Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I would like to warmly welcome you to Stackallen National School.  We are a rural school with a wonderful, vibrant and outgoing philosophy.  

In our school we strive to create a happy safe and child centred education.  To do this we rely on the support of all our parents without which we could not succeed.  We therefore look forward to working in partnership with you in the interest of your child’s all round learning and personal development. 

We have a wonderfully talented staff ( see School Structure) who are fully committed to ensuring that each child reaches their full potential while in our care. 

We operate an open door policy so please do not hesitate to talk to me or any member of staff should the need arise.

Beir bua agus beannacht,

Rebekah Rafferty, 


Friday is Family Fun Day

We are all incredibly excited about our Family Fun Day on Friday 18th. Fun and frolics will start at 3 so be there early to get the best bargains and to catch all the fun! The Parents Committee have been working extremely hard to plan a fantastic fun-filled day for all the family. There'll be bread & cake stalls, book stalls, bottle stalls, face painting, children's and adult's races name but a few. 

It is a wonderful opportunity to meet up, chat and have some fun while raising much needed funds to update our school's sports equipment and ICT. 

There'll be barbecues and lots of goodies, so no need to plan dinner on Friday, come and have some supper with us!

We have wonderful raffle prizes all very kindly sponsored by our suppliers and local businesses. Here are just a selection:
  • A Nexus Tablet from Liam Clake, Network IT
  • Voucher from Little Folk Wilkinstown
  • Skip Voucher from Tag A Bin
  • Voucher from Hair by Helena
  • M&S Voucher from McKinneys Drogheda
  • Tea for two in Tankardstown House
  • A years membership for Stackallen Tennis Club
  • Voucher from Campus Oil
  • Tea for two in Conyngham Arms, Slane
  • Voucher from County Photos, Sligo
  • Voucher from Marabea Beauty
  • Hamper from Meade Potatoes
  • Wine from Sally Gardens
  • Lir Chocolates Hamper
  • 2 After School Club Vouchers from Acorn Academy
  • 4 Bottles of bubbly from Ryan's Gormanlough
  • Voucher from Boyne Garden Centre
  • TK Maxx Voucher
  • Voucher from Navan Town Centre
  • Voucher from Boots
  • Costume Jewellery

All we need now is for the sun to shine and your support! 
See you all there!

New School Year!

The sun shone brightly this morning and we were delighted to welcome everyone back after the long summer break. We were especially happy to welcome our 24 new Junior Infants and their parents. We hope they have a lovely first year with us in Stackallen N.S.!


Active Week!
A few of the highlights!

The sun shone brightly and we all had our runners at the ready for Active Week. Mrs Burke put together a fun filled week of full of activities to get us fit both in body and mind. 
It all rounded off with Sports Day on Friday.

Tuesday was Jersey Day

The Garda Sub Aqua Unit fitted in a school visit in their incredibly busy schedule. They showed us all their equipment and told us of various high profile cases they have been on recently.

Thursday was transport day! Junior Infants to 2nd Class brought in their 'wheels'! 3rd to 6th completed a 5km and 10km run in Navan. A really wonderful achievement!

We 'Dropped Everything and Danced the 'Macarena' on the All-Weather!

Lots of skills were on show throughout the week!

Sean from 5th Class gave a wonderful Fencing display!

Thank you to all the parents who helped out in any way... We hope you enjoyed your week as much as we did!



We're all 'gearing up' for Active Week which takes place from Monday 8th to Friday 12th June. Mrs. Burke has a very busy week planned for all the classes.... and the staff!!

All we need now is for the sun to shine brightly!!

Outdoor Classroom!

Many thanks to the Parents Association who very generously purchased two lovely new garden benches for our grotto area. This area is a very special part of our garden and is a lovely quiet place to sit and read so we were thrilled when our new benches arrived from KW Sheds in Drogheda yesterday!

The new benches are nicely nestled under the trees perfect for those sunny days and balmy afternoons..... whenever they arrive!!


Pesto Perfection!

Junior Infants were incredibly industrious today when, together with Ms. Garry and Emelia Rosaleen's Mum, they made Wild Garlic Pesto!! It tasted absolutely delicious!!

They busily wrote the recipe.....

.....and then set to work blending all the ingredients.

Looks like we might have a new artisan product for the Boyne Valley Food Series!

'They Sang the Songs!'

Tina part of our wonderful team of SNAs and resident musical supremo brought our school choir to the TLT in Drogheda last Tuesday night to take part in the 'School Choir with a Difference' competition. 



Tina wrote the opening number, a tribute the the late, great DJ Tony Fenton and put together a melody of rock songs for the second piece. A huge thank you to Tina and Adam for the incredible work behind the scenes and graphics which went with each piece. We were so very proud to be runners up with such stiff competition. The children gained wonderful experience and both the staff and parents thoroughly enjoyed our night! 

Thanks Tina!!

Planting Day!

Last Friday was an incredibly busy day in our school. Ms Garry and her team of gardeners coordinated a day of planting for all the classes. There was great excitement around the school as the pupils dressed up as their favourite plant or animal to raise much needed funds for the school garden!

Junior Infants were busy weaving the willows.

Mrs. Burke's 5th Class made some fantastic scarecrows which are a wonderful addition to our garden!

Alice in Wonderland Pays a Visit!

M & M Theatrical Productions from Scotland also paid a visit on Friday and staged Alice in Wonderland in our hall which tied in nicely with our 'Back to Nature Day!' 

A truly magical show for both pupils and teachers!


It was Italian Day in Ms. Hoey's 3rd Class last week and the school was filled with the waft of delights the pupils has made. On the menu was pasta, pesto, bruschetta, gelato and all the tastes of Roma!

Ben Fatto 3rd Class.... Bellissimo!!

Special Day for 2nd Class!

 2nd Class made their First Holy Communion in Rathkenny Parish Church yesterday. The children were so well prepared by Mr. Lynch and Fr. John and they carried out all their jobs to perfection!

Thank you to all the parents who practiced the readings and prayers each night. We were all very proud of the class.

A big thank you also to Teresa Smith (Chairperson of the Parents Association) and her wonderful helpers for providing an unbelieveable feast back at the school. Thank you also to everyone who sent in goodies.... We were certainly spoiled for choice!

A Trip to the Theatre!

Ms. Garry's Junior Infants and Mrs. O'Driscoll's Senior Infants were lucky enough to visit the theatre this week to see the Branar Theatre Production of Oliver Jeffers book "The Way Back Home" in The Solstice.

A special thank you to all the Mums and Dads who volunteered their time and made this trip possible. 
It was a truly magical show. 
We eagerly await this company's next production!

Garden News

Our garden has come alive this week! Ms. Garry, Colm and Noeline, our resident horticulturists, have been extremely busy creating a new area of raised beds in the Willow Garden. The teachers and pupils have been carefully nurturing their seedlings for the last few weeks and on Wednesday when the sun shone brightly, all the classes headed out to plant!

We planted Broad Beans and Sugar Snap Peas!

The pupils also made some Nettle Tea. The POP (Pride Of Place) Group will be selling this natural fertiliser in the coming weeks to raise money for other garden projects! 
So place your orders early!! 

Everything we use in our garden is natural and friendly to us and our environment.

Confirmation 2015.

Last Wednesday was a very special day in our school when Bishop Smith visited the parish and bestowed the Gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the children in 5th and 6th Class. 

Mrs. Burke's 5th Class

Ms. Lynch's 6th Class

The school choir, children from 3rd and 4th Class, sang beautifully at the Mass, thank you to Tina and to Ms. Hoey and to Harry Long and Adam Lynch who accompanied them on the day. 

Thank you to Fr. John, Ms. Lynch, Mrs. Burke and Mr. McDonagh who prepared the children so well for the sacrament.
 We all had a really lovely day!

Coast Guard Visit

We were lucky enough today to have four members of the Coast Guard who are based in Drogheda, visit the school. They gave a wonderful presentation of their duties and they brought  a great selection of equipment for everyone to have a look at.

They even allowed some of the teachers to try on their 'dry suits'! 

Junior Infants

Junior Infants have been very busy in their 'Doctor's Surgery'. They have been inundated with appointments!

Lots of patients being treated!!

They have also been kept very busy caring for their tadpoles who are now beginning to sprout legs!

They have also been using tangrams to develop their problem solving skills and learning about spatial awareness.  

Ms. Garry's Junior Infant room is certainly a hive of activity! Keep up the great work Junior Infants!!

Lucy May's Prize Winning 'Doodle'!

There has been great excitement in the school this week as the prize winners in the 'Doodle for Google' competition were invited to the Google Head Offices in Dublin on Monday. We are all absolutely thrilled for Lucy May who won 3rd Prize in the competition. She had a wonderful day in the Google offices with her family.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

What a wonderful achievement!
Well done Lucy May!

Our Young Entrepreneurs!


Football News

Congratulations to Charlie in 6th Class on the wonderful achievement of being selected by the North Eastern Emerging School Talent Team to play in the U-13 Cup in Galway later in the year.

We look forward to hearing how it all goes!

In other football news, we are also extremely proud of the achievements of Eoghan in 5th Class who, with his Premier League Club St. Kevin's FC in Dublin, has reached the finals of the SFAI Danone Cup. Eoghan, who already has had offers of scholarships from a number of leading English Premiership clubs, has been a pivotal part of this team all season and is heading over to play in West Brom at the weekend. 

Hopefully one day we'll be following these very talented boys in the Premiership!

Irish Dancers

A number of the children from the school competed in the Feis in Rathkenny at the weekend. Plenty of medals and trophies were won on the day and everyone had a lovely time.

Clodagh Matthews and Amy Maguire won the championships.
Well done girls!

Art Club.

Ms. Ryan and Ms. Lynch's Art Club is back in full swing on a Wednesday and Thursday after school. Many thanks for all your support.

Kids Brick Club

We were delighted to welcome Sarah Jane from the Kids Brick Club to the school on Tuesday. It was the first day of our after school club. The theme of the day was ' ' and there was wonderful imagination, concentration and skill shown by all the pupils.

The after school club runs for the next 5 weeks and children are most welcome to join in at any time. Junior and Senior Infants club runs from 2-3pm and 1st to 6th from 3-4pm. The infants are collected from their classroom door by the coordinator.

Many thanks to Sarah Jane and very well done to all!

The boys football team competed in the finals of the Mini 7s competition before Easter. They were silver medal winners in a very strong competition. We were delighted to welcome Graham Reilly from the Meath Senior Team to assembly on Friday to present the medals.

Many thanks to Mr. Lynch and Mr. McDonagh for their commitment. 

Meath Schools FAI 5 a side

Congratulations to the girls 5 a side team who also brought home some silverware from the Meath Schools football blitz. Many thanks to the teachers and to the parents for your continued support volunteering lifts to all these events.

Around the School!

Ms. Garry and her team of gardeners have been extremely busy over the last few weeks preparing for the 'planting season'!

The POP group were busy planting and weaving willow into the willow tunnel in our playground

Third Class planted some willow on our 'Green Day!'

We also have some frog spawn and tadpoles in our pond. What a amazing opportunity to monitor the growth of spring!

"Be seen wearing green!"

We'll be all seen wearing green in school this Friday, 13th March, and all for a wonderful cause. We are holding a “Green Day” in aid of Lilly O' Neill one of our 3rd Class pupils. Lilly will be travelling to Newcastle, England for a Bone Marrow transplant and we are starting off the fundraising drive to help support her while she is there. 

We are asking you to 'dig deep' for this incredibly brave little girl!

'Love Lilly Appeal Total'

The children raised a total of €1,768
Truly amazing!!

Meath Schools 5 a-side finals!

Congratulations to the girls who continued their winning streak today and were runners up in the finals in the MDL, Navan. Many thanks to all the parents who kindly gave lifts and were a great support on the sideline!

A huge thank you also to Mr. McDonagh and Mr. Lynch!
Well done to all!


Meath FAI 5 a-side

Congratulations to the girls soccer team who today won their section and qualified for the next round in the competition.

Many thanks Mr. McDonagh. Well done girls!

It seems we're on a 'winning streak' at the moment. The boys won their 5 

Mini 7s Boys & Girls Football

Congratulations to the boys and girls football teams who took part in the Meath Mini 7s this week. The girls played excellently yesterday to be runners up and the boys went on to win their section today!

A sincere thank you to all the parents who brought the teams to Simonstown and Senchelstown for the matches. We could not participate in these competitions without all your continued support and encouragement.

We wish Mr. McDonagh and the team all the very best in the finals!


Thursday 5th March

Today we have been celebrating World Book Day!

 Throughout the week we have been looking at authors, illustrators, books and most importantly reading and listening to stories.

Fourth Class had a Harry Potter themed day!

Everyone dressed up as their favourite character. We had a wonderful array of costumes!

Junior Infants thoroughly enjoyed their first 'World Book Day'. 

They did wonderful drawings based on one of Ms. Rafferty's favourite stories 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson.


The Young Entrepreneur Programme

We are delighted this year to have introduced The Young Entrepreneur Programme  under the guidance of Ms. Lynch in 6th Class. It is a unique opportunity to explore and develop the talents of young entrepreneurs. The programme complements traditional learning by encouraging workshops, case studies and interaction with key business people on top of developing the pupils own ideas.

It also helps to instill a sense of creativity and focus and presents an ideal opportunity to encourage a link between business people, teachers and pupils.


---------------------------------------------------------------------------Kids Bricks Club

Now that the Art Club has sadly come to an end, for this term, we are very excited at the prospect of facilitating the Kids Bricks Club due to commence on Tuesday 14th April. It will take place on a Tuesday afternoons and will run for 6 weeks. Kids Bricks Club is a wonderful opportunity for children to develop their creativity and imagination. It has also great benefits in the areas of problem solving and teamwork. 

Contact Kathy  (087) 1700215


Art Club

We have recently established an after school 'Art Club'. Our resident art experts Ms. Lynch (6th) and Ms. Ryan (4th) are very thankful for the wonderful support from all the parents who have got behind this great initiative. We had such demand for places that we now have Art Club two days a week! The children are learning about different artists as well as various forms of art and are loving each lesson. 

Some Picassos in the makings maybe!!


FAI Competition Gormanston

November 2014

We were delighted once again this year to be involved in the FAI School Futsal Competition. Ms. Ryan 4th Class represented the school and played all their matches with great determination and sportsmanship under the expertise of Mr. McDonagh.


They had a great day out!


Maths Questionnaire

Welcome back! I do hope everyone had a lovely mid term break. As stated in the last newsletter, we are undertaking a self-evaluation of the teaching and learning of mathematics, in accordance with Department of Education guidelines, in the school. To help us with that evaluation, we would be very grateful for your views and opinions on matters in the questionnaire below. The questionnaire should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be used to inform the school self-evaluation process. 

              Please copy and paste the link below to complete the questionnaire:



                          Many thanks for taking the time to complete the form.


October News!

Well, the Spooky Season is almost upon us! A reminder that the mid term break is from Monday 27th to Friday 31st October inclusive. Our annual 'Dress Up' day will be on Friday 24th when the children can dress up coming to school if they wish, (no spray cans or bangers). We would really encourage the children to make their own costumes this year as there will be a prize for the best 'homemade' costume! The Halloween Party will also be on Friday, thanks to the generosity of the Parents Committee.

Congratulations to the girls and boys football teams who under the guidance of Mr. Morrison, Mr. Mc Donagh and Mr. Lynch put up great performances in the recent Cumann na mBunscol leagues. They showed great grit and determination on the pitch and represented our school impeccably. Many thanks to all the parents who very kindly volunteered to give lifts to these events. It would not be possible to attend matches and other outings without your continued help and support! Also many thanks to all those who braved the elements and stood on the side-line. Your encouragement is very much appreciated. Siobhan Downey, Rathkenny GAA Club, also provided the whole school with great coaching and skills for the last 6 weeks, we look forward to welcoming her back in the Spring!

We were delighted to hear the news that Mrs. Hanley and her husband had welcomed a new arrival, a baby girl, Grace, last week. We wish them much happiness at this very special time. Mr. Lynch is teaching 2nd Class while Mrs. Hanley is on leave and we hope he enjoys his time with us.

Parent Teacher meetings this year will take place in February. However, should you wish to speak to either myself or any of the teachers before this time, please either contact Gabrielle in the office to make an appointment or send a letter to the teacher with your request for a meeting.

At present we are undertaking a self-evaluation of the teaching and learning of mathematics, in accordance with Department of Education guidelines, in the school. To help us with that evaluation, we would be very grateful for your views and opinions on matters in a questionnaire. The questionnaire will be posted here next week and should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be used to inform the school self-evaluation process. 

Due to changes in the Department of Education and Skills on line data base, every school is now required to submit a copy of each child's BIRTH CERTIFICATE and their PPS number. Please fill in the form sent hope with the children, attach a copy of their birth certificate and return to the school before . Although we do currently have some of this information on file, we request that these requirements be resubmitted  and returned by Thursday 6th November

Hope the children all enjoy a well deserved mid term break!

** View our Whole-School Evalution Report ** 

(Carried out by inspectors of the Department of Education and Skills in October 2012 )

The Week Ahead!

  • Tuesday 15th September:
  • Boys Division 3 Football (AWAY) to Skyrne at 2.15pm

  • Thursday 17th September
  •  Girls Division 3 Football (HOME) to Yellow Furze at 1.30pm