SambaStef! Drumming Workshop

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SambaStef! Drumming Workshop photo album

Time flies when you are having fun and this was the case on Friday, 26th February. The Drumming Workshop certainly went with a “bang”. From the small African hand held shaker to the Brazilian bass drum – the 1st and 2nd years made it a fun, energised and noisy experience.

JCSP Handmade Spinning Wheel Initiative

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A group of 2nd Years are experiencing the tradition of making a Handmade Spinning Wheel under the careful guidance of Johnny Shiels. (The spin bike is not part of the tradition...) The students are also hand weaving a cover for their book " The Spinning Wheel" which they hope to display at the Make A Book Exhibition in Dublin in March.

The sound of the spinning wheel has been part of the music of rural Ireland for generations. And it's a sound that has been an important part of life for the Shiels family in Carndonagh through the years. Johnny Shiels is a third-generation spinning wheel maker. His grandfather, Johnny, was making spinning wheels back in the 1940s, using timber washed ashore on the beaches around his native Inishowen. Like his grandfather and father, Johnny makes Dutch-style wheels in his workshop in Bridge Street, Carndonagh, not far from Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. These Dutch wheels were introduced to Ireland in the 18th century and used for spinning flax.

Each wheel is hand-crafted by Johnny "from start to finish". Each spinning wheel is a fine piece of craftmanship, while also being fully functional. The work of the Shiels family is widely-known, and has been featured in the book, 'Ireland's Traditional Crafts'. RTÉ also featured the Shiels family in one episode of their award-winning traditional crafts series,'Hands'. Johnny now hopes to encourage his own sons to continue the family tradition.

Find out more about Johnny Shiels and the spinning wheel tradition at www.spinningwheels.ie.

JCSP Summer Celebration 2015

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JCSP Christmas Celebration 2015 photo album

Once again, the JCSP Christmas Celebration was a huge success thanks to all the people involved - staff, pupils and parents. The Coffee Dock was illuminated with the high spirits of the students, plus a few Christmas lights here and there. The celebration kicked off with a round of Bingo (apparently not for the oldies!) followed by our guest speaker, Jason Black (adventurer and mountaineer). Jason gave an inspiring talk to the pupils on the challenges that he faced in preparation for climbing Mount Everest, and the climb itself. The celebration came to a close with tea, coffee and loads of goodies.

JCSP Spray Painting Initiative

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Bansky, I think you need to watch out!!! Some first and second years have been busy creating their own Graffiti Wall Art under the supervision of Ms. Farren and Dan Gallanagh. The students took their inspiration from the actor Paul Walker - "If you can't have fun, there's no sense in doing it". It definitely was a fun experience and the end product says it all.