Author Archives: Emer Russell

A visit from Carol Carr – Paralympic Gold Medalist!

We had a super opportunity today in that we welcomed Irish Paralympic gold medalist Carol Carr to our school. Carol brought her guide dog Arlo who was a hit with the children too! Carol shared her experiences as a female athlete with disablities and was most inspiring. We feel that it is so important to promote both inclusion and gender equality in sport so this was a fantastic experience and we are grateful to Lisa Hempenstall for arranging this visit. The children were enabled to see Braille and see Carol’s Hall of Fame certificate and her gold and bronze medals. We hope the children take something from this visit.

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Sports Day 2022–nzl?usp=sharing Many thanks to John Tobin for kindly capturing the many happy moments of our annual sports day. It was wonderful to welcome new faces to our school community as we welcomed incoming infants and their parents for induction. We were also delighted to welcome grandparents back as w e had not had Grandparents’ Day this year. This year was a special one as we introduced the Joe O’Shaughnessy Memorial Cup for the football penalty shoot out. Kiefer Shelly was the worthy recipient of the perpetual cup and we were grateful to Marcella O’Shaughnessy, Joe’s daughter, for presenting the cup and speaking about Joe. We were also pleased to welcome … Continue reading

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End of year ukulele concert!

WOW! What a treat we had today! Ms. Ní Shúilleabháin’s 3rd and 4th class performed a medley of their ukulele songs learned over the year with Diarmuid Comerford of Music Generation. We had violins, electric bass, percussion (from Diarmuid’s brother Michael) and guitar also! We had strumming, plucking, singing and percussion from the class. I am so proud of how well the Music Generation programme is embedding in our school and look forward to promoting ith further in the future. We definitely have musicians in our community. Each child looked so happy while playing – this makes it all worthwhile! Click the links below to view! Huge thanks to Ms. … Continue reading

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Split the Pot Bumper Draw!

I am delighted to reveal the prizes that are in store for our bonus winners in next week’s Split the Pot (30th June)! One prize has been kindly donated by Tabitha, Oscar and Phoebe’s Mum Niamh, who is proprietor of the fabulous Ruby Rouge. Niamh is donating a Mommy Makeover to the value of €250 which includes a personal shopping experience!! I know I will be buying extra entries this time!Our second bonus draw is for a place in the brilliant Colour Club summer camp! Huge thanks to Rachel for donating this – I know it will be a week that the winner will never forget!* Don’t forget the advance … Continue reading

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded our STEM award yet again, qualifying for the top category – the plaque! Huge thanks to Ms. Whittle for coordinating and to the staff and students for their enthusiasm.

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Our Second Amber Flag!

We are so thrilled to have received our second Amber Flag! Well done to our hard working committee! We are so proud!

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Consultation with students

Thank you to our Student Council and Amber Ambassadors who undertook this government survey around the issue of bullying. We value the student voice greatlyhttp://

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New pupils – an invite

We would like to extend an invite to parents and their incoming junior infants to an induction morning on Friday 24th June at 9.30am. You will meeet me, Emer Russell, and your child’s teacher Orla Morris. Your children will have the opportunity to have a little play and then you will be invited outside where there will be a mini obstacle course for the children. You will be most welcome to stay on and meet other teachers and families as this is our sports day and Scoil Ghormáin Naofa community barbeque. It is always a lovely day. Grandparents are welcome to attend also as they missed out on our annual … Continue reading

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Croghan Hike!

WOW!! What a day! I am sure that parents have really tired little people at home today after a jam packed Active Week which culminated in our Croghan Climb. It was just fantastic to see so many parents, we really missed this sense of community during Covid. Well done to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th who reached the summit!!!

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Active Week – Thursday

* Thanks to all who joined us for Walk a Mile with a Smile – Superhero Style! There were some great costumes on show!! Thank you to Ms. Ryan for the encouragement!! * Our Wake up Shake up was great fun today. Ms. D’Arcy posed some challenges that contortionists would have trouble with!!! The penguin race was a hit!

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