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Science Week 2021

Roots of Empathy

We have started a programme called Roots of Empathy, with Trish as our facilitator, and Baby Judy as our Teacher. Through watching Baby Judy’s development, the children will learn empathy skills. There is also a wellbeing element to the programme.

Shoebox Appeal

Thank you to everyone who sent in a shoebox (or two!) for the annual Team Hope shoebox appeal.

Space Week 2021

Hallowe’en Fun

Maths Week 2021

Discover Primary Science and Maths

We were delighted to be awarded our third DPSM Plaque for taking part in all things STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at school, and at home! We participate in Maths Week, Space Week, Science Week and Engineer’s Week each year. We joined a virtual award ceremony on the 15th of October. The children’s engagement in the STEM activities is magical! This year’s Science Week theme was Space.

September 2021

We welcomed 5 new Junior Infants to our school.

Term 3 2021

The Junior Room completed a Summer Seaside collage. We held our Annual Art Competition too and the 6 winning entries are displayed on the corridor to the left of the porch/entrance. Photos to follow.

We had a School Tour to Oak Park in June. The children really enjoyed playing outdoors together at the playground, and their nature walk. Even though we didn’t travel too far, it was one of the most enjoyable tours.

Graduation Day for our lovely 6th class was celebrated in-class and virtually. We wish our three students best wishes in their new schools and in their futures ahead.

We held a ‘Yes Day’ for the children in June because they deserved a treat after a tough year! They brainstormed ideas and the adults selected ideas that were safe to run, and it turned out to be most of their ideas!! They had stations in groups in the morning with Art, Drama, Creative-writing&meditation music, and Scavenger/Playground Games. They had an ice-pop surprise, picnic and take-away from Rico’s in Bagenalstown. Later on, they had an outdoor Disco, Little League & Sports games. We were lucky to have great weather on the day and the children were fantastic as always. More pictures to follow.

Our school took part in the Carlow libraries Ninja reading challenge this term. Each child received a bookmark and when they read a book they got a sticker to add to it. Once the bookmark was complete they were certified Book Ninjas! We love reading in our school and this is another fun way to promote it.

Sports Day 2021 was a sunny, active day full of laughs. The children worked in teams to create obstacle courses after the traditional races.

The Senior Room had a video call with Alan O’ Reilly of Carlow Weather and made anemometers. 5th and 6th class had a guest speaker for RSE. Ms. Griffin also arranged a video call with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny, creators of Wolfwalkers, Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and many more movies and cartoons! The Senior Room also planted seeds as part of the Incredible Edibles programme. The Senior Room showcased their work to the Junior Room outside. They had created theme park brochures and tried to persuade the Junior Room to visit their impressive parks!

We are taking part in the Road to Tokyo Olympic Schools Challenge for the month of May. More information here

The Junior Room took some photos of the field next to our school that is being transformed into a car park, walking track and Nurney Villa soccer pitch. Photos taken May-June.

The Junior Room enjoyed creating music in groups in May.

The Junior Room were happy to be back after the Easter holidays. They love playing on the playground.

We spent several weeks trying out Orienteering and playing co-operative games for P.E.

We celebrated Earth Day on the 22nd of April. Some of the Juniors made fairy rings during their break with leaves, flowers, twigs and stones!

The Junior Room went on a Field Trip to the quarters beside the school. We explored the nature around us – watching out for nettles and dock leaves, followed two pheasants up the bóithrín until they disappeared into the ditch, and watched the lambs playing in the last field. We read warning signs and learned their meaning, and discussed littering when we found some rubbish. We had to avoid dog poo along the footpath so we had a chat about that too! We observed the school building from the field next to the school – comparing the old building and the newer extension. We talked about farming too when we saw the ploughed field. We took in our surroundings and took photos to see the difference when the new pitch is built. Even though it was right next to us, we really enjoyed the trip out and learned a lot!

We took part in Active Schools Week to promote exercise. We had active homework for the week! The Junior Room enjoyed teaching each other their gymnastics tricks.

March 2021

The Junior Room returned to school on the 1st of March, followed by the Senior Room on the 15th. Thank you to everyone for your engagement in home learning and adhering to public health guidelines on your return. We celebrated Engineer’s Week and World Book day the first week in March. Week 3 we had Lá Glas and St. Patrick’s Day, and our final week Easter preparation and Term 2 birthdays! The Junior Room made parachutes and had a zoom call with the Senior Room on World Book Day. We had a céilí on Lá Glas as well as other fun and games. The Senior Room have been building bird boxes and planting seeds this week!

Junior Room Easter Scavenger Hunt

Engineer’s Week Bridges in the Junior Room

Lá Glas Céilí

January 2021

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Home learning will begin 11th January while schools remain closed under Covid-19 lockdown measures in place. We look forward to being back to school, and in the meantime seeing your work on Seesaw!

December 2020

December was busy with Christmas fun, despite missing Funky Kids, our carol service and Santa calling in to see us. We recorded our Music Generation Christmas shares, made plenty of art, had a jingle boogie and singalong outdoors, discovered presents left by Santa and had our December birthday party.

Fiacra the Reindeer

Santa’s Secret Drop

Music Generation

Nurney wins BIG PRIZE!

Christmas Aistear in the Junior Room

Christmas Dance and Singalong

November 2020

Science Week was jam packed with experiments, videos and fun. One of the highlights in the Junior Room was a special screening of short films created by school children, based on various science topics. The Senior Room even had people dancing on tables! See photos below. Our plaque arrived this week, marking our achievements in Science and Maths in the 2019-2020 school year.

Music Generation is in full swing with our new teacher Elspeth Hayes who is in Marian’s place temporarily. We are taking all precautions to keep the lessons as safe as possible, and the children are really enjoying it.

The Senior Room used their acting skills to play out scences from the Brown Bull of Cooley, and blended acting with Gaeilge to act out scenes from the Bialann, which looks like great fun from the photos.

The children prepared packages of cheerful pictures to send to nursing home residents, and we are getting ready for Christmas art in a week or two to brighten everyone’s homes!

Wonderfest on the 20th of November was a celebration of books. We filled the day with fun literacy activities.

September and October 2020

We held our annual art competition in September. The Junior Room’s theme was based on their time at home since the Lockdown in March 2020. The Senior Room took on an abstract approach. The top 6 were Mollie, Patrick, Sophie, Joseph, Lucy and Ava. The paintings will be on display for the current school year in the corridor to the left of the entrance.

The school also won the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths award for the school year just gone. Our plaque should arrive soon!

We celebrated Space Week in the Junior Room, and Maths Week as a whole school. Photos are in the Gallery (click on tab above) and more to follow!

Holy Communion

Before returning to school, the 1st and 2nd class of last year received their First Holy Communion. Numbers had to be kept to a very minimum so we could not invite the whole school community to join us. We were blessed with a dry sunny morning and the children’s immediate families attended. Congratulations to Cormac, Lucy, Jayden and Joseph.

Graduation 2020

Ms. Griffin has put together a beautiful video for 6th class on their graduation from primary school. Below are the slides in the video, unfortunately video messages cannot be uploaded on our website. The video has been sent out via WhatsApp to parents phones. We hope to show the slideshow at a face to face graduation ceremony. Thank you to Ms. Griffin and to everyone who contributed to the video. Best wishes 6th class!

Summer Holidays

We have made it to the end of the school year! Well done to everyone for getting through a most difficult few months at home, and to all the children and parents for doing their very best with home learning.

Congratulations to 6th class on their graduation. We wish them all the very best in secondary school and look forward to seeing them when we can hold a graduation ceremony for them. Check out their slideshow on the homepage, and click Useful Information above for next year’s calendar, copies lists etc.

A link to advice for children coming into Junior Infants and our outgoing 6th class can be found on the homepage. Have a lovely summer everyone!

Term 3

We are into Term 3, and past the 50 days at home mark. We have updated our Home Learning section to include an ‘At Home Gallery’ so you can share photos of your home learning with your friends and the school community. There is also a new links for parents button. Remember you can contact Mr. Duffy, Ms. Griffin, Julie and Mrs. Reid by emailing if you need support with home learning or would like to get in touch. We will start to interact with the students via Seesaw after the May Bank Holiday. Please click on Home Learning to keep up to date with the latest news, and to see your weekly learning targets.

Term 2

We were off to a busy term before school closed on March 12th. Highlights include Science Blast, World Book Day, Engineering Week, Pancake Tuesday, Seachtain na Gaeilge, ‘Australia’ project work, Senior Room trips to Coláiste Aindriú’s boat engineering event and a musical at the Presentation De La Salle. We had a Fairtrade Carlow competition winner in 2nd class and had also started a weekly well-being exercise run! We were also in preparation for our céilí on Lá Glas, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Discover primary science and maths application, and a music-themed Grandparents and Grand Friend’s Day. Take a look at our Gallery for a selection of photos from these events. Click on HOME LEARNING for activities to do at home while we are closed.

Christmas Visitor

Santa visited on our final day of term and brought two sacks brimming with books for the children. We had a birthday cheer for one of our Senior Room boys too!

Christmas Musical Celebrations

Thursday was a busy day with our Music Generation in-house share among the classes in the morning and our annual Carol service for family and friends in the church that evening. Thank you to our two music teachers Marian and Mary for all the work they do with the children during the year.