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, 

"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!

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.


Lucy May makes headlines in 
The Meath Chronicle!

Lucy May seeks doodle4google votes from 9th March

Lucy May Casey, from Dunmoe, Navan, a pupil at Stackallen National School, has been selected as a finalist in the doodle4google competition, for her Google drawing.

It is open to public vote and the school can benefit from a €10,000 technology prize if Lucy May wins. Friends, family, teachers, and neighbours are all asked to vote.

Log onto www.google.ie/doodle4google to vote for her. Voting opens on 9th March.

We are all absolutely thrilled for Lucy May. We would encourage as many people as possible to visit the website and vote for Lucy May's 'Doodle'. The website goes 'live' on Monday 9th March so get voting! 
The winners will be announced in April.

We wish Lucy May lots and lots of luck!
Well done on getting this far!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------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, 3rd March:

  • Boys Mini 7s competition, Seneschalstown GAA pitch, 12 noon

Wednesday, 4th March:

  • Football Training during lunch for 3rd and 4th Classes with Mr. Morrison and Mr. McDonagh

Thursday, 5th March:
  • Girls Mini 7s competition, Simonstown GAA pitch, 12 noon

Friday, 6th March:

  • Boys Mini 7s competition (rescheduled due to snow), Seneschalstown GAA pitch, 12 noon