Category Archives: Junior Cycle

Poem for anti-bullying week

Here is a poem written by Mia Delaney in 1A1 for anti-bullying week last week. Mia read this poem aloud at school assembly.   Anti-Bullying Poem I don’t know why it started, It caught me by surprise, Classmates making fun of me, Spreading rumours and lies. At first it was nothing, Just a few sly […]


Music and Poetry for Christmas

On Tuesday 20th December the Senior Choir visited Gormanston Woods Nursing Home for a morning of Christmas Carols and Poetry. The choir visits the Nursing Home every Christmas under the guidance of Ms O’Hare and Ms Hodgins, taking the opportunity to share the Christmas Spirit with the residents. It is always a joyful and lively […]


Drop Everything And Read 2016

We are half-way through another Drop Everything And Read week here at Franciscan College Gormanston. Everyday at 10:30 teachers are told to stop teaching and students are told to put away their work. All members of the school community take out a book and read for their own enjoyment. Both students and staff really enjoy […]


Graphic Novels in the library

A number of our students are very interested in graphic novels. They see them as a different way to enjoy narrative – one that has visual appeal to match the story itself. Like traditional novels, there are endless ways to categorise graphic novels. Today, Alex from 6th year spoke to some junior students in the […]


Horror Projects

Class 1A2 was hard at work before the mid-term break, writing about the enduring appeal of horror stories. They investigated why it is that we are drawn to this particular genre and what writers have made a name for themselves through writing stories filled with fear, suspense and tension. The students did some research on […]


Space Week in the Library

Last week was Space Week in the Library and here we can see some of our junior students with a display of books that are available. Students have access to a wide range of books – both fiction and non-fiction. The library, run by the Parents’ Association, operates themed weeks during the course of the […]


Bob Dylan – Nobel Laureate

American singer-songwriter has today been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’. He is the first singer-songwriter to win the award and the first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993. He was born on 24th May 1941 in Minnesota and began writing […]


Poems written by First Year Students

First year students have been very busy already this year, writing poems on topics that are of personal interest to them. One such poem was written by Ife Jawando on 28th September 2016 as part of Bullying Awareness Week in the school. Have a read of this thought-provoking piece of work:   I don’t know […]


First year debate

A massive congratulations to class 1A3 which has emerged as the champions from last Friday’s 1st year debate. The three debates were hotly contested and many excellent speakers demonstrated their talent in trying to convince us of the merits of their given topic. The first debate: That city life is better than country life. 1A2 […]


‘Noughts & Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman

As we continue our study of ‘Noughts & Crosses’ it may be useful to have a sense of the overview of the novel. Here is a list of the different section headings with the page number to help you navigate your way through the book: Prologue p. 7 – 14 Three years later . . […]