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. 

Beir bua agus beannacht,

Rebekah Rafferty, 

Science Week
14th - 18th November

We will be donning our white coats and goggles next week as we prepare for Science Week. The teachers have lots of projects in progress at the moment in each of the classes. 

Mrs. Burke and Ms. Lynch have an action packed week planned with visits to DKIT for the Senior Classes and a visit by Agri Aware Mobile Farm to the school for the Junior pupils.

We will also be looking at the wide range of Irish Inventions:
The Submarine
The Binaural Stethoscope
The Torpedo
The Ejector Seat
and even Sudocrem to name but a few!

We are also delighted to be welcoming two of our parents, Dr. Niamh Roche and Mr. Martin Connell as guest speakers. They will be talking to the classes about their areas of expertise.

On Friday we look forward to welcoming all our parents to view the 'Design & Make' projects which will be on display in the Assembly Hall.

What an incredibly exciting week ahead!


School Football Teams

Congratulations to the boys and girls Football Teams from 4th Class who recently travelled to Gormanston School to compete in the Meath Schools FAI Competition. Both teams got to the final and thoroughly enjoyed their day!

Many thanks to their coaches Mrs. Burke and Ms. Halligan who were very proud of their sportsmanship and performance.

Basketball & Playground Upgrade

Many thanks to the Board of Management and the Parents Committee who have so generously funded the upgrade of our Basketball and Playground areas.

Richie Farrelly and his team did an amazing job over the mid term break of resurfacing the basketball court area  and extending it to make our playground area a little bigger. We very much look forward to having the basketball court and play areas all marked out in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Many thanks for all your support with our Christmas Shoebox Appeal. 

There was great excitement when Michelle Duffy from Slane popped into the school this morning to collect all the boxes.

Halloween Spooks!

There were plenty of Spooky Scenes around the corridors of Stackallen NS today. 

Well done to everyone who came in their costumes and added to the great atmosphere around the school.

A huge thank you to The Parents Committee who provided plenty of treats for our Halloween Party.

What a great start to our mid term break!

Wake Up, Shake Up!

Mornings in Stackallen NS are all about getting our bodies and minds active and 'Wake Up, Shake Up' is a vital part of our school day. On Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings we all gather together on the All- Weather. 

Mrs. Burke and the Active Team take the lead and get us moving & shaking.

Tina & Ms. Lynch are our resident DJ's who help us get in the groove.

We've even spotted some Mums & Dads dancing their way to their cars..... it seems to be contagious!


Family Fun Day

Many thanks to all who supported our Fun Day last Friday. We raised a staggering €3,760! Thank you to the Parents Committee who organised the events on the day and to all those bought, sold, stood on stalls and gave so generously to our Bumper Raffle. A most enjoyable afternoon was had by all!

We look forward to upgrading our basketball and playground areas in the coming weeks!


September 2016

Fit for Fun and Basketball coaching will commence next Tuesday 13th September for Junior Infants and Senior Infants and 4th to 6th Class. The Junior Infant & Senior Infant children will be collected from their classrooms. 1st to 3rd Class will commence on Wednesday 14th. This will be a 6 week course.

Burn's Soccer Academy will also start next week. This will be a ten week course. The Junior Infant and Senior Infant course will be from 2 -3pm on Monday afternoons. The children will be collected from their classrooms. 1St, 2nd and 3rd Class training will also take place on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. Training for 4th, 5th & 6th Class will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3-4pm. The ten week course will be €40, places limited. 

We are also hoping to bring back the Lego Brick Club on Thursday afternoons. This will be subject to interest level. It is a wonderful hand on, structured activity and proved very popular with the pupils when we last ran it. Junior Infants and Senior Infants session will be from 2-3pm. They will be collected from their classrooms. 1st to 6th Class session will take place between 3 & 4pm. Please fill in the consent form below and return as soon as possible. Details regarding this activity to follow when numbers are finalised.

For further details, please contact the office.


School Year 2016 - '17.

Our school reopens it's doors on Wednesday 31st August at 9.20am. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our pupils back after the long summer holidays.

We are especially looking forward to welcoming all our Junior Infant pupils. The Junior Infant pupils will have a shortened school day for their first three days with us. Their day will start at 9.20 and finish at 12 noon.

In light of the fact that a lot of our pupils engage in a number of 'after school' activities, please take note that it is acceptable for our pupils to wear either their school hoodie or school jumper with their white shirt or collared T-Shirt and grey trousers/ skirts/ shorts on non PE days. 

On PE days or days when the pupils are participating in after school activities the pupils wear their school hoodies, white collared tops and navy tracksuit ends/ leggings or shorts. 

Junior Infant pupils who engage in a lot of hands-on activities throughout the school day will wear their school hoodie, white collared top and navy tracksuit ends/ leggings or shorts on a daily basis. 

This is all in accordance with Stackallen NS Uniform Policy.


STEAM Continues.......!

We received incredibly exciting news this morning that the Naughton Foundation have very generously agreed to continue their support of the Science in a Box project in our school next year. 

We sincerely thank the Naughton family for providing this wonderful opportunity for our pupils.


Green Flag Success

The Green Team representatives attended the prize giving ceremony in The Helix yesterday and collected our 4 th Green flag. This flag was awarded for Travel.

There on the day to welcome us was Susan Doorley who has been a wonderful help to Mrs. Murray and her 'Green Team' over the last two years.

Our next flag is for Biodiversity and the classes have already started working on projects.



It seems Summer has finally arrived just in time for our school Active Week. It promises to be action packed! Mrs. Burke and her hard working 'Active Team' have been busy putting plans in place to ensure both pupils and teachers will be up and active all week. 

  • Monday: Jersey Day with Siobhán Downey- Football 
  • Tuesday: Tennis coaching with David Black
  • Wednesday: Zumba with Gráinne McGowan
  •  Thursday: Pupils V Teachers ' No Man's Land'  and the finals of the Champions League Soccer. 
  • Friday: Sports Day. Prize for the best fancy dress costume for 'Sports Star Super Star', so get your thinking caps on!
"Our Active Team"


All-Star Wall

We have a new All-Star wall in our Assembly Hall which features the achievements of our pupils competing in activities outside of the school .

It features some of our fantastic swimmers, life guards, light footed Irish dancers, rugby players and talented girls and boys footballers who have been chosen to play at U12 and U14 level for Meath.

Dr. Fergus Heffernan

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Fergus Heffernan to the school to do a number of workshops with pupils, parents and staff. Many thanks also to all the parents who attended Dr. Heffernan's inspiring talk. The statistics of suicide, self harming and other mental health issues are staggering in Ireland. Raising awareness and equipping our pupils, our teachers and our parents with this information and strategies on how to cope with challenging situations which may arise is a vital part of all our lives. 

We thank the Parents Committee most sincerely for funding these workshops and look forward to welcoming Dr. Heffernan back early next year.


Croke Park Visit

As part of the 1916 Commemorations a group from the school recently visited the hallowed grounds of Croke Park.

We got a chance to look around the number 1 dressing room and get a little feeling of what it might be like on match day.

We even got a chance to sit in the President's seat!!!

Meath Schools' Cross Country Championships, Fairyhouse

We brought a team to compete in the Meath Schools' Cross Country Championships recently in Fairyhouse. It was 'real' cross country running weather with the rain falling steadily making for very muddy conditions. 

The team competed brilliantly with Luke Kealy winning the boys U10 and the rest of the team being highly placed.

Very well done to all!!

Junior Entrepreneur Launch Day

5th & 6th Class launched their Fancy Frames Company on Friday, and what a success it was.

Many thanks to everyone who came along to purchase and give their support. The frames were sold out in minutes and the order books also filled up very quickly. The pupils and their teachers will have a buy fews weeks ahead fulfilling the demand.



We certainly got a lovely surprise this morning when our school grounds were under a blanket of snow.

Our ' Wake Up, Shake Up' consisted of a little bit of snow ball throwing for the pupils and snow ball dodging for the teachers. 
 A bit of fun on a Friday morning!!



We celebrated World Book Day yesterday here in the school. We had lots of exciting activities throughout the school. There were some fantastic costumes on display.

Well done everyone!



School Fundraiser

Wednesday 17th February.

Please return all sponsor cards...

Every little helps!”



We've our skipping ropes in hand and we're busy practicing for our Skipathon next Wednesday. 

We would remind you that these fundraising initiatives provide the pupils here in Stackallen N.S. with the best possible resources we can offer. We therefore appreciate your continued support. 

We purchased lots of P.E. equipment with the money from the fundraiser we had in September and now hope to complete work on our yard and playground. 

We would ask you please to return all sponsor cards by next Wednesday. Many thanks!


What a Wonderful Day!

Today was incredibly exciting for the amazing pupils in 5th Class and their fantastic teacher Mrs. Burke. The whole school have been working very hard to embrace our Healthy Eating Policy and as a result Kathryn Thomas from Operation Transformation popped out to surprise 5th Class and have a peek at their deliciously tasty lunch boxes.

Our school is one of only four schools nationwide to have been chosen to feature in the special section of the programme - 'Operation Healthy Lunch Box'.

The children were also interviewed 'live' on 2FM's Breakfast Republic. Isabelle and Liam spoke so well. We were all very proud of them!

Kathryn, Aoife and the whole Operation Transformation Team were so impressed with our whole school approach to health and fitness. We were delighted to get such positive feedback from "the experts"!

Certainly a day we will won't forget. 

Watch the final edit here!

Well done to all!!


Junior Infants

Ms. Garry's Junior Infants have been busy exploring the theme of Transport in conjunction with our Green Flag Project.

So, at the end of a long hard week they decided to take a little break and had their very own 'Valentine's Disco'!


It's 'Our' Move!

At the moment, we are very busy fulfilling all our New Year's Resolutions, eating healthily.... moving more.... 
Each morning for 'Wake Up Shake Up' all the classes are running and walking at least 1 KM. Each KM completed is marked in on our classroom maps. We are hoping to make it to The Phoenix Park by mid term!

So now that we're up and moving we thought we needed to have a look at our Healthy Eating Policy to see if we could make any improvements to our lunch boxes.

 Mrs. Burke's 5th Class took on the task of carrying out some important research for us. At Assembly last Friday they presented their findings. They showed us the amount of 'hidden sugar' found in some of our favourite drinks and treats.

5 teaspoons of sugar in some of our favourite chocolate bars,
7 teaspoons of sugar in a carton of Ribena, the same as in a small bottle of Coke,
9 teaspoons of sugar in a small bottle of Orange Juice &
12 teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of Lucozade!

We were all horrified.......... and immediately decided to look at ways we could make simple but important changes to help illuminate some of those 'hidden' sugars.

So, in conjunction with Operation Transformation we decided to put in a huge effort to try and improve our lunch boxes and make them 'sugar free' as much as possible!

Here are a few examples of extremely healthy and truly delicious lunch boxes we spotted around the school this week.

On the menu today in one lucky pupil's lunch box:

White bean and coriander quesadilla, macadamia nuts, natural yoghurt with honey and blackberries and a selection of fruit and vegetables...... Yum!

In another delicious lunch box a pupil had:

Homemade pizza roll, a carrot, some juicy cherry tomatoes, an orange, an apple and a selection of nuts...... Mmmmmm!

We also thought we needed to 'Think Before We Drink' so we're replacing all our drinks with milk or water. Everyone is making a really great effort.

Well done to all!

After all...... "It's Our Move!!!"


JEP Visitors

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme is in full swing with both 5th and 6th Class pupils busily working on their projects. As part of the programme we invited Entrepreneurs to visit the school to talk to the children about their businesses. This year we were been lucky enough to welcome Bernie Canning, Blás and Wilde and Edward Grant, Solgari.

They spoke passionately to the pupils about the great opportunities which lie ahead for their generation in business in Ireland and how well Irish businesses are performing globally.

So the world really is our pupil's oyster!


Easter Rising Commemorations

As part of the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Rising, the Government declared an initiative to present a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation to each primary school in the State.

 This morning Commandant de Bruin along with members of 27 Infantry Battalion, Dundalk visited our school to present us with our National Flag. In preparation of this, the children have been very busy learning about The Rising and asked wonderful questions during the ceremony. We were particularly delighted to welcome Officer Reid, a past pupil of Stackallen N.S. to talk to us about the important missions he has been on while serving as a member of the Defence Forces. 

It was also nice to have a photo opportunity with his daughter Lauren!

Our flag will be raised on 16th March 2016. We very much look forward to this special day.

'Late Late Show Star'

We were all glued to the Toy Show on Friday especially as Jorja Price, 5th Class, had been chosen to dance in the opening sequence alongside Ryan Tubridy. 

 Congratulations Jorja! 

We are all extremely proud of you - what a star!!

Exciting Projects!

We received very exciting news in recent weeks that our school has been chosen to take part in the STEAM programme. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Applied Maths. It is a 25 week course for 6th Class students which is co taught by a PhD student/scientist from industry with the class teacher covering everything from the 'Big Bang' to human biology. It teaches the fundamentals of, and enhances the current curriculum - a fantastic opportunity for these lucky pupils.

 5th & 6th Class will also begin their Young Entrepreneur Programme after mid term so an exciting couple of months lie ahead for the senior classes and their teachers!

Aistear in Infants!

Aistear, the Irish word meaning “Journey”, is an approach which we are currently implementing in the Junior Classes. It is a wonderful framework for developing literacy and numeracy through play. The children are encouraged to engage in carefully prepared and structured play activity, specifically targeting certain objectives of the Primary School Curriculum. We are very thankful to our Parents Committee who very generously provided excellent resources which has helped the teachers to implement this new approach.  

Stackallen Space Station!

Each week the classrooms are transformed into doctor's surgerys, restaurants, post offices, building sites, hairdressers, the list goes on!

"The Spooky Season"

The school has been a hive of activity this term so we were delighted to dress up and have some fun on the last day.

Mrs. Burke's Rang a Cúig conducted some very spooky experiments. 

They recruited some brave Junior Infant volunteers!!

They look nervous..........!!



Rang a trí Assembly

We were treated to a fabulous assembly from Mrs. Murray's rang a trí this morning........

We all got a chance to do 'The Monster Mash!!'


Like many schools around the country, we will be participating in 'Maths Week' next week (12th - 16th October).

We have lots of Mathematical Activities planned!

Monday: Puzzles (J.I. – 6th)

Maths Eyes (6th & 2nd / (5th & 1st)

Tuesday: History (J.I. – 6th)

Maths Mania Morning (3rd – 6th)

Wednesday: Art (J.I. – 6th)

Thursday: Strands of Time & Money

Friday:  Assembly (Presentation)

Maths Trails (J.I. – 6th)

Planting (J.I. – 6th)

Refugee Appeal 

We had a wonderful response to our Refugee Appeal today in association with GOAL.

Thank you to everyone for your generosity and support for this most worthy of causes!

Grandparent's Day

We were thrilled to welcome so many of our wonderful grandparents to our Assembly last Friday morning. It was also 'World Smile Day' so a very fitting combination! 1st Class presented the assembly and we were all singing along to their catchy tunes by the end. Each class then recited a poem or told a story.

Tours of the school were organised by the senior classes and our grandparents spoke to the children about their school days. We were lucky enough to have many past pupils from Stackallen Some of the pupils in our school are the fourth generation in their family to attend the school!! They chatted to the pupils about all the changes they noticed.

5th and 6th Class then hosted a tea ,coffee and treats for all the Grandparents as a 'thank you' for all they do! 

A very treasured morning in our school, some even put it in their diaries for next year!

Friday was Family Fun Day

We held our Family Fun Day on Friday 18th and the weather was finally in our favor. The sun shone, the barbecue was lit and there was a fantastic 'carnival' atmosphere around the school . 
A huge thank you to all who support our fundraiser and to the Parents 'Fund Raising' Committee who worked extremely hard  to make it such a success.
We very much look forward to updating our school's sports equipment and ICT in the coming months. 

Thank to to all the businesses who gave us such great support
. Here are just a selection:
 Liam Clake, Network IT
Little Folk Wilkinstown
 Tag A Bin
 Hair by Helena
 McKinneys Drogheda
Tankardstown House
Stackallen Tennis Club
Campus Oil
Conyngham Arms, Slane
County Photos, Roscommon
Marabea Beauty
Meade Potatoes
The Sally Gardens
Lir Chocolates 
Acorn Academy
 Ryan's Gormanlough
Boyne Garden Centre
TK Maxx
 Navan Town Centre
Horseware Ireland
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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!


Monday Soccer J.I.  2 - 3pm 

                Soccer 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th  3 - 4pm

Tuesday-  IT Club  3 - 4pm


Thursday -        Soccer S.I.  2 - 3pm

                         Soccer 4th, 5th & 6th 3 - 4pm

                         Art & Crafts Club  3 - 4pm