This newsletter is written by Ina & Gerard & Willemijn. We would like to give you a look into our life here in Ireland.
Last winter, in November, I started participating in Scór Na nÓg. This is a competition in the GAA clubs. It involves dancing, group and solo singing, storytelling and drama. I took part in the drama and group singing, but in the club finale we only won with the drama piece. It was called ‘the salmon of common sense’. It’s a modern version of an old Irish legend. Some of the characters were Donald Trump, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Kim Kardashian. We proceeded to the county semi-final and final, the provincial final and so we came to the All-Ireland final in Belfast! To our great joy, we also won this one!!
We got a cup for the club and then all a gold medal. Back home in Knockcroghery, there was a celebration bonfire with a lot of the club members and we performed the piece once again. As winners, we were in a lot of newspapers which was pretty cool! About a month later, all our parents performed the piece. Dad was the fish and mom played my part.
In February, I went to London to see Shakespeare’s globe theatre with my English class. It was a really fun trip, but also extremely short, only 2 days! Still, I’ve seen a lot, from the Big Ben to the science museum and a LOT of McDonald’s.
Nothing much has happened at school, I already finished my summer exams and I only have 1,5 weeks of school left before we’re going to the Netherlands.
This winter I wasn’t that busy. Like Ina I participated in Scór but then for the Under 12’s, we did a play during the club final. I have been helping Pat (our Landlord) on the farm. During the lambing season a lot of lambs have been born and a couple of calves. I like working with the puppies the most, they are sheepdogs and by playing and working with them when they are young they become very good sheepdogs. The better they do their work the more Pat can sell them for!
After the summer I go to secondary school and I’ve been accepted on the same school as Ina, I’m really looking forward to that. I have been saving all my pocket money and bought my on tractor from Lego Technic. I made it straight away as you can see on the photo.
During the Easter break I had a sleepover with my friend, his family comes from Latvia and Slovakia. It is always a lot of fun, he also came to my house. After the break it was only 4 more weeks to school because we’re going to the Netherlands from the end of May until July. This means I will finish school 5 weeks early, but I will get some schoolwork with me.
Last October I was given a computer to do my schoolwork, the teachers and I are very happy with it. I use it to read and write. When the rest of the class does their English, I go to a room and read my book there if there are words I don’t get or understand I can speak them in the computer and the program then describes the word and speaks it to me. I also use it to speak in my book reports and my own stories. My teachers have spoking with mum and dad and they told them it’s going much better with reading and that my reading level is now at second class and I’m in third class now.
Every week I go Irish dancing I’ve started the heavy shoes, we have learning a lot of the soft shoe dancing. I like my teacher he is nice but sometimes he is very strict. With Christmas Pat (our Landlord) gave me a stand where I can hang all my medals.
A couple of weeks ago I started with camogie which I really, really like that and there’re a lot of girls from my class in my team.
After the Easter break I only had 4 more weeks of school because we go the Netherlands. I’m going to bring schoolwork and my computer so I can keep up my English!
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