by the beautiful dual-language books written by the girls in Second Class. They loved the dance performed by the girls and taught them a German dancing game played by children in Germany.

They loved the sound of the Irish language as they moved from class to class and they learned how to say ‘Dia dhuit!’ (Hello).

When they visited the Language Room, they were completely enthralled by the wonderful fashion show put on by the girls from a few different classes. They were really impressed by the ease with which the girls were able to comment, in a variety of languages, on the beautiful traditional clothes on display.

All in all, it was a most successful visit. Who knows? Maybe some of the marvellous ideas the visiting teachers got when they came to our school will be used by them when they go back to Germany!  Gute Reise! 

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The girls in 5th and 6th class designed and made dual language fashion magazines. We wrote some parts of the magazine in English and some parts in our home languages. We swapped magazines and helped our friends to read  the different languages. We had great fun!!
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Lá ‘le Bríde / St. Brigid’s Day

St. Brigid’s Day is a very special day in the calendar. Traditionally, the 1st of February has signalled the start of Spring in Ireland. Ofcourse, in our school it is  extra-special as St. Brigid is our Patron Saint. Our school and our parish are called after St. Brigid – so she is very important for us.

Today we had a lovely celebration of St. Brigid’s Day. The girls in Mr Devlin’s Fourth Class led the ceremony. We all gathered in the school hall. The ceremony started with the Fourth Class musicians playing the music for ‘We Sing A Song To Brigid’. They then read poems and told us some stories about St. Brigid. The girls spoke in ten different languages. These were: Bosnian, English, Gaeilge, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Polish, Romanian, Shona, Slovakian and Tagalog. Some of the younger children in the Junior classes were thrilled to hear their own language in the school hall. The ceremony finished with the girls singing the old Irish song ‘Gabham Molta Bhríde’. It was a lovely, reflective ceremony. Indeed we all enjoyed it so much that we decided to sing our special song ‘We Sing a Song to Brigid’ all over again!

Well done to all the girls in Fourth Class and to their teacher Mr. Devlin. 

We Know Lots of Languages!

We have been discussing the topic of clothes in Ms McKay’s room this week. We learned lots of vocabulary. We discussed what these words were in other languages too. We learned some Polish, Hindi, Arabic, Romanian, Malayalam and Portuguese. We designed outfits and used this vocabulary to label our pictures. We had great fun!!

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La Galette des Rois

La galette des rois ( The Kings’ cake/ cake of the Kings) is traditionally served on January 6th, a Christian holy day called the Epiphany/ L’Épiphanie. This was the date when the 3 wise men were thought to have visited Jesus.

In France, the tradition of serving this puff pastry and almond cream tart can be traced back to the 14th century.

According to French tradition, a small charm (la fève) is baked inside the cake and whoever receives the little favour is then crowned king or queen for the day.

As part of their French lesson, our sixth class girls baked a chocolate cake on Friday 12th January (we took the liberty of modifying the recipe as we felt that puff pastry was a bit ambitious for us!)

Following the tradition, the youngest child in the class, Betsy, closed her eyes and decided who got each slice. The person serving asked ” C’est pour qui celle-la?” ( For whom is this slice) and Betsy had to answer “C’est pour……” ( It’s for…..). She did a great job of remembering everyone’s name with her eyes closed!

Another tradition asks that you cut the pie according to the number of guest plus one. The extra slice is known as ” La part du Bon Dieu” God’s slice) or ” la part du pauvre”     (the poor man’s slice. We gave Ms. Tiernan the extra slice!)

Abilily was the lucky girl who found ” la fève” in her slice of cake. She had to shout, ” J’ai la fève” ( I have the charm) and then she came forward and was crowned “la reine” ( the queen). She then picked Ella to be the king. Everybody then had to shout ” Vive la reine, Vive le roi” ( Long live the queen and king!) before tucking into their cake!

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‘Winter’ in many languages

We are learning about the season of winter in Ms. McKay’s room. We wrote acrostic poems. We talked about what happens in winter in other countries. We also learned how to say and write the word ‘winter’ in different languages. 

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We Can Write in Many Languages!

In our school, we can write in many languages. Here we have described our homes in English , Moldovan, Farsi, Mandarin and Slovak. We discovered that even though our languages are different, they have many sounds and words in common.

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