A totally exam centred approach to education as forwarded by the grind schools is under the spotlight again as a new Minister for Education takes over the Department.
Some education commentators now want exam results published and a School League Tables published on this basis. However, we would argue that schools should be judged across a whole range of criteria.
When we listen to our students chatting about school an invariable topic for discussion is sport. Sport is crucial to our physical and emotional well-being. Sport helps us to relax, make friends and develop skills. Students learn valuable leadership skills on the sports field. They learn the value of teamwork; resilience and positive can do approaches. We devote huge resources to co-curricular and extra curricular involvements.
Gene and Donnchadh lead the way.
Our teachers are the backbone of our provision. Each evening of the week at least one of our teams is being coached and put through their paces. We have built valuable links to the local Football, Hurling, Soccer and Rugby Clubs. The Football Clubs have been particularly active, St. Gabriel’s, Kilconnell, Padraig Pearses Roscommon and Ballinasloe G.A.A. have become directly involved – they have helped financially and through sharing coaching expertise. We acknowledge the help and guidance of Aidan Dooley, Michael Malone and Godfrey Gibbons. Mike Horan has given huge help to our Senior Rugby Squad and Barry O’Connor has helped out with our Soccer. All codes have improved and we are currently in several provincial semi finals. Curricular and co-curricular involvements are at the heart of a successful school. They help create the identity of the school. They inform it values and create community. They make school a memorable experience for students. They help build friendship and understanding between student and staff members.
A new era begins at Garbally Collges as we strengthen our links to local GAA clubs –
Seated: Mr Michael Tully, Mr Seamus O’Brien, Mr Willie Hegarty (Roscommon), Mr Greg Mannion and Mr Brendan Jennings
Back row: Mr Aidan Dooley (Ballinasloe GAA), Mr Michael Dolphin (Pearses GAA), Mr Aidan McGrath, Mr Pat Potter and Mr Michael Malone (St Gabriels GAA)
Mr Michael Dolphin (Pearses), Mr Aidan Dooley
(Ballinasloe) and Mr Michael Malone (St Gabriels)
presenting a cheque to Mr Seamus O’Brien
Chief coaching officer for
Roscommon Mr Willie Hegarty,presenting equipment to Mr, Michael Tully
Invariably student who participate in sport and co-curricular activities excel at exams. These involvements have a long and proud tradition in Garbally. We are privileged to be able to continue this tradition and grateful to all who make it possible.