News /Nuacht na Scoile

October 2012

Gaelic Football: the school team are doing very well and have played lots of matches. Thanks to the teachers who coach them ,and to the parents for their support.

Junior Achievement: 5th class had great fun participating in Junior Dragons Den. Thanks to Stephen and John from State Street for their work with the girls.

S.E.A.I.: 3rd to 6th classes enjoyed workshops on energy awareness.

Visit of Mc Carthy Cup: Richie Power and Dennis Cody brought the cup to the Pres. on Oct 15th (a bit later than usual!). We were delighted, and there was lots of pink, black and amber to be seen. See photos.

Parents’ Council: Meeting Wed 24th October at 7.30 to organize Book Fair

Green School: The committee are working with Ms Mc Carthy on energy saving this year. We hope everybody will do their best to save energy at home and at school.

Dates to remember:   Nov. 15+16: P. T. Meetings + Book Fair

                                                   Dec. 21: Christmas Holidays

                                                   April 27  2013: Confirmation

                                                  May 19  2013: First Holy Communion


We would like to welcome everybody back to school. We hope you all had a lovely Summer. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new junior infants, and to our other new pupils, and their parents to the Pres. Next Friday is county colours day. We would love to see everybody decked out in their colours in any shape or form. Lets hope we can wear them again when the team come with the cup! Well done to our football team who played their first match of the season against Paulstown. Thanks to the parents for their support.


Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011


Junior, Senior Infants and First Classes put on some great performances  for us this year.






Can’t wait to go on stage


We take our roles seriously!


First Class Stars



The Bossy King



Santa Visited The Pres! 

What a wonderful surprise everybody had when Santa came to visit . He and his elves had some treats to give out too.

Santa visits Room 1.


“Is it real Santa?” “Of course it is my dear


Santa giving advice in the library


Mrs. Kelly and Santa visiting our Senior Infants in the hall.



Getting into the swing of Christmas.
Just checking , I knew it was real Miss Riordan!


We love Santa and his elves!


Thank you very much Santa for your visit please come back next year, we have been really really good. Thank you Mrs Kelly, for inviting him, and thanks to Miss Riordan and Claire for being his helpers. Ath Bhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise do gach duine.


 Christmas 2010

“What alovely soft beard Santa”


What a surprse in room 1
Room 2 Is that really you Santa?

                                         Room 4 are listening intently







The School would like to say a very big “Thank You” to Santa for a wonderful visit. Buiochas mór freisin do Bhean Uí Cheallaigh a thug cuireadh dó.

Christmas 2009



Junior and Senior Infants entertained us all with two plays, “Shine Star Shine” and “A Wriggly Nativity”

More budding actors

Players from Room 7.

Shine Star Shine- all Junior Infants on stage

Christmas is a great time in our school.  We have lots of stars taking to the stage every year!

They will remember their first important roles!

June /July 2012

June was very busy month for everybody at school.

Congratulations to Ms Maria Kealy and her family on the birth of baby Conor on July 5th. We wish you all the best.

Sports Days :  Senior : Friday June 1st was a great day. Second to sixth classes took part in a variety of races. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all who took part. It was great to see so many parents cheering on their boys and girls. A big thank you to the Parents’ Council for all their work and for the treats for everybody.

Junior Sports: Senior Infants and First Classes had their Sports Day on June 19th. It was great fun! There was a brilliant display of colour, as red, green, orange and yellow teams took part in fun activities with matching face paint. We were delighted to see all the parents enjoying the sunshine and the sporting events. Thanks again to the Parents’ Council for the treats which were given out later.

Basketball Blitz: Lots of games took  place between 5th and 6th class teams, during the month.  The final took place on Monday 25th. The whole school came out to cheer on the teams in a very exciting game. Congratulations to the winners and runners up, and thanks to Joe and their teachers for all their work.

Concert: Fifth and Sixth classes put on a great nights entertainment on June 12th for their families. The junior and senior guitar players, taught by Conor Halpin, played and sang. They were a joy to hear, thank you Conor for bringing them to this level in a short time. Fifth class, conducted by Margaret sang beautifully. Sixth class performed Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood, which was brilliant, and the grand finale was a dance sequence to Michael Jackson’ s Thriller. It was indeed a thrilling night! Míle buiochas do na cailíní, do Conor, Margaret, Kate, Ms. Kealy, Ms. Twohig agus Ms. Lacey.

Fourth Class Concert: Fourth class girls, conducted by Ms. Laura Mc Carthy,  put on a great concert for their parents on Tuesday June 19th. It was very enjoyable.

New Junior Infants: It was great to see next years Junior Infants, and their parents on June 13th. We wish you a very warm welcome. See you on September 3rd.

Cake Sale: There were some delicious goodies for sale on Friday June 15th. Thanks for all the baking and purchasing. Over 800 euro was raised, go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Uniform Sale: Wednesday 27th 7-8pm in the hall.

Fond farewells: We wish Ms Patricia O’ Connor all the best in the future, and we would like to thank her for teaching French in the school for the last 12 years. We would also like to wish our 6th class girls, and first class boys the best of luck in their new schools. Go néirí libh.

Happy Holidays to all, enjoy the Summer.

April/May News

Confirmation: Congratulations to our sixth class girls who received Confirmation along with pupils from C.B.S. and Mother of Fair Love schools on Sunday April 22nd. The ceremony was presided over by Bishop Freeman, Monsignor Kennedy and Fr. Mark Campion. Our 5th class girls joined the C.B.S. boys, in the choir, which  was conducted by Seamus Brennan. Thanks to all the teachers and pupils involved for making it a memorable event.

Congratulations: Best wishes to Mrs. Sinéad O’ Shea on the birth of her baby girl, Ellie recently,  we wish her and her family all the best.

First Holy Communion: On Sunday May 13th our 2nd class girls received their First Holy Communion along with the C.B.S. boys. All the hard work, preparation, and many trips to the Cathedral before the ceremony ensured that everything went according to plan! A big thank you to our 5th class choir who sang again with Mr Brennan’s choir during the Mass. A special thank you to Monsignor Kennedy and to all the teachers involved. It was a very special day for all the boys and girls who celebrated this happy event with their families.

Challenge To Change: Third class girls from Room 13 did a project called Energy Use: How low can you go?.  They looked at energy use at home, and at school, and ways of reducing it. There was a poster competition on the same theme in the school. On May 10th members of the commmittee went to the Challenge to Change seminar in the Springhill Hotel. The girls got to talk about their project, take part in workshops, receive their certificate, and meet the boys and girls from the other 27 schools that took part. It was a very busy day, but great fun. Mrs kelly announced the winners of the poster competition at the May assembly. The project and winning posters are on display in the main hall. Congratulations and well done to everybody.

March 2012

French Week: We had a great week in school. 5th. and 6th. classes put up posters, flags and art work all around the school. Lessons in French vocabulary,French songs and poems were on the intercom every morning. At assembly on Thursday we had a french play and song. C’est formidable!

Handwriting Competition: We are delighted to see such wonderful examples of handwriting all the way up the school, from Junior Infants to Sixth. Examples of our winners’ work can be seen on the school notice board.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: We  celebrated  Seachtain na Gaeilge from March 12th. to 16th. We  had lots of activities going on around the school.  On Friday we had a Concert and Ceilí. Bhí amhráin, dánta, ceol agus rincí againn. Mrs. Moran was a wonderful M.C. In the afternoon we had a Céilí with music by Máirtín . Go raibh míle maith agat a Mhairtín.  Mrs. Kelly provided instruction for the dances.  Everybody was dressed in many shades of green white and gold on the 16th. Bhí  craic mór an lá sin!

World Book Day: Many classes celebrated World Book Day by visiting local bookshops to take part in activities.

Easter Competitions: The Parents’ Council  organized two Easter Competitions. Junior Infants to First Class made  Easter masks and headbands Second to sixth classes  decorated eggs.  They were given a demonstration on the art of egg decoration. The results were amazing! Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all involved. There were some wonderful displays to be seen all around the school.

Sr. Winnie’s Mission: All classes will have a raffle for an Easter egg. The money collected will go to a Presentation Sisters’ Mission in the Philippines to help chidren in need. We would ask our boys and girls to donate to the mission boxes that are in every classroom for the same cause. Thank you for your generosity in previous years.

Spike Ball News: All Ireland Winners!  Congratulations to our 6th. class Spike Ball team. After becoming the Kilkenny County Champions, they went forward to the Southern Regional finals, which were held in Cork on March 9th. They beat Kerry, and then went forward to the National Finals, which were held in Limerick on March 27th. There were six teams representing different regions in Ireland. Our girls beat Kildare and came home with the winning trophy! No less than 250 schools had entered the competition, so thats some achievement. Tá sibh ar fheabhas a chailíní! Míle buiochas do gach duine. A day to remember for the school, especially since everybody got an ice-cream to celebrate the event! Thanks Mrs. Kelly!

Gaelic Football: 5th class are now learning gaelic football skills on Wednesdays after school until the end of the year. They are being trained by Ms. Laureena Murphy, her coaching assistants are Mrs. Kelly, Ms. Deasy and Ms. Ciara Kelly. Everybody is having great fun and learning a lot. The girls will be competing in the Schools’ Competition next year. Bainíní taitneamh as.

Internet Safety Talk:  on March 28th. The Parents’ Council organized a talk which was  given by Community Guard Tadhg Mohally. This is an area of concern for many parents. Thanks to Guard Mohally for the informative talk.

Conrgatulations: Congratulations to Ms Emma Maloney and family, on the birth of her beautiful baby boy.

Easter Holidays : March 30th. to April 16th. We hope everybody has a lovely time.

February 2012

Peace Proms Concert :  5th and 6th class choir took part  in The Peace Proms Concert with The Cross Border Orchestra, accompanied by  other schools in Carlow, Wexford and Kilkenny, in The Hub on Feb 11th. The choirs and orchestra were directed by Gearoid Grant.  It was a very enjoyable evening. Congratulations on a wonderful performance.

Credit Union Quiz: was held on February 6th. Well done to the girls who took part.

Silver Circle: Cards are due back on Feb. 23rd. Thank you very much for supporting this fundraiser, we ask  you all for your  support  again this year.

Spike Ball: Congratulations to our Spike Ball team, they will be representing Kilkenny in Cork on March 9th.

Retirement: We would like to wish Ms Patricia Carey many years of health and happiness in her forthcoming retirement. We would like to thank her for all her years of committed work and dedication in the school. She will be missed by all of us.

Irish Girl Guides Awareness Day: is on Feb 22nd. We look forward to seeing all the girls wearing their scouting uniforms on that day.

Mid-Term: We hope everybody enjoys the break on Feb. 16th. and 17th.

January 2012

Welcome back everybody, we hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

Eucharistic Congress Bell On Friday January 13th the Eucharistic Bell, with accompanying  Icons was in our school. This bell started its journey around the country on March 17th 2011. It will make its final journey to the opening of the Congress in Dublin in June. We held a prayer service, and a boy or girl from every class got to ring the famous bell.

Shared Reading   Senior Infants talk on Shared Reading will be on Wednesday 25th at 7.30.

Litter Puppet Show this will be held on Friday 27th. in the hall.

Confirmation will be held on April 22nd.

First Holy Communion will be on May 13th.

School Policies are on the website. The draft policy on Anti – Bullying is currently available for viewing.

Parents’ Council A.G.M. is on Wednesday February 1st.

December 2011

Christmas Concerts: Our concerts were a great success this year. We had performances by junior infants, senior infants and first classes. They were all wonderful, we are very proud of them!

Santa’s Visit: What a wonderful surprise we all had on Monday when Santa came to visit us. Lots of people checked his beard to see if it was real, and guess what it was!

Pictures of the concerts and Santa’s visit are on the Christmas page.

Spikeball: 4th and 6th classes had a great time at the spikeball blitz. Thanks to everybody involved.

Drugs Awareness Programme: Our sixth class pupils are very fortunate to  have participated in the Drugs Awareness Programme,which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbanus. It is run in association with the H.S.E. and the Aislinn Centre. The girls are educated and equipped with knowledge that will enable them to make the right decisions in the future. Congratulations to the girls who won prizes in the poster competition. The posters are on display outside their classroom.  A big thank you to The Knights of Columbanus for their generosity.

Junior Achievement: This programme is going well. Everybody is enjoying it.  Thanks to Noelle Walsh and Irene Young for the work that they do.

Green School: We have a new committee. We are looking forward to getting our next green flag, which will be for saving energy.

Congratulations: Three of our teachers have had babies recently. We would like to send our very best wishes to Ms Cummins, Ms Murphy and Ms Dwyer and their families on the births of their beautiful babies, Ciarán, Úna and Charlie.

Art,  Drama, Dancing and Music : Our senior girls are progressing very well in the choir, and in recorder and guitar lessons. They love their weekly drama classes with Kate. There is a wonderful display of art to be seen  around the school, all through the year. There is some beautiful seasonal work on display these days.  Caroline Sloan is teaching art to a group after school. Evelyn’s very enjoyable dancing classes are on every Wednesday.

Seasons Greetings: We at Scoil Mhuire would like to wish all our pupils and their families a very happy , peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and every good wish for 2012. Fáilte romhaibh go léir ar ais ar scoil san Ath Bhliain.



November News

November has been a really busy month.

The Bag Packing fund raising event in Supervalu went very well. A big thank you to all the volunteers and the contributors.  Don’t forget Parents’ Council A.G.M. is on Dec. 7th.

The Book Fair is taking place in the hall Nov. 29th. and 30th.     

Parent/Teacher Meetings are  taking place on Nov.30th. and Dec. 1st.  

B.O.M.  A new board of management was formed this month, their term of office will be four years. The first meeting takes place on Nov. 29th.                                          

Christmas Plays and Concerts will be taking place before the holidays. The teachers and boys and girls are very busy preparing at the moment.

Junior Infants are putting on The Star Who Could Not Shine on Dec.14th.   Senior Infants will be staging It’s A Baby! on Dec 15th. First Classes will be on stage withThe Bossy King.  We are all looking forward to seeing all the performances.