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Homework’s out in December for Clonakilty Gaelscoil pupils who practice gratitude

November 27, 2018

“Enjoy the little things,  for one day you may look back and realise these were the big things!”

There is a lot of “sceitimíní” (excitement) amongst the 340 pupils at Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty as December approaches. As well as the impending visit of “Daidí na Nollag”, the school has decided that there will be no “obair bhaile” (homework), for anyone from next Monday 1st December up to the Christmas holidays!

In lieu of homework, the pupils are being asked to practice simple acts of gratitude for the three weeks, which Íde Ní Mhuirí, Leas Phríomhoide says,

“Hopefully will help our pupils discover the key to happiness, for now and their future lives”.

“With the lead up to Christmas and “the season of goodwill”, we sometimes tend to focus on what we would like to have rather than appreciating the good things that are right in front of us. In a world consumed by social media, our young people are constantly experiencing pressure”, explained Múinteoir Íde.

“Nollaig Lúcháireach” starts next Monday 1st December at the school and instead of formal homework until the Christmas holidays, the páistí will be asked to take a few moments at home every day with their families to focus on being grateful for what they have and the positive things that happened in their lives that particular day. They will also be asked to log these feelings of
gratitude in their special “Dialann Buíochais” (Gratitude Diaries) in written or pictorial form.

“The emphasis for the children will be to appreciate and record very simple things such as seeing a rainbow or praising the kindness of another child at school who shared their colours with them, giving the feeling of goodness and appreciation”, explained Múinteoir Íde.

Also every day during December, there will be a “Briseadh Buíochais”, (Gratitude Break), during schooltime, during which all pupils and staff will simultaneously “down tools” and listen to a musical excerpt, taking time out from a busy schedule to mull over the things they have to be thankful for that day.

“Practicing gratitude and simply acknowledging the good things that we have, can make a big difference to all our lives. It has been scientifically proven that gratitude not only improves psychological health and increases mental strength, but also improves self-esteem, enhances empathy, reduces aggression and boosts overall physical health”, said  Múinteoir Íde, who thanked the parents of the school who have embraced the idea, as they did with a similar no homework initiative last June which focused on “Health and Fitness”.

“Our páistí are the heartbeat of our school. If we can equip them with the tools to find happiness and resilience in a world that can at times be hectic and fast-paced, then there is no better time than the present do so”, she concluded.

Since October, the páistí at Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin have also been busy “Filling Buckets”, (based on the book “The Bucket Filler”), showing compassion and empathy to their peers.

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KÍLA IN COLLABORATION WITH CARTOON SALOON & FÓCAS FILMS RELEASE CÚL AN TÍ ON DVD

November 14, 2018

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Title: Cúl an Tí

Format: DVD

Label:  Kíla Records/Fócas Films/Cartoon Saloon

Catalogue Number: KRDVD004

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Description: Cúl An Tí, is a collaboration between KílaCartoon SaloonFócas Films and some of Ireland’s top singers (Mundy, Imelda May, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mary Coughlan, Lisa Hannigan, Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas, John Spillane & more) to produce one of the finest pieces of Irish music and art in a decade.

Fócas Films producer, Éamon Ó Cualáin, brought these artists together to reinvigorate some old Irish songs by recording new versions and having animations made of them. He feared that our traditional songs were being made redundant by the digital age and that Irish children were only learning songs they listened to online. The DVD also contains 4 new songs brought to life through animation; 2 poems and 2 original tracks.

Cúl An Tí was originally broadcast as a 6-episode series on TG4 where presenter Pól Ó Ceannabháin travelled to schools around Ireland and school children were introduced to the songs and the visual ideas sought by the animators. A second series is now in the pre production stages.

The DVD is an invaluable tool for teachers and parents alike, containing a printable lyric sheet, translation sheet and the option of viewing the lyrics as karaoke style subtitles. If the songs alone weren’t enough the beauty of the animations, the music and singing performances will dfinatley inspire children to learn these songs.

The 12 performances on Cúl An Tí are a jewel for lovers of music and animation.

Order now from the Kila online shop.

Cur Síos: Séard is Cúl an Tí ann ná comhoibriú ealaíonta idir Kíla, Cartoon Saloon, Fócas Films agus amhránaithe móra le rá ar nós Mundy, Imelda May, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mary Coughlan, Lisa Hannigan, Danny O’Reilly of The Coronas, John Spillane, chun cheann de na saothair ealaín agus ceoil is fearr a cruthaíodh in Éireann le deich mblian anuas.

Thug Éamon Ó Cualáin, léiritheoir Fócas Films, na healaíontóirí seo le chéile chun sean-amhráin Gaeilge a athbhunú trí leaganacha nua a thaifeadadh agus beochaintí a dhéanamh díobh. Bhí faitíos air go raibh na hamhráin traidisiúnta á chailliúint le ré an aois dhigiteach agus nach raibh ach amhráin a bhfuil ar fáil ar líne á fhoghlaim ag leanaí na hÉireann. Ar an DDF/DVD freisin tá 4 amhráin eile a bhfuil beochainti deanta astu, 2 dhán agus 2 amhrán nua.

Craoladh Cúl an Tí ar dtús mar shraith ar TG4 ina ndeachaigh an craoltóir Pól Ó Ceannabháin chuig scoileanna timpeall na hÉireann agus inar lorgaíodh smaointe ceol agus ealaíona na ndaltaí. Tá obair tosaithe ar an dara sraith.

Is uirlis luachmhar é an DDF/DVD do mhúinteoirí agus do thuismitheoirí araon, ina bhfuil bileog lyric inchlóite, bileog aistriúcháin agus an rogha féachaint ar na liricí mar fhotheidil i stíl karaoke ar na beochaintí. Mura raibh na h-amhráin iontu féin mealltach a dhóthain is cinnte go spreagfaidh áilleacht na beochana, an cheoil agus na h-amhránaithe ar an DDF/DVD féin go leor chun leanaí chun na h-amhráin a fhoghlaim.

 Seod iad an 12 mhír ar Cúl An Tí dóibh siúd a bhfuil cionn acu ar cheol agus ar bheochaintí.

 Ceannaigh anois é ó Shiopa Kíla.

For further information, interview requests, images, etc. please contact

Caoimhe Ní Riagáin/Caoimhe@Gardinermusic.net/086 809 1838

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