BLAST is a Department of Education funded Arts initiative which is delivered through the ECSI education centre network and Sligo Education Centre.

BLAST stands for Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers.

We are delighted to announce that following our successful application, submitted last October, Kilglass NS has been awarded a fully funded 20-hour BLAST Artist in residency opportunity via the new BLAST Arts in Education Residency Programme 2021/2022 .

Our school has been partnered with the artist, Karen Webster and Ms. Brogan’s Rang 3 will commence working on our BLAST residency in the third term.

The basis of the residency is that through collaboration with Karen Webster, Rang 3 will plan for and create a mural suitable for a blank wall in our school yard that will portray our connection to the local environment, heritage and history and express that visually and in a suitably creative/artistic manner.

Situated as we are on the shores of Killala Bay, in the shadow of Knocknarea and named as we are after a local saint, Naomh Moghlaise, we envision that our project will draw on these deep connections to our local geographical and historical environment.

The artist Jack B. Yeats was born locally in Enniscrone and we envisage that learning about his artworks, techniques, drawing style and responding to his paintings and artistic style, will enhance our completed mural project.

We envisage that our project will draw upon and bring these deep connections to life for our pupils/school community in a meaningful, vivid and accessible manner, embodied in paint and displayed on the wall in our yard.

Watch this space!!

Spaghetti Challenge

Rang a Trí had great fun as they attempted their first STEAM challenge of the new school year. In  groups, they designed and created the tallest possible spaghetti tower using 18 spaghetti sticks, 1m of tape and a scissors. They readily accepted the STEAM challenge of constructing the tallest spaghetti tower capable of balancing a marshmallow on top. The towers  had to be freestanding so the challenge was a steep one. Working as engineers, architects, designers and most importantly, together as a group, 3 amazing towers were constructed, one of which has become our class mascot, Timmy Jimmy!! After our first attempt at tower construction, we engaged in a critical thinking exercise and interrogated what worked well and what would have worked even better!! All of the experiences and learning from Day 1 was put to good use as the children attempted spaghetti tower construction for the second time. The fun and learning is evident from our pictures.

Building Bridges

It is important that we think about what we are reading and to construct meaning.  We are busy predicting, questioning, visualising and making connections in Second and Third Class.  We will be adding to our comprehensions strategies during the year.