4th, 5th and 6th class receive an hours coaching from a Chess Ireland instructor and former local school Principal Paud O Reilly . It has been a long established train of thought that chess aids childrens problem solving skills so we feel it can prove to be a valuable life skill as well as helping us with problem-solving skills and lateral thinking skills. Apart from that it can be seen as a great wet day activity and game playing skill for life. We now have a chess club in th senior room that play chess regularly. To celebrate its formation we ran a school chess league. Check out Jacks blog on the event below
Paud O'Reilly a chess instructor came to Galmoy school to teach the students in 4 th, 5 th and 6 th class how to play the game of chess. He gave us lessons every Monday for five weeks. We learned the names of all the pieces and Paud taught us all the moves in the game. We learned about checkmate/stalemate and how to get out of check to name a few.
Mr. Boyle ran a chess competition before the christmas break. There was 24 students taking part in total. The students were divided into four groups, each group made up of a mix of student from each class.
Each student had to play all players in their group. When you won a game you were awarded a point or ½ a point if it went to stalemate. The player with the most points from each group went into a playoff in the semi-finals. They were Padraig Glendon, Aoibheann Duggan, Laura Phelan and Jack Hanrahan.
These four players played against each other to see who would make it to the finals to take 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd place. Padraig Glendon defeated Laura Phelan taking 3 rd place winning the bronze medal. Jack Hanrahan took 1 st place winning the gold medal defeating Aoibheann Duggan in second place for the silver medal. All the players had great fun and everyone enjoyed playing the game of chess.
Jack 6 th class