Bhí ócáid comóradh deireadh na bliana ag Gaelscoil Aogáin le déanai. Bhí la iontach ag na páistí go léir, go háirithe R6. Bhí John Lenihan mar aoí speisialta ar an lá agus labhair sé amach faoin a shaol agus chaith sé am leis na paistí go léir.Na buaiteóirí: Paiste na Bliana: P.J. Mac Curtáin; Labhairt na Gaeilge: Chloe Ní Bharóid; Gaisc na bliana: Abbie Ní Bhrosnacháin agus Béarla Cruthaitheach: Caoimhin De Barra.
After spending the first nine years of his school life at Gaelscoil Aogáin 13-year-old, PJ Curtin and his school pals felt the joy and sadness of their recent graduation day.
As he was selected Paiste na Bliana at the comóradh deireadh na bliana, I thought I’d ask him to put pen to paper and write an account of the years he spent at the College Road, Castleisland establishment.
An Naoi Bhliain is Fearr i mo Shaol
Le: P.J. Mac Curtáin
“We started in An Naíonra in Gaelscoil Aogáin in 2006 at the age of just four. It’s hard to believe that was nine years ago as it feels just like it was yesterday. We were an excellent class and we are all very close. After a fabulous year of fun and playing with blocks we moved onto big school as we used call it. We looked up to the big boys and girls and wondered if we would ever be as big, but we slowly grew up.
We thrived through Naíonáin bheaga agus mhóra looking forward to our turas scoile in Mallow. It was brilliant. We made our First Holy Communion when we were in second class on the 14th May 2011. This was a fantastic year, full of preparation, learning prayers and hymns and when the big day arrived we couldn’t believe our luck being showered with presents!
After a great summer holiday we finally reached the main building of the school and were in rang a trí. Bhí bliain iontach againn insan rang seo. We then moved onto rang a ceathair having constant hard work from day one but we didn’t mind at all after our unforgettable school tour in Kenmare. We took part in numerous sporting events from mini 7’s, Cumman na mBbun Scoil football matches, running and athletics in An Riocht.
We participated in all aspects of Community Games and Scór na bPáistí from handwriting, draughts, music, singing, quizzes, to bruised knees on the football pitch. We always looked forward to the Christmas Basketball Blitz meeting and beating the surrounding schools and having great banter on the side line! School life was just great.
We were almost there when we moved onto rang a cúig. We had a wonderful year and had several highlights, topping which was our turas scoile to Dublin. It was an unbelievable school tour and reaching the top of Croke Park made my year as it felt exquisite. Another huge highlight this year was the opportunity the sing with our school choir in Thomond Park at the Munster v Toulouse Rugby quarter final of the Heineken Cup.
At long last we were in rang a sé. We were eventually the big boys and girls to whom we looked up to when we were in infants and it felt extraordinary. We knuckled down and worked very hard. What an action packed year we had. We made our Confirmation on the 17th February and had a great day. Both our boys and girls football teams made it to the final of the Cumann na mBunscoil and fought to the bitter end to win the title for our school but were narrowly defeated. In April we went on a remarkable school tour to Dublin and Belfast. This included visits to the Titanic Experience, W5 Science Emporium, UCD, the Aviva Stadium and shopping in the Newbridge Shopping Centre in Kildare. We stayed overnight in Dublin and had great craic!
We graduated from Primary school on the 19th June 2015. This was a very memorable day filled with mixed emotions of anticipation and sadness. While my friends and I are sad to be leaving the happy and fun times of Gaelscoil Aogáin, I am looking forward to the transition and challenge of secondary school in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Trá Lí.
Míle buíochas le Múinteoir Tomás, Múinteoir Céitilís agus an bhfoireann go léir. Bhí t-ám iontach agam i Gaelscoil Aogáin agus bhí sé an naoi bhliain is fear í mo shaol!