Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wet break

It was very wet today so we had our wet break in the hall. We go to the hall to play games when it is too wet to go outside. It was wonderful to see all of the children engaged in purposeful play today. A lot of children have become very interested in strategy games such chess and draughts. It is great to see the older children pass on their skills in these games to the younger children. Some of our children are learning clapping rhythms and have begun to integrate cups into these rhythms.

If you have any old games which you plan to dispose of, please consider donating them to the school. We will give them a new lease of life during our wet breaks. 

Here are some photos of our wet break for you to look at.

January Hot Dog Day

Our January Hot Dog Day was a resounding success. Thank you to all who supported our Hot Dog Day. We raised €117 for school funds. Thank you to Daphne Smyth and Sarah Blair who prepared our hot dogs. Their work got a big thumbs up from our Senior Infants.

Our next Hot Dog Day will be held on Friday 28th February. If you are interested in lending a hand with the preparation of the hot dogs, please contact the school office.



Children’s service – 29th January.

Today, we went to church to celebrate St. Bridget’s Day with Rev’d. Orr. St. Bridget’s Day is on this Saturday, 1st February. We heard the story of St. Bridget’s Cloak and said some prayers.

You can read about St. Bridget at the following link:

Fruit Scheme – January 2014

In conjunction with Tullow School Completion Programme, our Fruit Scheme is continuing this term.

The cost will be €5.00 per child from Monday 20th January – Friday 14th February 2014.  If you would like your child / children to partake in the scheme please fill in the form below and return with €5.00 per child by next Thursday, 16th January.

Fruit Scheme Form – January 2014


Swimming began on Thursday, 9th January and will continue each Thursday until 6th March. School closes at 2pm for non-swimmers. Please collect non-swimmers promptly at 2pm. If collecting children from pool, please inform teacher on duty before you leave pool. Please do not take children to shop while they are under teacher supervision. The swimming bus returns to school at approximately 4.30pm.

It is pool policy that photographs may not be taken of any child while in the swimming pool building.

Due to the length of our swimming day, homework is reduced for First to Sixth Classes. Infants have no homework on swimming day.


SAM_1924 SAM_1923 SAM_1922 SAM_1921 SAM_1920 SAM_1919We are delighted to welcome Stephen Murphy to our school to teach chess. Stephen is teaching the game of chess to our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes. He visits the school on Fridays as part of the national Chess For All initiative.

It is lovely to see the children in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes sharing their new chess skills with younger children in the hall during wet break.

Kinneagh Parish Cookery Demonstration

Kinneagh Parish, one of the parishes attended by our pupils, are organising a Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration in the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy Co Kildare on February 19th, 2014. This event will also include an Artisan Food Fair and Craft Market. The cost of the tickets are €20. Kinneagh Parish have also arranged with the hotel to provide an early bird dinner menu at €19 per person for a 3 course meal as a special for the evening.

This promises to be a very entertaining and enjoyable evening. Kinneagh Parish will have at least 20 stall holders selling their produce on the night. Artisan food producers selling jams, chutneys, honeys, breads, cakes, sugar craft cake decorations, ice cream, chocolates, cream liqueur and crafts companies such as Bunbury Boards, Wood Turning, Pins “n” Cushions, and handmade jewellery to name but a few.

The Food Fair/Craft Market evening kicks off at 5pm and Neven will start his demonstration at 7.45pm. Super Raffle on the night to include dinner for two and overnight stay in McNean House.

Tickets available from committee members or please call 085-1948284 or 086-8381760. There is  also a Facebook page ‘Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration Athy’.