8 Mar


Board of Management

The Board wishes to extend its sympathies to Siobhan Maher and family on the recent passing of her mother Margaret Horgan.


School Self Evaluation

  • Problem of the Week continues each week at assembly.  There are two different problems each week which are age appropriate.  The pupils delight in being the one chosen to work out the Maths problem for their particular group.
  • Gaeilge na Coicíse continues on a fortnightly cycle.  Each class makes a huge effort as they all want to win the prize!!!


Annual Drama Show “Let’s Talk”

It’s that time of the year again when the Jared Madden School of Speech and Drama show takes place.  There will be the usual mix of song, comedy sketches and poems. The theme of this year’s show is loosely based on The Wizard of Oz.  The Junior and Senior Infants will steal your heart showing their skills building the Scarecrow.  They will sing “If I Only had a Brain” along with “Goodnight Sweetheart”.  First and Second Class will “Hit the Road Jack” and perform their rendition of “Purple People Eater”.  Third and Fourth Class are all about love with “Do You Love Me” and “Don’t Break My Heart My Achy Breaky Heart” while Fifth and Sixth Class will have you laughing in the aisles with their hilarious sketches taking off some of the popular adverts on television.

The show will be on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March at 7 00 pm. Admission is €5 and primary school children are free.  All welcome – spread the word.

Reminder:  The drama session will finish at 6 00 pm tomorrow


Science Blast – Digital Detox

Does a Digital Detox Affect Sleep Quality and General Well-being in Primary School Children?

Sixth Class are taking part in the Science Blast competition today in the RDS.  The name of the science project is “Does a Digital Detox Affect Sleep Quality and General Well-being in Primary School Children?” Fifth and Sixth Class agreed to give up all their devices for the month of February. We kept a sleep diary to keep track of our sleep time and recorded the following: awakenings, durations, nightmares, dreams and our total amount of sleep we got each night. Our results showed that giving up our device made a very big improvement to our sleep. We are really looking forward to sharing our findings with the public at Science Blast

Written by Sophie  in 6th Class


Key Findings post Detox:

  • 44% of children found it easier than expected while 22% found it more difficult
  • 41% of children went outside more, 41% played with siblings more while 47% did more reading

Some Children’s Comments:

  • I found other things to do
  • I got a lot more done
  • You feel like you have no burdens
  • I got much more exercise

Some Parents Comments:

  • They got out more, interacted more, talked more, weekly chores were not so difficult to get done
  • I tried to reduce time wasted on my phone as I felt it was unfair to be active when my child was not
  • Demonstrated that life would carry on regardless. Wouldn’t be a big user of social media previously but showed the power it took to stay away from it.  Showed that nobody would lose friends in real life as a result of not being on social media.


Sixth Class Retreat

6th Class went on a retreat to De La Salle, Castletown on Tuesday the 26th of February. When we got there we were greeted by Derek, who brought us into the lounge where we got biscuits and orange juice. Then we went in groups to plait wool into friendship bracelets. Next, we wrote a prayer for our family or friends then we coloured them in. We also did meditation while lying on the floor. At break time, we went outside and played soccer. At the end we blessed each other’s hands with holy oil. We all had an amazing day in Castletown.  Written by Leah Delaney

Active Schools

  • Preparations are underway to have another fantastic week of activities for Active Schools Week.  This week will take place in May – however as advised in the last newsletter a date would be confirmed in this newsletter for raising the flag.  Raising the flag will take place on Wednesday 8th May – we would like to see as many parents as possible join us for this event.


Religious Ceremonies

  • Second Class received the sacrament of First Confession on Tuesday 26th Well done to all the Second Class pupils and the choir who sang on the night.
  • Sixth Class are preparing for their Confirmation which takes place on Saturday 16th The children attended a retreat in De La Salle centre in Castletown on Tuesday 26th February and their Ceremony of Light will take place on Monday 11th March.


Student Council

The committee are delighted with the activities they have been involved in so far.  Our next event is Thursday 21st March when we take part in “Rock Your Socks” – a day to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.  Each pupil is encouraged to wear their funkiest outrageous socks either matching or odd on the day.  A donation of €500 from our charity fund will be made to Offaly Down Syndrome.

Pictured is Eva along with some of her classmates.


School Debating

On Friday the 8th of February 2019 our debating team took part in their quarter final against St Joseph’s Templemore. The girls were proposing the motion “Genetically Modified Food is essential in the fight against World Hunger”. The girls worked hard on their speeches with lots of help from Miss Hogan and Mr Brislane. When the day came both teams made excellent arguments but unfortunately we were defeated by only 6 points. The girls did an amazing job and have learned so much from this experience.  A special thanks to the adjudicators on the day, the audience, 6th Class and Mr Brislane and Miss Hogan for all their help.

Written by:  Aoibhe, Dayna and Alison



Rugby sessions with Mark Lown have commenced in the school again for the pupils from Second Class to Sixth Class.  The sessions take place each Tuesday until the end of March.  Thank you Mark for facilitating this.


Credit Union Quiz

Well done to the two teams who took part in the local Credit Union Quiz.  Both teams performed brilliantly with both teams coming third in their age category.  The U13 team scored 52 with the winners in that section winning on a score of 57.  In the U11 category the winning team scored 41 correct, the second place team scored 40 and our team scored 39.  This shows how tight the competition was.  U13 team:  Abbie, Meadhbh, Emma and Dayna and the U11 team was:  Thomas, Daniel, Lucy and Darragh.


Success at Offaly Badminton Championship

In the 10 & Under competition we had two teams representing the school in the Championship – there were six teams in total.  The ‘A’ team were the overall competition winners and the ‘B’ team were the runners-up – an excellent result for both teams.  This is the first time that a school has retained the title.  ‘A’ team: Darragh, Luke , Ciara and Abi and ‘B’ team: Fia , Killian , Barry and Jack.


In the Over 10 competition there were 8 teams in total playing – Scoil Chrónáin Noafa had 1 team.  A preliminary round was played to divide the teams into the Championship and Plate competitions so we played Clara Boys ‘B’ and defeated them 4 nil placing us in the Championship section.  Here, their first match was against Clara Boys ‘A’ team who were very strong and defeated us 4 nil.  This put Scoil Chrónáin Naofa under pressure but we held our heads and won the next two matches 3-1 and 4-0 to take the runner-up place in the competition.


Team: Alison , Abby , Darragh and Ciara .

Well done everyone and thanks to Monty and Triona Franks for travelling with the team.



School Activities/Parent Association

The pupils really enjoyed the dancing sessions with Lisa Hogan and the swimming lessons and progress was evident in each activity.  We thank the Parent Association for sponsoring the hip hop sessions and subsidising the swimming.


Class News:

Fifth Class are delighted to see that our daffodils have popped up their heads.  We learned all about pollination and fertilisation of flowers.  Our daffodils came in handy as a real life example.  In History/Art we were busy constructing colonial homes found in the Jamestown Colony USA.  In Art we designed comic strips about the history of St Valentine………………….Fourth Class have been learning all about water – water cycle, rivers and lakes of Ireland and water experiments in Science culminating in a water themed assembly one Friday morning……………………………Second Class had a busy month of February preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation which took place on the 26th of February. We have also been busy welcoming the Spring learning about different plants and animals and going on nature walks……………….In First Class we  have been learning all about Spring this month. We went for a walk on the school grounds looking for signs of Spring! We wrote acrostic poems about Spring and also sketched pictures of daffodils. These are on display outside our classroom.   We really enjoyed our Hip Hop classes with Lisa, they were so much fun.


Dates for your Diary

  • Ceremony of Light:  Monday 11th March at 8 15 pm
  • Drama Show:  Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March at 7 00 pm
  • Confirmation:  Saturday 16th March at 3 00 pm
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