Abbott Visit with Rang 5 & Rang 6

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Recently pupils in Rang a Cúig and Rang a Sé enjoyed  working with circuits as part of Science and Engineering week. A huge thank you to Tom Knipe and his colleagues for an informative workshop and igniting sparks of curiosity among the pupils. Here is to the budding scientists and engineers of the future.


School Closed – Storm Emma

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Following the Status Red warning issued from Met Éireann, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided in the interest of safety and to provide clarity that all schools will remain closed Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March 2018.  Drumlease N.S. is closed today Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March.  

Go raibh maith agaibh

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Dear Parents,
I have resigned from my post of principal of Drumlease NS, to take up a new position as principal of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Ballymote, Co.Sligo.
I have thoroughly  enjoyed my twelve years working in Drumlease National School and it is with a heavy heart that I write this. I have been fortunate to develop many friendships and retain many memories which I will value as long as I live.
I wish to thank all the teaching  staff and ancillary staff for their support during that time. The school is fortunate to have such talent and dedication. 
I also wish to thank thank the Board of Management members who I have worked with, for their help and support. I firmly believe that we have created a school and a school community of which everyone can be justifiably proud. 
Similarly,  I would like to express my gratitude to the parents and  Parents Association of the school for their efforts and input in making the school what it is today. 
Lastly, but most importantly, I want to thank all the pupils, past and present, who are the reason I looked forward to unlocking the door of the school each and every morning. 
You can be assured that I will offer whatever support and advice I can to the incoming principal and wish them all the best at they lead the school into a new era. 
Yours sincerely, 
David O’Farrell 

This week in school….

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This week in school we are:

  • Having an assembly at 9.40am on Tuesday
  • Having a visit from photographer Francs Muldoon, who will conduct a photo workshop with 5th and 6th class
  • Welcoming our Junior Infants for September for three induction sessions on Wed, Thurs and Friday
  • Having a skipping workshop on Friday with ‘skipping maestro’ Mark McCabe.

Castle Archdale Flying Boat Base

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During World War 2, various makes of flying boats (aircraft capable of taking off and landing on water) Sunderland, Stranraer, Lerwick and Catalina, were launched from Lough Erne at Castle Archdale to protect ship convoys on the Atlantic. These merchant ships, carrying essential supplies to Britain, were being attacked and sunk by German U-boats.

Although Lough Erne was far from ideal as a flying boat base, mainly because nearby mountains made it unsafe to land on in darkness or bad weather, it had the advantage of being close to the Atlantic coast. This advantage was enhanced by a secret deal between Britain and the Eire Government allowing the RAF and later the USA Air Force to over-fly south Donegal. This meant that air patrols from Northern Ireland could fly directly to the Atlantic coast, avoiding a detour of over 100 miles around Donegal.
It was in February 1941 that de Valera gave Ireland’s permission for British planes to over-fly a small strip of south Donegal, one mile wide by eight miles long, an area known as the Donegal Corridor. Because this agreement compromised Eire’s neutral position during the War, de Valera insisted that the deal should be kept secret and that flights should not be publicised.
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Niall brought in some of his model planes today, including a Sunderland and Catalina.


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