At Rockboro School, we believe in the development of the child as a whole person. Our academic curriculum is complemented by a range of co-curricular activities taking place during the school day involving sport, art, music and drama. In addition, each of our classes takes part in school tours (or field trips) which offer the children the opportunity to learn about the world outside their school. Charity fundraising is also an important part of our co-curricular educational programme.
Rockboro children enjoy participating in a host of sporting activities during school hours including hockey, gymnastics, athletics (high jump, long jump, sprints and relays) and indoor games (handball, unihoc, dodgeball and benchball). All pupils in the school take part in School Sports Days, both at the school (for Pr-School and Junior Infants) and at CIT (from Senior Infants to J6). In addition, the J4 class performs an annual Gymnastics Display for their parents at the school.
The entire school (from Junior Infants to J6) has a weekly swimming lesson at a local pool. Each child has his or her swimming abilities assessed by a qualified instructor and is placed in a group to be taught according to his or her level. Rockboro children excel at swimming: the school has won the inter-schools swimming competition for more than 20 years running!
All classes receive weekly art classes in our school’s spacious art room. Children produce art using a variety of media including paints, clay, paper mache and pastels.
Each class at Rockboro, including Pre-School, prepares for a performance of their own dramatic-musical play at the school’s annual Junior and Senior concerts. Throughout the year, under the tuition of our specialist music and performance teachers, our children practise for their plays and perform them with pride for their parents at their school concerts.
Children are taught singing and notation, among other topics, in their weekly music appreciation classes. Individual lessons in piano and voice training are also offered during school hours and are taught by a specialist music teacher. Our pupils also take part in singing during their morning school assemblies.
School Tours/Field Trips
Our pupils take part in a number of day trips throughout the school year, either with the whole school or with their individual class. These trips help to broaden the children’s knowledge and appreciation of the arts, history, science and the environment as well as building their athletic skills. Some of the trips we have taken include a River Lee Ecological Walk; the Titanic Experience (Cobh); Cork Pops Orchestra (City Hall); The Crawford Art Gallery; The Everyman Thatre; The Blarney Castle garden; the Boole Library at University College Cork; Spike Island; Team Building at the Star Outdoor Adventure Centre (Kenmare); and Blackrock Castle Observatory.
Our children are encouraged to feel that they are part of the wider community surrounding our school. To this end, we take part in a number of charity fundraising projects. Some of the charities we regularly raise funds for include: the Irish Cancer Society; the Special Olympics Ireland; the Cork Simon Community; and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.